Sunday, March 31, 2013

Old Easter eggs





Denison Easter Egg project - photographed by Thomas Mcaboy
via LIFE Magazine

Thursday, March 28, 2013

10 grey things I like

1920s mesh purse via La Sartoria
Una borsetta vintage degli anni '20 via La Sartoria

A pretty little dress that goes with everything, by Steven Alan 
Un abitino che va con tutto, di Steven Alan

I NEED this 1940s wallpaper in my home. via Hannahs Treasures
La mia casetta ha BISOGNO di questa carta da parati degli anni '40. via Hannahs Treasures

Dream couch. via Dalani
Divano da sogno. Manco solo io con un libro e un gatto su ogni bracciolo. via Dalani

Vintage Ferragamo 

A vintage hand crocheted blanket with a mint pop of color. via Drifva
Una coperta vintage fatta a mano con un tocco di menta. via Drifva

A charming crystal quartz necklace. via Etsy
Un misterioso ciondolo di quarzo. via Etsy

Vintage cat eye spectacles, via Thayerpicks
Una montatura cat eye vintage, via Thayerpicks

A copper table lamp. via Loop the Loop
Una lampada da tavolo in stile industriale. via Loop the Loop

A soft lambswool ribbed cardigan with the cutest pockets. via Toast
Un morbido cardigan di lana con dei taschini adorabili. via Toast

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A (vintage) vanity quiz - dall'Enciclopedia della Fanciulla, 1963


Quiz translation: 

"Do you care about your appearance and clothes?
The word 'vanity' can make you think of something redundant and naive. However, a tiny bit of vanity is quite common in every woman. You are growing up, but at your age you can already find out how vain you are and possibly correct that. (!)

A) Before leaving home for school, do you look in the mirror to check if your outfit and hairdo look all right?
1- yes 
2 - no 
3 - yes, and you actually check again before entering the classroom 

B) Do you usually wear what your mother picks out for you?
4 - yes 
5 - you politely express your thoughts in case you don't like it 
6 - you don't care about her suggestions and only wear what want 

C) If you received a particularly pretty pair of shoes as a gift:
7 -  you would want to wear them every single day 
8 - you would wear them only in very special occasions 
9 - you don't care about shoes 

D) If you're wearing a cute new dress at school and for some reason that day a schoolmate is wearing the very same dress...
10 - you have a laugh 
11 - you are a little annoyed, but will keep wearing that dress in the future 
12 - you won't wear that dress ever again 

E) If your friend is complimenting another girl's new frock:
13 - you don't care much 
14 - you feel slightly irritated 
15 - you are very tempted to go there and stain it 

F) Which belt would you pair with a light blue dress:
16 - a red belt 
17 - a black belt  
18 - a purple belt 

Now assign: 
0 points to answers # 2 - 4 - 9 - 10 - 13 -18
1 point to answers # 1 - 5 - 8 - 11 - 14 - 16
2 points to answers # 7 - 17
3 points to answers # 3 - 6
4 points to answers # 12 - 15

Results:
*If your total is less than 8: you're not very careful with your appearance and you should learn to pay more attention to that.
*If your total is between 8 and 16: you care about the way you look just to the right point
*If your total is more than 16: you'd better learn to control your vanity!"

Monday, March 18, 2013

Noir



I was wearing an almost head to toe vintage outfit, except for the birdie collar, which is handmade and screen printed by the lovely Fiona Heather. Her Edinburgh based boutique is full of pretty garments and I heartily encourage you to have a look in her shop, because entering the code 'rosaspina' you can enjoy a 20% discount valid until the end of march. Have a wonderful week everyone!
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Quasi tutto ciò che indosso in queste foto è vintage, il colletto invece è fatto a mano da Fiona Heather, una signorina di Edimburgo che ha una boutique piena di cose graziose, persino il tessuto a colibrì è stampato in serigrafia nel suo studio. E se state già curiosando nel suo negozio, con il codice "rosaspina" avrete uno sconto del 20% valido fino alla fine di marzo. Buona settimana!















sweater: vintage |skirt: vintage shoes: vintage Ferragamo "Vara" 
coat: vintage | bag: vintage | collar: c/o Fiona Heather

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New old things

a perfect cream blouse with 3/4 sleeves and the most adorable collar, soon in my new Etsy shop!
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una perfetta blusa color crema, con maniche a 3/4 e un colletto adorabile, presto nel mio nuovo Etsy shop!

a beautiful bow brooch to brighten up my coat, from Dear Golden
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una splendida spilla a forma di fiocco che dara' luce ad ogni cappotto, scovata nella boutique di Dear Golden

a photograph of my grandmother with my mom, 1960
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una fotografia della mia nonna insieme alla mamma, 1960

my favorite childhood ring. I remember that it was so large that my grandma sewed a tiny button on the inside, so that I could wear it without the fear of losing it. I'm so glad that she didn't resize it, as now it fits just perfectly!
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l'anello che preferivo quando ero piccola. Ricordo che era talmente largo che mia nonna cucì al suo interno un bottoncino minuscolo, per far sì che potessi indossarlo senza perderlo. Sono contentissima che non l'abbia fatto stringere, adesso mi sta a pennello!

a springy pair of cat eye sunnies
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un paio di occhiali da sole che fa subito primavera

my first pair of black vintage Vara. So comfortable and so darn hard to find in my size, I wish I had them in every color!
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le mie prime Vara vintage nere. Così comode e così difficili da trovare nella mia taglia, le vorrei in tutti i colori!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Witches tales and graveyard guardians


St Canice is one of the most beautiful gothic cathedrals in Ireland (actually the Irish name of Kilkenny, Cill Chainnagh, means 'Church of Canice') and it's incredibly old, apparently it was already there in the 6th century. It's been destroyed and rebuilt several times but the present building dates back to 1200. In 1332 the tall round tower collapsed and demolished the choir and the side-chapels and what happened then? Once upon a time, a lady named Alice Kyteler, whom many husbands died in mysterious circumstances, was accused and condemned for witchcraft, along with her son, her sister and her servant. Dame Alice saved her life fleeing the country, her servant was burned at the stake, her sister disappeared and her son escaped death in exchange of renovating the cathedral damages, plus as a little extra bonus had to hear the mass three times a day for one year and fed the poor. Et voilà. Alice Kyteler's house still exist, it's quite amazing looking and it's my favorite tavern in town: Kyteler's Inn, where you can find the most delicious soup in the world. 
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La cattedrale di St Canice è molto cara alla gente di Kilkenny, dà il nome alla città (Cill Chainnigh in gaelico significa chiesa di St. Canice) ed è antichissima: c'era già addirittura in epoca precristiana, è stata distrutta e ricostruita più volte tra catastrofi ed invasioni, ma ha assunto l'aspetto che ha oggi più o meno nel 1200. Nel 1332 la torre rotonda crollò sulla cattedrale, distruggendone il tetto e come andò a finire? C'era una volta una dama di nome Alice Kyteler che ebbe molti mariti, ognuno dei quali morì in circostanze misteriose, e per questo si guadagnò dalla chiesa una bella condanna a morte per stregoneria insieme a figlio, sorella e governante. Dama Alice si salvò svignandosela in Inghilterra, la governante venne bruciata al rogo davanti a quello che oggi è il municipio di Kilkenny, della sorella si persero le tracce, mentre il figlio riuscì a salvarsi la pelle proprio offrendo alla chiesa di ricostruire il tetto di St Canice, ma fu costretto a sorbirsi anche tre messe al giorno per un anno e nutrire i poveri. E voilà. La casa in cui abitava la 'strega' Alice c'e' tuttora, è bellissima ed è la mia locanda preferita: Kyteler's Inn, che fa la zuppa più buona del mondo. 

















skirt - Nadinoo |cardigan - Sessun|coat + blouse - Orla Kiely | bag - vintage|shoes - Chie Mihara
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