Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fried Green Tomatoes

I just watched Fried Green Tomatoes for the first time with my mother.
Other than the great plot and talented cast, I was mostly won over by the 1930's dresses that Ruth (Mary Louis Parker) wore throughout the film.

Take a peek...

I couldn't find a lot of photographs where her lovely frocks where properly showcased, but you get the idea. Not to mention her beautiful hair. How did they do that?!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

First Semester Portfolio

Strange to be home for Christmas break already. The semester really flew by..but anyway, this is what I did in the last  dozen weeks!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


I have been looking at a lot of Lewis Carroll's photographs of young girls lately (yes, the author of Alice in Wonderland, for those of you who did not know he was also a photographer!)

His work has been a big inspiration to my work recently. I'll be posting my final portfolio here soon- I just finished making eight 17 x 22" prints for my final critique. The large size intimidated me at first, but it's been so amazing seeing my work that large!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

So as I mentioned before, my boyfriend and I dressed as Jack and Rose Dawson for Halloween. I was really excited with how we looked once everything was all put together. I must admit, I feel as though I had a bit of Halloween over-kill this year, I spent the three nights leading up to the actual holiday celebrating it with various events. Regardless it was lovely to have the boyfriend up for the actual day of, and he even spent an extra night so we could see the final installment of Saw in 3-D.

But now! I am officially done with Halloween. I took down the cobweb and jack-o-lantern decorations and even swept away the actual cobwebs in the apartment. I was thrilled to log on to my favorite craft blog ( and see this on the first page:

Woo-hoo! I am so ready to start thinking about Thanksgiving (and Christmas!)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Just two lovely portraits I found while researching for my midterm tomorrow.
All taken by one of the first famous portrait photographers, Nadar.

Shop Update

Some new goodies in the shop!

One dress I am particularly excited about...go take a look!

Also, there is still time to ship before Halloween :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010


                                 Dream living room. Ivy growing out of the walls!? Yes, please.
Dream bedroom. I love the wallpaper and old pink vanity.
           Hoping to compile/find a dress similar to this for halloween! My boyfriend is being Jack...

                                               And me just for fun, my outfit the other day!

Monday, October 11, 2010


I don't have a favorite season. I think my favorite time of year is the change of the seasons. Late summer transitioning into autumn, autumn transitioning into winter, winter slowly but surely getting warmer, and of course spring into full-blown summer. Granted I am tired of the winter after the holidays, I do love the first snowfall (and secretly I have already taken to drinking hot chocolate nightly- but that's a different story).

I was home 2 weekends ago for a photo-shoot, which was quite successful if I do say so myself. I'll be traveling back this Friday as well for my Father's birthday. It seems necessary to be in the South Shore for the fall. There really isn't anything quite like it.

A few photographs from the shoot...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

My new bedroom!

So I finally have gotten settled into my new place in Brooklyn!
I have been getting used to biking to the L and taking the subway 20 minutes into Manhattan to get to class. It is nice to get on my bike every day, perhaps sometime I will even make it over the Williamsburg bridge...until then, subway.

These are just a few pictures of my new room. The entire thing doesn't feel quite ready yet, so I am only showing a few little bits!

There was a big deliberation over mum and I went to every TJ Maxx and Marshalls in the bay state area it seemed, to find the perfect one. We couldn't choose between the tiny rosebud comforter, and the cottage rose quilt, so it was her idea to use them both. She's a smartie.

The crocheted and lace pillows were collected from various antique stores.

I couldn't believe when I found this (working!) typewriter on the side of the road! Someone had tried to sell it at a yardsale, but when they closed up shop around 3:00 pm, it went out to the road.
The wallpapered chest of drawers came from the Brimfield Antique Show. I spotted it in this one woman's booth, and went back and forth to it about four times before I realized how my heart would break if it didn't come home with me. $20 seemed pretty steep to me for such a thing, but I had to have it! 

You'll also notice the adorable little postcards my boyfriend has been sending me. His blog is HERE. Lots of drawings and vintage photographs.

Also, thanks so much to my three international buyers! There are still some lovely things left in the shop, and I don't want to restock until I sell most of it all, so keep shopping :)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

1960's Crochet Caddy!

Last Saturday my younger brother and I went on an Estate/Yard Sale binge. We drove to the outter-most part of Plymouth, back to Kingston, and a few times around, looking through people's old junk. My main destination was all the way south on Route 3, to an estate sale "in the big old white house". We got there, and it was about a quarter of the size that the newspaper ad had promised, but it was, in fact, outside of a big old white house. None the less, the prices were very reasonable and I made out quite well. I got a lovely little carpet-bag clutch with a dainty little metal strap, a big bag of old lace to tie my Etsy packages with, and this amazing yarn/crochet caddy. I nearly gasped when I saw the price tag....$1.00 -I'll take it!

Also, another Etsy update! My boyfriend and I went to The Garment District in Cambridge, MA last Sunday, a former favorite place of mine as a 14 year old, and that was probably the last time I had gone! I forgot what a goldmine that place is. I am now officially done buying until I begin shop, shop shop!

Edit: Just sold the drop-waist 1970's does the 20's dress. It was my boyfriend's favorite so he's all bummed out...but I am sure it will look much better on the new owner than I thought it looked on me...I was little a bit too 'hippy in it.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Shop Update!

Finally got around to photographing the dresses and other new items today. I have listed two of my (favorite!) dresses so far, but I still need to get a few different angles of the others.

But...I can't wait any longer! So I am giving a sneak peak of the most incredible 1960s raincoat I found tucked away in a 2 story antique house in Cohasset. It was a rainy and gray Sunday, the only day that my boyfriend and I have off together. Our plans were to go to Boston and dig around the Garment District and get lunch somewhere downtown. But the rain made us less adventurous so we only made it as far as exit 14. It ended up being a perfect day, I found the most lovely black pleated chiffon dress, fluttery wrap dress (up for purchase here!) and this raincoat...just waiting for me to find them.
We ate at the Red Parrot in Hull (the best clam chowder) and watched it rain outside and the white caps crash on the beach. On our way home we decided to stop at the Dream Machine and waste a few quarters in the old arcade.

This Sunday will be Boston, and I am sure loads more dresses to sell!

And now for the sneak preview...


Monday, August 23, 2010

First Post

dun dun dun dun....!

I have been wanting to combine a blog with my new etsy shop, under one official name with everything linked so all of my endeavors don't feel so scatter brained.

For all of you who didn't find your way to my blog from the shop, it is: here! 
Unfortunately the store name was created last summer, when I intended on it being mostly handmade goods...but now that I plan on it being almost entirely vintage clothing and accessories, Lola May seemed a better fit. I stuck "by nichole" on the end of the banner so clear up some confusion. 

Lots more to come, store and blog wise! I have been on two very successful hauls and have loads of new dresses, etc to clean up, photograph and list!

(The above photograph is one that I took a few weeks ago. My current photo project, inspired by Nabokov's Lolita, as well as my own childhood, is the inspiration for the name Lola May)