Well, I did it. I followed my dreams. And it landed me this dress! Haha, you may not believe me but it’s true. This blog post is about where I am now with my style, my life, and of course – where I got this dress!
I left my comfy 9 to 5 job in December of last year because I knew something just wasn’t right. I’m sure we all have those moments in our lives when you just can’t do it anymore. I thought I would try out being a good employee- a hard worker. And though I won’t deny it, it was great to get a paycheck every week and receive praise from my team – I just didn’t know where it was all leading to. My life. Somehow I felt that the time was right to finally stop talking about what I wanted to do or about what wished I could do, and decided to just go for it. I finally did it. I followed my dreams and opened The Vintage Net.
Risky? Yes. Lots of hard work? Oh hell yes. How’s it going so far? Freaking awesome. It’s been a roller-coaster this year getting things going trying to figure out how to do e-Commerce in the best way possible. I started with one idea, went with another – my first one failed – and now I’m just going with the flow. The one thing I’ve learned about selling vintage so far is: quality over quantity. Always. Those pieces that you fall in love with – even if they’re more pricey, it’s worth it. Because what’s the point of selling crap you hate anyways?!
The dress I am wearing was purchased for The Vintage Net but I just can not seem to part ways with it. It is REAL vintage from the 1940s – made of silk taffeta. You just don’t find silk taffeta dresses anymore. The print and shape is so modern and chic I honestly don’t think this dress will ever go out of style. I’m wearing it with a pair of Rochas python snakeskin platforms and a 1950s black box bag. The sunglasses are just cheap knockoffs but who cares – they work perfectly.
Shoes: Rochas python platforms (available here)
Though I am dying to start wearing my coats & furs already, I can’t help but love the weather in Oakland lately. It still feels like summer here. We took these photos on my apartment’s rooftop deck during a much needed Sunday lounge sesion. I’ve been so busy with getting things going for The Vintage Net that it seems I have forgotten all about my little fashion blog. I definitely haven’t forgotten about my darling readers, and I’d love to find out what you are all up to these days.
On another note, I am so stoked to have a new watch! Jord watches sent me this cute and super comfortable wooden watch. Can’t seem to take this thing off it is so darn comfortable. Love wearing it with black and white – especially since the blue adds the perfect pop of color.
Top: Eileen Fisher
Watch: Courtesy of JORD
Thanks for staying subscribed to my blog although it’s been a while since I’ve kept you updated. There is more in the works so stay tuned! Hope you all had a beautiful weekend.
You may be wondering where I’ve been these last few weeks! Maybe you saw my update on Instagram, but in case you haven’t heard the news- I’ve finally opened up my own little online shop! I had to steal these overalls and bag for an outfit post to share the news.
Owning a shop is something that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little kid. I remember playing “store” at my grandma’s house with fake money and products.. I even caught my mom shoplifting once! Haha :)
If you ask me to describe Black Cactus Boutique, well I’d say that so far it’s a collection of California-casual combined with chic rock n’ roll.
I also have a bit of an obsession with anything metallic, sequined, embroidered, or mod looking – so you’ll probably see a bit of that in the shop, too. Ultimately, it’s my goal to sell quality and wearable vintage/designer pieces because that’s what I look for when I shop vintage.
Vintage LL Bean Overalls from Black Cactus Boutique / Vintage Bag from Black Cactus Boutique / Celine Baby Audrey Sunglasses / Clogs from Old Navy
(Pssst… I’m having a GRAND OPENING SALE! Take 25% off everything in my Etsy store now until Sunday with coupon code HURRAY. Lots of items have already sold but I’m planning to add a ton more this week so make sure you follow me on my Black Cactus Insta account for updates.)
(photos by Melissa de Mata)
Well, here I am. Another year older and still blogging away. Do I look old to you?! 28 is so close to 30 isn’t it? EEK! What are your thoughts on turning or being over the 30 hill? So far, I still feel like 28 is any different than 27. I actually thought that I was 28 the whole time I was 27… people would ask me how old I was and I would literally say that I was 28 haha. Since I’m writing this blog post, I am in total reflection mode. So much has happened in this last year and you’re going to have to hear about it whether you like it or not!
This year: I had a job, I left a job, I learned to play guitar, I started a band, started an eBay store, reconnected with good friends and am [kind of] figuring it out as I go along (or am I?). I’m still not sure yet. Not having a 9 to 5 is scary… but somehow I know that it’s going to be okay. I’ve been to a few interviews (like 5 jeeeez) and though it was a rewarding experience to almost “get the job,” I didn’t. No offers from any of them. Yeah rejection sucks. But… maybe they are doing me a favor. Maybe the perfect fit is just around the corner.
All of this extra time has really forced me to actually look deeper. What do I want to do? Where do I really want to work? I’ve always had a passion for starting my own business so now I’m kind of going down that path. Maybe I’m just a hopeless dreamer, but I really feel like everyone has a special purpose in life, and we all contribute in one way or another. Luckily, I love this blog so I am half way to getting there.
For my b-day I did a birthday brunch since I LOVE BRUNCH and just had an overall spectacular day.. or should I say week? If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Coat: Zara (similar one here) / Dress: Forever21 / Shoes: Zara (similar ones here) / Bag: Kate Spade (similar one here)/ Lipstick: Nars Heat Wave
(All photos taken by the talented Melissa de Mata)
Sometimes it’s tough to get the day started, am I right? I find that it always helps to have a mini routine when you wake up. What works for me is, before I even check my email or Instagram, I get up and make myself a cup of coffee. I’m not even that much of a coffee person – but for some reason it’s the habit of making it that gets my day started. While the coffee is brewing, I sit down to make a to-do list. I always write at the top of my list, “Today is going to be a great day.” I know it sounds kind of cheesy, but I read an article on Muse.com that really changed the way I wrote and completed my morning to-do lists.
The article explains that there are many benefits to writing your goals and tasks for the day down – if you follow one rule.
The rule? (Read More…)
Sometimes all you need to feel put together is a tailored coat and a pair of heels. That’s probably why I own way too many coats! My coat closet barely opens now… it is stuffed to the max. I totally scored on this perfectly tailored red pea-coat from Mercy Vintage. It is vintage Calvin Klein and in my favorite shade of lipstick red. I saw it hanging on the rack, and didn’t even think twice when I bought it. SO GLAD I didn’t leave this one behind.
Normally I’m not really a fan of wearing black and red together, somehow I always think it comes off too goth or trendy. I think the trick to pulling off black and red is to pair it with white. I threw on my Madewell white collared shirt and instantly felt chic. Are there any other recommendations you have for wearing red and black?
Melissa shot these of me when the sun was out shining! I love how the red really pops in the light.
What I’m Wearing:
Coat- Vintage Calvin Klein from Mercy Vintage, similar one here / Madewell Ripped Jeans / Zara heels / Madewell Glasglow Satchel / Celine Sunglasses
Photos by Melissa de Mata
Photography makes such a difference, doesn’t it? That is why this HAS to be one of my favorite outfit posts… ever! The talented Melissa de Mata snapped these photos of me during our little trip to the Ferry Building for coffee. I love how beautiful the lighting is in these photos and how she captured it. Days like these always seem to remind me of summer. It’s one of the perks of living in California. Seriously, where else can you be walkin’ around in a t-shirt and jeans in February!?
I agree with this completely and frankly love this quote. If you are currently in a transitional phase (like me), it’s always good to remind yourself of this. Life always finds a way somehow. Sometimes it’s exactly what you planned and other times it’s the complete opposite.
I love any excuse to get dressed up, so when StyleLend contacted me about doing a Valentine’s Day feature with them, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! Being a girl who’s never had the reason or the budget to buy a designer dress, it was actually my first time I had ever even tried on a dress from Chanel or Prada. Normally a designer price tag makes me too nervous to warrant a dress try-on! Not with StyleLend. With StyleLend, you can rent designer dresses for up to a week at a fraction of the retail price. I’m not even kidding you guys! This Karen Millen dress that I am wearing retails at originally $400 but you can rent it for $48. The Chanel dress I tried on was probably $1000 but you can rent it for only $90. How cool is that!? Why spend a ton of money if you are only ever going to wear a dress once anyway?
My friend Sarah and I are goofballs and we never miss an opportunity to take photos of “cute things”. This yellow rose bush was no exception! What started out as a bagel and coffee run, turned into a little mini photo-op. I’m inspired by the fact that this outfit post was unplanned – I feel like you don’t see a lot of fashion bloggers posting about what they’re wearing in their “real life.” I think I might need to do that more…