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Living in Toronto. Artists searching for the strange and exotic- the unique and the divine. We also sell Vintage Clothing, Accessories, and Objects to all people of discerning tastes. Visit the {SHOP} via http://theeyeoffaith.etsy.com ! > We can help create your wildest dreams and desires. . . We love to hear from you so email us at: the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com Est. November 11, 2011.

{MUSIC MINUTE} “Night Rider” by Venus Dodson (1979)

 

From the second I saw this vivid Italian woman with her wild high fashion look and heard her speak (her name was Stegania Rotolo who was a signer herself, but would die tragically only a year after this!) I knew to be ready for something truly out of this world. 

And boy did she deliver. .  . (Thanks, Stefania!)

This is “Night Rider” but aptly named Venus (fresh out of conjunction with Jupiter, but that’s a different Venus entirely…) . . .Venus Dobdson, to be exact.

Nothing better than starting a Monday off right with a little obscure disco. Watch the video., because you definitely won’t be disappointed!

Hope you enjoyed!

HAPPY MONDAY! 

Looking forward to 12/12/19 on Thursday. 

LAST FULL MOON OF THIS YEAR. LAST FULL MOON OF THE DECADE!!!

Hopefully this song put enough pep in your step to get you through the rest of you daze. 

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e.o.f. snapshot of the day {November 29, 2019}

The struggle is real. More and more everyday we ponder the {FUTURE} of humanity . . . and it doesn’t always seem to most promising. If we’re not careful, we could be the next on the endangered species list!

This anxiety has been prevalent throughout history, but with the growing attention on artificial intelligence and its impact on society. Indeed, many jobs have been and will soon be replaced by a computer, and robot technology has already been implemented in many workplaces all around the world. And lot’s not even start with Sophia…

This is image is from “The Southwest Radio Church” circa. 1980. What a bizarre image…notice the “666” – the mark of the beast! Considering the shape technology (computers, the internet, and the advent of social media) has taken, it seems impossible to remove the notion that perhaps its not too far off from the truth.

We also have 1984 – obviously a nod to George Orwell’s dystopian classic of the same name. Whilst Big Brother began as a fictional concept, a world where your every move and thought is monitored truly isn’t that far off. Indeed, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already admitted that our “private” information is constantly monitored and even sold on our behalf. China is already using face recognition technology and fervent surveillance to watch over every move of their citizens…

It’s funny that this image warns of the Computer’s eminent approach, though it was made far before all these things seemed within the tangible realm of possibility! They hadn’t even heard of the world wide web (www) . . . but that’s a whole other topic.

Just some food for thought, as always…

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “SIGNS” by Beyoncé !

Beyoncé is notorious for flashing signs, but this one isn’t about that.

This one comes straight at your from the dawn of a new era ….2003, when the Queen B went solo with our album “Crazy in Love”, and the rest is history! This track in particular is one that many people overlook when they talk of the album, however, it is a wonderful ode to the Zodiac, and with Sagitarius season fresh in bloom, there couldn’t be a better tune to pay homage to it!

I wish in love with a Sagitarius . . .

Beyoncé

Every sign gets a little shout out, but she definitely loves her Sagiatrius (Jay-Z) but can’t help signing about how amazing her own sign is (she is a text book Virgo)…I guess we all have our biases when it comes to that. Missy Elliot also pops up in the song, so please enjoy for now!

She loves all the signs, and so do we! We are each unique and couldn’t complete a year without one of them, so thank you for your contributions to the Universe!

If you’re in Hamilton tonight, we are hosting a classic Karaoke Cabaret at The Casbah to kick off this joyful and fun season! Doors open at 9pm and as always the bar will have $5 drinks available to get in the spirit.

When the Gods of Karaoke need some offerings…you have to deliver! So if you’re in Hamilton, definitely come check it out.

Hope to see you there!

Also, what sign are you? Let us know in the COMMENTS below.

Until next time,

{theEye}

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Who, me?!

Elizabeth Montgomery (of BEWITCHED fame) on set for the film “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?” (1963)

Well, who has been? If you don’t know, well then, God help you. . .

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” by Caroline Polachek

So keeping on the spirit of SCORPIO SEASON and conjuring the darkness and all that fun stuff Scorpio instigates in us all. . . here is a wicked little tune from CAROLINE POLACHEK who seems to have a lot of people talking!

Especially this video where she does some quirky choreography in the pits of HELL! Her outfit is 1000% inspired by THE CRAFT, and this visual juxtaposition with the absolutely heavenly quality of her voice is both bizarre and magnificent!

You may know her from the indie band CHAIRLIFT she co-founded when she was at the University of Colorado (maybe that’s when the darkness set it…Colorado is notorious for that ie. The Blue Mustang pictured above).

Enough talk, lets dive into the deep!

Hope you enjoyed! Let us know in the COMMENTS below…

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E.O.F. SNAPSHOT OF THE DAY {NOVEMBER 19, 2019}

+JIMI+

{VAMPIRE EDITION}

vampire noun

1the reanimated body of a dead person believed to come from the grave at night and suck the blood of persons asleep

2aone who lives by preying on others

Scorpio season is upon us (how are we all faring? Nothing too terrifying, hopefully),  and this sign and season are well known for invoking the deep darkness within us all . . .  it is a moment for clarity, to explore your shadows, and hopefully by the end of it all – come out transformed.

Scorpio is ruled by the Eight House (House of secrets, the occult, sex, birth, and of course, DEATH) and the planet PLUTO (the appointed ruler of the underworld in Greek mythology)…so the concept of vampirism + SCORPIO make total sense.

The seductive charm of the Vampire puts the victim into a kind of trance, not expecting the deadly bite that comes later. . . if you are dealing with a particularly dark Scorpio, you might just be in for a touch of psychic vampirism according to Dion Fortune, author of Psychic Self-Defense.

Scorpios do have a natural inclination towards dark pyschic voyages using their unique gifts for their own selfish gain(s).  As she puts it:

“Now vampirism is contagious; the person who is vampirized, being depleted of vitality, is a psychic vacuum, himself absorbing from anyone he comes across in order to refill his depleted resources of vitality. . . We all know that, when caught off our guard, there comes a dark temptation from the depths of our lower selves, something atavistic stirs, and we think thoughts, or even do deeds, of which we would never have believed ourselves capable. We have heard the voice of the Dark Angel speaking. ”

Dion Fortune, Author of PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENCE

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Food for thought.

As much as Scorpio is known for its dark side – with the dark, must come the light, and the emphasis on healing and regeneration must be highlighted during this time!

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Jimi didn’t even know the thoughts he would conjure when he posed for that iconic shot of him dressed as a VAMPIRE! How perfect…if anyone knows who, what, when, or why that photo was captured please let us know in the COMMENTS.

Because, like so many things on here . . . it is a mystery!

Jimi Hendrix was not a SCORPIO, however. . .

He was a SAGITARIUS.

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{MUSIC MINUTE} “Season of the Witch” x Lana Del Rey

Scorpio season has gotten us all feeling a little witchy don’t you find??? The veil between worlds is thin, and Scorpio calls for some deep transformation…what skin are you shedding?

While you ponder these thoughts…amuse your mind with this wicked video by MERMAID MOTEL who puts so much love and energy into splicing world cinema to banging grooves…every video on her channel is world class, but this one stood out today!

Please enjoy Donovan’s classic “Season of the Witch” performed by Lana Del Rey to the 2016 film “The Love Witch” (you would swear it was made in the 1960s…they got that campy Valley of the Dolls aesthetic on fleek!).

 When YOU look outside your window, what do YOU see??

We were actually lucky enough to see supermodel supreme Karen Elson perform this in Toronto a few years back…

Must be the season of the Witch!

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Celebrating 8 Years: The E.O.F. Top 8 Posts!

 

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

-Henry David Thoreau

That is a quote by the great American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, and it perfectly encapsulates what The Eye of Faith is about.

ESTABLISHED 11.11.11.

 

In fact, The Eye of Faith is a timeless universal message of having faith in your destiny, and knowing that there is a greater force watching over that dream – always guiding the way.

It is a symbol as old as man himself; and one that we inherently can all relate to at the end of the day.  The Ancient Egyptians , the Alchemists, The Freemasons, The Vatican, The Oddfellows (who we will be touching base on quite a bit in the near {FUTURE}), and dare we mention…..the ILLUMINATI!!!!

8 years ago today (EST. 11.11.11.), The Eye of Faith was born of a dream to explore the {PAST}, bring it to the {PRESENT}, and help shape the future! There have always been so many incredible moments to muse over that you rarely see brought to the forefront- so naturally, we took upon ourselves to do just that!

Explorations through time of remarkable people, places, and things that eternally inspire. . . we began as a vintage style blog, and could never dream the opportunities we would get in the meantime. Since then we have had pieces perused over and purchased by international artists, style influencers, television and movies, celebrities, and museums around the world!

1100 (coincidence?) POSTS, and over ONE MILLION VIEWS!

We’ve also been blessed to foray our knowledge into creating original designs that adhere to our principles.

‘Raging Bull” Supercrawl 2019, photo by Cyprian Estrada – all made using repurposed, reused, and found vintage fabrics and materials by The Eye of Faith.

Every year billions of pounds of clothing and textiles are put to landfills, and it truly is a travesty when with a bit of ingenuity and an open mind- anything can be transformed into something truly special…which is why, our original pieces are made primarily using vintage materials and fabrics that we have been fortunate to collect and acquire over time.

Our hunt for premium quality vintage pieces that are timeless and unique continues…and we will be posting more of these treasures in our {SHOP}. Remember, you are invited to use code XIXIXI to receive 25% OFF from any purchase, and most of our items are FREE SHIPPING in the US. Don’t be afraid…just something to think about!

The Eye of Faith: Celebrating 8 Years of Hard Work & Mastery!

 

Style is knowing who you are, what you want, and not giving a damn

-Gore Vidal

So in honour of 8 years of hard work and mastering the illusions of time, we wanted to take a look back at our 8 highest viewed posts that have provided inspiration not only to us, but evidently thousands of others around the world. Many thanks to everyone who has supported The E.O.F. over the years.

8.  STYLE {WISE} MENS VINTAGE WORKWEAR INSPIRATION – “YOU BETTER WORK!” 

No surprise with this one when looking at our site’s stats! In fact, this is exactly the kind of post The Eye of Faith was built to have inhabit it…a wonderful gallery of prime vintage workwear inspiration photos from actual photographs of the working man from the late 1800s to the 1940s, actual articles of clothing, advertisements, and details that all encapsulate that vintage workwear feel that is so popular at this moment, especially in men’ style!

Since the dawn of civilization, man has been hard at work building the great cities we live in, gathering the food we eat, and finding the resources we need to stay afloat on this mad wild planet. It’s never been easy, but someone’s got to do it. So next time you’re walking down the sidewalk, or taking a stroll down the grocery isle, save a thought for the hoards of men and women who have put their blood, sweat, and tears into making the vision of this world a reality for us all.

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This post is from our STYLE {WISE} posts which provide unique style wisdom to get your through the daze…

7. VINTAGE RED CARPET ROMANCES: BRAD PITT + GWYNETH.

This one is a bit more surprising, but in an age of celebrity obsession, I guess it really shouldn’t be that much of a shock. These two were definitely the IT couple for a hot moment, and their matching hairstyles and 90s minimal cool definitely seem to have struck a chord and we can’t forget.

It’s like youth on fire with these two. Their energy is obviously contagious between the two, and they really seem symbiotic to eachother . . . . most of the time, at least. All good thing must come to an end, and it’s always best to leave the relationship at a high, we get that.

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Keep meaning to do more of these VINTAGE RED CARPET ROMANCE posts (Julliette Lewis & Brad Pitt were another favourite, but just didn’t cut the Top 8) , and there are a few couples on the To-Do List, but please, if you have a suggestion…leave it in the COMMENTS below!

6. E.O.F. STYLE DIVINITY : MAILA NURMI AKA {VAMPIRA}

This one was no surprise, however! MAILA NURMI was destined to a be a part of The E.O.F. Style Idol & Divinity Squad, and to keep growing that section of our blog over the years. These posts are FIRE!

Especially, this one….Maila Nurmi or VAMPIRA, as most of us know her, was a pioneer; a groundbreaker of individuality and style. Can you imagine being a woman in the 1950s and living the life she did?! She was good friends with James Dean, was the first ever horror show host (and was nominated for an Emmy in 1954 for her work), and was an overall bad ass B . . .

“Vampira is a kind of entity (and you can call her a woman though she is androgynous)  that survives in this world. I, Maila Nurmi, am not.”

                           -Maila Nurmi {read more}

This is a fabulous post full of dozens of wicked photos of this iconic legend. If you want to read more, click here.

5. GENDER BENDER: YOU’RE IN ANDROGYNY

We do always have our finger on the pulse . . . and its really no surprise to us that today on November 11, 2019 – the concept of androgyny is a hot topic and continues to shift the main stream perception of individuality and style.

No longer are the rules of gender as it relates to style so stuck. Concepts of unisex wardrobing is being embraced by not only street culture, but high fashion, as well.

This is one of our earliest posts, and a testament to the fascination our society has with gender and its role in our identities as people.

“As you know, I’m androgynous. I can wear a jacket that most guys wouldn’t put on. But you make it in guys’ sizes, and suddenly they’re wearing them. I think styles should get back to getting people to wear things that look so good that they don’t care.”

-Steven Tyler {Read More Here}

4. E.O.F. STYLE DIVINITY : NEILE ADAMS AKA {WOMAN FROM THE SOUTH}

Such a good sign that Ms. Neile Adams made her way into the TOP 5 Most Viewed Posts…another E.O.F. STYLE DIVINITY – one who doesn’t get enough recognition in the mainstream, which is exactly why this post was made in the first place!

She was the long time love and companion of action superstar Steve McQueen, and an integral force in helping him make it through the wild rollercoaster of Hollywood. Born in the Philipines, she was an actress, model, and stylista in her own right!

So glad so many people found their way to her beautiful face. Make sure to check this one out!

“My life and times with Steve had spanned twenty-four years. More than half my life at the time of his death. They were over now. Gone. Finished.

That he loved me and that I had been the most important person in his life, I have no doubt.  That I loved him and that he had been the most influential person in mine cannot be denied.

Good-bye, my friend. You are missed. It sure was one hell of a ride.”


Neile Adams {read more here}

3. {DO-IT-RIGHT} – HOW TO MEN’S VINTAGE-STYLE [SWIMSUIT INSPIRATION]

Of course, a vintage mens swimwear inspiration post would make its way into the TOP 3! We have had many of the years {check out our posts tagged SURF}, but this one seems to be the one that keeps people visiting year after year…amazing!

This is a unique post because we showcased some of our prime vintage photographs of dudes from the 1910s – 1960s in classic swim trunks and showed how the {PAST} has infiltrated the {PRESENT} in contemporary brands and their then latest swim trunk styles.

Just another testament to keeping it classic…you’ll never have to worry about a thing when it comes to getting dressed each and every day. With a world full of stresses…who needs anymore?

By looking through dozens of vintage photographs, advertising, fashion plates, and magazines we were able to sum up certain elements that characterized each era:

1910s-20s: Slouchy, Simple, Graphic

1930s-40s: Athletic & Form Fitting

1950s-60s: Cut, Colour, Pattern

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2. E.O.F. STYLE IDOL – ALAIN DELON

America had James Dean…France has Alain Delon. Bad Ass to the max. Handsome AF. Stylish doesn’t even cut it when explaining this savant of style, which is exactly why we have worshiped this idol consistently for years, and apparently you do too!

Number 2 on the list; it was so cool to find out that Alain Delon was receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Cannes Film Festival this past year for his contribution to cinema. So, who’s gonna get him a trophy for his contribution to style? Man or woman – who doesn’t want to dress like Alain Delon?

Want more Alain Delon content from us? Click here for more!

 

Thanks for sticking it out to see NUMBER ONE!!!

But, first some honorable mentions:

BAD GIRL BEAUTY: VINTAGE MUGSHOT MAKEUP + HAIR INSPIRATION
{PHOTOBLAST} DO WHAT THOU WILT . . . [ 11.15.13 / VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHIC INSPIRATION]
{STYLE-WISE} DO IT RIGHT! VINTAGE DRESS THE PART – KURT COBAIN’S “HEART SHAPED BOX”

 

 

TIME FOR NO. 1

 

ANITA PALLENBERG: E.O.F. DIVINITY.

There hasn’t been a single day since posting this that someone from around the world hasn’t perused this post about the iconic and divine – Anita Pallenberg!

“I’d wear that [second-hand red fox fur coat] to modelling jobs with just my underwear, boots and a bag because you couldn’t leave your clothes lying around. The other models would steal them!” -Anita Pallenberg

A model in the early 60s, Anita made her way into movies and rock and roll. Starring in such cult favourites as Barbarella, Performance, and Candy. We love her spin as the great tyrant in Barbarella, where her voice is dubbed yet her appeal cuts through the screen. This exotic alien villian is the perfect yin to Jane Fonda’s yang in the 1968 cult classic.

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Style maven supreme, rock goddess, bohemian queen – this is the internet’s best look at the ultimate E.O.F. Style Divinity. This post was designed to showcase some of the best Anita Pallenberg content this planet did ever see…so check her out ad take in her wild energy!

So, there you have it! 8 TOP POSTS for 8 YEARS of THE EYE OF FAITH!!!

Over ONE MILLION VIEWS and over ONE THOUSAND POSTS!

We could never have done it without you, so thank you so much for your viewership, your support, your contributions, and your faith!

Looking forward to many more…

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{PHOTOBLAST} HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!Trick or Treat?!

MThis is another REPOST of a popular topic here: HALLOWEEN!!!!

We sure have a reputation for keeping it spooky (since 2011!) so THANK YOU to everyone who helped get us to where we are today with this humble treasure trove of vintage musings...TRICK or TREAT?

It’s Halloween, and we thought that called for a special {PHOTOBLAST} in honor of the occasion!

We’ve devised a ghoulish buffet of vintage Halloween treats for your eyes and minds to delight in and devour!!!

 

 

We say this a lot, but some things just never change, and if anything, our brothers and sisters of the past were forced to be a bit more creative when it came to the challenges of costuming yourself for the big night!

So, that said, what are you being for Halloween (or what were you, for those enjoying the early bird weekend special)? Let us know in the comment section below! And make sure you have a Happy Scary Halloween!

S0, TRICK OR TREAT?!

Hope you enjoyed!

Sincerely,

{theEye}

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25 WEIRD CREEPY VINTAGE HALLOWEEN COSTUME PHOTOS!

This is a repost of one of our most wildly popular posts of all time! Thanks for visiting THE EYE OF FAITH and visit our {SHOP} section to see what time traveled pieces we have in store...

HAPPY HALLOWEEN !

We are getting psyched up here, and in true E.O.F. tradition we wanted to spoil our readers with a weird and wonderful stash of creepy vintage halloween photos we have collected from scouring the depths of the interwebs…

It seems, sometimes the sheer simplicity of some of these costumes make for the creepiest outcome…although, a murderous clown will always give you the creeps especially standing behind an innocent baby bystander.

Perhaps, you will even get a little inspiration for your own costume from these crazy odd balls…

Hope you enjoy! Want to share your creepy costume with us? Email us at the.eye.of.faith@gmail.com // we would love to hear from you!

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