Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Missoni for Target - Success

I was pretty annoyed on that faithful September day when I found myself like thousands (millions?) of others desperately trying to get their hands on some Missoni goods on the Target website, only to find the site had  crashed.  Despite my early efforts to "beat the online crowd," I wasn't able to order anything until 11am PST.  By then, most items had sold out.  Here is what I was able to scoop up:

Thus far I have received the skirt and the platter.  Both are fabulous, obvs.  I anxiously await my other items.

In other news, the weather is not that great in San Francisco this week so I decided to bust out my new Missoni skirt.  Here is the end result.

I'd also like to point out that while walking to work this morning, I was crossing the street and heard "You have the cutest skirt!" yelled at me.  I turned around to find an adorable Muni driver hanging out of her bus window.  Success!

Happy Missoni everyone :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

San Francisco Vintage Expo

And an expo it was. I'm not sure I've ever seen so many vintage items in one spot. It was moderately overwhelming.  When I look for vintage pieces, I tend to narrow my focus to jewelry.  It wasn't really until this expo that I ever wanted any clothing.

The venue was pretty gigantic and had around 80 sellers. And these people came from all over the US.  Not just SF as I had initially thought. I will say this, there were a fair amount of men hunting for vintage goods.  More than I figured there would be.

Sticking to what I know best, I picked up 4 broaches.

Top left: I have never seen a broach like this before. The bottom layer of rhinestones are flowy and add more interest to an already cool piece.

Top right: It's a bow. Done deal.

Bottom left: This is another example of something I've never seen before. The shape and stone layout of this broach made it a must have.

Bottom right: Super cool. Great color and interesting. Perfection.

Needless to say, I am extremely excited to incorporate these pieces into my wardrobe!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Is it too early to shop for Halloween?

This is a problem I deal with every year. Usually by the end of August/early September, stores start rolling out their Halloween decorations.  Next to Christmas there is no other holiday I look forward to.  And let's be honest.  Halloween and Christmas have the best decorations.  Here are some of the things that are on my list so far:

West Elm

Skeleton plates - $16-$18
Talk about a must have.  I can't think of a better vessel to present apps. 

Anything Day of the Dead is a-ok in my book but this has more than that going for it. The terracotta style and the flowers really make this pop. Definitely a statement piece. 

Bottle openers - $8-$14
There is something about the vampire teeth bottle opener that is both fabulous and hilarious.  2 characteristics I definitely look for when adding items to our apartment.  

Pottery Barn

Put this with the skeleton app plates and you've got quite the party. 

Mice - $19
There is something about these guys that I just really like and I don't know what it is.  They're more cute than creepy but fun nonetheless. 

I hope you are all getting Halloween inspired a little early this year.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Stay-Cation takes on a new meaning

There is something fancy and cool about vintage suitcases.  Clearly they are no longer practical because who really wants to carry a suitcase anymore? I don't. However, I wouldn't mind having some scattered around the house as functioning art.  

When I saw this on Fancy That, my jaw dropped.  

How amazing is that?!  This would be an amazing conversation piece in any space.  Think of it this way.  Every time you go to open a drawer, it's kinda like being on vacation and grabbing something out of your suitcase :)

Visit here to pick one up for yourself!

Happy long weekend kids!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dream Shoes: Armani & Valentino

While in Southern California last weekend, I spotted some amazing shoes in storefront windows.

Georgio Armani
Gorgeous and timeless. That's the only way I can think of describing these shoes. Love the added detailing with the bow. So pretty.

While I didn't snap my own photo of these, the glare was awful, these little beauties were shouting my name from their post in the Valentino window. How amazing are these?! Love the cream and black coloring as well as the studs. The odd cut outs make this shoe even more interesting and desirable.

My next mission is to find a more affordable version of these Valentino's...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Interior Inspiration: Happiest Place on Earth

I spent this past weekend in Disneyland and was really surprised by some of the great art that was showcased in 2 of the stores in Downtown Disney. Before you tell me I'm crazy, these are not your typical or traditional style Disney paintings. Nothing could make me happier than someone taking a dark or vintage interpretation of my favorite Disney movies. Here are some of my favorites.

Snow White by Jenny Chung
I was, and still am, a huge Snow White fan. I think it's because I've spent most of my life trying to achieve her perfect bob :) I digress. This painting immediately stood out to me when we walked into Vault 28. The colors are so vibrant and I love the subtle anime style the artist used. I am actively campaigning to the bf that we need this in our apartment.

Alice in Wonderland by Greg McCullough
This is such an interesting scene in the movie and this artist did a great job at capturing it without making it look too much like a literal translation. The rich and vibrant colors add to the fantastic expression on Alice's face.

I cannot describe how bad I want this so we can hang it above our bar. It's adorable. It's got a slightly vintage look to it. Perfection. And Remy's expression looks so fun and inviting. Who wouldn't want a glass of wine?!

Maleficent by Steven Daily
Easily my favorite villain of all. (The Evil Queen is a close #2) Her look and her attitude makes it impossible to not appreciate how fantastic she really is. Truly amazing. And the slightly Victorian feel of this painting is incredible.

Hopefully you will take a look into your childhood for some unexpected inspiration!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Adventures in Estate Sale Shopping

The bf and I woke up early on Saturday, thanks to our upstairs neighbors, and I thought it seemed like the perfect day to go to an estate sale. We got super lucky and discovered there was one happening super close to our apartment.

I love going to estate sales simply because I like owning things from the past. Especially when you incorporate the old pieces with current pieces. Here are 2 brooches I picked up.

The bf thought this brooch was too bizarre to pass up and really sold me on purchasing it. I can honestly say, I've never seen a brooch that is a basket full of flowers. Interesting indeed. You can't tell too much from this picture but it looks like it's hand-painted. There is minimal paint damage and the overall quality is pretty excellent.

I thought this was darling the moment I saw it. Such adorable, Spring colors. And the detailing of the colored rhinestones in the middle of each flower was just too much to pass on. This one also appears to be hand-painted and the condition is a little more flawed than the other. Nonetheless, it's still pretty and will fit into my collection nicely.

Not pictured here is the cheese plate that I purchased as well. Not that a cheese plate is particularly exciting but I've always wanted one and it was pretty and apparently from Italy. Certainly a nice find!

Hope you are all finding some vintage pretty in your lives.