|Ebay is going in full swing. Thanks to my new photo kit and garment steamer - listing multiple ads has been a breeze. The photo kit was only $135, and it includes 3 backgrounds, lights and the racks. Low quality stuff - but it is perfect for what I'm using it for. |
Do you have a GARMENT STEAMER? I got the one above (mixed in with the photography stuff) from Mr. C for Christmas. This handy device makes your clothes look brand new in about 30 seconds, and it gets rid of the vintage funk from clothing. Why didn't I get one of these sooner? I'm thinking this is a must-have for any woman that loves clothes or is handling resale garments. My only wish on this item is that the steaming cord and the electrical cord was longer.
|I wore this on Wednesday when I decided to brave the mall to return a few gifts. It's hard to tell, but I have matching orange tights on with my orange mini skirt and a layer of sockens peeking out of my brown leather boots. It's been an orange themed week.|
|Yesterday I spent the day with my amazing neice who was visiting from Utah. I took her to a few of my favorite thrift stores and we had a blast. |
When shopping....one must sport vintage looks. Yesterday's outfit was "East European meets the 1960's". Vintage scarf (op shopped $1.99), 60's Mod Shirt (Carousel Vintage $24.99), 70's Tassle necklace (gift). I know the gloves are a bit odd, but I have to wear them when thrifting or else I get germ/bacteria overload.
|I found these yesterday too and had to have them. They are solid wood and were only $3 a piece. My plan is to sand them down, stain them to match my dark wood pieces in the house. I have old hardware from the Germany Flea Markets, so I'll attach them and reattach the doors as a wall panel (or something else more creative). We'll see what really ends up happening. More projects to work on....|
|Courtesy of ADVANCE STYLE blog|
|Courtesy of ADVANCE STYLE blog|
|German American Society - they don outfits for special events and concerts.|
|Please ignore the pink turban - that was my yoga outfit from earlier in the day (yes..... I wore my nasty yoga clothes all day).|
|The pink dress was so tight in the rib cage I had to breath shallow while sitting. By the end of the gala, the soft chiffon overlay was beginning to shred. Unfortunately, this is a 1-time wear dress.|
|Mr. C 'borrowed' the Jack Daniels bottle from Frank Sinatra's house and passed it around the the other gentlemen at the event. He was his own celebrity for the evening, as he channeled the great singer.|
|Not the best photo - but it showcases my scandalous red lipstick. It the new gloss by Victoria's Secret.|
|I felt a bit like a stewardess - but this dress was WAY FUN, and quite the attention getter. I used the same purse and shoes from the pink dress ensemble. Brande outfitted me with the box hat. Pearl studs and black tights (with black hot shorts) finished the outfit.|
|My mad photography skills in Frank Sinatra's bedroom via his mirrored closet door (of course he has a giant mirrored closet door that runs parallel to the bed - he's F.S!)|
|Following Brande's stylish and professional advice, I hemmed the dress to above my knee. Instead of wearing a belt, I used the cut-off fabric to make a wide sash. The dress went from 70's to modern feminine swing. I could wear this to any type of event! |
Remember when I was contemplating switching to a white halter dress and you (my lovely readers), said "Noooooo -stick with the bright color". You were absolutely right!
Want to know a super bargain secret? This dress was op-shopped for only $0.50!!!! Yes - people, it was two quarters. The hem was $15. Now that I have a great seamstress, I am looking at vintage clothing in a whole new light. Not only is it affordable, but these pieces are unique and have already stood the test of time.
|Here is the dress prior to the alterations and paired with black accessories. Isn't it amazing what a quick hem can do? I had no idea it would make such a difference.|
|These were the accessories I ended up wearing. The shoes were a toe-killer by the end of the event, but the opulent gold toned accessories were a perfect pairing with the orange/red dress. Gold earrings - Forever 21 ($4) Leather peep toes - Nine West ($60), Gold clutch - opshopped vintage ($3). This entire outfit |
|Mr. C inherited the Fedora hat I was originally going to wear. Interesting tidbit: Frank's pool is shaped like a piano.|
|Do these boys look familiar? It's Phillip Lomax from X-Factor and Matt Dusk. They had great voices and amazing energy. Gracious entertainers - and a ton of fun!|
|Yes - even in Palm Springs my sleep wear is vintage. Flowing apricot colored gown with sheer ruffled robe. What do you think? Would you wear this to bed? The ruffles were stiff and not very comfortable - but I felt glamorous in it nonetheless.|
|We stayed at the Riviera Hotel (where Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe used to stay). I would love to go on and on about how amazing the room was......but honestly, we had nothing but problems. Between cleanliness and plumbing challenges, we ended up switching rooms twice (almost three times). Ugh - such a hassle! (MISS) The divine soaking tub in our room? (HIT) No robes and noisy hallways (MISS)|
|The pool made up for the room hassle. Isn't it gorgeous? Notice the mountains in the back? Excellent service, and I was able to eavesdrop on the singers sitting behind me. So much fun! (HIT)|
|Early on I asked Mr. C if he would wear EUROPEAN SWIMMING TRUNKS and he said 'Yes' - never thinking I would actually find them. Imagine his |
SIDENOTE: Why is it that women have to SQUEEZE into bikinis, yet guys get off easy with the 'roomy' Bermuda swim trunks? It's crap I say.....total male-biased crap. Guys should have to feel self conscious too. (neither Hit or Miss - just side commentary to make you confused on what to comment on later.....)
|The hotel group spent |
|Not really practical, but it be incredible to have this furniture set in your home. (HIT) |
See the limo photo below? We were supposed to have a private limo service, but instead we were CRAMMED in here with everyone else. (MISS)
|The entrance to Frank Sinatra's sprawling rancher. I know it doesn't look like much from the outside, but the interior is authentic and has great energy. It was funny, some of my new glamorous California friends were telling me this house is dumpy compared to the other homes they usually celebrate in. Geez - I need to hang out with them more often as I would LOVE to see the inside of a Cali palace. (HIT) (Hi Shannon & Carol - yes, I'm talking about you dolls!).|
|Mr. C, Mr. P and Mr. B = my own personal RAT PACK. HIT (...of course).|