Saturday, August 26, 2017

Vintage 40s Dresses

K. I'm not sure what deal is, but I've actually been FINDING '40s dresses, in actual thrift shops I frequent, that I can actually buy. It's surreal.

There are times and seasons in this vintage world where what I'm looking for becomes extremely hard to find. Out of reach. Elusive.  I seriously have to contend with my heart whether or not I can handle never finding another 40s dress, and if I'm okay with it.

Of course I am. I have to be. But, it makes the joy of finding these treasures even better when they reappear. Just for me.

Last week, I found this amazing 40s house dress. Happened to pick up some new used (modern) Camuto leather pumps beforehand without knowing how well it would match this '40s beauty I found thirty minutes later. Love it when that happens.

But then ... it gets better.

I found another '40s dress just today, at a completely different thrift store across town from the other one (although I SWEAR they were owned by the same lady- same measurements, same missing belt).

The pumps seriously match this dress even better. Totally as if I planned it.

Actually, this dress came to me, I believe it knew it belonged with these shoes!

These gorgeous dresses will probably be in the shop soon, as both are really just a touch too big for me. (I may give both of them a twirl --i.e. wear them-- though, before selling. You know, because I can.)

My plans for the next house dress? For it to match these lovely pumps and for the dress is in my size. I'll let you know when it comes to me.

Looking for more '40s dresses? Or '50s or '60s dresses? Go here to shop my store. I mostly stock dresses and denim, so come on in!

-HJS

Monday, August 21, 2017

Vintage Dresses │ Never say Never

Anyone who really knows me, knows that I say two things all the time:

1. Never say never.
2. Timing is everything

Think you'd "never" do something based on your likes or dislikes?

Think something will "never" happen because of your situation?

Think again.

I find that whenever I say "never" it's due to pride. My pride.

Either it's because I'm living a "holier than thou" moment and think I'll "never" do something based on what I see others doing or have done, or I'm saying "never" because I've already been through something and I'll "never" do, deal with, have, go, own, like, etc -- fill in the blank -- whatever it is I'll "never" participate in. Or it's because I have no faith in a great future. Meaning, my view is the only view.

Pride. Plain and simple.

Two things I pretty much always said "never" to was dresses (I didn't wear dresses for the longest time) and pink. Hated the color.

Never to dresses? Not sure why. I probably wasn't comfortable in my own skin when I said never to them. Like for twenty years.

Then I got back into then when I started selling vintage and basically have had to backtrack and own up to the fact that I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT. That's what "never" does, to you. Saying "never" makes you miss out on what the universe is trying to give you. What God is trying to teach you.

And never to pink? Not sure. Maybe thought it was too girly and I'm really not a girly person.

Except that I am because I love dresses. Okay, I'm really not that girly. Trust me. I'm not. But, no pink? Hello, missing out here. Pink comes in a zillion shades. This dress for example, has two different shades of pink in it and it is gorgeous. I mean, the combination is drop-dead gorgeous.

So, here's your bit of wisdom for today. Never say never and watch amazing things happen. Also, watch how similar we all are when we say never.  What do I mean?

Okay. So, you think you'd never treat someone a certain way? Find yourself in that situation and see what you'd do. You think you'd never get yourself involved in a less-than-optimal scenario, or never own a minivan, or never drink more than ten cups of coffee in a day?

Hardly. You just haven't been given the opportunity yet.

Humanness, weakness, anger, hunger, depression, loneliness, all of it will make us do things we never thought we'd do.

Now, convictions about a thing are something else. That's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about a blanket statement that I've said, using pride to cover my insecurities.

The thing about pride, the stinking, crazy, amazing, awesome, eye-opening thing about pride, is that the "never say never" opportunity will teach us we are being prideful, and we need to deal with it when it rears its ugly head, if when we don't think pride is an issue.

When I say "never," I'm taking empathy out of the equation for me. "Never" is becoming intolerant, sad, and just plain ugly. So, I can't understand someone of a different socio-economic background or political background because I"ll "never" vote that way, or live that way? Really? That's so absurd.

Empathy puts me into someone else's shoes. It takes my "nevers" and makes them "evers."

I'll "ever" try to love like you, I'll "ever" try to understand you, I'll "ever" take what it is God wants to give me, even if I don't think I want, like or need it. I'll also "ever" wait for God's blessings, too!

Never say never, my friends. Enjoy everything. Be thankful for everything. Choose good things. Like vintage, pink dresses and live well!

Want some pink vintage dresses of your own too? Click here◄ to find them in my shop. Because Timing is Everything and that time could be right now.

-HJS

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Vintage Hawaiian │ End of Summer

I love vintage Hawaiian like I love coffee.

A lot.

And you know what's so awesome about getting invited to luau-themed party and having all this vintage Hawaiian to wear?

GETTING to wear it!

Guess who got invited? Yep.

As did the rest of my family. And I am able to dress them accordingly from my personal collection and some from what's currently for sale in my shop.

Now, you don't need a luau to wear these gorgeous things. Everyone loves Hawaii everywhere. But, it sure does help to have a party to go to!

Need some aloha in your life at the end of your summer?

Want to throw an awesome luau but want a little something for you to wear to it?

Get it here! ◄ (mens or womens)

I seriously love vintage Hawaiian, I stock and sell vintage Hawaiian like you wouldn't believe (it's easier to find here on the West Coast) and I wear it.

Now, get yourself a Mai-tai, peruse my shop for your perfect vintage Hawaiian, and say aloha to the end of summer.

Mahalo!