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.
I call this photo session “Steph VS the rug” (With an appearance by Jack Attack)
((As he often manages to do, these days))
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.
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.
I wish I could do this type of thrift-sourced styling a whole lot more!
Kinda dreamy enjoyment for me.
Our fella brought his own suit but it was, indeed, vintage
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.
Was on the fence about this dress when trying on.
An interesting nubby dress for $10.
Hemline looks very “this year,” but the dress is vintage (judging by tag).
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.
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.
Tip top shape.
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 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.
But a happy, vintage blazer day for me!
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!).
"Givenchy" lined from waist to hem. Funny.
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!
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.
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!
A ladybug was hanging around.
Probably wanted to join in on the red accenting.
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.
Hooray for free dresses!
Double hooray for free dresses with pockets.
Have I ever shown you my beloved vintage, golden, duramesh wallet?
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.
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).
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.