Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ebay

Slowly but surely, I am purging out my vintage collection. There are pieces that I'm not too crazy about or have been photographed too many times.

A few days ago, I listed my first item on ebay: a 1963 Enid Collins handbag.

I took it out today for one last spin while running errands.




Dress: Anthropologie via Buffalo Exchange - $20
Purse - 1963 Enid Collins - Starting bid $8
Shoes: super old!
Bracelet: 1960's Trifari via thrifted - $6

You can find this 1963 EC purse depicting the 4 seasons here.

I hope the next owner gives it a good home. 

-A.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Simplicity 1353

or as I've been calling it, the Picnic Dress.

This is one of the few times I've successfully sewn with a modern day sewing pattern. It was really easy to put together and there were no questionable diagrams.

I highly recommend it for beginners!

You can buy it here.

I really liked the flattering circle skirt has pockets! I liked that they don't awkwardly poof like in other patterns I've used in the past. The location isn't too high or too low.

I made the dress out of a vintage green and creme gingham. Thus, the "Picnic Dress (:

If I could go back and change something, I'd make it with a little less circle skirt and more of an A-line. I'd also shorten the straps by maybe 1/2".

Okay, I'm sure you want to see what the dress looks like!


I wore this dress with my thrifted Vivienne Westwood shoes!! They originally retail about $250 and I got them for $6!




It was a comfortable wear for a fun snow cone date in Dallas.  Not to mention I only spent around $10 on my whole outfit. 

-A.






Monday, April 6, 2015

Thrift Store Finds: Jewelry Edition

The thrift stores have been nothing but good to me lately.

To many the jewelry section of thrift stores is either nonexistent or a sea of cheap, neon, and dated pieces. I promise if you have to patiences to dig, you'll find gorgeous pieces or the past and/or something fun, quirky, and kitsch.

However, it really is a hit or miss.

Necklaces:

 Okay, this is one of my all time favorite finds! I think everyone who knows me or reads my blog knows that I have an affinity for cameos. They're just so feminine and romantic! I remember being little and my mother always being a fan of them. I could go on with how much I love them and why..but I'll share with you another time. There's actually a funny-ish story behind this 1960's all black cameo. The lady at the cash register mistakenly punched in 2.99 instead of 12.99. It was a pretty awesome mistake and was lucky to get it at that price!



I thought this 1960's piece was fun. It really reminds me of tooled leather. Is there a name for it? At 99 cents, this was the cheapest piece of jewelry I bought.


Just a plain black beaded necklace. Great layering. I actually think I'd like to pair this with an oversized black onyx and mother of pearl cameo my mom gave me. Hmmm...


This ring!! I have the matching brooch!!! I was so excited when I pulled it up from the bottom of a bin. Oh the possibilities!!! Definitely from the 60's and worth the $6.


I thought this ring was funky and cool. I'll probably wear it with a casual outfit. I'm sure people are bound to ask questions whenever I decide to wear it. $2


I fell in love with this 1960's glass stone ring. It's absolutely clear when off, but when worn it has this blueish/blackish tint. It's really interesting. It also has flowers on the side of the setting. I think this was $3.

As for clothing & shoes? I've been finding some amazing designer pieces! Be sure to check instagram to get sneak peeks of my most recent finds and projects I'm working on.

-A. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Resistol & Stetson Factory Tour

If you're wondering what's Resistol? Stetson? You toured what kind of factory?

If you don't wear hats...much less cowboy hats or live in the South, then I can understand why you're unfamiliar with the western & formal hat brands.

It is a little known fact that in the city of Garland, you can find one of the biggest hat factories in the U.S.

I took a tour of the factory with my friends from The Dallas Millinery Society.

It was really surprising to see how much of a hands on task it is to start and finish a hat. It's not all machine work. It was pretty amazing overall!

Oh and they have a hat/western wear outlet next door. It's super huge and inexpensive! I highly recommend checking it out and even calling to schedule a tour.







Photos c/o David Fisher

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Thrift Store Finds: March 15

Because of a high demand, I will be posting all my thrift store finds! I do have a few sewing projects and styled photoshoots to show off. In the mean time I will be posting my finds and a little blurb about them. I hope to inspire you to stay trendy on a budget like I do!

Coats/Outerwear: 



This probably has to be my favorite find in awhile. I absolutely love trench coats and capes, so to find a combo of the two was amazing! I love that it has a wide elastic around the waist to cinch your waist, that way you don't look frumpy. It also reminded me a bit of a coat worn in Shut Up & Let's Go. This jacket is by Ambition. I believe it's a private label carried by Nordstrom. I didn't really find anything on price points though. I paid $3 and it was worth every penny.

Tops:



I feel like this late 1960's halter top is something Megan Draper would wear in the last season. I fell in love with the bright and bold print. Very groovy! $3 was okay with me.


Who can resist a 100% cashmere sweater set from Neiman Marcus. I really think that sweater sets are a basic and timeless. I can picture my self wearing it with several fall and spring outfits. Cashmere sweater sets from Neiman's retail around $400 and I only spent $8.

Bottoms:


Knowing that color trend reports are expecting the currently in style pastels to evolve to icy/grey tones for Spring/Resort 2016. That is what helped me pick this icy blue cotton sateen skirt.  I also love that it has pockets! I have like a billion ivory/cream/white blouse that'll look great with it. However, we'll see how creative I can get with it. The skirt is Loft, where similar skirts retail around $50-$60. I paid $2, saving around $48-58. 


These are made of a brocade, which I have an affinity for. As known, I'm usually not a floral person, but I did love the simple rose buds. I think there's something a bit romantic about the piece. It's labeled Cousin Earl which falls under Dallas clothing company, Ivy Jane. From my understanding, you can only find the label in boutiques around Texas & Oklahoma. I had no luck finding a price point. $4 seemed like an okay price to pay for the U.SA. made garment.

Dresses:


I thought this Voom by Joy Han was the coolest! I really love the grecian print and the lightweight material. $5 compared to $80-$120 retail price sounds like a good deal to me. 

 Shoes:




I've been super lucky with finding shoes at the thrift store!! Can you believe I've found two pairs of Ferragamo's and a brand new pair of Giani Bini's?


These Ferregamo flats are my favorite right now. I love the snakeskin detail and the fact that they're suitable for everyday. These were only $4!! A pair of flats are usually $500!!



These Ferragamo slingback pumps are my 3rd pair and the most expensive I've paid for them. They were $6, but of course totally worth it. Heels are more expensive and run around $700.


Lastly, I found this brand new pair of Giani Bini's, which you can find at Dillard's. Heels normally retail $60-$90. I'm really not sure what I'm going to wear with these, but I really liked the faux embossed leather.





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