December 31, 2011

Party like it's 1949!

Day 365 of Vintage 365

We've done it, sweet friends, through the highs and the lows, the smiles and the worries we've reached the last and final day of the Vintage 365 Project.

Amidst record breaking heat waves and an (albeit minor, in terms of how much we felt it up here in Ontario) earthquake, a broken foot, three surgeries, anniversaries, beloved holidays and a lot of personal turmoil in my life this past year, like a shinning beckon of old school hope, this project helped keep my spirits up and was nothing short of a joy to work on every day.

As I covered pretty much this same point in yesterday's post, I won't rehash it again, but I did just want to clarify one point (which people have actually been bringing up for several months now): while I will no longer be blogging here absolutely every day of the year, this blog is definitely still remaining active and will hopefully see the inclusion of two or more new posts each week.

Some will be chocked full of fascinating historical information, others (I hope!) photos of my vintage outfits, holiday celebrations (especially - and this will not come as a shock to any long time Chronically Vintage readers - Halloween), handy tips on a wide range of topics, gorgeous photographs and ads from days gone by, delightful web finds, scrumptious recipes, clothing sources, facts about historical figures, toe-tapping yesteryear tunes, and myriad other topics pertaining to the mid-twentieth century.

To say I look forward to what 2012 has in store both for my life and for Chronically Vintage, would be a rather hefty understatement! I'm planning on making this a year filled with as much vintage as I can possibly cram into every last nook and cranny, and cannot wait to share it will all of you!

For today though, let's all turn our attention to the holiday celebration at hand. In less than 24 hours we'll be whisking away 2011 (which I know many are apt to say "good riddance" to!), and welcoming the New Year with open arms and a highly optimistic outlook.

{Actress, dancer and comedian Olga San Juan looking shipshape and completely cheerful (just as I'm feeling right now, too!) as she rings in the New Year in this fantastic vintage image from the late 1940s. Photograph via carbonated on Flickr.}


The title of today's post is a spin on Prince's classic song, 1999, and in a nod to the fact that I want to make 2012 (as just mentioned) the most vintage filled year of my life. The past is constantly an invaluable part of my present, and I feel so blessed that I have an outlet like this blog to share my unyielding passion for all things vintage with each and every one of you.

I hope that whether you're kicking it old school tonight at a gala soirée, gathering in Times Square, spending a quiet night at home watching the ball drop (like me and the mister), or partying the night away, I sincerely hope you have a stellar New Year's Eve!!!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, everyone for being a part of the Vintage 365 project this year. I couldn't have done it without you and am so excited to celebrate all that 2012 has in store together!


  1. Well, since I didn't find your blog until October and am only up through May on this year's posts, I WILL have the joy of reading daily posts!! Between the new posts you do and the 2011 posts I have yet to read (not to mention the previous years' posts), I may still be able to enjoy a DAILY word from you.

    Love and hugs...and a wonderful new year to you,

  2. Congratulations doll! Its been a wonderful year with you. I have learned so much and seen so much beauty from your brilliant posts. I look forward to continuing following your journey. And be sure to keep pinning, because you are hands down my favorite pinner.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

  3. Well done on getting there! Are you going to have a well earned rest now? x

  4. Congrats on the 365 days!!! Looking forward to seeing what you have up your sleeve for 2012 :)

  5. Hi Jessica even though I did not find your Blog till late in 2011 I have really enjoyed your daily posts. You are one of my fav. Blogs. Happy 2012 to all.

  6. Jessica, how wonderful to be motivated by your love of all things vintage, and to manage to complete the goal that you set for yourself despite all the challenges along the way.

    Looking forward to continuing to read your blog whenever you post and to growing our friendship. Thank you for all of the lovely messages that you've left on my blog over the past year, they give me so much joy. Happy 2012 my friend.


  7. An hour to go here. Perhaps it is time I slipped into an outfit similar to Olga's!
    Happy New Year to you.

  8. Gosh Jessica! I have only just discovered your fabulous blog. Such a shame I didn't know about it before now as I would have enjoyed, thoroughly, your 365 blog posts. But at least I can luxuriate in reading your archive for 2011. What commitment and stamina it must have taken to complete this endeavour. I look forward to reading your future writings and pictures in 2012. Susan (Lala) England - from England!

  9. I found your blog very recently so shall have to spend spare moments looking back through the 365 posts from 2011 and look forward greatly to the ones to come in 2012. Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year! I look forward to seeing more of your vivacious writing in 2012.

    Best wishes,