Wednesday, January 7, 2015

We'll always have Paris

  Hmmm... I think I have nothing to say about Paris that hasn't already been said, so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

Part one of a multi-part series. (I was there for a full week after all.)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

That's the way

  The first post of 2015 is actually some pictures I never got around to posting in December. Taken after a good chunk of my family had seen the last movie in the Hobbit series, this photo series/outfit post is remarkable in that I am smiling in at least one of the photos. It's so much easier to have your photo taken if someone else is in it too. 
(My uncle decided to photo bomb. My mother took all of the photographs.) 

Dress: 1920s, estate sale
Sweater: thrifted
Tote: Shakespeare and Co. 
Belt + necklace: vintage
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell

(This is my "What the hell are you doing? Please get out of my picture" face.)

(And this me when I'm amused. If only you could hear my laugh. It has been described as sounding like how a dolphin would laugh.)

Inspiration: Penny Lane

  I first saw "Almost Famous" this summer and have since watched it an abnormally large number of times since. From the first viewing on, I have been in love with Penny Lane's sense of style. This is in spite of the fact that I have in the past hated 1970s clothing. I think part of my love for her costumes has to do with the romantic and interesting yet unfussy vibe they give off, and the mingling of old and new pieces. 
  The costume designer of "Almost Famous" said she used a little vintage for Penny Lane's wardrobe but mostly handmade the costumes (with the help of her team). The famous coat was inspired by the coats of the 1920s and her lacy crop tops were made out of table cloths. She found the jeans Penny wore in Seattle! vintage stores. What I want to know is where did she find that perfect peasant blouse?

  I hope to dress a little more like her come the new year. I've already bought my peasant blouse.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Our love is here to stay

  It is one of my all time favorite times of year: the Christmas season! I have very few original thoughts about the Christmas season, so I won't bother listing them here. I mostly like how all of my family is nice to each other and we do fun things together. Also I have never been to Pike Place Market in December before (in spite of living in the Seattle area for six years). It is so beautiful. Downtown in general is a fun place to meander during the holiday season, with its lights and window displays. 

  Also here is the closest thing I can do to an outfit photo right now. It is dark by five p.m. here. I'm wearing a 1940s dress with my coat and my grandmother's slip on shoes. I am fashion, clearly.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Inspiration: The best fashion book ever?

  I must admit, I have always thought of fashion books as poorly laid out wastes of space. However today my aunt brought home an $100 book that changed my way of thinking. It is entitled "Madeline Vionnet" and is written by Betty Kirke. Vionnet was a fashion designer from the 1910s until the start of the Second World War. She is known for creating clothing that moved with the wearer and inventing (or popularizing) the bias cut. Her creations are geometric, drapey, feminine, and unfussy. In other words, they are timeless and positively perfect. I've spent two hours just looking at the illustrations and photographs. The book also includes information about Vionnet's techniques, inspirations, and personal life (which I will start reading soon). Did I mention it includes patterns to make some of her dresses? Insert heart eyes emoji here. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014


 Today I found what may be my last estate sale find of the year. They tend to drop off as the months grow colder, don't they? Anyway I found an (early?) 1930s blouse made of cotton lawn with ruffles trimming the collar and sleeves. If I can get its assortment of stains out, I will wear it with high waisted jeans and skirts. I am planning to try to make a pattern of it and sew it up in some blue and white flowered lawn I have. Wish me luck!

P.S. For once a picture I took turned out how I wanted it to. Don't you love that?

Monday, September 29, 2014

Beyond the keep

These pictures were taken a few days ago in Fremont(a neighborhood in Seattle). Our car broke down, so we decided to salvage the rest of our day and bus to the Fremont Sunday Market. It was the best time I've ever had at the market. I saw treasures like locally made silk blouses, hummus, 1910s lace, and perfect fitting vintage denim jackets (I may have to go back for that one next week). The weather was my favorite type, sunny but with crisp cold fall air. 

I'm wearing battered 1940s jeans I got from eBay, a silk scarf I found at an estate sale yesterday in Ballard, and a 1950s cashmere monogrammed cardigan from Atlas Clothing (that I found today). This is one of my favorite outfits I have ever worn because it is so comfortable. I can literally not stop wearing these jeans. I feel like a rebellious 1950s teenager in them. How did I go so long without trying vintage denim?