March 30, 2011
March 26, 2011
My mom took this while we wandered around Space15Twenty. I paired my new saddle shoes with a black suede mini-skirt and vintage cardigan I picked up from the Silverlake Farmers Market. There's always one or two vintage vendors among the fine fresh produce. I tend to buy more clothes there than vegetables : /
|"No mom, I like the bag in the picture - it's a pretty color."|
March 23, 2011
LA has been wonderful so far. It's strangely awesome to be on vacation in my own hometown. I flew in Friday night, went straight from the airport to an opening at R&R Gallery in downtown, and it's been nonstop since. It's hard to take pictures here, but I'll try to share some of my finds with you before I head back to the bay - I'm going to have to buy a bigger suitcase!
Oh yes, and I saw DEVO on Saturday night.
March 15, 2011
March 10, 2011
Despite the recent explosion of online vintage sellers, I get the feeling the average thrifter is quite reluctant to buy used clothing online. I know...because I'm one of them.
This is my story.
This is my story.
|hurt/confused/don't know who to trust.|
I troll ebay and etsy stores like they're lookbooks (especially the expensive, branded, highly stylized ones): strictly for looking. The notion that I could reach out (via PayPal) into the ether and pluck these items to have to myself was unthinkable. Too weird, too risky, etc. etc...I finally broke the ice with a leopard print coat from ebay. It turned out to be a little snug in the shoulders, but I kind of like it that way, and I get compliments on that coat, without fail, every time I go out. Shortly after, high on my good luck, I spent way too much money on the perfect pair of brogues that turned out to be too small. From this learned the Golden Rule of Online Vintage Shopping:
No matter what the size is listed as, check the measurements. For the love of God, check the measurements! You will save yourself a lot of heartbreak.
I found another perfect pair of brogues for much less, but they arrived with one of the taps missing, and I had to spend an extra $10 to get it replaced. What you would consider a flaw worth noting may be different than what a seller would consider a flaw worth noting. I decided to be diplomatic and leave neutral feedback on the transaction, but I was turned off by the experience.
When I saw this blouse on etsy, I agonized over the decision. I added it to my favorites, visited it, looked for things in my closet to go with it, and finally took the plunge. I'm happy to report it fits like a dream! It's from the Mammal & Lamb shop, and I should also add that the service was impeccable - when my package was delayed, they graciously refunded the shipping cost. That's some Zappos shit.
3 good experiences out of 4 isn't so bad! I may be turning into a full-fledged online vintage shopper. It's made me much less impulsive, less likely to pick things up while I'm out. I can't remember the last time I bought anything (other than socks and underwear, bien sûr) from a normal retail store. Even at thrift stores lately, I tend to walk out empty-handed, knowing that I've held out that much more for something I've been eyeing online for weeks. It may just be a part of getting older, or having a smaller closet, but I for the first time in my life, I feel like I'm building a wardrobe to last.
March 8, 2011
Ashby Flea Market, 2011
Wiped out from midterms this week, but I did have time to write this piece for Thought Catalog! Check it out and let me know what you think. Excited to be a contributor - look out for more articles in the coming months, probably also nerdy and/or fashion-related.
Clocking out now - about to have a glass of wine, paint my nails and watch Cry-Baby.