Saturday, November 28, 2009

Inspiration: Dita's Hair: Edgy? Girly? or Classic?

Next Saturday is the official Ricki's Christmas party. As you can imagine, I'm pretty excited for this. Why you ask?
Well what better excuse to get all dolled up!!! Not only that, but what better excuse to buy a new dress!!

So, a week ago I went shopping at Ruby Slipper. I've never been before, so my intention was just to look around and scope the place out. And maybe see if they had any amazing tulle dresses for sale. There were a few, but none that stole my heart.
Ok, this is the exciting part. I approached a woman behind the counter (who ended up being the owner) and asked her if they had any tulle dresses other than the ones on the floor for sale. She immediatly sized me up, and started to simultaneously pass me dresses from a rack by the counter and tell me that I don't want a tulle dress because she just bought a ton of stuff from a guy who's Mom had kept everything she owned since the 40's and guess what? She wore the same size as me!! (Awesome!!)
Long story short, I tried on what feels like a million dresses and suits, all of which fit me like a glove, but there were 3 I couldn't part with. So I dropped $200 and took them home.
I do not have pictures of them yet. I just feel like a run-of-the-mill outfit post won't do them justice. They're special and deserve to be dolled up.
I'll be wearing one of them to the Christmas party next week. It's a late 40's early 50's black taffeta halter wiggle dress with beading at the neckline. So hollywood glam! So Gorgeous! Wait till you see it!!! (again, no pics and now it's at the cleaners. I even looked online for something similar to show you. Couldn't find anything remotely close)
I have the dress, I have shoes, I have the clutch and accessories. So the question remains:
How will I do my hair?

I have lined up a few options and are contemplating them all seriously. All glam inspiration in my life comes from Dita. I love her!

I like the rockabilly style of this do'. It would give the dress an edgier feel.

The girly girl in me loves the curls of this look. Very pretty, very feminine. Maybe with some sparkly brooch pinned in my hair too.

This one I feel is very sleek and glamourous. Very classic.

So those are the options I'm considering. Edgy, Girly or Classic.
I think I'm leaning towards Edgy or Girly.

Any thoughts? I know it's tough without seeing the dress, but I'd appreciate some thoughts on the hair in isolation.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Outfits: Victorian Peacock

I know you're seen this skirt before, but like I said. I'll wear it to death!

I love this top. The front is so Victorian-esque to me. Plus I love anything with buttons! And it's my favorite colour (which I'm sure you can ascertain from the wall colour in my hallway!)! Green!

Feathered Headband: Ricki's
Earrings: Vintage
Turtleneck: Kensie
Belt: Vintage
Skirt: Vintage Oscar de la Renta
Tights: Good ole Indestructables
Shoes: Le Chateau

This whole outfit was inspired by the peacock feather on my headband.

Lisa. xo

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

My New Buddy

This post wouldn't be possible without my sister Kim. So a big shout out to her is in order!

Yesterday I came home to a small parcel in my mailbox. It was from Kim. If you remember from this post, I've been looking for a "stole with a face" for a little while now. I've found a few small mink stoles in my travels since, but none of them felt like they were mine.
Well that's because he was with Kim! In her letter she said she bought him at Value Village 3 years ago and he's been living with her since. When she read my blog she called Mom to get my address and sent him to me! I had no idea!!! It was such a lovely surprise! I was giddy all night!!! I'm still excited!! See these exclamation marks!! <--- !!

Isn't he great! He's so perfect! Just like the one in the picture from The Sartorialist I love!

Earrings: Vintage
Stole: Vintage (From Kim!!)
Black Tee Shirt: Ricki's
Jeans: Bootlegger
Shoes: Vintage

I just love vintage fur!

All of this has reminded me of this post from Vintage Vixen.

What should I name my new buddy? Thoughts?

Lisa. xo

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Outfits: Two in One!

It's been a busy week, so you're getting a two in one! I wore both of these outfits to work this week.

I wore this on Monday. I'm a little dissapointed you can't see the sailor style button front detail on these high waisted pants in these photos.

Earrings: Ricki's
Necklace: Vintage
Lace Tank Top: Smart Set
Beaded Wrap Sweater: Thrifted
Sailor Pants: Ricki's
Shoes: Spring
Dog: Dave! haha!

I wore this outfit on Thursday. My office swings wildly from boiling hot to freezing and back again, so thoughtful dressing is a must. Here's the dress with sweater (which I wore in the morning) and when the mercury rose in the afternoon I wore it sans sweater. These are also pretty good shots of my new haircut the way my stylist intended it to be.

Necklace: Ricki's
Flower Brooch: Ricki's
Slip: Vintage
Dress: Forever 21
Tights: Walmart
Shoes: Bleka (The Bay)
Sweater: Ricki's
Belt: Laura

So can you guess which clothing company I work for yet?

Lisa. xo

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Inspiration: Eva Mendes

I never thought I'd be writing this post, since I'm not really a great fan of Eva, but she looks so amazing!! The dress, the hat, the colours! Perfection!

I'll just let the photo speak for itself. Wow!

Lisa. xo

Monday, November 16, 2009

Puppy Bloopers

Taking outfit photos with my camera's timer has proven to be a little tricky with a very busy boxer puppy at home. Dave is forever getting in the way of my shots.

I couldn't help but post these since he was particularly busy this afternoon while I was shooting "One Dress, Three Ways". He's very interested in the beeping noise the camera makes when it's counting down and I think he thought we were going for a walk when I put my hat and scarf on for the last outfit. I only had a few photos of that outfit without him in them! We went for a walk as soon as I was done.

Isn't he cute? Our world revolves around that cute little monster!

Lisa. xo

One Dress, Three Ways: 50's Purple Print

Before I get started I want to give credit where credit is due. This is obviously not a new idea, but I have been officially inspired by Sally Jane Vintage and her "Four Ways" posts.

I am a great collector of clothes. Getting rid of clothes kills me!! Becuase of this I am always dreaming up new ways to wear the clothes that I have, so making a series like this one just seems right!

This is the first of many "One Dress, Three Ways" posts! I currently have more than 80 dresses in my collection (most of them vintage) and I will be showcasing my favorites.

Here we go!

This is an altered 1950's bridesmaid dress. It used to be floorlength, but I've hemmed it, removed the built in bullet bra and taken in the bust darts. I bought it at Ragpickers.

 #1  I wore this outfit to work today!
Necklace: Le Chateau
Blouse: Smart Set
Tights: Walmart
Shoes:  Kenzie  (Town Shoes)

#2 I opted to show this look without tights since this is technically a summer dress
Necklace: Vintage
Blazer: Ricki's
Brooch: Vintage
Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Spring
Clutch: Vintage

#3 I wore this shopping two weeks ago, so I couldn't resist showing it with the hat and scarf I wore!
Hat and Scarf: Ricki's
Blazer: Vintage
Brooches: Both Vintage (one was Grandma's one is a Sherman!)
Belt: Laura
Tights: Ricki's
Shoes: Bleka (The Bay)
Bag: Vintage

Stay Tuned for more from this series! I've already got another dress on standby!

Lisa. xo

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Wishlist: Dress Form

I wasn't expecting to write another Wishlist post, but being the cool girl that I am, I spent yesterday night at home surfing Kijiji and Craigslist for a used dress form.

It's close to Christmas, maybe I could use another Wishlist post (Mom, are you reading this? haha!).

When I worked at Harlequin Costume and Dance they had a few like this one. I would practically kill for one of these!! So cool and industrial!

This is another little item I have wanted for some time. In fact I would take a new or vintage dress form. Vintage would of course be prefered, but if the price was right I would buy a new one. Now I know they're out there...I just have to save my little pennies and actually buy one...I've never been good at saving money...

I have considered making one. There are a couple of great tutorials here at Threads Magazine for those of us who are crafty and on a budget.

Thank you for indulging  me again! Stay Tuned, I have a surprise post in the works I hope I can get up later today or tomorrow for sure. I just have to get my butt in gear and get some pictures taken...I hope you like it! I'm pretty excited about it!

Lisa. xo

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Wishlist: 50's Tulle Prom Dress

I have always wanted a tulle prom dress! Frothy, pretty, girly, decadent pieces; always filled with vintage memories as they were always bought for a special occasion! Mmmm.....

I owned once once (it was given to me by a friend of a friend in a garbage bag full of vintage clothes that were headed for the dump), but it had a 23" waist and I do not have a 23" waist! So I consigned it at Ragpickers while I worked there and sold it to a young girl who wore it to her grade 8 grad. That made me happy!

Anyway, I still want one (that fits me!)! I don't know where I'd wear it. I do have the Christmas party for work to go to in December, but what are the odds I'll find one that a) I can afford b) fits me and c) I absolutely cannot live without before December 5th?
Who knows, miracles do happen!

I would gladly take these two confections any day of the week:

(this one found here on Flickr)

(this one found at Posh Girl Vintage)

I'll likely end up wearing something out of my closet (which is kindof like a small vintage clothing store anyway! haha!).


Friday, November 13, 2009

New and Improved Header

I'm pretty proud of my new header.

I know it's not as fancy as some other bloggers headers out there, but I'm pretty computer illiterate and I managed to make it look nice all by myself!!

Also, I wanted to share that those are not just random images posted up there. Those are all close up photos of the prints on some of my vintage dresses!

My hope is to make more headers like this one and rotate them.

I'll leave this one up for a while of course because I'm so proud and it's so pretty! Enjoy!

Lisa. xo

Inspiration: Some Girls Wander by Mistake

I can only hope that you are familiar with Emily Martin and her wonderful (and whimsical!) Etsy shop The Black Apple.
Well if you aren't, I insist you follow the link above and head over there right now (or after you read my post! haha!). You would have to be a cold hearted monster not to be instantly smitten with her amazing art. I was immediatly taken with it (although I am personally a fan of whimsical oddites!).

But I digress...this is after all a fashion blog.

Emily also has her own fashion blog: Some Girls Wander by Mistake.

I am continually inspired by Emily's outfits! I love the way she layers and mixes fabrics! I always wait eagerly for a new post. I could go on, but I'll let a few of my favorites speak for themselves:

(all photos borrowed from Some Girls Wander by Mistake)

Sorry I posted so many! I honestly had a hard time choosing! Go check her out! She's so cute and lovely!

Also go check out Emily's other blog (Inside a Black Apple).

Lisa. xo

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Outfits: Madonna Wannabe?

This is a really popular silhouette right now. That short full skirt with a cinched belt and any sort of cropped or tucked in top (maybe even a blazer or a jacket on top?) Designers, fashion bloggers, store windows: it's everywhere.
It's no wonder really, It's pretty classic when you get right down to it.
When I wear this I always feel like it's my 2009 does 1980's, does 1950's outfit. Haha!
Actually with the bow in my hair I kinda felt like a very paired down Madonna circa 1980.
No matter what, I love this skirt and will wear it to death!

Hair Bow: Satin sash from a long forgotten dress
Necklace: Vintage (was Grandma's)
T-Shirt: Urban Planet
Belt: Laura
Skirt: Vintage (Oscar de la Renta!)
Tights: Good ol' Faithful Indestructables!
Shoes: Spring

Lisa. xo

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Channeling Clara

My new haircut (a very cute bob with bangs) has got me image searching flappers and Clara Bow. The 20's isn't an era I usually emulate in my clothing (not having the right body type. I'm much too curvy), but it is one I enjoy for its frivolity and decandance.

Last night The Boy and I met some friends for dinner at Don Pedros (which in my opinion has the best mexican food in Winnipeg), so I did my hair.

It's a little Clara Bow-esque don't you think? I like it.

Lisa. xo

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Wishlist: Vintage Dressing Gown

Currently on my very long, every expanding wishlist is a vintage silk dressing gown.

Now, I'm a picky girl and refuse to settle for anything less than the perfect one. And it is times like these that I find internet shopping both a curse and a blessing. (At this time I should point something out: I have only ever bought one thing on the net. My 1970 Hollywood Shwinn Bike. And The Boy was a full partner in the transaction.) So when I say "internet shopping" what I really mean is "browsing and lusting".

But I digress...This is exactly what I want: a 1930's chinese silk kimono-style dressing gown (and it's reversable!)

Of course it's WAY out of my price range for a piece of clothing no one but The Boy will see me in around the house, but if you are independantly wealthy and would like to purchase this beautiful garment it's for sale at Shop Curious. (Or if someone would like to buy me a Christmas present they know I will love and adore forever I'd be just fine with that too!!)

I might also settle for this lovely 1920's robe from Posh Girl Vintage, but it's sold. *tear* Here's a pictureof it for us all to enjoy anyway:

Lisa. xo

Friday, November 6, 2009

Oufits: Polka Dots and Puppies

I had the day off work today. I wore this out while running errands. I love this outfit! Mostly I love the coat. It was a find at Value Village. If I had been smart while I was taking these photos I would have flashed you the bright purple satin lining. Next time...

This polka dot t-shirt is also one of my favorites! I am totally smitten with polka dots right now and it seems like everything I buy has some on it! It may be one of my favorite retro patterns! So 50's! (Although I seem to be channeling some sort of 60's beatnik in this outfit...oh well! Still vintage! haha! I blame the hair.)

By the way...that cute little fuzzy creature beside me is our boxer puppy Dave (he's 15 weeks old this weekend!).

Beret: Laura
Necklace: (sorry you can't see it! It's crystals!) Vintage
Polka Dot T-Shirt: Ricki's
Jeans: Ricki's
Red Corduroy Pea-Coat:: Thrifted (Value Village)
Boots: Le Chateau
Bag: Aldo

Outfits: Pink, Pearls and Plaid

This is what I wore to work yesterday. A perfect fall outfit I think!

Beret: Laura
Various "Pearl" Necklaces: Thrifted
Grey T-Shirt: Urban Planet
Plaid Blazer: Urban Planet
Ruffle Back Skirt: Ricki's
Plaid Tights: Ricki's
Shoes: Bleka (The Bay)

P.S. Apparently I can't stand in my hallway without propping myself up!!

Have a great weekend!!

Lisa. xo

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Inspiration: The Sartorialist

I'm not going to lie, it's not often that The Sartorialist sparks those fashion lightbulb moments for me. I do enjoy and admire his eye for clean fashion that stands the test of time, but my personal taste should I put it? Well, I tend to think "more is more"! Haha!

Anyway, with this in mind, I was surprised to see two looks in the same week that made excited and tingly!

I love everything this girl has going on!! Of course it's all about the fox fur stole. I would imagine without it she would be wearing a pretty dull run-of-the-mill dress. I want a fox fur stole!!!
I love the luxury of the stole and heels in combination with the fact that she's riding her very cute, pedestrian, vintage bike. I love that the dress seems summery and light, but has been paired with tights and black accessories to bring it into fall.
This entire outfit screams Lisa! I would take it exactly as it is and put it on my body!
(I am now on the hunt for a stole with a face, I'm sorry if this grosses you out.)

This is casual Lisa. Jeans with feminine touches. The red lip, the slightly messy, but waved vintage-esque hair. The pearls. The cute lamb sweater.
Love it!
I on the other hand would have been wearing a great vintage bag.
(All photos belong to The Sartorialist. They have been borrowed without permisson!)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Outifts: The First!

This is what I wore to work today. Working at the head office for a major clothing retailer allows me to flex my fashion muscles everyday without looking outlandish at work.

I originally had a different, smaller, lighter sweater on today, but it was too cold in the office for it. This one was at my desk, so I threw it on instead and put the belt that came with my skirt on top. I liked the outcome very much!

Feather-flower Headband: Le Chateau
Pink/Black Blouse: Laura
Rhinestone Necklace: Vintage (was my grandmother's)
Cardigan: Ricki's
Skirt (is high waisted, but you can't see it) and Belt: Le Chateau
Tights: ?? (I bought them a few years ago and they're indestructable)
Shoes: The Bay

For those of you who know me, you'll notice I'm sporting bangs! I got my hair cut last week. I'm sure there will be a photo to come. Not to worry.

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