November 15, 2008

Taking cover for a few days!

We are breathing in a blanket of smoke, ash and soot. The air is horrible and not going to venture outside until it's safe to breath! Here are a few pictures on top of Signal Hill/Long Beach, looking out towards Catalina Island, LA/LB Harbor/Port and out towards Anaheim Hills. The sky looks like a blanke of clouds, that is smoke, ash and soot.

November 14, 2008

SLIP into something more comfortable at CherrySparkle! on eBay

I'm jealous. Get a load of the knockers on her, not to mention this GORGEOUS BLUE VANITY FAIR Full Slip that will knock his socks off! Never thought I would be jealous of a mannequin!

While you are at it, take a look at CherrySparkle! other goodies up for auction, if not for the beauty of what she offers, but to admire her gorgeous photography or her well endowed "MISS BUSTY" as I call her.

I will have to say I'm in LOVE with that watermelon pink VINTAGE VANITY FAIR NIGHTGOWN in a larger size 40! Wish it fit me, the color is breathtaking!

November 12, 2008

Vintage Nightgowns Galore! Awesome BLOG about Vintage Nightgowns

On my ever quest search for vintage nightgowns on the internet, I stumbled across this site. Featuring nightgowns mostly from Olga, Vanity Fair, and Intime of California. Owner and creator Suzanne Prochaska has a passion for vintage nightgowns . She states "I started the blog because I adore vintage nightgowns and wanted to learn more about them & also to document all of the Olga style numbers". She also has her own website and states, "I started this site to document my journey with online business building. Although I am a Registered Nurse by profession, my entire life I have wanted to have my own business. As I have tried different things over the years, I also realized that I want to be self-employed solo. For the last 20 years I have supervised many nurses and other employees and for my own business I have a very strict "no employee rule"! What a lady with many talents! Be sure to check out all her sites, especially
Thank you Suzanne for bringing more attention to vintage nightgowns!

November 11, 2008

Vintage Lingerie~1000 Dessous~A History of Lingerie

A MUST HAVE book 1000 Dessous.

Since the beginning of civilization, women have worn underwear. Justified as protection, or a hygienic necessity, this "second skin" was devised to satisfy perverse erotic instincts. A "trap laid by Venus" to entertain and stimulate the fantasies of both the woman who wears them and the man who discovers them. Corsets, bras and panties are not utilitarian items - they are elements in a mystic ritual linking man and woman. They act as an obsessive focus for fantasy, for the sex they conceal is powerless without the decorations and seductions which separate us from it. Pleasure would perish without censorship.

Women have always known how to stimulate the latent fetishism of the men around them. Under her dress, a Greek girl of the classical period would wear a belt around her hips which was of no practical use except to draw attention to her feminity. Likewise, the women of Rome already wore garters round their thighs, though the stocking had not yet been invented. In our own century, vamps, starlets, pin-ups and models have filled our cínema screens, our advertising hoardings, our office calendars and our imaginations with the erotic engineering of the garter belt and the surreptitious rustle of nylon stockings.

Dessous traces the evolution of this living mythology from its first steps in the dawn of civilization to its apotheosis in the films and advertising campaigns of the modern world. Lavishly illustrated, it demonstrates how the conflict between the need to conceal and the will to reveal has provided women with the means to explore their own sexuality and exercise an erotic ascendancy over men. The result is a richly aphrodisiacal meditation, an intimate exploration of the props of our theatre of desire.

About the editor and author: Gilles Néret (1933-2005) was an art historian, journalist, writer, and museum correspondent. He organized several art retrospectives in Japan and founded the SEIBU museum and the Wildenstein Gallery in Tokyo. He directed art reviews such as L'Oeil and Connaissance des Arts and received the Elie Faure Prize in 1981 for his publications. Néret's many titles for TASCHEN include Salvador Dalí - The Paintings, Matisse, and Erotica Universalis.

November 10, 2008

Olga Vintage Nightgown, and a BRIEF history of the Olga Lingerie Company

Yep, another shameless self promotion, but wanted to show off this gorgeous MASSIVE FULL SWEEPING OLGA negligee. Ever wondered who really is OLGA? As some of her tags say, "Behind Every Olga there really is an Olga". Here at Sweet Cherry Vintage, I offer you exquisite vintage Olga gowns and undergarments.

It is hard to believe that the Olga Company, one of the most sought after brands in vintage (and modern) lingerie, began with a measly $10 in the forties and reached volume sales of $67 million. Well the Olga behind Olga made it happen with her incredible undergarment designs and dedication to making women feel ultra feminine and beautiful.

Olga Erteszek, designer and founder of the Olga Company, left her native Krakow, Poland and immigrated to California with her husband, Jan Erteszek, in 1939. Jan was a lawyer who found work in sales after coming to the US and Olga, whose mother was a corsetière, worked in a factory making brassieres and girdles.

Now let's not forget that during World War II, sacrifices were made. Lingerie companies were assisting in the production of parachutes for the army and fabrics were rationed. When Olga saw a woman with hosiery rolled to her knees one day on a trolley, she told her husband that women should at least have something to hold up their stockings, even with the sacrifices being made during the was. With Jan's support and encouragement, she rented a sewing machine for $5 and spent another $5 on material and sewed a dozen lace-trimmed garter belts. A buyer for Bullocks-Wilshire department store bought the garter belts, and the Olga Company began. By 1950, the company was fully established in the lingerie industry.

In the early years Olga was directing seventeen designers, making fashionable lingerie that enhanced, shaped, and smoothed a women's body. Jan was the head of marketing and sales in the Olga Company, and had Olga appear in the company's advertisements as early as 1952.

From 1964 to 1978 she was featured in advertisements with a slogan that said, "Behind Every Olga There Really Is An Olga." This tag line can also be found on the labels of nightgowns, including the 1960's Sleeping Pretty collection.

In 1967, Olga Company became a publicly owned corporation with a value of $67 million. The Olga Company was one of the first companies to offer it's employees profit sharing. They made the Fortune 500 list of best 100 companies to work for.

In 1984, Olga Company was sold to Warnaco (Warner's, etc.) for $28 million.

Olga Erteszek held the women's record for patents. Her designs included the built-in bra nightgown, the seamless bra, the massaging bra, and tummy flattening panties. Jan and Olga were honored for their community and humanitarian work and in 1985 they received the California Industrialist Of The Year award for life time achievement.

Jan Erteszek died in 1986. In 1979, at age 73, Olga dies of breast cancer. One of their daughters, Christina Johnson, is currently the design director at Warnaco for Olga's Christina, a sporty line of lingerie, which was originally trademarked by Olga Company in 1981.

November 7, 2008

eBay Vintage Sellers, be aware! Woes of Paypal/eBay.

Two months ago, sold a gorgeous slip (email me for the link if you want to see this gorgeous satin slip). Buyer was extremely happy, left me glowing feedback to the exact words of "Received in excellent condition...", but I had noticed he rated (dinged) my Detailed Seller Ratings (DSR's) really low in shipping costs. I charged him $6.75 for a Priority package with delivery confirmation. My mistake....I emailed him asking why the very low rating on shipping cost. I do not control what the post office charges. Well, this ticked HIM off big time. He ranted and raved about how the "star ratings are supposed to be anonymous" etc. Well, they aren't. Any seller with half a brain can figure out who "dings" their stars, especially when they are lowered right after feedback is left. So, doing the right thing, I refunded his shipping to him. Well that wasn't enough for him. He wanted to return the slip, not sure why. I denied that request, he got what he wanted, bid up that damn slip so high, and I felt he was having "buyer's remorse". End of story, so I thought.

Fast forward two months later, I get a Paypal notice they froze the money he paid me and he is claiming with his CREDIT CARD company (he paid me with his credit card through Paypal), that it is not "Significantly Not As Described, aka SNAD). This is bullcrap (for lack of a more fitting word). He was happy with his purchase until I caught him out "dinging" my stars. So now, he is FRAUDING HIS CREDIT CARD COMPANY. Lucky for me, I have all saved emails, screenshots of his feedback left for me, and his rants and raves. Even if his credit card company refunds him, he has to send back his slip to me, in exact the same condition with tags and all on it. If not, I'm filing POSTAL FRAUD on him.

So, thanks for letting me rant about this fraudulent buyer. If you need his eBay ID, simply email me. I will be happy to share it with you so you can add to your BLOCKED BIDDER LIST.

November 6, 2008

Every Man Wants His Woman on a Pedestal

And BY GOLLY every woman should be up on a pedestal. I giggled when I saw these vintage lingerie adverts by Rogers, who coincidentally was run by the family of Ginger Rogers. Rogers Lingerie has some of the most beautiful frilly chiffon gowns and gorgeous silky nylon slips ever created! Be sure to check out my VINTAGE LINGERIE boutique for more vintage fluffy creations!

November 5, 2008

Vintage Lingerie on Mad Men

I'm simply mad for Mad Men with the ever so yummy and delicious Don Draper and Roger Sterling, not to mention the beautiful women such as voluptuous Joan and the sweet and not so innocent Betty Draper. But what I really want to talk about is the lingerie...what else? The first photo is of a gorgeous LUCIE ANN that I actually sold awhile back in minty green.

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November 3, 2008

What's a gal to do?

Above, my Olga Pick of a Lifetime Nightgown.. Gorgeous isn't she? Speaking of she, sorry, that's a first for me. I swear I would never call a piece of lingerie "her, she" and cringe when I see on eBay auctions. What is with some of these sellers calling their lingerie as though it's a human counterpart... strange.

Very humdrum mood...HATE THIS FREAKING TIME CHANGE, so very depressing. So here I sit on the eve of the election and thought to myself, I really need to finish my voter sample ballot, then I thought, gee, I haven't blogged in a month. Then I thought, I have to do dinner. Then I though, GOD HELP ME, my daughter is asking me to take her out driving. Then I thought, I have to pay bills, and need to get up some vintage lingerie to sell.

Boring, I know, but when I get over this depression from the time change, I'll write a something a little more juicy.

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