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Wednesday, February 21st, 2007
8:13 pm

The Paisley Bird Mod Boutique

Lots of New Earrings up on the site! New photos of the Blouses!


Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
1:27 pm

The Paisley Bird Mod Boutique


Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
3:07 pm

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting


Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006
2:01 am

New Products Lower prices!
The Paisley Bird Mod Boutique


Saturday, September 9th, 2006
5:45 pm

The Paisley Bird Mod Boutique




Monday, March 28th, 2005
11:50 pm - Greetings to scooter guys and gals!

Ahoy - I run an LJ for tuning scooters (specifically the Yamaha Vino, US version). Please send any scooter questions you have my way at, impact_vino.


Monday, September 6th, 2004
10:43 pm - MOD FUN reunion! (80s Mod Band!) NJ


MOD FUN reunion Show At The Saint Sat Sept 18 (9pm Doors)
MOD Bowling at The Asbury Lanes Sun Sept 19 (Noon!)

Cheque this out:


Monday, July 19th, 2004
9:20 pm - Please join!



Sunday, July 18th, 2004
11:06 am - Oi ! 'Allo Modernists...

We're nu to this LJ,... found it thru a common "interest" it's kewl - so just poking our hed in here... we have sum kewl retro (mod) covers on our re-released best ov "Past Forward on Get Hip Records (Distributed by Detour in Europe, me thinks) . . .gudt stuff!!!! Also those ov ya in NJ/NY area we're playin our first show (since a 1987 tour in Europe w/ Miracle Workers & Fourgiven) at THE SAINT in Asbury Park NJ this September. . .


for more info!
Cheers Mates!

current mood: ecstatic


Saturday, January 31st, 2004
3:40 am - I've wet myself! (J/K)

I did not know there existed this community... i've fallen in love. don't know much of what to say... i hope i start attending this regularly. add me if you would like.

current mood: chipper


Friday, December 5th, 2003
12:41 am - Young Modernists Everywhere

Hi. I just started a community for mod enthusiasts. You should join.



Tuesday, November 25th, 2003
6:22 pm

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MOD volgens mijn moeder
"Mam, deze stijl komt je vast wel bekend voor". Zei ik tegen mijn moeder toen ik de bovenstaande tekening wilde inscannen.
"Ja...een beetje jaren zeventig lijkt het wel."
"Nee, dat komt uit de jaren zestig, ik dacht dat je dat wel kende."
"Ik ken het ook wel, maar het komt uit de jaren zeventig."
"Nee, dat komt uit de jaren zestig, weet je wel? MOD."
"Droeg je dat soort kleding niet?"
"Ja, in de jaren zeventig."
"Ach, ik snap het al. Het komt door dat kleine boerendorpje waar je vandaan komt.
Daar lopen ze natuurlijk altijd tien jaar achter."

Tot zover de hipheid van mijn moeder

current mood: amused

3 swinging sixties

Tuesday, October 28th, 2003
3:14 pm - sooo.
farahilde because i'm so very broke, yet another item for sale. i think it falls in the category 'vintage mod', so here you go, before i try ebay or laundro.

everything will be 20 euros/dollars including shipping for people who live outside europe, and 18 euros including everything if you live in europe. i accept concealed cash. if you meet me at a party or whatever, it would be minus 3 euros.

  • no flaws

  • in good condition

for more detailed pictures or if you have any questions, just comment. merci, have mercy ;)

7 swinging sixties

Thursday, October 23rd, 2003
3:13 pm


I suppose I'll talk about how I came to love mod for my first community entry. Apologies in advance if it puts you to sleep. :-)

First, I need to explain a belief of mine. When I look at style, I look at it as an element tied to all other aspects of of a person's life. I don't believe any art form or expression of personal taste stands alone from time and place. The more I study psychology and become more familiar with human nature, I am struck by this. My interest in mod has as much to do with history and my fascination with the changing mindsets of people in those times, as it does with design.

My parents used to deal antiques. Although they have different careers now, they still deal antiques as a hobby. My entire life was spent immersed in nostalgia, whether it was Victorian or 50s kitsch. I grew up watching silent films, old serial movies from the 40s, and looking for furniture to repair on the weekends with them.

As I grew older I found my tastes maturing much like the tatstes of pop culture matured in those eras. When I was younger, I loved Victorian style. There was something solid about it, and our house was full of pieces of 1800s furniture. That style felt like home to me, because I grew up with it. I even learned how to sew clothing from that period.

As I got older, I took art classes and leanred about art nouveau, the deco age, and post-modernism. I love the artwork of Pollock, Piccasso, Kandinsky... Frank Lloyd Wright became my favorite architect. The more I learned about these people and these periods in style and architecture, I began to see Victorian style for what it is. I saw it as a reflection of people from that time and place. Staunch... curly.... taking up space. Cluttered social mores and structure. I couldn't believe how confined they were in every aspect of their daily life, and soon came to realize that this was reflected in the objects with which they chose to surround themselves. I still have a strong appreciation for their craftsmanship, but I find that I have a hard time looking at a curly, bulky piece of furniture from that period.

My parents and I can still bond over art deco, but my personal tastes now sit somewhere between the Polynesian 50s and Clockwork Orange. They are so disappointed :-)

I like the streamlined look of Heywood-Wakefield, Knoll, Herman Miller furnishings, but I soften them with tribal art and organic elements like date palms or teak fixtures.

I got engaged. My husband is a nuclear engineer, and he doesn't think in terms of art. It became my job to figure out how to decorate our apartment. I had some very different tastes to juggle. We love each other very much, but part of that is because we are so different from one another. He likes a sterile, stainless look. He hates clutter. He doesn't like a lot of color.

I, on the other hand, fill my paintings with pure color and need for my environment to feel organic and livable. My home needs a personality.

It was a big challenge to find a compromise. It was good-- it gave us an opportunity to get to know each other better, because we figured out what kinds of design elements would express who we are, and how to make those work in one space.

That is when I started to look at design books. I don't know. In America, it's the "same old thing" a lot of the time. I'm bored with American colonial furniture. I'm bored with Victorian. I'm bored with uncomfortable mission-style and French country decor.

I was about to give up my search for a good book when I saw the book above. PAD: A guide to ultra-living. How could I not want to pick up a book with a title like that? This book is not for the faint of heart. It features some of the strangest-looking apartments I've ever seen, and gives directions on how to make anything from a home bar and swag lamps to a "porno-chic" love lamp. The styles it features are electic, to say the least. But it helped me to get over my fear of swag lamps, and finally tipped me over the edge into accepting a more Clockwork Orange look. If you ever get this book, be sure to look at Johnny Foam's "killer" apartment.

My husband and I are big fans of Stanley Kubrick. So, I used industrial and C.O.-type furniture and accents in neutral colors to satisfy his need for simplicity and a lack of clutter. To satisfy my need for humanity and color, we covered our couch in a vintage, ruby red print fabric from the 50s and started collecting tribal masks. My favorites are Maori, Northwestern Native American (Shalish), Polynesian, Thai, and African masks. Steve (my husband) gave me three African tribal masks for a wedding present. It really adds something human to the mix.

A lot of our fixtures are stainless steel or chrome. Anyway. Now that it's all put together, it has a nice balance to it and we both feel at home here.

I think the designs we can agree on the most is Danish mod. I have a teak pole lamp that I'm particularly proud of, and some reproduction silverware that mimics a retro Danish mod style. I'll post more pictures of the house when I can, but in the meantime here's what I've found for our apartment so far....

This is the fabric we covered the couch with. The couch is nice and rectangular... reminds me of something that came out of a 1957 modern design magazine or something. So the fabric worked really well. It was in perfect shape, and because everything else in a neutral color, it really brings out the other pieces in the room. I was afraid the snowflakes would look too much like Christmas, but they didn't.

This clock hangs over our television set. The company that made this clock went out of business in 1963. It was also in good condition.

Our teak pole lamp. Pole lamps are an excellent way to fill up dead space. This one now sits in a corner next to our patio door.

Ignore the cheetah print in the background. These are pics from the person who sold this swag lamp to me. This bubble lamp is made from stiffened thread. If you touch it, it feels very silky. It hangs next to the bar in our living room.

Anyway, that's it. I hope I didn't bore any of you to death with this rather lengthy post. ;-) I'd love to hear how other people came to enjoy mod, and what they do with it.

8 swinging sixties

1:59 pm - weet je wat ik zoek?
farahilde van die oorbellen die enkel simpele gekleurde knopjes zijn. of andere 'mod' oorbellen van plastic. (ze mogen opvallen -zolang het maar geen ringvormige dingen zijn)

in antwerpen zou perfect zijn. óf in nederland, en daarna eventueel iemand die ze voor me zou kunnen kopen. (met geld dat ik eerst opstuur)

slechts één voorwaarde: het metaal moet of sterling zilver of gewoon zilver zijn, veilig is iets met een stempeltje, aangezien ik allergisch ben.

wie oh wie heeft enig idee? alvast bedankt!

6 swinging sixties

Tuesday, October 7th, 2003
11:03 pm - books

In honor of our first foreign member, I think this community should go international. So my posts will be in English from now on.


In 1963, Howard Baker published his novel The Cellar Boys.

Snippet from the novel: "The Cellar Club was a coffee bar down fourteen steps and narrow stairs from the pavement. A dark, damp and disused cellar before the dawn of the Espresso age, it had rapidly been converted by two existential artists... Its seating had been wrenched from the diseased bodies of old buses in breakers yards. Tables were rickety and assorted shapes and sizes...They had ridden high on the wave Espresso enthusiasm...Business had continued to boom. The Cellar Club was a vortex of noise, frenetic movement, and cigarette smoke."

As the book is still on its way from the UK to the Netherlands, I can't give you a review yet. One of the descriptions I found online is 'a mystery novel about some kids, who pick on the wrong kid'. I will write a review eventually. For now you have to settle with the following:


Cellars are an interesting phenomenon in the Mod-era. I have chosen this particular book for an obvious reason. Especially in the beginning, when the movement was still underground, you could find most of the Mods literally under-ground, in cellars.

As the fifties were drawing to a close, some London youth wanted to distance themselves from the Rockers, which their generation produced en masse. These new 'Modernists' started listening to jazz, at the same time spending a lot of money on clothing, which they wore with flair. They were respected by the elderly and trendy as well. Their gatherings took place in cellars, which soon became the perfect settings for pounding underground jazz-entertainment.
Parking their Vespas and Lambrettas outside, the first Mods were followed by Beatniks and modern jazz enthusiasts, who brought some different styles of music to the scene like soul, ska and bluebeat. In those days, it was not uncommon to bump into Twiggy or Mary Quant while dancing to some underground ska tracks.

Not that many years later, there were numerous British youngsters who called themselves Mods. Even within their ranks, there was a division. There were the Tickets and the Faces. Basically, the Faces were the ones strolling along Carnaby street, being the leaders and trend setters of the Mods. The Tickets worked in town and looked to the Faces to know what to wear. Actually, in that period, the movement was already in decline. Where the original Mods looked upon the Rockers as an oafish, rough bunch, seeing themselves as being notably superior to them, the Tickets were agressive. They 'invaded' night clubs, causing trouble, which came to a head in the May Day Bank Holiday of 1964.
Like all years, British youth descended upon Margate and Brighton. That particular year, there was an extraordinary number of Rockers present as well. There were numerous little riots and big fights on the beach. Lots of youngsters who labelled themselves Mods connected the movement to violence and chaos this way, of which the Faces publicly distanced themselves. A Brighton judge labeled the arrested cases 'Sawdust Caesars'.

The time of the cellars was truly in the past.


Howard Baker also published a novel about the last group I mentioned.


Some websites for your liking:

Fred Perry.

17 swinging sixties

4:39 pm - iemand?
farahilde ik ging dit 'stretch' vestje met schuine rits online verkopen via ebay of laundromatic zoals ik wel vaker doe, maar ik dacht: wie weet heeft iemand hier wel interesse.

*in perfecte staat, want ik heb het slechts een paar keer gedragen. ik vind het nog steeds een leuk vestje, maar ik draag het praktisch nooit en heb het geld nodig.

*maat S, maar het kan ook voor M doorgaan.

*voor 8 euro heb je het, inclusief verzendingskosten. je kan afdingen. of meer bieden, maar ja. dat zal je niet doen als je weet dat je kan afdingen ;)

EDIT: SOLD to a lovely lady

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Saturday, October 4th, 2003
12:19 pm - En het is meer dan jurkjes alleen.

Het is bijvoorbeeld ook een telefoon:


telefoon EUR 150,00 (Anno)
zonnebril EUR 17,50 (Nic Nic)

current mood: awake

4 swinging sixties

11:37 am - Wegens succes geprolongeerd!

Of eigenlijk niet helemaal wegens succes, maar vooral wegens het feit dat ons ledenaantal bijna verdubbeld is en iedereen mee moet doen. Je kunt je Twiggy-kleurplaat tot en met volgende week zaterdag inleveren, waarna jullie drie dagen de tijd hebben om te beslissen welke inzending het indrukwekkendst is. Dus:

Klik voor grotere versie

Verder - mensen die al gepost hebben: bedankt voor jullie waardevolle bijdragen. Blijf vooral doorgaan, ik denk niet dat we vlug genoeg zullen krijgen van mod-gerelateerde foto's. :) Over de posts-met-diepgang van bluedk wil ik het volgende kwijt: Dat jullie niet reageren is te vergeven, als jullie het maar wél lezen. :)

Tot slot een kleine huiswerkopdracht! Enkele mensen hebben aangegeven nogal in het duister te tasten omtrent wat nou precies de veelbesproken mod-look is. Misschien is het leuk als mensen die daar zin in hebben eens hun persoonlijke visie geven op wat zij nou precies onder mod-fashion verstaan. Dat werkt vast verhelderend! :)


current mood: awake

5 swinging sixties

Friday, October 3rd, 2003
11:04 pm

och hemel ik heb de kleur plaat gemist.
maar wel even dit
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