High School Reunion
Going to my 20-year high school reunion was unexpected of me. Truth be told, I kind of hated high school. The relentless search for identity. The bullying. The wretched transition period between 80s and 90s fashion (paisley rayon dress shirts? harem pants?). Mira and I were in the same grade since 4th grade, but in high school she was doing her own thing, and rightly so. Then things change for me senior year. I was starting to get myself, I met my bff, 1970s retro fashion was in full swing, and Mira and I began our love affair with vintage fashion.
(The Spindle: 1993 Lowell High School yearbook portrait)
I jokingly asked my bestie L (who lives in FL) if she would come up and go to the reunion. A resounding “hell yes I’d go" was her response, so I was in. Mira wasn’t an immediate yes, but with some coercion, she agreed. My compelling argument? If anything, I can style you and we can make a blog post out of it.
Some people go to these things to brag, some to behave like a 19 year old one more time, and some for curiosity. For me it was a little of all of that. We laughed, we connected, we drank, we danced. There was a raffle to raise funds for the restoration and preservation of a 1930s clock on the exterior of one of the high school’s buildings. As a student of things vintage and historic, I decided to buy one ticket, you know, to participate. The universe vibed on my good intentions and I won a prize!
Otherwise, the food was decent, the music had its high and low moments, and the centerpieces didn’t go with the place settings. The bullies are gone, we are more self-assured and self-confident. And our fashion is on point.
- Zara Man cable knit sweater
- John Varvatos plaid dress shirt
- Nicole Miller black tie
- Kenzo pants
- Kenneth Cole dress shoes
- Cynthia Rowley strapless black dress
- AKRIS silk shrug/bolero
- Vintage 1960s gold clutch (thrifted)
- Bagley Mischka black satin d’orsay high heels
- Vintage 1980s pearl necklace worn as bracelet (thrifted)
Day four of Diane von Furstenberg sinspiration. DvF meets a yarnbombed boudoir.
- Diane von Furstenberg black pleated wrap dress (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg green suede hidden platform heels
- Vintage 1950s black leather handbag (thrifted)
- Diane von Furstenberg chevron/herringbone print shift dress (thrifted)
- Kenneth Cole black patent leather pumps
- Vintage 1960s tin/acrylic handbag (thrifted)
- H&M metallic bib necklace
- Metallic wire-wrapped agate cuff bracelet
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Another #treasuretrove of #thrifted #costumejewelry including #katespade #jcrew and #vintagejewelry #vintage #getyourdragon #fashionordie #necklace
2013 #HalloweenCostume, took 1st place prize at work! #chrismarch for Target #foamwig #diy #poodleskirt I made in 2003, #vintage #1950s #thrifted #purse, company front button black shirt, #betseyjohnson #whitebelt . #volume #structure #color #create #creative #sewing #crafts #costume
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Laced with Sentiment
Both of us have had our share being part of a formal party, like a wedding, First Communion, or quinceañero. For us, the question was never what do we do with this outfit; it was more like how long can we hold on to this by keeping it looking updated? No matter how much we bargain shopped, formal wear was always more than what we were willing to spend.
Bridesmaids dresses, especially ones from the 70s and 80s, are only as ugly as the sum of its parts. Deconstructed and re-worked, it can be re-contextualized and incorporated into a new, less formal look. We thrifted a bridesmaid’s because we saw something interesting in the pseudo-Victorian-style bodice. So we deconstructed the dress by removing the bodice from the rest of the dress, and styled it with a denim pencil skirt for a “dressy casual” look.
This way, you have the sentimental attachment of keeping a part of the dress without sacrificing too much closet space. Just as long as you save the pictures of the original dress (with you in it).
- Vintage 1970’s lace bodice (from a bridesmaid dress)
- Dolce & Gabbana Jeans dark denim skirt
- Fendi prism baguette
- Nine West hidden platform open-toe heels
At the risk of looking like a #teacherspet for Textile Science class: #thrifted #extant skirt made of #dacron #polyester #dacronpolyester and #nylonzipper from the #19sixties #textilescience #showandtell #vintage #vintagefashion #vintageskirt #madmen #fibertechnology
Happy Carnival 2013, Provincetown! #vegasstilllife #ptowncarnival #iheartptown #vintage #vintagevegas #vegasinptown #flamingohotel #vintagelasvegas #vintagevegassouveniers
Sinspiration: Josh McKinley’s Project Runway Finale Maxi-Dress
This posting was meant to be a regular “stroll” post, but it just occurred to us that this dress we thrifted reminded us of a couple of dresses from Josh McKinley’s Project Runway Season 9 finale collection. Let the record show we thrifted the nightgown and intended to use it a maxi-dress way before the episode aired!
Dresses by Josh McKinley (the Sinspiration):
(photographs from tvguide.com; mylifetime.com)
The unintended interpretation:
- Vintage 1980s nightgown (worn as maxi dress)
- Vintage 1960s Lucite hangbag
- MaxStudio Iliad heels
- Goldtone cuff; vintage necklace, 14K gold stud earrings
A Mod, Mod Stroll
A serendipitous moment of inspiration when we found this English telephone booth AFTER we styled this mod-to-boho look. Good show!
- Tibi paisley print maxi-dress
- Vintage 1960s Lucite handbag
- Assorted plastic bangles; agate & goldtone cuff; Forever21 earrings
- Max Studio Iliad heels
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- second hand fashion
Fashion of the the late 60s early 70s, a period where my rookie knowledge of fashion is still underdeveloped. I discovered designers I hadn’t heard of (Ossie Clark, Thea Porter), and continued honing in on my familiarity with the aesthetics of familiar fashion faces (Yves St. Laurent, Zandra Rhodes, BIBA, Geoffrey Beene, Betsey Johnson).
Into the woods…
The global village…
Unbeknownst to me, the 1970s were having a 1940s moment.
And finally, the blueprint for Halloween costumes for the past 25 years, not to mention Austin Powers references by other museum goers.
It’s no secret, and practically goes without saying, that Cyndi Lauper is my favorite singer and musician of all time. My first album (or at that time, cassette) was She’s So Unusual. Before that, when I heard Girls Just Wanna Have Fun on the radio, I would stop in my tracks to listen to the song, wherever I was. When we got MTV, I studied her videos when they were on. During the GJWHF video, I imagined myself in the impromptu conga line Cyndi leads right back to her apartment, where there’s a big party in her room, despite her protesting parents. In a bathrobe, I mimicked her dance moves, skirt shimmying and all. At that moment we had a baby sitter and she didn’t understand what I was doing, so as soon as my mother got home from grocery shopping she decided to tell her what I was doing (as if I was doing something wrong!!). I cut her off at the pass and talked over her. Not sure my mother even understood what was going on, but I don’t remember getting punished or anything.
I didn’t appreciate the concert experience until later in my life, so I was 29 when I first saw Cyndi Lauper in concert. At the time it didn’t occur to me to go alone, so I invited Mira and my good friend TC. (More on my past concert experiences in a future post).
Cyndi Lauper concert, November 2005. Photo by Leticia Tarilonte.
These Prabal Gurung for Target shoes I picked up for Mira instantly reminded of Cyndi Lauper’s earlier looks. In the 80s, she was wearing thrifted looks from the fifties. Sinspired, I decided to style her in an updated version of an early Cyndi Lauper look and recreate the album cover. It would be too hard for an exact replica. Besides, I prefer capture the spirit of a look when we style our “Sinspirations”. I did try to get her to imitate the dance moves (including doing the move myself). It was difficult, but she indulged me. And most importantly, we had fun.
- Vintage 1980s floral skirt
- 1990s Moschino Jeans sequin black T-shirt
- Prabal Gurung for Target Nolita pumps
- Vintage 1980s pink leather clutch
- Vintage 1980s plastic black beaded necklace, plastic purple bangles; animal bangles by The Sin Embargo; silvertone bamboo earrings
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Summer Stroll: A Rose is a Rose is a Rose…
- Vintage 1980s strapless dress (thrifted)
- Dolce & Gabbana rose print baguette
- Vince Camuto ankle strap platform heels
- Sterling silver bangles, silvertone cuff, bamboo earrings, and necklaces
Summer Stroll: Portland, ME
- Vintage 1970s hooded palazzo pant jumpsuit (thrifted)
- Vintage 1980s Salvatore Ferragamo bag (online purchase)
- H&M earrings; assorted plastic and beaded bangles
- Arden B. wedge shoes