It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season for eggnog, gingerbread, and most importantly…Christmas parties and photos! If you’re anything like me, you love getting all dressed up for a festive soirée. But if you’re also like me, you struggle to find a flattering Christmas outfit that fits your curves just right. Never fear! I’m here to help you find the perfect ensemble that will have you feeling confident and fabulous all night long.
One of my favorite parts about the holidays is getting all decked out in my finest clothes and going to holiday parties. Unfortunately, finding a flattering and stylish outfit can be a bit of a challenge when you’re curvy. Too often, I find myself feeling self-conscious and uncomfortable in ill-fitting clothes that just don’t work with my body type. But this year, I’m determined to find the perfect Christmas outfit that makes me feel confident and beautiful. Here are a few tips that I’ve learned along the way:
There’s something magical about the holiday season, with its twinkling lights, festive music, and nostalgic decorations. Among the many vintage treasures that bring charm and warmth to the season. The joy of collecting vintage Napco Christmas angels holds a special place in the hearts of collectors.
One of the most sought-after and beloved Napco figurines are the enchanting Candy Cane Angels. In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of Napco, the art of collecting vintage Napco Christmas figurines, and the timeless appeal of Candy Cane Angels.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for Napco devotees, that is! While many people associate the holiday season with Santa Claus, reindeer, and evergreen trees, for us, it’s all about collecting vintage Napco ceramics. From angelic figurines to jolly Santa mugs, there’s nothing that gets us into the Christmas spirit quite like a little bit of retro kitsch.
But what exactly is Napco ceramicware, and why is it so collectible? In short, Napco ceramics are beautiful examples of mid-century American craftsmanship. Produced by the National Potteries Corporation (or “Napco” for short), these pieces were designed in the 1950s and 1960s and were mass-produced for use in homes across the country.
Today, they’re highly sought-after by collectors for their clean lines, pastel colors, and Atomic Age imagery.
For vintage buffs, antique malls, flea markets, and thrift stores are like Disneyland. It’s a place where dreams of finding hidden gems come true. While it may seem overwhelming at first, with a little know-how you can score some serious treasures without breaking the bank. So follow along and learn how to master the hunt with my expert tips for scoring antiques at bargain prices at antique malls, thrift stores, and vintage festivals. Happy hunting!
Buyers and sellers are all looking for the same thing in the end and that is a “bargain”. The buyer is looking for a bargain item to add to their collection and the seller is looking for a bargain item that they can re-sell for a profit. Many people today still ask “Are there any bargains out there left to be had”? My answer is YES, you just need to know how to spot the bargain and have patience.
Shopping Antique Malls
Treasure Hunting – as I like to call it requires lots of careful hunting, seeking, and searching to locate that bargain item. Also, you have a lot of competition as you are not the only one out treasure hunting. With the popularity of online auction sites, antique & collectibles shops, more and more flea markets popping up regularly and shows like Antiques Roadshow, there are a lot of treasure hunters indeed. But, with that being said, all these venues for seeking treasure may actually make it easier to find a bargain…..that’s right, I said easier.
Love is in the air with our latest vintage-inspired Valentine’s Day collection at Crazy4ME Style. We’ve taken our love for 1950s and 1960s Pyrex and Catherineholm enamelware and created one-of-a-kind designs that you will love and can wear all year round!! We also have our customer favorite anthropomorphic bluebirds Be My Tweet Heart back in stock. Our designs are available in sizes Small-4XL at Crazy4MeStyle.com
I have been wanting to write this blog post for a while now and it was actually my husband Gary that came up with the idea of why don’t we get dressed up for quarantine dinner instead of sitting around in the same athleisure we’ve been wearing for months and make dinner an experience.
Once we went into lock-down, we, like most other folks in California, didn’t really leave the house except for essentials. We got comfortable in our athleisure and even eating dinner on the couch. So I actually got really excited at the idea of dressing up for quarantine dinner. Being a modern day Pinup I used to spend a lot of time on styling my outfits, doing my hair and makeup and making sure I had just the right accessories for dinner out with my husband or a day out in the city. But, dressing for quarantine dinners doesn’t have to mean a very fancy outfit and ladies can wear a dress or skirt and guys can put on a nice shirt or sweater. Putting some effort in your dinner appearance really goes a long way with the family, your spouse, or significant other and instantly makes everyone perk-up and emotions uplift almost immediately and this is the time we could all use some uplifted feelings.
Here are some of my favorite quarantine dinner outfits over the past several months and I even got to pull out my vintage Pyrex and I can tell you that everything really does taste better when it is cooked in vintage Pyrex!! I felt like the Marvelous Mrs. Maisal!! I am using my super rare Australian Turquoise Pyrex Picket Fence or White Spears pattern, my Turquoise Snowflake Pyrex, my Pink Scroll Pyrex, and even my red Catherineholm Lotus Bowl that are all from the 1950s-1960s and are mid-century modern. Not all our meals were fancy, we sure do enjoy a pizza or even takeout but eating it in an outfit you spent a little time getting yourself into really does make it all taste yummy and it creates memories too!!
Stay up to date on all my fashions over on my Instagram @crazy4me. All pics by my sweet hubby Gary.
Hello, angel enthusiasts! Welcome to our cozy corner of the internet, where we’ll embark on a heavenly journey with 5 expert tips for collecting vintage Christmas angels. These celestial beings have been a beloved part of holiday celebrations for centuries, symbolizing hope, joy, and the spirit of giving. With their timeless beauty and intricate details, vintage Christmas angels hold a special place in the hearts of collectors around the world.
Today’s blog post is for week four in our Vintage Christmas Collecting Series and today it is all about collecting vintage Christmas angels as Christmas and angels really go hand-in-hand. The majority of vintage angels in my collection date to the 1950s and were made in Japan by Napco, Norcrest, Ucago, Holt-Howard and Lefton when mid-century modern and kitsch were all the rage. Some angels have no markings and some are marked Japan or have a paper label that says Japan.
Vintage Christmas angels have a lot of the similar spaghetti trim detailing with sponged gold accents like the Christmas decorations made during the era. Some angels are in the form of bells, Noel sets, salt and pepper shakers, and others are figurines. So far, in all my years of collecting, I have only ever come across only a couple of brunette angels and all the others have been blondes so, the brunette haired ones are the rarer ones.
Here is a super darling trio of baby angel boys made by Lefton and they each hold a holiday element like a present, candy cane and stocking and a wreath.
This brunette beauty is made by Napco and she has her eyes lowered, holds a lovely Christmas greetings wreath and presents. This angel is quite fancy with so much spaghetti trim on her robe that has the lovely gold sponged details and her wings are one of the most ornate pair I have seen on an angel as they are highly detailed and so very intricate.