Category Archives: Vintage

Day of Green

Happy late St. Patrick’s day! I admit,  I think I subconsciously wore green for the holiday. Until a few hours into my day, I didn’t actually realize I had put on this green pleated skirt to honor St. Patty’s. And the wind made for an interesting photo-taking experience.

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I found this vintage mint green skirt at a thrift store for 99 cents! It has most definitely been one of my best (and most versatile) thrift store finds. The leather jacket is from Victoria’s Secret online and the shoes are about 7 years old so I don’t remember where I found them.

Springing Up Spring

Springing Up Spring

 

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m sure ready for Spring to get here. Inevitably, the weather warm-up means challenging wardrobe decisions. It sometimes takes a lot of effort to resist the urge to dress in anything that says “It’s warm outside!” I am a natural freeze baby, so I am one of those people that carries a sweater in my purse at all times…even when it’s an 85 degree July day (air conditioning, people!) My cool blood temp is probably also what reminds me to still wear long sleeves, closed toed shoes, or layers when the weather starts to break in the Spring because I know that if I get too warm-weather excited, I’ll regret it within the next couple days when I wake up with an “I told you so” cold.
 Above, I put together what I would consider to be a pre-Spring appropriate outfit. It brings out those expected petal shades, but the long sleeves, jeans, and booties still keep in the heat for when the sun goes down and the air turns cool again.
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A Crocus flower that is about to bloom means Spring is on its way! :)

Printed: Blue & White

Blue and white prints and designs have always been very striking to me.  There are such interesting backgrounds associated with blue and white motifs among various cultures. Chinoiserie and Delftware derived from the Netherlands, for example.  My mom has always had a wonderful collection of Delftware, (a lot of which came from Colonial Williamsburg) so that is very likely one reason I am drawn to blue and white prints…it’s apparently ingrained.

So, I made this dress over the summer with the intention of wearing it to a wedding but opted for a different one.  I wanted to wait until the winter to do a blog post with this dress because I thought the blue and white print would probably stand out way better with a snowy white background.

 

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Coat-Vintage Bill Blass (with altered lining)
Dress-Made by me
Boots-Aldo

Building a Capsule Wardrobe

Building a Capsule Wardrobe

 

Lately, I’ve been visiting the idea of creating a capsule wardrobe.  The holidays and the months following always make me realize how much stuff I have and how much of it I probably don’t need, which in turn ignites a major purge of said stuff. Of course a lot of that stuff includes clothing, shoes, and accessories.  I think for a lot of people, it can get to a point where getting dressed in the morning is more of a chore because you are overwhelmed with choices instead of faced with simple, stylish decisions.  Honestly, that may be why a capsule wardrobe sounds the most appealing to me…ease.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE styling and putting things together, but I also very much appreciate simplicity and well-made pieces with great design elements.

Above are some of the pieces I consider to be staples in a wardrobe, most of which I have variations of myself and are often items I continue to go back to.  I’d say it’s a good start to building a great capsule wardrobe.

 

 

Seeing Leopard Spots

Just a blogfit for this Sunday’s post! A faux leopard fur jacket had been on my list of “vintage items to find” for quite a while, and I actually found this one months ago at a little shop and only just decided to finally buy the thing.  I kept thinking about it (which always means…”BUY it”) and luckily it was still around when I went back looking for it.

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Vintage faux leopard fur jacket; H&M skinnies; Bed Stu booties, similar; ‘Bazaar’ tee from Dillard’s (N/A); Black/white jacket from Charlotte Russe (N/A); Belt- Old Navy Men’s department; Chanel Button necklace–AWESOME Christmas gift a couple years ago :)

Brisk November

Admittedly, this was a bit of an impromptu photo session for this blog post.  I thought,  ” I love this jacket…let’s do a blog post.”  This plaid blazer was a sewing project of my mom’s from the 70’s.  Pretty awesome, right?  I actually just pulled it out a few days ago, because I had completely forgotten about it.  I’m thankful that my mom was apparently the same size as me when she made (or bought) some of these great pieces I’ve confiscated from her archived wardrobe.

And while I love this jacket, the weather was actually just a little too brisk to wear this plaid number and be warm enough-even with a fisherman sweater underneath-for our downtown Cleveland adventures yesterday evening.  Even still, for being 40 some years old, these wool threads sure have held up well and hopefully will continue to for years to come.

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The bright orange lining makes it even better, in my book.

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Also sporting mom’s silver hoop earrings.

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It’s a sad fact that these trees behind me were beautifully colored only a couple weeks ago, and now they’re so bare and prepared for the inevitable winter ahead.

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Fisherman sweater from L.L.Bean
Pilcro cordouroys from Anthropologie (similar).
BedStud Manchester boot, found here.
Plaid jacket, made by mom
Dooney & Bourke purse, thrifted.

 

Happy Halloween!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween!  Just wanted to share a picture of my costume this year– I went as the Dior New Look girl from the 1947 ad.  I must admit, it was one of my favorite costumes to date.  And the best part is, it only cost me 99 cents for my basket hat…everything else I already had in my (or my sister’s ;) ) closet!

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Google image.

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Fall Transition

I will admit, I love that Ohio experiences late summers basically every year.  What I don’t like though, is dressing for them.  Honestly, it’s a little challenging.  What do you wear when it’s around 55 degrees in the morning and at night, but about 85 in the middle of the day? It’s what I like to refer to as the ‘transition period’.  We’re on the verge of cold, but that summer heat is still hangin’ on.

Usually to counter this ‘transition period’, I’ll opt for pants and a tank, or shorts and a long tee and will always make sure I have a jacket or blazer to throw on just in case the chill lingers around.  Dresses too, are always an appropriate option.

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Did more exploring within #CVNP–what beautiful scenes we’ve come across. ;)

 

 

Tank and jeans-Anthropologie

Booties-Bed Stu

Necklaces and earrings-Vintage and made; various rings

Purse-Thrifted Dooney & Bourke

Blazer-Paul Smith from Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn, NY

Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson

Poppies of Color

It’s hard to believe that summer is closing in on us.  I will say, it sure has been a whirlwind of a summer this year, too.  And now that we’re in the ides of August, I, as I’m sure many other people can relate, have started recognizing the things on the Summer Bucket List that have not yet been accomplished, as well as the fewer number of things that have been.  It’s kind of a bummer, isn’t it?  You think you have all summer to do all these awesome things, and then POOF…summer isn’t summer anymore.  Well,  since I didn’t post as much as I had hoped to this summer, this one is probably going to be one of the last of my pitifully bare summer post series.  But then it’s onto Autumn-which we all will love and appreciate dearly until those white flurried guests come back to stay for longer than they are welcome, so you can expect more of a post abundance for my favorite Ohio season.

So, here’s some pop of color to add to your Summery Sunday (at least it’s pretty summery today here in the CLE, thankfully)!

 

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I made this dress several summers ago to wear to an outdoor wedding.  I had kind of forgotten about it because I had it tucked away since it needed some minor alterations.  Well, I found it again and fixed it up so I could finally give it some more air time.  It’s such a gorgeous print of poppies that it suits a maxi dress (and summer) so perfectly.

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It’s also a great dress for spinning.  ;)

 

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Made the dress; Sunglasses-Jessica Simpson; Sandals-Target; Bracelets-Turquoise from Morocco in Disney World! :) other is vintage; Various rings.

 

Lock[ed] Treasure

I’ve really been enjoying getting to know more of the nooks and crannies of our wonderful Cuyahoga Valley National Park, aka #CVNP.  Each place is like a little piece of treasure, some more hidden than others.  We wandered around the park near Deep Lock Quarry, which was the biggest lock (#28) of the entire Ohio Erie Canal.  It’s about 17 feet deep which is pretty impressive to see in person and to picture how it had been utilized in the past.

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Top: made by me

Shorts: thrifted Levi’s 501’s and cut off. Belt also thrifted.

Shoes: Target

Purse: Vintage Coach

Bracelet: Target (? Long time ago!)