I’m obviously not really tied to any sort of specific aesthetic. Some days I want to dress like Betty Draper, some days I want to look like I’m in head-to-toe Spanish Moss garb – a desert femme fatale. I seriously love their stock. And while I’ll never ever ever be able to afford any of it (ever), I sometimes pretend I’m wearing their clothes when I need to feel brave. Also, their logo design is so perfect. These are a few of my favorite pieces that are currently in stock.
- Sooooo pretttttyyy.
- Crushed-velvet T-strap wedges?! Too perfect.
- Confession: I LOVE some well-placed fringe like the fringe on this dress. I’d feel like such a dandy with that swishing around my legs. Now that I think about it … I might be able to make something like this. Noted. Also, I love the version in white!
- Oh god. These boots. The color is perfect, and see how there’s a little peephole? I think that is the only thing that could ever motivate me enough to knit a pair of socks; it’s the perfect subtle way to show them off.
- This ring is everything I like about jewelry.
- I can’t even talk about these booties. They’re so perfect they hurt my feelings. So do the ones in black.
- I basically spent my entire summer looking for a white lace dress like this or the right stretchy lace to make it with. I was unsuccessful. It is so delicious in black, too. What do you guys think of bell sleeves?
- I look at these boots and feel like I could manage going to PTA meetings and other similar horrors without feeling anxiety if I were wearing them.
- This blouse is so great! I don’t know exactly why I love it, but I do. The shape is perfect for my body. It also looks so cool in black.
Today’s Imaginary shopping spree features one of my favorite online vintage shops ever! Fancytreehouse has a great selection and awesome prices. (Check out the sales! Seriously.)You can tell how much I love this shop by how much italicized text I’m about to use.
- I love ’70s summer dresses like this one.
- This mustard blouse is so pretty. I’m trying to get some more color in my wardrobe, and this is exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for.
- The skirt on this dress is great. Mama’s a big fan of gingham.
- Isn’t this cardigan just begging to be embellished with a little abstract embroidery?
- This ombré dress is made out of some sort of faux bois wood-patterned material. Which I think is awesome.
- Call me crazy, but I love this skirt. The colors are perfect and I really like the length. I’d love to wear something like this this winter to brighten up the landscape a bit.
- Another ombré dress! This time it’s yellow, with a crocheted bodice and gauzy skirt. In love.
- This perfect skirt is only ten dollars. Seriously, someone less broke than I am must buy it immediately before I do. It’s so adorable!
- Yup, that’s a white lace peekaboo on the back of a red full-skirted dress. Gorgeous.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I love Shop Kempt. Their clothes are feminine but not too girly, and I think their selection is perfect; not so many pieces that you get lost in the swarm, but enough that there’s always something interesting.
- Jada Florence dress – Love this! It’s so very twee.
- Varina Eyelet Tiered dress
- Florania stripe blouse – I’ve been trying to re-acquaint myself with shirts. Sounds weird, but I really don’t wear shirts that often, and I’ve kind of forgotten how to find interesting ones. So I love this; also I have a soft spot for that faux-chiffon polyester. I love wearing it.
- Hannah striped dress - Shocker! I love black and white.
- Fiona geometric blouse
- Snow white sweetheart dress
- Evelyn wrap dress – This looks so much like a vintage dress with a shortened hem, I almost can’t believe it’s something newl
- Cool it up draped jacket
- Bailey coral tank – I almost never wear this color, and I think it needs more of a presence in my wardrobe.
You knew I was going to do this eventually. A 100%-cats Imaginary Shopping Spree! This week I’m perusing the vintage cat prints at Black Cat Hill. Top-to-bottom, left-to-right:
- Grandma cat, reading to her grandchildren that are somehow mice.
- Royal cats. Look at that headdress.
- Pagliacci cat! I’m actually having a really really difficult time not buying this one. It is so awesome.
- Romance at the ball.
- Look how angry she is! This cat is probably my favorite. Yes, even more beloved than the sad clown.
- Dueling cats! Don’t do it, kitties! You are too young to die.
- Faust Cats! Check out that villain.
- Aida cats? Love it.
B.F. PinkertonButterfly cats!
I love browsing through The Attic People’s collection of vintage wares. They always have incredible stock. Unfortunately, it’s based in the UK so shipping is a bit more than I can afford, but it’s still great to window-shop. I’d wear most of their pieces in a heartbeat. Anyway, top-to bottom, left to right:
- ’50s/’60s batik mini dress (The color and print are perfect. I usually don’t go for anything with that high a collar, but this is too lovely.)
- ’50s peter pan collar full skirt dress (I never go anywhere formal enough to justify wearing this, but I think I’d still wear it anyway. Just on any old day.)
- Maxi skirt with bold Aztec print
- ’50s sheer flocked leaf full dress (Love this one. I’m picturing it on a blurry summer day with a wide-brim hat and long necklaces and bare feet and iced tea.)
- ’70s floral sun dress
- ’70s white lace blouse top
- ’80s glam silk sequin crop top (It’s really silk! I bet it’s gorgeous in person.)
- ’70s embroidery summer dress (I think this would look great in the winter with a cardigan, belt and boots.)
- ’80s-does-the-’50s circle dress with cutouts (OBSESSED. Isn’t it beautiful?)
It appears I forgot to write this again this week, so it’s coming in a day late. I’ve been feeling a little burned out when it comes to blogging lately; but I’m going to write more! I really am. Anyway, look at this outrageously cute stuff:
Left to right, top to bottom:
- Heart mom coffee cozy (I don’t regularly use coffee cozies, but I would start for this. It’s so fekking cute.) (I don’t know where the word “fekking” came from, but I use it all the time now.)
- Rose felt crown
- Mustard yellow mum felt flower headband
- Pioneer headband
- Girly Pirate Patch
- Bigfoot coffee cozy (This would be perfect for my stepdad. He’s a coffee drinker and does the best sasquatch impression.)
(excuse my lazy lazy lazy collaging. I had no desire to figure out a pretty way to arrange all those disparate rectangles.)
Top to bottom, left to right:
- Heather Bailey’s Effie and Ollie.
- Heather Bailey’s Henrietta Turtle.
- Oliver + S’ Ice cream dress.
- Oliver + S’ Sketchbook shirt and shorts.
- Jamie Christina’s the Miz Mozelle dress.
- Bettsy Kingston’s Womens action pants. (It occurs to me that it might look a little strange to have a lady’s bum pointing at you in the middle of all that cutesy cuteness. Ah, well.)
- Marie-Madeleine’s Gracie ruffle skirt.
- Tie Dye Diva’s Pretty pantaloons.
- Sewaholic’s Lonsdale Dress.
I know a lot of people don’t like Noro. They say the yarn, famous for its self-striping colors, is too rough, unpredictable or filled with knots. But those are all qualities that I love in a yarn. Especially with knitting, I am generally more interested in the process than the result; so Noro is often the perfect yarn for me. Because it’s just so fun to knit with. Never a dull moment in these skeins.
Left to right, top to bottom:
- Furisode, a silk/cotton/wool bulky weight. Colorway 16.
- Chirimen, a cotton/silk/wool DK weight. Colorway 12.
- Taiyo Sock, a cotton/wool/nylon/silk fingering weight. Colorway 08.
- Hitsuji, a 100% wool super bulky weight. Colorway 09.
- Aya, a cotton/silk/wool worsted weight. Colorway 08.
- Nobori, a cotton/nylon/wool/silk bulky weight. Colorway 18.
- Silk Garden Lite, a silk/kid mohair/lambswool DK weight. Colorway 2038.
- Aya, a cotton/silk/wool worsted weight. Colorway 02.
- Furisode, a silk/cotton/wool bulky weight. Colorway 02.