*Hey Betty! on Ellsworth in Shady Side is one of my top favorites.
I got this dress from Hey Betty! after seeing it on the mannequin in the window. I came back a few days later with my fingers crossed hoping no one else got to it. I have yet to wear it due to my lack of fancy events but I still need to get the hole in the back fixed so its probably for the best. I've added a few clutches to my collection from here as well and absolutely adore the hat and gloves selection they have. One of my favorite things about this store is the lighters and cigarette holders. They are so beautiful they almost make me want to smoke....almost.
*Eons, which is also on Ellsworth, has a great selection. The hats are to die for. Every time I go in with my friend and fellow vintage hunter Kristi, I always say "Let's bring hats back.". We never do but its still a goal of mine.
I got this fantastic hat from Eons for my Faye Ray costume for Halloween. You can not miss the clutch case.
They have some absolutely amazing bags in there. Not to mention tons of mumus and robes that would be fantastic to lounge around in.
*Yesterday's News on Carson Street in South Side was my first Pittsburgh vintage shop and my favorite place to get clutches. The women at the counter is absolutely amazing! She always knows what era the bags are from and has the best information on them. She even offered to have me bring in my whole collection so I can know more about each one. Going into this store makes me feel like I'm about to discover something amazing probably because I always leave with something. The bag below (I call it my candy dot bag) was one of my most recent finds from Yesterday's News.
One of my other favorite vintage finds that is not from Pittsburgh are my lavender sparkly heels. I adore these shoes! They are so much fun to dress up or down and they're comfortable. Normally I have a hard time walking in pumps without ankle straps (I know I NEED to learn) but these are very easy and walkable.
Vintage shopping is one of my favorite pastimes but I definitely have to be in the mood to look. I always go in with an opened mind because you never know what you'll find. Always look for holes and stains and no matter how cute or perfect for you it is make sure it can be fixed. If it can't don't waste your money. If you find shoes or purses that you love but are a little worse for the wear don't hesitate to take them to a cobbler or someone who works with those kinds of things. Changing "hard wear" i.e. buttons, zippers, clasps, and handles on vintage things can bring new life to an old garment and I highly recommend it. And yes there will be that "old mothball smell" but that can be fixed with a trip to the laundromat or dry cleaners. Maybe even some Febreze or Chanel #5. Happy Vintage Hunting!
I've been watching Mad Men like a Mad Woman and the clothes are to die for. They make me want to go out, grab tons of vintage clothes, slap on some lipstick, cat eyes and drink martinis. So needless to say I've been going crazy on Modcloth.com. I love this website! Their stuff is amazing! I'm a huge vintage fan but don't really have the time or bankroll to fund my addiction. Modcloth.com totally makes up for that! It's online and certainly doesn't hurt the old pocket book. P.S. don't skip the housewares stuff. Its all adorable!
I've put a few outfits together from ModCloth.com that I think the ladies of Mad Men would rock. Enjoy!
Very excited that it wasn't a million degrees out today and I got to wear my new shoes from Express ($13.00!). Can't wait for the fall to wear them with ankle pants and a sweater. Hope you're all having a lovely day.
I'm sitting on my new couch (my first big girl purchase) painting my nails, reading my backed up pile of magazines, and listening to Lady GaGa on my record player. No, she's not as great on record as Carly Simon but I'm afraid of playing that record to shreds.
At must listen to for every girl!
It's a phenomenal way to spend a much needed day off. These are rituals that I completly forgot about and/or take for granted. I remember the days when a new magazine would come in the mail and I couldn't wait to devour the pages. I'd dog-ear or rip out the things I wanted buy or might try. Now I quickly skim through them on my kindle at work or leave them in a pile somewhere around my apartment collecting dust.
My shameful dusty pile of magazines
I'm not going to lie, I have to be in the right mood to read magazines. Mostly because skimming through the pages of things I can't afford and women I will never look like kinda turns a bad mood into something involving tissues and tons of fancy cakes. When I read a magazine and I'm in a great mood it's a reminder of what I can be. I learn ways to become the best person I can be. Contrary to what many think, it's not always about beauty, fashion, and how to have the best sex possible. Not that there's anything wrong with any of that.
Magazines are full of people who inspire me. I'm sure that if you weren't into fashion or things of that nature they wouldn't have the same meaning to you, but to me, it's a look into a future that I want to have. Yes, there are discourging things such as models and actresses too skinny to see or as I look to my left right now an absolutly georgous coat by Burberry Prorsum that is worth more money then I make in months.
But it's a goal (not the skinny thing), being able to buy a coat like that. Yes it's extravigant, and maybe crazy, and for a lot of people a waste of money, but to me it's like buying art I can take every where with me. I dirgress.
Today reminds me of the things I truly love. It reminds me what I want to be and to work harder and take risks for my dreams. To not take something like being able to paint my nails and listening to records for granted. It reminds me to not come home every night after a long day of work and just flop into bed. It encourages me eat up every ounce of inspiration and knowledge I can possibly take. It reminds me to silence the little wet blanket in the back of my mind and to start busting my ass on this blog and get it in front of everyone and anyone who is willing to read it. I hope you all enjoy readying it as must as I enjoy writing it and clicking that litte "Publish" button. Thank you all for reading it! (Even if it is just my mom)