Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Well, winter is starting to settle in here in Buffalo. It's time to grit our teeth and brace ourselves for biting winds, dark skies and endless snow. It's not all bad, though - there are also cheerful holiday parties, myriad reasons to dress up, and lots of excuses to stay in and play video games with my husband (my favorite!). These photos were taken two weeks ago on one of the last nice, sunny fall days. It seems like fall only just got here; I'll miss it! Here's to looking on the sunny side.
70s sweater: wildfellhallvintage on etsy
Trouser jeans: Habitual via Gilt
80s quilted chain strap bag: wildfellhallvintage on etsy
Vintage Ferragamos: Estate sale
Photos by Dave
Man, do I have a few goodies to show off in this post. First off, a few months ago I won a gift card to the sweet Wildfell Hall's etsy vintage shop via a giveaway on Huzzah! Vintage's blog. There were so many lovely goods to choose from that it took me a few days to make up my mind, but I finally settled on this lovely sweater (the labels says it's by "Cuddle Knits"! How could I resist?) and classic bag. I have very few items in my closet in either beige or navy - key neutrals! - so a wardrobe gap was handily filled. I've actually worn this exact outfit quite a few times this month, and I've been wearing the purse almost every day since I got it. Thanks so much, Amy!
Also, I'm always on the hunt for Ferragamos in my size, especially their bow flats, but it always seems like everything on ebay or etsy is really narrow. Well, the morning these photos were taken, we went to an estate sale, and the lady had a WHOLE ROOM full of Ferragamos that fit me like a dream! The sale was jackpot central in other areas, and Dave and I walked from our apartment and could only take what we could carry, so I selected a few favorites and wore the best pair posthaste:
I also got a 20s lace dress, mesh beaded 50s cardigan, Peal & Co. oxfords (STUNNING OMG), a fur capelet, a 60s wool junior dress... I can't wait to share it all with you! Most of it's going into the store at some point, hopefully.
After the estate sale, we went home to store my goodies, I put on my new old shoes, and we headed out to lunch at our favorite place. Oh, it was a perfect day! Don't stay away too long this year, Mr. Sun!
Monday, November 22, 2010
60s lace dress: my grandmother sewed this for my mom's high school dance!
Moto jacket: Anna Grace
Tights: It's a mystery
Antique handbag: gift from my grandmother
Boots: Industry, via Modcloth
Photos by Dave
The title of this post is so douchey, I'm sorry. I wore this outfit to a gallery recently. My husband’s robot art was showing for a few hours at the Burchfield Penney, along with several other local artists. A band played, and spoken word pieces were performed. I have never seen so many fashionable Buffalonians in one place; I kinda wish I had taken some snaps of the other attendees! Besides that, it was a wonderful event and the gallery was gorgeous. Dave was pretty excited to have his work shown there (I love this picture; he's so cute and happy):
It was really a gorgeous set-up:
Let me tell you about this dress. It belonged to my mother in the 60s. My grandmother sewed it for her high school cotillion (either sophomore or junior year). It fits me perfectly, and came into my life exactly when I was craving a cream-colored lace dress over the summer, when Francesca kept showing all her romantically pretty 60s and 70s lace dress finds on her blog. I got the fever for lace dresses pretty bad.
One of the docents gave me a really nice compliment on my purse, which made me so happy. I respect a docent's taste! I'm having trouble dating the bag though, anyone know its era?
I really love the pattern and colors, especially those graceful gazelles!
Thank you so much for reading; I really do appreciate everyone who stops by this blog. <3
Monday, November 8, 2010
Vintage tweed jacket: Lilli Ann, 60s
Jeans: Banana Republic
Boots: Miz Mooz
Vintage hand-painted basket bag: gift from my mother
Photos by Dave
I have this lovely, iconic Lilli Ann jacket that my mom bought from ebay before prices for Lilli Ann were too insane. It didn't fit, so I was able to buy it from her - lucky me! It's cozy, the design is fantastic, and the fur is so, so soft. But I'm not sure how I feel about wearing fur, even though it's vintage, and wearing vintage fur is quite PC: it's environmentally friendly (you're recycling), you're not contributing to a demand for new fur, and some say that you're honoring the animal by ensuring its fur isn't rotting away in a closet, attic, or landfill somewhere.
However, wearing fur is so tricky. I'm always afraid someone won't understand it's vintage, and why wearing it is okay. I remember wearing another gorgeous fur collar Lilli Ann jacket to greet my new boyfriend (now husband) one Christmas. He didn't know it was vintage, and was probably horrified. To me and you it might seem obvious, but not everyone recognizes vintage design.
A girl in the elevator avoided eye contact with me (or was it just my imagination?), and some crazy lady tripped me in the convenience store. At first I thought she just had some mental health issues, but maybe she was offended by the fur... ? I still wear it, and even get compliments on it, but always in the back of my mind, I'm wondering how people react.
Did I mention that it's cozy?
On another, lighter note, how great is this purse? I have a small collection of handpainted and decoupaged box/basket purses from the 60s and 70s; I just love them! They take up a lot of space though, so I'm very choosy. This one has autumn leaves painted on the top, so it's perfect for fall.
What are your thoughts on vintage fur? Do you wear it? If so, how do people react?