Monday, May 30, 2011

It's My Birthday, Crank it Up!

To properly commemorate the radio station of my childhood, WIXX*, I have blessed my very special birthday post with a reference to said station. Beyond my undying love for all that is the 101.1 fm frequency in Green Bay, here are the fashion highlights of my birthday, as inspired by my work at Everyday People.

Vintage Floral Suitcase

First off, there is a lifestyle/crafty/fashion blog that I love to hate that got me in the mood for vintage luggage. I am also blaming my inkling for said travelware on my friend Lisa Luck, who suggested that I write about it for my post on Retro Rama. The day after my birthday, I just had to buy the amazing vintage suitcase that had been taunting me for MONTHS at work. I can't wait to bring this on my future summer vacay to New York, even if it only holds about half the amount of clothing I want to bring.** It reminds me of something I would find in my Grandmother Pat's basement, which makes me love it even more.

I have also been in LOVE with scarves wrapped as headbands, as inspired by my co-worker Lindsay's stylings on our most recent windows at work.

Finally, the other day at work, I saw a really cute customer wearing an equally cute sundress—not a major surprise during this time of year. Where she gained mega points, however, was for her bright neon-ish red stocking socks with her slip-ons. I have been a major fan of little stocking socks with shoes for sometime now, but her color explosion burst the whole thing into another realm of happiness.

(like this, but more modern)

I just love, love seeing people who make me want to dress weird. It is a total birthday (and work day!) delight!

*to show your full support for the station's best dj of my childhood, please become a fan of Americans for Steve Louizos, which I may or may not have started.
**Gotta impress those New Yorkers.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Rewind turns five, expands to south Minneapolis

, a super fantastic vintage shop that pretty much solidified my love for Northeast Minneapolis years ago, is celebrating their fifth anniversary by expanding to a new storefront in south Minneapolis. Closer to my house. Sort of. I don't know if I can handle it. Check out my coverage of the new shop for the City Pages Dressing Room blog here.

Monday, May 16, 2011

RetroRama proves to be totally worth the parking hassle

Yesterday I picked up my good, and willing, friend Lisa Luck, to accompany me to the annual RetroRama vintage fashion event. I have to admit I was a bit nervous. Getting dressed for such an event is quite nerve racking, especially when you are dealing with the lines of what is appropriate (decidedly vintage) and what is actually you (for me, not 50's cocktail looks). After much deliberation, I decided upon an extremely vintage frock my grandmother had found in the basement of a house she put up for auction (so vintage, in fact, that it ripped several times through out the course of the evening and had to be held together with my slip straps) and a "modern" headband from the lovely ladies of Witt & Lore.

Other than picking Lisa up about thirty minutes late, we arrived in style after sitting in traffic for a good twenty minutes, trying to park. After adjusting the car about five times, with the parking attendant and five RetroRama go-ers watching, we were set to go!

The evening turned out to be quite fabulous, from multiple run-ins with people we (especially Lisa) know, to many an enjoyable conversation with people enjoying the generous libations. All in all, I think it was a fabulous first entry into the RetroRama world. To see my full report, check it out here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Blogging about Retro Rama for City Pages!

I am so very excited to announce (ahem) that I am going to be covering the annual RetroRama event at the Minnesota History Center for City Page's Dressing Room blog! For a look at the details, please check out my post on the event here. Now I have to go find a suitable outfit.