Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Jewelry Coco Giveaway!

As a stylist, one of the most asked questions I get is "How do I complete my outfit?" I always tell my clients and friends, you have to accessorize! Whether it's a statement necklace or a simple earring studs, it's sure to make a difference in your outfit. 

As someone that has worked in retail, I know none brand statement necklaces can cost up $40. I recently discovered Jewelry Coco, a SUPER inexpensive wholesale jewelry website. They have gorgeous statement necklaces that are $8, that would be at least $30 somewhere else. They sell everything from necklaces, rings, bracelets etc. I've done some digging around and noticed the extensive variety; there's someone for everyone. There's even vintage inspired pieces!! 

Just take a look at these pieces! 





There's a few others that I really love as well! 

So at the end of the post, you guys have a chance to enter to win a $20 gift certificate to Jewelry Coco. All you have to do is:


  •  Leave your name and email address in a comment for entry point
  •  Tell me which jewelry piece from the website is your fave for a second entry point
Let me know what you guys think! I'll announce the winner Thursday, August 8th at 10:30pm CST. 

Good Luck!
-A.


This is a sponsored post from Marine Equipment Supply with my unbiased thoughts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Feeling Groovy

Oh boy! It's been a crazy month! With starting a new job, catching up with friends & family, continuing my freelance work as a wardrobe stylist. It's left me with little time to actually post on blogs. No worries, I have lots of pictures and things to write about! It's just finding the time to actually sit down and start to write. 

This past monday, I wore one of my all time favorite rompers that I found at Buffalo Exchange around 3 years ago. I was already in line to pay when the colorful romper caught my eye.  I immediately gave up my spot in line to see the romper. To my pleasure, it was my size and only $7; not to mention it's vintage. The mid to late 1960's piece is made out of a seersucker novelty print including pears, hearts, and flowers. 


The romper also has a halter style bodice and is shirred in the back. I think I live this a lot because of it's funky print and the way it looks like a dress instead of romper. It definitely is one of the best things I can wear during this hot Texas summer. I paired this romper with Ray Ban sunglasses & favorite nude wedges I've had for 9 years. My aunt bought them on sale at Target for $5 and let me keep them. 


This outfit was worn to watch a film from the Asian Film Festival of Dallas with my boyfriend. We watched a hilarious Vietnamese comedy called Funny Money. It's definitely a must watch! I'll go ahead and attach the trailer at the end. After the film, we ended the date with gelato from Central Market.  

                         FUNNY MONEY (TIEN CHUA) Trailer from Thien Do on Vimeo.

-A.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Built by Wendy Dress No. 1

I have been recently cleaning out my UFO (unfinished object) stash and I finally finished my first dress from the book Built by Wendy:The Sew U Guide to Making a Girl's Best Frock.

The book has 3 main dress patterns: a shift, a dirndl, and sheath.

The dress I made was out of the dirndl pattern. It was extremely basic with a peek-a-boo hem.

As for the fabric, I used a fun polyester novelty print from the 70's that I had in my stash. For the peek-a-boo hem I used a good old plain red cotton. Symphony Broadcloth from Joann's to be exact!

Here's the outcome! Like 2 years years later lol



Seriously, how fun is this fabric?! The dress is super simple, something I can easily transition during the changing seasons. 

-A.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Thrift Store Alterations - No. 1

I've decided to start documenting my thrift store finds and a description of work done to it.

When people first start thrifting, I think they assume that clothes it going to perfectly fit. Well, that rarely happens. I've been doing this for years and 80% of the clothes I find needs a hem adjustment or complete make over.

I recently found this 1980's does 1950's with gorgeous lucite buttons on seersucker fabric. Totally perfect for summer and spring.




At first glance the only issue appears to be the length of the dress. However, once trying on I saw bodice was too long for my torso & created this funky bulge. The elastic at the waist was also stretched out. 

To fix it, I ended up taking the bodice apart from the skirt. I shorted the bodice by a few inches, reattached the skirt, removed the old elastic, and added new elastic. It was only about 45 minutes to achieve a fitted dress. I am willing to do a tutorial on this if asked. 

Here's what the dress ended up looking like.


Sorry for the wrinkles! Seersucker should explain it. I was in the biggest hurry when getting dressed so I just threw my favorite 1980's belt that I thrifted and a 1960's enamel dog with bone brooch (signed Gerry) that my grandmother gave me. Also, my go to Seychelles's sandals from Nordstrom Rack. 

Definitely, a versatile dress I can wear all summer. A $1.80 well spent.

-A. 


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Smoke and Mirrors - Editorial for GLASSbook Magazine

I recently had the pleasure of assisting the fabulous Mary Mirsky with a 1920's themed editorial.

The location used for this shoot was The Warwick Melrose, a 1924 hotel nestled in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas.

I was able to provide several accessories from my personal vintage collection aka Through the Alley Archives.


Here's the full spread.











Credits: 
Photography: Nicolette Mollet
Photography Asst.: Tyler Martin
Hair & Make Up: Walter Fuentes
Wardrobe Styling: Mary Mirsky
Wardrobe Styling Asst.: Allie Mora
Models: Courtesy of Dragonfly Agency: Andrea Haag, Amber Griffin, Roxanna Redfoot, Trevor Burchett

Be Sure to read the beautiful inspiration and more about the make up looks by Walter Fuentes here.

Hope you enjoyed!

-A.

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