Monday, 31 March 2014

Cinco de Mayo

Lately, I am obsessed with vintage Mexican finds. From handpainted circle skirts to full-circle dresses too, it's all too pretty to be true. Seriously: these babies are unrivaled works of art. What could compare to intricately illustrated scenes complete with sequins and bursting with color?

A peruse on eBay has me yearning for a lottery win (these vintage beauties are understandably pricey) or a road trip to the Southwest and Mexico to empty every thrift store in sight. *sigh* 

Until then, you can daydream with me. Here's a collection of beautiful vintage Mexican finds that will inspire your Cinco de Mayo attire. It's over a month away but to find the best, you gotta look now! 

Here are some fun vintage Mexican/Southwestern finds I've had in the shop in the past. Hope this inspires your digs over the next few weeks♥kel rae

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

OOTD: Sky blue and white vintage 60s mini dress with TULIPS? Yes, please.

This Outfit of the Day is brought to you by my grandmother. I have taken quite a few of her old '60s dresses that were formerly really big and shapeless and cut them off to be sassy little mini dresses. I inherited a ton of her vintage clothing, as she never threw a thing away. I'm keeping a ton of it but I have to let go of some, too.

This sky blue and white tulips detail is just one example of the many whimsical patterns, palettes, and textures my grandmother was apparently known to wear. I never knew this side of her, and so I feel that the deeper I have emerged into her wardrobe, the more I have gotten to know her. This is one of the many reasons for my vintage obsession. 

So back to the outfit: White mini '60s dress with blue tulip pattern throughout + a matching short-sleeved overshirt in opposite coloring. I also added some extra color with a two-toned green vintage costume necklace that I adore. 

Pair with some black tights for a very Twiggy look, or if it's hot in your neck of the woods, a fun vintage straw hat will add a lot of Spring to the look. 

 I threw in some sweet white gloves that are not vintage but look it all the same, and they give it a great touch for nighttime shenanigans. The dress will be up on Etsy here soon and you can snag that purse for yourself right now if you fancy! 

What's your favorite component of this ensemble? 

EVENT: We're coming to the Lowcountry Artist Market this Spring!

My favorite time of the season is always when I get to set up shop at the Lowcountry Artist Market! The Music Farm will be filled to the brim on Saturday, April 26 with local makers and such, and it's truly an honor to be surrounded by so much amazing talent. I'll be selling vintage plus some vintage crafts including buttons I made at SpaceCraft Studios from vintage sewing patterns and 1960s magazines. SpaceCraft will also be set up on the small balcony at the Farm so stop by and pay Allison a visit, too. The bar will be open for business so plan to sip while you shop, and if you're hungry you can count on a food truck to be onsite too. I DO take credit cards:) 

Hope to see y'all there♥

Friday, 21 March 2014

Outfit of the Day: Neutral Plus a Pop of Turquoise

#OOTD: I'm getting on that train, y'all. Look for an outfit of the day a lot in the coming days and weeks and forever, we hope, right?

Neutral Plus a Pop of Turquoise
Spring finally sprang, y'all! I love this time of year, when it's time to phase out the winter clothes and let the summer wardrobe gradually take over. Sandals for boots, skirts for jeans, tank tops for sweaters. It's not that I hate winter; I actually love it. It's the change of season that's always euphoric. Come September, I'll be just as comforted by the return to blue jeans and black tights as I am about the onset of Spring attire.

As for these threads, I think they're perfect for this time of year. The air is too cool to bring on the pastels and flip flops, so let's sprinkle in the Spring with a pair of vibrant shorts and a lightweight top with calmer coloring.

This neutral shirt is a big, baggy sack of cute comfort. I love the buttoned-up half sleeves and the splash of turquoise stripes throughout, which makes it perfect for these shorts of that same shade.

Like Victoria Beckham (and surely lots of others) said: Either you show off your legs, or you show off your cleavage, but never both. So to make this big shirt chic, I paired it with these awesome '80s shorts. Rolled up, they're the perfect complement to the bigger top.

Top tip: If you're even slightly adventurous, a vintage hat takes any outfit to the next level.

I decided to throw in a tasseled vintage 80s purse, too, plus these sweet Sebagos that need no commentary—they hold pennies. Enough said. Oh, except this: some simple socks that you can turn down/fold over would be rockin' with this ensemble♥

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Gallery: Fashion show pics have arrived!