Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ten Things to Bring on a Thrift Shop Trip

1. A Cross-Body Purse - Keep your hands free while you browse through the racks.

2. Time - This is not the place to get in and back out in ten minutes. Come here when you know that you have time to look.

3. Measuring Tape - If trying on used clothes makes your skin crawl then do yourself a favor and bring something to measure the clothing. Just remember a flat measurement does not account for curves.

4. Comfortable Shoes - You will be on your feet the entire time so keep them pain free.

5. A Friend or Significant Other - If they are not thrift people there is a good chance that your enthusiasm will rub off on them, I have seen it happen before.

6. Smart Phone - Wondering if a piece is vintage or not? Bring your smart phone and do some research in the store.

7. Discount Card - A lot of thrift shops have discount cards that offer daily deals on certain items.

8. Something of Your Own to Donate - It is all about give and take and its for a good cause.

9. Multiple Methods of Payment - Some stores only accept cash, others will take credit cards but only certain types or for certain amounts.

10. Hand Sanitizer - You are going to need this for after your searching.

Speaking of vintage clothing... Check out the latest additions to my Etsy shop.

Have questions about any of the items above? Comment below!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Vintage Inspiration: 1920s Flapper

The 1920s are my favorite decade for fashion. Women were rebelling, hemlines were moving up, and sequins and feathers were key to the look of a flapper. I used the rebellious women of the 1920s as inspiration for my look of the day on Saturday. My dress was not overly glitzy but it definitely has a flapper feel with the fringe on the bottom.

Dress - Vintage
Shoes - Random Online Shop
Bag - TJMaxx
Earrings - Gift
Sunglasses - Nich Boutique

I love these sunglasses from Nich Boutique! They are really great because they go with just about everything, yet still have a unique design and pattern. 

These earrings were a gift, I believe they were made in South America. I really love how South American countries like Peru and Chile use bright threads and fabrics when creating jewelry, accessories, and textiles. 

I like to call these my Fauxstremes a.k.a. faux Dior Extremes. These shoes became popular when Sarah Jessica Parker wore them in the first Sex and the City movie as Carrie Bradshaw. 

In the end, laughter makes everything better. Take some time to laugh today, no matter what kind of day you are having. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fashion Flashback: Unzipped with Isaac Mizrahi

One of my favorite fashion films of all time is Unzipped, a documentary featuring the work of legendary fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. I think that so very little is known about the true life of a fashion designer. It is so much more than parties and champagne during fashion week.

The film starts with Mizrahi receiving a less than stellar review of his Spring 1994 collection by WWD. As many of us would, Mizrahi uses the criticism of the public to re-invent his line and rise, once more, to the top. The next 70 minutes are filled with self-doubt, inspiration, re-evaluation, and finally; success. The ups and downs in this documentary are ones that many people, not just fashion designers, can relate to in their everyday lives.

In this first clip, Isaac tells us about his inspiration for his Fall 1994 collection: Nanook of the North.

The clip below is my absolute favorite from the film, definitely a funny moment. YARN'T GURNA.

This clip shows various models reacting to Isaac's request for them to appear half-naked behind a scrim while the fashion show is taking place. As you will see, many of the models (Kate Moss included) are not too keen on the idea. He wants the show to appear much as a scene in the ballet would with a scrim, sans tutus.

A truly low moment of the film, the following scene shows a WWD cover feauturing a Nanook of the North collection by Jean Paul Gaultier which showed before Isaac's. I think that everyone can relate to a feeling such as this at least once in your life, even if someone did not intentionally take your idea.

A truly amazing ending, featuring some fabulous models, sequins, fur, and a scrim.

See the clips below for the full show!

What are your favorite fashion films?