Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A new dress, indie press, and a gorgeous day.

Vintage 50s dress: Violetville Vintage on ebay, handsewn - can you see the little pink polka dots on the collar and sleeves?
Vintage coat: Carven Paris, gift from my mother
Vintage purse: Morris Moskowitz
Knee-high tights: Target
Headband: mylavaliere on etsy
Heels: Jeffrey Campbell

I got a brand "new" (vintage), long-coveted 50s dress in the mail on Saturday! When Dave suggested we attend the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum that afternoon, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to debut the dress. It was such a gorgeous day, I almost didn't need my coat!

We also saw the first little flowers of spring; I asked Dave to take a snap for me. They were such a pretty purple. Grow big, little ones!

The manuscript library is in a really pretty old church.

Crowd shot! I don't know; I'd like to share more pictures of the interior, but I don't want to overwhelm you guys? They're mostly just crowds with pretty windows in the background, so maybe not.

I was very surprised to find that the ladies of Worn Fashion Journal were there! I thought that maybe the girls manning the table were local contributors or something, but it turns out that they were actually the founders/editors! I was so flabbergasted to see them there that I really wish I'd stopped to talk to them a little bit more! They were so nice, and one of them even liked my dress(!). I'd only ever looked at the website in passing, and have never come across the print edition, but after flipping through issue #9 I knew I had to pick it up. Let's just say that I'm now officially a fan. I'm really impressed that these young women are producing such an amazing, quality publication. The photos are gorgeous, the words are engaging, the subjects are actually topics I'm interested in, and the paper feels really, really nice in my hands. And somehow it's all really affordable? I'll definitely be getting a subscription when I have the extra cash. Good job, girls!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Robot Art Show!

Dave's showing some paintings in a gallery for a ROBOT-THEMED art show (awesome!!!) - it opens tomorrow night! The robot with the exploding chest in the banner on the right is one of his pieces. I'm so proud and excited for him. If you're in the Western New York area, I hope you'll come check it out! The deets are below:

Queen City Gallery
617 Main Street (Market Arcade)
Buffalo New York 14203
M-F 11-4pm

"We Robot" A Mixed Media Celebration of Our Metal Friends

Opening March 19th 5-8pm

David Pierro, Candace Keegan, Michael Trampert,
Ross Chirico, Michael Mulley, Chris McGee, William Herod
Chris Hausbeck

On view through April 23, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Spring Style Inspiration: Luella

Spring is finally showing her pretty face in Buffalo! Okay, I say "finally," but the truth is that early-to-mid- March is pretty early for spring to break around here. Nevertheless, I am so, so, so glad to see her. I'm starting to bust out the dresses and reveling in wearing color once again. No more winter neutrals for me! The ever-wonderful label Luella is providing some pretty sweet inspiration for me in this regard. Plenty of pop-in-your-mouth, Easter eggtastic colors, anchored with just a few basic neutrals for good measure. I love the 60s-inspired suiting, ladylike coats, and structured separates. Oh - and that polka dot print! Just what I'm craving right now. Witness the magic:

Images from style.com.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spring Cleaning My Closet!

Well, lately there hasn't been much vintage on this blog, has there? I'm afraid that's still the case today, although I do have a bunch of vintage reproduction items to show you! I have a bunch of actual vintage items waiting to for their time to shine in an etsy update, but until we can work out our photography kinks, I've been cleaning out my closet and putting some choice items up for sale on ebay. I'm unearthing a few favorite springlike, high-end designer items with vintage appeal that I either no longer wear or that no longer fit me, including a gorgeous Max Studio 30's inspired dress and a mod-style Free People skirt!

I hope you'll forgive me for not having anything vintage to show today. If you feel so inclined, please feel free to click on any image, and you'll be whisked to the corresponding ebay auction! Everything ends in less than 24 hours (though I'll be adding more items), and most are around a size medium.

This Ralph by Ralph Lauren liberty print skirt reminds me of Luella!


Romantic Express skirt.


30s-inspired Max Studio dress <3


Joven top


60s/70s-inspired Free People skirt


Thanks for looking, loves!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Winter festival!

This past Sunday was pretty mild weather-wise, so Dave and I decided to check out Buffalo's first Powder Keg Festival downtown. They built a world-record-breaking ice maze:

image from buffalonian4life at buffalorising.com

and shut down part of the freeway so folks could go tubing down one of the exit ramps (genius!!):

image from buffalonian4life at buffalorising.com

I guess they also had sports and booze and stuff. We were too late to go tubing, but we did get to check out the ice maze. Here we are trying out one of the many ice benches inside. It was very cold and our bottoms were soaked!

It was a really fun experience; perfect for easing the late-February winter doldrums. Everyone I passed was laughing and having a great time. Good job, Buffalo!