Monday, March 31, 2008

Society Girl Input

I am currently developing new and exciting elements for The Vintage Society...things may look different around here in the months to follow!

I want YOU to be part of this process.. heck.. you are THE SOCIETY GIRLS!

So here's the thing, how would you define a SOCIETY GIRL?

Even if you aren't someone who comments, please.. I would love to know your thoughts.

Weekend Recap: Hippie-Chic

Hippie Chic makes me happy! I think there is a little bohemian in my blood - a love for the free-spirited, loose flowing dresses, long tresses, flowers in your hair style.

It's the perfect springtime look, a little more light-hearted and ready for new adventures. Embrace your inner wildflower and let the wind toss you here and there!

Bohemian Evening

(Hippy chic hat - thrifted, Plaid shirt - Crossroads , Fur vest - Savers, Jeans - H&M, Shoes- Sole to Sole)

For the "non-hippie-chic" look

Fancy Night

(Dress - Tracy Reese, Shoes - Bebe, Bracelets - Kenneth Cole)

Happy Birthday Society Girls

Happy One Year Anniversary to all Society Girls!

That's right, officially we have been together for one full year. It has been amazing, and I have loved every minute of being a part of this community. Your comments and emails mean a lot to me. I love hearing what you think, questions that you have or interpretations of what you do with your own lovely wardrobe.

We have defined a new term for "Fashionista".... we are now "Society Girls".

Thank you and Society Wishes to all in this new year..

The Vintage Society Girl

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Those four years in French would have really paid off right now. With my new found fave Jalouse Magazine and now discovering this charming French girl spreading icing all over France - I find the need to understand and read all things Fran├žais.

She is a modern day Marie Antoinette - bold, beautiful and posesses the most fanciful sense of style. Her inspirations range from Alice in Wonderland to Maria in The Sound of Music. She travels between a picturesque country house and the city of romance - Paris.

You can't help but view the world a little more dainty, girly and pink when you glimpse our Society Girl of the Week...

The Cherry Blossom Girl

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

How do you wear your "Jean and T-shirt"?

A mid-week break makes me smile and throw on "jeans and t-shirt"! Jeans and a t-shirt don't have to just be jeans and a t-shirt...

For me it is all about building on the basics and adding interesting elements - a vintage hat, layered jewelry and stacked peep-toe platforms.

How do you wear your "jeans and t-shirt"?

Mid week Break

(Hat-Antique shop in GA, Tank - Quiksilver Women's, Jeans - Savers Thrift, Shoes - Steve Madden)

My Top Five

Elle, Teen Vogue, Nylon, Lula and now Jalouse round out my list of TOP FIVE FABULOUS MAGAZINES!

Up until this point there were only four magazines with the fifth spot just waiting to be filled. I have seen and heard about my final selection, but wasn't able to get my hands on an actual copy - seeing that it is a French magazine.

I finally discovered Jalouse among the stacks and six days later I am still wandering around carrying the copy.. I keep thumbing through finding new and wonderful inspiration.

A little side note to anyone without access - you can go online and look through archives of old issues dating back to 1997. Seriously, you can view the entire magazine page by page.

No wonder Jalouse is in my TOP FIVE!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

American Girl

Teen Vogue exclaims "A is for Americana" in their Spring A to Z style guide.

This look isn't just for the neighbor's backyard BBQ on the Fourth of July, it can be worn until the first leaf falls.

After a recent "Instant Outfit" tackled the striped shirt, I have continually been drawn to them amongst the racks. "White shirt, black shirt, ruffle skirt... ah... stripes!"

It doesn't matter if it is a skirt, shirt, pants... I can't help it - I am all striped out.

In a recent stripe hunt, I found this amazing skirt. The three pleats in front and the red, green, blue and yellow stripes, just about did me in. I was in stripe heaven! Won't you join me...

(Striped Skirt - Sunset Blvd Goodwill, Navy leotard - thrifted, Shoes - Michael Kors, Necklaces - Estate Sale)

Instant Outfit: Studs

Back in the day there was a strong line between the punk kids and the non-punk kids. There wasn't much being swapped between the two groups - until now - we have combined what makes the punk kids great with what makes the non-punk kids great.

A perfect example is the studded black belt. In the past, the belt was left to those that were tough... Instant Outfit shows a softer side.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Weekend Recap: Spring Snapshot

Casual sunny days and celebrating Easter with ruffles, stripes and flowers... what a perfect Spring snapshot!

SiteLA Snapshot
(Ruffled Shirt and Pants - Savers Thrift Store, Shoes - Steve Madden)

Sunset Searching Snapshot

(BDG tank - Crossroads Trading Post, Glo Jeans - Savers, Converse Shoes, Peacock Earrings - Fredflare)

Easter Snapshot
(Dress - thrifted, Floral Crown - Estate Sale, Booties - Max Studio)

Friday, March 21, 2008

Miu Miu and Me!

My whole life I have been a bit theatrical. At a young age I would crawl over to a sound speaker, listen to the music till it was in my bones and begin to dance.. at least this is what I have been told.

I went from stage to stage - donning costumes of different characters, plastering fake eyelashes, painting big rosy cheeks and absorbing the spotlight.

Though I no longer take my cue and enter from stage left, I seem to take it with me wherever I go. I am drawn to character-driven style, and it is because of this that I absolutely adore Miu Miu's Spring 2008 collection of ballerina inspired dresses. The flounce, ruffles, bib front collars, painted dolls and fairies.. it was a parade of theatrics.

What was I to do but give my regards to Broadway!

(Photo courtesy: Miu Miu)

(Photos courtesy: Modette Blog)

(Bow - F21, Striped tank - BDG, Collar - costume piece, Dress - vintage, shoes - Payless)

Desert Rose Look Three

Model: Lauren Turner
Photographer: Janee Rose
Stylist: Beth Jones

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Questions Answered

Many of you have been asking if the The Vintage Society Store will still be opening.. and I am sorry I haven't responded directly to the question. The time is now!

The Vintage Society shop will not be opening in the original form that I envisioned - at least not at this time. This is not sad news, I think with any vision and dream you always have to be willing to grow and change as things progress - and for me the change has all been great.

Ultimately, I was a cubicle refugee with a load of creativity bursting at the seams. My desire was to wake up and say, "I love what I do!" - and for me that was being involved in the fashion world. The idea for The Vintage Society had been brewing for years, and I felt it was the only door that would be open to me... that was until I started The Vintage Society blog. This blog represented the same ideals of the store, and it was here that I fell in love. Fell in love with fashion writing, styling and connecting with other Society Girls.

It was also through this blog that door after door began to open and instead of only one option - I had many to choose from. This is where my vision began to expand, and if I chose to focus on only the store I would limit myself.

Now with my Quiksilver sponsorship, I will be opening the store through trunk shows (a pop up shop at SiteLA that will sell all the goodies), but will also have the freedom to explore all the options.

The Vintage Society blog will also be growing.. and there are more details to come.. so stay close.

Thank you for always reading and for being loyal Society Girls!

Desert Rose Look 2

Model: Lauren Turner
Photographer: Janee Rose
Stylist: Beth Jones

Society Girl of the Week: Michelle Phillips

She is a beauty, one that stole the hearts of many while "California Dreamin" in the 1960's. Her style was a true bohemian and utterly entrancing.

Though her look has natural ease, she played it up with unique accessories - pins, hats, brooches, braids. Always something that stands out. She is someone new to think about, to be inspired by... she is our Society Girl of the Week..

Michelle Phillips, The Mamas and the Papas

For even more inspiration check out this great montage of photos..

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Desert Rose: Look 1

Model: Lauren Turner
Photography: Janee Rose
Stylist: Beth Jones

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Instant Outfit: Happy Travels

Society Girls are not just fabulously fashionable - they are go-getters, creative, adventurous women. Society Girls don't just want to take a city by storm.. they want to take the whole country side by storm....and still look darn HOT!

Recently, one of our Society Girls sent me this email:

"I'm going on a backpacking trip for 5 weeks this summer, along with many other adventurers i'm sure, and i would love to know which essentials you would pick to bring with you on such a trip to keep it light, but still look fashionable! "

I myself have grand memories of trekking through numerous countries, surveying new landscapes, and meeting intriguing people.. but on a fashion note.. it can be tricky not look like a street urchin.

Instant Outfit scouts out some ways to "keep it light but still look fashionable".

It centers on the backpack, everything for 5, 6 or 7 weeks must be packed in this very limited space (not the usual 2, 3 and 4 bags..or maybe that is just me). To narrow your choices while packing I suggest a few things: darker colors (so the dirt don't show), juxtaposition of girl and boy (cause your tough but still a girl) and comfort (to keep you walking).

The core essentials: skinny jeans, black bandage skirt (thrown on with the boots you will be ready to hit the night life), a few vintage tees, tanks and plaid shirts, a warm tunic cardigan and full length coat, and finally a pair of comfortable but versitale boots (over the jeans, under the jeans and with the skirt).

The fillers: my philosophy for style in a limiting situation is accessories! Bring along a few funky hats and head wraps to mix it up everyday and toss in a brightly colored scarf to make it all pop. Something stylish but also practical is a belt with a bag attached (yes.. a fanny pack.. but not), this sucker can store your cash and essentials when you've left the backpack behind.

Happy travels and don't forget to spread Society Girl cheer to all you meet!