This subtle darling used to be a clip-on earring. Repurpose a jewel to make another jewel?! LIKE!
Purchased from: BillyGoat Vintage, Portland, OR
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 Silver Jews Pandora Radio
Day after Christmas: Marked in my youth by immense sadness that another 12/25 was 364 days away- marked today by great joy that I have the day off work and can recoup alone post-travel/time change/lack of solid sleep. I started the day as I do seemingly every Dec. 26th with “Brick” by Ben Folds stuck in my head [“6 am, day after Christmas, I throw some clothes on in the dark..”]. Surely I’m not the only person that happens to, right? However you find yourself on this day, I hope that you and yours had a very merry whatever you celebrate/are still celebrating.
I took a bit of an Interwebz hiatus as indicated by my lack of posts. I have December off from NN commitments and it has been nice, but also… odd. I miss it and am curious to learn what changes await from them in 2012. I’ve struggled to put a name on the identity we create for ourselves on the world wide web (e-dentity? web-self? robot?) but whatever you want to call the online persona constructed to represent yourself – the tweets that come via your smartphone, the blog you update sporadically, the Instagram photos you edit & upload [guilty] – can become quite overwhelming for me in tough times. Strangely, it is this detached, often embellished representation of myself that I most immediately want to pull away from when I am feeling down. But “hide mode” is no good long-term and I’m feeling better so, without further #whitegirlproblems, a project!
Gratitude Box: Crafty project 2K11 [yes, there was only one…]
There are many reasons why I don’t consider myself to be “crafty. Mainly, not wanting to spend the money on such endeavors is usually reason number one. But I’m learning from all my friends on my Google Reeder that this is a silly excuse and that many projects detailed by impossibly adorable bloggettes use found objects or items that can be bought on the cheap at second-hand &/or antique stores. Lack of space was another big hindrance for me whilst living with roommates and in a studio apartment. I hated the feeling of immediately having to clean up a project even if I wasn’t finished; now that I have more space to spread out, this is also a lousy excuse. So for those keeping count, I’m 0-2 in valid reasons against my desire to be crafty. Enough!
I found this project via one of the aforementioned adorable blogs, Design*Sponge and you can view the entire DIY post here, titled “Vintage Postcard Calendar Journal.” It was suggested as a gift idea for the holidays and I sent it to my mom expressing my delight at the simple yet stylish way of recording events of the day. Since I journal so gosh darn much anyway, I thought if I in fact followed through on attempting this project, I’d make the purpose very specific. Thus, the idea of a Gratitude Box where each day I’d write a word, phrase, or short sentence expressing thanks. Each card has multiple lines, so the idea is to keep the box for years, making reflecting on life’s joys easy and organized.
A few snaps of our assemblage from antique store to counter top:
I hope the simplicity and ease of this project is enough to encourage me to try more, as I really enjoyed putting everything together and doing it alongside an enthusiastic pal [hi, mom!]. So many projects are adaptable to your needs and desires; make this as a gift, keep it for yourself, write down whatever you want to on the lines, it’s totally up to you!
#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!
#nowplaying this 90s dance mix, thank you Interwebz
Hello Pose-rs! Hope this finds you all wrapped in your coziest knits. I had a Portland-tastic day; headed out early for NN arty research at Frock Boutique on NE Alberta and oh ya know, since I was up there just decided to stay. I made a to-do list for the day, and “traipse about on Alberta” was on there, so I couldn’t just go home. I freaking love that street and if I thought I could live there and not go broke, I might consider moving. As it is though, I prefer to keep my distance and leave visits for special reasons or for a treat.
Post-Frock [BTW, co-owner Ali is a complete DOLL; go visit just to hang out with her and her cute pixie self.], I walked up to Caffe Vita for some joe and writing; it was a warm refuge for a few hours AND they were playing the Pixies, so my heart was full x 10. Then I hit the shops, yo!
I scored this sweet charm – which conveniently affixes to a standard necklace chain – at BillyGoat Vintage. The wearer can adjust the month & date to match any anniversary; since I don’t have a romantic date of note that I celebrate, I chose the most basic of special days, my birthday. I love going to BillyGoat because 1) it’s affordable & 2) they offer products that simply cannot be bought elsewhere. I know that is the case with most vintage/antique stores, but BGV seems to pay special attention to trinkets that are unique to days of yore.
This lipstick holder/mirror is another BGV score; so practical, yet I don’t see these sold anymore. Perhaps the popularity of lipgloss diminished these based on logistics, but it always garners approving comments from da ladies. Unique accessories: always in style.
Among my other purchases today: some sneaky Christmas gifts [see, I DO shop for others… sometimes….], a long-sleeved version of one of my favorite basic black summer dresses, and my favorite trail mix from Alberta Street Co-Op [fashion fuel]. Success!
Until next time: if you see me anywhere around Alberta Street, kidnap me and take me home- I gotsta pay December rent soon!