Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Threads

I like mixing things that you wouldn't expect to be put together.
 For example, this outfit.

The pleated maxi skirt was thrifted and the super hero shirt was bought new a couple years ago.

You don't always have to pair similar things together in your outfits. Play around with your wardrobe. Don't be afraid to try new things. You don't have to wear the same things that all your friends are wearing. You don't have to conform to what is trendy. Wear what you like. Wear what makes you feel good. 
This outfit makes me feel good.

Friday, February 22, 2013

My Threads

I've never been a big fan of bloggers who post selfies of themselves everyday. At times, it seems, this is more an exercise in vanity. However, I am in the business of selling vintage clothes online and to do that, I must have pics. In a perfect world, I would have a beautiful model at my beck and call, but I do not. So, in an effort to show how I style vintage, I will begin posting a pic of my vintage outfit every day.
 Every piece in this outfit is vintage, sans the socks and undergarments. I don't care how many times you can wash them, I will never wear someone else's underwear. gross. 
 I tried to fold the end of the belt up to look like a heart... it turned out okay, i guess.
 Also, my little sidekick here will most likely end up in many of my daily pics. love her.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


I recently came into the possession of two very large, wooden desks. My husband's boss was updating their office and decided to give these to us for free. It was perfect timing too, because my old desk was broken and was too small for my needs. The desks are great. They are built with quality construction and made of solid wood. The only problem was, they were kind of ugly. So, I decided all they needed was a little paint.

Originally, I wanted to paint every inch of these bad boys, but my husband said he liked the look of the wood. I think it's a man thing...most guys I know prefer the look of real wood over painted wood. So, I thought of a compromise, so I could still paint these and make them look a lot better, but keeping a little bit of it natural to please my man.

I'm not going to bore you with the how-to of this project. All I did was tape and paint.

These are the before and during shots above.

 And after.
This one is my husband's desk. Mine was already too messy to show.

And there you have it. 
A before and after project that cost ZERO dollars and proves that a little bit of paint can go a long way.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

There is something quite charming and magical about vintage items. They can take you away to a different place and time. They can show you a small slice of history, like, what the standard style of dress was in a certain decade or show you that at one time, telephones were not mobile and were attached to a wall in a home. Back then, when you were “on the phone,” you were almost literally “on” it or wrapped up in it by an immensely long, curly chord. These vintage items tell a story and you get double the story-telling with a vintage book.
When listing reasons why I love old books so much, I absolutely must begin with the smell of them. If you are a true bibliophile, I challenge you to go to a book store and NOT sniff the pages of the books you skim through. Even the new books smell great with that scent of fresh ink on new paper. However, the older books have more distinct and intoxicating smells. It has been proven that smell is a powerful memory trigger. I won’t go into all the scientific details of why, but if you want to learn more about that, click here.  I think that might be why so many people love the smell of books; because those smells remind them of something. Sometimes I smell books that remind me of early school days and other times I’m taken back to my Grandma’s living room. The scents from these pages can trigger so many memories and emotions, that your mind starts to imagine what kind of home the book lived in before it came into your hands and what kind of person sat up late reading it by a bedside lamp (or candle if the book is really old).  Speaking of candles, if someone made an “old book scented” candle, I would probably buy it by the case.

It's true. I do. Nearly every one that I pick up.