Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Sandy's Fashion Ideas

Living in Southern California it's true that we are blessed with some of the best weather.  Whenever I have friends who come and visit they are amazed at the fact that they can simply get dressed, walk out the door and not even have to look at the weather channel.  

Our friends on the east coast yesterday saw just about the exact opposite as the fortunate souls here in sunny SoCal.  Hurricane Sandy looks like it's going to be a severe one and I wanted to take a little time in solidarity with our friends in eastern seaboard.

Hurricane Sandy brings us some fashionable choices!

There is no reason that you shouldn't have an eye on fashion while wading through the eye of the storm, so here is some inspiration for all of you!  All joking aside please everyone take care and safety first.  Our thoughts are with all of you. 

Janette Mallory 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

What to do with my antique collection?

After remnants of the past I was forced to look over my entire vintage vault, it's crazy.  Paintings, lamps, figurines, ottomans, chairs etc.  My sales on One Kings Lane are not keeping up with the amount of amazing pieces I find.  Estate sales, antique sales, auctions you name it.  If it has quality pieces you will find me there.  Now I need to make my mind up about where to showcase and sell them.  

Along with Pintrest I believe Fab and Fancy might just be those venues.  They are trending in the digital world and have started to make quite an impact in online shopping.  My only hesitation is that my antiques may not be the same style as most of the products on these sites.  The demographic is also probably a bit younger however traffic is traffic and someones taste usually spans a very broad spectrum.  Let me know what you guys think.  Check out these sites and drop me a line.

Here are a few images from my collection

Janette Mallory

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Remnants of the Past

I went to the Friday night preview shopping at Remnants of the Past Vintage Show and I am always impressed by all the vendors how they set up their booths, how creative they are, etc. Here is one that caught my eye.  The show is twice a year, Spring and Fall.  While hard to actually say it I think Fall is my favorite.  It might be the season and the temperature but I have to claim bias towards it.  Along many different curators my favorite vendor is Old Willow Farm, I just love what they do with their pumpkins… so creative!

I have always loved their showcasing
Where do I start?!

I found these incredible French dining chairs from the 30s.
Another treasure was this dress form from 1914 and a vintage Chanel vanity cosmetic bag.  Hmmm… I think I may keep these…

Tables, chairs, lamps, nik-nacks and thousands of other amazing finds were all there!  It took a lot of willpower to get me into my car and go!

On the way home we made a couple stops for pumpkins!  We stopped at the Avila Valley Barn they have a great selection of all types of pumpkins and a nice pumpkin patch.  

We also could not resist stopping at The McGrath Pumpkin Patch which is closer to LA.  Located in Ventura, it saves you from making a drive up to Avila Valley Barn. They also have an amazing selection. 

Time to go home. Couldn't fit one more thing in my car!!

My darling boy turned 18 this weekend.  Almost finished with high school and soon to be visiting colleges with him.  I can not believe it has gone by so fast.  

As if it were only yesterday...

Janette Mallory

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tying the knot in the City of Angels & Remnants of the Past

A couple weeks ago I was mesmerized by the wedding of Franco’s nephew which took place in downtown Los Angeles.   Our night commenced at a beautiful Greek Orthodox Church hidden away in Mid City. 

As you can see in this picture the beautifully curated wedding was matched by an exquisite interior.  It was hard not to keep looking up at the ceiling and pay attention to the ceremony going on in front of me.  It was performed both in Italian and Greek by an Italian Catholic as well as a Greek Orthodox Priest.  The use of both languages transported me to Europe.  It was beautiful to hear both cultures present in the event.

The reception was at Vibiana which is located in the downtown area of the City of Angels.  As soon as you see it you are taken back and then once you walk in- mouth-on-the-floor!

Vibiana, the formal Cathedral of St Vibiana, is one of Los Angeles' few remaining nineteenth century landmarks and was completed in 1876.  Inspired by the Los Angeles bishop's childhood church in Spain, W.J. Matthews and Ezra F.Kysor modeled the cathedral's facade in the Italian Baroque style.  In 1922, Architect John C.Austin enlarged the structure and added a new facade of Indiana limestone.

(A little blast from the past)

(Love all the hats in this picture!)


Here you can see the light decoration which was but a projection of what seemed to be stain glass.  What a great touch!

The bride and groom taking their first dance!


With the breathtaking interior architecture of this Los Angeles landmark, decoration for the wedding was minimal yet unnecessary.  As you can see in the pictures with a projection of beautiful lighting it was the perfect touch to enhance the natural beauty of the interior.  Vibiana is truly a gem in Los Angeles.  

I’m heading up to San Luis Obispo this Friday for one of my favorite vintage shows, Remnants of the Past. I promise to take lots of photos to share with you.

Franco’s cousin just happens to have two of my favorite Italian Restaurants near the Vintage show, Giuseppe’s in Pismo Beach and Palazzo Giuseppe in San Luis Obispo so after the show you will know where to find me. Hmmm maybe I will go to both!!!   Ciao

Janette Mallory