Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Grande Furnishings

From a lot of 12 Steel Engravings Featuring Furniture Displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851:
From Tallis's History and Description of the Crystal Palace, and the Exhibition of the World's Industry in 1851; Illustrated by Beautiful Steel Engravings, From the Original Drawings and Daguerreotypes, by Beard Mayall, etc. etc. edited by J. G. Strutt, in three volumes, London and New York: London Printing and Publishing Company, [1852]. Each steel engraved plate measures 8.25 x 10.75 inches. The plates are in generally very good condition with some light toning to the paper and some scattered foxing. Otherwise they would make an attractive addition to any home, school, office or business décor. This lot features examples of a wide variety of furniture displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London. Estimate: $1 - up.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fashions of 1934

Fashions of 1934 (Warner Brothers, 1934), half sheet movie poster at Heritage Auctions:
This stunning half sheet is a sight to behold and will add extra sparkle to any collection. Fashions of 1934 is a charming musical bubbling over with shimmying Busby Berkeley showgirls, and stars William Powell as Sherwood Nash, a swindler who moves to Paris to work his cons in the fashion racket. Bette Davis is both his accomplice and love interest, Lynn. As lavish as production itself, this gorgeous art deco poster dazzles. It has not been folded and only minor touch up was needed to address a tear and chip in the top border, a paper lift in the bottom right image area, and there is a bottom left corner bend. Fine/Very Fine on Paper.

Antique Ladies' Hats Advertising

A gorgeous antique broadside sign advertising the winter 1911-1912 hats from Reed Bros. & Co., Cleveland, Ohio.

Ruffled Black Collar Necklace

From Vice & Vanity. (Since they use flash, I can't link directly to the item -- pooh! But it's the black Cait Collar Necklace, found under the "lamp shines a circle of light" collection.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Agent Provocateur Home Decor Launch: Hit & Promotional Miss

Today, September 26th 2011, Agent Provocateur launches their Home Collection.

The debut of somewhat mix and match collections are Ruffle (in oyster pink silk -- my favorite -- and berry), Lace Print in fuscia; Genuisa (in baby pink and black and in fuscia); Leopard in midnight blue; Soiree (cashmere and soft suede) and Glossy in black (silk). However, the promo video promises the classic (and perhaps dated, if not cliche) rolling about in silk (raspberry, if not red satin) sheets -- with a mirrored headboard, no less.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Shirley Ross Lounges

Utterly decadent.

Lucky Star

Hey, vintage Madonna fans, check out the Lucky Star pink lucite and Swarovski crystal bib necklace. The model is burlesque performer Lolita Haze.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Skater Girl

Swap the pumps for a pair of ice skates, and Voila! Love the little metallic gold gloves. (Don't forget to check out the contests!)


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Win Baubles From The Bella Collection! (Enter My Bombay Fashions Contest Here!) is the premier online one-stop destination for affordable fashion jewelry and accessories -- the average price of each product is $20! (No wonder they've been featured in so many fashion magazines!)

Their recently introduced Bella Collection features a large selection of big statement jewelry and accessories -- and two lucky winners will get to choose any one of the bracelets, bangles, cuffs, necklace or earrings in the Bella Collection!

Yup, that's two winners, one free jewelry prize each!

How do you win?

It's easy, just tell me what you'd get!

There are 5 ways to enter:
(And you can enter each way daily!)

Email your answer to along with the name/id you'd like used should I mention your entry here at A Tad Too Much Tan For Taupe.


Post your entry as a comment -- if you do this, please make sure I've got your email address, because if you're the winner I'll need your email address to contact you regarding your shipping information.


Post your entry at your blog -- if you do this you must include in your post both a link to this post and to Bombay Fashions and either post your link as a comment or email your link to me so that I do not miss your post.


Tweet your entry -- to do this, you must include a link to this post -- here's a cut and paste tweet you can use:
I entered @SlipOfAGirl's contest because I want to WIN a Bella Collection bauble from!
And remember to follow me on Twitter, so that I can contact you should you win!

You are allowed to enter one of each way daily -- that's up to 5 entries a day!
What a way to increase your odds!

This contest is open to those in the US and Canada -- and who follow the rules!

Entries must be received before September 29 (that would be midnight, central time, on September 28, 2011). Only entries as described above, with means to contact, will be included in the random draw. Winners have 48 hours to respond to claim prize or another name will be drawn.

Good luck!


Faces, vintage watercolor and ink artwork by Thornton D. Skidmore.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fur Collar


Pretty & Practical Personalized Plate Sale

Personalized plates are now just $15! They say they are for kids, to be personalized with your child's name on it, but I can think of so many other ideas... A gift for coworkers (who doesn't want need a real plate at the office as opposed to the paper ones? Plus, what a great way to give more than cake on birthdays!), kids going off to college (territory is important!), recently divorced women can now enjoy personalized dishware (again, territory is important!) and enjoy eating alone, finicky husbands who whine about eating they vegetables can have a smaller plate (why not point ouy your not-so-tiny food critic?) *wink* Even at the smaller size, these dishwasher-safe melamine plates would be great for snacks and finger foods.  Cute as all heck!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Designer Shoe & Handbag Contest!

You know I love my Shop It To Me sale alerts and that I recommend joining to get your own Sale Mail Alerts tailored to your own style, sizes, preferred brands and stores and more, but did you know they have contests too? This week, you can win your choice of a designer bag (from Marc Jacobs or Rebecca Minkoff) or shoes (from Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo)!

It's easy to enter: Join and tell your friends -- even with a post like this at your own blog lol

Get an extra entry for tweeting too!

The complete entry rules are here.

Girls Have A Long History Of Loving The Shiny Rocks


Peas In A Pod

How sweet! A Sterling Silver Pea in a Pod Necklace!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

It's Square To Study

I'll admit I'm a geek. And I love this Square Study Skirt from Anthropologie!  Wear it with a pair of Prada Sport powder and black quilted patent leather cap toe oxfords and you'll be ahead in class, if not move to the head of the class. *wink* (Both items on sale! found via Shop It To Me.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This Is Why I Don't Take The Photos

If someone had described this photo to me, the floral bedding or background with the jewelry, the corset, and all the rest of it, I would have thought it sounded hideous -- but it's gorgeous!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Colorful Alia Penner

An interview with designer Alia Penner -- must read!

She Had NASCAR Eyes

Her lips say, "Yes," but her eyes say, "You've reached the finish line, bud."

Photo of 1960s eyes, via Found in Mom's Basement.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Lounging The Man Ray Way

Man Ray photo of a model lounging in a wheelbarrow wearing a gown by Lucien Lelong (1937).

Butterfly Wings

Papillon de Nuit evening gown by Rosevienne; circa 1937.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Contests, Anyone?

A link round-up of giveaways -- because free is good ;)

Deanna aka Pop Tart is 5 copies of Suburban Diva: From The Real Side Of The Picket Fence, by Tracey Henry.

Deanna's also giving away a copy of The Bombshell Manual of Style, by Laren Stover.

Enter here to win a pair of MTB shoes.

In The Know Mom is giving away a $50 gift from Vintage Rose Wraps.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Get A Vintage Inspired Office (Or Home) And Save!

Remember when I showed you those yummy retro-fitted radios? Well, they -- and other cool antique and vintage re-dos -- are back at Gilt!

In the vintage office decor sale, there are more radios by 3ryan.
After acquiring an old radio (made anywhere between 1920 and 1970), this Brooklyn-based company takes it apart, cleans it, refinishes it, and then rewires the entire thing with brand-new components. Finally, they test it out to ensure the sound is good, and that it will last another lifetime. These radios may be refinished, rewired, and adapted to play your MP3s, but their retro aesthetic remains intact: They come in colors like moss, aqua, and salmon, and they’ve still got their old-school knobs, clocks, dials, and vents. Even the original fonts for brands like Zephyr, Zenith, and Silvertone have been left untouched. Refurbished retro radios from RCA, Silvertone, and Zephyr.

Also included in this limited time sale offering are works by Sarreid, such as the Rebound Leather Books shown below:

Founded in 1967 in Spain, Sarreid began as an antique accessory dealer, but quickly began adding in their own design ideas. Today, the company, based in North Carolina, commissions craftspeople worldwide to create handmade home accents and bench-made occasional furniture, which it sells to fine furniture stores and design galleries worldwide. The brand’s focus is on eight primary collections, including Encore IHF (Italian-influenced furniture crafted in Vietnam) and Madison Club (traditional chairs made of fine leather and wood).

And then too there are these -- my favorites in the collection: Travail Une Office Organizers by Aidan Gray.

Inspired from an antique well pulley, these office organizers hold it all. Made of recycled sheet metal and plated zinc with a weathered surface, they will hold pens, pencils, standard sized magazines and envelopes plus more. Our metal products are intended to look like vintage found objects and will continue to rust over time. Expect great variations in finish. Includes one expandable wall bracket. Envelope size opening is 4.5"x2". Magazine opening is 12"x2". Pencil opening is 2"x2".
Remember, all sale events at Gilt are set for a limited time, with limited quantities -- so if you want to save up to 30% or more, act quickly!

Saturday, September 03, 2011