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10 posts from August 2010

August 31, 2010


The much-talked about Miu Miu satin babydoll platforms of spring 2010. When I finally did get them, they were too big for me. Even with wooly socks! Oh well, my mom will fit into them.

My beloved Miu Miu dragonfly heels, with some tights from Urban Outfitters.

In love with the sparkly tights from American Apparel...especially in this color. Worn with suede & patent Biba heels from a few years ago.

These Pradas are my obsession! Worn with vintage Levi's and socks from Anthropologie.

I had so much fun shooting these, I think I'll do another socks & shoes post in the near future. For now I have to pack for a quick trip to New York.

August 29, 2010

Digital Libraries


It is amazing to see the advances being made in the digitalization of some of the world's most prestigious and prolific libraries and art collections. I wanted to share some of the collections I've been perusing lately.

The University of Wisconsin's Digital Library of Decorative Art and Material Culture is great--Owen Jones's the Grammar of Ornament is a fascinating source of reference. I've enjoyed reading further about Owen Jones's ideas on textile redesign on the Textile Blog. (a very wonderful blog)



In addition to a great text selection, the Decorative Arts also have an archive of ceramics and furniture. Here is a ceramic handwarmer.




The Textile Museum of Canada has a collection spanning 2,000 years and 200 world regions. There are more than 12,000 artifacts in their permanent collection and lucky for us, they have digitalized over 6,000 of these. Their collection of African commemorative cloths is incredible, featuring things like this 1987 commemorative MPR jacket, and the below North Egyptian rug fragment c 400.

North Egyptian band 4th to 6th century

Kids and adults will appreciate the Children's Library--an online archive of more than 4,000 children's books in more than 54 languages. Read some of the children's books from the 1800's. Pretty dark stuff.


Below are a few images from the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection from the Library of Congress Digital Picture Collection

LIB Prokudin-Gorskii Collection loc.gov 

Nilova Monastery in 1910
Nilova Monastery in 1910.



See the back of Man Ray's Alfred Stieglitz from Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. If you're looking for the highlights of the Beinecke Library I suggest checking out Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities.

Ifa Pouch Yoruba

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has digitalized many of their artifacts and manuscripts. Very nice photographs of some beaded Yoruba pieces.

Stool by Yoruba Peoples 


Commision from the doge of Venice, 1685 -- from the British Library's Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts

BibliOdyssey is an incredible blog specializing in obscure book art--covering everything from folk art to fauna. Always very interesting background information on every title they feature. I loved the "Facebook in the 1750s" post.

 Some of BibliOdyssey's scans of the Jewel Book of the Duchess of Bavaria (1550s).



A Journey Around My Skull is a treasure trove of bizarre and fantastic book art. I love his features on children's book art.

Journey Around My skull2 

Journey Around My skull1 

1959 illustration by Adolf Hoffmeister for Around the World in Eighty Days.

My head is spinning just from collecting information for this post.  It is unfathomable how much information is available to us instantaneously in this day and age. The foundations and people who make this possible are incredible.

Hope you enjoyed and check some of these places out!

xo Jane

August 28, 2010

What I Found In Chicago

I got this dress in Chicago at Silver Moon Vintage , a must-see that was recommended to me by a dear reader. The store was beautiful, with an amazing selection of Hanae Mori, Lilli Ann, Vicky Tiel, Oscar de la Renta, and more. Of course, the bridal selection was absolutely breathtaking. 

I saw this beautiful tulle 50's party dress and had to try it on. It was love at first sight!

New pointy patent Prada pumps...very vampy. This was one of Prada's best seasons for footwear in a long time I think...well, I always love Miuccia's shoes. A lot of people tried to do the ultra-femenine pointy toe pump this season but they all kind of sucked.  I'm partial to some of the similar styles she did at Miu Miu too!

P.S. I figured out how to make Facebook page for my blog. :)

xo Jane

August 23, 2010


Another great find from Vintage Martini was this 80's rayon knit skirt with this incredible snow leopard crawling up it. What a find!

The cross is vintage Mr. We and the skull & bone necklace is The Woods Fine Jewlery.

Worn with 70's Courreges sweater and 70's python jacket and Biba green suede & patent platforms from many years ago.

When Bella Freud was at Biba, they sure turned out some hot shoes!

xo Jane

August 21, 2010

Family Photos

Me with my mom, when I was one and she was 29

Before I left for Chicago I scanned a bunch of old family pictures. My mom took so many photos of my sister and I when we were younger, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I'm so thankful to have all of these!


This corgi puppy that my sister is holding came to our home through the North Texas Corgi Rescue program. My mom was actively involved in Corgi and Bullmastiff rescue when we were younger...they would stay with us until they found a new home. I remember when the house next door burned down and we had nine dogs with us, most of them very large

This is me and my dad, and Mr. Wiggins.

This is my mom's friend's Kelly's corgi puppy. Her name is Basil. Isn't she beautiful!

This picture of Carol is my favorite.

I love these shots my mom took of me with this butterfly.

This is one of the coolest corgis that ever came through our home during our involvement with the corgi rescue program. His name was Joey.

This Cardigan Welsh Corgi was named Courtney. She was a very funny dog.

When I was three years old I went as Coco Chanel for Halloween. My mom made the costume!

Always playing dress up with my big cousin.

This is a picture of my mom when she was four years old. She grew up in Alaska.

This is a photo of my mom when she was 25 that was taken by our dear friend and talented photographer Brian Barnaud. Brian passed away around this time last year. We miss him so much.

Hope you enjoyed, for now it looks like I've got a wedding to get to! Thank you very much to the reader who recommended that I check out Silver Moon Vintage...amazing things! I found a beautiful tulle 50's dress that I am wearing right now!

xo Jane

August 19, 2010




A reader got in touch with me regarding a nearby vintage store that had been on our to-do list for a long time, so this week my mom and I headed out to old downtown Carrolton (near Dallas) to visit Vintage Martini and meet Becky-she was so fun and sweet! We had read several amazing write-ups about Vintage Martini but I have to say that it more than exceeded my expectations. Ken has an amazing eye and an extensive knowledge of vintage clothing.

First I'd like to show one of the more unusual pieces we brought home with us. This 80's ski jacket is part of an out-of-this-world ski suit made for the ultimate playgirl snow bunny. I doubt that it was ever worn on the slopes. I imagine the girl that bought it was much more concerned with snagging a hunky ski instructor than making progress on her skiing prowess.

It is 100% silk and designed by Bernard Perris, purchased at Fred Hayman of Beverly Hills. Naturally! The real kicker about the suit is the high waisted silk pleated ski trousers with a cummerbund and a matching silk bandeau top to wear underneith. It's so ridiculously over-the-top that you have to see it to believe it. I will spare you from modeling it myself but I do have pictures of it on a mannequin to share.

All by its lonesome, the jacket is seriously wearable.

I went kind of weeping widow with this jacket and wore it with a Junya Watanabe lace ruffle blouse, a 50's crinoline that I also got from Vintage Martini, a vintage Mr. We cross and some voodoo-ish beads from The Woods.

The black lipstick was sent to me by Urban Outfitters-I love the glossy formula! All of the Anna Sui lipsticks are super cute.

Here are some pictures taken inside Vintage Martini--if you're ever in north Texas, you have to go!

Ken has some great new things too, like this Chloe bag.

Look at all of these labels-all of my favorites under one roof! Here is Vintage Martini's website. Vintage Martini is located 1106 W. Main Street in Carrollton, Texas.

Time to start packing-I'll be in Chicago this weekend for a wedding!

xo Jane

August 17, 2010


I have been getting lots of questions about my favorite beauty products lately, so here is a list of what I use!

I use Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer for concealer..sometimes a dollop of L'oreal True Match foundation mixed with moisturizer for a base. Dip a fluffy brush into Guerlain Metorites powder pearls and dust all over-these are the best. For blush I like to use Stila Convertible Color in Petunia.

I swear by T. LeClerc's blonde eyebrow pencil. It's the only good blonde color I've ever used! I use Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion, and dust a shimmery white shadow all my eyelids. The easiest liquid eyeliner I've ever used with the best staying power is L'Oreal Lineur Intense. I learned about this from a makeup artist on a photoshoot for Elle and it makes doing my eyemakeup super easy! I am a big fan of a dark line on the eyelid...makes your eyelashes look even longer. I use Clinique Lash Power long wearing formula mascara...the brush is tiny and can stretch your eyelashes out for miles!

For lipstick I like to use all of Purple Lab NYC's Huge Lips Skinny Hips gloss...they come in the best colors. I layer them over a Serge Lutens Water Lip Color lip stain.

For skincare, the best I've ever used is Patricia Wexler's skincare line from Bath and Bodyworks. It's all about the pink regenerating cream. My whole family uses it and calls it the pink stuff. Use it regularly and your face will grow a new layer on it ever night. Freaky. For the kind of results it produces I think it's very affordable.

Hope this answers some of your questions!

August 12, 2010


I think the vintage fur coat that I wore in my last post is really special. It has enormous white pockets and a white hood! I love the Texas heat but I also love beautiful coats that happen to be very warm...

I've been wanting to post this crazy 70's rainbow faux-fur jacket for a while.

I told my mom one day "I have to show you this amazing rainbow faux-fur I found today!" and she said, "How funny, I did too". Of course it was the same jacket. We pick the same things unknowingly all the time!

Love the dramatic collar and big plastic zipper pockets.

I'm wearing it with a vintage Courreges sweater and 70's Yves Saint Laurent skirt from Archive Vintage. Kerry has the best stuff in right now!

I am so glad to hear that so many people like the beetles! So many orders already! If you'd like more info please contact judy@judyaldridge.com.

Can you tell I'm in love with my scanner lately? Ever since my sister showed me a super easy way to use her scanner, I want to scan everything. I would have handwritten this post if I had the time. All I have to do is put a memory card from my camera into my scanner, press ONE button, and bam! It's on the memory card just like a photo would be. It's so simple. I can't believe the way technology has progressed...it used to be a pain in the neck to scan anything. I scanned some drawings I did last night!

Drawing is such a relaxing way to unwind after a stressful day...makes me feel like a kid!

I'd like to give a big thanks to Above the Fray Magazine for such a great interview with me & my mom. Check it out here!

xo Jane


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