Monday, August 29, 2011
Last week on Tuesday while Chris and Courtney were still in town we took them to the Museum of Natural History on one of the nicest weather days we have had here all summer. The Humidity was gone, the sun was shinning, and we did a bit of walking and I don't think I ever broke a sweat! It had been a bit over a year since Jeremy and I had last been to the museum, and a much longer time for Chris and Courtney. My favorite exhibits are the Hall of Gems and the Hall of Biodiversity! It was nice looking around with some friends, we were even there when that earthquake hit! Well, we didn't know about it for like 3 hours after, cause we didn't even feel it in there. Which is kind of a bummer, cause I have never experienced one before. An earthquake and hurricane all in one week.. damn!
So after wandering about the museum, we took a walk to central park and found a nice little nook in a rock and sat for a while and took in the nice day. After that we went to go get some lunch, and then headed back to Brooklyn after that. That was their last night in town, and we decided to just stay in and make some snacks and and just enjoy each other. Those country mice were not so used to big city walking, and after doing quite a bit of it that day and the one before, we were all pooped. It was really great having them in town, I can only hope their next visit is longer than 2 days!
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Right now I am hunkering down with Jeremy and getting ready for this hurricane thats about to hit tonight! Cooking corn bread and vegan chili, stocked up on water and TP, got a billion tea lights for in case the power goes out.. it's supposed to get pretty bad.. So thoughts of a lovely summer time picnic in central park with other stylish ladies is keeping me going right now! This time next week I will be eating something delicious and giggling with afternoon away at this blogger meet up for NYFW. I suppose it would be the second anual one now, since we did this last year too, although last time Rebecca of The Clothes Horse was the main organizer of this event. This year the shindig was also put together by Ashley of Fancy Fine (a soul sister I will finally get to meet in person!) and Erin of Calivintage. So if you are in town september 10th, come on by! I know a lot of you ladies come to town for fashion week, whether or not you have anything in particular to go to. It is just fun to be around the buzz and all the well dressed people! Hope to see you there!
Here we have Bluesville, USA, a super cute shop based out of california that offers great thrifted finds at great prices. She sent me this cute button down blouse from her shop to style, and I really dig it! Can't wait for this heat to break so I can really work it! Amber, who also writes a blog The Underground Sweetheart and she started her etsy shop last year because of her passion for thrifting and an eye for cute dresses! I love a girl who thrifts, and I can tell this girl is a digger! Just look at this great motorcycle jacket she scored for herself!
Through her shop she passes these great finds onto you, and for this week you can have the chance at winning a $30 credit to her store! Just stop by Bluesville, USA and let us know your favorite outfit in a comment below! The winner will be chosen on september 3rd, and contacted through email. So don't forget to leave that behind too so I can contact you.
I asked Amber a few questions to find out a little more about her and why she was drawn into selling vintage. And if you want some bit of inspiration, stop by her tumblr
What is your favorite fashion era?
I'm kind of obsessed with nineties culture in general. I gravitate towards the darker grungier stuff for myself. Think Winona Ryder in Reality Bites.
What inspires you and influences you when looking for items for your shop?
I find a lot of inspiration from fashion and street style blogs. Its fun trying to recreate looks I've seen. Living in California is also a huge influence on my aesthetic. I'm always surrounded by amazing people, colors, weather...you get the idea.
Favorite piece from your shop? and how you would wear it?
Currently my favorite item is the teal 70s draped cape sleeve dress I think the length is perfect to pair with chunky platforms.
Best vintage find?
Most of my personal favorite finds are vintage photographs and posters, but since this is a fashion blog and all....I'd have to say the 1970's French snakeskin platforms I found at Wasteland in San Fransisco. They make my feet feel weird cos they're so heavy. I love them!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The last two days Jeremy and I had our friends Courtney
and Chris as house guests. They are from western Massachusetts and are wonderful enough to have let me stay with them countless times over the last year an a half. We had yet to have them come stay with us, mostly because we were living on Long Island and there was really no reason to come out there and nothing for us to take them to do. I was more than excited to learn they were taking a trip down to Philly, and stopping here for two days on the way. It was a really quick trip, too quick! But we had a lot of fun, there is always a lot of fun to be had with those two!
This was on the first day they got here, we took a talk with to Park Slope to show them the area and gett some lunch. Courtney was a vision in this vintage dress, something like $5 from the goodwill? And look at that amazing necklace! She got it from Donnaland! If I thought I had a lot of clothes, Courtney has to have at least double from what I have! She is like the vintage goodwill queen! New England man, I'm tellin' ya, they got the best vintage for the best prices. The dress I'm wearing is also from Donnaland, when I was up there in July working to set up her tent, Courtney and I had our own boxes of stuff we were holding for ourselves, and at some point I put this dress in her box. So I only just got it back from her this day so I had to put it on! Fits like a dream and I love the color. This is like the 5th vintage dress I own now with this shape, I really dig it!
More photos later from their second day here and our trip to the Museum of Natural History!
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday I went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, and it was amazing! I had plans to make it a big lady fest and have a bunch of girly friends, but in the end it was just the ever so lovely Alley O'Shea. And I could not have asked for a better companion, she's such a great vintage dresser, super funny and full of conversation. I think most of the day we talked about crazy ex boyfriends and the type of people we were in high school.. definitely not the same people we are today, ha!
Sunday was the second day of the lawn party, and from what Alley told me, the super less crowded day (she was there the day before too for her job at Stylelikeu) where the lines for drinkes weren't an hour long. And thank the gods, cause Alley had this drinks all day pass thing, and it allowed her to get us both drinks all day! Mostly we just lounged on our blanket, walked around and did some dancing. Rain was in the forecast for the afternoon, but luckily it held out for most of the day. But not long enough, the photos of me on the dance floor is literally right before it started down pouring! Everyone started running for shelter. We went to grab our blanket, and run for cover in a near by building, as you can see below. Also notice in the post rain photos my dress is about 3 inches shorter from the rain! I don't know if it is going to stay that way, but I don't mind all too much.
Speaking of this dress, isn't it just amazing!? I got it at a private estate sale showing on long island about two years ago. I was looking around on craigslist for estate sales and I came across a family owned farm on the island where they had their house on one side of the street, and their farm on the other. The granddaughter and her mother were putting on a tag sale in a few weeks, but doing private showings by appointment before then. So I had the whole house to myself, and this was just one of the amazing things I got that day. It has been hanging in my closet since then, with nothing fancy enough to wear it to. I felt this was the perfect time, and the hat I got on etsy a few months back pretty much with this event in mind. Hannah, although she could not make it that day, was nice enough to do my hair for me!