Monday, September 3, 2018

Mixing Vintage into your Wardrobe │ Vintage 101

In my world of vintage-buying and vintage-wearing, I get a lot of people asking me two things:

1. Where do you find your vintage? and
2. How do you wear your vintage?

The answer to the first questions is simple. I find my vintage in thrift shops, and estate sales, and if I'm lucky, I have people giving me their vintage!

That last one is a blessing and a reward, really. I not only get to deal with vintage clothing, and sell it, but these wonderful people hunt for me and give me their finds (and/or they just want to get rid of aunt Verna's things who passed away. That's fine too!)

To you folks, I'm beyond grateful.

The second is simple, too. And it has to do with blending. As Peg Boggs from Edward Scissorhands once said, "Blending is the secret." 

My wardrobe is a mish-mash of new and old. And I wouldn't have it any other way.

To wear vintage (and pull it off without looking like you're in a costume) it's a matter of taking key pieces, whether it's a scarf of belt, and adding it to your modern outfit.

Nothing wrong with looking like you're in costume. If that's what you want.

But for me, I like to bring the past into the present. I tend to wear (hoard) sweaters and cardigans. So come winter, most all the sweaters I'm wearing are vintage. My key vintage pieces are cardigans and sweaters. And your key piece is the first half of your outfit.

Or take these Levi's for example. I live in and love and sell vintage denim. And no joke, just a few days ago I was looking at the Levi's catalog online and wanting some 501s that were straight leg, not skinny, to prep for winter with my boots.

Coffee and Denim = my two faves
But, me being the vintager that I am, didn't want to pay retail, nor did I want to buy new. I have a particular pension for vintage Levi's (USA made kind) that are made from 100% cotton, and a cotton that isn't quite what they use today.

Guess what I found the next day? Not one, but two, vintage '80s 501s women's jeans that were in my size exactly. In the last eight years, I don't think I've ever come across vintage 501s in this exact size, my size, with the perfect inseam.

It's miraculous. And amazing. And all a part of the manifesting concept that I believe in. If you want something, believe for it, and it will happen. But patience and timing are a part of it all, and being willing to wait --in gratitude-- is really what allows it to manifest.

Try adding a vintage piece to your wardrobe, and start small. Maybe you find a vintage bracelet you like, or come across a killer vintage purse. These are your key pieces that complete your outfit.

And make sure you absolutely love it. Because that's the other half into blending the outfit. If you think you look amazing, you do. And others will notice and believe the same.

Guys, this goes for you too. Find that key denim shirt, or  vintage bandana, and your look is complete. I have some acquaintances who have the perfect key vintage jacket, and that's their signature piece!

Whatever you love, go for it. Add it to you modern wardrobe today and watch your normal outfit become an outstanding one.

Hope this helps and comment below if you have a question! Or if you'd like, tell me your key vintage piece that makes your look the perfect one.

-Heather

Friday, August 24, 2018

70s denim │ vintage groovy denim

These jeans. Sigh.

They're perfect. In the '70s perfect sort of way.
Wide leg, flare at leg opening, high waist, two cute front pockets.

Yeah, that kind of perfect.

They're a little distressed, which makes them even better. And as of now, still available, in the shop, right here.


I mean, look at the button, and there's a duplicate one on one back pocket. Then there's the Scovill zipper.

Come on now, this is what vintage dreams are made of!

This blanket also is  awaiting your sofa or chair, or for that chilly Autumnal night on your bed.

Such a beautiful color palette, 100% wool, and of course, USA made. Available here ◄.

The Labor Day Weekend Sale at my shop begins early, on the 29th of August and runs through the 3rd of September. 20% off the entire store! Time to pick up any late summer goodies as well as stock up for Fall.

That word alone brings excitement to my soul. ♥

-HJS

Friday, August 10, 2018

Autumn Wear │ Vintage Wool

Coming this week!
One of my favorite fabrics is wool. And unless it's super light weight, like a gaberdine wool, you can't wear it until fall in most places in the US, but especially here in Sacramento where the heat can be suffocating and eternal.

So, when I begin to see thrift stores setting out their wool sweaters, and thick cardigans, puffy warm jackets, and cozy flannels, I smile.

A lot.

Even if the temperatures are near the century mark in degrees of heat --  like today -- I  flourish with happiness poking through the sweaters, finding the thickest, most quality wool.

I'm in my own little heaven.

Coming soon!
This blanket was too good to pass up (probably not wool, feels like a nylon/acrylic blend). The colors within each rainbow dial are deep and rich. I'd keep it for myself, but I know it's not for me. This belongs to someone else. I can feel it.

In fact, I get that notion with each piece of clothing I pick. Even if the item fits me, or I can think of a place it fits in my home, there are times when I know the item doesn't belong to me, and hither it goes to the shop.

It's funny, that. It's almost as if the clothes talk to me. And perhaps, they do.

After all, these items find their way to me.

And it's up to me to direct them to you. Every time.

She's a beauty. A wounded bird,
but still gorgeous. Coming soon!
Autumn is close. I can smell it in the mornings, the crisp tang, the damp swath of cool. It's begun.

To those who live in colder climates and are relishing the warm days, enjoy them. But for we Californians who battle heat and the endless wildfires, we're done. Worn out. Tired of the smoke and weary of the heat.

Summer you've had your turn. Your harsh but definitive turn. Allow Autumn her way in, let her swoosh in with the wind, landing ever so kindly to our worn out valleys and hills, dousing us with relief and cool calm.

It would do us a bit of extreme good.

Happy weekend, friends. ♥


Friday, July 13, 2018

Fall is Knocking │ Vintage Fall Fashion

I know. We're smack dab in the middle of summer, and what am I dreaming about?

Fall clothing.

Okay, two things. One,  I like summer. I really do, from 100 degree days to swimming and cold drinks and t-shirts and skirts. Love it.

But, I have a minuscule tolerance for it all. As in, oh, a day of it. Then I'm dreaming of flannel, wool, plaid, long sleeves and denim.

I've been stashing all of said things in a nice pile in my "to list pile for fall," but now I come to point two. Fall fashion --and the previewing and selling of it -- comes in August. As in, August 1st.

So, I just pulled the stash out and I'm going to start listing in two weeks. Problem is I'm totally sidetracked and drooling over the wools, and plaids, and I'm more than ready for apple cider and leaves by the truckload on my front lawn.

For you, I'm showing a small preview of items to come. Look at the buffalo plaid! (I MAY be keeping that one...)

Anyway, try to enjoy the rest of your summer, but I think it's always a swell idea to think about the future. It's smart. Plan for the future always,  as in, "What am I going to wear when the weather turns?" And "Do I have enough plaid in my closet?" or "Do I need a heavier wool shirt along side some lighter wool shirts?" And most importantly of all, "How will I look drinking coffee with these sweaters, denim and boots?"

I know. It's all about priorities.

Also FYI, the whole shop is 15% off until the 23rd of July. Making room for the goods! Go there. ◄ Get the things you need, including Fall fashion. (I caved and just listed a wool Pendleton board shirt and a Pendleton robe.)

Happy Summer, everyone.

-HJS

Thursday, June 14, 2018

70s Summer │ Vintage Summer

I tend to shop and sell 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s product for the store. Those are my favorite decades. And I suppose I like the 1980s too, but that's a decade all to its' own, and one that deserves its own post.

But every now and then, the 1970s appear and said items collide, coalesce, and all find their way to me in the same week.

True, there are more 1970s product to source than older, because obviously, the '70s were more recent than say, the 1940s.

(I'm also vehemently enforcing this concept because I was born in the 70s and it makes me feel young - albeit, if only briefly). But, it really goes in waves, and this week has a '70s vibe all over it.

I'm a Levi's gal, and these striped beauties are a true flash to the past. And would you check out that big E on the pocket tag? Pretty sweet. (Coming soon, this week!)







The belt here, mushroom and ladybugs included, are incredible. Who wouldn't want a belt like this? Stunning painted leather. With one glance, it says "Brady Bunch"and this is without you having to wear the bell-bottoms and part your hair in the middle. (Coming soon, this week!)

This blouse is in the shop right now. It's semi-sheer, it's embroidered, it has a key hole neck as well as lace down the front and cuffs. Lightweight and perfect for dressing up, for the office, or casual with jeans. So groovy.

Looking for a bit of 1970s in your wardrobe ladies and gents? I've got it!

And also, for Father's Day and for the start of summer now through the 21st of June, the whole shop is 15% off. Visit right here◄ to find just what you're looking for!

-HJS

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring in the Shop │ Perennial Spring

Ah, Spring. Just got back from Seattle. Their Spring is the rainiest one I've ever experienced. Probably doesn't help that it was an abnormal, record-breaking rainy weekend, either.

But, it was beautiful. Stayed downtown, did Seattle-y things, like Starbucks and the Space Needle and coffee and Filson and Bainbridge Island, and more coffee.

Now, back at home and feeling refreshed, I'm ready to stock the shop with what you want. This Spring, it means more denim.

I know. I can't seem to stock enough of it. From Levi's 501s, to Levi's 550s, or overalls or denim shirts, it's what you want. And lucky for me, I live and breathe denim. It's not work to supply you with what you want. Even denim that isn't a traditional color. Like these ones.


I must say, I was blessed to find this gorgeous Hudson blanket. Am keeping this one, but I have a duplicate that will be coming to the shop. Yes, we're headed into Spring and Summer. But, I like to think ahead. WAY ahead.

And these blankets are worth thinking ahead for.

Happy Spring, everyone. And a 'lil side note ... I'll be hitting 5000 sales very soon. As soon as that happens, the shop will be on sale for 4 days with a 20% off as a huge thank you for all your support. So, stay tuned! It'll literally be any day now.

UPDATE: Sale happening NOW!!

Love you all!

-HJS


Saturday, February 24, 2018

Moccasin Love │ Native American Shoes

Minnetonka
I'm pretty sure I've talked before about how things come in waves, you know, waves of same things.

For example, in life we have seasons. Seasons of change: seasons of gains and seasons of losses. It's a natural part of life, it's to be expected, and it's what keeps us on our toes and (hopefully) changing for the better.

Mukluks
This same facet holds true in vintage fashion and finding it. Just recently, I came across two pair of Minnetonka calf/knee high moccasins for ladies. I'll go years without thrifting these. *Yes, I can go online and purchase them, but that's not the point.* A bit before that, I came across these amazing moccasin/mukluk shoes. So gorgeous. Not my size, so I'm selling. But, they're phenomenal and may be Midwest plains or even Canadian. Not sure. And before that, I found some incredible buffalo skin moccasins.

I love moccasins. I wear them a lot. They're comfy like a slipper, yet I can wear them out and feel great. But, what in the world? These are hard to find, yet I found them within a few week period. And not to jinx myself, I may go months or years without finding this many at once, so why the four pair all at once?

Is this a part of  the "thinking positive" philosophy? Or "begetting what we think"? Or "like begetting like?" Perhaps. I'm a huge believer of that philosophy. Huge. But, it's not as if I'm not thinking about acquiring moccasins throughout the year. I do. Constantly! I'm always looking for them.

Wearing all my faves: plaid, denim, moccs ♥
So, what happens that they manifest all at once? What is it that brings them together at the same time, just for me, and then not again for a while?

This, I don't know. But, I do wish I could figure it out. I like dwelling on or wanting something good and getting it! Don't you?

Anyway, I've got amazing moccasins in the shop◄ right now. And if words become things, then Im going to say out loud "I will find more moccasins," and by golly, I'm going to find them!

-HJS


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Red Wing Iron Rangers │ Red Wings for Women

For Christmas, I got a pair of boots that I'm over-the-top thrilled with.

Yes, they're Red Wings. And yes, they're Iron Rangers!

Okay, my husband has one pair of Red Wings. Not because he wouldn't have more, but because the Iron Rangers are it for him. That is ALL he wants. He could never own another pair of boots other than the Iron Rangers for the rest of his life... and he'd be set. Forever. So, going with that stellar review, I knew my next pair had to be them.

Unlike my other ladies Red Wings, and unlike my Wolverines, these are definitely a bear to break in. The way these are cut and put together (extremely well put together, per usual), the leather takes hours of wear and treading just to get to where it may want to mold to my foot.

And then, give it another month or two to actually soften and mold to my foot, and they may be ready. However, I've worn them enough now that the molding has already begun and I know in a few months, they'll love my feet like we were a match made in heaven. (Just in time for summer, no less, but alas. I'll be ready for them in the fall.)

While Red Wing does make Iron Rangers specifically for a woman's foot, I had read reviews of unhappy ladies who thought the leather wasn't as durable, or even comparable, to the mens' version.

So, I got the mens' version. Naturally.

I didn't want to work any less than a man would breaking them in or in reaping the rewards of top-quality leather. And I'm sure they had legitimate reasons for using different leather. But, gosh, if my husband loves his the way they are, then I wanted what he had.

They have a  gorgeousstyle. The black leather is literally my favorite (It sorta hearkens back to my days with Doc Martens, like in the early '90s. But, that was the beginning of my boot love, and that was also a very long time ago ... yikes.) The cut and stitching make them sharp and almost dressy, yet  relaxed. I can wear these with skirts or dresses or jeans and shorts -- making it work with whatever I choose to wear.

If you (gents or gals) are on the fence about getting a pair of Iron Rangers, it's time to get down. That fence don't need to hold you no mo'! These boots are one of the most beautiful and durable of all my boots from Red Wing that I've owned yet.

They are my favorites. Until my next pair, of course ... (no actually, they really are one of my favorites.)

-HJS

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Vintage Linen │Spring is Coming

While I love winter clothing, there's something about getting ready for spring ( as far as the wardrobe is concerned) that is life-giving.

Some of my favorite fabrics to fall  back on are silks and linens. They're quite popular for good reason.

The first reason is obvious. The materials are wonderful. There's nothing quite like either of them. Silk is decadent against the skin and linen says "vacation" and "travel" like nothing else.

The other reason these fabric are choice purchases for most is because they're hard to find. You can't just go into JCrew year round and find linen. Sometimes, seasonally, yes. But, it's hard to get the right color, right size, or the right type of linen. Sometimes they're sold out. Sometimes, you may not even like what they have.

That's where I'm happy to help. I love these fabrics as much as you and when I'm not buying for myself (which is actually not that often) I'm always buying for the store. Come on by. I've got quite a cache of linens and silks coming in the next few weeks, so take a visit. See what you need. ◄

While my heart is still aching for sweaters and denim of winter -- because as I've mentioned before, winter here in northern California is mild and sweet without much need for heavy wools and jackets -- I'll be stocking up on much anticipated linen and silk, so that when your vacation comes or the warm weather returns, you'll be ready.

**All sweaters and coats are 25% off right now!

-HJS

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Vintage Overalls │ Wardrobe Essential

When I think of overalls, I think of the word "utilitarian," and bandanas, and iron workers, and unions. I think of Rosie the Riveter. I think old America. And I talk about overalls regularly because they're so iconic.

As far as fashion is concerned, though overalls were a major wardrobe staple of years ago, they're now a cyclical item that pops its head up out of the sea of fashion every twenty years or so.

I wore these in the early 90s, and they're back in. In fact, they've been very much in for the last four or five years. I've sold hundreds of them in my shop (Visit◄ to see my current selection) and the desire for them isn't diminishing.

Does this mean the world wants overalls as a standard part of their wardrobe again? And not just because it's hip? I think so!

Sure, overalls don't do wonders for the figure. But, ladies, this isn't everything. There's something pretty dang attractive about comfy overalls on a hard-working woman ... even if she's taking a break and drinking coffee at the local cafe.

And perhaps if covering your curves is something you prefer to do, might I make a suggestion: overalls.

I did swear to myself I'd never wear them again, but alas, as my mantra states, "Never say never."  Just don't. Because, I am wearing them. Today.

They are the best things to wear for gardening, running to the grocery store, and even tele-commuting from your home office. In other words, everything.

If you don't  have a pair, look no further. I always have them in stock. Always. Visit today!  ◄And get that Americana feel back in your wardrobe again.

-HJS