vintage american summer dress / $12.50 (but free)

Free to me with trade at Buffalo Exchange.
Ties go over shoulders but I’m too ma-ture (muh-too-er) for that look.
So tied them all up at neck, instead.

A good dress.

posted 1 year ago


thrifted vintage black terry dress / $1.99

I’ve been putting this one on a lot.
It’s an easy dress.
Lightweight terry cloth.
Vintage union made in the USA.
Simple but has some subtle cool details.

Annnnnnd was $2.

posted 1 year ago


vintage outback red limited dress / $20

Stephanie Casey in Dallas on her style blog

The dress from the last Buffalo shop!
Late 80s / early 90’s vintage as Sandra informed me on Facebook.

I deboned the top.
It had three plastic rods that didn’t offer much in the way of bodice shape-keeping
and scrunched up & pinched me when I sat down.
Ripped those suckers out with a seam ripper.
They were sewn in, so took a minute, but once I figured out where they were stitched, it was quick.

Stephanie in vintage Limited dress from Buffalo Exchange Dallas

I call this photo session “Steph VS the rug”
(With an appearance by Jack Attack)
((As he often manages to do, these days))

posted 1 year ago


live shop / FEB6 


This is the “best of” from today’s live resale shop.
Check out the tried on goods and feedback over on FB.
Follow to be there for the next one.
Fun fun.

posted 1 year ago


thrifted photoshoot / $70-ish


Produced & Styled a fine art fashion shoot over the weekend.
(The images will be morphed and altered for the project).
Super fun to source the ladies’ clothes via thrift.
I bought tons of options, for 3 ladies, for a total of about $70.

The photographer wanted big poofy necks - sorta victorian, slightly gothic.
He and I picked out lots of vintage-looking lace tablecloths and curtains, together, at a thrift.
Then I thrifted the rest of the clothes with the fabrics we’d already purchased in mind.

Dallas photoshoot vintage styling

vintage thrifted photo shoot styling with Elizabeth Evans

Dallas actress Elizabeth Evans photo shoot

vintage thrifted styling Dallas

styled from thrift on Cynthia Santiago in Dallas

I got to cast people I was excited to work with.
The two ladies above are both actresses.
And the stylin’ and profilin’ chica below I used to work with at Neiman’s.
Everyone did such an awesome job.

Ashton Perley styled by Stephanie M. Casey in Dallas

Makeup on Ashton at photoshoot by Amber Lynn Downs

I wish I could do this type of thrift-sourced styling a whole lot more!
Kinda dreamy enjoyment for me.

Det Wes on the scene in a vintage brown suit at a photoshoot
Our fella brought his own suit but it was, indeed, vintage

Shoot Styling 100% resale.

posted 1 year ago


buffalo trip today. a live nubby dress decision.

01 dress

Are you hooked up with Those Tricks on Facebook?
Loving the live shopping experience with people
who happen to be sitting on Facebook
at the same time I’m in the dressing room.

Took a bag of trade into Buffalo Exchange today.
The place was lookin’ pretty festive.

02 dress

Was on the fence about this dress when trying on.

04 Judy Caliendo for Together dress tag

An interesting nubby dress for $10.
Hemline looks very “this year,” but the dress is vintage (judging by tag).

03 dress

And lookatthosesleeves. Pretty cool.
Also has two cute buttons in the back at the neck.
I ended up getting it after conferring with the facebook team.
Will do a fancier real-camera post so you can see it styled and the back when I wear.

posted 1 year ago


vintage terry cloth maxi / $7.50

01 vintage velour maxi dress

02 neck tie copy

03 vintage dress

A housedress / pool dress I just love and toss on frequently.
It was half off at Lula B’s.
A perfect lounger.
Goes well with a glass of white.
I drop in a few cubes, cause…it’s summa.
Happy hour, dahling.

05 window wining

04 walk like an egyptian

posted 2 years ago


eight sixty tank + vintage proxy heels / $13 and $5.99

01 flippin

02 gimme an A

03 feather print silk fabric

04 the hair it blows

05 im walking away now

06 vintage proxy red high heel

07 bow detail on 80s vintage proxy heels

08 it's how we do

Silk & cotton tank from Buffalo Exchange.
Vintage 80s heels thrifted.
I googled around with “Vintage Proxy” and wow! they made some super shoes.
Check it out.

posted 2 years ago


cotton grey dress & vintage bike / $4.99 and $120

01 standing spokes

02 new vintage bike

03 vista sophisticate

04 spokes and a skirt

posted 2 years ago


thrifted vintage silk adrianna papéll skirt / $2.50

silk floral skirt

purple heels in grass

skirt in gazebo

floral skirt

If only it had pockets!
No pockets on pants/skirts/dresses is usually a deal breaker for me.
The piece has to be somethin’ else and dirt cheap to be granted exception.

posted 2 years ago


thrifted vintage haltson III blazer / $2.99

Halston III blazer

Tip top shape.
Unbroken pockets.
I always wonder if an item wasn’t worn or the owner just didn’t know to break sewn pockets open to reveal
…the pockets.


Halston III thrifted blazer

blazer fabric close up

Halston III was a line created for JC Penney in the 80s.
Upon its release, Bergdorf dropped the real Halston line and there began the downfall of Halston.
Sad story.
But a happy, vintage blazer day for me!

thrifted Halston III blazer

posted 2 years ago


thrifted vintage givenchy pants / $4.99

Two Looks

When I found these vintage Givenchy’s, they were too small.
Dismayed in the dressing room, they were also too fantastic not to free from the thrift store ($5!).

vintage Givenchy Sport tag
"Givenchy" lined from waist to hem. Funny.

Behold The Pant

I put them on ebay at a high price (cause they’re amazing) but they did not sell.
My logic was if I couldn’t get top dollar, I would keep them,
hoping and praying I could fit into them eventually.
The day has come!

Happy Day The Pants Fit

Below is the before from April 2011. 10-15 lbs heavier.


I had to wear spanx and suck it in HARD for these photos.

Now I can just wear the pants. And still breathe and all.


Givenchy GG embroidered on vintage pants

What a pant!
Let’s give them a round of applause…

Instagram Pants

posted 2 years ago


vintage black suede & leather dress / $14.50

01 vintage scoop back

A very good dress!

trying on the suede

Buffalo Exchange Long Beach.
There was a shop tag marked $110 attached.
Very soft and easy to wear.
I biked to the beach in it!
Score, right?

05 black suede and leather

06 lady bug friend

A ladybug was hanging around.
Probably wanted to join in on the red accenting.

02 toes in beach sand

03 red pink lips

I’m lucky to have the getaway to Long Beach available to me.
Belmont Shore is so beautiful. peaceful. quiet. mellow.
My brother lives there.
He still has the bad ass couch I passed on when I left Cali 5 years ago.
Every time I visit and sit/sleep on this marvelous couch, my brain calculates if it would be possible to get the couch back in my possession.
It’s deep. long. grey. seemingly unstainable.
And made by a local L.A. builder.
I bought it ten years ago at a local design boutique on 3rd Street (I think).
Couches are too much of a pain to move from place to place, sadly.
I’m glad this one is still in the family, at least.

on the beach

posted 2 years ago


fuschia piplette dress / $free

Another of Randi’s rejects.

fuschia piplette dress

08 pink dress!

Hooray for free dresses!
Double hooray for free dresses with pockets.

03 pink dress

04 pink dress

Have I ever shown you my beloved vintage, golden, duramesh wallet?

05 pink dress

06 pink dress

You know I love the duramesh. And I love this wallet so.
It has fallen apart, but no luck finding a replacement.
I’ve repaired it multiple times by sewing the top mesh to the zipper area.
You can see my threading in the shot below.

07 pink dress

Boy! have there been some surprising shifts this past month.
READY for February to get going today.
Last month I left my day job (hooray!), got notice my rent is going up 20% (looking for new digs)
and the boyfriend and I broke up (ah well - a promising new suitor has appeared).
All or nothing for me, apparently, in January 2012.
How about you? Pretty much the same?
Don’t worry, I feed on free falling.
Love the adventure and invigoration of unknown landing spot(s).

02 pink dress

posted 2 years ago


vintage leslie fay black velvet







Vintage Leslie Fay velvet dress.
Purchased long ago at Jet Rag for something like $15.
Inside was stuck a piece of garage sale masking tape: “$1.50”
Though I love the thrill of thrifting pieces at such insane prices, $15 was still a good deal for this one.

So, Christmas came and went.
I made some tasty stuff, like a goat cheese quiche with hashbrown crust (see my Pintrest) & a couple french silk pies.
And ate tasty stuff that others cooked and baked.
Gave some presents, got some presents.
Saw some folks, missed other folks.
Still working on finishing off the wine.

posted 2 years ago


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