Thursday, January 17, 2008

Poyvore of the Day: Valentine's Confession

Can we talk "love" for a minute? I had a revelation recently about the state of my relationship. (Sorry to get personal here, but it's relevant to the topic at hand.) Ever since I can remember, I've done everything I can to not be THAT girl - the needy girlfriend, the princess girlfriend. I've always wanted to be "down," a guy's-girl, low-key, low-maintenance, and so on and so forth. But the other day, I looked my boyfriend squarely in the face and admitted it....

What, you ask, did I admit to? I admitted to needing to be showered with kisses, needing to be held, needing to be swept off my feet and serenaded and all of the other stuff that has been buried by years of tomboy training. This is not to say that my wonderful man doesn't already do these things (he sings me Frank Sinatra ballads quite often in fact), but it felt good to actually say that I needed it out loud.

And so, in keeping with the spirit of sharing my girly side (and even though you guys do not collectively equal a boyfriend), I'm going to bare my soul to you. Here goes...

I NEED one day a year, where I can wear pink. Unabashedly. Bright pink. Rasberry pink. Flamingo pink, even. And what better day, than a day when it's not quite as dangerous to venture out in this eye-popping hue - Valentine's Day!

Just in case you're ready to wear some pink too, I've picked out some lovely Polyvore inspiration for us - a set that features my new color-du-jour. It comes to us from polyvore-er, likeomgnoway. (love the username - how very apropos.) The set is a perfect example of how to wear pink without looking like a giant...I don't blob. Plus, I dig the mint green / rasberry combo.

Sigh. See, now don't you feel like we've bonded? In the words of the immortal Chevy Chase, "good talk, Russ."


p.s. "But it's only January 17th," you say. "Valentine's Day is a month away!" I know, but if you're going to do some online shopping for V-day, you'd better get started now.

And here are my picks for the best pinkage on the web:

1. Big Date Night: frothy pink frock @ Mary Moore Vintage
2. Valentine's Gala: pink ballgown @ Vintage-a-Peel

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The BEST Blog Post on the BEST of 2007!

So once again, I've been away for far too long. This blogging thing is hard work! I took some time off in December, and it gave me a really good chance to reflect on the best...well, the best stuff - the best experiences, the best of my new city, the best friends, the best boyfriend, the best family, and for certain, the best vintage.

In no particular order, these are the BEST things of 2007:

BEST Undiscovered Big City:

Omaha, Nebraska. Yep, it's a megalopolis (just about a million people) and one of the fastest growing cultural centers in the US. Aside from a newly thriving downtown area, it's helped me lose my east-coast edge. It's good to be back.

BEST New Gadget:

NOPE! I'm not talking about any of these newfangled digital apple phones, ipods, laptops, blackberries, or computers - I'm talking about my turn-of-the-century (as in ca. 1900) expanding clothes drying rack. It took me 20 minutes at the antique store to figure out what it actually was, but once I did, it was ALL mine! Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent couldn't have said it better when they crooned, "ayooh, I'm tired of using technology, I need you right in front of me."

BEST Inspiration for 2008

The movie National Treasure 2, and the knowledge that the new Indiana Jones movie is coming out soon are very inspiring for a treasure hunter like myself. Here's to unearthing a Charles James dress this year. and a Hermes Birkin bag...ahem.

BEST "How'd they do that?" Vintage Stores on the Web

Yep, these are the stores that somehow manage to capture the "I didn't even try," indie, cool-girl, mis-matched look. How do you make it look so easy?

1. Maki Maki Vintage
2. Showdown Vintage
3. LeRobo Vintage

BEST "Old Standard" Stores on the Web

For the stores who keep me coming back again and again to stare at their magnificance.

1. The Frock
2. Mary Moore Vintage
3. Antique Dress
4. Vintage Textile
5. Antique Dress

BEST "one that got away"

If I had the resources at the time, I would have snapped up this vintage Vivienne Westwood Ensemble. weep.

BEST "one that DIDN'T get away"

Allllll mine...well, not any longer, but it WAS all mine for a fleeting moment. mid - late 1930's Robert Piguet Couture. mega rare.

BEST Vintage Moment

Dressing up in vintage with my 3 roommates at 3 am on a Tuesday...and having a dance party in our kitchen

Happy New Year! CHEERS!