måndag 25 maj 2009

Open letter to Daisy Dapper

Today I'm writing an open letter to the store Daisy Dapper. I decided to make it public for several reasons but mainly because it's very friendly and is something of a wish list.

"Dear Daisy Dapper,

ever since your store opend I've seen your stock getting bigger and better. You carry lovely hair bows, bags, swim suits, dresses and a million little tasty treats. The webstore is cute, the psysical store is beyond pretty.
You're updating your blog with new things in stock and pictures from the store that makes me wanna spend every single penny I got there.
But I got one huge issue that's bugging me: larger sizes.
The lack of size options is not ok for me. I want to be able to support DD and buy clothes there too, not just knick-knack and accessories.

I know that some of the dresses you sell are being in size 2X, the same goes for tops and skirts. There are great designers out there that make wonderful clothes in larger sizes, like Dismantled Fashions (that girl deserves a european distributor!) or Heartbreaker Fashion.

Running a store is a very hard and demanding job and I admire everyone who's brave enough to do that. You can't please everyone and it's costly to buy things to the store.
But please, Daisy Dapper - keep us curvies in mind. Don't forget about us and let us have the opportunity to love you even more!
xoxox/Miss Wink"

torsdag 21 maj 2009

Why make large clothes ugly?

Alright, it's about time for another rant!

I'm so sick and tired of bad design, dressmaking and tailoring. Especially when it comes to plus sizes. Why should the larger ladies settle with the second or third best? And WHY all the baggy designs with weird seams and "cute" prints (flowers, always flowers....)?
Look at this example. It says alot about the problem I talk about.

Lindex, a huge chain of fashion stores, has a lot of hawaii-inspired items at the moment. In their "normal" section (size extra small to large) they have this cute dress. High waist, fun details and nice, flattering fit. A great summer dress.

In their plus size section (sizes large to 3XL) they have this dress. It's the same fabric and is the larger version of the dress above. Yet, it's not the same dress at all. Look at the waist! Baggy, frumpy model, short sleeves with elastic band (why?!) and not low cut at all (why would a fat girl wanna show some cleavage...). It's just horrible.

Why couldn't they just make the same cute dress in larger sizes?
I feel like starting a riot...

måndag 18 maj 2009

Vintage in larger sizes

Someone asked me the other day why it's so hard to find vintage clothes in larger sizes? I thought about it for a while and here is my humble theory.

The average woman in general wasn't very slim in the 40's and 50's. No, she had hips and curves but she also used a whole other range of undergarments that helped shaping the body. "5 pounds of underwear" as Jennifer puts it in the movie "Welcome to Pleasantville".
The clothes in smaller sizes survived beacuse there was fewer people who wore them. Middle- and larger sizes had more supply and demand and therefore they were worn out.
Of course you can find larger sizes now, but they are often expensive since the demand is so high.
I guess we're lucky to have all those replicas being made these days, right?

söndag 17 maj 2009

Oh what a man!

So, I have been watching a couple of spaghetti westerns.
Everyone who knows me is aware of my fondness of good-looking, rough-around-the-edges-men... And now I got a new favourite: the italian actor Franco Nero when he does his best part ever in "Django"(1966). He plays Django, a lonewolf and gunman who drags a coffin behind him, haunted by his past. He's fast-shooting, silent and oh so sad... a total heart throb if you ask me. That three-day stubble and blue eyes could make any woman crazy!
Just look at this little trailer. I've had the title song in my head all day.

torsdag 14 maj 2009

To kill time

I got tagged by Jodine.

The rules are: 1. Answer the questions on your blog 2. Take away one question you don't like and add a new one. 3. Tag 8 other people
(I choose not to tag anyone but challenge anyone who's up for it!)

1. Which perfume do you use? - For weekdays, usually none. For weekends, sometimes a drop of Christina Aguilera's.

2. Song of the day? - Anything by Divine Comedy!

3. What's for dinner today? - There might be chicken- and avocado salad.

4. Today's highlight? - I got myself a gym membership! Yes, I'm as shocked as you...

5. What whould you really like to learn? - I would like to learn spanish and french, to sew better and to get pass my writer's block so I can finish that novel I have in my head.

6. What was the last thing you bought? - A bunch of bananas.

7. what's your favourite animal? -Dogs.

8. What's your most important goal at the moment? - Get in better shape and to spend alot of time with my family this summer, and to visit my Rascal in june.

9. What do you think of the person who tagged you? - Seems to be a very nice person.

10. What's the colour of your eyes? -Dark brown.

11. If you could change something with yourself, what would that be? - Beside getting in better shape, I would like to be more collected and be able to finish my projects instead of just startinh new ones..

12. If you could be anywhere in the world for the next hours, where would that be? -London to meet up with Rascal or San Francisco just to feel at home (love love love that city!).

13. What do you find important with your friends? - That they like me the way I am amd not for what they think I should be.

14. What are you doing this summer? - Working, excerise, going to England in June, play with my dogs and swim alot.

15. What's your dreamjob? -I got so many! I want to be a writer, run a classic 50's diner, be a self employed accessorie-maker, house-wife...

16. What's your favourite piece in your wardrobe? - My marine blue 1940's dress with white polka dots.

17. Do you have any favourite models? - Natalie who model for Pinupgirl Clothing.

18. 3 things that make you smile -1. When my scottie dog does something cute, which is basically all the time..
2. When I have a busy morning and both my makeup and my hair cooperate just fine and turn out great.
3. When someting really good happens in the world, like when the European Union recently decided to ban trading with seal skin products (which hopefully will end the seal slaughter i Canada).

19. What will you do when you have finished this? - Check my mail box, then take my bike to the library.

20. What's your least favourite thing to do on a saturday? -Be at a club or a crowded bar. I'm not a club girl at all.

21. what are you wearing at the moment? - Black tights, black top with 3/4 sleeves and a dark blue skirt with peonies on.

22. What's your favourite sweets? - Chocolate. Oh, chocolate.....

23. who's your role model for style? - 40's and 50's women in generally, pinups.

24. What was the last film you saw? -Clerks II. Hillarous!

onsdag 13 maj 2009

You can sell anything with scotties!

I know there is a lot of scotties here at Miss Wink's, but who can resist them?
Ad for Listerine tooth paste from the 1930's (click for larger picture).

tisdag 12 maj 2009

Vintage ad with a scottie

Just found this ad for Kellogg's Cornflakes from 1933.
Note the scottie!

fredag 8 maj 2009

Vintage scotties

Just wanted to share these adorable vintage cards with scotties and westies.

torsdag 7 maj 2009

Guilty pleasures - I know you have them too!

This entry is completly non-retro related..I'm just bored and have nothing better to do.

A list of a few of my guilty pleasures:

- I wear black leggings at home because it's so comfortable.
- The 15 year old girl in me is madly in love with the vampire Edward from the movie "Twilight" (ouch! that one hurt to confess!)
- I sometimes have taco sauce on my cheese sandwiches
- I still dust off and listen to a lot of bands I used to love during my goth-years in high school

I know I got a lot more, but what about you? Let's bring out the dirt!

tisdag 5 maj 2009

Mommy's got a new dress

My mother just got this beautiful vintage dress!
Smashing black lace and tulle 50s cocktail dress with beaded accents around the neckline. Pleated tulle at bust and inserts in gores of skirts. Black beads around neckline with crystalline drops. No flaws at all. It's so hard to find this kind of dress in larger size so this is a real gem!

fredag 1 maj 2009

Weekend off

So, I'm off for a few days to celebrate my 30th birthday among some dear friends and family.
Will be back on Sunday!

Have a wonderful weekend and play safe in the sun!