Posts by Amy Cools

Founder and editor of Ordinary Philosophy, I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy with an emphasis on Applied Ethics and Law from Sacramento State University. An avid hiker and quilter, I also love traveling, mystery stories, music and think coffee, ale, cheese, and a British breakfast are among the most delightful things the world has to offer. email: ordinaryphilosophy [at] gmail.com Twitter http://twitter.com/amymcools Facebook www.facebook.com/ordinaryphilosophy LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amycools Tumblr http://amymcools.tumblr.com/ Amy’s art & design: www.amymcools.com Published Work Ordinary Philosophy: https://ordinaryphilosophy.com/ Darrow: http://darrow.org.uk/ Thomas Paine National Historical Association: http://thomaspaine.org/paine-on-basic-income-and-human-rights.html Philosophy Now: https://philosophynow.org/issues/109/Science_and_Philosophy_A_Beautiful_Friendship

Portraits in Cloth

Amy Cools

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Reception: Friday May 6th, 5 – 7 pm

Artist’s Talk: Sunday May 22nd, time TBA

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Creamy lace, gauze, & crochet for spring at afterglow vintage

Find these beautiful spring pieces and more at afterglow vintage! And please email me at amymcools (at) gmail (dot) com or message me through the shop if you don’t find what you’re looking for, I’m still adding lovely new spring pieces to the shop

love, Amy

 

 

Vintage European winter style at afterglow vintage

Amazing 1980’s Italian made webby laced vintage sweater, linen blend, cream, with dark brass eyelets, small / medium

Awesome vintage 1980’s softly fitted sweater, in cream webby super lightweight textured knit with openwork vertical stripes. Features high round neckline, soft cut, wide ribbed cuffs and waist, and best of all, long sleeves attached with ties threaded through darkened brass eyelets…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/208843683/ama

1960’s vintage Braemer cashmere vee neck cardigan, made in Scotland, lobe collar with gold edged pearly buttons, dark spring green, medium

Oh so elegant, classic vintage cashmere cardigan, soft and comfy and of wonderful quality! Button down front with ‘layered’ lobe collar at the vee neckline, straight cut, three quarter raglan sleeves, gold edged pearly buttons, in a lovely dark spring green… https://www.etsy.com/listing/261555218/

Vintage Missoni slouchy cardigan, cotton / silk blend, argyle inspired intarsia knit in gray, black, turquoise, blue, cream, & golden brown

Oh so soft and comfy, perfect oversize easy fit cardigan in an intarsia knit argyle inspired pattern in cotton / silk blend textured sweater knit, with striped ribbing edging the neckline and down the front, at the hem, tops of the pockets, and cuffs. Button down front with deep vee neckline, black round buttons. Early 1980’s… https://www.etsy.com/listing/261903914/

Beautiful vintage wool sweater from Finland by Teroma, in deep cranberry red and cream, with wide foldover neck, women’s medium

Oh so warm and cozy wool sweater, in lovely quality wool knit in dark cranberry red and cream, with decorative zigzag and stripe designs down the collar and center of the sweater bodice, and around the upper sleeves. With wide mock turtleneck neckline that folds over on either pointed side and fastened at the shoulder….
Lanvin pullover textured minimalist knit top, darkest blue / black, with long raglan sleeves and zip side, women’s small / medium
Oh so soft, classic yet ultra modern top, in textured darkest blue / black textured soft cozy lightly stretchy knit, with softly fitted square cut, raglan long sleeves, and slightly curved hem, and a split left side that zips up with an exposed zipper….
Vrikke Norwegian embroidered wool cardigan / jacket in cream with beautiful sage green scroll and floral designs, large / OSFM
Beautiful Norwegian cardigan /jacket in a softly fitted square cut, in cream flannel-like fuzzy woven breathable wool fabric, with embroidered sage green scroll and floral designs. Also features a round neckline, two pewter-look embossed hook closures, long sleeves, with all edges bound in matching sage green
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194701577/vrikke-norwegian-embroidered-wool
Vintage 1980’s Italian made mini sweater dress, gray wool blend w/ cream striped hem, cuffs, and neck, button back, Lauren Alexandra, OSFM
Darling little Italian made mini sweater dress, with long full sleeves gathered at the extra wide cuffs, mock turtleneck, softly fitted square cut, straight hem with gray buttons at the sides, button back with pearly amber buttons, gray with cream striped hem, cuffs, and neckline. 1980’s / early 1990’s…
Leaf embroidered deep teal sweater, Italian, 1950’s style from the 1980’s, with golden brown yarns and seed beads, small / 4-6
Darling classic sweater, 1950’s style from the 1980’s, with little foldover collar, in softest deep teal wool and mohair blend knit. Embroidered in a lovely stylized leaf pattern in golden brown yarns with scattered seed bead embellishments, soft cut with ribbed cuffs and waistband. With small removable shoulder pads…
All this and more at afterglow vintage!
You can find more vintage from and inspired by Europe at my Pinterest page too

 

Vintage luxe velvets at afterglow vintage

Vintage 1970’s Abe Schrader black velvet dress with silver and gold embroidery, with split neckline and long sleeves, large / size 12

Lovely, classic velvet dress. In a softest glossy black velvet, with split neckline, softly tailored bodice fully lined, softly angled a-line skirt , long sleeves, and back zip closure, and best of all, beautifully embellished with silver and gold embroidery and gimp trim. 1970’s
https://www.etsy.com/listing/252….





Vintage Jaeger of London velvet blazer, beautiful embellished buttons, hip pockets, & 3/4 sleeves w/ turned up split cuffs, navy blue, small

Vintage Jaeger of London velvet blazer, beautiful embellished buttons, hip pockets, & 3/4 sleeves w/ turned up split cuffs, navy blue, small

https://www.etsy.com/listing/230085785/vint





Vintage 1990’s off the shoulder scarlet red velvet dress, long length, small / size 2 – 4

Vintage 1990’s striking scarlet red velvet dress. With wide round neckline with little off-shoulder sleevelets, fitted sweetheart bodice. fully lined, zipper back closure, and long length with slightly a-line skirt

https://www.etsy.com/listing/248



1960’s / 1970’s crushed velvet / silky flower print long skirt, in shades of brown and orange, small / medium

Stunning, dramatic floor length skirt in gorgeous deep brown crushed velvet and silky floral print fabrics paneled together to create a rich and elegant piece. The floral print is a silky fabric with hydrangeas, full-blown roses, and other flowers in shades of pink, coral, soft periwinkle blue, dark brown, mint green, and light brown. The crushed velvet looks and feels like a rayon velvet (the fiber label is missing). Fully lined in dark brown taffeta, with straight hem and elasticized waist.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/106







Vintage deep red & gold velvet Afghan dress, with rich embroidery, full gathered skirt, high waist, long bell sleeves, about a medium (6-10)

Beautiful vintage deep red velvet Afghan dress, with rich embroidery in metallic gold at the front of the bodice and sleeves cuffs and scattered medallions, with full gathered skirt, high waist, and long bell sleeves

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252









Deep blue velvet flare leg pants, soft and flowy with low slung stretch waistband, by costume / uniform maker Algy, size small

Deep blue stretch velvet flare leg pants, in soft and flowy knit, with low slung stretch waistband, leg hems are bound with serging, can be worn as is or hemmed to fit

https://www.etsy.com/listing/251





Vintage Lanz scarlet red velvet dress, open back with bows, high neckline, long puffed sleeves, small / medium (size 6 – 8)

Sweet, classic velvet dress by Lanz, in a timeless style reminiscent of a dirndl. In a deep, rich scarlet velvet, with high neckline, fitted bodice fully lined, full skirt ruched at the waist, puffed long sleeves, removable shoulder pads, side zip closure, and best of all, an open v- back crossed by 3 bows

https://www.etsy.com/listing/206








1970’s vintage velveteen blazer, by Breckinridge, with hip pockets, notched collar, and tailored cut, black, women’s small / 6

Classic, flattering 1970’s blazer / jacket, of excellent quality construction and materials, in softest rich black cotton velveteen, with notched collar, tailored cut, welt hip pockets and single left bust pocket, deep vee neck with two-button front closure with round black buttons, and long sleeves with three-button cuffs. Fully lined in silky black fabric

https://www.etsy.com/listing/222






Flamingo pink glossy velveteen knit top, cap sleeve, with vee neck, early 1980’s, small

Cute little short sleeve knit top with integrated cuffed batwing short sleeves, vee neck, cut softly, gathered at the ribbed waistband, in a glossy flamingo pink velvety knit

https://www.etsy.com/listing/1563

1960’s velvet hot pants / shorts, button front, in deep burgundy with gold buttons, women’s large / size 10 – 12

Awesome button front velvet hot pants / shorts, in deep burgundy velveteen, with high waist, darts for a tailored fit, short length straight hems, and gold tone buttons down the front.
Meant to be worn tight!

Halloween costume ideas for pieces you can still wear afterwards, by afterglow vintage

Costume Idea: Priestess

Create a headdress with a flowing piece of sheer fabric and an elaborate necklace, or mold one from cardboard and aluminum foil painted gold

– Vintage Egyptian print caftan dress, Krist Gudnason, in gold, lapis lazuli blue, emerald green, red, and purple, 1970’s, OSFM / (10 – 14)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/15

Costume Idea: Cubist Artwork

Wear this with plain white pants. Go to a party with a group of friends also dressed as artwork, and when people ask what you are, you and your friends take this as your cue to line up along the wall and strike a pose

 1980’s cubist art sweater top, with elbow sleeves, in bright and primary colors on black, small / medium

https://www.etsy.com/listing/193

Costume Idea: Hippie Girl

Weave a headband of flowers, real or artificial, wear your hair long and parted in the middle, leave your shoes at home, and love freely!

– 1960’s / early 70’s hippie dress, patchwork of calico prints in blue, green, purple, and cream embellished with ribbons, small / petite

https://www.etsy.com/listing/18

Costume Idea: Pretty Witch

Pointy hat and black shoes are all you really need for this one, green makeup optional

– Net polka dot lace dress, in black with layered skirts, sweetheart neckline under sheer bodice, bow sash, 1970’s / early 1980’s, medium

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249

Costume Idea: 1920’s Gatsby Girl

Take some hair gel and apply generously to your hair, using your fingers to form waves and curls at either side of your face, pinning up the rest at the back if your hair’s long. Tie the sash around your forehead with a little side bow and complete the look with t-strap shoes and a long necklace

– 1970’s poppy dress, in a sheer floral print cotton, 1920’s drop waist style, long sleeves, medium

https://www.etsy.com/listing/195

Costume Idea: 1990’s In Living Color Dancer

Wear with high top sneakers topped with scrunched-down colorful layered socks. Wash your hair the night before and put it in braids or curlers, and comb it out into ‘big hair’ in the morning, preferably swept to one side.
Put in some big hoops in your ears and dance away!

– Early 1990’s black and neon flower print bodysuit / leotard, tank top with scoop neckline, extra small – small / size 2 – 4

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249

Costume Idea: Disco Queen

With some silver or gold tight pants, strappy shiny shoes, generous eyeshadow, your old Abba tape, and the right moves, you are the dancing queen!

– 1980’s sequined and beaded silk butterfly and flame blouse in black and gold, one size fits many (the silver one is not yet added to the store, please message me if you’d like me to add it right away)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/249

Costume Idea: Harlequin

Just add an eye mask, fan or wand, tights, and ballet flats for that fabulous and timeless masked ball look!

– Vintage 1960’s Chiarella Italian wild ruffled dress, with geometric print, puffed sleeves, rope belt, and ruffled neckline, size 6 – 8

https://www.etsy.com/listing/252….

Costume Idea: Space GirlJoan of Arc

 

This tunic top and hood are originally meant to be part of a child’s chain mail costume. On a woman, it fits more closely, and can be used to create many costumes. Two of my suggestions are: Star Trek space alien, or Joan of Arc. For the first, makeup can create a new look for your face, say, a third eye in the middle of your forehead. For the latter, make a sword from cardboard and aluminum foil, and complete with tights worn with pointy short boots, medieval-style

(not yet added to the store, please message me if you’d like me to add it right away)

Vintage Sweatshirts at afterglow vintage

Find your summer night vintage screen print sweatshirts at afterglow vintage!

From vintage tourist screenprints (can you find one from your home state?) to vintage college names and mascots, you’ll find that perfect piece for cozying up on summer evenings after camping, traveling, hanging out with your buddies on the front porch, or reveling in your favorite sport.

Enjoy!

Love, Amy

afterglow vintage at Etsy