Friday, June 27, 2014

I Was Bad, But It's Good News for You!

If you follow me on Instagram you may already know what I'm about to say.
I've been shopping again friends.

My spidey senses got tingling and I had to hit up the thrift store...and as usual, my spidey sense was right on. I took home a nice little collection of 30's/40's purses for my collection, a pretty pink slip and a 50's faux pearl necklace.

And I broke and bought the Jenny skirt with Burlesque print from Pin Up Girl Clothing. I just had. to. have. it. *sigh*

Habits are hard to break and I really like thrift shopping. It relaxes me. It's my alone time. What can I say? Vintage is my drug of choice.
In some ways I'm a bit disappointed in myself that I couldn't keep myself from shopping in the last few months, but on the other hand, this challenge has kept me from shopping too much. I've been relatively good in comparison. Baby steps.

So this is what I'm getting at. I've bought some clothes, but I've also decided its time once again to let go of some of the things languishing in my closet. And instead of selling them to a local seller (like I always do), I thought I would offer them up to you first. I've got a big batch of dresses and other bits I'd like to pass along to their next home. I'll be putting them up for sale on my other blog Butterflies and Daisys Vintage Closet. I take PayPal payments and if you live in Winnipeg we can meet up to save you the shipping cost. I'll give you all the dirty details next week when I start posting stuff.

In the meantime, here's a little preview of some of the things I'll be selling.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Show and Tell: 20's Peach and Fuchsia Silk Piano Shawl

Last week I showed you the 20's cloche in my collection. Today I'm going to show you my other item from the 20's: this incredible silk piano shawl.

I got this beauty from Ragpickers. It was the last thing I got before I quit working there. Someone brought it in to consign and I had to have it. I was totally enamoured with the colours in it. It was being sold for $80 and I had no money at the time (poor university student that I was), so I made a deal with the owner to trade all of my remaining consignment items for it.

Truth be told I've never worn it out. I've always wanted to wear it over a black dress to a wedding or something, but I'm afraid of wrecking it. It's in pristine condition - none of the fringe is missing or in terrible shape and the embroidery is all in pretty good shape too!

Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to wear it.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Show and Tell: Floral Embroidered 20's Cloche

I own two pieces from the 20's. This cloche and a stunning shawl I will show you next.

I bought this hat from a vintage shop that was closing a number of years ago. Everything in the store was marked down significantly. I went in to browse the sale and got a glimpse of this hat behind the counter. I asked to try it on. The owner said yes, but prefaced the "yes" with "This hat is tiny. In all the years I've owned it no one has ever been able to put it on." I know my own head....I know I have a small head (21 1/2" to be exact. Most people are 22-23"). I knew this hat would fit me. And it did.

She had it marked down from $99 to $40. She was so excited that it fit me she sold it to me for $21. I wore it all summer that year and it's one of my most prized vintage possessions.


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Inspiration: Jazz Age Lawn Party

So, technically it's not "my era", but what vintage enthusiast could resist a Gatsby era party complete with big band, dancing and a picnic?!

Not me. I'd love to attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party one day. In the meantime I'll just ogle the photos and beautiful fashions online.

And in honour of this event (which just passed, but they do another Jazz Age Lawn Party in August!) I will be sharing some authentic 20's vintage from my collection with you for Show and Tell this week! Stay Tuned!


Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Friday Link Love #11 (on a Tuesday and after a small hiatus)

Friday Link Love took a small internet hiatus, but it's back now. You can rest easy.  ;)

And yes, I know it's Tuesday..I couldn't wait until Friday to share these links with you folks. Enjoy!

  • Any of you who know me in person knows I love to cook. I am currently loving The Pioneer Woman's website. Ree makes delicious looking food and is very funny too. 
  • And if there was one chef who I am loving even more than Ree Drummond right now, hands down, it would have to be Jamie Oliver. Especially his 15 minute meals. I've made a few so far and they've all been AMAZING!! I borrowed his 15 minute meals cook book from a friend, but I must go buy my own now. He's a freakin genius, that man...
Served it up just like this too - on a big platter with the tzatziki in the middle. The Boy and I ate until we were stuffed. 

  • I've been obsessed with checking out other blogger's posts from the Viva Las Vegas 17 weekender. I really want to go one of these years, but am still trying to convince The Boy it would be good fun. (Trips are a tough sell for him. boo.) Here are a few bloggers with great photos from the day...
                  - The Rockabilly Socialite
                  - Vintage Vandalizm
                  - Incendiary Blonde
                  - Technicolor Cutie
  • And speaking of rockabilly weekenders. Winnipeg's second annual River City Rumble is on this summer in August! Sadly, I missed the weekender last year (it was the only warm weekend to spend at the lake!), but I'm determined to check it out this year. 

Looks like fun huh? I've never been to a rockabilly weekender, but there's a first time for everything! They're also having a Pin Up Contest which I'm very tempted to enter, but I might be a bit too shy...we'll see what happens! lol!


Sunday, June 15, 2014

ModCloth's Polyvore Outfit Challenge: Chic & Tough

I was asked last week to be part of ModCloth's Uniquely You weekly Polyvore Outfit Challenge. I love ModCloth and was stoked to participate!
The challenge was easy peasy - ModCloth sent me an image of one of their dresses and I had to put together an outfit with other items from ModCloth's online store.

I was sent an image of their Twirl Next Door Dress. I have to be honest, I probably wouldn't have picked this dress myself, but you all know how much I love black and white, so it quickly grew on me with its bold, striped skirt.

I wanted to create an outfit I'd love to wear any day of the week. Something cute, comfortable, with an edgy, rockabilly vibe.

Chic & Tough

Nothing sets off a feminine dress like the I Love Amp studded leather jacket. I also love the casual rockabilly vibe that the Tweet of Foot Sandal from Miss L Fire brings to this outfit (I have been adoring these sandals from afar for too long now!!). I think these sandals are a bit unexpected with this dress, but I think they totally work together. The Retro Rosie EarringsSee Eye to Cat-Eye Glasses and Betsey Johnson Bling Outside the Box Clutch bring a little girly, vintage style to the look. I am also in love with watches right now and couldn't resist adding the Master of Timeless Watch in Dots to this look with its cute blue polka-dotted band.
I would wear this outfit out for lunch, out shopping, even out for drinks with friends! I think it translates to so many different events and venues - not too dressy, not too casual.

I'm totally in love with this look and desperately want all of these pieces in my wardrobe now! haha!

ModCloth has hundreds of dresses for sale. Here are a few with vintage style that could easily be switched out for the Twirl dress in my outfit above.

Georgia Gallivanting Dress

This was a fun challenge and not too difficult (hello, shopping?! right up my!). 

Have you ever bought anything from ModCloth?
Do any of you have those Miss L Fire Sandals?! How do they fit?


Monday, June 9, 2014

Outfits: Rockabilly Casual

I feel like my style has been evolving again lately...maybe evolving is the wrong word. Settling? I dunno...I guess it's been happening for a while.
Over the past few years I've been edging towards a more rockabilly look. I feel quite comfortable in it. Rockabilly can be dressy, but it can also be casual and it has a bit of an edge. I like a look with an edge and frankly, there aren't many black tie galas in my life. lol!

I haven't been posting a lot of outfits here in the last few months. Work has kept me busy and I always worry that you'll grow bored of seeing me in jeans and a tee-shirt again and again, but that's my life and that's how I dress day to day. I keep trying to tell myself that I should post those looks here. They are no less worthy of the blog than a dress.

Vintage Cotton Headscarf: Ragpickers
Purple Flower Earrings: Ricki's
White Tee: Joe Fresh
Green Belt: Thrifted
Skinny Jeans: Forever 21
Purple Patent Flats: Joe Fresh
80's White Mesh Clutch: Thrifted
Letterman Jacket: Forever 21


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Wishlist: Trying So Hard Not to Shop

Online shopping is haunting me...

I am desperate to add these two cute, kitchy pieces to my wardrobe:

Thankfully the Jenny skirt in Burlesque Performer print (by Micheline Pitt!) is not for sale yet, but like a true shopaholic I visit the webpage every few days to say hi.

A local musical theatre company is presenting the Broadway version of The Little Mermaid this August and like a true fangirl I've already bought my front row ticket. I kinda want this tee so I can wear it when I the dork that I am. 

buy it here

So far I've resisted the temptation...we'll see how I do....


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shop Your Closet: How to Remove Yellow Armpit Stains

Not shopping has been a success since I last checked in with you folks. Working around the clock really helps. 

So I'm back to tending to the wardrobe that I currently have to make it as lovely and wearable as possible. Today we're talkin' laundry.

Summer is finally here and wearing all black has become impractical and too toasty. On inspection of my whites I noticed many of them were looking less than fresh. Ew.

TMI: I can be a bit sweaty in the underarm area if I don't wear the right antiperspirant. My heavy duty antiperspirant leads to yellowed stains in the underarms of all of my whites. Yup! It's not sweat itself that causes staining, it's the aluminium in antiperspirant combined with sweat that causes those unsightly pit stains.

I have tried many, many diy methods for pit stain removal and have found only ONE to work.
Enter: Oxyclean!!

I like the scent free powder version of Oxy personally. You can use it to make a paste to take out stubborn stains and it dissolves fairly easily in water to soak dingy clothes. My laundry room is never without this wonderful product.

Here's the grody before pic. This is my No Doubt Concert Tee. And to be honest, this stain looks better in the picture than in person (truth be told this will be my second application of Oxy to this poor, well loved t-shirt).

A small note about temperature before we get started. Heat sets in stains. Don't use hot or even warm water to soak or wash your clothes when you're attempting stain removal. And if you can manage, don't put them in the dryer after either - if you must, put them in on a cool setting, but preferably you should be hanging these garments to dry after washing.
And, resist the urge to bleach yellowed pit stains - bleach actually makes them worse if you can believe it.

Cleaning stains with Oxy is easy, you just need some time for it to do its work.

Get a little container (I use one of the plastic cups that comes with my liquid laundry detergent), pour in some Oxy and add cold water to make a paste. Gently rub a generous amount of the paste into the stain.

This is not what I would call a generous amount by the way...I applied more Oxy paste after I took this picture. 

Then let the clothes sit - the longer the better - so the paste can work its magic. I left mine for a few hours, but sometimes I forget about them and leave them overnight. Oxyclean is gentle on fabrics (even vintage!), so you don't have to worry about damaging your clothes by leaving the stain remover on too long.
You could also soak your clothes in cool water with more Oxy dissolved in it at this point as well - this helps if you have old, or stubborn stains. If you are soaking multiple items, soak like colours with like to avoid any possible colour bleed.
Old, set-in stains sometimes need a couple applications of Oxyclean before you get results.

Once they've sat for a few hours wash in your machine with cold water. Then hang them to dry.

Ta da! Like new!
Now I'm ready to put my hands in the air...and wave them like I just don't care...

Sorry...that was bad..

DISCLAIMER: This post was not sponsored by Oxyclean. I really love this product!


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