Posts Tagged ‘Tina Vines’

Vines of California

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

One of the first times I hung out with Tina Vines she showed me books and pictures of vintage chain stitched rodeo suits, and she told me how much she wanted a machine, and wanted to learn how to chainstitch. A mere two years later and Tina is chain stitching up a storm, and I’m amazed at how quickly she has mastered the art form. I’m always inspired by people with passion who go and actually do the things they love, and Tina is one of those people. She just opened an etsy shop where she is selling her beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade chain-stitched purses.

Vines of California

When Tina told me she wanted to make me a clutch, and it could literally be ANYTHING my heart desired, I had to take some time to mull it over. It’s overwhelming the possibilities!!! Should I get some cute 50s style kitschy lambs, because Mary Had a Little Lamb? Should I have poppies and the state of CA? Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein? Lizards to remind me of my boyfriend? What IS the purse where if I saw it, I would want it crazy bad??? Mid-falling asleep one night it came to me; LIPS and HANDS!

I think my love for hands and lips in fashion all started with Elsa Schiaparelli.


elsa hand schiaparelli compact.

Elsa Schiaparelli Woman's Gloves 1936

Through Schiaparelli I learned of the influence and collaboration between surrealist artists and fashion designers like her work with Salvador Dali.  The impact art has on fashion, and vice versa – it’s a powerful and joyful thing.  Take for instance the hand earrings Pablo Picasso gifted to Frida Kahlo, that she wore and immortalized in a self-portrait.

The Victorian era loved hands.

And when there was a Victorian revival in the 1920s/1940s, hands appeared in loads of jewelry, fashion and objets d’art.

bakelite brooch

Lot 780 - Two French hand-clasp celluloid cigarette cases,  one marbled cream, with yellow sleeved ivorine
1920s art deco celluloid cigarette cases

vintage cosmetic bag
No hands but Lips and Eye! – 1950s cosmetic bag

It’s become my favorite vintage motif.  If this Dita Von Teese designed dress came in my size I would’ve bought it in a heartbeat.


So I came up with a sketch of my design and sent it over to Tina including some of the above inspiration photos.


And, Tina nailed it.

A closer look at my custom clutch by @tina_vines


#ootd #ootn #personalstyle in a #1940s dress and custom @tina_vines clutch
1940s rayon novelty print dress: Alameda Vintage Fashion Fair
Clutch: Vines of California

The purse is made of a sturdy felt with a pearl snap closure. Tina even embroiders her initials on the back of the purse.  I will love it FOREVER!  I can’t recommend her purses enough, they are truly special works of art!  She has a bunch of awesome designs in her shop right now, and you can always ask her for something custom.
Go get your hands on some.


October Wedding

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015



October in the West has become the new Spring.  It seems like SO MANY weddings were scheduled this month.  Maybe with global warming October is becoming the nicest weather option.  Who knows the reason, but I went to 2 weddings in 1 week this month!  I was excited to attend my friend Alicia’s wedding at the Falkirk Mansion in San Rafael, CA.  Not only is San Rafael my hometown, but I have many a memory of visits to this iconic San Rafael Victorian.  It was a delight to revisit the mansion, and party in it!  Now that I own a Victorian house I’m especially interested in how these historic homes are decorated.  I was Ooo-ing and Ahh-ing over this mansion’s stained glass windows and PINEAPPLE WALLPAPER!!!!  WHAT!!!



The bride and groom were beautiful, and sadly I wasn’t able to get a good photo of them.  It seemed the professional photographers were doing a really good job, so I didn’t make much attempts to get shots of the happy couple.  But I assure you, the bride was GORGEOUS in a dress she made herself from SCRATCH!  Insane.

Sheer mesh navy blue 50s dress with applique: Etsy via Cut & Paste Vintage
40s/50s wide brim hat with leaf cut-outs: Benicia Antique Mall
Suede Heels: Seychelles via Amazon
Custom chain-stitched embroidered cluth: Vines of California
Abalone ring/bracelet: ebay

I don’t know about you guys, but weddings have become a great excuse to buy a new dress!  Ha ha, well that’s what I told myself.  When I saw this dress first on Instagram I just went absolutely weak.  I also told myself it was a birthday present to myself.  Oh the excuses we make for vintage!


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I had just gotten a hair cut and I like how pixie-esque it’s looking in this bathroom selfie. I also had to document the wallpaper in this bathroom, it was just too sweet.


I was excited for the hat-portunity of an outdoor wedding!  I even got Ben to wear one with me.



I’m looking forward to playing around with this sheer dress.  So many different ways to wear it with different colored slips and underthings!


Stay tuned, I got another wedding post coming soon!