Tuesday, April 26, 2011

his and hers

A pair of outfits from last week and the weekend, courtesy Andy and me. I thought he looked particularly cute when we went thrifting last Thursday: vintage 1970s black flag Levi's, 1950s black oxford shirt, retro Eddie Bauer sneakers, and a reversible olive drab plaid 1960s windbreaker. And a pint of Founder's Pale Ale.

The colors in my Saturday outfit were loosely inspired by the image below from the Street Style Aesthetic blog. My outfit: 1950s dress, Target cardigan and tights, 1950s woven straw and leather handbag, Old Navy shoes.

I love this woman's look. Well, perhaps the ankle socks are not for me (though cute on her), but I love the skirt with the big bow in front, and especially the cyan blue sweater with the oversize mustard clutch. I went with a turquoise dress and chartreuse shoes, but probably wouldn't have thought of those shoes if I hadn't seen this photo.


Monday, April 25, 2011

insanely cool...or just insane?

I was tempted, and am kind of regretting not buying him. He looks like a squirrel Amy Sedaris would have on her wall. But he stayed on the thrift store shelf. (Call me, Amy--I'll let you know where he is.)

These came home with me, of course.

Just plain freaky. Stayed in the store for the crazy doll lady.

I loved how they were arranged on the shelf. Which is where they stayed.

Even with the scuff on the cover, I loved this. It came home with me.



Andy was so excited--this was his second "The Whites" album of the day. If Andy had things his way, the house would be filled with weird albums like these. But I like to keep the record cabinet filled with vinyl we might actually listen to...so none of these came home.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011


One wonderful thing about spring and summer clothing is the great variety in prints. Florals of all sizes and colors, polka dots, stripes, wild abstracts, fun novelty prints...like petroglyphs! (For the record, I have soft spots for the Scottie dog and Danish modern forest prints below.) Here are some amazing prints coming to the shop shortly.

1940s rayon petroglyph print dress.

Scottie dog print blouse (I am heartbroken this did not fit me!).

1960s does 1920s striped drop waist dress.

Sea green floral zip-back blouse.

Cotton candy pink seersucker dress, by The Villager.

1980s military style cropped jacket.

Sunny yellow 1960s Alfred Shaheen print dress.

1960s cranberry calico print blouse, by White Stag.

1960s striped sunflower magna-print dress.

1981 Rolling Stones tour t-shirt.

1960s mod daisy print dress, by Flutterbye.

Strawberry applique wrap skirt.

1960s polka-dot pixie dress, by Mr. Mort.

Pastel stripe oxford blouse, by Juniorite.

Catherine Ogust tunic dress.

Blue rose cotton sateen blouse.

Periwinkle abstract cobweb/spatter print dress.

Embroidered and satin ribbon-trimmed crinoline, by Newform.

Psychedelic floral house dress with rickrack trim.

Golden brown paisley print blouse.

1950s L'Aiglon silk coat-of-arms print dress.

Blue floral print blouse.

1950s girl's dress with yellow rose and gingham print, and rickrack trim.

1940s gabardine pencil skirt, by Jackfin.

1950s Danish modern forest print dress, by Adele Fashions.

1984-85 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Born in the USA tour t-shirt.

1960s pink and white grid print linen dress, by Carol Brent.

1960s gray and yellow filigree print blouse, by Laura Mae.

1950s blue rose print party dress, by Joan Miller Juniors.


Monday, April 18, 2011

record store day

Saturday was Record Store Day, and I hope you visited your local independent music store and bought some tunes. I did! But first we went to see the John James Audubon Birds of America exhibit at the Grand Rapids Art Museum. It was freezing and rainy--typical Michigan spring. Even with my many layers, tights, and boots, I was cold. Hence, this weird photo where I'm apparently in agony over what's falling from the sky.

(The Audubon exhibit was great, by the way. My favorite was the snowy owl illustration.)

So, Record Store Day. We headed to our local independent store, Vertigo Music. The store was packed with people (and apparently this was the least crowded it had been all day). There was live music, a deejay in between sets, and free pizza and Founders Beer! Yes. Free beer. Good beer.

I wanted to get photos, street fashion style, of some of the kids in the store. But what can I say, I am the son and the heir of a shyness that is criminally vulgar. So I gave the camera to Andy. But first I did snap this (sadly, not very clear) photo. I loved this fellow's eccentric look: top hat with feathers, ruffled shirt cuffs, plaid jacket with embellishments sewn on. Awesome!

These two young women were rocking the color. Their looks were almost coordinated.

Loved her bright coat and cute hat.

There was a also a guy who was the spitting image of young Billy Bragg, but he managed to completely evade Andy before he could take a photo.

Of course, I couldn't go home empty-handed. I picked up the British Sea Power Zeus ep, Low's C'mon on vinyl, and a used Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots cd.



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