Coachella 2013: What I’m wearing

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Though the quality of this year’s line-up has been the topic of much debate, I couldn’t be more excited for Coachella. Though music is the true star of the festival, the celebrity scene, exclusive parties and most importantly, fashion, are close runners-up in terms of buzz. This year, I’ve prepped more outfits than necessary for lounging by the pool, traipsing through the polo fields, dancing my face off and partying until the wee hours.

It would be silly of me to completely spoil my looks by modeling them in their entirety, so I’m just giving you a sneak peek. You’ll have to follow me on Instagram to see daily accounts of the ‘fits, and tune back in post-fest for a full report of the weekend in the sun. So what am I planning? Continue reading

Second hand wish list

My love for vintage is definitely not a secret, you probably all know this by now. This year of second handing has made me even more obsessed, so much so that I’ve compiled quite the list of vintage greatness that I would happily accept as a gift from any one of you. My birthday is a little more than a month away (November 11, just in case you were wondering), so keep these things in mind.

Vintage desire number one: a badass Mercedes convertible like this early 80’s 380 SL.  Classic European cars exude a level of coolness and elegance that a modern vehicle could only hope to one day attain, and no one does it better than Mercedes. Though black would be my preference in color, this red beauty would do justttttt fine.

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Second hand bedroom

If you’ve been wondering what it takes to get invited into my bedroom, you’re in luck, because today all it takes is reading this blog. Welcome! I hope you feel right at home. Continue reading

Buy me! Second Hand Furniture & more for sale

Hi everyone! Update to the first hand announcements made on Friday: I am no longer having a real garage sale due to lack of stuff to sell and lack of desire to wake up at 5am. Instead, I am selling all my stuff online. Here’s what’s up for grabs! All prices are negotiable- please let me know if you’re interested! Continue reading

Taking time to reflect

Photography by Caitlin McCarrick

Fashion, just like all forms of creativity, allows us to express ourselves. On any given day, you can be anyone you want to be. Today’s outfit is a far cry from my the 60’s housewife that last graced you with her presence, wearing the top half to this set I got at the Long Beach Antique Market. That outfit, photography and post perfectly embodied how I felt that day: sassy, confident, sexy and empowered.

As such, today’s post tells the story of how I feel: reflective, pensive, and as The Head and the Heart would say, lost in my mind. Continue reading

Looking for Treasure: Long Beach Antique Market

Long Beach: the largest port on the West Coast, home to the Queen Mary and the first ever Miss Universe pageant, and former home to musical legends Sublime, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and Warren G. It’s culturally and demographically diverse , with a whole lot of personality and character, making it the perfect spot for one of the southland’s best flea markets, the Long Beach Antique Market. Continue reading

Vintage Vixen: Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese in Vintage Dior

Dita Von Teese in vintage Dior, via InStyle

“I advocate glamour. Every day. Every minute.” – Dita Von Teese

There are few women on the planet like Ms. Dita Von Teese. Actually, it’s arguable that she’s one of a kind. She’s a walking contradiction- she exudes class and old Hollywood glamour, but she makes her living (and a damn good one, at that) by taking off her clothes.

Dita and I don’t have much in common, but the more I learn about her, the more I like her. She’s from a small town in Michigan, but moved to Orange County as a teen and went to University High School in Irvine, right across the street from my alma mater, UC Irvine. She was a dancer most of her life and frequently goes en pointe during her shows. She doesn’t do burlesque for the men or the money, she does it because she loves the hair, costumes, the dance, the history of showgirls and embracing being a woman.

She is also a  lifelong fan of vintage clothing and heirlooms from eras past. Continue reading

Second Hand Sunday: Long Beach Antique Market

I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the weekends with little plans. They provide for endless possibilities. With a wide open calendar on the weekend of April’s Long Beach Antique Market, stars aligned and there was no better way for me to spend my Sunday morning.

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Decor finds

Second handing is fun for clothes, but it’s even better for home furniture and decor. Pieces you find second handing are, on average, not only much cheaper than new but also much more interesting. My apartment has 15 pieces from the Irvine Valley College Flea Market and about 6 pieces that were handed down to me from my mom & grandma.

Total spent on the following was about $300.

Pier 1 woven grass headboard (free)
2 nightstands $30, $25
3 lamps $20, $50 for 2
stand-up globe $20
coffee table (free)
dining room table (free)
six dining room chairs $20 for 2, $50 for 2, $40 for 2
loveseat (free)
trunk $40
bathroom shelf $10
directors chair (free)
side table (free)