I can't believe how fast 2011 went by for me. I guess it's true that time seems to pass faster the older we get. 2011 was full of both ups and downs, but much joy and happiness. I am really looking forward to 2012, mostly because it is my final year as a student and I will be organizing an area for an academic film conference in September.... something I am SO excited for!
I found this dress at the Salvation Army and it has been one of my go-to outfits ever since. I am guessing it's from the late 70s and I just love it. One of my goals for 2012 is to purchase less new items and to wear more vintage everyday. This dress helps me accomplish both. Plus, I love how it pairs with my hair, although this photo doesn't really show it. It was taken before I re-dyed my hair.
Does everyone have fabulous NYE plans? Jesse and I are seeing a concert then celebrating with friends at a cool little vintage-esque lounge bar in Detroit. Whatever you all are doing, have a wonderful time! And Happy New Year!!
Here is my shameless plug for my etsy shop. This is just a sample of what will be available within the next week or so on etsy. However, if you visit my facebook page, you will find an album of sneak peeks. If you see something you like and want to reserve it before it goes live on etsy, please leave me a comment here, on my facebook page, or shoot me an email and I will be happy to do so!
Thanks for all the Christmas wishes! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday! It was nice to take a break and spend sometime with family. On Christmas Eve, I joined my family for church and had the chance to wear my "new" 50s cashmere coat, which is pictured above. It was already dark out by the time I took these pictures, so I didn't get a good shot of the coat, but I am sure I will be wearing it again soon. The coat was originally destined to the shop, but once I tried it on, I just had to keep it!
If you follow my facebook page then you might have already seen my "Kitchmas" wreath. I bought the wreath and glittery bow at Target and then jazzed it up with a vintage elf that was in my Grandma's stash of Christmas stuff and a few small ornaments. I am pretty pleased with how it turned out and will enjoy it for years to come!
Under my coat, I wore this 40s red suit, which has TONS of buttons on the front. I wish the camera would have picked up the detail better. I paired the suit with some faux leopard peep toe heels. I just love red and leopard print together.
My tree was my Grandma's then my mom's and now mine. Its from the 60s and requires each branch to be put in separately. It's pretty fragile, so I'm not sure how long it will last, but I did enjoy having it up this year -- my first tree! I decided to use these lights, since they had a vintage feel to them and they were plastic bulbs rather than glass. For the last few years, I have been collecting vintage ornaments to trim my tree with and two years ago, found my sweet vintage glass tree topper at the Ann Arbor Flea Market. I had the hardest time tracking down some tinsel, so hopefully next year I will be able to find some. Then my tree will be complete.
Hope everyone is keeping warm!
50s Cashmere Coat, Vintage Rhinestone Earrings: Salvation Army
Can you all believe that Christmas is creeping up so quickly? I have so much I need to do before the weekend, including a lot of baking and gift wrapping. These are two things I really enjoy, so I am looking forward to the next few days filled with these activities.
I have been experimenting again with my "look." When I found this dress at the Salvation Army, I just knew I HAD to have it, even though it is not my usual 40s-60s look. Lately, I have been really drawn to 70s fashion and this terry cloth dress fit the bill. I like how the blue looks with my red hair (which I have been wearing in pigtails a lot lately!) and just the overall "fun" nature of this outfit. Sometimes changes and trying out new things are good.
I might be sparse until after the New Year, but while I am away, I will be overhauling the blog and my etsy. I am really excited about my new endeavorers selling vintage and cannot wait to share it all with you!
Just in time for the holidays, I am hosting a chance to win this fantastic vintage fur collar and NOS purse. Like what you see and want to enter?
Visit my facebook page and leave a comment on the photo. This is a FACEBOOK ONLY giveaway. Any comments left on the blog as an entry will NOT be counted. The giveaway is open to US residents. All the rules for entry are on my facebook page.
Is it feeling like winter by you? It sure is here!!
I wanted to answer some questions about my faux fireplace and logs from my last post. The logs are electric and are a separate piece from the fireplace itself. This will allow me to take them with me if and when I move. And, although they are pretty, they do not offer up any heat. They do, however, mock a real fire by "crackling" and slightly changing colors as the wheel turns. If you like mine and want your own, check out this listing on eBay.
Moving on, isn't this dress great? I got it for $1 at an estate sale. It was a total surprise find. I had seen the listing for the sale online, but it didn't really look too promising. But, since the sale was only a few blocks from my house, I decided to go anyway.... and boy am I glad that I did! I came away with several bags full of vintage goodies, this dress being among them. It's super warm and comfy -- the perfect winter dress.
P.S. In case you are wondering, that wonderful vintage slate tile lines the entry into my house. Just love it!
Now that I finished grading the CIN 150 finals, I have be able to begin decorating for Christmas at Retroville. It has been so exciting to decorate for the holidays for the first time AND to finally be able to display all the vintage Christmas things I have collected over the years. Today, I will be sharing my faux fireplace that is in my front room. The real fireplace in my back room doesn't have a mantle and since this one doesn't accommodate fires, it was the prefect place to hang the stockings -- which are more for decoration than purpose. They were just too cute to only hang two.
This dear and bottle brush tree are new to my collection. The tree was purchased at my local craft and antique mall when they were having a really stellar sale. The dear was a steal at 29 cents at the Salvation Army.
My mom came up with the idea to place this Merry Christmas sign on the mirror -- love it! The sign, which I have had for a few years now, was purchased for $1 at an estate sale. I love the font of the lettering and its resemblance to a Shiny Bright ornament.
Probably one of my most favorite things about my house is the faux fireplace. When I was little, I used to love it when my Grandma would turn on the logs and I would be instantly mesmerized by the crackles and the slightly changing colors as the wheel turned. As an adult, I still think this is pretty cool. Either I am easily entertained or this is truly some vintage coolness.
Stay tuned for a look at my vintage Christmas tree. :)
That's right, lovely readers, I only have one semester left of graduate school.... and boy am I happy! I have been a student for nearly 20 years, that is if you count preschool, and I sure am excited to no longer be a student come the end of April.
Anyway, as I turn in my final papers for this semester, here's a look at one of my outfits from a week or so ago. I have been so bogged down with paper writing that my little blog has had to take a backseat. However, I have been taking lots of photos of outfits, my house (which now has freshly cleaned vintage furniture in it), and my holiday decorations that I have been putting up in between all this writing.
This grey dress is one of the ones I bought on my trip to PA. I got it in a cute little shop called Yesterday's News in Pittsburgh. I belted the sweater and wore my favorite black velvet pumps. Good thing I got to take these for a spin before all the snow!