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December 30, 2011
My Gram, Cecile Fields, celebrates her 99th birthday today. A fashionista herself, Gram has always been an important inspiration. During the late 1970s, when I was a little girl, Gram worked in Detroit. She would frequently return to Canada with neat little dresses and faux furs for me. Throughout her life, Gram made all of her own clothes, too. Her style is uniquely classic. I recall many strangers on the street complimenting her pillbox hats and those great dresses, always cut just below the knee. Much love Gram. Endless thanks for the inspiration. XO
December 29, 2011
It is important to make the most of each piece in my closet. So with that being said, I decided that it would be an interesting challenge to mix things up with this dress.
Look #1 - Floor length evening dress. Kids jean jacket. Fitted motorcycle jacket with a feminine spin. Wool knee socks. My favourite wellies. Oversized wayfarer sunglasses.
Look #2 - Floor length evening dress. Faux fur stole. Stiletto bootie.
Two looks that take this dress from day to evening in an instant.
December 27, 2011
Boys tuxedo pants (Vintage, Salvation Army, Windsor. $4.). Boys tuxedo jacket (Vintage, Salvation Army, Windsor. $8.). Silk tank. Feather cluster (gift from great-grandmother). Deco pin. Cummerbund (Vintage, Jones & Co. Windsor. $18). Leather booties.
December 17, 2011
December 15, 2011
December 13, 2011
Inspiration comes in many forms. Music happens to have a huge influence on me.
Check out the track “Someone that I used to know” by Wouten DeBacker aka Goyte featuring the stellar vocals of Kimbra. If you haven't heard either of these artists to date…..run, don’t walk and have a listen.
Check out their latest collaboration:
December 04, 2011
December 01, 2011
One of my absolute favourite finds last year were these pants. The original price tag was still attached but the elastic waistband had seen better days. For about $4, I had the elastic replaced. Voila!! Wool blend blazer. (Zara, Barcelona, Spain). Sequins pants. (Vintage, Value Village Thrift Store, Windsor, ON. $8).
November 28, 2011
Multiple watches worn as bracelets.
Vintage Timex (L & K Antique Mall, Tilbury, ON. $22). Vintage Timex (Salvation Army Thrift Store, Windsor, ON. $4). Michael Kors watch (I need to wear at least one that works!). Vintage Timex (Salvation Army Thrift Store, Windsor, ON. $3). Resin bracelet (Vintage, Jones & Company, Windsor, ON. $12). Chain-link bracelet.
November 26, 2011
November 22, 2011
November 20, 2011
Often when purchasing vintage it is the print or the fabric of a garment that initially inspires me.
While the fit of many finds is not always perfect, a great seamstress can change all that.
Thankfully my seamstress, Laurette, came to my rescue with this dress.
By simply taking in the arms and the bodice, this dress became a perfect fit!
1970's geometric print dress (Vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI. $15) Alterations $32.
November 16, 2011
A huge part of my love for vintage is idea of reinventing something old and giving it a new life/purpose.
As a result, I have developed a bit of an obsession with the show "Picker Sisters".
The hosts, Tanya and Tracy share a friendship that is infectious. Their vision is genius. Their style is bang on!
You may recongnize Tracey's boots from a prior post of mine! Nice!
November 15, 2011
Coach has recently partnered with Net-A-Porter to relaunch some of their classic handbags. I could not help but be inspired by my own collection.
Mini Coach Saddle Bag (Vintage, Le Frock, Seattle, WA $22). Medium Coach Saddle Bag (Vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI $12). Black Coach Willis Bag (Vintage, Vogue Vintage, Ferndale, MI $30). Large Coach Messenger Bag (Vintage, Purchased in 1998, Bibles for Missions Thrift, Windsor, ON $1). Small Coach Willis Bag (Vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI $18). Bonnie Cashin for Coach Briefcase (Vintage, Le Frock, Seattle, WA $30). Brown Coach Willis Bag (Vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI $18).
November 09, 2011
When I saw this dress featured in her fashion show, I ran right over to the designer, Jennifer A. Lopez, and told her that it was mine! I walked out that night with the dress in my hand, right off the model.
I love the proportions of the the balloon sleeves contrasted by the micro-mini length. The necklace, also her design, has the perfect hint of masculinity. A perfectionist when is comes to design and construction, she is definitely a talent to watch.
November 07, 2011
November 05, 2011
November 02, 2011
October 29, 2011
October 27, 2011
It is impossible not to feel glamorous in this dress accented with vintage fur.
1940's floral printed vintage dress. (Lost & Found Vintage, Royal Oak, MI. $32). Gold metallic belt. (Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI. $1). Vintage fox stole (Jones & Company Vintage, Windsor, ON. $75). Vintage chocolate brown mink stole. (Gift). Matte satin clutch with Mother of Pearl accents. (Thrift store find. $4). Metallic foil platform shoes.