Caption this! Welcome Victorian and Edwardian Spring 2020 and win $50

By | March 21st, 2020|Categories: Contests and Games, Edwardian Era, Fashion, Featured, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , |

We welcome Spring this week with this caption contest. Your caption can be funny, thoughtful, or even a poem. Our panel of judges will choose from the entries to determine the winners. Each winner receives a $50 gift coupon to use on regularly-priced merchandise at our website! Enter your caption by midnight PT on Wednesday, [...]

How to host a Victorian picnic

By | March 14th, 2020|Categories: Fashion, Recollections, Victorian Era, Victorian Fashions|Tags: , , |

There are starting to be some warm days mixed in here and there with those that are still too chilly to enjoy being outdoors. Spring is upon us and the end of the frigid temperatures is in sight. In Victorian times, the end of winter meant that garden parties and picnics would soon be following, [...]

The Many Adaptations of Jane Austen's Emma

By | March 13th, 2020|Categories: 19th Century Literature, Regency Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

We’re always ecstatic when one of our favorite authors is brought to the big screen! We celebrated Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women at Christmas and now it’s time for Jane Austen’s Emma. Jane Austen wrote stories and poems to amuse herself and her family from a young age and eventually compiled 29 of them into [...]

Pasadena Celebrates 2020: Jane Guthrie Interview

By | March 4th, 2020|Categories: Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Recollections, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , |

Jane Guthrie is an art director from Manhattan Beach, CA. She and many others came together to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the USA at the 2020 Rose Parade. The passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granted women the right to vote. Jane piqued our interest through photos [...]

Romance in the post-war years: Episode 3 of A Very British Romance

By | March 3rd, 2020|Categories: Roaring 20s, Uncategorized, Women's History|Tags: , , , |

I was sad to see the final episode of the BBC’s charming docuseries, A Very British Romance, come to an end with its third episode. I am also a buzz with all of the fun things that I learned about the world of romance and courtship as we know it today, and how some of [...]

The Fun History of the Poodle Skirt

By | February 29th, 2020|Categories: 1950s Fashions, Fashion|Tags: , , , , |

If you closed your eyes and imagined an outfit from history that says “fun” the poodle skirt might come to mind, right? After all, it does have large, fluffy dogs applied to the outside and is meant to swoosh perfectly to rock and roll tunes or lay perfectly when sitting at a soda fountain counter. [...]

A Very British Romance: Episode Two Highlights

By | February 25th, 2020|Categories: Victorian Era, Women's History|Tags: , , , , |

Episode two of A Very British Romance covers love in the Victorian era and it did not disappoint! It was so full of great information and charming stories about coupling in the 19th century that I was disappointed when I realized the end credits were rolling! The docuseries’ premise is that all of the courtship [...]

At the 2020 Rose Parade with Ellen Snortland

By | February 18th, 2020|Categories: Customer's Fashions, Edwardian Era, Edwardian Fashion, Fashion, Recollections, Women's History|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Ellen is a writer, journalist, and self-proclaimed women’s history geek. Ellen was one of the 100 walkers who were part of the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 in this year’s 2020 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The entry celebrates the 100th anniversary of the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution. It was a [...]

Pioneer Clothing: Accessories Women Wore on the Frontier

By | February 18th, 2020|Categories: Accessories, Old West, Pioneer Dress, Victorian Era|Tags: , , , |

I recently wrote a post on how women in the American frontier dressed as they settled into new lives in the West. I looked at how they adapted their clothing to accommodate their new household responsibilities, how they clung to the fashions of the day and those they were used to and considered feminine, and [...]