Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Very Vintage Holiday

WOW it has been WAYYYYY too long since my last post. Much has happened in this giant city and world of mine over the past few months! So many vintage finds, a move from East Village to West (movin' on up!!), and booming business in the advertising space (my main bill payer ;) .

I wanted to do a post about the many ways to incorporate the holidays into your home without spending a fortune. I have a small apartment, (thanks to my recent move into a studio for the first time EVER!!!) so decorating needs to be minimal, and simple.

My first tip is to hit the thrift stores. You would be shocked at the things people toss out throughout the year, such as ornaments, holiday lights, tree holders, omg so much more! Most thrift stores tend to hold onto these things until the holidays, so there is usually quite a load to look through. I found a box of icicle lights for $2, and some BRAND NEW holiday stuffed toys (I give them to my dog).

Then it was off to the tree salesperson on 6th Ave and Bleeker St. I saw a grocery cart full of scraps, initially just interested in a few pieces for a window vase (will explain later!!). The woman was so nice, and offered me multiple branches! It was enough to make a DIY wreath!

DIY Wreath

You need:

  • 2 branches (about the same size each)
  • roll of twine
  • Wrap the base of the branches together, and tie tightly with the twine. 
  • In order to make the branches bend, you may need to crack them by bending them in the direction you want your wreath to curl.
    • **Don't BREAK only CRACK the branch**
  • Tie the smaller branches coming off the main branch into a loose bundle using the twine. 
  • Secure the two separate branches together at the top of the almost complete wreath.
  • Fasten a bow with the twine, or ribbon.
  • You're Done!! 
You can check mine out below!

DIY Window Vase

You Need:
  • Glass Cigar cases. Most cigar shops throw these away, so if you go in and ask for some, they are usually more than willing to hand them over!
  • Twine
  • Window suctions
  • *optional* cute tags
  • First take the cleaned glass cigar case and tie twine about an inch below the mouth. Knot tightly.
  • With that same twine, create a loop that is large enough to be hooked on a small window suction hook. Knot tightly.
  • Stick the window suction hook onto your desired location. 
  • Cut a small piece off the leftover xmas tree branch, and stick it inside the window vase.
  • Hook your new window vase onto the small suction hook.
  • Viola! You are done!

I also wanted to show you guys a great wrapping technique I learned from a small class I attended in San Diego. Here is the finished product:

You need: 
  • Twine
  • Cute paper (I salvaged some from a dept store)
  • Double sided tape
  • Luggage tag
  • Xmas tree clipping, or other small twigs from outside
  • Wrap your gift with the paper tightly using the double sided tape.
  • Place the twine on the TOP of your gift.
  • Wrap the twine around, and at the BOTTOM of the gift, instead of crossing the twine, wrap them over WITHOUT crossing the twine.
  • At the TOP of the gift, cross the twine, and pull into the direction of the side that does not have twine yet.
  • Pull the twine over the bottom (last time), to create a crossing over the other twine. The concept is that the lines do not twist, they only cross.
  • Again at the TOP of the gift, knot the twine together at the point where you crossed the twine earlier. This will disguise the crossing! Don't forget to double knot ;)
  • Fasten a piece of outside nature to your gift, I used a leftover xmas tree branch!
  • Use a cute luggage tag and write a small message, and tie it onto your nature embellishment.
  • You're done!
I hope to share a few other things as the Holiday season continues. Check back for more!


Friday, September 23, 2011

Preview of Days to Come!

Well, I have to say that after 3 hours of digging, and forcibly pulling randomness over my silk tunic dress, I managed to bring a haul of amazing finds back to the homestead. I only photographed a few at the store, and tomorrow will be my first "real" display of photos. Kindaaaa excited. Check out some outtakes from the trip!...and Kona, just poppin' in to say hello.
This is the face I wake up to every morning. My little side kick. He hates to be woken up early hehe. I try to hit the park with him for a few hours every day. He's around 70lbs, so he needs that good 'ol fashioned exercise. And unfortunately he exerts the most energy by following other dogs around and giving 'em a hump. I recently started squirting him in the face with water to stop the bad behavior. Hopefully it'll work.  
My outfit upon arrival! Dressed and ready to shop! Got my sweet new circle shades ;)
This is a Marc Jacobs wool cardigan I found amongst a bunch of hideous white sweaters. I really liked the look, which was topped off with an adorable bow in the back, but a few of the gems on the side were missing, so I passed it up. 
This was one of the first things I saw once I walked inside. I love the ruffles, sheer-ness (I have a serious problem with see-through clothing), and arm cuffs! Unfortunately, at the end of my hauling, I passed this up. It wasn't a true vintage item, and in my opinion not worth what they were asking.
Umm black rayon + silk + sequins....are you serious!?!?! Yes! I felt like an instant mermaid once I put this on. It isn't vintage, but definitely was worth the $10 I laid down for it. 
White wide-knit boat neck sweater / vest? Seems to be hand knit. Fell in love with this amazing piece. So soft, so warm; everything I could need in a sweater...or is it a vest? 
 Woven, oversized, button-down cardigan, peach, complete with side pockets and sweet leaf details. I liked it, but didn't make the cut. Buhbyeee
United Colors of Benetton off-white button down loose-knit cardigan. Such a find! Butttt also had to pass this up. 

This 525 America turtleneck sweater was begging for me to pull it from the rack. This looked amazing even just thrown on top of the outfit I had on already. Check out my leather boots / amazing find from earlier this week (paid $40 for a $500 paid of boots)! I am loving this whole rocker-chic look.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Theatre Attempt #1

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Just got back from seeing one of the most torturous plays of my play-viewing career (which hasn't been thaat extensive). And when I say torturous, I don't mean in the stick up your ass, play critic sense, that the show represented a symbolic torturous sense of metaphysical reality. No, I mean that sitting in that chair for an hour, forced to watch the most confusing, psychotic display of acting was absolute torture.

The play, an adaptation from the book 'The Plague', was meant to interpret the disease, and the way it grasped hold of human-kind. All I took from it was that fat men should not be wearing ass-less loin cloths in public, play or no play; much too distracting from what's attempting to be displayed. Also, if you are going to wear ass-less loin cloths, do the audience, and your co-actors the decency of a wax.

Among many other interesting things, I also noticed the main character was wearing a long cloth with a hole in the top for his head. I sat wondering..."hmm perhaps if that were belted sewn on the sides, with long arm holes + bandeau, that could be a super cute dress..."fashion + drama = poncho dress?? Thanks EV for the inspiration!

By the end of it, I was seriously wondering if the Plague was as painful as sitting through this for the past hour...if so, I can definitely sympathize. That's all for now!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Looking Back //

Lace bodysuit?? Are you serious right now. Why is this not yet available at American Apparel...?

I love looking back at old photographs and seeing how styles keep coming back into play. Here are a few I came across recently, which not only portray the styles we have been wearing lately, but also are just really f'ing rad! With instagram and other photo editing apps, it is hard to even tell these are from the 60's and 70's. See if you can spot the vintage celebs ;)

Friday, September 16, 2011


It is all about the angles! I love how the early 90's continue to come back in style. First it was raybans, then guy's shorts above the knee, shredded short shorts, deep angular v-neck shirts, and now triangles, squares, rectangles! Yessss, so happy. Here are a few of my favorite picks for geometric jewelry. Kinda on a jewelry kick these past few days :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Get Back to Nature

Soooo it's on the brink of fall, and guess what? It's time to get hit with the HOT-stick, and adorn a few of these nature forward pieces. 

**Currently looking for a great deal on these styles, and will post soon**

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Subscription Fashion...Does it get any better?

As if we needed another reason to LOVE Kate Bosworth, she recently unveiled her new project Jewelmint, a online jewelry deal site. Yes I know what you are thinking...do we really need ANOTHER fashion deal site?? And worse yet, another celebrity fashion daily deal site...

Well, this site actually puts a bit of a spin on things, and I have to say, it is a breath of fresh air. While it is still quite obvious jewelmint is in it's trainee stage in terms of growth, the quality and intention are definitely there. For $29.99 a month, you gain access to a members-only virtual jewelry store, filled with beautiful pieces of Bosworth inspired baubles! But here is the interesting twist on things, with the membership price, you get a new piece of jewelry every month, which you of course get to pick out. How great is that?? 

I am now anxiously awaiting the arrival of my September ring :) 

Check out jewelmint, let me know what you think!