Loves for Less – Riding Jackets

Both of us at Lise and Katina have been finishing the last of our Christmas shopping this week (No, we’re definitely not the type to be done before Thanksgiving!), and, as always, one of our favorite places to find the perfect gifts is J. Crew. Everything Jenna Lyons touches is solid gold, as far as we’re concerned, and this hacking jacket is a standout classic:

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Walk in the woods

Today we listed one of our favorite pieces that we have found, ever! Our Clover hat is the perfect little woodland-bohemian touch to any otherwise modern outfit.

How do you think it fits in with some of our other earth-toned beauties?

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Cold December

We’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately and with the holidays just around the corner we’ve been rushing around trying to find the perfect winter gifts. We’ve been eye-ing some of these lovely coats:

 

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We wonder, what would happen if you combined all our favorite coats for the season into one incredibly timeless piece that embodied everything we’ve been searching for?

Lilli Ann Knit Sailor Mod Coat

You would end up with our favorite find of the season, Jacqueline. She is the perfect 1960’s Mod coat by designer Lilli Ann Knits. We fell in love and know you will too! You can visit her in our shop, here!

Now, usually in our “Loves for Less” posts we like to show you a vintage item that costs less than comparable new ones, but this piece is a bit different. The deal this time comes from our own price of this near perfect vintage coat compared to other similar ones from the same brand. As you can see from this Etsy search, we’re definitely giving you ours at a discount in hopes that it will find a deserving home with a lucky girl!

We’d love to hear – what vintage alternatives to modern styles are you in love with lately?

– Lise + Katina

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

Sneak Peeks

Some of our favorite vintage finds have come from spur of the moment stops at garage and estate sales. Today just happened to be one of those days. We found some superb shoes and other heavenly items that we’ll be posting in the next few months. We might save some for a rainy day, but in the meantime here is a peek at today’s loot from a last minute estate sale (we literally walked in fifteen minutes before they were packing up to leave!) in a gorgeous mid-century home in Seattle.

Tell us, which one are you most excited for?

Silver Earrings

We know we said we would only be announcing our listings by Facebook this week, but this one deserves it’s own post.

This pair of earrings is one of those things that one of us falls in love with right away and wants to keep for ourselves, but in the end it turns out that it’s too wonderful not to share!

Xochi Earrings

The perfectly imperfect little sterling screw-backs are from the 1930’s-1940’s and were handcrafted in Mexico.

Xochi Earrings

We found them in the house of a woman who apparently had an old steamer trunk in her attic filled with items from the era. She had great taste, and we were sad to have to leave behind a number of lovely pieces of jewelry, and unique vintage housewares. We actually found our near-perfect condition “Madison” Coat in the same house. It’s amazing to us that someone could have a trunk full of treasures in their house, lovingly stored for so long. Were they forgotten about? Were they being saved for someone, or just for some special day? How long ago had they been packed up neatly and left on their own?

There is no way we can know the history behind such things, but we are certainly thankful to the woman who valued them enough to pack them away for us to enjoy years later.

You can view our “Xochi” earrings in our shop today.

This week…

Hello vintage loving friends!

We’re not posting much this week – if you’re following us on Facebook or Twitter you will get our notifications when we list new items, but other than that we are laying low, and doing our own fall-ish things – you know, sipping cider, searching for the perfect pumpkins, and rocking our boots and scarves. We hope you’re doing the same!

One more thing – we found a perfect new home for our amazing 1970’s men’s leather jacket. Hooray for matching up overlooked vintage treasures with the right people to love them!

"Bradley" 1970's Wilson's Leather Jacket

Have a lovely week everyone!

Scarf Tutorial 5 – Head Wrap Bow

Happy Friday! We have a cute scarf style to show you today, but I’m afraid our images for our tutorial just didn’t turn out how we wanted them to, (we swear we’re not just slacking off because it’s Friday!) so you’re going to have to settle for our explanation instead. Good thing it’s a simple one!

So, this is one more of our favorite styles, the head wrap with a bow:

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It really is quite an effortless look to achieve. Simply fold a large square scarf into a triangle, and, placing the middle of the folded edge against your neck, wrap around your head, tying at your forehead. Tuck in the edges so it looks nice, then tie the ends into a bow, and position it at your forehead, or by your ear.

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Waa laa! Easy and adorable!

We are absolutely in love with the scarf we used for this style – we encourage you to hop on over to Etsy so you can see the whole thing laid out flat. It’s amazing.

That concludes our scarf week! We hoped you enjoyed the pieces we chose, and the tutorials we gave you! We’ll have some more scarves for you next week, so keep an eye on our shop, or like us on Facebook to get the first word when we put up something new.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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

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…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.

Scarf tutorial 3 – Fleur de Lis

Hello again! We’re back for our third tutorial, and this time we’re showing you how to do something fun with a much smaller scarf. There are plenty of very small scarves out there that are beautiful, but aren’t as versatile to wear as a larger scarf that can be tied into dozens of styles. The one we’re using for our how-to today is a big favorite of ours (how cute is this heart print?!), and we’re happy to inspire you with one way to show it off.

This Fleur de Lis fold is actually a napkin folding technique, but we think it makes a cute and playfold fold for a pocket square! Tuck it in your jacket pocket for a traditional look, or let it hang out of the back pocket of your jeans for an unexpected pop of personality.

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Start with a small square scarf. Fold in half into a triangle. Then pick up the bottom left corner and fold up to the top…

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…and the bottom right corner up to the top as well. Now take the bottom corner and fold it 2/3 of the way up to the top…

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…and then fold the top of it back down. Grab the right side and tuck it under the whole scarf, rolling it in half to fit neatly in the middle of the back.

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Then fold the left side all the way around (making a little burrito!), and tuck the corner under the fold in the middle front to secure it. Fluff out the points at the top, et voila! A perfect Fleur de Lis for tucking wherever you like!

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Sure, you could just cram the whole scarf in your pocket, and foof out the ends to get a similar effect, but with the Fleur de Lis fold it will stay neat and tidy all day!

If you love this little Valentine scarf please check it out in our shop – we just added it today!