Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cornucopia

My son graduated from middle school this week.
I found a killer vintage dress.
An awesome online mag printed any article I wrote.
All around, it was a pretty great week.
So, this post is cornucopial in nature.

Here's my gorgeous, graduated son.


Here's that awesome vintage dress I found.
Hello, Jackie O.
Yes, it 's for sale.
Click here ◄ to find it!


And Mamalode printed an article I wrote
about boys, my lovely two boys.
It's short and sweet, and you can find
it right here.


Have a wonderful weekend. Last one in May!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Vintage Wrap Up │ 5.22.15

This is a late post.
But, we're in a holiday weekend.
It all evens out.
Below are some of my favorite finds this week.
Happy Memorial Day, friends.
Thank you to all the men and women who have died
for our wonderful country.
We acknowledge and thank you.

This jacket. This gorgeous, gorgeous jacket. This thing is the
find of the week. It's the tiniest bit big for me, 
which is the reason I'm selling. But, holy wow. It's
gorgeous. Late 60s, it's literally one of the best jackets
I've come across in the last five years.


 Love vintage Hawaiian dresses. This one? This one is for your
little Hawaiian princess. Roughly a size 6, and it
makes me really wish I had a little girl to dress.
The colors alone say "Aloha."


Who doesn't need a good sleeveless shirt this summer? 
Or two or ten? This one is brand vintage new. 
Still has the tags, circa 1980s.
Cotton, super lightweight, and the tangerine orange
color is telling you (telling you I say) to take
a tropical trip.


Yes, this weekend is the unofficial start to summer.
No, you don't need these boots now.
Yes, you will in just a few months ... if you don't live
in the Sacramento valley. I'm not even sure I remember
what snow looks like. But, I bet you do! Faux fur, late 60s.
Size 8. This is one of those finds I should keep for me.
I'm beyond redundant with this comment. 
But, it's true.


This 1950s skirt is back in. Gorgeous pattern, fits a very small waist.
(You can't tell but I was holding my breath for this picture ... no seriously. I was.
I got out as soon as I could.) But, I couldn't pass up the chance to put this
lovely thing on.

Let me say this. One great thing about vintage is that you'll be wearing something no one else will. (Most likely). But the other amazing thing -- and what I value greatly -- is the quality fabric and make that vintage clothes offer. Not oddly enough, you can only find this same quality in new high class, haute couture lines. So, while I don't have $495 to buy a YSL or Kate Spade skirt, I've got this one which looks, feels and gosh darn it, in all respective ways, is almost the same thing. If not better. Nearly no one in American will be wearing a duplicate like it.
Need I say more?
Vintage is the best.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Vintage Wrap Up │ 05/15/15

Hey my friends, it's Friday!
This week was rather quiet in the vintaging world.
But that's alright. I found a few quality items.
And almost always, quality is better than quantity.
I'm sure there's an exception or two to this rule, 
like chocolate and coffee, but other than those two,
I believe this rule holds very true.



I cannot keep these Baja hoodies on the shelf!
They're gone in days, if not hours, and they are
the one thing people ask for more of.
This one, oh wow. The royal blue in it.
My favorite color. 
Should be keeping this one (I know, I say this
every week to many items).



 Here's another item that sells out fast. Overall shorts.
They're so back in, super comfy and they go with
everything. I'd sell a pair everyday, if I could
find them just as quickly. And if you're from the 1990s,
like a teen or twenty-something during the 90s, you'd know
that we called them shortalls.
Ha.

So, I found like eight more of these at one place! Embroidered, Asian-inspired
tunics. Gorgeous detail, from the early 80s.
Pick a color, any color. Because, I probably
have that color in my shop!


Woven, fabric, Guatemalan belts.
Colorful, beautiful and these belts accent
any outfit. I love belts, so these naturally
go in my hand the second I see 'em!


Okay, so this shirt. This shirt is the find of the week: a vintage Yves Saint Laurent blouse.
Not only is vintage YSL hard to find (I only come across them maybe twice
a year) but this one is new with tags, NEVER been worn, and the color
is again my favorite color. Had this not been a large, I would
ABSOLUTELY be keeping this for me.
But, it's all yours.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Vintage Wrap Up │ 05/08/15

I do realize that the rest of the world writes the date like this, 08/05/15, but I don't want to confuse my fellow Americans. So 05/08/15 it is.

Lots of fun finds this week. Here's a few of the highlights, plus my best find of the week.



 Who doesn't love a good bow bracelet? From the 1960s no less.
This one is adorable. I probably need to test this one out, you know, a few times
just to make sure it fits right and everything. Ha.



 I'd like to imagine Jackie O wearing this because it's from the late 60s,
maybe early 70s. Such a cute top.
I'm getting really good at the whole "testing" things out.
This one fits great. :)


You all know about Lanz, right? Austrian company,
been around for about a hundred years?
This skirt is from the early 70s.
Gorgeous print, still has the tags ON THE SKIRT.
Never been worn. Of course this fits me
and of course I should be keeping it.
Therefore, I'm selling it.
Tell me how this makes sense?




Okay. This sweater. I'm in love. I'm ready to go boating,
preferably on the East Coast, of the Cape Cod variety.
I LOVE royal blue. Early 70s.
Although, this is Italian made. So, Italian Riviera, please.
Thank you very much!




This sweater. This sweater is the find of the week. I'd say 1940s, but it could be earlier.
I have to show you the details, like the drawstring metal tips and the label.
It is INSANE. So Gorgeous. And it's in the shop.




Thanks for visiting today.
Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms!

  1. Bracelet
  2. Sleeveless top
  3. Lanz Skirt
  4. Boating Sweater
  5. 40s Black Sweater

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Just Another Day │ McKinley Park

Here's some fun at McKinley Rose Garden in Sacramento. Goofing off. It makes me smile because there was a whole lot of laughing going on.
Gorgeous day.
It's Friday tomorrow, gang. Make it a good one.
 
-HJS







This is the most ridiculous and fun picture ↑    

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vintage Calvin Klein Denim │ Wearing It All Again

Calvin Klein. Now, there's a classic. It's everywhere. And it's been around for over 45 years.

Since 1968, to be exact.

I regularly find Calvin Klein when I'm thrifting. Calvin Klein that I used to wear. Like, a couple of decades ago. Ah, good old dependable fashion. It's living up to its' name and reinventing itself every twenty years or so. Making us all feel old.

Anyway, here's a great jacket. Love it. And as usual, I had to break it in. (a.k.a I wanted to wear it because it fit me, so I had to wear it a couple hours, take some pictures and now I'm good. I can sell it.)

Buy: Calvin Klein Jean Jacket, womens medium









Friday, May 1, 2015

Vintage Wrap Up │ 05/01/15

There's something about this week that has been utter chaos.There's like there's 10,000 things to do, and I can do not-a-one of them right.

I can tell you that vintage, selling vintage, being surrounded by vintage is always right. So, there's that.

I love it. Love the clothes. And it brings me happiness. Gives me something else to do so I don't go crazy. Writer's are crazy. You do know that, right? Yeah. We work alone, we think to ourselves, dialogue runs in our heads all the time, scenarios contrive themselves out of literal situations. It's really sad.

And yet, there is no other thing out there that makes me feel alive and happy the way writing does.

Wait, except for vintage. But clearly, we've established that. And you know this.

Anyway, here's some of the things I listed this week at my Etsy shop, and in it is my best find of the week, as well.

Enjoy. Happy May 1st!




Okay. So I found THREE of these beauties. Embroidered, Asian-inspired Tunics. 
Naturally, I bought all three. And want to keep them all.




 I'm a sucker for Native 'Merican jewelery. No, I'm not a sucker. I'm a oh-my-gosh, I-need-it-all
turquoise-lover. Including men's things. This is a tie pin. 
It's gorgeous.




Okay. This is the best find of the week. Not surprisingly, it's a dress. And it's Hawaiian.
Do you realize this is a shift style (very Pulitzer) Hawaiian dress?
That's like a combo of two of my favorites.
Why am I SELLING this?
I think I've come to the conclusion that I need to make vintage Hawaiian dresses.
With vintage fabric, if I could find it.
I would make them, wear them. It would make me happy.
And I would do this with ALL of the spare time I have.
Which is none.
(Not sure WHY my legs look so much darker in this pic than the rest of me. Lighting issues, clearly).




 I love cloisonne. I love peacocks. Yes, they're annoying and loud. The peacocks, not the earrings.  
But, I grew up with them roaming our backyard because of the neighboring mansion/estate 
had them in their yard.
Peacocks are cool. And beautiful.
And these are marked and signed Samuel Huang earrings are cool
and beautiful, too.



I mentioned in my listing for this that I wouldn't be a California vintage seller if I didn't sell these
Baja hoodies. Aren't they swell? I want to go to the beach, at sunset, start a fire, roast marshmallows,
and watch surfers surf away, as day fades into night.