They say every picture tells a story, and I like to think that every garment does too. That's why, with every piece you buy, I will include a delightful "story" of the life that your garment once led.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DIY Cutout Boots!

I bought these old boots a few years ago from a thrift store, but I was just thrifting today and I saw tons of old boots that would work great for this project. So after you've picked your favorite pair, now is the time to get your creative juices flowing. Think about cool shapes and placements for your cutouts. It's hard to see in my boot on the right, but I have a triangle cutout on the top right of the shoe and another triangle shaped cutout at the toe. You can draw shapes on the boot or just go for it like I did. Take your box cutter  or exacto knife and make shallow cuts first and then gradually get more aggressive with your cutting. Keep going until you've broken the skin and fabric underneath. Have fun and be careful!

FYI these look pretty cute with socks too!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Monroe's Cutout Cape

Monroe was born in 1959. Her mother was a huge Gentleman Prefer Blondes fan and every other Marilyn Monroe movie for that matter. She consequently was named after the actress but to her mothers dismay shared no characteristics or personal traits with Marilyn. She was brunette and had no interest in bleaching her hair. She was petite, thin and didn't want to be seen as sexy. Her favorite article of clothing was this crochet cape with arm cutouts and scalloped bottom. Her mother decided that she would pretend that her cape was Marilyn's white dress from The Seven Year Itch and she would make Monroe stand above the floor heater so that the cape would fly around. 

Scalloped Cape $38. Fits size XS-M

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cassandra's Crest

Prep School was a breeze for Cassandra. She loved all of her classes and always stayed late to help tutor her classmates. She enjoyed reading so much that she made it a point to read at least one book a week that wasn't assigned reading. Her school didn't require a uniform but Cassandra wanted to look the part. They say dress for success and Cassandra wanted lots of it. Hopefully you don't have to wear a uniform but if you want to channel some of Cassandra's smarts or maybe if you're a huge Harry Potter fan you should wear this dress. 

Navy Crest Dress $32. Fits size M, approx 4-6

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ava's Culottes

Are you ready for spring? I sure am, and so was Ava in March 1971. She wore these adorable plaid culottes to a picnic in the park. Ava played fetch with her dog and ate crackers and cheese with her friends. I can't wait for Spring so I can have a day like Ava's, we can do it together because I found a few of these little cuties.

Plaid Culottes $22
Fits size XS or 0. Available in other sizes too.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Samantha's Hawaiian Muumuu

This spectacular pleated hawaiian muumuu was previously owned by Samantha. She lived on the island of Kawaii and was the most popular girl in her senior class. In 1973 she donned this hot pink muumuu to a school dance and let's be real, everyone wanted to boogie with her. She wore her hair in a high bun with flowers poking out from one side. So if you feel like dancing you should grab this gorgeous dress and don't be surprised if theres a line of people waiting to shimmy with you.

Hawaiian Muumuu $36. Fits sizes 0-6, maybe even bigger; theres a lot of room in this thing :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Darling Dita and her Velvet & Pearl Dress

Dita looked stunning in this LBD as she drank wine on a boat one late night in 1981. The night was dark and the fog dense. Everyone had seen her sipping drink after drink all evening. She asked her cheating husband to walk with her to the head of the boat and without hesitation she quickly pushed him off. The music was too loud to hear his screams and the fog too thick to see his flailing arms. Dita knew it was the only way she could get rid of him. She threw her glass of apple cider and never looked back. Clever girl got away with it. Planning on any mischievous acts? Hopefully not murderous ones, but if so this may be the dress for you.

Black velvet & pearl dress by Taurus Nites $42
Label says size 12 but fits like around size 6-10

Friday, November 11, 2011

Come and get your cape!!

This sunday Vintage Story & Live in Love will be hosting an event at my house. I have been working super hard making these capes while still collecting amazing vintage garb. Come check it out. The capes are made of recycled and reworked men's flannels. Look fashionable and save the earth! What??!!!!

Cape $78