Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fashion Confession

Pssst, I have a secret……
I just bought 2 Liz Lange Maternity dresses from Target .

Liz Lange maternity dress for  Target
 No, I’m not pregnant. I just like the way the dresses looked, so I bought them, and I love them. They look better than most non maternity sundresses and they were cheap, $22.00 a piece. If you just can’t bring yourself to venture into the maternity section if you’re not with child, here are a couple non maternity options: 1)Anthropologie,  2).Urban Outfitters

Liz Lange maternity dress for  Target

What’s your Fashion confession? I know you have one. Do you secretly like harem pants? Guys is your favorite pant cut pleats?  


Monday, May 9, 2011

Weekend Thrifting

Trevor's Thrift Store

I went to 2 thrift shops over the weekend; the 1st was near my old stomping grounds in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia,"What up Hill Top"(JK,I don't talk like that:)).I went to Trevor's thrift shop located at 6208 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA. I personally love a neighborhood thrift store because that’s where you find your real Jewels.I found a cute wrap dress for $5.Yes it's polyester but I can style it up to make it look like it cost $10.

Trevor's Thrift Store


I also was drooling over the colors in this dashiki. The blue was sooo vibrant,but it was too big. I could cut it down to fit but I'd loose too much of the fabulous pattern, so I decided not to get it, boohoo.

Salvation Army Thrift Store

The second store I went into was a the Good Will on 2601 S Front street,Philadelphia,PA 19148.I found a lovely Benetton Chambray blazer for $6 dollars, woohoo! 

Happy Belated Mother's day

Happy mother’s day, mom

Vintage momma
My mother is in the middle wearing the shift dress and turtle neck
It’s Kia the “Princess of lateness”. I did tell you yesterday in person but I would like to say it in Blog world as well. I love you mommy so much. You are my most favorite person in the world , ( Okay it's actually a tie between you and Maya B.).
You are the Bees Knees, I love you sooooo much.

Vintage Momma

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mothers Day Marcie Style

My mother, Patti, looking adorable in Lake George, NY!  
When it comes to special occasions, I often have good intentions thwarted by a poor memory. Were it not for my teachers in elementary school providing me with paper and crayons or pressing my little hand into clay, Patti would have had years of disappointment. Loved though she is, she's probably not going to get a birthday, anniversary, or Mothers Day card from her middle child. But, she knows I love her to bits, and here I am declaring it to the world :) This picture of "Sweet Sweet Patti," as my high-school friends dubbed her, was taken at Prospect Mountain Lake George, NY sometime in the late 1960's. Mommy will know the exact year, and I shall ask her later.

Marjorie Bulow,  somewhere in Schenectady, NY
I have also included pics of my mom's mom, Marjo (or Marge) and my dad's mom, Ardis. My usually sharp detective skills are telling me from the picture quality and clothing style they are both from around the late 1930's to early 1940's. My mommy will also know these dates. She knows it all. *Marcie 

Ardis Murray, presumably in Ballston Spa, NY


Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Unexpected Adventures in Fabric Row

Wilbur Vintage & Designer Clothing
Marcie and I recently went down to Fabric Row, which is right below 4th and South, so I could get some material and a pattern to begin a skirt project (Note to self, don’t go to Fabric Row at 4:50pm on a Friday). When we got there the fabric stores were either closing or already closed. But, we noticed that there were a few shops still open and those shops were second hand stores. I love second hand shops but never knew there were so many on Fabric Row. One of the good things about the second hand shops is that there is a price point for everyone. We visited three shops on 4th Street and each shop was unique.

Rockers Closet

The first shop we visited was Rockers Closet, at 818 South 4th Street. Its price points reminded me of the thrift shops I went to as a child, which were wonderfully low. The shop is new so the inventory is still being built up, but there are good deals to be had. Interesting item of note: the proprietor runs an in-store alteration station. Also, I bought a-line knee length wool skirt for 4 dollars so I was happy.  :)
Decades Vintage

The next shop, Decades Vintange at 723 South 4th, would be a high-end vintage shop. It had designer vintage duds, glitzy baubles, and it was fantastically over the top. The proprietor told us of a shipment she recently obtained from a woman who lived down the street from Gianni Versace in the 80’s. The pieces weren’t Versace, but the clothes were definitely reminiscent of that time period- very luxe, very gold, very strong shoulders. It was maaarvelous, and there is lots to be had. But, you do really need to be patient and sort through to find items that are wearable now. 

Wilbur Vintage & Designer Clothing

The last shop we ventured in was WilburVintage/DesignerClothing,at 716 South 4th Street, and was a favorite of both Marcie and myself. It was the most well rounded shop, with a well edited selection, great prices, and a loungy, cool, relaxed atmosphere. The layout was thoughtfully spaced for easy browsing, which is especially important to me as a mom shopping with a young child. The prices were very reasonable, and I could get a lot of cool pieces at once without break the bank. The proprietor mentioned how he carefully inspects each piece before he adds it to the collection. And,I believe him because there was nada stain, or hole to be seen.      

Before I go, I wanted to give a little shout out to our CareWearShare roady, Maya B. She has been soooo patient. I’m sure she’d rather be practicing saying “NO” or putting lipstick on walls. We love ya girl. I also wanted to give myself a pat on the back for being a good friend;) The day we went thrifting was a beautiful day but it became very cold.  I risked being arrested by the fashion police, put on my husband’s 3X rhinestone encrusted orange Ed Hardy jacket, and  let Marcie wear my cute fitted black leather jacket. Having worn a very thin Members Only type jacket so Marcie was freezing her petunia off. My only saving grace was the fact the orange in the Ed Hardy jacket did work with my clothes. I risked it all because I really like Marcie; she’s one fab and fashionable gal.