Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Vintage Wednesday #49 - A Changing Style

This week for Vintage Wednesday I'm examining my own style and how it has progressed over the years. I've always loved everything from the 60s. It is by far my favorite era from clothing to movies to music - there was just so much going on at the time. Over the past ten years my love of this era has shot up from just being interested to being completely obsessed, haha.

I remember first discovering scooter dresses on ebay and thinking they were the greatest thing ever. I wanted every outfit I wore to be mod and resemble Twiggy's style. Looking back my looks then were a bit costume-y. If I was wearing vintage it had to be with cat eye make up and white boots. I would switch it up every now and then, but I didn't feel "right" unless I had the whole thing perfect.

As the years went on and I started acquiring vintage from other decades into my wardrobe I began to play a little more and started mixing old and new together. It could just be a sign of the times as vintage has become increasingly popular, but I love incorporating new trends with my vintage treasures.

It took awhile but through all of my jumpers, scooter, and tent dresses I realized that a curvy lady like myself doesn't pull off dresses made for androgynous, flat-chested women very well. This isn't to say I haven't kept trying. Sometimes you have to wear what you love. :)

For the most part though I've begun to notice a shift in my 60s wardrobe. The mod movement was about rebellion and youth. As I'm getting older I find myself identifying more with a french 60s influence a la Catherine Denueve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and less with the British mod movement. The irony? While the british mod look represented the teenage population the more sophisticated French look I'm currently loving actually resembles more of a well-dressed young child. Haha.

So maybe it's because I'm getting older or because through experience I've learned what looks best on me, but I've been more attracted to clothing that shows my waist and also a (slightly) longer hemline. I still love a good classic twiggy-esque mod look, but I feel like I'm slowing moving towards a new direction.

I still dress incredibly twee compared to most women my age, but it's who I am and I love it. I'm curious to look back in another 10 years and see once again how my style has evolved. When I was in high school I always pictured myself as being the punk rock grandma with crazy colored hair, haha. There's still time to make that happen!


Catherine Denueve in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg:

(all images found through a google search)

I hope you've enjoyed this week's edition of Vintage Wednesday! Check back next week for more vintage fun!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's My 2 Year Blogiversary!

Wow, 2 years! I still feel like a new blogger most of the time, but I guess I've been doing this picture taking thing for awhile now, eh? What a wonderful 2 years it has been in the world of my blog!

This past year I was lucky enough to get a copy of photoshop! This really changed how I viewed taking my photos. With the endless possibilities photoshop allowed me I made a goal for myself to start taking pictures that tell a story rather than just a straight-on pose. Of course, there are days when I'm working quickly and on those days I'll usually just stand still and smile at the camera. However, overall my aim has been to take photos that are more captivating, which I think I'm starting to accomplish. Every photo shoot is practice and gets me slightly closer to my goal.

I attended three very awesome Michigan Blogger Meet-ups this year. One at the beginning of the year in Grand Rapids. We all went to a fashion show, then went out for drinks and dancing afterwards. The second one was just a small gathering for brunch and thrift shopping. The third one was just a few months ago in Ann Arbor where there was a clothing swap, games, and delicious Michigan goodies like Faygo. Michigan isn't really known as being very fashion forward, but you would be amazed at the magnitude of super adorable fashion bloggers who live there! Seriously, who knew we were such a fashionable crowd?

This past year I also started adding pages to my blog! (Located below my header.) No, they aren't fancy - but hey, it's a start toward a better design!

Usually I like to switch my header with every season, but I fell in love with my current one and haven't changed it all year! I think I'm going to keep it around awhile longer.

Then there's the obvious change of location that I've recently gone through. For anyone who is a first time reader (welcome) I just moved from Michigan to California a month ago (has it already been a month, really?) So instead of the usual snow that graces my pictures this time of year you'll be seeing plenty of sunshine and palm trees.

I want to thank all of my readers for stopping by and leaving comments! After two years it still makes my day! My readership has doubled over the past year, so thank you so much for your support! I know this is just a tiny little blog compared to some of the other ones out there, so it really means a lot when you stop by!

Jon was my photographer for these 2 year photos. We headed to Balboa Park right at the golden hour...which turned out to be about a golden 20 minutes (we left a bit late). I love the way these turned out though and of course I'm always thrilled to wear this golden vintage dress! This dress just makes me so happy! It makes me feel like I'm made of sunshine. :)

The Breakdown:


Dress: Vintage, Handmade
Top: Heart Moon Star, Thrifted
Heels: Ferragamo, Vintage

Belt: Gift
Bow Brooch: Thrifted
Watch: Heirloom


Monday, December 12, 2011

Best of 2011

Guess what? Tomorrow is my 2 year blogiversary! Whoo! I have a fun outfit post planned. So make sure to check back tomorrow! In the meantime I thought I'd post my 15 favorite outfits/photos over the past blog year (which conveniently equals the past calendar year too!)

Through the pictures you can see when I acquired photoshop and started experimenting a bit more, haha.

Happy Monday! I'm headed to a job interview today, wish me luck!