Category Archives: Vintage

Inspiration: Rita Hayworth

Classic BEAUTY, delivered with heat. Curved & womanly with a dancer’s physicality, gorgeous Rita Hayworth is a perfect pin-up girl for the glamor of the 1940’s. Those broad shoulders, regal stance and lips that promise kissing.  More memorable than even her movies, is the persona, the indelible act of merely being Rita Hayworth.   Even so, even a goddess may endure many a tough time when it comes to searching for true love. “Men went to bed with Gilda,” she is reported to have said, “and woke up with me.”


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Bloom Noir

One of my favorite Christmas gifts was a book on Film Noir. Now, I thought  I had seen most film noir movies, but my viewing of the genre seems to be a drop in the bucket. LOTS of movies to see and that means lots and lots of Femme Fatales running around out there to inspire me. The glamour of the ’40’s has aged remarkedly well, and I can’t seem to ever tire of the bold prints, the strong shoulders and lips of the era. Perhaps it’s the smoulder in the eyes that to this day, still promises a blaze. Now I’m in the mood to doll up in waspish waisted dresses printed in a loud floral with “power shoulders.” And I’m definitely digging up my matte red lipstick and black-as-my-heart eyeliner. Mood: NOIR. And I’m feeling most Femme.

Ann Southern showing off her fatale allure

Again, Ann Southern in pure Bloom Noir.

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American Woman

Have I mentioned that I’m a big fan of the red, white & blue? I am totally digging the fresh color scheme of true Americana. Usually reserved for my spring & summer wear, I’m making an exception this year due to the recent find at a certain Yolo county thrift store of a fire-engine hand-knit golf cap and coordinating blue knit scarf with white and red stripes. Somehow it seems to go with everything, including my bestest coat ever, the vintage 1960’s cheetah sport. It didn’t take much for me to add my vintage Italian leather purse and a couple of vintage flower broaches to color me all-American. Everything but the green tank and ankle boots are second-hand, either scored from a friend, or a thrift store. The tank, like everything else I buy brand new, is from Target, and the boots are salvaged from a Halloween costume I wore a few years back, when I dolled up as a saloon girl. The fact that the whole ensemble was incredibly warm and comfortable while making me feel colorful and stylish was an added boon. When it comes to thrifty style, I feel most patriotic.


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Fun at the Fringe

The fine folks at the Fringe have been working late getting their shop all prettified and ready for Second Sunday. I must say, Fringe looks amazing! Decked out in bits of everything, including a fresh delivered batch of Citizen Rosebud goodies. We at the Citizen Rosebud have been busy as elves finding winter finery for your holiday season. A charming selection of houndstooth, plaids, silks, woolens, satin & velvets all rub elbows on the racks and shelves. Will have more pictures later of some choice pieces but hopefully these pictures will wet your appetite. (These are all the photos I got before my camera’s batteries died this afternoon). Fringe is located near the corner of X & 21st in Sactown, California. Stop by 2409 21st Street and take a peek. You can reach the Fringe at (916) 706-0216.
I’ll be in sometime tommorrow after a morning a delectable thrifting!

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Quaintly Quant

The Girl in the Grey Flannel Suit

It’s cold & grey out, in spite of the California address. Rainboots a foot, Your Humble Narrator skips home where a cup of warm & toasty tea awaits her. Donning my favorite flannel Pendleton jacket, I can’t help but think about this charming grey flannel suit designed by the fabulous Mary Quant, circa 1962. Classic, and still surprisingly fresh. What I’d give to romp about in this sweet little jumper with matching knickers. Grey flannel goes perfectly with this drizzly afternoon.

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Rosemary’s Mia

Love that hair

Still Fresh

Mia Farrow’s hair circa 1967 continues to haunt me. Looking fresh,  even after all these years, this ingenue hair-cut feels modern to this day. LOVE THIS.


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Fall in love with Martin-Mattox


‘Click here to see the goodies now available at Martin Mattox’ .

Have I mentioned that I love Martin-Mattox? Martin Mattox is saturated with the  fun finds and crazy inspirations of the notoriously brilliant team of Arbogast Design. You can find their goods & services at a Roseville location, right in the heart of the Roseville Antique Mall.

The recently expanded boutique is now newly refreshed with winter/autumnal overtones in what may briefly be described as “Dark Victoriana.” Delightful stuff.  Citizen Rosebud says CHECK IT OUT.

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