This recent vintage find came straight from the 80's - complete with shoulder pads! However, stylist Amy and I had way too much fun having an excuse to pull out this South African beaded collar and vintage mother of pearl belt to go with it. We're always redefining the vintage that lives in my closet - a little old, a little new. After all, go bold or go home, right?!
Wishing you a fantastic weekend full of nothing but blue skies ...
Dress: vintage 80's (personal collection) / Belt: vintage mother of pearl (personal collection) / Collar: hand beaded collar necklace from South Africa (personal collection)
I discovered this Edith Flagg dress while on one of my first vintage shopping adventures in Brooklyn - finding a dress so special set quite a precedent for everything since! There is nothing subtle or understated about it, which is one of the main reasons I completely adore it.
The same may be said for the woman who designed it. The Romanian-born fashion designer launched her business in 1956 in California, and was the first person to import polyester in mass quantities to the United States. She is a Holocaust survivor, speaks multiple languages, and is a philanthropist - not to mention her legacy is still going strong at the age of 93!
To say I'm proud to wear this piece is nothing short of an understatement. I only hope to glean a mere ounce of Ms. Flagg's chutzpah when I wear her handiwork ... and hope I am still actively giving back to my community when I'm 93!
Dress: vintage Edith Flagg / Handbag: Legacy Leather Duffle in Cognac from Coach / Earrings: Angeline in Smoky Topaz by Julie Collection / Bangles: personal collection & stylist's own / Ring: personal collection / Nails: Bordeaux from Essie / Shoes: Nine West (old)
I just discovered these Delicious City Prints by Roni Lagin, and I must admit I wish I had enough wall space in our Brooklyn apartment to display them all! The series highlights several cities both here in the US and abroad:
Considering our family vacation to the Carolina coast is a mere week away, I must admit this poster has me all the more enticed ... I'm considering it a culinary preview!
It may not be Fall quite yet ... but my color palette is already thinking along those lines! Stylist Amy & I are extremely ready to embrace Fall florals, oxblood red and my closet of capes. But until then, the weekend allowed us to - at the very least - allude to the impending season:
Dress: Ruffle Collar Poplin dress by Marc New York / Perfume Print Framed Coin Purse by Coach (from original fragrance launch) / Earrings: M Chandelier by Julie Collection / Scarf: stylist's own
As fair skinned as I am, I have often run away from wearing anything white. Stylist Amy has really helped incorporate specific white pieces in my wardrobe and added definition in other ways. In today's case, by belting this silk kimono cardigan from Anthropologie over this vintage linen dress:
I recently found this sheer poncho in my mother's closet and had to bring it home! Evidently, one is never too old to play dress up in her mother's clothing! Stylist Amy got wind of it while going through my closet over the weekend and said, "Ummmmm. Where did you get this?" Let's just say she stopped everything to create this look:
Poncho: politely "stolen" from my mother's closet / Denim: Black Stretch Legging Jean by Rugby / Tank: Silk Racerback (old) from Ann Taylor / Necklace: personal collection (designed by my mother) / Sunwear: Boulevard by Ann Taylor (seen also here)
I was first introduced to Ebates by my sister-in-law, Mary. She brought it to my attention when we were living in a newly developed neighborhood, with many of our favorite retailers a good many miles away. Online shopping made life easier, and when Mary said I could actually get a rebate check for shopping online, I was intrigued, "How am I going to get paid to shop?"
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My personal style aesthetic is rooted in a desire to pair pieces together that I absolutely love - typically a variation on a classic look, but with the volume turned up. More often than not, stylist Amy creates looks with pieces spanning several decades, yet when pulled together, feel nothing but fresh and new.
In this case, we took this 80's vintage dress, paired it with an even older vintage leather belt ... and completed the look with my newest handbag: this utterly gorgeous medium Candace Carryall from the Coach Legacy collection. It will come as no surprise that my affinity for the Legacy collection is in part due to the fact that it is "classic, yet completely new."
In order to really accentuate this divine vintage blouse, stylist Amy had me trade in my standard dark wash denim for these fabulous white skinny jeans from C. Wonder. And just like the magic of color against a blank canvas, everything immediately came to life:
Blouse: vintage (stylist's own) / Jeans: white Skinny Jean by C. Wonder / Handbag: Coach vintage (stylist's own) / Shoes: Karen Scott / Watch: Fossil (old)