20 Jul


in the city. the New.York.City.
awesome street art with awesome commentary.


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.


Design Inspiration- Better Homes and Gardens NEW DECORATING BOOK 1981

4 Apr

I love vintage fashion, whether it’s clothing or for the home, being unique is important to me.  Looking at vintage books inspires me to think in creative ways.  I found this book at a thrift store in Chicago and had to take it home.  Plus it was 5 hardcovers for $1…I could not pass that up.  Besides all the beautiful pictures, there is an envelope labeled new furniture arrangement kit.  Within this envelope there are miniature furniture pop outs, a grid, and scrap paper all so you can design the layout of your room.  There is an illustrated section that tells the history of furniture styles such as American Contemporary which consists of the Eero Saarinen pedestal chair and the Warren Platner table.  Currently this style is called mid-century modern and is quite trendy.  There are 20 chapters in this book and they cover everything from picking a color scheme to how to do fixer ups yourself.  “Most of all, you’ll learn how to personalize your home so it truly reflects you”.  I hope your inspired as much as I was.  If you’d like your own copy you can find it on Amazon here.


My California Travels

27 Mar

Adventure was missing from my life.  I’ve never been west of Illinois; that just sounds too sad and depressing.  I may have never ventured west of Illinois, but I have traveled to Europe.

So my desire for adventure led me to California.  Partly because it’s sunny and beachy, partly because Vera lives there and I hadn’t spent any quality time with her.  Unfortunately the trip started off miserably.  I was catching an evening flight from O’hare and it was delayed by 2 hours which might not seem like much, but I would now be arriving in San Francisco around 1 in the morning which is 3 in the morning Chicago time.  Fortunately that is my only complaint.

California definitely charmed me.  I am even dreaming of moving there.  It’s warm, sunny, and laid back; all the things I desire.  However, I need a plan first and Chicago is about to enter into it’s best season of the year so I can wait.  If ever I have a wistful longing for California I can always look at these pics.  Or visit Vera.

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6 Ways To Wear A Vintage Red Leather Skirt

20 Feb

Skirts are one of my favorite things to wear.  In particular, leather skirts.  I collect them.  Seriously.  I have every color except yellow.  I need a yellow leather skirt!  Somehow I ended up with 2 red leather skirts.  The only difference being one of them has zippers up the sides.  It’s a really great skirt, but I think the other one fits me better.  So, I’m going to be parting with this one and putting it up for sale in the Etsy store.  I decided as a little send off to this darling skirt I would style it in 6 totally different ways.  What do you think of the outfits?  Do you have a favorite?  Do you have other outfit combination ideas?

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black velvet

city cowgirl

The neighbor’s dog was watching our little fashion show.

And this song got stuck in my head.  Black velvet with that little boy smile black velvet with that slow southern style.

If you like these looks and wanna see more pics you can check them out in our vintage store!  Or email us at


Free People Dress vs. Vintage Dress

16 Feb

We found this lovely dress for sale by Free People for $128.

And realized it’s very similar to a vintage dress we have for sale for only $20.

Paired with a shrunken, black leather jacket it’s the perfect combination of sweet and tough.

Which do you prefer?


I’m Gonna Dress You Up In My Love

15 Feb

We had a dress up party for Valentine’s Day yesterday.  These are the combinations we came up with.  Which one is your favorite?

1950s housewife meets 1980s cowgirl

Barbie rocks out

All about the kitty belt

Wiggle dress

Pocahontas meets the 1960s



I Couldn’t Live Without Fashion

9 Feb

~Coco Chanel~

I like to read books about her life story hoping I’ll be inspired or motivated.  She contributed much to the fashion world.  The classic tweed jacket, the quilted bag, but it is she who started the little black dress phenomenon.  This is the woman to give thanks to.  She got fashion.  I mean really got it, like in the quote.  Fashion isn’t frivolous, it is creative.  Fashion is an expression not just in clothes, but in your attitude.  Fashion is the fun, giggly side of life and I’d rather have laugh lines than frown lines.


I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

8 Feb


~Muhammad Ali~

February is African-American History Month and we haven’t even touched on the subject.  In fact, I haven’t seen much about in anywhere except in a store window for school teachers.  I very much admire Muhammad Ali because he is a person that stands up for what he believes in.  He believes that everyone should be treated equally and with humanity.  I was impressed by his refusal to be drafted for the Vietnam War.  He refused because he believes in peace and is a conscientious objector.  He basically told the draft and the U.S. military to shove it by saying “No, I am not going 10,000 miles to help murder kill and burn other people to simply help continue the domination of white slavemasters over dark people the world over. This is the day and age when such evil injustice must come to an end.


Warm Winter Wine

7 Feb

Who doesn’t want to cuddle up with a warm soothing glass of wine in the winter?  This wine smells good and tastes even better.  It’s also super simple to make which is of utmost importance to me.  Even though I now have gas on in my apartment, I made this in the rice cooker.  It’s a miracle worker!

I made this warm winter wine based off this recipe.  All you need is:

  1. 1 bottle of Riesling
  2. 1 orange
  3. 1/2 lemon
  4. 3 cinnamon sticks
  5. 1/4c sugar
  6. 3 tbsp honey

Add all the ingredients except the honey.  Bring to a simmer and mix in the honey.  Simmer for 30 minutes, covered.

For best taste let cool a little before drinking.  Watch out for the fruit-it’s intense.

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