Monday, September 8, 2014

white after labor day

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Vintage 1950's crop top, vintage 1940's shorts, vintage flats, and gifted sunglasses.

I'm finally starting to feel like myself again. Just as I was getting back to blogging I got sick for most of August. It's a recurring health problem I've been struggling with for about a year now. This time I actually saw a doctor (something that I hate doing) and it seems like we've figured it out. I'm mostly mended now.

Because of that, I've been trying to wear everything summer-like in my closet. To make up for missed time of course. On Friday it was over 90 degrees in Rochester! I thought it was the perfect time to wear these 1940's shorts that were hiding in my closet. They're very unique. You put the front part on like an apron and tie it the back. Then you put the back in place and tie it in the front. I don't know if I explained that correctly, but they are kind of like make-your-own-shorts. It seems like I can't help falling for any vintage piece with a novelty. The late 40's and 50's loved novelty. Bird hats, monochromatic outfits, and weird prints. Also, I can't forget to mention the dresses you can change into a romper with a removable skirt. I had one of those gems once but it never fit me right. One day, I'll have one again!

My birthday was the 28th of August and I missed my annual birthday post. This year I spent the day quietly with my family. Then over Labor Day weekend, Brian took me to New York City! We had a wonderful time and took a carriage ride (courtesy of my wonderful parents!).
Speaking of Labor Day, I love to wear white after it. I find this arbitrary fashion rule ridiculous. If you've been here for awhile, you know I think there are no rules!

I hope you are having a wonderful start to your September.
Talk to you soon!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

blue jean baby

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Thrifted I Heart Ronson blouse, 90's Calvin Klein jeans cut into shorts, vintage leather bag, and vintage 80's Van Dal leather boots.

Boots and shorts are pretty nonsensical. Kind of like shorts and sweaters (which I'm also guilty of wearing a lot). It's one of those things that is so wrong that it's right. It highlights the boot, especially ankle boots.
Speaking of boots, I'm still drooling over this hunter green pair. They came all the way from the UK and somehow ended up in my possession. For all of the ugly shoes that were made in the 80's, an equal amount of amazing pairs were produced. A ton of the vintage shoes in my collection are from the totally tubular decade. Maybe it's my soft spot for all things 1980's (movies, music, clothes), but I think these boots are rad.

I've been pretty busy getting ready for the Park Ave Fest. We are going to have a booth at the corner of Park & Meigs. If you're around, stop by and say hi!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

she was lola in slacks dolly at school dolores on the dotted line but in my arms she was always lolita

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Gifted Gap shirt, vintage 50's skirt, vintage leather purse, vintage 60's hair bow, and BCBG Max Azria sandals.

I really didn't mean for this outfit to come out so pink-centric, it just ended up that way. Some people find it hard to believe, but I used to be (and still am deep down) a tomboy. Until a few years ago, I was uncomfortable wearing pink because I was uncomfortable being girly. Also, because of the brash femininity clothing its shade seems to be. As I grew, so did my girly side and I can rock a pink outfit like this every once in awhile. I don't think you can get more feminine than a 1950's hot pink circle skirt.
I like having many layers to my personality - it's what makes me human.

Every time I post an outfit of me in heels, I feel like I'm always wearing these. I'M SORRY! I have at least 100 pairs of shoes, but I'm always in these sandals. It's because they go with freaking everything! They're also perfect in the summer, which is so short here that I have to wear them while I can.

I hope you had a great start to your week. I'm anxiously waiting for my order of the Nyx Macaron lipsticks to arrive! AHHH I CAN'T WAIT!

Monday, July 7, 2014

maybe you will always be just a little out of reach

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Thrifted Juicy Couture dress, thrifted Nine West sandals and Prada bag from Panache Consignment.

Okay, so I haven't updated my blog in over a month. My New Year's Resolution was to update more and I've done a pretty poor job. I wish I had some great reason as to why I disappeared, but I don't.
I honestly just got exhausted - exhausted with the same old same old. I've been doing this for 4 1/2 years now and I started to feel like I had fallen in a rut. I wore pretty standard outfits all of June and fell into a pretty sorry state. I'm trying to snap myself back to normal and I'm slowly recovering, but it's taken some time. I'm actually excited to start updating again. I knew when I felt the drive to post, it would be the right time to return. So here I am.

I haven't done too much thrifting. My weekly trip to my favorite location has stopped. Frankly, even though I get great deals on everything, I can't afford it! I always find great stuff and it all ends up being way more than I wanted to spend. So I try to go only once a month now.
This little white dress I found back in April and once it was nice enough to wear it, I threw it on! It's a Juicy Couture and it was only worn once, I think. I know Juicy has a reputation for making some hideous tracksuits, but I always thought a lot of their stuff was cute. I actually wore this right after the news broke that Juicy Couture was closing all of it's US stores and was going to start selling in Kohl's. It's kind of sad.

I used to hate wearing white (mostly because I'm so clumsy and spill on it), but this year I've totally embraced it. Last year I tried wearing more white accessories, but now I love wearing a little white dress. There is something so refreshing about it in summertime. It's like it's reflecting the purity and easy-living that comes along with warm weather. It's so much easier to live during the Summer. I try to hold onto that feeling for as long as I can. But sometimes I feel like the Stark family from Game of Thrones - always preparing for winter, always bracing myself for it. After all, the cold weather envelopes us most of the year.
I feel like Rochester's slogan should be "Winter is coming."

Until next time (which will be soon I hope), have a wonderful start to your week!

Friday, May 30, 2014

some folks are born made to wave the flag

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Thrifted Target shirt, thrifted handmade skirt, vintage purse, and five year old gladiator sandals. 

This skirt. What can I say about this skirt? It's the perfect cross between tacky and old-fashioned patriotism. I bought it over a year ago and never got around to wearing it until this Memorial Day. Somehow a red, white, and blue skirt just doesn't work on a day that's not a national holiday. It reminds me of all those boho skirts that were super-popular around 2005. I had one and I really loved it. It's funny how sentimentality can affect so many of our decisions.

Another year has passed and these sandals are still a summer staple in my closet. I've had them for almost 6 years now. In that time they were deemed a trend that you shouldn't be caught dead in, to being popular again. I don't care whether they're popular or not, they always seem to go with everything.

Please forgive me for my shirt being so wrinkled. With winter being 9 months long around here, my summer shirts sit stuffed in a drawer collecting wrinkles.

I hope you had a great week and don't forget tomorrow I'll be selling some of my goodies at the Bloggers Closet Yard Sale!
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Friday, May 23, 2014

magnolia

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Knitted Dove dress from Shop Peppermint, Five Below sunglasses, Target socks, and BCBG sandals.

Every spring, I try to take at least one blog post in front of some flowering tree. This time I was lucky enough to get a few photos in front of this gorgeous magnolia tree that's across the street from my store. While doing a little Googling about Magnolia's I found something interesting. They have found fossilized blossoms from 20 million years ago and think Magnolia trees are as old as 90 million years. They are truly an ancient tree.

Enough with fact sharing time, it's time to talk about this dress. I am so in love with it. Of course Shop Peppermint is amazing and this is just one of the many amazing dresses to come from this store. If I had more money I'm sure half my closet would be filled with owner Tanvi's designs. We are so lucky to have Tanvi here in Rochester. Her store is just incredible and I admire her so much. If you don't live in the ROC click here to check out her online store.
Her shop is right around the corner from mine and on this particular day, we actually wore the same dress! It was so funny.
Here's a pic:

I hope you are having a wonderful week! I'll leave you with a little something that makes me chuckle.