Vintage Jumpsuit

September 22, 2014 · 1 comment

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Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in Jack London Square. It’s been so beautiful and sunny lately, and the smell of the salty San Francisco Bay has been calling my name! These photos are from last weekend when David and I went to a little outdoor flea market. Most of our time was spent drinking Blue Bottle coffees, walking around, and just overall enjoying the sunshine. I was feeling rather lazy in the morning, so this jumpsuit was just what I needed.

I am still a little unsure if I can pull off this jumpsuit… does it make me look frumpy?! Maybe it’s a little too nineties? That’s always the tough thing about wearing vintage! I did receive a few compliments on it so I figured I couldn’t have looked that weird! Hahaha.

I recently styled my musician friend Natalie in a jumpsuit and after seeing her in it – I was like damn, jumpsuits ARE cute. What’s your take on them? How do you pull off vintage without looking like a (for lack of better words) frumpy grandma!?

Outfit details:
Jumpsuit – Thrifted Vintage
Clogs – Swedish Hasbeens
Sunglasses – Pretty Penny
Bag – Thrifted
Lipstick – Nars Heatwave

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5 Key Pieces for Fall

It certainly isn’t Fall weather quite yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start dreaming up our favorite outfits! By now, you probably already own the perfect leather moto jacket. The good thing about a leather jacket is it can be worn year round and when has it gone out of trend? I tried this one on from Madewell, and instantly fell in love. It’s got a great vintage heavy-weight feel and is actually quite comfortable for the weight. I am still saving up for it ($500).. but I will get there (eventually).

Chelsea boots are another great pick for Fall. Why not change it up this year and go for a colored boot? These electric blue suede ones from NastyGal are to die for – they have the perfect amount of Mod, rock and roll, and class. I definitely see myself wearing them now through winter.

As far as prints go, the simple black & white check print is an easy base for anything. I think it looks as good with boots and leather as it does with heels and an evening bag. I like prints and dresses that are easy yet bold in themselves. Wear it now bare-legged with boots and wear with tights in the fall.

As far as bags go – lately I’ve been into the motto “smaller is better.” This little feather bag is perfect – it is unique and different and adds a romantic vibe to an otherwise edgey ensemble. It’d be awesome to find a vintage bag with feathers…

These Karen Walker sunglasses. Yeah so it might stop being sunny as Fall approaches, but sunglasses are still my favorite accessory all year round. The tortoise shell style is easy to pair with practically any look. I’ve basically had my eyes on these sunglasses for months now so of course they need to go in this look.

What do you think are your transition pieces for Fall?

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Slow & Low Whiskey Pop-Up

September 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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I had such a fun time at the Slow & Low pop up shop at Voyager in SF! My photographer friend Scotterpop (yes, that’s him) took this video, featuring a little cameo by me that cracks me up. Maybe it was the whiskey talkin’…

Watch the video here.

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This new brand of  Philadelphia based “Rock and Rye” whiskey is super delicious and honestly very easy to drink. We filled up plenty of glasses at the event if you were wondering…

I encourage you to seek them out at your nearby liquor store as they are currently selling their whiskey at a few select stores. Check their website for more info! Also, the cute little shop that hosted the pop up is pretty rad too. Make sure you show them some of your Bay Area love next time you’re in the Mission!

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Sixties inspired tunes to get your Monday morning shakin’.
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If you are looking for that album to listen to while you put on your winged eyeliner, here it is.  The organs, the sixties synth and vocals – the talent in this band is simply amazing!

The song Nico is rightly named. Listen below if you are looking for some new psych music…

 

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Crisp Summer Pleats

August 9, 2014 · 0 comments

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What I should have named this post is, “I simply love this skirt.”

Sometimes you get really lucky and score on a truly original vintage find. All vintage is original in one way or another, but then there are always those one-of-a-kind pieces that you say, “This was made for me!” This skirt that I bought at Pretty Penny is everything: it fits perfect, the style is classic, and it’s a fresh take on plaid. White, green and black – all in a unique and satisfyingly crisp look for summer.

I didn’t really have the right shoes to wear with this little number, but I made due with my Nine West color block heels. Sometimes I feel like when I am wearing too much of a vintage look – it looks dated, which is why I paired the skirt with a cutoff denim vest that I made myself (aka I cut it off from a thrifted denim dress).

It was SUPER bright when we took these photos, so even though it was hard to see – this skirt got that crisp contrast that looks so good in the sun. Lately, I have been getting out of my comfort zone of all black everything and I have to say it feels pretty good. There’s something about wearing all black that feels cool and chic, but if you break out of your black shell you will be amazed that color is pretty cool too.

Are there any vintage pieces in your closet that made you think, “This is made for me!”? I would love to hear your stories…

Outfit details: (skirt – Pretty Penny Vintage, top – H&M basics, bag – Kate Spade, shoes – Nine West)

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Erin from Calivintage

Man is it hot out there! In light of the recent heatwave this week, I was inspired by all of the cute summer outfits floating around on the blogosphere and wanted to share them with you! I have been really in love with clogs and jellies this summer, denim, and straw hats! Are there any trends that have caught your eye this summer?

Erin has totally nailed the overalls look. I love how she paired white on white and kept it simple. Very refreshing for the overalls trend! Steal her look here

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Lisa from LaLaFauxBois

I am so inspired by Lisa’s mix and match ensemble here! She is totally one of those girls who can wear a ton of different colors, and I am so digging her choice to go with those red Swedish Hasbeens clogs. Steal her look here.

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Carrie from Wish Wish Wish

You know me – retro dressing is the key to summer style. Carrie’s matching Asos suit pulls of the retro look but in a way that’s completely new. I love the bold Hawaiian print, pink shoes and white sunglasses.

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Rachel from Mousevox Vintage

Dresses and boots! I am digging how Rachel combines a vintage dress with boots in this look. Her outfit post is actually from May of last year, but I feel like I need to post it now that it’s hot! A loose shift dress is just as comfortable as wearing a t-shirt and jeans yet you look and feel way cooler.

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Lady Moriarty

Jellies! (And socks.) You wouldn’t think to put them together, but I love it! This outfit is perfect for a cool summer evening. Plus I love that her denim jacket is over-sized a bit. Red lipstick and she’s out the door! Get her look here.

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Christina from For Show

Color blocking! I love Christina’s easy ensemble. Pair a cropped vintage sweater with a high-waisted skirt, add some sandals and you’re ready for a weekend flea market, a movie, or whatever.

Cheers! Hope you guys enjoyed these summer looks I pulled. Mine is next!

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Tuesday Words

July 8, 2014 · 0 comments

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For those of you who need a little boost for your Tuesday (I think everyone needs a little boost on Tuesdays), I want to share some words I found while browsing the internet last night. These images are from the book titled, Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas” which I found on the blog Brain Pickings.

Sometimes when you hit a creative block, it’s hard to know what to do next. Maybe it’s an art project your working on for the first time, maybe it’s a wedding your planning, maybe it’s a blog post, a work issue, or even just cleaning the house; sometimes you get stuck! The important thing I’ve learned is to just keep going. Keep persevering, and you WILL get out of your block! Do what I do… give it a break and come back to it. Heck, cry it out. No matter how you deal, you will come back and finish it if you persevere. And the great thing about creative block is, you will always come out stronger, smarter, and more confident!

“Life is not easy for any of us,” -says Marie Curie. “But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”

Do that, and…creativeblock_mcdevitt

 

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Okay, so I’m going to tell you a little secret. Somehow a pair of my friend’s black Joni jeans made it into my bag after a trip to the desert. I took a look at them and was very curious…. hmm, I thought. I’m always looking for a good pair of black skinny jeans. Maybe it’s against the rules to try on your friend’s clothing when they don’t know you even have them, but I couldn’t help myself! I took the plunge and tried these bad boys on and I really could not take them off.

I started out just wearing ‘em around the house just to see how they fit, then I went to the grocery store in them (really, and that’s it)… BUT, now it’s been 3 days since I tried ‘em on and I’ve worn them every single day.

OOOOOPS. So moral of the story is: I FOUND MY NEW FAVORITE JEANS!

They’re these ones right here from TopShop. They are super high-waisted and they feel like leggings. SUPER stretchy, unlike my Levi’s high-waisted jeans though I love those too. These are the kind of jeans you can wear everyday, you can pass out in them on your friend’s couch after a night of fun, you can wear crop tops with, and you can eat pizza in! A pair of high-waisted jeans that can do all that is a go in my book. Now I just have to buy my own pair and give these ones back to my friend!

 

 

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There are always those days where you just feel like wearing all black, am I right? I have been having more of those days lately! The thing I try to do when I’m feeling the all black vibes is I try to pair my outfit with a cool pair of colorful shoes and a unique bag. That’s really all it takes to go from frumpy to cute without even trying very hard. These saddle shoes are perfect for doing just that! I love the retro school-girl feel they add, and another plus is that they look just like the Fall 2014 Band of Outsiders oxfords that I’m currently coveting <3

Outfit Details:
Bass Enfield Saddle Shoes
Skirt – Lord & Taylor
Sweater – H&M
Bag – Thrifted

You’ve probably noticed that my hair is getting super long now! Last summer I was sporting a super short pixie cut, and as much as I loved having short hair – I haven’t had hair past my shoulders in years. I was looking at some old childhood photos, and I kinda missed having the long hair. So, here I am 20 years later trying to get back to my ‘roots.’ When you work 9 to 5 and are always busy, it’s pretty easy to forget about it and just let the damn thing grow.

On another note, I recently just purchased Sophia Amoruso’s new book #GirlBoss, and I have to say that I’m pretty stoked to finally read it! Every few months, I stop and take a look at my life and wonder if I could ever truly start my own business. Working 9 to 5 is pretty great because you don’t have to worry about health care, a paycheck, etc… but sometimes it can be tough when you are a creative person looking for new challenges all the time. It’s pretty amazing that Sophia Amoruso was able to grow Nasty Gal into a billion dollar company overnight just doing what she loves. Have any of you read the book yet? Thoughts? Maybe you can give me some inspiration…

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April Weekend Outfit

April 22, 2014 · 2 comments

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted an outfit on this blog! I owe you guys an apology. Well.. maybe not! I think we’ve all been there. When you start something like a style blog – it takes a lot of time and work. Sometimes it’s all you want to do is blog and talk about fashion – if I had the choice, I would be doing that ALL DAY EVERYDAY! But in reality, other things happen in your life too. Sometimes I even questioned why do I have a style blog? Does that make me seem vain? I’m sure to some people, it comes off that way. Really, though – it’s kinda awesome to look back at all your personal style moments. Not too long ago, I was rockin’ a little bob haircut. Now I’m sporting the long hairs & 70s vibes. How awesome is it that I have this documented!?

Hopefully this will be my “I’m baaaaack” post. My closet has expanded so much since my last outfit post. I can’t wait to show you!

Outfit details:
Embroidered Mexican crop top – Mercy Vintage
High Waisted Denim – Levi’s (these are by far my favorite high-waisted jeans)
Clogs – Swedish Hasbeens
Sunglasses – MultiKulti
Lipstick – Nars Heat Wave
Turquoise ring – Resurrect Vintage
Necklace – Bridesmaids gift from my sis

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