Sunday, February 9, 2014

Vintage Valentines: Super(model) Couples from the Past

In honor of Valentine's Day, I wanted to take a look back at some of the most famous couples in fashion history. Each couple below has one thing in common, that being supermodels. Despite the unfortunate outcome of each relationship, these couples are just too cool to forget. 

Kate Moss and Johnny Depp

I am not really a big Johnny Depp fan but I do love he and Kate Moss as a couple. Both of their careers were skyrocketing in the 90s, making them the ultimate super(model) couple. While the relationship did not last, a never-ending gallery of the couple caught in chic poses and clothing will fill Pinterest boards forever. 

Cindy Crawford and Richard Gere

Talk about an All-American couple! Women were swooning for Richard Gere post-Pretty Woman so one can imagine that he could have dated just about anyone in those days. In 1991 Gere married supermodel Cindy Crawford, who was 25 at the time. Crawford's face, mole, and curves made her one of the sexiest supermodels of that era. Their marriage lasted four years, not too shabby by Hollywood standards.

Naomi Campbell and Mike Tyson

This relationship was doomed from the start. We all know that Mike Tyson has quite the temper, and Naomi is not much different. The did not last as a couple but starred in an amazing Vogue editorial, one where Naomi laid topless on top of Tyson in the middle of the Atlantic City boardwalk. These images remain the favorite of Vogue's Executive Fashion Editor, Phyllis Posnick. 

Claudia Schiffer and David Copperfield

A model and a magician, to me this is the ultimate in cool couples. Schiffer and Copperfield were engaged for five years, but eventually their relationship was cut in half (haha!) when Copperfield's work got in the way of things. While they were dating, Schiffer would appear in shows, the ultimate magician's assistant in my opinion. 

Helena Christensen and Norman Reedus

Nowadays Norman Reedus is battling zombies on AMC's hit The Walking Dead, but in the 90s he was dating mega-babe Helena Christensen. Reedus was once a model himself so it was simply fate that the two would meet. For those of you who don't recognize her name, she is the girl rolling around topless in the sand in Chris Isaak's Wicked Game video. If any of the couples made it the furthest along, it would be these two. They had a baby in 1999 named Mingus and remain friends today. 

So many super(model) couples, so little time. Who did I forget? Tell me below!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pre-styled Vintage Clothing from Other People's Trash

Some of us love shopping, others despise the thought of it. In the end, we all have to do it at some point in time. Despite this, even some of the most stubborn anti-shopping types like to shop for vintage clothing. Why is this? In my opinion, vintage clothing elicits memories from our past. This can be very comforting, especially when the future is a big "?" for most of us. 

A common "?" for those who shop for vintage is, "Where and how would I wear this?"  I hear this more often than not and would like to help those who wonder the "wear"and how. In the images below you will see pre-styled looks that I have put together, purely vintage pieces that complement each other, yet can be worn separately. 

All items are for sale and available for Paypal and ship, so please feel free to contact me with questions in regards to sizing or pricing.

Look One: 

I really love this look. The jeans are to die for, with embroidery on the sides and a super high waist. A crop top with peplum detailing can help balance proportions with a look like this, and keep with the western theme. The bag was hand crafted in Morocco (my dream vacation destination) and the hand beaded belt appears to be a souvenir from Colorado.  Finishing off the look is a pair of cowboy boots, what else? 

Look Two:

I am a really big fan of monochromatic dressing. Truthfully, I would wear this outfit with a green hat and bag but I decided to not go too overboard. Using a neutral like black is the perfect way to get as close to monochrome dressing as possible. A ladylike look such as this warrants an ultra femme hat, high heels, and structured bag. 

Look Three: 

Ah, the amazing orange coat. This piece is something so special and unique. It is something that you cannot find today. I personally love to mix orange and blue, and this camera bag is an amazing complement to the look. An oversized hat and geometric heels add some structure.

Look Four: 

This look screams spring and all the beauty that comes with it. A cocktail dress with surplice neckline and gathered waist complements various body types. A vibrant pink hat and yellow shoes bring out the various colors in the dress. Because of the this, keep other accessories neutral, like this brown belt and bag. 

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Vintage Vantage Point: Cloche Hats and Vintage Chairs

I have been blogging for a few years now and it has never crossed my mind to use a prop in photos, until today. Thanks to my boyfriend, I was reminded of a really great vintage chair we found at a thrift store. I have something planned for it in the future, but for now it will maintain its sunny yellow color. 

My outfit today was a layering success. I started off with a simple button down blouse that has a tunic length. On top of that is a vintage wool overcoat of neutral tones that is for sale, see below. My hat is a cloche, a bell shaped hat which gained popularity in the 1920s. These are rarely seen today, but I am hoping that changes as they are very feminine and flattering. 

My slouch pants, you know that I love them, have a spotted appearance that adds depth. To finish up the look, I am wearing ankle booties. You cannot see detail in these photos, but they are faux pony hair, which adds another form of texture to my outfit. 

Hat - TJMaxx
Shirt - H&M
Brooch - My grandmother's 
Overcoat - Vintage, for sale!
Pants - TJMaxx
Booties - Libby Edelman

Bag - Vintage
Rings - Some vintage, some new

Some fun photos from the 1920s of women wearing cloche hats!

Photos from Idda van Muster

I hope that you have a wonderful week! 

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Vintage Valentine's Day Outfit Inspiration

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and before you know it, we will be welcoming spring. Many people choose to dislike Valentine's Day, but I feel that it is a holiday that everyone can enjoy whether you are single or part of a relationship. Much like Christmas, Valentine's Day is a time where people get caught up in things that are really unimportant to the holiday's true meaning. So this Valentine's Day, wear something that shows you are a person who loves (love being the key word here) life and all that surrounds you. Believe me... your family, friends, and co-workers will notice!

The dress below is ideal for Valentine's Day. What better symbol to represent this holiday than the heart? This 1980s dress is in excellent condition! The bust measures 36" and it is 40" long. You can buy it here in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Winter Wardrobe Must Have: Vintage Coats

It seems that here in Pennsylvania we are paying for the quiet winter we had last year. We have had a lot of snow and ice thus far and the temperatures have been rather brutal, with wind chills in the negative range.

I constantly reinforce that vintage garments have been made in such a way that doesn't exist today. This could not be more true than with winter coats. The material is warmer, the construction is superb, and the silhouettes are creative.

Right now I have quite a few vintage coats for sale, but below are the standouts.

#1. Vintage Orange Winter Coat 

No one wore an orange coat (or any coat) like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The famous shoplifting scene pictured below is one of my favorites from the film. Orange, unlike red or yellow, flatters a lot of different skin tones, making it an easy color to wear.

My coat measures 38" at the bust and 35" in length. While there is no size tag I believe that it would fit a medium best. Made by Peabody House, this coat also features a tag for The Johnston Store in Bedford, PA. The coat does have some general wear but overall it is in amazing shape. Features a breathable lining and an extra button. Available for purchase here.

#2. Vintage Faux Leopard Coat

The battle for and against fur has gone on for years. Some people support the fur industry and others condone it. I say the best way to stay out of an argument and avoid being splattered by paint is to wear faux fur. Bridgette Bardot, pictured below, is wearing real fur. I decided to use her as an example because she is now an animal rights activist, so no more pelts for her. 

My coat measures 16" shoulder to shoulder, 48" at the bust, and 30.5" in length. It would fit a size large best. This coat is available through Paypal and ship. Please contact me for more information. 

#3. Vintage Gray and Orange Belted Coat

I really cold not find a single image of any old hollywood celebrity wearing a coat like this, perhaps that makes it all the more unique?

This is an immaculate vintage winter coat with unique detailing. On the interior, there is a gray faux fur lining. On the outside, the coat features an adjustable belt and shoulder snap closures. The bust measures 44", the sleeves measure 24", and the coat is 34" in length. Available for purchase here.

Winter will come and go, but having a well made coat is very important as it will last you for many years. If you have any questions about these coats or any others feel free to contact me. I ship continental and worldwide. 

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Monday, December 2, 2013

My Love Affair with Slouchy Pants

I don't like jeans. I am sure that to most people reading this post that may sound a bit odd, but it is very true. I am definitely a leggings and tights girl. This probably stems from spending a good deal of my early years in tights at ballet practice, with my Catholic school uniform, and leggings with just about everything else.

My mom bought my a really cool pair of jeans in the third grade with embroidery and mirror pieces at the bottom hem. This was the only pair I would wear for a few years and have continued to be picky about pants throughout my teenage years and twenties. 

Thanks to a the new slouchy pants trend I have found an alternative outlet for comfort. To me they are basically fancy pajama pants that I can wear to work. I was hesitant to try the trend until I saw some girls at my office wearing said pants. 

I really love them and think that they will be around for the next few seasons, so slouch away my friends. 

Jacket - Vintage
Sheer Tunic - Vintage
Slouchy Pants - TJMaxx
Shoes - Vintage
Rings - Mexico and other boutiques

I love this coat, its texture is out of this world. I really think that everyone should own a fun coat like this as it deviates from black and basic. 

The turquoise ring on the far left is from Mexico. I spent six weeks there studying abroad and promised myself that I would get a nice piece of turquoise. I didn't want the bright blue shade so this ring took me some time to find. The other rings are part of my usual pairings. 

How cute are these flats? I was totally sold when I saw the elephants on the heel. They are pretty well worn but that is okay with me. 

As a fairly new employee at Urban Outfitters, I was excited to make my first purchase with my discount. I wanted it to be something special, a total treat that was over-the-top. I think I found what I was looking for in this bib necklace. 

I hope that all my readers had a great Thanksgiving holiday! Christmas is right around the corner so remember to take time to call or see family and friends, the best gift of all. 

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