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Anchor Bags=The Perfect Summer Purse

7 Jun

I love looking at ridiculously over priced fashion items on Pinterest for inspiration.  I stumbled upon this crocheted purse with a leather strap and anchor closure by Balenciaga.  This bag retails for $1,125.  Not only is that so not in my price range even if it was I wouldn’t spend that much on a bag that someone else has!  I prefer items that are more unique and have that handmade touch or are vintage.  This almost guarantees no one else will have your bag.  My go to source for such fashion finds is Etsy!  These are my favorites:

This wristlet comes with a sailboat mirror!

Which is your favorite?  Or do you still prefer the $1,125 Balenciaga over these fab finds?!

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Celebrate Warm Weather With Colorful Dresses

15 May
My internship with Le Thrift is going great.  I have the opportunity to style outfits and then go outside in lovely weather to take pics.  I love not having to do paperwork!  I feel like I’ve been neglecting Fashion Food Feminism because of this though.  I have a plan to get it together though.
Friday was a beautiful day in Chicago so it was perfect for outdoor outfit pics.  My friend Gabrielle was kind enough to be my model.  She is also the designer of Gabrielle Zwick Designs which is the jewelry featured in the pics.  I am in love with her Barbie jewelry!  As soon as I saw it I thought it was the best thing.  The Barbie shoes necklace and bracelet are a sweet combination of nostalgia and playfulness.
Shoshanna Dress-$54.99
 Black Bauble Bracelet-$9.99
Ann Taylor Dress- $38.99
Gabrielle Zwick Designs Earrings-$20
Escada Heels-$54.99 (benefits Bridge to Success)
Soprano Dress-$28.99
Barbie Shoe Necklace by Gabrielle Zwick Designs-$28
Vintage Calvin Klein Sunglasses-$64.99
Barbie Shoe Bracelet by Gabrielle Zwick Designs-$30
Vintage Sewing Machine Feet Neklace by Gabrielle Zwick Designs-$38
Prada Heels 6.5-$64.99
Come visit me at Le Thrift if you are in Chicago or check out their online selection.  There are so many great dresses and that Barbie jewelry!

Le Thrift A Chicago Consignment Boutique

9 May

I’m super excited about a new internship I’ve started.  I’m interning with Le Thrift  which is a Chicago consignment boutique that resells designer, designer vintage, and local clothing.  If you’re in Chicago you should come check out the store, but even if you’re not you can shop online!   I’m mainly going to be working on the blog so my responsibilities will include writing, styling, and sometimes photographing.  They have amazing clothes and really why would you ever pay retail price?

Playful Accessories

When we were little girls we all loved to play.  We would play dress up, we would play house, and we would play on the playground.  Somewhere along the way of growing up we lose some of our playfullness, but why?  Reclaim your old days of dress up.  Have a little fun. Use accessories to inject a sense of play into your wardrobe.  And go visit a playground-it’s the best free fun you can find.

Feather Necklace-$24.99
Shell & Pearl Necklace-$54
Owl Necklace-$59.99
Vintage Ladybug Necklace-$34.99
Crystal Teardrop Necklace-$18.99
Silver Rose Necklace-$29.99
Deer Necklace-$78.99
Gold & Black Lariat-$19.99
Spinning Gun Necklace-$42.99
Lock & Key Necklace-$68.99
Jungle Gym of Shoes
J. Crew 7.5-$34.99
Franco Sarto 7.5-$24.99
Linea Paolo 6-$32.99
Karen Millen 7.5-$68.99
Aldo 9.5-$28.99
Nine West 6-$39.99
Charles David 6.5-$84.99
Christian Louboutin 7.5-$349.99
Come in to Le Thrift to see these wonderful items.  This Saturday in celebration of our 1 year anniversary everything is 25% off!
~Phaydra Babinchok~

 

Sorelle In Style-The Bare Wrist Fix

6 May

Sorelle In Style is a lovely personal style blog created by two sisters, Jilly and Sally.  This Sunday I was featured as their bare wrist fix.  I wore a vintage turquoise statement bracelet paired with a vintage suede orange skirt.  Check out the awesome turquoise bracelets Jilly and Sally picked out.  It’s hard for me to decide on a favorite, but #9 wins!

the bare wrist fix: phaydra

This week our Bare Wrist Fix tour takes us to Chicago! Phaydra certainly knows how to make a statement – her bold vintage turquoise cuff is the perfect Summer accessory, and has no problem flying solo! Her bright orange skirt and purple glitter polish really make the bracelet pop, and make for a beautiful, colorful mix.

Here are some more turquoise pieces that would make for an instant Bare Wrist Fix on their own!

1. Bauble Bar Sky Rope Cuff, 2. a.v. max Turquoise and Gold Cuff, 3. Lucky Turquoise Cuff, 4. House of Harlow Tribal Cuff, 5. Kenneth Jay Lane White and Gold Turquoise Cuff, 6. CC Skye Turquoise Cuff, 7. RAIN Bead Bracelet, 8. nOir Crystal Cord Cuff, 9. Rachel Leigh Cuff, 10. R.J. Graziano Bangle, 11. AK Anne Klein Stretch Bracelet, 12. Lisa Stewart Modern Myth Bracelet, 13. Ben-Amun Turquoise Bracelet), 14. 2028 Bracelet


Let’s Go Out And Play

26 Apr

Ever since I was a little girl I have loved playgrounds.  The monkey bars and tire swing are personal favorites that I still enjoy.  It’s important for me to embrace my inner child and remember that life shouldn’t be taken that seriously.  Making time to play is mandatory not optional.

The dinosaur sweater is my favorite part of this outfit.  The sweater actually belonged to my baby brother.  I discovered it a few years ago when I was helping my mom sort through boxes because she was moving.  When I came across the dinosaur sweater I thought it was so cute I just had to keep it for myself.  The dress is a pale yellow with white embroidery I found at a Chicago thrift store.  The satin mary janes were also a thrift score.  This is outfit is proof that you can wear black and yellow together and not look like a bumblebee.

A dress and heels have never stopped me from playing on the playground.  Even as a child I was never concerned with not getting dirty or the fear of other people seeing my underwear.  If I want to play, a dress isn’t gonna hold me back.

The next time you feel worried or stressed I urge you to go to a park and swing.  Once you sit on a swing and start flying through the air it’s impossible to not give in to the moment.

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Style Is Primarily A Matter Of Instinct~Bill Blass

20 Apr

This is my beautiful city Chicago. At times it is overwhelming. Nonetheless the beauty can always be found, even on those awful bleak winter days, if you look hard enough.  I spent the other day strolling around museum campus and visiting the Shedd Aquarium.  My favorite creatures at the aquarium are:

The blue poison dart frog “wearing” my favorite color.

Did you know that the male seahorse is the one that becomes pregnant and gives birth?

Since I knew I would be doing a lot of walking I needed to dress comfortably, but of course without sacrificing style.  Flats were a necessity.  I chose a pair of vintage Nina flats in a bright teal.  I wanted a pop of color since the rest of my outfit was neutral.

I wore a vintage navy leotard as a bodysuit.  The only drawback to wearing an actual leotard and not a bodysuit is of course that whole having to get naked to use the bathroom.  Besides that, the body hugging fit of the leotard balanced the loose, flowy skirt.   I don’t normally wear longer skirts, but this vintage Chaus was hiding in my closet.  Navy and white polka dots are one of my favorite combinations, a timeless classic.

To play off the polka dots I wore a pair of vintage silver heart earrings.  And I had this vintage Bill Blass colored jean jacket to keep me from getting chilly.  After all that walking it was nice to just sit down, lean back, and observe my Chicago.

How To Make Leather Fringe Earrings

17 Apr

I’ve been wanting a unique pair of hoop earrings for a while now.  I’ve also been lusting for a pair of leather earrings.  I decided to create a pair myself combining the two.  I was able to do it without having to purchase anything new and using supplies I had on hand.

Hello Kitty as a pincushion.

Your only 2 required materials are leather/suede and a pair of hoops earrings.  Since I collect leather skirts and bottoms I had left over baby blue suede material from a pair of pants I turned into shorts.  I received the hoop earrings from a friend who was spring cleaning her closet.  The only tools you will need are a sewing needle, scissors, and manicure scissors.

First cut up the leather into strips. Don’t cut the leather too thin.  Remember it has to be able to fit on the hoop.

I prefer the unfinished, rough side of the leather on the left.  This is the side I chose to have facing out.

Next you are going to create a hole in the leather strip with a sewing needle.  Start the hole a little bit down from the top and pull the needle all the way through.

I then used the manicure scissors to slightly widen the hole.  This all depends on the width of your hoops, adjust the size of the hole accordingly.

Then slide your leather fringe strip onto the earring hoop.

I added 12 strips of leather to each earring.  You can add more or less.  I think it would look great to do the whole hoop in leather fringe.  Or mixing in different colors.

Super simple and took less than a hour from start to finish.

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