Yes – that would be me. I daresay, I have any number of vintage and period style ensembles to be-deck me-self with – should the appropriate tea party invitation come my way.
And, this is not too far out of the realm of possibility when one finds oneself in the company of a group of ladies who thrive on tea – and vintage clothing of long past fashion eras! I speak here of the delightful ladies who make up the Somewhere in Time Tea Society here in South Jersey!
I was first introduced to this delightful group of women as their guest speaker at a garden tea hosted by one of the ladies a couple years ago, where I had the pleasure of posing in Miss Kathleen’s Victorian garden – photos of which I featured in my first summer of blogging HERE . . .
Then, my oft partner in all things dress-up-fun at our local Woman’s Club of Vineland – Milady June Lang – has given me opportunities to make the most of my medieval attire – see full post HERE . . .
And, most recently, some Victorian vintage fun at the Dolly & Me Tea – of which you shall know more in a future post . . .
Miss June is a member of the Somewhere in Time Tea Society and secured a group of the ladies to bring a Vintage Fashion Show to the stage at our recent Vineland Founder’s Day in my hometown where we celebrate our local history.
|June looks amazing in this spectacular 1860’s ball gown!|
|This was my favorite – from 1912 – forest green velvet – stunning!|
Founder and president of the group, Kimberly LaCroce, brought a few of her favorite – and thoroughly authentic – vintage fashion finds that had me drawn to this display booth regularly throughout the day!
Kim has a passion for Edwardian clothes and she owns some prize collectibles!
|Made from a blanket dated to the Spanish-American War!|
|Dressy shoes that might have been worn to an afternoon tea party!|
|Hats, shoes, and gloves – three of my favorite vintage things!|
|A scrapbook captures the tea society’s many adventures in all things vintage and wearable.|
|Victorian button boots – who might have worn them, I wonder?|
And, I just about flipped when I cast my eyes on this pair of Victorian button boots that looked fresh from the shoemaker!
That’s because they were! The property of Miss Krista Jasillo, pictured here with me, holding these delicious fine crafted beauties. As soon as I saw them, I just had to blurt out – “AMERICAN DUCHESS!”
What a stir THAT created, as only those of us pouring over period attire blogs and vintage clothiers online would know that our gal at American Duchess makes the best of the best in authentic period shoes for popular fashion eras from the Renaissance to the Roaring ’20’s!
Kindred spirits, all!
So, in catching up with all my weekly tea ladies in Blogland, I just had to share these photos – over a cup of tea, of course. Or, make that – a mug of tea . . .
In a little specialty tea mug I found thrifting one day. I just loved our Art Deco fashion plate of a lady looking every bit late 1920’s and 1930’s style – by Villeroy & Boch (VB).
The company was founded in 1748 by Francois Boch in Lorraine, later moving to Luxembourg, and merging with competitor, Nicolas Villeroy in 1836. The company still has original family members working for it and is headquartered today in Germany.
I thought a cozy cup of Chinese Flower Green Tea from Across the Pond Tea Shop might be in order.
It’s a lovely blend of green teas and flowers with citrus spice to set it off nicely!
I’ve displayed my tea mug in a little corner in my sewing room where Lady Cordelia (my dress form) is sporting a fabulous Suzy Perette wool tweed dress from the late 1950’s with an ultra feminine cardigan sweater from the same era sporting three quarter length sleeves, beads, and ribbon swirls. It is a dream to wear!
The sweater – I mean. I wear the sweater – and the fab pheasant feather cloche hat. The dress – alas – must be a size 0, which I haven’t worn since my freshman year in high school.
So – here’s to vintage clothes, teatime, and kindred spirits within driving distance who have promised to invite me to their next monthly event where we get to dress up in all things Victorian, Edwardian, Flapper-esque – and vintage beyond!
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