B & W

Dress? Vintage (via VintageWhimsy, my fave insta shop) Boots? Nine West Glasses? Warby Parker, Duckworth (here) Leather jacket? Costa Blanca Clutch, earrings and bracelet? Vintage Cat hair? Kyle's

I'm in a bit of a monochromatic rut and so I told myself that my next outfit post would be something ridiculously bright and colourful. But then this 60's embroidered wiggle dress arrived in the mail and that threw a wrench in those colourful intentions. 
Speaking of intentions, I also intended to do the whole fashion blogger thing of  not putting my arms through the sleeves of my jacket as little as possible but... I kinda dug it this time. Two years ago it seemed to be some quick trend and now it looks to be sticking around. I feel like in real life people wonder why you don't just put your arms through your stupid sleeves, but Pinterest makes it look so cool...
And that's kind of the biggest problem with Pinterest isn't it? It makes everything look cool. I was on drink duty for a party a while back and I pinned a drink that would fit the theme perfectly and of course it tasted like... eh, can't think of a proper analogy but really, it was terrible. Some nice wine would have been just fine but Pinterest had me convinced that that wasn't enough...

From here on out, I'll take my Pinterest with a grain of salt. I will keep my arms out of my sleeves only on select occasions but I think my drink mixing days are officially over*...

*except for at the cottage,  ok Elisha?



Bag? 70's Gucci (borrowed from the shop, here) Boots? Steve Madden (similar here) Shorts? Vintage 
Tee? Old Navy (here, on sale and the best basic) Hat? U.O. (here)

Ahhhh... denim high-waisted shorts. Some days I make fun of them and the other days I wear them. So full of contradictions I am.
Seriously, I think one of my greatest marketing ploys this summer was putting a rack of denim shorts in front of the shop. It brought in the young 'uns... I remember one mom questioning her daughter's sanity over the fact that of all the things in the shop, she wanted a pair of basic shorts. It can be frustrating to spend hours on a fancy vintage dress, that everyone admires but no one really buys because 'where can I wear this?', while the denim shorts fly out the door... But I also get it. Jeans have come a long way in the last few years with a little lycra and some top secret denim research work (at least, I picture a lab with chemists and fit models) but what gives modern jeans a more sleek look also often does not translate as well into shorts. It's that 3% lycra... Anyways, vintage 80's jeans cut into shorts work because the denim has no stretch and a baggier leg that doesn't sausage the legs when you sit down (you know what I mean right...?). And with jean shorts no one ever has to ponder when they will ever get use out of them, because any day that ends with the word 'day' is a good day to wear denim shorts. 

And the Gucci bag? No big deal right? It just came in from a sweet lady who sold me her mother's Gucci and Ferragamo collection. I just borrowed it for the weekend from the shop to make sure that it was in good working order... or something like that...



Dress? Keepsake (here, only xs left and similar on sale here) Clutch? Vintage, Shop Elofson (cute similar here) 
Shoes? DvF Earrings? Vintage (cute and cheap vintage pair here on Etsy here)

I wore this out to celebrate our 8th anniversary. We just went out for drinks and some appetizers but I over dressed because Matt would be shocked if I didn't.
I'm digging the contrast of the white lace versus the black tassels. I found the lace dress at UO without a tag and they gave it to me for $30, which I thought was a good deal because I could tell that the lace was quality. Looked the dress up online afterwards and it turns out that indeed, I did get a deal....
And the matchy matchy earrings and clutch? I brought the earrings to put into the shop on the same day that the clutch from Shop Elofson arrived in the mail. And they were just so perfect together that I did not want to separate what the postman had brought together...
Shop Elofson is actually run by a gal that reached out when I started my own shop because she was opening her vintage shop at the same time. Honestly, from the beginning, it has thoroughly creeped me out how similar we are with our businesses and our vintage. I just did a quick scan of her Etsy and we have quite a few exact items in the shop, including  this purse that is hanging in the shop and this one's sister that is hanging in my closet. It's nice to connect with people who are on a similar journey... They are the ones who understand how often I have to explain the difference bwteen a vintage store and not a thrift store...;)


Fancy Pants

Pants? Vintage Pierre Cardin Top? Thrifted Shoes? Jeffrey Campbell Woodies (old, search Ebay?)
 Snake cuff? Vintage via Etsy (similar Free People here) Bag? Vintage (similar on Etsy)

These vintage Pierre Cardin pants have been in my shop since the day it opened. I'm not shocked, they come in a set with a head scarf and a quilted jacket and as a suit, the whole thing is a little intimidating. I do love to separate a set to give it new life but I was a bit hesitant to do that with the designer tag. Also, the pleating and quilting in the same suit is pretty clever and I can respect the workmanship enough to keep them together.
And so they hung on the rack for months while the high waisted denim shorts flew out the door (seriously, the key to making the rent are denim shorts... a lesson learned in vintage life, more on that in a later post...). I was about to pack the suit up for a re-merchandise in the future sometime and then... I tried on the pants.

Predictably, I fell in love and I wore them the very next day.
No one is surprised right? I guess I just got myself a new suit.