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Favorite Vintage Finds of 2013

Jem Written by Jem

It’s that time of the year when you start cataloging all of your favorites, all of those momentous occasions, all of the special things that happened throughout the year. And I am here to start with one of my favorites…my Vintage Finds!

Hats

I have definitely upped my Hat game a lot this year. But it is easy when you find so many great ones. I had started a bit of a hunt trying to find the cleopatra beaded headdress type hats for awhile and was pleased to find a gold one at a thrift shop early in January. The White fascinator was a steal as someone was selling it for practically nothing and I snatched it up. It’s a great piece to work with all of my glittery outfits. The Purple velvet pillbox hat has been a great addition to all of my darker and fall pieces this year. The Delicate blue flowered bird cage veiled head piece was so beautiful I couldn’t say no to it – plus it matched my blue hair at the time! And the Burgandy Bowler style hat is an easy staple for me to throw on whenever.

Caftans

This had to be the year of the Caftan for me. I couldn’t turn around without a beautiful one slapping me in the face begging me to buy-buy-buy! I need this for my collection! So I obeyed and did as I was told. They are just so comfortable and at the same time they do what I love which is make a bold statement! I wore the two variations of the tiger ones almost weekly. The Silk-Wintery looking one I saved for special occasions and the long maxi one just does amazing things to my cleavage so I of course took advantage of that! Can’t wait to find more to add to my collection next year!

Dresses

My favorite go-to clothing item always are dresses! I never can find pants that fit, and dresses are the most simplest thing for me to accessories – usually with nothing – especially with how beautiful most of the prints they have are. The floral fall dress I wear almost weekly now since it is perfect for the season – and I can get away with layering whatever I want underneath to stay warm since it is so long. The Red Polyester dream dress I wore to watch the opening of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and was pleased to find that a lot of people dressed up -and some even brought champagne! The Lavender dress I saved for the cooler months but I have yet to find a long enough slip to go underneath yet. But just look at it’s beauty and wonder! The white lace dress and I are madly in love and I even paired it up with this head-piece for a special anniversary dinner with my man-friend! The green maxi was an ebay steal for $10! I have a couple of 70s house dresses that sometimes I have to wear out of the house like I did when I paired it with this letterman jacket. When I picked up this orange oriental maxi it was labeled ‘costume’ during Halloween time at a thrift shop I frequent – but it was most definitely Vintage! This Disney Princess dress I fell in love with – it really makes you feel quite magical while wearing it. The print on this floral halter bathing suit piece instantly attracted me to it. And finally another see-through lace dress to complete my favorite Dresses of the year!

Sweaters

Sometimes I feel that, finding an amazing sweater is the equivalent of finding an amazing t-shirt but just for another season. These three finds killed it this year for my sweater collection! I was on a tare the beginning of this year and the end of last year trying to find all things that reminded me of mermaids – and this glittery sweater just so happened to fall into my lap. It has individual large sequins sewn onto this soft wool sweater base. It makes everything around me glitter when I wear it. Now the Popeye sweater – there really isn’t much to say – but that was an amazing find – and I doubt I will ever part with his fantasticness! The houndstooth sweater is a recent find and an amazing one at that. It’s so cozy and goes exactly with the type of mod vibes I have been trying to put out lately.

Shoes

Amazing Shoes in my size that are comfortable enough to wear in NYC are one of the hardest things for me to find. It’s weird to think that I used to wear heels ALL the time before I lived in New York – now I hardly wear them. Unless I’m getting driven to wherever I’m going – it’s just a killer on your feet. I did manage to find these 1940s Dead stock camel colored heels at my work last week and they fit perfectly and don’t hurt my feet! The Justin’s happened to be the 2nd or 3rd time I had tried to buy and wear them on a daily basis. It only took me buying 1 1/2 sizes up for me to be able to wear them on the daily.

Misc.

These pieces were must have accessories or else I would have been lacking this year. The 1st is actually a beautiful piece I bought a couple of weeks ago in anticipation for next summer (just need a high waisted skirt or perhaps shorts to go with it. The Sage Robe was bought during my kimono crazy time – but it compliments this green forever 21 dress I bought ages ago to-a-tee! The skirts came all at the same time – the rainbow one has gotten a lot of play – and I foresee the floral one getting more use this coming spring. My little Red Riding ‘no-hood’ cape added the right amount of whimsy to a lot of my summer ensembles this year!

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So how about you gals? What are some of your favorite Vintage finds this year?

 

My Thanksgiving Dress

Jem Written by Jem

I don’t know about you guys, but I love starting my own traditions. Whether it be to have week-long birthday celebrations, getting a new tattoo with my best friend for each of our birthdays per year, or saving a special dress to wear once each year.

This post is in dedication to one of those traditions. ‘My Thanksgiving Dress”. Here is the story :

So I started my own Thanksgiving tradition three years ago when I first moved to Minneapolis.
I had this particular dress in my closet that, to me, didn’t feel like it fit into any other season or occasion so I hardly wore it. The only time it seemed proper was for a holiday meal, and since I don’t celebrate x-mas that was out. Leaving only one other Fall holiday – Thanksgiving!

I can’t pin-point when and where I purchased this dress, but I think I got it from this store in Jacksonville, FLA in riverside for on the cheap! It is thrifted but, someone hand-made this dress. I always hope that it was some sort of bridesmaid dress or another lovely event such as that. Whenever I come upon handmade dresses at thrift stores I almost always pick them up if they are in my size the quality is always great and it is a great treasure. I have some of my handmade things out in the thrifted world as well and I hope someone found it and loved it as much as I did when I made it.

Thanksgiving 2008
Thanksgiving 2008

This was the first year I wore it, but the second year that I spent in Minneapolis for Thanksgiving, both times were magical. This year all of us were vegetarians so there was no turkey but we found some delicious substitutes for it instead.

Thanksgiving 2009

The 2nd year I went to South Dakota for thanksgiving. This was my first time ever in South Dakota and everything about this Thanksgiving was completely different from any other Thanksgiving before. Their extended family was so large that they had their thanksgiving in an elementary school cafeteria. I was the only vegetarian, and the family was so sweet to accommodate me, but I have learned to adjust to eating only just side-dishes from growing up in my family.

Thanksgiving 2010

The 3rd year‘s Thanksgiving was my smallest one ever. Just my best friend, Ben and I here in New York to celebrate in our tiny little apartment. I made my first Tofurky roast from their ‘feast’ meal you can get at the store. Everything was very yummy and I was happy to eat all the leftovers.

For the 4th year of my Thanksgiving Dress we went all out. It was my 2nd year in NY and I moved in with a good friend of mine from High School. We made a massive feast had some of our closest friends over, and I made some very potent Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes. As you can see we got a little rowdy and by the end of the party my poor little Thanksgiving Dress got ruined! But it was okay it was worth it.

Last Year’s Thanksgiving Dress was a switch up. Obviously I could only wear something else that was Vintage, and suited the holiday. So I chose this white knit sweater dress by ‘Dress Du Jour’ made in Korea. I couldn’t find any information on it. But I just loved the traditional aspects to it, while it also had the bomb-shell / wiggle-dress to it, plus it was sweater-like to keep me warm in this weather!

I will be wearing it again this year, and add it to the tradition of my Thanksgiving Dress!

Do you guys have any holiday traditions like this? I know some people all wear matching sweaters for holidays, maybe you could start your own ‘hat-wearing’ tradition? Everyone has to wear a hat with a bird on it!

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Well, it’s an idea – isn’t it?

Vintage Fall Fashion.

Nicki Written by Nicki

For a lifelong Floridian, the concept of “fall fashion” and all of the excitement surrounding it has been mostly a lost cause for me. In Florida, our 4 seasons consist of Summer, Summer II, Hell, and Ice Rain (aka January). For years, I’ve been so envious of the girls who get to wear chunky knits and wool knee socks in rich earth-tones. It just seems so warm and romantic to me! Fortunately, I’ll be a New Yorker soon. I’ll probably be a bit late for fall this year, but next year I will be decked out in cozy Autumn threads and drinking pumpkin spice lattes!

It’s super easy to get a great vintage look for Fall. Lots of trends from the 60s are very in this season. So if you’re lucky enough to live in a place that accommodates warm, cozy fashion, go ahead and deck yourself out in a swingy cape, colorful tights, and over-the-knee boots!  If you can’t dig the cape, try a swing coat that’s the same length as your dress. So cute!

Over-the-knee boots are having a serious moment right now. You can find them just about anywhere. A few of my personal faves are here and, if you really want to splurge, here.

I’m also loving this vintage orange wiggle skirt. Paired with tall boots and a swing coat, it would make a great outfit for Thanksgiving dinner! What are your favorite Fall Fashion items? I can’t wait to have an actual Fall wardrobe next year!

 

Fashion Icon: Mary Quant

Nicki Written by Nicki

Several fashion houses have their iconic styles, images immediately conjured upon mentioning their name. Coco Chanel has her little black dresses and quilted handbags,  Christian Dior has his nipped-waist hourglass frocks, and Jean-Paul Gaultier has the (in)famous cone bra. When it comes to the 1960′s mod movement and “swinging London”, there is just one designer who defines and embodies the colorful, liberated look of that amazing time. Mary Quant and her Vidal Sassoon fairy haircut completely overhauled the look of young women everywhere. Most importantly, she had an integral part in popularizing a staple piece of clothing that has never gone out of style since its 60′s inception: the miniskirt!

Mary Quant’s use of bright colors and bold patterns put her right in the middle of the mod scene in London, with her shop, Bazaar, helping to make King’s Road a fashion hot-spot. She got the attention of all the most popular it-girls and models, including Twiggy and Patty Boyd, who were often featured in her ads and seen just hanging out in Mary’s punchy designs. Her miniskirt, named after her favorite car, was intended to be a liberating piece of clothing; something a woman could run for the bus in. Mary paired the skirt with colorful graphic tights, sharp haircuts, and mod makeup to create an irresistible look.

Mary wasn’t just a behind-the-scenes type of designer. She could always be spotted wearing her own fashions; she seemingly was designing for herself and girls like her. Even though she’s no longer designing, she’s still sporting great style and that signature crop at 78 years old. Her cosmetics line is still wildly popular in Japan, and you can always recognize anything Mary had her hand in by her signature daisy logo. Plus, all girls everywhere should be thanking Mary Quant for a modern miracle- she invented water-proof mascara! So next time you’re crying over your boyfriend while wearing your favorite miniskirt, remember who to thank. Mary!