Category Archives: Vintage

Saturday Adventures in Sacramento

Saturdays are a good day for me to wander around Sacramento at a leisurely pace. First my boyfriend made an amazing breakfast – eggs, country gravy, biscuits, french toast sticks, fresh whipped creme and a green tea chai latte. After a couple rounds of eating, I went to drop off my dry cleaning and decided (unplanned) to go into Summer Porch. The vintage outdoor furniture had caught my eye but the real jewels were inside.

I found a lot of shoes hiding away and snagged some comfy vintage Famolare wave wedges.

Always looking for adjustable or tiny vintage rings and found two and a vintage necklace.

Then I went happily off to Facials by Noelle. She uses an all organic skin care line, Eminence. Everything smells delicious including the daily moisturizer with SPF, which has just a hint of vanilla.

Next off to Hi-Fashion Fabrics to get fabric to make some vintage-patterned wide leg pants. I hope this place never goes out of business because it is the only fabric shop that sells a good amount of usable fabric for cloths – the other shops are all chains that carry mostly broadcloth for quilters. I also picked up fabric and notions for a spring-time apron. The base will be a lilac chiffon with a smaller overlay apron in white cotton with an eyelet trim. Anyways it’s an experiment in making the most fabulous Easter hostess apron that’s ever been seen. Not trying to hype it up or anything.

No perfect day would be complete unless La Garnacha is involved. The burrito has already provided two meals and will be providing a third very soon.

Then off to a wine party where Cory made the tinyest taco in the entire world. I got to wear my new Charlotte Ronson dress with my Kenneth Jay Lane gold hammered earrings – all Gilt-y purchases and my favorite vintage taupe heels.  The fave drink of the women that night was Allure, pink sparkling wine.  Yum.

All in all a good day.

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New things and old things

New Things

Today I created some gifs online. There are tons of sites that will let you make gifs from photos for free but I found loogix was the best one so far as it maintains the quality of the photos and gives you the direct link and embed text without a lot of hassle. You do have to size down the photos first if they are larger images or it will take forever, or in my case just freeze up your computer.

I also set up Cory’s tripod and used the remote so you can look forward to some actual outfit shots! Still working on the backdrop.

Get that ball Moose!

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Old Things

Dad sent me one of mom’s vintage dresses AKA a “Mary Wade Original”. Fits perfect but I think I will hem the skirt up a little. OH AND it came with a belt and matching coat.  Why don’t they make things like they used to?

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Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s fur

I’m always amazed at the coats in the eBay store indiecultvintage. Lots of vintage and fur trim coats in every kind of style. They also do a great job with the photography and descriptions. The auctions usually end up at a price that is higher than seasoned thrifters are willing to pay ($300 and much higher) but it’s fun to look. I have a few real fur and faux fur vintage coats and I never paid over $30 – see them here! But enough about me, here are the latest stunners from indiecultvintage:

Vintage purple fox fur and velvet blazer on indiecultvintage

Vintage leopard faux fur and red wool cape coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage arctic fox fur collar and wool batwing coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage Lilli Ann arctic fox fur collar and green mohair swing coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage shearling and blue suede belted coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage mink fur coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage mink and red wool belted coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage red ostrich feather coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage Hudson Bay multi-color horizontal striped wool coat on indiecultvintage

Vintage spotted lynx and camel hair coat on indiecultvintage

{all photos from indiecultvintage}

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How to Throw a Mad Men Party

1. Set the mood. Stock up on booze and cigarettes. Even if you don’t drink or smoke – just hold a glass and feign the life of a hard-drinking, chain-smoking ad executive.

2. Make the guest list. Find a group of people who like to play dress up.

3. Dress the part dudes. Men, almost any form of dressing up will do. If you decide to think about your outfit for more than 5 seconds try Google.

4. Dress the part ladies with 50s and 60s style cocktail dresses (um I know Mad Men is in the 60s but not a lot of people can tell the difference, just don’t wear a skirt with a poodle on it).

5. Don’t forget your accessories!

6. Antique those photos. Maybe you can fool people into thinking you went back in time.

Sweet Dreams

– From the Late Night Desk of Wade and Associates

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Second Sunday at Fringe

Where can you get a pair of gold-heeled Nine West pumps for under $10? Worn only once for a “girl from Robert Palmer video” costume. My inability to walk in high heels is your gain.

Gold-heeled Nine West pumps

Next Sunday (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) I’ll be selling some clothing in the Fringe parking lot with other bloggers and vendors. Here’s a sampling of some things from my closet that are making an appearance. Better come by and snag them! Lots of vintage and a nice little $1 box.

Vintage, vintage, vintage!

Vintage blouse

H&M dress and vintage gold belt

H&M navy blazer

From my boho days

Vintage purple track jacket - you need this

Vintage Bruno Maglis

H&M polka dot scarf and vintage black heels

and more! I’m sure I’ll have parted with more by the end of the week, maybe…

– From the late night desk of Wade & Associates

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Article Consignment

Tonight at Article Consignment:

“The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Thrift & Consignment Stores” Book signing with author Jo Anna Philips from 5-7 pm. Champagne, Snacks, & music plus, special offers and discounts!

If you haven’t checked them out yet you are missing out. Not only did I make some major dollars back through consignment but I used some of the funds to purchase these gems.

Vintage cream purse for under $15
Cashmere striped tank for under $15
Polka dot tank $3.

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I almost hate to give away one of my new favorite shopping spots but I think there is enough to share.

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Article Consignment Boutique

Article Consignment Boutique  5704 Elvas Avenue / Sacramento, CA 95819

Wow – what a little Sacramento gem!

Brought in a load of clothes and they took everything except for a pair of shoes and a vintage dress.  I selected the items very carefully – basically good brands that appeared basically unworn. If you need consignment tips hit me up while my styling rates are non-existent.

I wasn’t too sure about bringing in the Anthropologie dress but I’d worn it one time and the torso is too long for me. It is beautiful though and my decision was justified because I found a slammin’ BCBG dress. Out with the old and in with the new as they say.

I have the following items on consignment so go take a gander if you like:

Marc Jacobs jellies and Seychelles heels

Paige Denim - Love this brand

Shorts from Cuffs - Too fun for me

Vintage Peasant Blouse

Unique Tank from Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Anthropologie Creme Knit Dress with black slip

Found this BCBG dress and that hot Xscape ruched number in the background

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An Outfit Post … Finally!

The blog has taken a backseat to other endeavors but today I was really proud of my mostly thrift/vintage work outfit so I am sharing it with you. I know you will be jealous about how much some of these pieces actually cost.

the whole thing

  • Ann Taylor Cardigan – $8 from Thrift Town
  • Vintage knit skirt – $1 from Crimson and Clover (yes I found it in the $1 bin!)
  • Vintage necklace – About $8, I forget the exact details of purchase several years ago but it’s still one of my favorites. It reminds me of grandma’s white metal furniture in the garden.
  • The shoes are from a boutique in Santa Cruz and they are not thrifted. I have a really hard time finding thrift/vintage shoes that fit well and stay together but that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop looking.

a little detail

Hope you enjoy and don’t shop too hard or this will happen:

putting a chaise in the dressing room is asking for trouble

From the Late Night Desk of Wade and Associates

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A Brief Hiatus

I’ve been on a bit of a respite from the blog. Maybe it’s a New Years thing. I’ve been organizing and cleaning out my closet, reading (gasp! books with words), working on commissioned artwork (okay it’s just a bookmark and a banner). Today I wore my hot pink knit sweater from Crimson & Clover.

It’s one of my favorite purchases among many from the store. I got about a dozen compliments on it today. I think most people just find it striking. Have you ever found something interesting and complimented the person wearing it before you were even sure that you liked it? I’m guilty of doing that every once in a while. I guess it’s just a way of saying “Thank you for doing something interesting today – keep it up!”

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Silver and Gold

I was commissioned to make some prop shoes for a children’s Christmas play.  The play is “A Shoemaker’s Christmas” which is an adaptation of a story by Leo Tolstoy (here is it called Papa Panov’s Special Christmas). So here is my tutorial on making silver and gold boots for costumes or props.

1. Go Thrifting – Find boots that match the shape that you want (color and material don’t really matter). I started off a basic pair of brown boots and a pair of lace-up boots. I wanted to find lace-ups for a Victorian look but I could only find one pair.

2. Spray Paint and Let Dry – Get really good spray paint plus some newspaper and disposable gloves. I cannot say enough good things about this Montana Gold spray paint. One coat pretty much covered everything. I let them dry for a couple of hours and then touched up a few missed spots. I filled the shoes with newspaper so that they would stand better and it also makes the surface of the boots stand out so they are easier to spray.

3. Glue on Accessories – These were decorated using a hot glue gun and old vintage earrings. At first I glued purple Mardi Gras beads on the side of the silver boots but it looked so 80’s tacky metallic glam I couldn’t stop laughing when I looked at them. I decided to go pretty simple with the accessories on both – letting the bright silver and gold speak for itself.

Happy holiday crafting to all “and to all a good night” …

– From the Desk of Wade and Associates

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