More to love about downtown: I happened upon a random estate sale after work yesterday and came away with the items pictured below all for $7. That was all the cash I had and the woman was very generous to let me set aside a pile for when I return on Monday. Of course I am going back!
Pictured: gold & purple costume bracelet with matching clip-on earrings, tiny deer figurine, gold double-decker jewelry travel case
In the grand tradition of retail therapy on my 1/2 day Fridays, I stopped by one of my downtown favorites, Living Threads Vintage this afternoon. I walked away with an amazing “carpet bag” purse with quite the roomy interior [to be used as a work bag alternative to my trusty Samsonite] and yet another tiny porcelain vessel to hold jewels. Both for $20?! SOLD.
A glimpse of the swag in my “basket” this year. My mom is so amazing at assembling the most thoughtful collection of items: number stamps with ink, a cufflink that belonged to my Granddad repurposed as a bracelet charm, and some sparkly crayons have all already been used. Thanks, mom and a very happy Easter & Passover to all!
IT WAS SUNNY ALL WEEKEND. I’ve blurted that sentence out multiple times today as I’ve mentally [and financially…eh….] taken stock of my weekend wanderings. This part of the country is so bizarre to me sometimes. I mean, people literally alter or altogether abandon plans when the giant, blazing orb in the sky comes out for the first few times in spring. Today, for example, I got a call from my bestie while I was at yoga, as we had plans to catch up at some point in the day; I got her message when I got home and texted her back saying “I’ll call you later- the sun is out.” ‘NUFF SAID. Thankfully, she lives in Seattle now, so she completely understands. I guess it’s not that different than the first nice day on campus during my college days in the midwest; now it’s just much more pronounced in a strangers high-fiving each other &/or smiling for no particular-reason way.
A new season – literally or figuratively – is always exhilarating for me. The promise and potential of the ‘unknown’ ahead scares the bejesus out of me, but in a way that makes me also really excited and usually creatively stimulated. Before I moved here and even up until pretty recently, I didn’t buy into the whole S.A.D or “woe is me it’s winter” as a justification for being down/depressed/stifled. But there is just no denying the power of a sunny day or stretch of days [preferred]; my thoughts have most definitely changed.
Alright, back to my aforementioned recent wanderings. I’m going to rely on my trusty phone camera roll-turned Instagram uploads to tell most of the tale for me. Seeing is believing: that goes for sunny days and shopping sprees.
Made a trip to the new-ish downtown Animal Traffic late last week to check out these cool, locally handmade bracelets [only $20!!]:
Here’s one of my #dailybling snaps from the week that I especially like because it showcases the unique detailing often seen on vintage attire. The thoughtfully accented pocket square is sewn in and the pin is added by me- and yes, the locket really opens [but is empty, must change that].
A sweet, adorably labeled bright violet blouse I scored at Backtalk, the new boutique on Alberta that opened where The Factory used to be [obviously I also went in their new location just down the street, upgrade!]:
I love the name Josephine [Jo March!] and the top fits great and can be worn to work, so yeah, SOLD!
This next photo is of the bag purchases made at Solestruck shoes are sent home in:
So what can you deduce from this photo, you smart, beautiful human?
Yep, I bought some new kicks!
Ok… not these. Although this pair of Miu Miu “inspired “ [*cough* knock-off ] glitter booties did get me all hot and bothered and are the closest to the real thing Imma get for quite sometime.
Ya know, for not being a “shoe person” I’ve certainly been posting about them a lot lately, eh? While my accessorizing allegiance will always be with jewels over purses/bags, scarves, belts, and shoes, I’m coming to have a very…let’s say ‘healthy’ relationship with the latter. I’m a bit surprised they came home with me but I have not an ounce of buyer’s remorse [not like I ever do]. I love them and since you can get away with wearing boots nearly year-round in the PNW, they’ve already been worn a few times.
As always, so much to do and see in this fair city, and most definitely when the weather is equally as lovely. Cheers to seasons and wandering without destination.
Guess what’s wrapped up below?
Any guesses? C’mon… I even turned down the corner of the tissue paper…
Ta-da!! It’s the yellow dress from Flutter I mentioned last post [“Outfit Envy“]:
Something glorious, albeit temporary, happened with my work schedule about a month ago: I now work an hour later M-Th and then only till noon on Fridays. OMG, it’s amazing. Like I said, I’ll only have this option for a few months and I intend to savor it to the max! I used my 1/2 day [also happened to be payday!] this week to visit Flutter to see if Goldie – as I’ve dubbed her – would fit me. Pictures tell the rest of the story- she’s mine!
Yellow dresses are nothing new in pop culture, thank you Ann Margaret, but they are uncharted territory for me. I tend to avoid light colors and before Goldie, have only owned one other yellow dress in my adult life. I don’t think she suggests a move towards more of the same wardrobe-wise, but it is nice to branch out of one’s closet comfort zone every once in a while, especially when led so strongly to do so. I saw, I came, I conquered. Which I guess is a great biz lesson: use social networks to your advantage! Post photos of new merch often to lure in poor, unsuspecting “fans” trolling Facebook on their phones in cubicles across the country.
I’ll wait till summer to take Goldie out, but her sunny fabric is already making #6 a bit brighter.
#nowplaying Radiohead Kid A
As mentioned in my ode to Pinterest last year [“Pin It, Pin it Real Good“], I have a board titled “Outfit Envy” where I pin ensembles that not only catch my eye stylistically, but that I could actually see myself wearing and working on my body type. There’s been a whole lot of pretty floating around my Interwebz circles thus far this week. Sure, the fugs is always lurking, but I’ve felt that the positive is far outweighing the negative, yay. Behold some of my recent desires:
*all photos linked to source*
Jennifer Lawrence – who I think is doing pretty well outfit-wise during her Hunger Games promo bonanza – in a badass jumpsuit by Elizabeth & James. Yes, I know that jumpsuits look best on the long & lean but, lawdy! I just want to a) try it on [in black, obvi] and b) have somewhere to wear it.
This lacy dreamboat came into my life via one of my favorite Portland blogs, Honey Kennedy, last week in a post dedicated to the line it’s from, Kelly Love: Into the Woods. I hate the footwear styling, but the belt is a perfect addition. If this were mine, I think I’d carry a rose around just for the hell of it, too!
Ok, I don’t quite fully understand my love for this…this.. top/skirt/reverse cape thing.. perhaps it’s inexplicable, but I want it. I love this look. I found it gazing through the 10 Best Dressed on Vogue.com – like ya do every Monday – and immediately flagged it for further investigation post-work. The woman’s name is Astrid Bergés-Frisbey and the outfit is Chanel and it’s gorgeous in its unique intricacy. That’s actually way more information needed to simply covet this like cray!
These next two are especially lust-worthy because they actually have the potential to be mine [!!!!]:
Gah!!! I don’t even know what to say anymore. Maybe these two speak to my desire for a season change; maybe I just f*ing love vintage dresses. Whatever it is, let’s just say that you can count on seeing my bloggin’ booty up on Mississippi within the next few days.
Hope I’ve pampered yer peepers with these pretty outfits, but don’t take my word for it. What do YOU think of these? Would they go on your “Outfit Envy” or “Outfit Enemy” board [oh yeah]?!
Unrelated to “Outfit Envy” – because I don’t think anyone else could do it justice – I must share this look before I sign off:
#nowplaying Whiskeytown Pneumonia
I survived my Vega$ maiden voyage! We had a great trip and I’m happy to report that all of my aforementioned goals were met.. and sometimes I question my ambition, pshhh! There were lots of things to love and equally as many things to hate about LV, but I’m going to list my favorites:
1. Open Container Laws: First time in such a magical land. As I wrote to a friend, I had a silly girly drink in my hand whilst perusing racks AT THE MALL. Blew my mind, really.
2. Hotels: Sensory overload in these places! I was so grateful for MissMoa’s knowledge & understanding of where we were at all times because with all senses constantly engaged, my already weak notion of direction was totally shot. You don’t ever have to leave your hotel if you don’t want to & if you do, you can weave in & out of other hotels all the live-long day. Plus, where else will you see a giant sparkly horse sculpture underneath a ceiling of blown glass jellyfish-type figures?!
3. Shopping: No surprise here, eh? I loved everything about Vegas shopping, but mostly the surprisingly laid-back attitude in the high-end shops. I am always intimidated to go in such places because I clearly cannot buy anything and generally feel like a ragamuffin among such well-crafted duds, but the salespeople in LV must be used to tourists coming in & out all of the time, and therefore have an accepting attitude. Yay! I got very giddy about seeing some of my favorite print ads giant-sized on walls and “alive” in window displays.
4. Lady time: I love girls! Getting ready together, borrowing clothes & make-up, catching up on jobs and love and everything in between… it makes me so happy and definitely recharged my soul. We are all in such different life stages now but can still find common ground on which to relate- so important to me in maintaining friendships. The only lingering question is… where to next year?????
We did watch the Golden Globes, but meh, I don’t feel like commenting on any of that right now. My faves were: Laura Dern, Tilda Swinton, Kate Winslet, and Michelle Williams. Google at your leisure.
I came home Friday to this gem of a postcard:
Have a great weekend!
#nowplaying “Six Months in a Leaky Boat” mix via Miss Moss
I’ve written before about my love for the blog Miss Moss; little did I know then that in addition to posting dreamy artwork and lovely garments, MM also shares personally assembled playlists with her blog reeders. Most feature songs and artists I’m already familiar with, but she arranges them in a most audibly delicious way.. AND she has also introduced me to a lot of new/new-to-me tunes [like this haunting Gotye tune]. This particular mix includes Pink Floyd, Van Morrison, and Fleetwood Mac- hope you enjoy as much as I do!
****oh and even more awesome, all past mixes are available for download here****
‘Tis the season for getting & giving gifts. Seemingly every website, blog, and/or magazine has compiled their own version of a “gift guide” to help the clueless navigate the big bad world of retail. I rarely find such advice helpful, mostly because the suggestions are often way out of my price range. The best gifts are spontaneously found, thoughtfully considered, and as unique as the recipient.
I was out shopping this past weekend with my friend Lauren and we popped into Magpie, a mutual favorite downtown vintage shop, on the hunt for something sparkly for our respective workplace holiday parties. Of course, our focus quickly diverted and I found this great winter dress from the 1960s. It can be difficult to find dresses warm enough to wear in the cold months without piling cardigans and scarves on top. A cozy, long-sleeved dress is a score, and a vintage one that fits (!) is gold.
The quality of this photo sucks balls – sorry, iPoseCity – but it’s the best I can do until I net enough profit to hire a live-in servant to take my blog photos for me. The top is argyle with the sweetest asymetrical collar in the same cream color of the cuffs. The black skirt is A-line and has POCKETS. Black tights, yellow heels, gold locket: time to scoot to Sterling Cooper Draper Price….er……work.
Lauren found a saucy Fendi sweater from the 80s and we waltzed triumphantly to the counter with our finds. As I dug for my wallet, she grabbed my dress and proceeded to buy it for me as a Christmas present. I resisted at first, but she won and I relented in shock and joy. Not that she wouldn’t be the type to do such a thing – don’t get me wrong – it was just such perfect timing and totally spontaneous. The perfect gift. I am grateful.
I guess what I’m trying to convey is that gift giving doesn’t need to be a big hubabuloo with last-minute panic and crinkled gift guides torn from whatever magazine. Seek out and seize the opportunities that arise everyday to treat the ones you love with a spur-of-the-moment treat. If you’re anything like me it’ll mean more than any pre-packaged, Oprah endorsed tchotchke. Plus, wrapping paper is a waste of time/environmental resources anyway.
Happy Holiday Shopping!