Monday, September 26, 2011

dress addict

I found this dress at thrift town the other day and the fit is divine. Since fall starts late in Sacramento there are still plenty of days left for sun dresses and the colors fit the change of seasons. I am gearing up for another trip to Atlanta and New York City modeling in just a few days. Looking forward to fall on the east coast, I hear it's incredible.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

living the life of an enchanted fairy tale through the eyes of a child

dress thrift town
My daughter turned 4 this weekend. I feel so lucky to have such a delightful little girl. Her enthusiasm for life infects all those around her. She is also a serious little girl at times, intent on learning as much about the world as she can. I am also inspired by her fun sense of fashion. Sparkly shoes, polka dot dresses, stripes, baby doll dresses all fashion ideas that I love for myself.

Monday, September 19, 2011

celebrate whenever possible with a party frock

Sunday was quite the grand party day. It was my dad's 70th and then we went to another party for Bea's friend Harvey. Ange looked smashing as per usual. I have such stylish friends! 
The children had a dance party.
dress: crimson and clover

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

take care of your body and your mind will follow

 shorts-diy, blouse-vintage crimson and clover, sandals-thrift town
People blog for many reasons. I blog so that I will not wear the same sundress day in and day out. Secluded and away from prying eyes I have little impetus to put clothes on but they make me feel and act oh so more productive. I put the hat on for the photos only. I like hats for 5 seconds and usually want them off me despite the fact that wearing a hat in public is like compliment candy. 
It has been a productive week. I got to shoot 2 models in one day!
 The lovely Boots...
 and Keira who also took some lovely photos of me...

Beatrix is turning into quite the photographer too!

Friday, September 9, 2011

being fashionable is charitable

From New York City to apparently Sacramento, fashions night out. I didn't know about this event until a few hours beforehand.  I managed to convince my friend to tag along and check it out. I never go to fashion events. actually I never go out. I'm a bit of a shut-in except when jet setting across the country. I thought I had so many clothes until trying to get ready for a fashion event as a fashion blogger. Suddenly everything I owned seemed so last year or last century.
shorts: bows and arrows, shoes:thrift town shirt:vintage

This was my second outfit I was going to wear. I was having a bad hair day or something or it just didn't seem dressy enough for a fashion part, even if only in Sac town. My first choice was this top with the shorts. but I liked it a lot after I ripped off the sleeves like this after.
cheap monday jeans: buffalo exchange
I'm convinced (almost) everything looks better sleeveless. I ended up in a dress, a sari restructured.(I am actually pretending I was more fashionable, it isn't actually hemmed but it would looked better shorter with those shoes...oh well)
I was finally ready to hit the pavillions, camera in hand. It isn't the suburbs or anything technically but is is a bit more far from midtown than I like to be... a bit stepfordy. Anyhow I met a few lovely and stylish ladies before the event.
I love the retro feel. pumps, pencil skirt, red lipstick, clutch. oh so sexy.
Kimberly's outfit stood out. It was definitely a favorite of the night. I'm such a sucker for vintage.
This girl was so friendly, I had to take a pic. She is in fashion design school. Loving the pumps and pearls, on the fence abut the bebe dress. It seems to be the popular choice though. I call it the cupcake dress.
It was hard to get any great pics from the runway and it was not very couture but this mad men inspired dress is very classic and beautiful. I found out later the event was to get people to shop so all the styles were worn by normal people, oh well, at least it got me out of the house.
This "model" looked so familiar and then I realized I used to cut, I mean shave his hair back in the good ol' hairstyling days.
sparkly stuff is cool 
after the show this red dress caught my eye. it is from nordstrom but definitely has a vintage vibe. 
So how is fashion charitable? The event raised a ton of money for the children's hospital. Fashion makes people feel more confident and feel better about themselves which makes them more likely to give to others. Seemingly superficial things have a lot more impact on our behavior than we give them credit for.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

My Favorite Sacramento

1. Charles Shaw $2 Chuck. Recession Proof.
There are other things I like about Trader Joe's: the friendly service, the cashews, the heirloom tomatoes, but the clincher is the cheap good quality booze. I was a wine snob. I used to go to Trader Joe's  and was quite disappointed in the selection, not a fan of barefoot, went wine tasting every weekend, you know the story and then I discovered the joy's of $2 Charles Shaw wine that tastes like a $10 dollar bottle! (disclaimer:some batches are better than others) I still love Chateau Montelena's $100 dollar Cab the best. It is worth it and tastes like a bouquet of flowers in your mouth and all that but 2 buck chuck is decent and saves you a whole $98 dollars. They also have great Russian $10 vodka that rivals vodka twice its price. You don't have to pay for the advertising.
2. Zelda's Chicago Style Pizza
 This place is a midtown institution. It is like pizza crack. I just got back from New York and Chicago and did not find pizza better than this. It is Chicago style without being overly thick. The decor and atmosphere make it worth a trip to sit in, but order your pizza before you show up so you are not waiting in agony. My favorites are the spinach or the pesto, so garlicky.  It was once known for the rather curt service but now it is very good. but don't take my word for it.

having fun is the cause of and solution to all your problems

I've been purging my closet but today had the bright idea of cutting sleeves off of certain dresses and transforming them. It was so fun! Then I went used car shopping and what a shady business that is. I wanted a grandpa car, vintage and substantial and very hood. The first car was a 1987 mercury grand marquis.dark red. Still a possibility. It was such a smooth ride just not in the best condition. Then there was this powder blue 1991 cadillac de ville that sounded too good to be true. and it was. Three young men met is us in a parking lot to sell us "deceased grandma's" car from texas. yeah right young hooligans. that is not a pink slip and we are not retards. So buying a used car for under 2k is a very shady business. wish me luck!
On to the renewed vintage project I undertook on a whim today.
I got this vintage dress online and the sleeves were literally falling off.(Even so my good artist friend Adam is using this photo for an oil painting he is working on)
I had it in the giveaway pile and had decided to try to fix it. ta da.
The renewed version
I absolutely loved this 60s schoolgirl outfit from bows and arrows but could never wear it for some reason and had almost given up on trying, until today I realized that the sleeves were the awkward part of the dress.This was a blog post from last year and the only time I wore the epicness,

yes I like mini skirts... a lot. whatevs.

Monday, September 5, 2011

you don't have to be rich to look like a millionaire

Just got back from New York. I still wear clothes just haven't posted an outfit in forever. This summer has been insanely busy.
 It was fun to watch the kids play in the fountain and get dirty snow cone faces.
blouse is vintage. shorts bows and arrows. sandals used but awesome. fake tattoo courtesy of beatrix.
I am considering changing my blog name so might be moving locations soon, we shall see. I am a bit tired of the pure vintage aesthetic although I am not over high-waisted. I am considering blogging more. I want to do everything and style blogging has such an amazing community as well as gives me impetus to be more awesome. I do want to blog about more than clothing. I have tons of opinions on just about everything and have been frequently told I have very astute observations. Taking photos, modeling, writing, conversation, art, learning, improving.  I want to conglomerate the diverse passions I have into something incredible.
some of what I have been up to this summer...
 coat $1 from bows and arrows.  photographer: in la who is amazing.

 photographer bruce martin
in vintage slip
LA in goodwill sweater and guess stilletos from freestyle.
Yes I wear used shoes. who cares?
shoes:thrift town. shorts: crimson and clover. top: vintage
bodysuit: am appy
photographer: jmeister chicago
kevin rolly awesomeness
I have been very busy being part of art modeling and am also planning on having a showing of my photography work in the  near future. These will be exclusive, never before seen photos and not available online.

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