Sunday, February 12, 2012


Lots of very exciting news!
I have changed the name of my online shop to Guermantes Vintage, so please update all your links!

My blog will now be located at
The shop will be located at
You can follow me on twitter (I update it more than the blog, I promise!) at

You may have noticed the shop has been evolving and the items therein are in general higher quality and older than when I first started out. I want the shop to reflect the types of garments and historical periods that I find most fascinating and exciting. I will be carrying items dating 1910s-1980s, with a focus on 20s-50s. Check it out and let me know what you think!

**The photos are of my current favorite piece in the shop - a coral pink beaded flapper dress in silk chiffon. I died over it when I first saw it! View it here

Monday, November 28, 2011

Follow me on twitter!!!

Hi guys! As of today I've started a Twitter account just for Honey Hi Vintage! Let's follow each other?? Gimme all your twitter names, I need vintage buddies!!! @HONEYHIVINTAGE :)
& give me twitter buddy recommendations too!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


I've been obsessing lately over 40s hand carved wedge sandals from the Philippines. They were bought by soldiers during WWII as souvenirs to bring back home to their gals. 

these are currently for sale, albeit incorrectly marked to see






still for sale! click to see

 There are a few on ebay right now too! I just bought a pair on ebay for 99 cents last week. They are too narrow for me but GORGEOUS.
Here are two currently listed nice ones:

Monday, November 7, 2011


 Hey everyone, I recently got this old nurse uniform from an estate and desperately need help dating it... I am so stumped! The woman I got it from didn't know anything about it and guessed it dated WWI. From the seaming (especially the back bodice seams & very bunched gathering at waist), the tiny buttons, the high neck, and the length I would say the same - 1910s. However, I can't find an exact match anywhere online or in old red cross photos, etc. The hat it comes with looks more like the WWII style; it isn't as nunnish (yes I made that word up) as the WWI hats seem to have been. And the patch style looks just like the nurses aide patches from WWII. I know there were Red Cross nurses aides during WWI too and perhaps they used the same patch (I just couldn't find any photos). Also I am stumped by the breast pocket, which looks so 30s to me... can anyone help?

Photos below are WWI era. They seem to match, kind of, but not exactly...

Thank you for any help!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hairy Babies and Silky Blankets

While at LEILA'S HAIR MUSEUM in Independence, Missouri, I discovered a new hair art antiquity to collect..... baby portraits. They are a lot like the hair postcards I've already been maniacally collecting, except maybe a teensy bit spookier. They are centered around these kind of stock portraits (often those by Annie Benson Muller) of peaceful looking babies, and then decorated with perfect curls of real human hair, and surrounded by glued on fabric to represent sheets (mostly satin) and little baby garments (puffed sleeves, usually). There are often cute little extra touches too, like embroidery on the sheets, carefully laid wrinkles in the fabric for added realism, tiny bows, and cute wallpaper backgrounds.

 ILOVE THIS ONE...the red hair! the ruffled pillow! those tiny blue bows!

It's so different to see them in person because of the beautiful fabrics and textures and almost everything has its own 3d puffiness, all except the face and hands...

this ones a good example of an illustrated paper background

this one looks so goofy and so rudimentary ... so great

this ones mine!!!

There doesn't seem to be an official name for these, at least not that I have heard. I'm also a little unclear about certain specifics such as, were they made to memorialize a newborn? Are they mourning pieces? Is the hair that of a real baby/At what point in the baby's life are they made? Cause yknow, it doesn't seem like babies have that much hair to spare, right? If you guys have any info please let me know!!

photos from various ebay auctions

Monday, May 9, 2011

sewing lace

Last week I finished my favorite dress of the few I've made so far!  It is made entirely of lace, unlined. I love it and have worn it with a black slip and black tights and with a nude slip and no tights and it's lovely both ways. The lace was difficult to sew and I had to make the buttons non-functioning because the stress would tear the lace around them... I put snaps underneath instead and it closes on the side with snaps as well.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Stumbled upon these two INCREDIBLE postcards on ebay while searching for my beloved hair postcards.....