Monday, October 31, 2011

Outfit Post: Hysteric

We had quite an eventful weekend here (Saturday's snow being the LEAST exciting of these events).  My stepdaughter's high school had an "American Idol" contest...she made it to the last round, which was Saturday night.  She learned to play some guitar chords for both nights to do her songs acoustically (how awesome is that?), and honestly, I should be sharing her outfit here because she looked so great for her final performance (to her dad's dismay).

She didn't become the Idol of the school, but she did an amazing little performance of Yeah Yeah Yeahs "Hysteric."  And this is what I wore as part of her fan club... (sorry for the inside photos: blame the snow and the early darkness that comes with it).

long sleeve tee-J. Crew (thrifted), jumper-vintage, belt-vintage, tights-random, boots-Frye, necklace/bracelets-random
I found this jumper/dress at the thrift this week and had to keep it (at least, for now).  It would be great as a summer tank dress, but I thought it would look cute with a top underneath and a belt.  You can't tell but the top half is thermal and the bottom is a lightweight cotton.  I like the contrast of fabrics, as well as the contrast of such a utilitarian fabric, like thermal (so grunge!) with this pinky nude color.  I paired it with my tough boots and black accessories so it wasn't too sweet.

Speaking of sweet:

She was excited to pose with me (and even more excited for the SHOW!)
I wore an entirely different costume for Halloween (which I'll share with you all later!). We had a neighborhood block party/celebration yesterday. Thankfully, the snow had melted and the sun came out.

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! I'm looking forward to taking Aurora trick or treating for a little bit tonight, and this is the first year in a while that I'll be sad to see this crazy Halloween season end!


Friday, October 28, 2011

Shop These Looks: Easy Halloween

This is the first year in a long time that I've been excited for Halloween. We're doing some family costumes for a neighborhood block party/parade and have been working to get our outfits together all week (can't wait to share photos!).  I actually can't remember the last time I dressed up!  Here are 4 Halloween costumes, just two pieces each, that you could throw on for a last-minute party or to simply hand out Halloween candy from the comfort of your doorway.

Even better?  For those of you who want to leave a little to the imagination (unlike most Halloween costumes out there for the ladies), these are all cute, but covered up enough not to get you kicked out of a pumpkin patch.

Cowgirl might be a pretty common costume, but I guarantee most gals will be in short daisy dukes and a plaid western shirt tied at the navel.  Stand out from the crowd with a cute square-dancing dress paired with your favorite cowboy boots!

A metallic maxi dress and heavy jewelry create the look of Ancient Greek royalty.  Just add some heavy eye makeup and maybe a faux weapon (depending on your favorite goddess of myth!).

The easiest part of this outfit?  You can go barefoot! (Although I don't recommend it for walking the streets in temperatures below 50 degrees, like it will be around these parts!).  A headband worn over the forehead completes the look.

This dress makes the costume!  Pair it with this vintage fascinator, and a pair of opaque black tights and fun black heels (maybe these?). You'll be warm AND look great!





Have a happy Halloween, everyone!  Using something vintage in your costume?  Send us a photo--we'd love to feature it on the blog!!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Shop Preview: Got the Boot

Just wanted to preview some pretty (and tough) new boots coming to the shop this week! So many classic styles, and for fabulous prices (try buying a fantastic new pair of leather boots for under $100.  You will be hardpressed to do so. But all of our vintage boots are under $100, and many are under $50!).

SHOP:  black buckle boot, black engineer lace up

I've been finding a lot of size 6's and a lot of size 8's (score...for me!). As always, let us know if you see something you love or if you have questions about a pair!

Happy Tuesday!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Outfit Post: Plain Jane

Not all outfits are winners.  We all have days we just throw on jeans and a top, without much thought (or at least I like to think we all do...).  These photos are from a little visit to Virginia to see Amanda last week (actually it was to see Hanson, but I got to see Amanda by default.  More on that, on the Miskabelly blog!).  I didn't have much time to pack and I had thrown in jeans and a top that I ended up hating.  So Amanda gave me this little sweater to wear and keep (score!).  My fringy minnetonka boots have been my winter go-to the past two years, and it looks like this year will be the same.  Top off my dirty hair with a slouchy hat and throw on my trusty cross body bag and we have the best possible outfit I could come up with despite my lack of good packing skills.

hat-H&M, sweater-Anthropologie, belt-vintage (borrowed from Amanda),
 jeans-cheapos from Ross (no, I didn't mean 'Cheap Monday'...I meant, some cheap, 
unknown brand), boots-Minnetonka, purse-vintage, hot pink paper wristband- a token from 
the night before at the Hanson concert (woot!)

Let me preface this photo by saying--I know this is a cheesy and cliche blogger pose.  It is also hilarious and so Amanda insisted I share the photo.  I only wish I'd kept a straight face.  Those jumping, model-pout shots are priceless.

Feel free to roll your eyes now.  (That's what I do.)


Friday, October 21, 2011

Outfit Post: Channeling Sabina

Sorry for the bit of quiet here on the blog. Jayme and family were in for a couple of days, and we've been working a lot at our *real* jobs.  Even the shop updating has been slow.  But next week we'll be back on the ball, promise.

I think that some people are hat people, and I am fortunate to be one of those people.  It doesn't mean I don't get a little shy (in fact, I opted out of wearing the hat part of this outfit to brunch, but it's a good thing because I may have lost it in the end), but I love hats and own quite a few of them.

Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being is in my top 5 favorite books list. For those who haven't read it, Sabina is one of the primary 4 characters and an artist--as well as many, many other things. The bowler hat (a common image on the cover of many editions of the book) plays a memorable role in one piece of the story and is a pretty powerful symbol...but this is a blog, not a graduate lit paper, so I will just suggest you put it on your reading list, and move on to the photos. (Thanks to Jayme, for taking these lovely shots!)
hat-vintage, jacket-thrifted, tank-Target, skirt-H&M, tights-random, scarf-old, booties-BC


We went for a brunch/coffee in Arlington and for a walk/shop, and this is what I wore (sans hat this time). I am not sure why I didn't wear the hat...I guess I didn't want to draw too much attention to myself?  Also, I was feeling a lot like Demi Lovato and worried the look was a little too "tween-star-post-rehab-comeback." I do plan on wearing the hat again, though...

I went in to my favorite consignment and had some store credit, so I got to make a few purchases--for free! Two girls complimented my outfit, as did the cashier, mistaking my jacket for something much more pricey that they'd been selling in the store a few weeks ago.  Bonus. I dress for myself (and of course, the blog), but I certainly do not mind receiving compliments.  I actually hadn't worn this nude H&M skirt since I got it in the spring because it felt too breezy without some tights under it.  But it's tights weather again, so out it came! I love nude + black together.

I took some photos of Jayme too, but you'll have to wait for next week to see hers. ;)  I'm ready to update the shop a little and begin my weekend!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Outfit Post: True Work of Art

Selling vintage and blogging are two things that bring me great joy, but my first love has always been fiction writing.  Being a mom with 3 jobs doesn't leave me much quiet time or space (mentally or physically) to write, but occasionally, I write something.

One of my closest friends, Amy, created a little project called Spark, which pairs visual artists (or even composers!) with writers so that they inspire each other and make new work.  It is a 10 day project she oraganizes 4 times a year and all artwork and writing ends up on the blog. I have participated several times with Jayme (and my handsome, talented husband even participates as a writer!). It's a great little "spark" with a short word count and a deadline, which is just what I need in this season of my life.

Typically, the work is all displayed online, but there have been several exhibits happening in galleries recently that allow for writers to see the artwork in person. Amy also organizes readings so that we can share the written pieces aloud.  Amy is currently doing some awesome things in Portland, OR right now, so she asked me to help facilitate a reading this past Friday in Del Ray (Alexandria, VA).  I was thrilled to be a part of the reading, and of course, wanted to "dress the part." This is what I wore:

dress-vintage, obi belt-H&M, tights-random, platforms-Michael Kors via DSW
brooch-1929, rings-random/vintage, bracelets-vintage

The exhibit was amazing!  My written piece was posted in the center of a wall, surrounded by the artwork it had inspired, as were 5 or 6 other writers' pieces around the gallery.  Below is a shot of "my" wall.

We did a moving reading where each writer would stand in front of the wall where the work was hung and read her piece (we happened to all be female!). Some of the artists also attended and shared a little bit about their creation process.  It was definitely inspiring!

reading my short fiction piece, "Not a Love Letter"
I went home feeling a little tired (why, oh why did I wear heels?), but mostly re-energized artistically.  I miss writing and have been hoping to find some time this week to sit down and work, even a half an hour. It's not the same immediate gratification that blogging is, but the reward for me is definitely greater...I forgot how good it feels to make art.

If you're an artist or writer, I also have to recommend that you try a round of Spark (one round just finished, so it will be a couple of months until the next) to get your creative juices flowing. It's a really amazing project.

That's all for now...


Monday, October 17, 2011

New in the Shop: Seeing RED

Red is one of my favorite colors to wear.  And while I certainly sport it during spring and summer, there's something about the cooler weather and upcoming holiday seasons that really has me in the mood to get decked out in red.
And just in time for my penchant for all things rosy, we have an array of red dresses coming into the shop-- here is one for each decade...

Lanz Original Embroidered Maxi Dress with Matching Belt (XS/S)

Scoop Neck Maxi Dress with Fitted Waist (XS/S)

Liz Claiborne Sweater Dress with Card Suits 
(tag reads XS, but would fit nicely on up to size M)

United Colors of Benetton Polka Dot Tie Strap Dress (M)

See something you like?  Let us know if you want first dibs!  Don't see anything here that interests you? We update the shop almost daily, so keep checking in!


Friday, October 14, 2011

Outfit Post: The One That Got Away

If you've ever geared up for a little photo shoot only to find that your camera battery is deathly low, this post is dedicated to you.

Unfortunately, there was only enough juice (and daylight) for one shot.  Thankfully, it was a decent shot where my eyes are actually open!

dress-Rachel Pally (old), scarf-random, wool vest-vintage, arrow belt-vintage, tights-random, lace up boots-vintage

I loved this little outfit, though in hindsight, it's a bit Pirate-y, isn't it?  Oh well, I like pirates. Arrrrrgh and all that.

You know what I like even better than pirates, though? THE WEEKEND!  Which is here. So I'm about to go and enjoy it, rainy though it may be.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sister Re-style (Part 2)

Typically, our Sister Restyles will probably happen in two different states and we'll share the piece by mail, but Jayme and I were lucky to be in the same city this weekend, so we took her (brilliant!) idea and ran with it.

We style this vintage netted sweater (coming to the shop next week!)--Jayme's look was romantic, and mine was a little tough (as are my facial expressions here. Sheesh.).

sweater-vintage, tank-random (borrowed from Jayme), skinny jeans-H&M, belt-Lucky Brand (old), booties-vintage from the shop, rings-vintage
I am loving red lips lately, especially against the blonde hair (which is blonder and even better than in these photos, thanks to my personal hairstylist/highlighter who fixed me up on Saturday night!).

Admittedly, I don't love how this sweater doesn't hug in the best places (cough, baby chub, cough). I like the way it is slouchier, and I think that's how it's meant to be worn.  I finally found black jeans (glorified jeggings, but they are comfy and work with everything and they were at H&M, so they were a steal!).

And no sisterly photo shoot is complete without an outtake of one of us laughing:

Here's to our future restyles looking better and better! Hope you enjoyed the first one. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sister Re-Style (Part 1)

For as long as I can remember, Amanda and I have shared clothes.  During my teenage years, when I was still finding my style, it was pretty amazing having a whole other wardrobe to pick through.  From Amanda's pale purple Gap halter top I wore on one of my first dates to my hooded khaki Roxy jacket that Amanda would steal when I wasn't home (I still have that jacket, 10 years later!), she and I could always depend on each others clothes as back-up when we needed something fresh and new[ish] to wear.  I still raid her closet when we go to visit, looking for a funky jacket or some pretty jewelry to finish off my outfit.

That said, Amanda and I do have different styles.  So we thought it would be fun to take some items from the shop and show you how we'd each wear them.  First up, a cream colored netted sweater.

Here's my take on it:

sweater- vintage, dress- H&M, tights- Walmart (yep.), 
boots- Ross (I believe the brand is "Groove"..haha), scarf- old/unknown

 A little bit romantic, a little bit grunge (I live for 90s-anything!!).  I layered the sweater over a floral dress and tights and topped it off with a pale blue pashmina.  Lace up boots toughen it up a bit.
Check back tomorrow to see Amanda's take on this cool netted sweater!  And let us know if you would like first dibs before it goes into the shop!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Shop Preview: Big Black (and Brown) Boots

Boots are my favorite. When the fall weather hits, I keep my eye out on all of my thrifting adventures, hoping to stock the shop with the best in cute vintage boots.

See anything ya like? Give us a holler for first dibs or questions! ;)


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Outfit Post: By Request

My first memories of vintage being "cool" were in 9th grade.  My friend Sandi would frequent our local vintage boutique (called Rag n' Bone) for quirky pieces.  I particularly remember one little tank top she had from the 70s that read: "The smaller the grapes, the sweeter the wine."  I think we thought it was some kind of sexual innuendo?  If so, it didn't make much sense....right?

Recently Sandi purchased this pretty little black and white vintage dress but then decided the sleeves were just a bit too puffy for everyday wear.  So she gifted it to Miskabelle to sell in the shop!  But first, she wanted to see it styled up.  Per Sandi's vision--with curly hair and red accessories.  I didn't have red shoes, so a red hat and belt will have to do!

beanie hat- Gap. dress-vintage, stretch belt- vintage, grey cross body purse-vintage, shoes-Nine West

The sleeves definitely make a statement--but an adorable one at that!  This dress will carry over perfectly into fall and winter, paired with some thick tights and ankle booties.  Look for it in the shop soon!


Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebrity Looks for Less: Four Decades of Fabulous

I have a little guilty pleasure with my coffee each morning--I peruse my favorite style blogs and take little peek at People magazine online, just for the photos (I couldn't care less about their lives, but I like seeing pretty pictures). I get excited when I see celebrity outfits that are vintage or vintage-inspired or that look similar to items in our shop. Here are 4 looks I found this past week, which just happened to fit into 4 different decades!

Kirsten Dunst, 1950s
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, 1960s
Rachel Bilson, 1970s
Fergie, 1980s

KIRSTEN, 1950s Day Dress
dress, $43

ROSIE, 1960s Mod
boots, $23

RACHEL, 1970s Casual
blouse, $14
pants, $23

FERGIE, 1980s Rock and Roll
cardigan, $22
skirt, $33


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