My friend Molly has recently become obsessed with miniature pigs. She dreams of having a miniature pet pig named Penelope and walking it around town on a little pig leash. And can you blame her, really? I mean, look at this. Speaking of miniature pigs, check out this adorable vintage brooch. Pin it on a black tuxedo jacket as a quirky accent piece. Or just name it Penelope and keep it in your pocket for good luck. [$11, Etsy] Keep reading »
It’s pretty much impossible to have a bad morning when you wake up to four dead presidents smiling up at you from your coffee mug. Although the coffee probably helps too. [$10, Etsy] Keep reading »
I’m kind of in love with Lucky‘s December 2010 issue, which is celebrating the shopping mag’s 10th anniversary by rehashing some of their best content. My favorite piece is the 100 fashion edicts that the editors live by — not dumb, lofty fashion tips like Rachel Zoe might suggest (“An elephant tusk will spice up any outfit!”), but real, practical advice. I had a serious “aha!” moment when I read the following piece of advice:
“Buy clothes that you’ll wear on a Tuesday afternoon, not a Saturday night — few people lead Saturday night lives.”
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How awesome is this vintage compact? It’s got a surprisingly detailed map of the United States on the outside and pops open to reveal a handy little mirror. Never has checking for food in your teeth been such a glamorous — and patriotic — endeavor. [$12, Etsy] Keep reading »
Even though the leaves are falling and temperatures are cooling down, it’s never the wrong season for sunglasses. I say this as an admitted eyewear addict: the other day a friend of mine shifted slightly in the backseat of my car and was buried in a mini avalanche of sunglasses I’d been hoarding behind her headrest.
“Do you really need to keep mirrored Lolita shades with you at all times?” she asked, picking a hot pink pair out of the pile.
“You never know,” I said. “You just never know.”
Here are my top three rules for the responsible and enjoyable wearing of sunglasses … Keep reading »
Long before she was a TV news anchor in a pink miniskirt, Barbie was just a “girl” with a “purse and hats and gloves galore” in this 1959 commercial. It’s apparently the first Barbie ad to ever appear on television. The times — and Barbie — sure have changed, huh? [YouTube] Keep reading »
While she’s knocked up, Lily Allen is taking a break from the limelight (sort of) to open a vintage boutique with her sister, Sarah, which they’re calling Lucy in Disguise. The girls’ London shop isn’t quite ready to open yet (it will open later this month), so in the meantime, they’ve set up a pop-up boutique in Selfridges to give the public a taste of what’s to come. Keep reading »
My mother has a special face she displays when I show her my latest vintage finds. It says, That’s cute, but how could you ever wear someone else’s clothes? No amount of laundering is enough for her when it comes to my pre-owned finds, because it’s already soiled with the first owner’s issues. While I tend to disagree with her, and fully plan on continuing to grow my ever expanding wardrobe of vintage clothing, there’s one type of vintage that I’ll never touch. Vintage bathing suits. Currently, Resurrection Vintage in New York City has a stock of bathing suits from designers like YSL, Missoni, Pucci, Norma Kamali, and Thierry Mugler; they intend to sell these already worn creations to vintage lovers, but I’m hoping these are going to collections rather than personal wardrobes. There’s a reason swimsuits are sold with those liners, people! I don’t care if it’s vintage, if it’s designer, if it costs only a fraction of the original price — pre-worn swimsuits are not going on my body. That’s like wearing someone else’s underwear, which is just plain nasty. Tell me — would you wear a vintage bathing suit even though it’s pre-worn? [Racked] Keep reading »
Watch your back, “Mad Men”! Katie Holmes‘ costumes for her role as Jackie O in the History Channel miniseries “The Kennedys,” currently filming in Toronto, would make Betty Draper weep. We can’t wait to see pics of Katie in huge sunglasses and a pillbox hat. Keep reading »
Racked takes readers on a nifty pictorial tour through model, singer, and wife-of-Jack Black Karen Elson’s vintage shop in Nashville, Tennessee, Venus and Mars. The store, which is located in a house, is filled with a cornucopia of eclectic old school items, from cheetah clutches to men’s suspenders, day-glo jumpers to thrift store art, summer hats to gold pumps. The showroom, which opened in 2008, is the brainchild of Elson and Amy Patterson. “The aim of the store is to encourage shoppers to think that vintage isn’t just an old hand-me-down,” Elson explains, “but a one-of-a-kind garment with a wonderful story.” You don’t have to make the trek to Nashville to shop there, though; they’ve got a Venus and Mars storefront on Etsy. [Racked] Keep reading »