It’s a Charmed Life – Part 1

It’s a Charmed Life – Part 1

Hello my lovelies! As the title suggests, this post is about my love for vintage charms and charm bracelets. I have a number of them in my collection and continue to add vintage charms. I love wearing my vintage charm bracelets as they represent history and certainly are a conversation starter. What I mean by … Continue reading

MAC Betty & Veronica Cosmetics Collection

MAC Betty & Veronica Cosmetics Collection

Happy New Year lovelies! I hope that all of you had a happy and healthy Christmas & New Year! As you know from a prior post, Fashion Icons Part I, I am a huge Betty & Veronica fan. I’ve been collecting B&V comics, dolls and memorabilia since I was a child. In junior high, I … Continue reading

Oh for the Love of…Dress Clips!

Oh for the Love of…Dress Clips!

Good day lovelies! Just as the title suggests, this post is about my love for vintage dress clips. I love that I can add a set of clips to a favourite dress and easily alter the look of the ensemble. Jewellery isn’t just meant for your ears, neck, wrists or hair. Your vintage dress calls … Continue reading

Fashion Icons – Part 4

Fashion Icons – Part 4

Hello my lovelies! I realize it has been a long time since my last blog post, my apologies. More posts are in the works and I hope you will stay tuned. I started the ‘Fashion Icons’ series back in February 2012 and since have profiled Betty & Veronica, Bild Lilli and Nancy Drew. Now it’s … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…Pop-its!

Oh, for the Love of…Pop-its!

Happy weekend lovelies! I know it has been ages since my last post, my humble apologizes. To answer some of the email queries: 1) I am alive 2) the blog is not going to be deleted and 3) I hope to resume more regular posting.  I’ve been having trouble adjusting to some of ‘life’s circumstances’, … Continue reading

What’s in Your Vintage Summer Handbag?

What’s in Your Vintage Summer Handbag?

Good afternoon lovelies! I realize it’s been a long while since I’ve posted. I apologize for that. Life, stress, worries – they all get in the way of me posting! The nerve of those forces, how completely impudent of them. Well, I won’t rant away about those things. That’s not the kind of blog I … Continue reading

Featured Designer: Sherman

Featured Designer: Sherman

Happy Canada Day lovelies! I thought it very fitting to do a post today about the wonderful costume jewellery designer, Sherman. Why is that fitting you ask? Today is Canada Day and Sherman is Canada’s most renowned costume jewellery designer! It’s also been a while since I’ve written a post about a jewellery designer. Do … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…Niagara!

Oh, for the Love of…Niagara!

Good afternoon lovelies! ‘Oh, for the Love of…Niagara’ is the title of today’s post. No, I don’t mean Niagara Falls, though I love them and may do a future post on that! I mean, Niagara the artist. Previously, I talked about other artists I adore like SHAG and Gil Elvgren. Now it’s time for some … Continue reading

Vrrroooom! Vintage Runs in the Family Part II

Vrrroooom! Vintage Runs in the Family Part II

Happy Father’s Day lovelies! Today, I’m going to focus on someone very dear to me, my father. If you remember my post ‘Vintage Runs in the Family,’ you’ll remember that vintage does indeed run in my family with my mom and my sister-in-law. However, it doesn’t end there, which is why I’ve entitled this post … Continue reading

Sunny Skincare Tips!

Sunny Skincare Tips!

Hi lovelies! It’s almost officially Summer and we all know what that means: we need great looking skin! Well, we should have great looking skin all year round, but this post is entitled ‘Sunny Skincare Tips’ so….. Anyways, below are some tips from me on how to keep your skin looking good this Summer. This … Continue reading

These Are Not Your Granny’s Panties!

These Are Not Your Granny’s Panties!

I realize I have some male readers, but this post isn’t for you – so move on! ;0 These Are Not Your Granny’s Panties! First, let me explain myself. Many years ago I was walking down the street with a friend when a gust of wind made my dress go up. A passerby yelled at … Continue reading

A Lesson in Vintage Jewellery Care & Storage

A Lesson in Vintage Jewellery Care & Storage

Good afternoon lovelies! As you are know, I collect and wear vintage jewellery of all decades and varieties. Recently a reader referred to me as the ‘Queen of Vintage Jewellery,’ which was very sweet! When I started this blog, I purposely created the ‘A Lesson in’ series to help  you learn more about particular jewellery … Continue reading

Fun in the Sun! A Look at Elvgren Pinups

Fun in the Sun! A Look at Elvgren Pinups

Happy Saturday lovelies! Sorry I haven’t been posting as much lately.  I’ve been quite busy, but must carve out some time to share some things with you. The first post this weekend is dedicated to, yes you guessed at, ‘Fun in the Sun’ Elvgren pinups. You probably realize from my previous posts: Hey Sailor! A … Continue reading

Fashion Icons – Part 3

Fashion Icons – Part 3

If you’ve read the first two parts of the ‘Fashion Icon’ series, then you realize that all of my fashion icons are fictional characters. It’s impossible not to be influenced by all of the things I collected while growing up like dolls, comics, pin up illustrations and books. Today I’m going to focus on one … Continue reading

Winner of the Prize Giveaway to Mark 100 followers!

Winner of the Prize Giveaway to Mark 100 followers!

Good afternoon lovelies, I’ve made the random draw for the Oh, for the Love of Vintage! Prize Giveaway to Mark 100 followers!   I used an online random number generator and the lucky winner is… The lovely Catwalkcreative!  You have won yourself the fantastic vintage Coro flower earrings. I hope you’ll enjoy them and wear … Continue reading

A Lesson in Mustard Seed

A Lesson in Mustard Seed

Hi lovelies and happy Saturday! I know it’s been a while since my last post; my apologies! Now that I’m back, it’s time for a lesson in mustard seed, a genre of vintage jewellery I collect and adore. Yes, you heard me correctly – I did say mustard seed! What is Mustard Seed? Mustard seed … Continue reading

What’s She Wearing?

What’s She Wearing?

Afternoon lovelies! It’s a beautiful and sunny day and I’m going to celebrate it by wearing a sweet summer 50s frock and by doing an outfit post!  :) I’ve only done two outfit posts so far for this blog, so it’s definitely time for another. One of my favourite kinds of dresses to wear in … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…Vintage Compacts!

Oh, for the Love of…Vintage Compacts!

Hello lovelies, Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. The computer is still broken so I’m posting this from a laptop. I wanted to add a new post because I really enjoy blogging and also because I don’t want this blog to die an early death or become irrelevant. Everything changes so quickly on the … Continue reading

Oh, It’s a Sailor’s Life for Me!

Oh, It’s a Sailor’s Life for Me!

Note: This will be my last blog post for a while as my computer is broken. Luckily, I had the below post saved in draft form and can share it with you now. I hope to be back posting regularly soon. xoxo Black Dahlia Ahoy, Mateys! Avast, Ye Swabs! Oh, pardon my language dear readers. … Continue reading

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

Happy weekend lovelies! I want to take this opportunity to thank some readers for nominating me for a few awards! Thank you all for sharing the love. ;0 As you are aware, I’m relatively new to blogging and it’s really lovely to have the support of my fellow bloggers! Special thanks to: Miss Meadows for … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…1950s Shoes!

Oh, for the Love of…1950s Shoes!

Good afternoon lovelies! One of my favourite things about Spring/Summer is the need (or want) to purchase new shoes. I need, yes need, some new shoes to match all my new 1950s dresses I recently purchased. My feet are definitely calling out to be adorned by some lovely shoes! My last blog post featured Spring/Summer … Continue reading

A Look at 1956 Spring/Summer Dresses

A Look at 1956 Spring/Summer Dresses

Good afternoon lovelies! It’s raining, cold and dreary outside. So, I’m trying to make it sunny inside! I’ve pressed some fresh coffee and I’m flipping through some catalogs from 1956 that my mother gave me. The dresses for Spring/Summer of that year were spectacular! I love the bright colours, patterns, fabrics and the swing dress … Continue reading

Vintage Runs in the Family

Vintage Runs in the Family

Baubles Antiques, My Mother’s Shop In the 90s, my mother had an antique shop (Baubles Antiques) in our home that specialized in vintage clothing and jewellery. I kick myself now for not taking full advantage of the amazing items she had in the store. Apparently, as a teen, I was more preoccupied with other matters … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of….Lady Head Vases!

Oh, for the Love of….Lady Head Vases!

Good afternoon ladies and gents! Today’s post is about an item I collect and adore, lady head vases. I started collecting these years ago and my mother often adds ladies to the growing collection. I love lady head vases because they’re beautiful, fashionable, glamourous and also have a practical use. What is a Lady Head … Continue reading

Happy Bunny Day!

Happy Bunny Day!

I love chocolate. I like bunnies and adore pastel colours. So, in a superficial way at least, I enjoy Easter. I love having a yummy ham dinner with my family. I’m really looking forward to  mercilessly eating the ears and face off of a chocolate hare! Poor little Peter Cottontail… I can’t think of a … Continue reading

Treasure Trove

Treasure Trove

Hello my lovelies! Sorry I’ve been ‘missing in action’ and haven’t written a blog post in a little while. I’m on vacation and visiting my family in my hometown. There truly is no place like home! :) I love visiting here because I get to spend time with my amazing family and also do some … Continue reading

Let’s Get Cooking Chicken Parmesan!

Let’s Get Cooking Chicken Parmesan!

Happy Saturday lovelies! Today, we’re going to cook one of my favourite dishes – Chicken Parmesan. Don’t forget to don your vintage apron and let’s get our ingredients in order. We’ll need: 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can use breasts if you wish) 10-12 slices of mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/3 … Continue reading

A Lesson in Celluloid

A Lesson in Celluloid

I hope you’ve been enjoying the ‘A Lesson in‘ series of posts. First Jet was covered, followed by Lucite and Bakelite, and now I’ll be featuring Celluloid. Created in 1869 by John Wesley Hyatt, Celluloid was one of the first plastics ever made. Celluloid is a semi-synthetic thermoplastic made from nitrocellulose and camphor. The earliest form … Continue reading

Kittens, Brooches, and More – Oh My!

Kittens, Brooches, and More – Oh My!

Good day lovelies! Over the weekend, I went to an antiques fair and was overwhelmed! I wish I had taken my camera so you could have seen all the gorgeous items. There was a ton of household items, depression glass, books, lamps, furniture and several dealers in vintage jewellery. I saw a few amazing Miriam … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…Vintage Aprons!

Oh, for the Love of…Vintage Aprons!

Afternoon lovelies! I recently read somewhere that ‘aprons are a symbol of female oppression’. I find that statement completely ridiculous, but I won’t delve into that. I see absolutely nothing wrong with wearing an apron whether it’s for housework, cooking – or fashion! As the title of today’s post suggests, I love vintage aprons. I … Continue reading

Hey Sailor! A Look at Elvgren Pinups

Hey Sailor! A Look at Elvgren Pinups

Hello lovelies! As you realize, from reading my ‘A Look at Saint Patrick’s Pinups‘ post, I adore vintage pinup illustration. The women are so beautiful and their frocks, hair, accessories are simply amazing. One of my favourite pinup artists is American Gil Elvgren (1914-1980). Elvgren is one of the most influential pinup artists of all … Continue reading

What Katie Did Comes to Ebay.com

What Katie Did Comes to Ebay.com

Like many of you vintage ladies, I love What Katie Did (WKD) lingerie. I fell in love with the line several years ago and ever since have been a loyal customer. When I was in London in 2009, I was able to visit the What Katie Did store and purchase the Lulu Bullet Bra and … Continue reading

Saint Patrick’s Day Outfit Post

Saint Patrick’s Day Outfit Post

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re all having a wonderful and festive Saint Patrick’s Day. So far, I haven’t done anything special except dress in green and write my previous post, A Look at Saint Patrick’s Day Pinups. Without further ado, here is my Saint Patrick’s Day outfit! Green, Green, Green: What I’m wearing: … Continue reading

A Look at Saint Patrick’s Day Pinups!

A Look at Saint Patrick’s Day Pinups!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! As you are no doubt aware tomorrow is Saint Patrick’s Day. It is a national holiday in Ireland to honour Saint Patrick, the patron saint. However, what does Saint Patrick’s Day mean elsewhere? I can’t speak for everywhere, but here in Canada it means parades and green beer. Too much green … Continue reading

Knitting Pretty: 1950s Nautical Sweater

Knitting Pretty: 1950s Nautical Sweater

Good afternoon lovelies! I’ve picked up my knitting again for the first time in about a year. Luckily, it’s all coming back to me: casting on and off, knit, pearl, etc. Unfortunately, I’m not advanced enough to make any of the bed sweaters in my last ‘Knitting Pretty’ post. However, I shall soldier on and … Continue reading

Let’s Get Cooking Spicy Chicken!

Let’s Get Cooking Spicy Chicken!

I realize I haven’ t posted a recipe in ages. So, let’s get cooking one of my favourite dishes, Spicy Chicken! I really love this dish. I warn you, it’s addictive! Something about the mixture of sweet and spicy…so yummy. Ingredients: 12 chicken thighs (skinless) 6 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp ginger 1 tsp garlic … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…Umbrella Brooches!

Oh, for the Love of…Umbrella Brooches!

Good morning readers! As you probably realize I have a ‘penchant’, ‘thing’ and ‘obsession’ for many, many things. I love and collect many different kinds of vintage brooches, including jelly belly brooches, flower brooches and various animal and insect pins. Today, I’m going to focus on another one of my loves, umbrella brooches. With the … Continue reading

Fashion Icons – Part 2

Fashion Icons – Part 2

I collect dolls. Vintage Barbies, Revlon dolls, Jem dolls, Gene dolls, Nesting dolls – all kinds of dolls! I’m influenced in particular by the style and fashion of vintage dolls like early Barbies. However, today I’m going to focus on Barbie’s predecessor, the original fashion doll Bild Lilli. I first became aware of Bild Lilli … Continue reading

A Little Vintage Trawl

A Little Vintage Trawl

Hi lovelies! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a few days. I was off on a pleasure trip to Toronto for a little getaway. I had a great time visiting with friends, vintage shopping and having some amazing chocolate cake at Dufflet’s! I purchased some lovely vintage dresses and brooches, take a peek below.  Just look … Continue reading

And the Winner is……

And the Winner is……

The random draw has been made for Oh, for the Love of Vintage’s first prize giveaway. And the winner is… powderkeycompacts! Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the gloves and earrings that will soon be making their way to you. ;0 You can email me at ohfortheloveofvintage@yahoo.com with your address. xoxo Black Dahlia

A Look at My Jelly Bellies!

A Look at My Jelly Bellies!

Afternoon lovelies! I’m glad that you really enjoyed my previous post, Oh for the Love of Jelly Bellies! As I mentioned in that post, I’m crazy about jelly belly jewellery. Whether it be brooches, earrings or rings, I really love the jelly belly style. From your feedback, I realize that many of you weren’t aware … Continue reading

Oh, for the Love of…Circle Skirts!

Oh, for the Love of…Circle Skirts!

Happy Saturday readers! As you know, I love 1940s and 1950s clothing and accessories. Everything from hats to dresses, to jewellery to shoes. But, what would a closet of vintage clothing be without some 50s circle skirts? Empty, just plain empty! Circle skirts are exactly as the name suggests: skirts that form a circle (when … Continue reading

Figure Control

Figure Control

“Be Wise, Get the Figure Men Admire!” (one of the tag lines on a vintage advertisement for shapewear) Today, I’m going to talk a bit about shapewear. Shapewear is also known as foundation garments. Foundation garments have been around for centuries with one of the earliest items being the corset. Shapewear is meant to form … Continue reading

Featured Designer: Miriam Haskell

Featured Designer: Miriam Haskell

If you know anything about vintage jewellery, then you’re familiar with Miriam Haskell‘s name and designs. Miriam Haskell was an American designer who created amazingly intricate and beautiful costume pieces through the 1920s-50s. Haskell’s pieces were distinct because of the design, intricacy, high quality materials and affordable prices. In 1920, Miriam Haskell founded her own … Continue reading

A Look at Chevron

A Look at Chevron

What is Chevron? Chevron is a design in the shape of a V used either right side up, or upside down. According to the Artlandia Pattern Design glossary, chevron is “a traditional, woven or printed design of zigzags in a stripe layout, also called herringbone.” Chevron is an ancient design and was used on a … Continue reading

Prize Giveaway Revised!

Prize Giveaway Revised!

This is Oh, for the Love of Vintage‘s first prize giveaway! The prize was originally supposed to go to lucky follower number 54. However, due to the inability to easily track followers, I’m not sure who was follower number 54! Readers have followed via wordpress, email, bloglovin’, RSS feed and through blog readers. Therefore I … Continue reading

Share and Share Alike

Share and Share Alike

Happy Saturday readers! I want to thank you for following this blog and for your comments and feedback. This blog is growing faster than I ever thought possible and your input is key. I read every comment you post and reply as soon as I’m able. One of the best things about running a blog … Continue reading