25 years ago today Lily and I were onstage at Woodstock ll.
We went with our good friends the Hart’s as guests of Crosby, Stiils & Nash. What an experience!!! It was truly magical!!! Lily was obviously enjoying the music!!! Ha! Ha! As always @judithnhart a huge thank you for always documenting life’s moments!!!
#woodstock #crosbystillsandnash #thedavidcrosby #lilycollins
Finally made it to the newly restored Formosa last night for dinner! So worth a visit!
The Formosa first opened it’s doors in 1939. Back then it was situated across from the Samuel Goldwyn Studio and stars like Frank Sinatra, Humphrey Bogart, James Dean, and Elvis Presley would pop into the legendary Formosa Cafe for dining and drinks. I would recommend booking a table in the iconic and original trolley car which dates back to 1904 and is confirmed to be the oldest surviving red train car in existence. It is such a great experience!!!@1933group have done a fantastic job of bringing this back to life and the attention to detail is amazing!!! I went there a million years ago when it had seen better days and I am so impressed with it’s revitalization!!! Check on the photos @theformosa and treat yourself to a fun evening out!!! The food was delicious too!!!
Cozy corner vignette in one of my store windows. Time for a refresh so I wanted to post before I forgot. The massive Players Cigarette enamel advertising sign is pretty great if I do say so myself!!!
#gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
So many great items in the store I am now using the floor to display!!! An antique wooden abacus and a grouping of custom mounted vintage musical instruments are all here and so much more!!! Stop by and see for yourself.
#gifts #unusualgifts #uniquegifts #decorator #designer #vintagedecor #musicalinstruments #wehoshopping
The sky really was the most perfect blue today!!! Gotta love nature at it’s finest!!! No filter needed...
So about last night... I was lucky enough to be one of the first people to see Quentim Tarantino’s epic new film ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ at the Cinerama Dome in 70mm!!! A special thank you to @alisonmartino for the inivite. How amazing that Quentin was actually there and introduced his film!!! He said that he wanted to watch it with a paying audience that gave up their Saturday night to be there when they could have chosen to be anywhere else. It was quite the experience!!! #onceuponatimeinhollywood #cineramadome #hollywood
Another NBC Universal Studios ‘GARAGE’ sale!!!
It is always so much fun!!!
This time it was all about the props. It would be fascinating to know which films or tv shows everything was from.
It starts promptly at 8:00 and by 8:15 most everything is tagged. You have to be really quick. It is quite the experience!!! I find it fascinating to see what people grab. The last photo cracks me up as it shows someone’s carefully selected random items. There is a little bit of everything there and you never know what you are going to find!!! Treasure hunting at it’s finest!!!
#nbcuniversalgaragesale #oddities #props #setdesign #designer #decorator #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
My Mom would have been 94 years old today. Billie Jeanette, later changed to Jane, was born on this day, July 12th in 1925. She was a trained ballet dancer starting at a very young age and was in quite a few Hollywood films. Her talent skipped me and landed in @lilyjcollins. I miss her so much but every time I look at my daughter I see her clearly. Jane lives on through her and would get such a kick out of her granddaughter following in her footsteps!!!
#momsbirthday #lilycollins #gonebutneverforgotten
This great vintage wooden and metal razor store display also sold to the person who bought the giant ice cream cone!!! Must be into oversized things!!! Sorry to see this one go...
#oversizedstoredisplay #giantrazor #gifts #unusualgifts #uniquegifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
Well this lasted all of an hour before it was sold!!! I put it outside getting ready to stage my summer window display in The Gallery. Two people pulled over and tried to buy ice cream, thinking that is what I sold, 🤣 before a third person, who was picking something else up they had bought the day before, fell instantly in love with it and had to have it!!! Now I have to rethink my window display.
Not a bad problem to have...
Summer has arrived!!! YAY!!!
#icecreamcone #storedisplay #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #wehoshopping
I found yet another Cara Nan purse at the Long Beach Antique Market last Sunday. These were created by friends
Carolyn McDaniel and Nancy Steele in the 1960’s and 70’s out of Jacksonville, Mississippi . The two friends started making purses as a hobby which then grew into a business that employed local housewives. Nancy’s daughter had the job of gluing the pennies on top of the baskets which is their trademark and also marks the year it was created. The penny on this one is dated 1972. One distinct characteristic of Caro Nan purses are images of streets and buildings, but they can have other designs as well.
They were always signed on the inside lid. They were sold in boutiques and were also custom made for customers who wanted a particular scene or sayings that held memories for them. It looks like this one was Lucy’s. These are such fun to collect and each is so different. No two are alike!!!
#caronan #vintagepurse #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
I went and viewed Julien’s LEGENDS sale the other day and a few of the highlights for me were the following: Vivian Leigh’s antique bed frame circa 1860’s from Gone With The Wind while behind it was the iconic black and white, MGM photograph taken by Fred Parrish, who was the still photographer from GWTW.
Next was a life-size baby elephant stuffed animal possibly used to advertise the Ringling Brothers circus circa 1950’s. Following that is the Silver King bicycle by Hendee & Nelson circa 1890’s which was owned by Steve McQueen and finally the costume that was worn by Marilyn Monroe in the 1950, 20th Century Fox musical A Ticket to Tomahawk where she and the other gals sang “Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are.”
So many more things to see.
I always love a good auction preview!!!
Thank you @hollywoodreporter for this wonderful story about @waverlyondoheny!!! I could not be happier or more excited!!! Not sure how to link it yet but apparently if you google: www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/inside-antique-store-waverly-founded-by-lily-collins-jill-tavelman-collins-1215222 you will eventually find it. Being able to bring a #prouddaughteralert to @lilyjcollins made it even more special!!! Please check it out and let me know your thoughts.
#hollywoodreporter #lilycollins #waverlyondoheny #wehoshopping #prouddaughteralert #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign
Picture perfect Italian mid-Century gold metal side table.
Love the stylized flowers and leaves. I see these every so often but not in this great condition. In fact there was another one there from a different vendor but it had been left outside and was quite rusted. Way too far distressed. Very happy with this one!!! Found early this morning @pasadenacitycollegefleamarket.
#midcenturymodern #italiantable #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
New window display in The Gallery was inspired by the chair I bought at the NBC Universal prop “Garage” sale that I posted a few weeks back. The little painted table was also a find from there and the curtain from one of their past sales. It’s all about the ‘Vicious Couture!!!’
#nbcuniversal #mannequins #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
Obsessed with this Venetian carved silvered wood grotto chair from the late 19th Century that I recently bought @andrewjonesauctions!!!
It’s provenance was that is was sold from the property of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, formally of the late Mr. George Cukor, at a Butterfield & Butterfield auction held in 1985 and then sold to a private collector in Santa Barbara and finally to me!!!
George Cukor was an American film director who mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. He started his career at RKO directing films such as Little Women (1933) and others before moving to MGM when David O. Selznick changed Studios. He then directed many classics there such as Dinner at Eight (1933), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Gaslight (1944), Adam’s Rib (1949), Born Yesterday (1950), A Star is Born (1954),Bhowani Junction( 1956), and he won the Academy Award for Best Director for My Fair Lady (1964). He continued to work into the 1980’s. I love owning something that once belonged to such an iconic movie director!!!
#andrewjonesauctions #georgecukor #director #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #wehoshopping
This street art piece by @hijackart appeared overnight in the alley behind my store. I love the obvious placement next to the signs. Pretty cool!!!
#hijackart #streetart #wehoshopping
A couple of weeks ago NBC Universal had another one of their props ‘Garage’ sales. Always an adventure!!! One of my favorite finds was this antique wood gold leafed chair that had obviously been recovered at some point. Vicious Couture is now screen printed across the back which I kinda love. I wonder what it appeared in on screen? What a fabulous bedroom chair or perfect for someone that has a very spacious dressing room. It is a beauty!!!
Also the inspiration for my next Gallery window display which I am currently putting together. More will be revealed...
#viciouscouture #antiquechair #nbcuniversalprops #gifts #uniquegifts #unusualgifts #designer #decorator #setdesign #vintagedecor #wehoshopping
I viewed @Bonhams ‘Wonders of the Galaxy’ auction this afternoon. Some fantastic Hollywood artifacts with a little bit of something for everyone. An assortment of props, posters, scripts, photographs and costumes from early horror and science fiction films right up to James Bond and Star Wars were on view. Elizabeth Taylor’s wig and jewelry from Cleopatra along with John Wayne’s director’s chair back embossed ‘Duke’, and even the illuminating blaster pistol from A Forbidden Planet were only some of the highlights. Probably my favorite item was a rocking chair gifted by Katherine Hepburn to Spencer Tracy. Upon his death she continued to use it for curling up in and reading scripts. So much to see, learn about and just take in. Unfortunately the one item I actually went there to specifically view had been removed from the sale by it’s consignor. It was an MGM door knocker in the shape for the iconic lion’s head. Maybe the owner had regrets about letting it go. I know I would if I owned it. Oh well... it was an entertaining afternoon anyway!!! #bonhams #hollywoodauction #hollywoodmemoribilia
Mother’s Day is almost done for another year. I love this day because for me it is all about spending it with the person I care about most in this world just hanging out and being together. We usually end up at Venice beach walking and watching people and talking about nothing in particular but everything at the same time. We sit and watch the skaters and wander through the shops and look at the world passing by together. This is my happy place with my favorite person who also happens to be my daughter. I am the luckiest mom to have you for my friend!!! You are my life but you know that... I Love You A&F, Mom XO
#lilycollins #mothersday #venicebeach