photos from Turned Out
This kooky summer weather makes it a bit hard to get dressed in the mornings. The temperatures rise and fall from day to day and I'm never quite sure if I'm going to need a light jacket or not. Seeing the photos of these casual cool girls makes me realize a light colored denim jacket might be just the thing to take along on those unpredictable days.
Topshop, Forever21, Modcloth, Anthropologie
photos by Tom b.
dress: H&M (see it close up)
shoes: 80s flats
purse: vintage Coach
* listening to: Mastodon - Crack the Skye "The Czar"
Lately it seems that a lot of people have been asking me the question, "do you like living in Lancaster?". This question is usually followed by an incredulous look and raised eyebrows as if any answer I give other than "no" will be met with utmost skepticism. The truth is, I really do like living here. One of the things I most enjoy is walking around the city and soaking in all of the historic buildings and landmarks. Yesterday Tom and I walked downtown and stopped into Central Market, the oldest still-functioning farmer's market in the States. It's always packed with people and brimming with fresh veggies and fruits from the surrounding farms. Then after market we stopped into Charles Demuth's home, now a museum, and enjoyed a new exhibit and sat in the garden soaking up the sun. It was such a lovely afternoon and all within walking distance of our place. So, while I do miss 24 hour Thai food joints, being able to drive into the desert and Sunday flea markets I don't have any regrets about relocating from LA to PA.
Oh, and for those of you who have asked, I ended up ordering my dress form from this store. They have a variety of shapes and sizes with all sorts of bases to choose from. It was delivered in just a few days and so far it's working out perfectly!
Yesterday was spent digging through the racks at my favorite thrift store looking for anything that might catch my eye. I wasn't having much luck and was getting a bit discouraged when I saw this dress hanging down the aisle. It was one of those moments when I had to stop and look around and wonder why no one else had picked it up. When I put it in my cart, I half expected someone to take it back and tell me it was a mistake.
It needs a bit of a makeover. Someone had pinned tacky plastic flowers around the hips. That was an easy fix. The seams have come undone under the arms and there are a few places where the crocheting has come loose from the fabric (I put a white slip under it for the photos so you could see the details). Nothing that a little time with a needle and thread won't fix. Besides those minor flaws it's in excellent condition considering its age. I just love the details on clothes from this era; the pintucks, the pleats, the cute little bows. And the silk fabric is so soft and light and floaty (is that a word?). It's a smidgen big for me so I'm not sure what it's fate is going be be quite yet. I should probably sell it but I think I might be happy just to keep it around to stare at.
It seems that while many print magazines are going under, online magazines are quickly filling the void. I can't even keep up with all of the lovely new issues featuring the likes of fashion, design, photography and DIY projects. Below is a list of a few of my favorites. Are there any great ones I'm missing out on?
As much as I'm being drawn to simple black and white looks these days I can't help but notice the liberty prints in the Cacharel collection. Liberty prints have risen and fallen in popularity for decades but I don't know if they've ever looked quite this nice! These are just the types of summer frocks I'd like to wear with sandals and braids on the hottest days of the year. But, since they're well out of my price range I've been brainstorming ways to get around that price tag.
One of the advantages to living in the middle of Amish/Mennonite country (besides the wonderful farmer's market!) is finding yards and yards of these liberty floral prints at the thrift store. You see, most of the dresses worn by these modest ladies consist of pretty floral prints. Since the dresses are long and rather sack-like quite a few yards of fabric go into each dress. I always thumb past a few in the racks whenever I'm searching out vintage finds. I usually just pass them by but I think next time I see one I might bring it home to dissect and refashion into a skirt or sundress. I know I'm usually terrible at following up on these DIY ideas (since I always forget to take before/after photos) but I'll try to be better this time!
top: 2os net lace blouse
shoes: 30s oxfords
listening to: The Casting Out - Go Crazy, Throw Fireworks "Don't Forget to Breathe"
This weekend was spent living life in 3D, leaving out most of the usual time spent catching up on blog reading or posting. Much fun was had: hanging out with a lovely German house guest, walking around downtown, visiting our favorite architectural salvage store, chowing on Thai food, a quick trip to Goodwill and complaining about the never ending rain. While the time off has left me feeling wonderfully refreshed for the week, it's also left me with woefully little to blog about. My outfits lately have been so simple and basic it seems a shame to even bother posting them. My uniform has consisted of black and white with an occasional accessory thrown in to mix things up. Hmmm... I think there might be a Four Way post in there somewhere.
I've got lots more dresses to photograph but I'm holding off because... I finally got a dress form! Yay! After weeks of fruitlessly searching for a vintage one I finally gave in and ordered one online. Of course, with my luck that probably means I'll find the perfect vintage one next week. Ha! As soon as it arrives, I'm going to be adding loads of new stuff to the shop. Thanks so much for stoppin' by!
all photos from Life Magazine's Picnic Story: photographer Leonard Mccombe
I found these images while searching through the Life Magazine archives. As posed and sort of phony as they look, I still love the idea of having a summer picnic on the rocks by a waterfall wearing cute gingham outfits and pretty dresses. I've really been looking forward to the return of Madmen and this family reminds me so much of the Drapers. Of course, if this was the Drapers that would be scotch in dear old dad's thermos and the picnic basket would be full of cigarettes.
Nearly any magazine article you run across touting the “basics” that all women should have in their closets will no doubt include a crisp white shirt. Think classic Carolina Herrera! But that is one basic that has always seemed to elude me. Since I’ve been toying with the idea of simplifying my wardrobe I decided to revisit the white-shirt-as-an-essential rule. I think part of the problem has always been the white shirts I have found just haven’t suited my fancy. They’re either too frilly or too boyish or too boxy or too wrinkly. I tend to be super particular about the fit of my clothes and I’d never found the one that was juuust right. I think those days may be over. I finally found a vintage one that may fit the bill. It’s got the cutest little tag embroidered with a Union Jack that says “Tailored in Nottingham". Since the "white shirt" is pretty much virgin territory for me, I decided it would be perfect fodder for a Four Ways post.
- The first look is a little bit bohemian, mixing the white shirt with beat up Levi cut-offs, a vest and vintage accessories.
- I had the hardest time mixing the shirt with skirts but it seemed perfect under this 30s style jumper.
- Bring out your inner beatnik. This plays into my current obsession with stripes. It doesn't get any easier than this. I threw the white shirt on with a pair of cuffed black jeans, simple flats and a black beret. A striped sweater tops off the look. This was my favorite combination.
- Hmmm. I was going for boyish but I think I ended up more Amish. In retrospect, this one isn't quite workin' for me! I like the suspenders but somehow the rest of it just didn't gel. I think there's potential here, but it needs a little tweaking.
In the end, this was a bit harder than I expected it to be. I thought it would look really classy paired with a black pencil skirt and a scarf, but somehow I just ended up looking like a flight attendant or hotel desk clerk. A navy pleated skirt made me look like I was heading to Catholic school. And then there's the little Amish boy. ;) Despite a few missteps, I can see myself reaching into my closet for this more often than I thought I would.
photos by Tom b.
top: 70s lace camisole
skirt: 60s green gingham
shoes: vintage Ferragamo
purse: vintage John Romain
hat: vintage felt cloche
*listening to: Hellacopters - By the Grace of God "It's Good But it Just Ain't Right"
In thinking about stocking my wardrobe with classic basics I keep coming back to stripes. Something about them seem both fresh and timeless. They seem perfectly all-American and yet somehow the epitome of French chic.
My brain is a bit tired today so I'm going to let the pictures do the rest of the talking...
Anthropologie, AA, AA, AA, Cabbages & Roses, Old Navy, Urban Outfitters, Built By Wendy, Urban Outfitters, Topshop
... or rather The Cat's Pajamas! It always makes me happy to see the clothes I sell find good homes. To me, each piece has a history and I love knowing that its story doesn't end in a trash heap or rotting away in the back of a closet. Wouldn't you love to know where your "new" vintage dress has been? Was it worn on a special occasion? Did someone lovingly hand make it? Did it go on any travels with its previous owner? I like to think when I ship a dress to Paris or Milan or Japan, whoever wore it first would be pleased to know that their dress is being worn by some stylish girl in a faraway city.
It's not often that after I part with a dress I get to see it in its new home. But such is the case with this 30s crepe number. I loved this dress but it wasn't quite right on me. It was just too pretty to waste away in the back of my closet so I knew it had to move on. I think it found the perfect new home with Jessica!
dress: 50s cotton day dress
purse: vintage John Romain
shoes: vintage Etienne Aigner oxfords
* listening to: The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come "A Rush and a Push and the Land is Ours"
Sorry it's been a bit of a boring week around here. Honestly the combination of cutting back on spending and loads of rain has left me feeling a bit uninspired. I've been hearing the phrase "shop your closet" thrown around quite a bit lately so I thought I'd give it a try. Last night I took down a couple of boxes from the top of my closet where I was storing some extra clothes and I found a few things that I thought I had gotten rid of. I have to say it was quite fun finding things that I thought were long gone. I switched them out with some dresses that were hanging in my closet. Hopefully, now I'll forget about those dresses and months from now when I take those boxes back down, it'll be like finding treasures all over again.
photos by Tom b.
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This is one of the coolest things that has happened to me in a long time! Italian Glamour included my shop among their guide to online vintage shopping. I was so excited when they contacted me about the piece and it's always a bit surreal to see my photos in print. I hadn't been able to get my hands on a copy so the always super sweet Anna from The Cupcake Diary sent me the most wonderful bundle of goodies including the magazine. She was also thoughtful enough to include a translation for those of us who are not Italian savvy.
"Jennifer Martin is a US vintage hunter who mixes 60s looks with a Dietrich style. 'I only wear vintage dresses a lot older than me' she says. 'One day I found a 40s dress but it was not my size. I had an idea and thought to sell it. I did and then I sold a lot of other out-of-size purchases. The e-store which is now my job came with the blog. I buy, wear and sell at the speed of light.' "
The text made me giggle a little bit as it's not exactly a direct quote from what I sent in but I guess that's what you get when you translate something from English to Italian and then back to English.