Wednesday, November 23, 2011

{Look of the Week}: Holiday Jewel Tones

 This week's look shows off a great way to dress festive without sticking to a traditional red and green color palette.
Jewel tone shades of emerald green, fuchsia, cranberry, gold, and rusty orange are a must for every winter wardrobe, and we have them in everything from hats and coats to skirts and sweaters.  The great thing about jewel tones is that you can throw together as many of these colors as you would like, and still look completely put together and chic! So go raid your wardrobe (or come check ours out!), and read below about how to pull together your own Holiday jewel tone outfit!


We started with this great striped sweater featuring several jewel tones, that really pulls all the colors of this outfit together.  Next we added a wine colored wool skirt and rust orange coat that really pop against each other.  We also added a bright pink rhinestone pin, and a wine-colored velvet hat to balance the skirt color.


hat-$10
coat- $56.25
top-$12
skirt-$15

pin-$25 

 






















 More jewel tone accessories to complete your look!

raspberry pink hat- $23
magenta clutch- $16
dark green gloves-$15


Blog overload!

I'm pretty sure that you will be hearing from both Emma and me today, so my post is going to be short and sweet! In lieu of Thanksgiving, I just wanted to show you all a few items that I am thankful that we have in the store. Its funny how when you are constantly surrounded by vintage items, you begin to see the same things! There are certain sets of glasses and fabrics that I seem to run into a lot. Now, this doesn't lessen the excitement and happiness I feel when I see them, not one bit. But understanding that not all vintage is 'one of a kind' makes it incredibly exciting when you do find an item that you haven't seen before. That brings me to my first item. Readers, I present to you, the wicker horse purse.





Yes. I would be passing out high fives and whistling the happiest tunes if we were all together right now. What makes this purse so special to me is that I've never seen one of these in person...and I've been actively searching. I follow a blog called FashionForestry, and the writer has a collection of absolutely amazing purses. One day she featured a wicker horse purse, and right then and there I knew I was in love. Fast forward through two years of me searching for a wicker horse head purse. Then, this past Monday, this purse comes walking in the door. After peeing my pants and blacking out for five minutes, I recovered and rejoiced that I finally got to see the purse of my dreams. I've gotten to the point where I don't need to own an item to feel happy. Just seeing this piece in person has completely made my entire month. I'm wholly thankful that after years of trying to find this piece, it basically fell into my lap.

I am thankful for 1930's-1950's trash novels. I am constantly reading. Since my favorite types of books are either classics or history text books (I'm a very exciting person), every once in a while I want a book that requires no thought. I started collecting these bad boys because their cover art was to die for. But reading through them has been especially fun. I was surprised at how deeply these books suck you in! The crime, passion and often unintended hilariousness of these novels are well worth your time.

This is a beautiful art deco chalk-ware mirror. I've recently been going through a huge art deco phase, and a lot of my latest purchases have reflected that. What a beautiful mirror for your vanity or bathroom. What makes me so thankful for this mirror and the stylings of the art deco era in general, is the way it makes me feel. Art deco has a grace and beauty that to me, is unparalleled. This piece makes me very happy, and just like the horse purse i mentioned earlier, I haven't seen another one like it.

I took a few more pictures of items that I'm thankful for. I'll just mention in passing that we have a lamb planter with x's for eyes. That's right, we have a sweet little dead lamb planter for anyone who is looking for that sort of thing. Moving on, I'd like to say that I love talking about what I love about the store, but I'd love more to hear what you all love! Let me know! What are some vintage items that you are thankful for? Can't wait to hear it! Talk to you guys soon!!!!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

{Look of the Week}: Holiday Plaids

This week's look pairs two Christmas staples: a glitzy sweater and plaid skirt.  We have tons of plaid skirts in the store ranging from minis to maxis! Adding a little sparkle with an embellished sweater is the perfect way to dress up your plaid skirt for the holidays!


scarf-$12

sweater-$16

skirt-$15
 










bracelets- $4, $12









vintage gold boots-$45

scarf-$10



                

Thursday, November 3, 2011

For as much as I talk about collecting, I never really talk about what happens when you realize that you now have 136 hankies and 54 aprons in your possession. Those were just random numbers and items I threw out there as an example. I'm not speaking about my personal collections. Okay, those were direct numbers on some of my collections, but I'm sure you knew that. Lets get to the point of all of this.

I remember sitting one day, and thinking about how I had all of these pretty things, but for some reason I had them all tucked away. That is just silly. All of my hankies were neatly folded into squares and were placed in rows in my favorite desk drawer. My aprons suffered the same fate, and were neatly rolled into little bouquets and placed in my closet. But soon that all changed. The first thing I did was choose my two favorite aprons, and use them as curtain ties. Since my curtains were a nice thick white cotton, the beautiful patterns on the aprons looked as sweet as could be next to the airy white fabric.

I moved to the hankies next. I placed two or three of my favorite hankies on various nightstands around the house, and then proceeded to put my collections of pillboxes and cat figurines on them, ( Its embarrassing, but its real. Lets forget about it ). Using my hankies set the stage to put other parts of my collections out on display. Hankies can be used for tons of other things. For example, a lot of people make curtains out of their hankies. I personally hate to ruin the original state of the hankie, so I don't do this, but boy do I love it! Here's a picture of one person's hankie curtains. So sweet!

Hankies can also be used to make pillows, which are equally as cute as what is pictured above. I often times will tie a hankie around my neck as a little scarf. The delicate pattern makes for a feminine touch that can be added to any outfit.

A lot of my friends have amazing jewelry collections tucked away in 2 or 3 jewelry boxes. This goes out to you all! I have found the perfect use for an old shadow box or type drawer. Ta da!
Look how wonderful jewelry looks displayed out in the open! Its a really practical way to store your pieces, but it also just looks amazing. These were just a few examples of how to turn your collections into things that you can use, look at and experience every day! I hope that you all got some new ideas that inspired you! If you have any neat ways to display collections, or any ways to re-purpose vintage items, let me know! I'm super interested to hear about them. Until next time!