Retro Shoes at Remix

I have to admit I do love shoes. The lines, the shapes, the trends of earlier decades and centuries all fascinate me. I am especially fond of the elegant styles of the 1920's.

When I first set my eyes on a pair of Vintage Remix shoes in a tango class in Buenos Aires several years ago, I was ecstatic. They were classic 30's wedges and I absolutely loved them. I was determined to get myself a pair at some point. What fun it was last fall to finally make it to their eclectic store in central LA.

The owners and creators of Vintage Remix had originally found a warehouse full of unworn vintage shoes, which they started selling to the film industry. The styles were in such demand that they decided to create replicas of these fabulous shoes and sell them to the public. All of them are faithful designs from the 20's to the 50's. They are vividly colourful and many have that glam Hollywood feel from a bygone era.

Even Pearl, the fabulously decked out manager, looked the part. I tried on endless pairs while the store dog Earl gazed on, from his end of the sofa. It was a tough decision but I finally bought a fabulous pair of lace up suede heels from the 30's.

Check them out at www.remixvintageshoes.com or head to their store!

Vintage Lingerie inspires the Greta Leo

Sometimes ideas and inspiration are right at our fingertips. Such was the case with a vintage piece of lingerie from my own closet.

I was completely inspired by its flowing bias cut silk and graceful lines and it provided the perfect launching point for a new bodysuit. Our Greta Leo is exceptionally comfortable and comes in two diverse color ways: All Black with Scatter Dot Fabric, and Slate Grey with Shell Pink Scatter Dot Fabric. You can't help but feel elegant and glamorous in this beautiful leotard! 

Ninette de Valois

Last month while walking around the lobby of the Opera House at Covent Garden, this wonderful photo caught my eye. It's so very 1920's and I love it for its flapper feel. It is in fact a photo from a gala in 1919, of the famous dancer Ninette de Valois, dancing in Aida. As well as a famed dancer with Diaghliev's Ballet Russes, she founded London's Royal Ballet and directed it for over 30 years.

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