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The Practical Fashionista January 13, 2009

From Catwalk Creative's fab ebay boutiqueThere’s no accounting for taste—especially good taste. Since my friend Louise has opened up her new ebay store, her cool vintage items have just been flying out of the shop. I mean where else could you find My First Scrabble, a silver halter party top, and a ’70s leather disco bag all in one stop?  Louise has exquisite taste—just check out her fall fashion boho chic story, a perennial fave here on Athena. Then head to her ebay boutique to shop your little heart out. It’s like a little bit of heaven for the practical fashionista.

 

Very Vintage Sewing Patterns on Sale January 8, 2009

vintagepatternsI have a huge confession to make: I am a hoarder of sewing patterns. My stash adds up to hundreds of patterns, and I even purchased an huge old Simplicity pattern cabinet to store them. It’s full. Of course, I’ll never make even a small percentage of these patterns. I just like to look at them and dream about each garment. Vintage patterns are my favorite, and I’m constantly haunting flea markets and garage sales in search of them. Only other pattern collectors would understand, but if you are one, I have a new source. One of my Facebooks friends runs an online sewing pattern store and patterns will be 20% off through January. Pssst … they have a few really cute vintage patterns. Visit ArtDoodad’s Etsy store here.

 

Dreaming of Designer Vintage December 31, 2008

archiveIf I were going to dream up the perfect designer vintage online shop, it would be run by a Parsons-grad, ex-Italian Vogue stylist assistant, former NYC boutique owner. But thankfully I don’t have to dream it up, because it already exists as Archive run by Kerry Bonnell, who exactly fits above description. Whether you crave Chanel or Hermes or anything along those lines, the select treasures in this gem of a site make for shopping that’s easy on the eye and the wallet. Shop Archive here.

 

RetroThreadz stocks up December 21, 2008

retrothredzI have a new favorite vintage web site—I’ve never seen so much great stuff! It’s called RetroThreadz, and they’ve just loaded up the site for the holidays with all sorts of fab item. Find it here: http://www.retrothreadz.etsy.com.

 

A Charmed World November 14, 2008

poeticaFor a blog that’s worth visiting simply for its sheer beauty, take a peek at Poeta Documenta. As the About Me description says, “Poeta Documenta is a my personal landscape of poetic style … eclectic, bohemian, lyrical.” A dreamscape of romantically gorgeous images, it’s like stepping into another charmed world. If you’re seeking sweet inspiration, take a trip to this universe.

 

The Little Black Box November 12, 2008

Excerpted from Adventures in Vintage, a blog by Athena contributor Heather Lewis

The Little Black Box: What a great idea!

Many of you who are crafters are probably aware of The Little Black Box. Kimberlee Keane is the mastermind behind the glorious The Little Black Box.

I found The Little Black Box about a month ago as I was researching different indie sites to promote my own handcrafted site Mattie Reid Chicago. I contacted Kimberlee and asked if she had any additional spots open for her November box (this was pretty close to the deadline for submissions). She replied and said she still had a few spots left. I submitted 150 samples of vintage buttons rings like this one:vintage button ring, mattie reid chicago

Not only did I donate samples for the November box, but I also became a customer. I subscribed to her blog and received an email from her a few days ago saying that all October boxes were on sale for $15. I went straight to her site and purchased a box. I love sales, especially sales on indie designer stuff!

My box arrived today. I opened the box and this is what I found:
Tons of cute samples including soaps, bookmarkers, a pair of earrings, magnets-all sorts of cute things.

There were two cute little soaps by Sweet Lollipop Shop. Here’s one of their soaps:
Katherine Quinn included this really cute little magnet and notecard:
Under Glass included this cute lil’ snowflake pendant:
Lastly, one of my most favorite things in the box was this lavender mint soap by Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen: It smells sooooo good!

I do highly recommend stopping by Kimberlee’s Little Black Box site and ordering a November box. There’s supposed to be Spoonfudge by Glutenada in quite a few boxes. I went to their site and all of their goodies look so yummy and they’re all gluten free!

 

Crazy for Kitschy October 22, 2008

Peter Max "Love" Bowl

Peter Max

You may not know it to look at me or my home, but I adore vintage kitsch. I store my jewelry in state souvenir tumblers, and have a collection of 1950s plastic sunglasses without the lens and tiny Frankhoma boots, just to give you a hint of how deep this fetish goes. EyeforModern.com is just the place to indulge your urges to connect with a kitschy past, with home items from mid- to late-century. Check out this Peter Max “Love” bowl from the 1970s—just what I need to remind me of my Love cereal-eating childhood. That’s what kids today are missing: a little snap-crackle-pop culture in the morning like a Peter Max-decorated cereal box. Get your classy kitsch here.

 

Pin-Up Dream Come True October 20, 2008

If you think you’ve missed your calling as a 1940s pinup girl, a 1930s moll, or a 1920s silent screen star, it’s not late to play dress up and have your pic taken as one. Maybe I’m the last to discover the vintage Hollywood glamour photography scene, but Time Machine Studios Photography does just that. If, like me, you’ve always been a little disappointed by the 21st century, this is a chance to do a little time travel to a more stylishly suitable era. Choose your glam shots here.

 

Catwalk Thrift: Style on a Budget 2 October 14, 2008

Catwalk Thrift: Style on a Budget 2

By Louise Sleigh

(Louise is a regular contributor to Athena. She lives in the U.K. and runs a vintage clothing blog called Catwalk Threads and an online vintage shop called Catwalk Creative.)

Here’s another little beauty I picked up for next to nothing at my local thrift store. It’s not vintage but it really does have that vintage “feel” about it.  Made from 100% PVC in a lovely shade of deep red.  Looks great worn with jeans, trousers or skirts.  It’s fully lined with two side pockets and fastens at the front with a chunky red zip.


Wear the jacket with different accessories to keep it looking fresh and new.  All you need is a little imagination and a few accessories and bingo!  Enjoy the photos!






 

Catwalk Thrift: Style on a Budget 1 October 13, 2008

Catwalk Thrift: Style on a Budget 1

By Louise Sleigh of Catwalk Threads

(Louise is a regular contributor to Athena. She lives in the U.K. and runs a vintage clothing blog called Catwalk Threads and an online vintage shop called Catwalk Creative.)

With news of the dreaded “credit crunch” hitting our economies everywhere, many of us are watching the pennies (or cents). It certainly looks like things are going to be pretty gloomy, economy wise for the next couple of years. That doesn’t mean to say that you have to compromise on style.  No, no, no!  There are many ways to shop for style on a budget—and I don’t mean stuffing your shopping cart with the latest “fast-fashion” items from Primark!  It’s more about empowering yourself and deciding on the look you want to achieve; going out there and adapting your budget buys to your own individual style.

To give you some inspiration, I’ve come up with “Catwalk Thrift” which is going to be a regular event involving me, showing you, my most recent budget buy.  Here’s my first offering; I purchased this coat yesterday from my local charity shop, Minds Matter.  It’s in beautiful condition with no faults or issues.  All it needed was a gentle machine-wash (hand wash cycle) and it’s just like new! It’s made by JEMNI (Australia). I’m so pleased with this find because it’s such a versatile little number; more of a cardigan really but it’s the perfect cover-up for autumn/winter.  Layer it with jeans, t-shirts, polo-necks, or leave it open and team it with a mini-skirt, turtle-neck sweater and tights/boots—whatever! This coat is so bang-on trend—perfect for the Luxury Bohemian look that’s so hot right now.

Dress the coat up or down to achieve a different look each time. See from the photos how a simple change of scarf, belt or teaming with a selection of different styles of jewellery, will dramatically alter the look of this coat.

For another “bang up-to-date” look, team this coat with bright, opaque tights and boots and a large, shiny “it” bag. Be brave!  Clash patterns and textures for a really individual look!

Made from 100% acrylic, this jacket certainly has the appearance of wool. It’s a knitted fabric with a zig-zag, abstract weave in pink, orange, blue and white.   It really is the most eye-catching coat.  It has a reverse collar and fastens with three black buttons down the front. No pockets. Not lined. Hand wash only.

Please contact us to state how much (in pounds sterling £) you think I paid for this coat.  I’ll post the answer on the next installment of Catwalk Thrift. Thanks for dropping by!  See you soon. oxoxo