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Vote for your favorite vintage clothing website!


Once again it’s time for Lulu’s Vintage People’s Choice Award


Click on the image to go to Lulu’s blog, where you will find a great list of vintage clothing sites to browse. I always learn things and get inspired by looking at each of these websites, thinking of both the inventory and the way it is presented.

You may vote for up to 10 sites. Vote for the shops that float your vintage boat, including your own...

(...and of course I’d be honored and so happy if you’d consider voting for me, denisebrain!)

Please and thank you!

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A model? Me??

Not long ago I received the great honor of being Lulu's Pick for Best Vintage Model.

It's hard for me to think of myself as a model...I'm not supremely young and supremely thin, and I'm not beautiful, any more than anyone else. I started my vintage business showing the items on myself partly to distinguish myself from other sellers (I don't think there were other sellers showing their items on people at the time I started), and partly to say if I can do this, so can you.

I kept hearing people say that vintage was fine for others, but they couldn't do it themselves as much as they'd like to. I thought if a more-or-less average person could be seen wearing vintage clothing, it might help people consider. I love wearing vintage clothing, and I wanted to express that in my photos. I consider what I do a sort of act, but it's one I do sincerely.

I collect and study photos taken during my favorite time in fashion, ca. 1935-75, and I am inspired by the happy- healthy- interesting-looking women who modeled. Between their rare talents and the talents of great photographers, there is a world of inspiration.

I particularly like photos that have motion and/or tell a story. Richard Avedon and Louise Dahl-Wolfe took my favorite photos so far, and I'd have to say Suzy Parker is my favorite model, although there are so many great choices.

Carmen dell’Orefice, photo by Richard Avedon

Lauren Hutton, photo by Richard Avedon

Mary Jane Russell, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Mary Sykes, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Naomi Sims, photographer unknown

Suzy Parker, photo by Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Suzy Parker and Robin Tattersall, photo by Richard Avedon

Recently, I bought several catalogues from the late 50s to early 60s and frankly, this is really more what I'm capable of trying to emulate...just don't ask for a suit for $6.97!



One of the best things I've ever seen written about my modeling was “she seems to invite everyone else in for the fun, instead of trying to be cooler than her buyers.” Another: “One can easily put herself in place of Denisebrain and imagine stepping out on the town.”

Exactly what I hope for.

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Paper dolls and a prize from a doll

First: May I tempt you?

You may have seen my monthly theme, Doll Up in Vintage, well I have seven fabulous vintage fashion paper doll books with iconic designs of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and the first seven buyers of $50 or more from any of my stores will receive one of these cool books! (Shop my stores by visiting denisebrain.com.)

Update 3/17/11: 3 left!

Update 3/25/11: all gone!


Second: A few days ago I received a prize from a living doll, Lulu of Lulu's Vintage fame.

I won her blog giveaway pop & psychedelia collection, and I am loving these fabulous 60s brights! She sent me a scarf, a flower pin, a jewelry roll (with a print which is very similar to a half slip I own), an apron and a vintage advertisement, all splendidly bright. I look like a psychedelic housewife...which is pretty close to the true me! Thank you Lulu, you are so generous and cool!


The ad reads "A-hunting we will go...in man-trapping Sportmaker separates"...Hmm, perhaps a couple years before Women's Lib took hold?

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Lulu's Vintage

In the Portland, Oregon world of vintage, and in the online world of vintage, it would be difficult not to know of Lulu. She just reached the 5th-year anniversary of her Lulu's Blog, and many of us in the online vintage community have benefitted from Lulu's posting of items she has chosen to highlight from our websites. Her annual Lulu's Vintage People's Choice Awards and her own top-ten list of sites have been wildly popular, generating an amazing list of the best vintage to be found on the web, along with a spirited competition for top honors. The Style Council, an every-so-often feature of Lulu's blog, gives readers insight into vintage lovers of all sorts.

Lulu now has a wonderful jewel box of a shop in Portland, located at 916 West Burnside Street, a very short walk from Portland's favorite place to submerge for a few hours, Powell's Books. I've been privileged to visit Lulu's Vintage on Burnside, and found the offerings beautifully chosen and presented…highly tempting! The proprietress is unfailingly helpful and kind to visitors.




Right now she has a splendid selection of handbags, scarves, plaids (including some wonderful Bonnie Cashin coats), fabrics, patterns, and menswear. I particularly loved some of her vintage cocktail dresses. I took home this very cool bright red Samsonite bag, the purpose of which I will bend from luggage to shoulder bag.


In addition to her own blog and store, Lulu keeps the world up to date on Portland's thriving vintage scene—not just clothing, but all vintage, including music and cinema—on her other blog, Shop Vintage Portland.

I'm glad to have gotten to know Lulu over the past couple years, and happy to share her endeavors...as she has done for so many others. Keep up the great work, Lulu!

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Vote for your favorite vintage clothing website!

It is your chance to vote for your favorite vintage web site. Two years ago denisebrain was fortunate enough to be one of the top ten People's Choice favorites on the great Lulu's Vintage Blog list. Last year, Lulu herself picked denisebrain for her own top ten. If you would be willing to cast a vote for me, please go to Lulu's voting post and leave a comment that names denisebrain.

OR, if you like, go and name yourself or some other seller that you think rocks the trade. You may vote for your top 10 sites.

It is so great to have a chance to see such a large collection of vintage websites listed in one place. I am working my way through each and every link on Lulu's list and learning in the process. I have the utmost respect and admiration for so many of these great sellers and their sites.

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Vote for your favorite vintage site!

It is your chance to vote for your favorite women's vintage web site. Last year denisebrain was fortunate enough to be one of the top ten favorites on the great Lulu's Vintage Blog list. If you read this, and would be willing to cast a vote for me, please go to Lulu's voting post and leave a comment that names denisebrain.

OR, if you like, go and name yourself or some other seller that you think rocks the trade. You may vote for your top 10 sites.

It is cool to have a chance to see such a large collection of vintage sites listed in one place, and have a chance to cast another admiring glance at one's colleagues. I learn from these great sellers every day, and have the utmost respect and admiration for so many of them.

Footnote: I met Lulu, of Lulu's Vintage fame here in Spokane over the weekend, as she came to visit the Farm Chick's show. Lulu is a most elegant, intelligent and gracious person, and she and her husband charmed me and my husband. Quite aside from this contest, I am redoubling my appreciation of Lulu!

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