Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
I took a trip yesterday to the Goodwill in Thorndale, Pennsylvania. To my delight, I scored quite a few pieces of vintage items. The first, and my favorite is a crop top with a tie. It has this incredible print and fits me perfectly.
And an up-close shot of the print…
The next piece is a slip. Now many of you I am sure think of a slip as underwear. I do not. All you need is a newer modern nude slip to go under this fabulous vintage one. You can find cheap slips at TJMaxx and Target.
Once more some extra detailed shots…
The next item is this awesome dress with fun cut-outs. This dress would also require a slip, or maybe if you are brave some fun undergarments.
You just have to see the close-up detail. The criss-crossed part is all cut out and shows off your shoulders.
The last thing I purchased is this fun beaded necklace. Not sure if it is vintage or not but I have been bored with my jewelry as of late and needed something new.
Hope you enjoyed these new pieces. Always remember when vintage shopping to thoroughly inspect garments for stains and signs of wear. Do not pay attention to sizes either. Just try things on as sizes today are not what they were yesterday. Don’t let certain aspects of vintage shopping scare you, the first shirt that I am in love with had huge should pads. I took them out in about five seconds and voila! A new look is born. You can also switch out buttons as well for a new look.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
In the summer of 2008, I traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico for a study abroad program. One aspect of Mexican culture that I loved was the street fairs. These tend to occur in just about every part of the city once or more a week. My favorite part of these street fairs was the jewelry stands. You could get all sorts of bracelets and necklaces for next to nothing. One of the most popular themes was religious items including the Virgin of Guadalupe. I would buy as many as possible and pile them on my arms, which seems to be a fairly new trend among celebrities and the style elite. Sadly, when I returned to the U.S. there were few places to find such jewelry. Until yesterday, while at my favorite jewelry store (The Green Eyed Lady, Kennett Square), I noticed a bracelet with the Virgin of Guadalupe in the center. I had to have it, and for $5 I think it was a fair purchase. Below are some of my pieces from Mexico and the new bracelet.
This is my religious icon bracelet. These you can buy online but they are so overpriced. I paid about $2 for mine in Mexico.
The following is a plain but unique leather bracelet that I bought there. Leather is so cheap in Mexico.
Next is a simple woven bracelet made from different shades of vibrancy.
Every city tends to make jewelry of some sort that promotes the city. We traveled to Guanajuato, Mexico one weekend where I bought this bracelet. The city’s symbol is the frog, hence the design.
Finally, my new bracelet that I am super excited about.
Whenever you travel to a new place, check out the local shops/street fairs. I know that Mexico is not the safest place to be right now but I hope to one day be able to return and see my host family and friends. I miss them very much.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I was so intrigued by the display of Baekgaard goods at my local TJMaxx store. I bought some of the products and went home only to find out that the company was going defunct after its owner passed away. Peer Baekgaard was married to the co-founder of Vera Bradley. This man was very creative and it is sad that the accessories world has lost such a talented mind. I made sure to make a second trip to score some more accessories before they were gone for good. The prices were fantastic, ranging from $2.99 to $14.99. I am seeing some of these goods selling on Ebay for much more… Below are my finds, love the colors and prints.
These are called clam-shell cases I believe. Very cute.
All in all I only spent around $70 bucks… the first wallet alone used to retail for $42. Yet another reason why TJMaxx rocks.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
All in all the day was great. We hit up the Park and had some amazing steaks at Les Halles. The BEST part of the trip was an amazing flea/vintage market on Perry Street. This was just incredible and to make things better, it is the street where Sex and the City exteriors (Carrie's brownstone) were shot. Of course the house has a chain across it... I really wanted a picture... le sigh. For most people Manhattan is a place that is overcrowded, smelly, dirty, scary, etc. For me it is a place where thousands of people from around the world co-exist in a place where boredom seldom strikes you as you are at the epicenter of humanity.
P.S. I saw the construction on the Freedom Tower, it is going to be huge. So proud to be an American.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I dedicate this look to my mother, Noel Marowski, who passed away on May 28, 2009. Happy Mother's Day Mom, I love you.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
- faded/worn garments
- style that you have grown out of
- impulse buy that you wore maybe once
- you need more space
A good rule of thumb is if you are going to buy a new summer/winter wardrobe, do a closet cleaning. You will benefit from it and others will as well, as you SHOULD donate what you can to charity. I am not a person who wears or can afford to wear high end clothing so I do not feel bad about donating my H&M castoffs. If you are fortunate enough to wears labels, then go to a consignment store and get some cash in return. There is one place that does non high end consigment called Plato's closet. I have been to one once and they seem to take a multitude of different lower end labels. The only thing is that you might not get that much money back. I like donating because it gives me a good feeling and karma points. I take very good care of my clothes and feel that someone in need could benefit from them as well.
When clearing out your clothes you need to look for signs of wear such as fading or snags. I could be madly in love with a two year old sweater, but if it looks like it sat in the sun for a month, I donate it. I lost ten pounds last summer and plan on losing another five this summer so I have a lot of clothes that don't quite fit me anymore. I am not one of those people who keep things "just in case the weight comes back". What is the point of being on a diet in you don't have that much confidence in yourself? Anything too big or too little needs to go.
Pay attention to your body shape. I just added some clothes to my donate pile that just didn't do anything for my body. For me, anything that resembled a curtain went into the pile. I like my clothes to fit and not add weight to my frame.
I am pretty good about throwing away shoes. I am one of those girls who scuffs shoes constantly. I never got how people can wear stilettos and not crash the tip of the shoe into things. If a shoe has a tip, I am bound to scrape it. I can only do my best Julia Roberts sharpie trick with so many shoes. The more exotic the color, the less likely it is that I will be able to fill in the scrape. After so long, it is time to say goodbye.
The most important question you have to ask yourself is, "Will I ever wear this again?" YOU NEED TO BE HONEST! Really take time to think when the last time was you wore that particular item... The one year rule is a good one but some items can be cut down to six months, like a pair of shorts you didn't wear from April to October. If you lie to yourself you will end up with an over-crowded closet.
Make sure you look on-line for your nearest donation center after you do your cleanse!