Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Vintage Books














Some new (to me) vintage books I recently acquired. A 1961 collection of children's stories, a 1938 collection of stories about adventure, travels and explorers and 1953 hardcover copies of The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms. I think these will look quite dapper on my bookcase, dontchathink?

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Vintage Finds


My mom and I went down to this huge vintage and antique store last week and I made out like a bandit. Sometimes I find antique stores to be overwhelming because there's so much going on and so much to look at, but it never ceases to amaze me at some of the stuff I find.


Some things aren't vintage or antique at all, but they're still fun little knick-knacks, like this magnet of a wonderful Goethe quote (so true, isn't it?)


A carpet clutch! This clutch is literally made out of carpet. I couldn't pass it up because I have no idea when or where I'd ever be able to find a clutch as unusual as this.


And I got this cute burlap parrot bag. Perfect beach bag, dontchathink?


An old letterman's letter. E for Emily, naturally. I'm on the look out for a cute vintage letterman's sweater to sew it on to.


I didn't know what this was when I first saw it and then my mom goes, "grandma used to have one of these! It's a lipstick holder." I thought it was such a fancy way to display your lipsticks. Where would you find something like this nowadays?

and finally I found this dress. I thought it was so cute and feminine and the funniest thing about it-- it's Rodarte for Target. It's not even slightly vintage. It's not even old. But in my size for $7, I took it.

All in all, I feel like it was a successful shopping trip!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Star Projector


I just purchased this star projector for my room. I kind of sucked at putting the thing together (the instructions were in Chinese, cut me some slack!) but I still love the effect it gives. I will be sleeping under the stars without even leaving my room!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Things From Around The Web

Amazing Jaws Nails!

I would have loved to have had this room as a kid. Heck, I'd like to have it now!

The classic one-upper

Absolutely loving this room.

anything good in your neck of the internet?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Happy Saturday!

“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

— E.E. Cummings

Friday, June 24, 2011

Lucky Duck

Lucky Duck

Shirt and Shorts: Fossil Sandals: Urban Outfitters

This outfit post almost didn't happen. Not that I almost didn't wear this outfit, because I most certainly did, short shorts and all (you thought I was wearing a ridiculously short skirt, didn't you? Because you didn't see the le separation) but because I thought I deleted all the pictures off my computer this morning including these. But as you can see, I recovered them and crisis was diverted. Which I couldn't be happier about because this is one of my most-liked recent outfits. Yeah, the shorts are a bit scandalous, but 105 degree weather makes you do crazy things.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Film Styles: Sylvia




















Movie: Sylvia (2003)

Costume Designer: Sandy Powell (Shakespeare in Love, Gangs of New York, The Aviator)

You may or may not know that I am in a total Sylvia Plath phase right now. I remember watching this film for the first time a couple years ago, and from the first scene of Sylvia riding on her bike through Cambridge, I instantly knew I was going to love it. What drew me in was her hair and wardrobe. The movie follows Plath's life from 1956 when she meets Ted Hughes at Cambridge until 1963 when she commits suicide. The thing about that's so fascinating about her clothing is that you can clearly see that her style changes depending on her mental state. When she first meets Ted and falls in love, she wears stylish dresses with beautiful silhouettes and her hair is always curled, and during their summer at the beach house, she wears sundresses and halter tops. It isn't until they move to the country and Plath starts suspecting Hughes is cheating on her that she grows her hair long and starts wearing Pendelton skirts and dark neutral colors. It isn't until she tries to reconcile with Hughes that she curls her hair, puts on makeup and wears a body-hugging dress.

It's like her clothing mimics her feelings, and isn't that exactly the same with our style in real life? That we chose a style and clothing that reflects how we feel? If I'm having an off day, I'll just throw my hair up and wear jeans and a t-shirt, whereas if I'm happy and inspired, I want to wear bright bold colors, curl my hair and wear a face full of make-up. I just love how Sandy Powell shows Plath's emotional breakdown through the clothing she puts her in and how so much of what you feel can be conveyed with what you wear.

If you haven't seen this film yet, I'd definitely recommend it. Even costumes aside, it's an interesting and heartbreaking story of a tortured soul trying to deal with both her relationship and her craft and the constant competition and inferiority she feels from her husband. Go see it! Let me know what you think!
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