Holiday Shipping Schedule @ Shuushuu by Lulu

I usually put this schedule on the Announcements page of the shop but I wanted to put a comprehensive, hopefully easy to understand guide for the shipping schedule by Canada Post for holiday buying in 2012.

This guide will be a good indicator for when, how long and for us procrastinators, the absolutely last day you can get something shipped to make it in time.

 

 

 

 

 

Canada to Canada:

Light Packet: December 12

Regular Parcel: December 10

XpressPost: December 19

Priority Post: December 21

Canada to USA:

Small Packet by Surface: December 6

Small Packet by Air: December 8

Light Packet: December 11

Xpresspost: December 14

Priority Post: December 20

Canada to Everywhere Else: * Some Countries take longer such as Japan, Thailand, Africa, South America, Middle East*

Small Packet by Surface: October 30

Small Packet by Air: November 29

Light Packet: December 2

Xpresspost: December 3

Priority Post: December 14

These suggested times do not include weekends or holidays. This is also a preliminary guide because Canada Post has not released their official guide yet for 2012. And I wanted to give customers a way to plan their holiday shopping. So maybe this year I may be different and start early…maybe!

A few Gift Ideas for that Special Girl:

Courreges Necklace and bracelet Set in Silver and Gold Tone, Interlocking, interchangeable Chunky links!! Click on photo to go to Shop!

Oneda Vintage Cream and Navy Blue Enamel Flower Brooch. Click on photo to go to Shop!

Nina Ricci Vintage Clip On Earrings in Gold Tone and Banana Cream Enamel. Click on Photo to go to Shop!

I did not forget the guys, Some gift ideas for those most Excellent men will follow in another post!

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I hope you found this informative…Till Next Time!!!!

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A Day in the Life of a Vintage Freak

The day was perfect for an outing, to check out some vintage stores in Downtown Toronto. The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy and white confections of sky candy. My friend James came to pick me up at around Noon today. James laughs at me because I spend so much time in second hand, thrift and vintage stores. We drove into Toronto and hit a vintage hot spot called Kensington market. If you have ever heard or seen the show from the 70s called King of Kensington starring Al Waxman this is that same place.

This is one of the places to shop for Vintage in the Toronto area because there are so many good shops within a block. Stores like Courage my Love, Exile, Flashback and Flashback 2.

                           Courage My Love Kensington Market Toronto, ON

We sat at one of my favourite coffee and tea spots called the Moonbean Café on St. Andrew St. I had a cup of Organic Irish Breakfast tea and a delicious apple pastry. It was perfect to sit outside on the small patio on a beautiful day like today.

There are some stores, which carry a variety of vintage classics such as the Plaid western shirt, varsity jackets and black wool Pea coats and so much more. But some stores also crossover into new items, such as one store, which has screen printed bags and t-shirts. Courage my Love has all manner of vintage items including linens, dishes, Cowboy boots, and lots and lots of fantastic beads. I purchased these lovely Midi length gloves in a gorgeous coral color, with little nubs and stitched leaves. See them below:

Vintage 1960s Coral Midi length Gloves…Prefect for Fall!!! Sorry folks, these are not for Sale!!!!!

Vintage 1960s Coral Midi Length Gloves, has curved ebbossed stitching and three point little leaves or flowers!!!!

There were a few times during the day when we talked about what day it was and thought about the lives lost not just on this day in 2001 but throughout history. We were having a Remembrance Day moment.

Whenever I visit this part of the city I feel like I am in another country because it is so multicultural. There are two restaurants beside each other one was Jamaican and the other was Thai. And just around the corner is our famous China Town. There is graffiti on the walls, colourful characters hanging in the streets, burning incense wafting into the street, and music playing to all rhythms of the nation.

Don’t forget it is a market as well! You can purchase Fruit, Bread, Cheese and Meat one store after another and have freshness on your table for the evening meal.

It was a great day to spend with a great person and appreciate the company!

I hope you enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!!! Lulu

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Vintage Fall Fashion Preview @ Shuushuu by Lulu

I enjoyed putting these photo montages together. I think next time I am going to try actual collages of inspiring patterns, textures, etc. to combine with the vintage fashion images…we’ll see what happens next time. but for now this is for today!

Fall Preview for Women I

Coro Ice Blue Rhinestone Earrings

Coro Circular Wave Brooch

John Hort Lucite handle Patent Leather Handbag

Anne Klein Autumn Stripe Blouse

Harve Bernard Gray Wool Trousers

Fall Preview for Women II

Army Green Military style Blazer from Escada

Anne Klein Black Wool Pleated Skirt

Nina Ricci Banana Cream Gold Stripe Earrings

Kate Spade Animal Print Pony hair Shoes

Champagne 1970s Bow Tie Bodysuit

Monet Filigree Gold Tone Flower Brooch

Fall Preview for Men I

Croydon Khaki Green Trench Coat

Swank Mother of Pearl Gold tone Cuff Links

Burberry Crisp White Cotton French Cuffed Shirt

Valentino Black and Gold Relief Pattern Silk Necktie

Lorry Green and Black Wool Knitted Cardigan

Yah or Nah on my attempt at Photo Montage?

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Guidelines for Buying @ Shuushuu by Lulu

Since I will be closing out book sales at Shuushuu by Lulu at the end of September of this year, I am posting this comprehensive guide on how I grade my books and other vintage stock. This guide can be used for the many other items that will still be available such as, clothing, accessories, jewelry, ect. This terminology can be found throughout the Internet when buying vintage books. It is very common language, so I have incorporated it for the use of anything and everything. Then you do not have to learn multiple guides and charts.

When I first began collecting books, buying them online, I learned a thing or two about descriptions and lack of descriptions. If you are unsure of anything you want to know about an item and need clarification, always ask questions. Almost everyone I have dealt with will provide an answer, including myself. If you need more pictures, be specific about what areas you would like photographed, and I will provide them. There was an occasion where a vendor could not provide answers to my questions and it was not mentioned in the description, I did not buy from them. I think it is important to provide information as part of customer service.

Rating System:

Mint: Describes a book in pristine condition but is old, aged even used. The term is used as part of a wider scale to gauge how beat-up an object is and thus how valuable it may be to a collector. In many cases, only “perfect” condition—used to denote objects still in their original packaging—is ranked higher.

Excellent-Like New describes a book that is in immaculate, crisp condition with a perfect dust jacket. I generally use this term only to describe new books (and, frankly, some new books are no longer in As New condition by the time they get shipped out) or to describe books so pristine that the spine hasn’t even been cracked. I basically don’t believe this term can be used to describe a book older than 15 years because the very feel of the book will tell you it’s old, even if it’s in perfect condition and no one has ever opened it. I rarely use this term to describe the vintage books available in my store because of their age.

F. Fine describes a book that approaches being As New, without the crispness. There can be no visible defects, and the book is clean and bright, and the dust jacket has no rips or stains. All minor defects are noted in the descriptions.

VG. Very Good describes a book that is clean and bright but which may show subtle signs of its age, such as very minor knicks or scratches. The book edges may be bumped from storage or it may small defects but the book would still look clean, crisp and tightly bound overall. All defects are noted in the descriptions.

G. Good describes an average used book that shows some wear but whose interior is clean. They may have Inscriptions, Ink marks, Tears on the dust jacket or inner pages. All defects are noted in the descriptions.

P. Poor describes a book that has all its pages intact but which was obviously well loved and well read in its past life. I sometimes refer to books in this condition as Reading Copies.

XL. Ex-Library (Ex-Lib, XLib) describes a book that once belonged to a public or institutional library (and has been deaccessioned). Usually these books show some markings on the title and copyright page, as well as the endpapers. I spend time cleaning up ex-library books to remove the worst of these sins: rear pockets, stickers, dirty dust jacket covers, dirty plastic covers (sometimes just doing that makes a world of difference), etc. Sometimes I will state that X-lib books contain “usual markings”, it means it will have stickers, stamps, etc. All ex-library books are so noted, along with a condition grade. There is no such thing as an ex-library book in As New condition, but many are Very Good, and sometimes the dust jackets (in new plastic protectors) are beautiful.

The above terminology is the same I use to describe the variety of vintage items available in Shuushuu by Lulu. I do not use the term Poor because I try very hard not to acquire anything that is in Poor condition, if I end up with anything from an estate sale or allotment which is poor, I usually end up donating it to a local charitable organization or putting it in the garbage.

Measuring System:

I am always thinking of ways to improve the shopping experience for my customers or soon-to-be customers. It is always difficult to buy on the Internet because you cannot feel it or try it on for size. The worse thing is to open you wonderful package of the one thing you have been waiting a week or two for, and it looks just like it did in the picture. You are excited and decide to quickly try it on and Huh oh… it doesn’t fit. This guide is here to hopefully alleviate some of that frustration. It is a guide specifically for Shuushuu by Lulu, because it is the measurements I take and post for my available listings.

Clothing comes in standard sizing, although the human body does not! I list the size of all clothing if the size is still attached to the label of the item listed. But I also give measurements of typical areas of the body, in order to keep you informed and to provide a guide for buying within my shop.  This guide is for both men and women!

Women:

Measuring Chart for Women includes description of Skirt and Dress length

Bust: The measurement is taken under the arm, across the chest.

Waist: the measurement is taken at the narrowest part of the top. It is generally located between your rib cage and belly button.

Hips: The measurement is taken at the fullest part of your hips and buttocks, usually located 7 to 9 inches below your natural waist.

Length: I usually take the length measurement from either the Neck or the Shoulder, perpendicular to the floor and to the end hemline on the garment.

Shoulders: The measurement is taken from the outer edge of one shoulder to the outer edge of the other. Keep the tape parallel to the floor.

Men:

Measurement Chart for Men’s Clothing

Neck: this measurement is taken around the neck, directly over the Adam’s apple.

Chest: the measurement is taken across the chest over the nipples.

Sleeve: the measurement is taken from the underarm seam to the cuff hemline.

Waist: the measurement is taken around the body at the natural indentation of the waistline, over the belly button.

Hips: the measurement is taken at the fullest part of the seat.

Inseam: the measurement is taken from the inner crotch to the top of the foot.

Width: I use this measurement for the narrowest part of a garment if it is a straight cut. E.I: a Shift, Vest, Tube dress or top, etc.

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Back to School: What’s New in Store

Labour Day is quickly approaching and back to school merchandise is sold by the crate loads. Books, binders, pens, Oh my!!!! What about what to wear? I remember the first day of school was really important, especially if it was a new school, even high school. Even though, I knew some of the kids moving into grade 9, who had graduated with me, I also knew I would be meeting new kids from other schools as well.

Wearing the new duds made a first impression, that spoke volumes about your personality. After my first year in high school it wasn’t so important to keep up those first impressions but more important to be unique. I see so much conformity among young people today that expressing your individuality seems to lead to separation, rather than integration. But I found friends that were like-minded, we shared the same taste in music, we liked to dress in black and shopped in vintage stores.

We were not the cool kids, but we were cool to each other. We didn’t seek to impress anyone else but each other. We bought ¾ length wool car coats, sailor caps, Parachute jackets, Balloon pants and long, ankle length skirts. We wore black sweaters that were way too big and covered from neck to knees.

We wore different colors in our hair, our earrings were long and dangled down to our clavicles and we listened to INXS, The Cure and Siouxie and the Bandshees.

I have chosen some items, which will be uploaded into my store Shuushuu by Lulu for the Autumn. Whether you wear them for school or a new job or an evening out with friends, I think you will be able to express yourself in style! (Coming Soon!!!!)

1970s White Jersey Dress in Vogue vs Diane Von Furstenberg Black Jersey Maxi Dress

This classic style dress can be worn with a contrasting belt sitting on the hips. Because of its shirt design and its length it can be worn so many different ways.

Black Floral 1970s Jersey Body Suit vs 1970s Body Suit in Vogue Magazine

The Anne Klein Black Wool Pleated Skirt, as shown in Vogue magazine September 1973

These two pieces would be fabulous worn together with a great wide belt. The skirt is a beautiful thick wool crepe designed by Anne Klein and features the Lion Head Trademark on the label.

I hope you enjoyed this blog…Till Next Time!!!

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Cole of California Swim Wear-It’s Getting Hot!!!

A sexy post for a hot summer day! It’s 33oC outside and with the humidity rising, it’s getting hotter, and sweatier. Cole of California is an American swim wear company that produces fabulous swim suits for both in and out of the water. Their suits are sexy, functional and may produce strange tan lines.

The Company started out of a knitwear company called West Coast Manchester Knitting Mills by founder Fred Cole back in 1923. Fred Cole was an actor, at the time the family business was making long knit underwear. Fred was not interested in these boring, functional, utilitarian garments. He wanted glamour, the kind he had a taste of in Hollywood. He found Margit Felligi, who was a Costume Designer. And from 1936 to 1972, she designed some of the most creative, provocative and innovative bathing suits during her reign. She was known for her creative use of Latex, Nylon and Spandex. And in 1965 she rocked the swimsuit world with her “Scandal Suit,” a daring one-piece suit with a plunging net front.

Cole of California The Scandal Suit Designed by Margit Felligi in 1965

The Company signed Esther Williams to represent the company, 1950: and in 1951 (before she had her own line) Esther Williams was the spokeswoman for Cole swimsuits. One ad read:

“Here’s the perfect suit for real swimmers… the best I’ve ever worn. It will really do something for your form – in or out of the water.”

Cole of California Produced swim wear for Dior in 1955. They launched the Anne Cole collection in 1982, she is Fred Cole’s daughter. She also introduced the Tankini in 1997. The company is still producing swimwear, with their sister company, Anne Cole, and is designed by Anne.

I pulled some advertisements from Vogue magazines to show a progression of vintage swimwear from a highly collectible name as Cole of California. They are all sexy and cool including the slogan, “Never in the history of Mankind, has so little done so much for so many.”

White Two Piece Swim Suit in Vogue July 1944

                             Black 1 piece Swimsuit Vogue April 1973

 

Cole of California Beach- Leisure Cover Up Vogue Sept 1973-Model looks like Cheryl Tiegs

Cole of California Plunging Neckline Swim Suit- Vogue Nov 1973

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1975

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1976- This suit looks like a second Skin!!!!

Black Micro Polka Dot One Piece Swim Suit in Vogue June 1977

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1977- Love the print on this Swim Suit!!!!

Cole of California Vogue Nov 1981- Great texture and it’s white Ooo La La!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed this post! Till Next Time! Check out my store for other great Swimsuits and for a limited time I have a sale on, look in store announcements for details!!Lulu

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Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator

I could not find very much information on Stephen Keyes, so I tried Sandra Leichman. There wasn’t very much information on the internet about this American fashion illustrator either. Although both artists had features in Vogue magazine presented in different advertisements, there isn’t very much biographical info out there. Sandra Leichman was a staff artist for Fairchild, which also included artists like Antonio Lopez and Steven Meisel among others. There is a book called WWD Illustrated in which Sandra Leichman is featured. As well, a curator named Charles Kleibacker did an exhibition of these works for an Ohio institution back in 2008. The purpose of such an exhibition, featured some 50 garments and more than 100 illustrations, allowed it to expand on the idea of the interplay between garments and their illustrations.

Here are a few examples of Sandra Leichman’s Work as seen in Vogue:

Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator Vogue Nov 1973

Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator Vogue Nov 1975

Sandra Leichman- Fashion Illustrator Vogue Oct 1976

If anyone has information regarding this Fashion Illustrator, I would greatly appreciate it and I will add it to the blog post. Thank you!

I hope you enjoyed this post…Till Next Time!

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