Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I thought LET'S PUT OUR AMERICAN DOLLARS TO AMERICAN USE!
I know Ron Swanson would back this idea. Effing greatest gif of all time above.
So here are 3 American Designed and Made garments that you can buy your loved ones for Christmas this year.
1. AMERICAN Apparel - Shiny Sun Short. ONLY $34 !!
Great for Grampa. Actually these would be great for anyone. I'd buy them for my entire family, MAYBE I WILL! BOOM! Here's where to get them (click here)
2. Band of Outsiders Wool Zipper Dress. Only $1,250 !!
3. Thom Browne Red & Cream Silk dress. ONLY $1,750 !!
AND, your almost 2 thousand dollars stays in the Land of the Free!!
I love Thom Browne's designs, I'd actually love to wear one of these looks for Christmas Eve:
DECONSTRUCTED GLAMOUR NOIR. J'Adore!!
AMERICA EFF YEAH!
Friday, November 29, 2013
and the masses are out buying Christmas gifts for all the people that they love.
I was thinking about what would *I* like. Of ANYTHING in the world, what would I like Santa to bring me? There are a couple items that I've been searching all over the world for in vintage land. And I have as of yet, not found. Or... to be more clear I have not found a version of it that has fit *me*.
So Santa, if you're listening... And if I've been good, which I probably haven't, bring me these SUPER HOLY GRAIL ONE IN A MILLION VINTAGE ITEMS!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!
1. A 1960s/1970s Jumpsuit
Specifically I would like a button-up one with a spread collar and wide legs and pockets, exactly like this. And I know what you're all thinking, "This is a pattern! Get the pattern! Sew it!" No, I want it in real *of the era* fabric, I want it to have had a previous happy life on someone else's body.
I know that's weird, but that's part of it for me.
I love this one. The way that this girl is modeling "Charlie's Angels" style is CRACKING ME UP. I love her. Maybe that's why I want one of these, I want to FIGHT CRIME.
Jill Munroe knew how to work a jumpsuit. Look how glamourous this is. Even with a gun and a dead guy on the floor.
2. A 1940s playsuit that has a matching top and bottom that reveals a sliver of midriff
3. Vintage Waitress Uniforms
I do have 2 of these, but you know, they're like potato chips you just can't have a couple, you need a MILLION.
These uniforms are so incredibly kitschy, ALWAYS have amazing color schemes, great piping details.
The nipped waist silhouette and full skirt is so flattering on the body. I bet those babes made some MAJOR tips.
For some reason I always love a zip-front too. I have about 5 dresses with zip fronts in my vintage corral, and there's something about them that's so cool, and interesting.
Such cute cuffs and pockets on this!
Also in the realm of uniforms in 60s/70s "Air Hostess" gear, which I have NEVER SEEN FOR SALE in all my years of vintaging.
I'll never stop looking for you, my loves. But Santa please hook a sister up.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Ooooooh, you know I love Awards Show Fashion & the American Music Awards are always so much fun.
A lot of the ladies were bringing solids this year, especially a lot of black, white & red.
Low cut necklines, keyholes, AND high necks were all over the red carpet.
I thought these ladies did it EDGY, ROCK N ROLL, MUSIC-FABULOUS. (and just right now I realized every dress I picked was black, LOL)
1. Ciara in J. Mendel
2. Katy Perry in Oscar de la Renta
This dress looks like something Scarlett O'Hara or Maria from "Sound of Music" would make from their curtains, and for me that is a good thing, and I fully appreciate this look. *slow clap*
3. Kesha in Michael Costello
At first I was like, "who is this?!"
KESHA!? ARE YOU KIDDING ME!? Usually she looks like she crawled out of an hourly motel after a 48 hour meth binge/rave.
Some fashion friends of mine were critical of this look and said they like the "Crazy Kesha" better. But I like this.
SHOW THAT QUADZILLA, KESHA! I always do. You earned the right, sister.
You look beautiful, poised and healthy. Bravo.
4. MC Lyte!
She's just a radiant beauty, and it's hard to believe that her hey-day of fame was SO LONG AGO!
I mean, the LEGS, the MAKEUP, the HAIR, i love her.
5. Naya Rivera in Michael Kors
The styling is on point. I love the gold cuffs over the wrists of the dress.
This girl is a great comedic actress, she is drop dead beautiful, I always think she should be a bigger star.
The mermaid silhouette is so dramatic, she just looks like a million bucks.
6. Rihanna in Jean Paul Gaultier couture
I think I just have a crush on her and she can do no wrong in my eyes.
The thing about Rihanna is that no matter how outlandish the garments she wears are, SHE WEARS THEM, the clothes don't WEAR her. Do you know what I mean?
She rocks her looks with full confidence and attitude.
Look at her just sitting here, "I know I'm a goddess..."
I do not do worst dressed lists, but there were several wonderful talented young ladies that wore things that they just didn't look comfortable in, like the fabric was standing away from their skin aching to jump right off. That's too bad.
LET'S ALL JUST BE LIKE RIHANNA.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
So Friday I went to a charity shop that isn't my usual and found some awesome things! Thanks for the recommendation, Danielle!
She found a GORGEOUS tweed, fur peter-pan collar coat for me there, but Alas it was a Trapeze Cut, like this:
which on my frame, makes me look like a pine tree. I was so sad, I wanted it so badly.
I did find some other AWESOME vintage stuff there, This Pink Chiffon Dress Set:
It came with this matching sheer full length jacket with beading and closure at the collar.
And the bodice of the dress had this gorgeous beading detail.
How perfect would this dress be for this fondue party?
But the dress was $50. So no no no. I don't dig and pick and break into old ladies homes to pay those prices.
I have a romance for these, I have no idea why. I just love them. This one was in perfect pretty much deadstock condition. It wasn't priced outrageously either!
Lastly, I found a totally 80s rabbit fur coat, pretty much exactly like this one, but it fit me like it was made for me.
Giant built-in shoulder pads. It hit right at the belt-line. Soft like a boss. I wanted it.
Now let's talk.
I am all about helping the less fortunate. I love that. I want to help everyone. I believe that is the purpose of these types of shops, right?
BUT YOU WILL MAKE NO MONEY TO HELP IF YOU CHARGE TOO MUCH.
I just think; People, let's move product. You have no wholesale cost to cover for these items. The more you sell, and the more quickly... The more you can help those in need.
Or maybe this is just my *vintage hoarding brain* talking.
What do you think?
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
I told myself I'd never do a Kim K post, but here we are...
After seeing this photo of her this morning, I thought, "What the hell is she trying to do?"
This sheer mesh body suit, bra exposed, with 8 sizes too small sheer maxi skirt is not a good look. On anyone.
Is Kim trying to go the Bai Ling route and wear things so bizarre and unflattering that it will guarantee that she is photographed and will get press?
Or is it that she's wanting to push the image that even though she's had a baby she can still be a sex symbol?
This givenchy dress, which was "made especially for her"... Although we can see the runway version of it below... Is not a good fit or silhouette for her. and with the tuxedo jacket over top? Why would she do that? If you're going to show off 99% of the goods, you might as well give us the full side-boob too.
No one is disputing that she is a beautiful woman. That's obvious. And she has a KILLER body. But we all know it. So she doesn't need to show every square inch of it every time she does a red carpet appearance.
This bustier top and skirt does not fit her. You can see on the top the opaque panel is supposed to fit the entire front of the bodice, and it's not. Don't be afraid to go up a size, Kim. Plus the cups runneth over with her Amazing jugs, a better fitting (larger) top would make her chest look even better!
And this penchant for sheer just has to go. Entire bra out? Why? Is it for easy access nursing of her new daughter? If that was the case, i'd give her a pass, but I'm betting it's not.
1. Salma Hayek
2. Christina Hendricks
3. Elizabeth Taylor
4. Marilyn Monroe
So the lesson is, Kim, that you have 10 babillion dollars at your disposal, make them work for you. Dress your gorgeous self to accentuate what glorious gifts you've been given.
Or be forever doomed to spend the rest of your days known as the richest, worst dressed person on earth.... Well, other than Britney Spears...
Monday, November 18, 2013
As a born and bred Northerner, I had ALWAYS thought that Tennessee was ONLY populated by people that look like this:
But when I arrived there, at the Uber Kool loft we rented, this girl in J.Brand jeans and GOLD Adidas hightops greeted us and i was like, "WHAT THE HELL!? Am I at the Magic Stick?"
And from that moment on, all of the native Nashvillians that we met looked like this:
These are all actual Nashville residents.
It's like hipster Detroit Cass Corridor meets Ferndale meets the parts of Royal Oak that haven't been ruined.
This place is NOT *country* NOT *cowboy up* NOT *yee haw*!!
It's cool young stylish people doing great art and music and all having fun together in a city where the housing costs are not exorbitant.... yet.
Plus, it's FREAKING SAFE. The girl we rented from said, "ooohhhhh, yeah, i wouldn't recommend walking at night..."
We decided that the *worst* parts of Nashville are as crime-filled as the *best* parts of Detroit, so we skipped and frolicked through the whole city like we were in Xanadu.
One thing that was a bit different about the Nashville hipster look was the application of cowboy boots:
And sometimes a jaunty little vest and bowtie, so they look like gorgeous spritely riverboat gamblers.
- Rolf & Daughters
- Frist Art Center
- A row of shops that artisans were making their wares & selling them in-house
- Pharmacy Burgers
- Monell's (best ever)
We can't wait to see you again, Nashville
And visit our hipster brethren again: