Sunday, June 5, 2011

I'm Moving!

Carnivorous Deer has been my baby since 2006, but, to quote Joni Mitchell like the seventies lovin' lady I am, I felt the urge for goin'. I've been working hard on re-branding, and I have to say, I'm pretty proud of the results. So here it goes:

Rest in Peace, Carnivorous Deer. May we all fondly remember your nonsensical stylings.

May I now present to you Fancy That Vintage! With this new look comes a new sense of obligation and commitment. That means more fun vintagey blog posts, and lots of pretty new items over at the shop! I hope you'll join me!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Style Inspiration: Scarlett O'Hara

Well, fiddle dee dee! I'm guest blogging over at Strawberry Koi today! I just finished a post on her style icon, Scarlett O'Hara. Be sure to check it out!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Shop Update: Queen of Hearts

Around this time about a year ago, I stumbled upon an amazing red leather halter dress that looked like something straight out of Miami Vice. After staring at it and showing it off to friends for about a year, I decided that it deserved to be with someone who would actually wear it... and zip it without breaking a rib. Into the shop it went in all its fabulous eighties glory.

Today, I found a fantastic surprise in my inbox. Meet Cindy, the fabulous new owner of said dress. She'll be wearing this smokin' hot little number this Valentine's Day.

I have to say, it matches her motorcycle pretty perfectly. And to think that I was going to accessorize it with a clutch!

Valentine's Day is coming up fast, and Carnivorous Deer has plenty of other lovey dovey items to make your day extra special. Here are just a few:

1. Saucy 1980s Red Satin Cami 2. Amazing 60s Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat
3. Adorable Vintage Red Leather Clutch Purse 4. Ladylike Gloves with Bow Details

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Style Inspiration: The Marvelettes

As I'm sure I've said before, I'm a huge sucker for 60's girl groups so I was completely heartbroken when I heard that Gladys Horton, the co-founder of The Marvelettes had passed away on the 26th. In honor of Ms. Horton and of the original group members, I thought it would be fitting to do a little tribute.

The Marvelettes have unfortunately been stuck down in the footnotes when it comes to great girl groups, but they've always held a special place in my heart. Not only were they amazingly talented, unique, and stylish, their story is fantastic. Horton loved performing as a girl, and upon entering high school, she put together a group of female classmates to enter the school's various talent competitions. One such show won them the chance to audition for a young Detroit label called Motown Records. Berry Gordy saw potential in the group, and asked them to return with some original material. What they came back with would end up being the label's first #1 single, Please Mr. Postman.

Please don't miss the nerd on the end of the row clapping off beat. *Sigh*

I don't think I can explain to you how much I love this song, and I have to say, a lot of what I love has to do specifically with Gladys Horton. The raspy voice? The stunningly perfect bob? The adorable gap teeth? The fact that she's fifteen freakin' years old? FIFTEEN, people! When I was fifteen, I was making questionable fashion choices left and right! If I attempted to put together a group of girls at the age of 15, we would have wound up looking more like the band from The Muppets than anything remotely close to this good.

The best part is that The Marvelettes predated the machine's "charm school" mentality. Gordy had a penchant for polishing his acts to a high professional sheen, which you can see with groups like The Supremes and Martha & the Vandellas, but not with The Marvelettes. They choreographed their own dance moves, and had that little edge that has always made them seem a little more approachable. If you aren't familiar with the group, they had quite a few hits after Postman that are definitely worth repeated listening. Do yourself a favor, and get your hands on some.
Dee soonah dee bettahhhr...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Break in the Monotony: Current Nonsensical Obsessions

Is it just me, or does winter make you want to stage some sort of sit-in until the snow gives in and melts? Why can't humans just crawl into holes and cuddle until springtime? I feel like this season is sucking the life out of me through my sinuses! Luckily, when my mood goes into free fall, that weird part of my brain that likes the smell of new tires for no reason kicks into overdrive, and saves my sanity with amusingly random new infatuations. Since the snow has basically shut me into my little attic apartment with nothing to do but munch on popcorn, and fantasize about what natural colors look like, I thought this might be a good time to share some of these new life-saving interests with all of you out there who might also be suffering from some wintertime blues.

Old Circus Stuff

For some reason I've developed a desperate and sudden desire to dress like an old time-y trapeze artist. I want to trick everyone into thinking I can touch my toes with sequined mini dresses and ridiculous feathered hair accessories. I'd also like to ride around on an elephant... or a white horse. Either one would be fine.

1970s Maxi Dresses

Pssst... this one's for sale on Etsy! Click the image to scoop it up!

I bought one black open back maxi dress, and now I'm afraid I've opened Pandora's box. I'm even okay with them being made of sponge-y polyester. Dear god, what's happening to me? They only thing I've learned in my short time of weakness is that there needs to be a certain amount of skin showing otherwise you'll look like Mrs. Roper from Three's Company.

Bow Ties

I know that this goes against my previous two obsessions, but I'd also like to throw away all of my tops and replace them with collared shirts just so that I can wear bow ties every day. Do I KNOW how to tie a proper bow tie? No. Will that stop me from tying sash belts and large linen napkins around my neck like I do? Most certainly not.


I bought a velvety arm pit-grazing navy blue pair recently because they both entranced and disgusted me, much like the movie Blue Velvet. Okay, so maybe I just wanted an excuse to sing the words "bluuuuuuueee veellllllllvvvvehhht" like Isabella "Heeet Me" Rossellini. Dennis Hopper was seriously terrifying in that movie. I watched it at the age of twelve after checking it out at the public library thinking it was some kind of old timey love story, and was scarred for life.

As you can see, Kyle MacLachlan plays his usual off kilter handsome self. If you haven't seen it, you should check it out if for no other reason than you can reference it, and sound cool in conversations at parties. What I'm trying to say is, I like long gloves, but have no idea what to do with them.

This rambling tirade was brought to you by the month of January. If you live in a sensible climate, feel free to remind me what feels like to have the warm air touch your skin in the comments section!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thrifting Adventures: The Jaunty Hat Edition

The other day I ventured out with one of my closest friends, Amber of Birds Chasing Bugs, in search of whatever treasures Southern Indiana had to offer. We had a pretty successful day, and we both came home with almost too much loot. Amber found a really cute cape for her amazing Etsy shop as well as several other goodies which I convinced her were too grand to be left behind, much to her protest. (I think that she secretly loves having me there to egg on her purchases.)

Unfortunately, I was having an Alice moment, and everything was either too large or too small. Speaking of crazy sizes, we happened upon these two hats which actually matched our outfits quite well, and felt the need to document the occasion while everyone looked at us like we were mad women. After about thirty minutes of dragging them along with me, I realized that the practicality of a cute stuffed fox and a shrunken boater's cap just wasn't sufficient enough to justify their inclusion in my ever-growing collection of weird stuff.

Sorry about the icky lighting and my wanna-be snooty face! I should practice in the mirror.

I did dig up some marvelous items for the shop which I cannot wait to photograph including a drop dead gorgeous 1950s tea length wedding dress, an absolutely amazing 1960s leopard coat, and an adorable vintage one piece bathing suit. I honestly wish it all fit me so that I could be greedy, and hog it all for myself! C'est la vie!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Alpine Appeal: Snow Bunny Style

The snow is falling here in Indiana again, and I have to say it's the gorgeous, charming kind. It's the kind of snow that makes even warm-weather people like myself want to throw themselves into the nearest drift, and start pumping their arms and legs back and forth. I've talked about the weather with just about every person I've come across today. The man who sold me a chicken salad sandwich said that it would be a perfect day for skiing. I've never been skiing. Between the scary lifts, the cold, and the whole athletic ability thing, it just doesn't sound like a very attractive activity to me. Ski resorts, on the other hand, have always seemed like a place where I could spend a day or five. Sipping hot cocoa and eating roasted marshmallows in front of a fireplace with a bunch of happy people wearing fair isle sweaters? Okay!

I'm going to let you in on a little secret, here: Just because you don't have the money or the drive to hit the slopes, doesn't mean that you can't look like the queen of the mountain. I've created an Etsy treasury chock full of fun winter wear that would make any snow bunny squeal with delight. Whether you're into the tried and true Scandinavian style or you're looking to attract your very own Lane Myer, look no further.
I give to you, dear reader, some style inspiration...

Saturday, January 1, 2011

From Vintage Pages: Piper-Heidseick Champagne

Piper-Heidsieck 1960

I hope that everyone has had a great holiday season, and is bringing in the new year with style! My resolutions for 2011 are to keep up with this blog, add lots of amazing vintage items to the shop, drink lots of fancy drinks, and be as fabulous as this lady. Now I just have to go out, and find some super precise black liquid liner so that I can practice my cat eye.
What are your resolutions?

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