Category Archives: vintage shopping

New at my Etsy Store – Vintage Jewelry!

OMG PILE OF SPARKLY

Still in time to order for the holidays, I’m now offering lovely vintage jewelry for sale at my Etsy store! Check out all that’s for sale by clicking here.

And don’t forget – everything is still 25% off from now through Christmas, with free shipping on orders over $50! Jewelry and scarves are fool-proof gift ideas for the one-of-a-kind vintage loving lady in your life (especially if that lady is you!).

Hell yeah, it’s a holiday sale!

NOW THROUGH CHRISTMAS, at my Etsy shop!

 

Party on! Right now, everything in my shop is 25% off, which is a great start to a happy holidays for you and the vintage lovers in your life! Better still, all orders of $50 and more get FREE SHIPPING within the US!

Treat yourself to holiday gems, like this early 1960s mink trimmed suit.

Was $145.00, now only $109.00!

Or this warm and stylish velvet and tweed cape from Raymond of London!

Was $70.00, now only $52.50!

Turn up the holiday bling in this Victoria Royal sweater:

Regular price $29.99, now only $22.50

Splurge on yourself with this incredible and rare 1950s/60s Louisa Spagnoli dress:

Regular $175.00, now only $130.00

Or show off a perky pink version of holiday cheer in this Lilli Diamond party dress!

Marked down from $50.00 to only $37.50

There’s no wrong way to save money, and it’s not naughty to be nice to yourself! So give the gift of vintage – scarves and handbags are a great one-size-fits all stocking stuffer, and you can always find something in your size (no matter large or small!) and start dropping links and hints on your Secret Santa!

So get shopping already!

Vintage in Italy: Milan’s Humana Vintage & My First Missoni

I spent two weeks in Italy this past September – lucky me, I know! I was in the company of a couple guys (my dad and older brother, specifically) with negative interest in shopping, but I made it my mission to steal a bit of time to myself and hunt down some vintage shops where I could.

Milan was the first stop, in time to catch the Formula One race in neighboring Monza. I had done a small amount of research on where to go vintage shopping, and it looked like there were a decent handful of stores within a reasonable distance of the Milan city center. I only made it to one, Humana Vintage on Via Cappellari, ultra-conveniently located about 2 minutes away from the Duomo at the heart of the city.

This store stocks a grab bag of vintage clothing, shoes, and accessories, with reasonable prices and a fantastic charity attached. From their website:

Humana Vintage sources its stock from Humana People to People (HPP) Italia ONLUS: A non-profit organisation formed to collect clothes in Italy for sale or onward distribution in order to provide support to international development projects in Africa.

Through specifically purchasing at Humana Vintage in Milan you will contribute, at this point in time, towards two development projects in Mozambique:

  • A pre-school for 60 AIDS children orphaned as a result of the AIDS virus – part of the HOPE project
  • The Vocational School of Nacala – funds will support the daily running of the school, which gives practical, vocational training to rural students in areas, such as, agriculture, construction and bookkeeping.

Who can argue with that? Fabulous clothes from the 60s-80s sold for fair prices going toward a worthy cause. If I could only go to one vintage shop in Milan, I’m glad it was this one!

But on to the goods – or, more aptly put, the greats. I got a great deal on a gorgeous vintage Missoni skirt with the high end orange label. Isn’t it pretty?

Instant love. The price was low because the back of the skirt had a big pull in it; unfortunate at first glance but not enough to stop me! The fabric is a very loose plaid knit done with twisted, slubby yarns, and when I got back home it took me all of half an hour to work the pulled yarn back into its place. It started out looking like this:

I used my nail art dotting tool to pull the thread vertically through the direction of the knit. If you’re ever trying this at home, a very small gauge crochet hook would work just as well, or even a tapestry needle with a blunt tip.

I worked the yarn through, being careful to give it enough slack to blend in. You can theoretically do this with any pulled knits, but it’s a heck of a lot more difficult when the knit is tighter and the threads don’t have a twisted texture that blends easily.

I just kept working my way up, one knit at a time, reseating the pulled yarn comfortably beside its twin. Going…

Going…

Gone! Wasn’t that easy? And now, I’m the proud owner of a flawless vintage Missoni skirt, straight from its home country!

Pull? What pull?

Milan would’ve won my heart even if I hadn’t had such epic luck, but as it stands I’m pretty much in love. Desperately. The city was amazing, and its residents were unbelievably stylish. Scott Schuman is forever posting pictures of chic Milanese on The Sartorialist, and logic would dictate that the standards set by his portrait subjects is unattainably high. Not so – young and old, the people of Milan just know how to dress. Especially the men. Oh, the men…

But I digress. Long story short: yay Milan, yay Humana Vintage, yay Missoni!

I’ll show off my other Italian finds soon – Florence and Rome treated me quite well, and I can’t wait to share!

Decade Hopping on Style.com – Get the Look

Decade Hopping with Tommy Ton
Over on Style.com, photographer Tommy Ton tracks the return of the eighties and seventies to street style. See some of the key elements and how to wear the looks after the jump.
Tommy Ton Leather DressTommy Ton Over The Knee Boots

Eighties looks include leather, zippers, and tall boots, with the ubiquitous biker jackets that are cropping up everywhere. Get the look with a zip front leather mini dress or over the knee suede boots, both available at Heavenly Vintage on Etsy.

Studded Leather Dress Over The Knee Boots


Seventies styles are softer and more relaxed, like these slouchy trench and safari style jackets. Neutral palettes make them chic and casual.

 

Tommy Ton CoatTommy Ton Coat

Get the look with this reversible black and tan trenchcoat, or a simple khaki windbreaker with ruching and buckle details.

Black and Tan Reversible Trench Tan Windbreaker


Blazers are also a key seventies look. Nicely tailored detail looks perfect when paired with bohemian skirts or cowl necklines.
Tommy Ton BlazerTommy Ton Blazer

 

Get the look with this smart velvet blazer from the famous Paris label Rodier.
Rodier Velvet Blazer


Fashion is always looking back as it moves ahead; use these opportunites to flaunt one-of-a-kind vintage pieces with contemporary pairings!