Thinking of you

It’s been a while since we have posted around here, or listed any new items! We just want to let you know we’re still here, and working hard on acquiring some fantastic new pieces to show you! We are back from a little hiatus, and we’ll be listing some new loves this week, just in time for the holidays.

To get you started, here is a perfect Christmas piece that will look just as cute after the season is over:

Banner Plaid Skirt 1

Check out our little 1960’s plaid skirt in our shop!

And don’t forget to check back for more items coming soon!

– Lise + Katina

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Scarf Tutorial 4 – Headwrap Braid

Good morning! Our tutorial today is a sweet, flirty style that we came up with while playing around with one of our extra long, skinny scarves. We also like the way this one looks when you roll the braid up into a side-bun – play around with it, and see what you like best! If you give it a try, we’d love it if you’d share it with us.

Scarf Tutorial - Headwrap Braid 1

Start with a long rectangle scarf (or a large square scarf, folded into a skinny rectangle). Gather hair to one side. Wrap scarf over your head, and make a knot behind one ear, leaving one end as long as possible.

Scarf Tutorial - Headwrap Braid 2

Tuck the short end of the knot so that it won’t be visible. Separate hair into two sections, then braid the hair and scarf together.

Scarf Tutorial - Headwrap Braid 3

When you get to the end, wrap the excess scarf around the end. You may either tuck it in and be finished (you can sneak a bobby pin in there too!), or continue to the next step:

Scarf Tutorial - Headwrap Braid 4

You may secure tightly with a hairband, and then wrap the end of the scarf over the hairband to cover it.

Scarf Tutorial - Headwrap Braid 5

…and, hello gorgeous!

We used our “Suzie” scarf for this how-to – a rayon chiffon scarf from the 1960’s. If you want it for your very own, you can see it in our store.

Eye Candy

Can we just drool for a moment over Alice + Olivia’s Spring 2012 presentation that debuted yesterday?

The brand is always applying vintage looking touches to their modern looks, but this season just hits it out of the park for us. Candy colored retro styles blend most of our favorite era’s for fashion – 20’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – all into one collection. The shoes, the hats, the sunglasses! Neither Lise nor Katina are girly girls, but these pastels and florals are looking pretty tempting for this spring.

AliceOlivia SS12 RTW 1

Alice Olivia SS12 RTW 4

Alice Olivia SS12 RTW 6

Alice Olivia SS12 RTW 2

Alice Olivia SS12 RTW 3

Alice Olivia SS12 RTW 5

Images from Style.com

If you’re as inspired by these looks as we are and want a head-start on a couple of pieces to wear come spring, try searching Etsy for things like “1960s enamel brooch“, “bright geometric scarf” or “1970s floral pants“. And remember to keep an eye on our store too for similar pieces coming closer to spring (and of course relevant pieces for this season as well!)

– Lise + Katina

This week

Good morning! This week we’re giving you a full preview of what we’ll be listing each day! Our need to squeeze all kinds of fun into the last weeks of summer was our inspiration for our selections this week, so we went with a couple of color blocking basics, a couple of saturated florals with loads of swirly fabric, and a one-of-a-kind bohemian locket.

In our shop already is this beautiful floor-length caftan by Susie Q of California:

Susie Q Electric Pink Caftan

Over the next couple of days we’ll have these beauties ready for sale:

Kelly Green Pencil Skirt

Jonathan Logan Floral Dress

Red Pendleton Blazer

Goldette Medallion Locket

These are some of the pieces we were the most excited about finding – ones that we have a hard time not keeping for ourselves! We hope you love them as much as we do!

-Lise + Katina

Sixties Loves

As much as I love shopping for vintage clothing (The history! The authenticity!), I often get just as excited about seeing the vintage inspired clothing that is being made now. This fall sixties styles were all over the runways and, being one of my favorite decades to stumble upon pieces from, I can’t tell you how much I adore what has been designed by Burberry Prorsum, Prada, Jil Sander, and so on. But of course none of those pretties really fit my budget or my lifestyle – which is why I am so psyched about some of the more affordable collections coming out this season! Banana Republic has their amazing Mad Men collection; Anthropologie is featuring some more quirky and loosely 60’s inspired designs. But noticing H & M’s “Modern Vintage” selection today truly made me smile. Take a look, and tell me you’re not in love!

Gorgeous.

-Lise

Trifari

Hi there! This morning Katina and I are adding one more lovely item to our shop.

This chunky, plastic, beaded Trifari necklace from the 1960’s is the perfect length for layering with other styles to create an eclectic mix of vintage and modern. In fact, one of the things we love about the Trifari brand is that most of their pieces are so interesting and stylish, while still retaining a modern feeling, even decades later. It’s tough for a fashion accessory to be both retro and timeless, but many Trifari items are just that.

Lucky for you, we have a few more Trifari pieces for sale: this pair of classic earrings, and another little surprise coming to our shop next week!

-Lise

1968

Katina and I made the rounds to a few sales and shops on Whidbey Island this weekend. Among other things, we came across a small stack of women’s magazines from 1968. Aside from the entertainment we get from the hilariously outdated advice columns, we find it useful to have old magazines and advertisements to help us date vintage items. One of the copies of Seventeen we found was full of fall fashion styles, and I must say, I’m feeling quite inspired by the plaid-on-plaid coordinates and perfectly voluminous hair.

I may be in the market for some wool bermudas…

– Lise

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