Monday is Memorial day, and that means one thing: SUMMER! I am lucky enough to live in a place where summer began about a month ago. Which means I am late to the bathing suit party. For a while I thought the idea of buying swimwear off of Etsy seemed very, "buy at your own risk." The idea of vintage swimwear - or - some stranger wore it swimwear, gave me the creeps. Some of the handmade options I happened upon were pretty grim as well. However, I kept searching, and after weeks of research I am happy to present my findings. All of these items - except one- are handmade. Some can even be made to your personal specifications. Most of them are retro inspired and will make you feel like one hell of a pin up this summer.
I stumbled across this shop after drooling over a pair of polkadot heels (pictured below) that I found on Etsy. This Brooklyn based shop features some lovely vintage items that are perfect if you want to dress like a proper lady. The curator (or curators) of this shop have a good eye for color and prints. They also have some great bags and KILLER shoes. See for yourself!
Still stressing about what to get mom? Could you get away with an "It's still in the mail..." excuse? I may have your solution. I was in the same boat until I found this shop yesterday. Suegrayjewelry creates unique silver jewelry using antique wax seals. The shop has many options to choose from, and will surely have something pretty to please mommy. I suggest the flower seals, fleur de lis, or initials. See for yourself!
Today I stumbled upon a gem of an Etsy shop. It combines two of my favorite things: cheap and chic! I almost spit out my coffee when I saw these vintage frames at the glorious price of 14 DOLLARS! If you're a WhoWhatWear.com fan like myself, you will recognize these sunglasses from some very fashionable faces (though clearly they paid too much). I've even made a cheesy little photo collage to prove this point :) See for yourself!
Hear that sound? Wedding bells. Yes friends, It’s wedding season. The attendance of these festivities is a topic that I will be devoting more than one post to this summer. I am attending a wedding with my boyfriend at the end of this month, and have been devoting a LOT of time looking for something appropriate to wear. That seems to be the hardest part of the occasion. Finding something appropriate. SO MANY RULES! I was raised a southern girl, and down here the rules are more stringent. If you are not familiar, I will give you a refresher:
1. NO white!(off white, ivory, cream, light tan, or pattern with too much white in it for that matter.) The cardinal rule of weddings is that you do not, under any circumstances, want to outshine the bride. White, and its permutations, are reserved for her on this day. (Unless you are Pippa Middleton, then by all means wear a sexy white dress)
2. Be careful if you want to wear black. Black is usually a symbol of mourning. There are some exceptions though. If it is a more formal event then black may be suitable. Use your good judgement, no one wants to piss off a bride. Especially if you are the groom’s ex girlfriend, or a plus one of a guest. If you just hate pastels, navy or grey might be a safer alternative.
3. Avoid very bright colors e.g. red or hot pink. This goes along with the “Don’t outshine the bride” rule of thumb.
4. Don’t wear anything too short or low cut. There will be old ladies there, and they will judge you. Just sayin’.
Finding something tasteful is harder than it seems. I’ve rounded up some options for daytime weddings along with some that are a little more formal. Hope this helps. Happy Shopping!
Here is a picture of the dress I purchased for a daytime wedding in Nashville, TN: