31 October 2008

Happy Halloween

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dress: vintage (the one I bought in NYC)
tights: ??
shoes & purse: vintage
mask: vintage

My favorite local vintage store put out a collection of vintage Halloween masks. When I saw this creepy little bunny I couldn't resist. If you want people to think you're a little strange, set up a tripod in public and start taking photos of yourself. If you want people to think you've completely stepped off the deep end and are ready for those nice young men in their clean white coats to come and take you away... get all dressed up, put on a bunny mask and then run around a cemetery taking photos of yourself. Happy Halloween! ;)

30 October 2008

All Hallow's Eve

Halloween, perhaps my favorite holiday of the year, is right around the corner. Perhaps it’s my favorite because it’s connected in my mind with the changing of the seasons, vibrant fall leaves, crisp cool nights and getting together with friends. Not to mention getting to dress up in costumes! I’m quite the costume snob in that I really dislike all of those pre-fab plasticky store bought types. And don’t even get me started at how overly-sexualized all Halloween costumes have become, even for children. If you want to dress up as a nurse, it has to be a sexy nurse! A sexy pirate! A sexy fairy! A sexy witch! Ugh, gross. I’ve always enjoyed putting together my own with bits and pieces from thrift stores, using a little sewing and old fashioned ingenuity to come up with an original costume. In the past I’ve been everything from an Edward Gorey character to Strawberry Shortcake (and no, not a sexy Strawberry Shortcake!). Sadly, I think the days that I’m willing to go out in full hair and makeup are over. This year I’m taking it a bit easy and simply raiding my own closet to come up with a costume. My boyfriend and I knew we wanted to go as a couple, but who? Travis Bickle and Iris? Johnny and June? Leon and Mathilda? I decided to let a trip to the thrift store decide for me. When I ran across a perfect three piece grey pinstripe suit in just Tom’s size, I knew we’d have to go as Bonnie and Clyde. We’ll be sure to snap some photos for you!

In the spirit of Halloween, I was researching (read: trolling through Flickr) to find vintage costume photos to post. I couldn’t decide whether to go in the direction of ├╝ber-creepy kid costumes or adorable Hollywood starlets. Hmm. Decisions, decisions. Let’s do a bit of both, shall we?

Back before icky chain stores started pumping out pre-fab costumes of all the latest super heroes and Disney princesses, kids used whatever they could find to dress up as witches, goblins, hobos and clowns. It certainly made for a much creepier Halloween! Let’s just say if any of these kids ring my doorbell on Halloween I might not open it. Yikes!

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On the complete opposite end of the spectrum you have pretty Hollywood starlets doing their best stage-lit renditions of Halloween jesters, frisky felines and swashbucklers. Pretty, sure, but not nearly scary enough for me!

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29 October 2008

My Favorite Coat

I just had to give you a better look at my very favorite piece going up for sale tomorrow. Isn't it just darling?! I'd keep it for myself but my closet's already overflowing. See everything else that's going in the store down below. :)

This Week at Sally Jane Vintage

All of these items will be going up for auction tomorrow at Sally Jane Vintage. Thanks so much for hanging in there with me during the last crazy week or so. It should be business as usual from here on out! Remember, if you see something you like, you can click the photo to see it a bit bigger. Love ya! - SJ




28 October 2008

What I'm Wearing

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dress: H&M
sweater: vintage
tights: American Apparel
hat, purse & shoes: vintage

While I was visiting Alabama, my sister and I had too much fun dressing to the nines and taking pictures in the woods around my parent's cabin. It was a nice relief from using the tripod and timer! Ha. One of the nice side effects of my trip home was I had a little extra time to visit some of my favorite thrift stores. I was smart this time and packed a small suitcase inside of a large suitcase so I could check two bags on the way home. I didn't have too much luck with finding clothes (all of the stores were being raided by people looking for Halloween costumes) but I really hit the jackpot with boots and shoes. I just imagined whoever the airport employee whose job it was to x-ray my luggage on the way home had to think, "How many pairs of shoes can one girl need?!" Lucky for you only a couple of pairs fit me so they'll all be going up in the store over the next few weeks. Speaking of the store, I'm sorry for the sparse listings right now but the past week has been a whirlwind. I'll get back to business as usual this week so look for 20 new listings this Thursday.

27 October 2008

Caravan Style

One of the best things about the internet is the ability to window shop all over the world. London? Paris? Milan? They’re all just a click away. But sometimes the two dimensional world of the web just isn’t enough. Such is the case whenever I venture over to Caravan Style. There’s not a website out there that makes me wish I could crawl right through my computer screen and into their Shoreditch store more than Caravan Style. The shop is owned by Flea Market Style author Emily Chalmers. You can read more of me gushing about her book here (as well as see a few photos from the book). I imagine the store is filled to the gills with perfectly worn in leather suitcases, antique dressmaker’s forms, vintage rugs from around the world and well-loved furniture. In a perfect world I would hire Ms. Chalmers to decorate my home. Has anyone visited the store? Is it as perfect as I imagine?

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26 October 2008

Street Styles

I have to admit that I'm living quite a frugal fashion life right now. I think that the lack of new purchases forces me to be more creative with what I have in my closet and I like the idea of that. Looking over my favorite street style photos from the last couple of weeks has given me lots of great ideas on how to incorporate pieces I already own into new looks.
  • First, from HelLooks, I love the casual mix of colors and textures in this girl's outfit. It's effortless in that just-put-on-the-first-thing-I-grabbed sort of way that I can never quite accomplish.
  • Next is a shot from The Sartorialist for style.com. I've seen her pop up on tons of style sites and Beth even did a great collage of her photos but I don't have a clue who she is. Anyone have an idea? I've had this photo in my inspiration folder for a couple of weeks and I finally realized that I pretty much have everything she's wearing hanging in my closet. Not literally of course, but I could easily recreate this look.
  • This girl from Style Sightings really takes the cake. She's like Paul Bunyan's adorable niece. Lately I've been steering away from really casual looks but this is making me want to break out my corduroys.
  • I don't usually go for monochromatic looks like this one from Stockholm Street Style. Thinking about it is already making my head feel like it might implode. I'm still not sure if it's something I really want to conquer, but it's certainly making me look in my closet in a whole new way.
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24 October 2008

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I was trying my best to come up with a nice fashion-y post for you today but frankly my brain is tired and I just couldn't think of anything interesting to write about. Instead I'll share a few more photos of my stay in Alabama. The huge porch on my parent's cabin wraps all the way around and each corner is filled with comfy rocking chairs and swings. This corner might be my favorite. It's the perfect hammock to curl up in and take a nap. Little did I realize I had to share my space with this little guy. He didn't seem to mind too much and scurried away right after I snapped this shot.

23 October 2008

What I'm Wearing

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dress: vintage
tights: Urban Outfitters
shoes: vintage

This is the tree swing I mentioned in my earlier post. It's hanging from a huge pecan tree in one of the pastures where my parents live in Alabama. The weather has cooperated and it's been wonderful with big blue skies and perfect white clouds. Something about the way the sun filters through the leaves here makes everything seem a bit magical.

22 October 2008

More "Buy It Now" Items

I'm still on the road so instead of a brand new batch of auctions I've listed more items with the "Buy It Now" option. Head on over to the store to check it out! I've linked all the photos to their auction pages so if you see something you like, just click away. Thanks!



Where am I?

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I'm still in Alabama but I thought I'd take a quick second to say hi and show you a few snapshots of where I've been. I've been staying with my parents in their perfect little log cabin in the woods. It's filled with pretty antiques and family heirlooms with lacey curtains in the windows. You can sit on the porch for hours and watch the birds and lizards scurry about. There's even a family of flying squirrels living under the eaves. It's surrounded by thick woods and rolling pastures and has two streams that wind through the property. One of the best parts is the giant tree swing that hangs from the biggest pecan tree you've ever seen (more on that later). I'm sure you'd all love it!

19 October 2008

Itty Bitty Hiatus

Something's come up and I'm going to be taking a few days off from blogging. Last minute arrangements have been made and tomorrow morning I'll be boarding a plane and jetting off to Alabama. Perhaps I'll be able to find a moment to post a few photos or silly little things to pass the time, but I'm not counting on it. I'll be back to regular posting on Friday at the latest.

Also, remember a few posts back when I lamented the fact that we could no longer post YouTube clips on Blogger? Yeah, scratch that. I'm just super lame and didn't see the link. Oops! Don't you wish fashion shows today were like this one? It would definitely make things a little more interesting...

16 October 2008

What I'm Wearing

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tank top: J. Perse
crochet shawl: vintage
skirt: vintage
tights: American Apparel
shoes: vintagepurse: vintage
headband: made by me

14 October 2008

Ebay Schmebay

Hiya all! I've got good news and I've got bad news. Let's start with the bad news. I want to apologize to any of you that may have been bidding on or watching one of my items for sale on Ebay. My Ebay account has some serious knots in it right now and all of the listing have been canceled. Oy vey! What's the good news you ask? Well, I've relisted most of the items with "Buy It Now" prices. So, if you're one of those people that hates getting outbid at the last second (and who doesn't hate that?) today could be your lucky day. Hop on over to the store and get 'em while they last. I should have all the kinks worked out in the next week or so and then it will be back to business as usual. Again, I'm so sorry if you were bidding on an item that was canceled. Below are all of the items that I've relisted. If you were watching or bidding on an item that you don't see here, that item will be relisted with next week's batch.

To make it easy for you, I've linked all of the photos to their auction pages so all you have to do is click on the photo and it will take you right to the auction page. Who knows! If this goes well maybe it will be my foray into the world of Etsy. Thanks so much for stopping by! ;)