Sunday, February 21, 2016

Vintage Pendleton │ The Best of the Best

Okay, so I talk frequently about my love for Pendleton, more specifically, vintage Pendleton.
There's a reason or two for this.





1. Pendleton is one of the best quality outdoors-wear clothes maker. And have been and will (hopefully) always will be. (I do have issues with their "assembly in Mexico" now rather than USA made -- which leads me to 2.)


 
 
 
2. Vintage Pendleton is made better than new. I know others may disagree. But after years of buying and selling vintage Pendleton, I'm sorry... there's no debate. They're made with better quality materials and are simply manufactured in a far better manner.






3. Men's vintage small Pendleton fit me like a glove. But over the almost six years of selling them, you know how many "smalls" I've come across? Maybe two. The one I'm wearing in the pictures (and am keeping) is one of two.






I have a theory as to why I don't find small ... all the wives/girlfriends of husband/boyfriends who own Pendleton STEAL them for themselves. This is an obvious conclusion.
 
Has to be the reason. I mean, they fit so well.



 
 
 
Enjoyed my time in the Tahoe snow! I have some Pendletons still in the shop ◄ despite Spring approaching. They'll be gone soon though so get 'em while you can!



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mad Men Mania

Okay ... so in a few posts back, I told you that I was years late (like nine) to the Mad Men craziness.

Man, did I miss out! Okay. Not really. But, I was slightly delayed in my love for the series.

I was able to watch 92 episodes within a month. Now, I know that's not a crazy-marathon-Mad-Men watching extravaganza. Crazy would be 92 episodes in like three days.

But for me and my schedule (kids, work, more work, house, dog, watching the series when my husband isn't home) this is like superwoman speed.

A few things I observed:

1. There's a reason why I sell vintage. It's incredible. And when the whole set is set in decade- appropriate everything, it's almost too much to take in for a vintager like myself (who happens to favor the 60s). Holy Wow.

2. You would think this series is about Don Draper (actor John Hamm- AMAZING actor.) It's not. I know, I know. He is the main protagonist. You love him, then hate him, then love him again. But no. This series is really about Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss, INCREDIBLE actress!)

Think of it this way: You know how the story Peter Pan is about Peter Pan? Okay. Yeah. The title says it all, right? I mean Wendy, the boys, the Lost Boys and Captain Hook. But Peter Pan isn't really about Peter. It's about Wendy. It's about her love, fears, and everything in between.

Think of Mad Men in the same vein. It could've been called Don Draper. It should have, really. And Peggy is truly central to the story. Yes, it's about Don's life, and the demons he battles, but it's also and mostly about Peggy, her loves, fears ... and everything else in between.

3. They drink a lot. Like, a lot a lot. They all should have had liver failure and died by episode 23.

4. They smoke a lot. Like, a lot a lot. So much that by the end of the series, it seemed fitting that I take up this ghastly habit. But I didn't. And you shouldn't. Just don't. It's gross and it'll kill you. Leave that well enough of alone and instead do some deep-breathing without a cigarette in your mouth.

5. Character Joan Harris (Christian Hendricks- HOLY MOLY is she amazing) is the bomb. Well, she's a bombshell and the bomb. I loved her hair. I loved her wardrobe the best. I loved her one-liners. Heck. I loved her bosom, too! She's an incredible character.

 
 
6. This little bag I sold via my Etsy shop to Season Four of Mad Men! It's too bad I didn't see it in the show, though. Perhaps they decided it didn't go well enough with Joan's dress. Regardless, I was stoked to sell something to the series!




7. The lives of these people aren't lives I would ever want to live. It's sad. I mean, people loved the show! Went crazy for it. And perhaps, it's that so many people identify with struggling with "life issues," and love watching amazing characters and incredible sets and wardrobes. I understand that. But, it more or less depressed me. Don Draper had about fifty thousand chances to make his life right.

But he couldn't do it. He wouldn't do it.

Don't be like Don. Be like Peggy. Be like Peggy who tried to choose well, all the time. Even when it hurt her.

I still love the series for the theme, despite my few criticisms. I'd recommend it, too. But be prepared to ponder the show after you watch a few episodes. It makes you think!

By the way, I drink from -- almost every morning -- this 60s Fireking cup. Imagine my delight when I saw the same cup (ABC logo) on the television?






I love vintage.

-HJS

Monday, February 1, 2016

Wearing Vintage ... Without it Looking Like a Costume

There is a trick to wearing vintage. And perhaps there's more than one trick.
But here's the main one...

 
 
 if the vintage piece is a bit more "decade obvious," keep it minimal so that you don't look like you're going to a costume party, or that perhaps you missed Halloween and are now making up for it.
 
Granted, if the vintage you're wearing is a classic, then you'll never look like you are wearing a costume. Which is main reason I love "classic" style. It's traditional (see that word "tradition"), which
means it's not trendy.

 
 


 

This outfit -- all of it except the skirt (and watch) -- is new. The one piece that is vintage is the center of attention. Which it should be! But, again. I'm not even adding a vintage purse (which I could and have). But I wore my Tory Burch with it and it all worked out dandy.
 
 


The skirt is a wool-blend, 1960s mid-length wiggle skirt. The gathering in the back is incredible. And that says it all, which means I don't need to add a vintage hat, or top, or even vintage shoes. (Though the ones I'm wearing are vintage-inspired and my watch is a vintage 60s, Omega).
 
You could absolutely wear all vintage and it would look amazing. But, by only wearing ONE vintage item, it makes people think twice about what you have on. "Is that vintage? Or does it just look like it? And where did she get that?"
 
If you can make people contemplate longer than two seconds on your outfit  = mission accomplished.
 

 
 
I try to incorporate vintage into what I'm wearing daily. Always. There's something about it that adds a punch of "wow" to the modern-day outfit and it is definitely something that no one else will be wearing.

Have a great week and wear your vintage peeps!