Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fall Dapper Day 2016

It's been a good while since I attended a Dapper Day. Thanks to the extreme kindness of my friend Tony, I was able to attend two of the days of the weekend.

First day I wore a cute patio set I got for a song at the Frock You Vintage sale. It was rather warm that day, so it was a very good choice, I think.

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Patio Set

On our way up there, we grabbed my best bro, Gabe for more shenanigans!

Fall 2016 Dapper Day

We meandered about a bit before Janey texted that she was on her way to the parks. I got on the Haunted Mansion/Nightmare Before Christmas with her for the very first time. It was rather adorable with the NBC overlay!

We then all parted ways, and I crashed with Tony and Erin at their hotel, to rest for the Saturday festivities.

Erin and Tony were all tuckered out, so Tony shoved me to the parks, and bid me adieu. I then ran about with my friend Jenny!

Jenny is a local knitter and vintage lover, and she's got such lovely clothes. I think whenever I visit her home, I'll roll through her closet a bit.

We jumped about more, and finally went to the Dapper Day expo. This time around the expo was held at the Disneyland Convention Center, and my goodness, I was a bit overwhelmed. There was a plethora of things for everyone. Barbers, shoe shiners, hair stylists, and of course clothing and shoe vendors.

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Besame Cosmetics

The both of us made a bee-line to the Besame Cosmetics booth, where I finally got to meet Loni in person. She hugged me on sight, and we gushed over how lovely the other looked.

I snagged the last of the 1930s rollerball perfume, and tested the new rouges on my wrists (I absolutely love 1915 Delicate Rouge and I need it now)

I then made a bee-line to Match Accessories and got a pearly white D brooch. And I got to meet Sam, who was so excited to see me and was explaining to her husband 'That's Janey's friend!! Ahhh I'm such a fan of her.' Needless to say, I made a lot of whiney noises, and we hugged each other a lot.

After, Jenny and I made some fun purchases, tried on pretty dresses, and made our ways back to the parks.
We then left, and made oodles of plans to hang out at later dates.

I had such a lovely time, it was well needed, and I'm so grateful of all the lovely people who helped in making my weekend so grand.

Here is my haul from the weekend.                                  

Fall 2016 Dapper Day Besame Cosmetics

The 1930's scent is absolutely amazing, and I want either it, or 1920 in the larger atomizer spray.

I've already made a muslin of the Hollywood pattern, it's so lovely!

I've been a fan of Match Accessories for a good while, and it's so lovey to own one of their brooches!!

Fall 2016 Dapper Day

Simplicity patterns had a booth space there, and had patterns for sale. I don't really buy modern patterns, so I grabbed a freebie they had. I think I can teach my little sister to sew in the new year!!

Have any of you attended Dapper Day? If not, what would be your ideal Dapper Day?

Friday, October 28, 2016

12 Vintage Instagrammers you should be following

Since our world is plagued with listicals that just anyone can scribble up, I will contribute in my own way.

Here are some vintage loving instagrammers I believe you should be following.

1. @lifeofavintagegiraffe

Zoe is an absolutely adorable gal who lives in London. I can't wait to follow more of her adventures.

2. @jennyrieu

Jenny is a wonderful curvy model from France who lives and works in LA.

3. @retro_alina
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Alina is a Maryland-based vintage dresser who is a dancer, and a little bit of a nerd.

4. @adria.renee

Ok, I actually know Adria IRL. She's a fellow cosplay friend and seamstress, who modeled for me in my senior show. She's made of actual sunshine you guys.

5. @rockinzena

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Zena is a LA based seamstress who is absolutely lovely! And her clothing is totally enviable!

6. @redvelvetlola

A photo posted by Velvet Wren (@redvelvetlola) on

Velvet is a Mississippi based gal who loves the 30's-50's.

7. @esperancitaaa

Esperanza is an absolute darling who's from LA. She's one of the gals in the Iconic Pachuca Looks video.

8. @ladyeccentrikb

Lady Eccentrik is a sweet gal from Jamacia who looks like she stepped out of a 50's photoshoot.

9. @theblackpinup

Angelique Noire is an internationally published model, and real estate agent in LA.

10. @dandywellington

Dandy is the coolest brotha in showbiz. He's a New York based bandleader and performer. I not so secretly wish he'd make an appearance in San Diego...

11. @electric_hanako
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Hanako is a 30's style seamstress from Japan.

12. @barriodandy

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J.C. De Luna is an LA based accessory designer and stylist.


Some of these people I've recently started following, so my descriptions for them are piddly, but let their lovely images speak for themselves.
As a person of color, I wanted to include a bit more diverse group of vintage enthusiasts that are deserving of your follows.

Are there any instagrammers you're loving lately?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Thrifting Tips

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Often I get asked by my friends where I get my vintage; according to one “How are you such a thrifting queen?!”
Now, I don't think I'm a 'thrifting queen', I just get lucky sometimes. I've cultivated a lot of skills over the years and, because I love to share and help people, here are some tips I use when I'm out thrifting and searching for vintage.

Utilize technology.
Thankfully, in this age of technology, we can do a quick internet search for anything we want to look for. Sometimes just searching 'thrift store' and your area can come up with some new places to check out. There is also the site The Thrift Shopper
 which is a thrift store directory!

You can also check the Vintage Fashion Guild's Label Resource for some 'brand name' vintage garments to see how prices online compare to those in the shop.

Have an idea of what you're looking for.
I use Evernote to make a list of items I'm on the lookout for. Usually it'll be something simple; such as cardigans. This is my last list from my trip to the San Diego Costumers Guild.

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But you can also make a general list of things you’re hoping to find with pen and paper, and put it in your bag.

Don't be afraid to rummage.
Something my mom taught me, you'll find some amazing things if you take your time and dig for them. I once found some nice deadstock stockings in a box of belts at a sidewalk sale!

Ask questions.
Of course, this depends on where you are, but sometimes just a 'hey, do you have any more of these?' can yield a nice response. Once in an antique mall, I asked if there were any more magazines, and the booth owner moved a box aside to reveal a plethora of knitting magazines; nothing I was looking for, but I was gracious she showed me.

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Check the seams and armpits.
Nothing like getting something super lovely, only to notice the armpits are completely stained, and the shoulder seams busted open. Now, these can sometimes be cleaned, depending on what you purchased/the fiber content. Also, sometimes, if a tag doesn't say 'as-is', you can possibly ask for a small discount.

Keep a little cleaning kit in your purse.
Now, searching for vintage treasures can be a bit messy. Dust, jacket collars covered with hair...sticky candy still in the pockets (Yes, this happened once), are among the unpleasantries you’re likely to encounter. I have some hand sanitizer in my purse if there's no bathroom, and some lotion to keep my hands nice and soft. Baby wipes are also a very good idea.

Sometimes the garment just needs a belt to bring it all together, or a popped seam needs a safety pin.
If you can't change, or don't have the correct undergarments, then a tape measure will be your best friend. Keep your measurements written down, and also have them halved.

Don't wear makeup.
Rather, don't wear a full face without it being properly sealed. I've seen makeup smears on contemporary clothing when I'm out shopping with my sister, and it's so saddening. I try to just keep a light translucent powder and maybe my brows done, but if I do have a full face of makeup on, I have a secret weapon. I keep a scarf in or on my purse. When in the dressing room, I'll tie the scarf on my head, then try the garment on. Any transfers happen on the scarf, and the clothes are left clean.

According to my grandma, department stores used to keep scarves in dressing rooms for that very problem!

Know the difference between a thrift store, second hand store, vintage boutique, and antique mall.
I know I titled this with thrifting tips, but there is a difference between the various places you can shop.
Thrift stores and second hand stores have no specialization of eras, and tend to be very affordable.
Vintage Boutiques and Antique Malls are specially collected and sorted by era, and are sold at a higher price.

And here you have it, my little tips for thrifting. I hope you can utilize them, and find yourself some lovely treasures!!

Do you thrift often?
What are some of your tips?


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