Hi friends! It feels like EONS since I last wrote a blog post. Lots of exciting happenings over the last year, but the most notable (and relevant) is that I started working as the Library Director for my town library three months ago. My passion for literature is right up there with my passion for creating and I feel like events have finally converged to settle me into the place where I belong What does this mean for ConstantlyAlice? Lots of great things, actually! It will allow me more time to create for my shop, and I will have access to unlimited sources of inspiration. (Incidentally, these books are excellent resources for guiding you to use your library to inspire your work..)
You can find them here and here. Over the next few months, there will be several new items coming to the shop including:
And hand sewn clothing created with vintage patterns and personally designed patterns with a retro feel
More vintage items including jewelry, housewares and accessories.
You will also find that the website has had a fancy update! Go take a look at ConstantlyAlice.com. Finally, I will continue to blog here about style, vintage, and my creative process, but you will also find me reviewing books (formerly “The Reading Corner” here on the blog) over at The Bohemian Bluestocking. It’s a work in progress, but stop on by next month for my first review! Hugs and Smooches, D
I’m sooo excited to be offering you all a sneak peek at this adorable new book from Lisa Mora, courtesy of the delightful people over at Stitch, Craft, Create. If you’ve never checked out their website before, I highly recommend it. SOOO much crafty fun!
Two of my favorite designers of the 1920′s are Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel. Two wildly different perspectives on fashion, but each a part of making fashion history.
Coco Chanel was born Gabriel Chanel. She was larger than life and it is said that most of her personal history was made up. She occasionally had a hard time keeping her stories straight as she got older, so a lot of biographies about her explain that her younger years are a bit murky.
Chanel’s fashion aesthetic was clean, simple and wearable. Coming off a generation of exaggerated shapes created from tightly cinched waistlines, her style was a refreshing change for the young women of the 1920s. Her use of jersey knits was an innovation at a time when they were only used for workmen’s wear.
Elsa’s style lived at the opposite end of the spectrum, and so did her life. While Coco came from modest beginnings as an orphan, Elsa was raised in a wealthy family. Her father was Dean of the University of Rome and her mother was an aristocrat. Elsa felt that her wealthy lifestyle stifled her creativity and art, so she moved to New York City and began her career as a designer.
She worked with many famous artists like Salvador Dali and Jean Cocteau to create her creative and avant garde clothing. Each one was like a piece of art, from lobster dresses to trompe l’oeil sweaters.
Next up in our fashion through the decade series…dressing for the 1920s!
I’ve been in the process of conjuring up some new ideas for ConstantlyAlice for the spring (my second favorite time of year, right after fall
I’ve been sketching, jotting down ideas and gathering some inspiration for new lines that I plan to add to the shop over the next few months. Here’s a little peek at what’s been bouncing around in my brain:
Vintage Tattoo Flash
I love the look of vintage tattoos. Lately I’ve been working with laser cut wood shapes. I plan to paint vintage tattoo designs onto hearts, teardrops and ovals and use them as pendants or earrings.
Vintage circus/Gypsy fortune teller
Tightrope walkers, strong men, elephants and fortune tellers! The idea for this line is to incorporate a vintage circus theme into earrings and charm bracelets, including a bracelet of little tarot cards.
The Bibliophile Collection
This collection will include literary quotes and pages of (too) well loved books made into pieces of jewelry. Custom orders will be available if you’d like a piece made based on your favorite book!
Absinthe, Butterflies and Flappers
My love affair with the 20s continues! This collection will feature little green fairies, butterflies and flappers.
I can’t wait to start listing the new pieces in the shop and sharing them with you all!