April 19, 2011
Six items I’m loving on Etsy right now that are reasonably priced and in my size range. And seriously tempting me. Nobody buy these things. Wait, why am I showing them to anyone again? Oh right, because my birthday’s coming up in 8 months.
1970s vintage pink and black polka dot pin up stunner, SouthernDropout, $45
Vintage 50s Style Palest Yellow Flocked Dress, Studio1950, $42
New petrol blue flamenco necklace scarf, lightly sequined, Textilemonster, $18
Messenger black white sackcloth, CrazyBoy, $43
PS – I liked this article a little too much: “Why I can’t stop reading Mormon housewife blogs.”
February 9, 2011
As of today, I feel like I’m slightly more on top of things than I was at the beginning of the week. Here’s to more progress in coming days!
Edited to add another photo that looks similar but is actually my grandmother’s sister, my great aunt (and again, my baby great uncle)
3) A home I love, as seen on Etsy’s Get the Look Decor
January 18, 2011
So I’ve still been writing a lot in my separate “writing blog,” where I’ve taken to sort of journaling regularly. Journaling, meaning writing about my feelings, whining about stress, talking about my successes and failures at keeping New Year’s resolutions, detailing the mundane facts of the day, like what I ate for breakfast. I just don’t feel like doing a lot of that here, in this space.
(Hey, but you do want to see this biscotti I made though, right?)
I had the link in a recent post but I took it down, though I’m happy to provide it to anyone who wants to read. I’m still deciding how much I want to say there, how much control I want over who reads it, that kind of thing. I mean, it’s boring. That’s really what it comes down to. Personal but boring.
In the meantime, and I hope it’s okay to post these, here are some photos from an Etsy shop I really like, Reduce Reuse Rewear by Coldfish. While I am constantly falling in love with single item like vintage dresses on Etsy, this vintage shop (as I think I’ve mentioned before) stands out to me because of its styling and I always come away a) loving the entire look, and b) feeling motivated to get more creative with my own wardrobe. Somehow it all seems very wearable; fun but without being limited to a certain style or era or being costumey.
I will say that I’m not buying anymore clothes until I focus on building my shoe collection a bit. I have a lot of items, both dressy and casual, that could benefit from a more complementary shoe, so that’s my fashion challenge these days. (Edited to add: Lies. All lies. I just bought an Anthropologie dress but it was both on sale and I had a gift card going toward the cost, so I felt at least somewhat justified.)
Anyway, here’s a selection from the shop:
December 21, 2010
When I love something, I love it so much that I ache. A cute baby or puppy, a beautiful sunset, a fantastic play, a perfect vintage dress…
These hurt so good. Especially because they’re (generally speaking) in my size:
Get this: “From the estate of an anthropologist that had dresses custom-made for her throughout her travels in the 50’s & 60’s!” Uh-maze-ing. That is the kind of thing that makes me swoon.
November 29, 2010
I’d been holding out on this dress, not wanting to wear every item of clothing right at the beginning of 30 for 30. Now, just about halfway through, today was the day. I got this vintage dress on Etsy but had only worn it once–for Halloween last year. Yes, I am that much of a wimp that I could only bring myself to wear it as a costume. I included it in my 30 to get over this timidity. The blue belt, also vintage (I think it came with another dress) has barely gotten any airtime either, so I was happy to remember it this morning. Like I said at the beginning of this challenge, I don’t have a comfortable pair of close-toed pumps but I will definitely be looking for some after 30 for 30 is over. They would have gone well with a lot of these outfits, though I’d still probably be hesitant to wear them around campus much.
These pictures were taken right after I took hot rollers out of my hair, so trust me when I say within 15 minutes the curls had turned into subtle waves.
It’s day one of the final two weeks of the semester, aka Hell Weeks. I’m spending the rest of the day studying for tomorrow’s test, and after that it’s one thing at a time: Presentations, final papers, TA responsibilities, insanity. I am trying to stay calm but I’m sure the panic will set in soon.
PS: I’ve been bad about responding to comments but I will be much better about that as soon as possible! Thanks to everyone who’s been giving such great feedback.
November 19, 2010
Yikes. I am feeling lazy today. So lazy my “outfit” so far consists of my boyfriend’s fleece sweatshirt on top, and a plaid wool blanket wrapped around my waist. [To be honest, it's a rug, according to the tag. I got it in Scotland, made of recycled wool. But it looks more like a blanket. A slightly scratchy blanket.] So lazy I haven’t gone to the day of sessions on international jobs with NGOs I had planned to attend on campus. Maybe I’ll still make the afternoon events. I think it’s just that time in the semester where the work is getting serious, the energy is running low, and additional optional activities don’t always make the cut. Also, the house is cold and I’m just feeling, yes, very, very lazy. I watched most of Two Girls and a Sailor this morning. Now I’m planning to spend 30 minutes doing a quick pick-up around the house, shower, and hopefully head to school.
A List Of Things To Buy/Pay For That Are Not Clothes Or Usual Bills
- Computer speakers. Asap.
- Christmas presents for family.
- Passport application.
- Fees to former school.
- In my dreams: iPod Touch and camera lens.
- Blurb book.
- Running shoes.
- Skincare stuff (a bunch of bottles leaked in my recent travels; very annoying).
- Driver’s ed classes.
- A few makeup items for the holidays. Maybe some fancy lipstick or eyeshadow or something.
- Ideally, a blow dryer, since I currently use a travel-sized one.
- Ingredients for Thanksgiving cooking.
Now, completely not in the spirit of a shopping ban–but in the spirit of discovering and articulating what I like–a collection of green vintage dresses, courtesy of my Etsy favorites.
From left to right:
1. Fab Gabs. I bought this dress. I have not worn it. I will probably wear it on or around my birthday, during the Christmas holidays, and/or when I’m in New York. I am trying to convince myself it’s not a tiny bit too small.
2. Thirteen Bees Vintage.
3. Timeless Vixen Vintage. One day. One day I will own one of their dresses.
4. Timeless Vixen Vintage.
5. Timeless Vixen Vintage. Yes, it only has a hint of green, but it is perfection. If I were getting married today, I would wear this dress.
6. Timeless Vixen Vintage. Well this is embarrasing. Are you noticing a pattern here? I swear they are not paying me. But if they wanted to…in dresses…well, I wouldn’t say no.
7. Planet Claire Vintage.
8. Vintage Frocks of Fancy.
9. Timeless Vixen Vintage.
Etsy is so wonderful. Shopping vintage is wonderful. Shopping thrift stores, with some luck, is the best. Better than shopping at places like Modcloth, even, wonderful as that shop is. I like wearing things that require a bit of a hunt, that are (somewhat) one-of-a-kind, and that are second-hand (though I know Modcloth sells some vintage items too).
Numbers 2, 5, and 9 are all-time favorites. And so is number 4. And clearly I bought number 1. Okay, I love them all. So what else do I love besides green? Shift dresses. Wiggle dresses. Sheath dresses. Do these all mean the same thing? Probably my absolute favorite piece of clothing I own is this vintage homemade dress, though it’s currently not in good condition:
I’d love to have it recreated in several colors. I’m glad I’ve realized this. It’s a start.
ETA: Thanks a lot to The Everyday Minimalist for taking the steam out of my shop talk :b
No seriously, thank you!
March 29, 2010
Just a quick post to show my belated Valentine’s Day present. It’s from Etsy artist Helene’s Dreams (“Faceted Peruvian Pink Opal Gemstone Sterling Silver Ring”). I’ve loved opals since I was little and had my eye on this one for a long time. :)
A bit difficult to photograph, though. Helene did a better job.
October 24, 2009
I barely have time to post, I am so insanely busy. Here’s a quick update: This morning–a much-appreciated cool gray morning, I might add–I walked to the “Friends of the Library” humongous book sale happening down the street and fought my way through the crowd, leaving with 5 issues of Gourmet, a Gourmet cookbook, an issue of House Beautiful, and two Agatha Christie novels. One takes place at a Halloween party, perfect reading for this week (as if i have time).
Then Patrick and I went to a great thrift store, knowing we’d be in luck since, I swear, hospice-affiliated thrift stores are the best. I don’t know if it’s because hospice clients donate their stuff, or if other types of donations play a big role in the inventory, but I am always in thrifting heaven. Does that come off as kind of insensitive? It isn’t. My heart is always full of affection for the people who come before me in any type of 2nd-hand situation, which is my preference, and all the more so in the hospice thrift stores. It’s gotten to the point where shopping ‘brand new’ often feels sterile and cold to me. I wish everyone did a lot more trading, passing their old things around, embracing items for their previous lives, rather than being creeped out or put off by the idea that something is used. I hate that attitude.
Anyway, here are a few things–I’m considering selling some on Etsy–not included is a fabulous Anthropologie-worthy coat I bought.
The only thing stopping me from selling a bunch of stuff I don’t need is my intimidation of shipping. I have no idea how to go about that process (charging the right amount, doing it in a timely manner, making sure everything is protected, etc). I really want to prove to Patrick that I can do it, since I was *accused* of creating a pile of unnecessary things that sit around in our house indefinitely…
But seriously, how many vintage cheese cutting boards does a girl need?