We Loves – Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012

We found another line for Fall 2012 that screams vintage inspired at us in the best of ways. Burberry Prorsum is, honestly, one of our favorite lines every season. The parallels between London and Seattle when it comes to weather and fashion are very similar, and the Burberry line often speaks to our constant want for sensible articles of clothing without sacrificing style.

Burberry Prorsum Fall 2012 (1)

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We Loves – Anna Sui Fall 2012

Good morning our vintage loving, blog reading, buddies out there!

As we mentioned yesterday, Fall 2012 is on the runways right now, and as new fashion is always a fresh take on something from the past, there are plenty of heavily vintage inspired collections out there this season as well! We will share our favorites with you as we come across, them and today we’re dying to hear if you love the Anna Sui show as much as we do!

It’s the craziest mash-up of the 1960’s trends that literally make us go *eep*!

Anna Sui Fall 2012 (1)

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Scarf Week, and our first tutorial!

At Lise + Katina we have deemed this week to be… Scarf Week! We will be adding a different vintage scarf to our shop every day this week, and we have some blogging to do that we are really excited to show you!

Our first thought was to fill our blog with pictures of sharks with scarves ‘shopped onto them (Because, you know… Shark Week? Scarf Week? Well at least we crack ourselves up…), but honestly neither of us is that good with photo editing, so you’ll have to settle for our second choice – scarf-tying tutorials! We picked some of our favorite ways to wear our own vintage scarves, and we will be posting how-to’s along with the listing of the day.

Let’s start it off with something simple – a casual look that is easy to do, but appears polished. This trick works best with a long rectangle scarf (ideal for winter scarves too!), but you can also do it with a large square scarf – just fold it over into a triangle, and then fold it over on itself two more times to make it long and skinny.

Casual Scarf Tutorial 1

 Fold scarf in half, and put it around your neck with a loop on one side, and two ends on the other.

Casual Scarf Tutorial 2

2. Put one of the ends through the loop, going over the edge of the loop that is closest to you, and under the edge farthest away. With the other end, this time go under the edge closest to you, and over the edge farthest away.

Casual Scarf Tutorial 3

Pull both ends to tighten.

Casual Scarf Tutorial 4

Ta da! Effortless and adorable!

The scarf we chose for this look is our vintage ‘Fleur’ scarf by Vera – a rare, light, summer wool in earth tones with a pop of hot pink. We just put it in our shop this morning, so go have a look!

Loves for Less: Fall Coats

Today we are introducing a new regular segment on our blog called Loves for Less.  Loves for Less will highlight the biggest deals we are offering by showing you how our vintage piece holds up to today’s comparable styles! We hope that we can show you what a smart investment buying beautiful, classic, vintage styles can be for your wardrobe!

So, let’s start out with something that has us head over heels – a sleek coat for fall and winter in a luxurious fabric.

The key to making a wardrobe investment is to choose a high-quality piece with a classic style. Anything too trendy will look dated within only a couple of years, and buying a well-made garment ensures that with proper care it will continue to look as good as it did when you bought it. If we were going to suggest something that meets both of these criteria, these styles from Fleurette at Nordstrom would certainly be it!

Coat Comparison 2

Coat Comparison 1

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All of them gorgeous, right? And if they were in our price range we would be happy to own any one of them! All of them are priced at over $1,000 (but two of them are on sale for around $500!!).

As you may have noticed, earlier today we listed our Winona Coat – a belted trench made of 100% camel hair with a lovely sleek shape (and the silkiest lining in the world!). Our coat is also by Fleurette of California from Nordstrom, and we bet there’s no way you could tell that it was made roughly 20 years earlier than the beauties above! Truly – no wear at all, and very few style differences. We have ours priced at $175… so if you’re looking for the perfect fall coat, ours just might be the one for you.

Coat Comparison 3

Not your size or color? We recommend searching Etsy for ‘Fleurette coat‘, or ‘cashmere trench‘ and seeing what you come up with!

Tell us – what would you like to see on Loves for Less?

New season, new listings!

Japanese Garden September

Well, it’s officially autumn! Here in the Seattle area it went from sunny and 75° one day to cloudy and windy the next, just like that. We might be wishing we had gotten a little more time at the beach this year, but we’re also both ridiculously excited for our favorite holiday – Halloween!

We’re excited to get you all ready for fall too, so we’re putting out some new items in our shop to help you brave frosty mornings and breezy afternoons. No sneak-peek pictures this time, we’re giving you hints instead!

Monday: This piece has a little bit of everything we love for fall, but the best part is the row of carved plastic buttons in a marbled cream. 9/19 – It’s a 1950’s tweed coat!

Tuesday: A rare find; ideal for fireside snuggles. 9/20 – A mid-century German knit sweater!

Wednesday: Our mid-week listing features two luxurious components – the softest faux leather we have ever felt, and gorgeous marbled tortoiseshell Lucite! 9/21 – An easy to wear 1960’s handbag!

Thursday: Neon accessories are everywhere for fall and next spring! Our cheery bright item will fit in nicely with your earthy autumn tones as well. 9/22 – Extra large hot orange clip-ons!

Friday: A classic piece that every girl should have in their closet, at an absolute steal of a price. 9/23 – An incredible Camel Hair Trench!

Think you can guess what we’ve got for you? You’ll just have to keep an eye on our shop this week to find out for sure! And of course, if you like us on Facebook you’ll be able to see our alerts when we post our new pieces.

(P.S. we took our picture at the Japanese Garden at the Seattle Arboretum. You can feed some monstrous koi there!)

Happy fall!

Sneaks Peeks: Early Fall

We are still trying to soak up the last days of summer (it feels like it only just started here in Seattle!), but we have to admit there is a hint of fall in the air. Our listings this week are some great vintage pieces for those crisp autumn mornings and sunny afternoons. See if you can tell from the pictures what we have coming!

Sneak Peek 5

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Sneak Peek 3

Sneak Peek 2

Sneak Peek 1

We will give you one hint: each one of these items we seriously considered keeping for ourselves!

– 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

Monday loves!

Happy Monday everyone, we hope you had a good weekend! As for us, we sourced some awesome vintage pieces that we are very excited to be showcasing soon. More about that later!

Today we have two new items in our shop for you!

As far as we’re concerned, it is still definitely summer (despite the thunderstorms outside of our windows!). But if you’re thinking ahead, today’s vintage loves are great fall transitional pieces. A pair of clustered, beaded earrings in autumnal tones, made in West Germany, and a bronze colored belt buckle, made in the 1970’s, that would fit in perfectly with this year’s southwestern trends.

Please have a look, and tell us what you would wear them with!

-Lise + Katina