Swish Picks: Mad Max-i

This summer I am totally loving maxi dresses! Thank goodness past fashions also loved maxi dresses…especially the 70s! Swish Vintage has the most amazing maxi dresses…so, so many of them….and in a wide variety of sizes!

The 1970s were all about freedom in fashion and freedom to love. The 70s were colourful, and bright, and super fun!

Here are a few of my favorite maxi dresses in the shop

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I love love love this one with a 1920s print on it.

Sized medium to large

$65 (plus is on sale right now)

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This one is has a bit heavier fabric, so would be perfect for a evening wedding or event.

Would fit a modern day medium

$160 ( plus is on sale right now)

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This maxi is just divine! This is another one that would be fabulous for a wedding or late night summer event.

Size small

$98 ( plus is on sale right now)

20150630_145258 (2)20150630_145517 (2)This coral maxi is just gorgeous on…Ive seen a couple gals try this on and I am so surprised it’s still in the shop. I love the two tone pink and all the pleats the belt makes.

Would fit a medium or large

20150630_145522 (2)20150630_144756 (2)This psychedelic print is so much fun!! On a real body, it would be just fantastic!!

Would fit a large or xl

$90 (plus is on sale right now)

20150630_144800 (2)20150630_144956 (2)This jersey maxi was made in England for Holt Renfrew!

Would fit a modern medium

$175 (plus is on sale right now)

20150630_144951 (2)Swish is having a huge sale right now with dresses starting at 20% off all the way up to 50% off…and if something is on sale already, the discount is on top of the sale price. I am having the hardest time not buying everything right now! If you fancy anything you saw in my post, head over to the Swish page to ask for exact measurements and shipping costs.

Hope you are all having a lovely summer! Are you digging maxi dresses as much as I am right now?

Swish Picks: Western Wear

My very first shift at Swish I saw this great two piece skirt and blouse combo that was patterned with cowboys, horses, and cacti. I had said ” this would be perfect for Viva”. One day, I’ll get there… This post is celebrating all the western and western inspired pieces at Swish. We do live in Alberta after all and K-Days and The Stampede are happening right away, so why not dress the part and maybe snag a real life Cowboy for yourself!

 

20150630_142716 (2)This maxi skirt and sleeves blouse combo is most likely from the 90s or even later. It fits a modern medium.

$95

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No Cowgirl outfit would be complete with out boots of course! Swish just got in some of the most amazing 1970s and 80s cowboy boots, some made of alligator even! These all came from the same lady and would fit a gal with a size 7 or 8 foot.

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Swish,like I mentioned last week, has an amazing collection of handbag and you bet she has tooled leather ones as well!! Perfect to get the western look!

20150630_142216 (2) 20150630_143631 (2)Your outfit is now almost complete! But just needs one or two more touches…

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A hanky to wipe away your tears when the cowboy you love leaves town. Swish has tons of hankies, upon which seeing, I thought, why did these ever go out of style, and I promptly purchased one. Not only are they a stylish way to wipe away tears ( or watering eyes), but they are environmentally friendly.

20150630_142129 (2)One may also need a Bolo Tie just to make the western look even more apparent.

And for fun…

20150630_144012-1 (2)a beautiful, but as is, western/mexican themed table cloth!

You are all ready for summer in the wild west now! Like I mentioned in my last post, Swish does not have a website, but Im certain she would mail you out anything you see here!

More Swish Picks are coming next week… a post full of divine Maxi dresses!! Stay tuned.

Swish Picks: Mod-ly In Love

Swish Picks  is a new weekly ( sometimes bi-weekly) feature on some of the amazing pieces found at Swish Vintage. I am constantly being blown away by the amazing pieces the owner finds. Every week when I go in for my shift, there is always something new that takes my breathe away. This weeks post was inspired by a beautiful psychedelic 60s mod dress that was on one of the mannequins. And so, the first Swish Picks is full of fantastic mod dresses and accessories, only available at Swish Vintage.

20150630_124807 (2)This gorgeous 60s dress measures 36, 42, with free hips.

$60

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If this one would have fit my hips it would have been mine!! Made with black velvet, this piece would fit a modern day medium, so long as they have small than 40″ hips.

$98

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On sale for $30!

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20150630_125908 (2)A new addition to the shop. On the bigger side,that measures 42, 32, 38

$65

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This one is quite possibly handmade. This go-go dress measures 36, 31, 39

$75

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No outfit would be complete without accessories. 1960s accessories are very fun and bright, with interesting textures. Swish has the most vintage hats I have ever seen and probably ever will see. I picked out three to show which are pretty mod and very fun.

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This hat is made of dyed Marabou feathers. It is so soft and fluffy too!

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20150630_131522 (2)Two more fun 60s styles.

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Swish also has tons on handbags. Here are three beaded ones to match our mod dresses above.

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Beautiful and bright brooches to add to a collar, lapel, jacket, or cardigan.

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And of course, no mod girls outfit is complete without a scarf, which Swish has an endless supply of. 20150630_141133 (2)While Swish does not have a website ( yet) I bet you can call or email the store and if you ask nicely, they may ship it out to you!!

Head over to their facebook page for all the contact info

Keep an eye out for more Swish picks in the near future! Next up will be Western Wear!!

Friday Finds: the most exquisite vintage handbag

One of the perks to working at a vintage shop is being surrounded by beautiful things and getting to buy them before anyone else! I am now the owner of the most beautiful vintage handbag I have seen…and I have a feeling it may not have been used, as it is in pristine condition.

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While I did not buy this bag the first time I saw it, I had been lusting after it seen first laying eyes on it. I may have even gasped when I saw it on the shelf, sitting there so modestly. I was so surprised it lasted as long as it did in the shop. Each week when I came in for my shift, I would look to see if it was gone yet. I expelled a sign of relief when I saw it had not sold yet.

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I decided it was finally time to make it mine, when I purchased the Downtown Dames swing dress from Pinup Girl Clothing. I got the dress to wear to see Guys and Dolls. The blue in the handbag was a match to the blue of the dress, so of course I had to finally get it! I can’t believe that I forgot to take a photo of my outfit, so you will just have to wait until next time to see the pairing.

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This handbag was an absolute steal for the condition it was in…which is practically perfect. This is another reason why I was so surprised no one had snatched it up. I got a little discount which made it even sweeter. I plan to only use this beautiful handbag on special occasions, in order to preserve its beauty.

20150626_084357 (2)This divine handbag was purchased at Swish Vintage downtown. Swish has so many gorgeous vintage handbags from the 1920s upwards, all in varying condition; from the ones that have been very loved, to ones that may have only used used once or twice. Go, Kittens, and see  the wonder of vintage handbags at Swish!

Dark Knits Boutique at Raw Edmonton

The other week I go to be a part of the Dark Knits Boutique fashion show at Raw Edmonton – an independent arts organization, run by artists, for artists. Dark Knits Boutique is an independently owned Edmonton custom corset designer.

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For the last show I was in for Dark Knits I was a lizard (you can read about it here). This time I got to be a beetle… an oh so majestic beetle. My amazing makeup, done by Corinne of Vampire Nomad Palette, was insane…I felt completely transformed!

11391366_722192884556513_4120843292000975869_nAll of the outfits, were fantastic! The makeup and hair was amazing! And this time around, Dark Knits made some insane head pieces for a few of the outfits.

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11392991_722193064556495_952832699430325784_nI absolutely love modelling for Dark Knits Boutique! It is always so much fun and I love being transformed into a magical creature!

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Friday Finds: this weeks haul at the thrift store

I have been so darn busy lately that I haven’t had time to go to my favorite thrift shop as much as I would like, but I finally found some time this week!  One of my first stops in the store is the furniture section, where this trip I instantly saw a vintage credenza for only $50…it had a sold tag on it…of course. I let myself feel sad for just a moment and turned away and my eyes instantly found a kidney bean shaped coffee table!!! I have never seen one on real life, I practically ran over, and guess what?! It had a sold sign on it too, as well as the price… 20 freaking dollars. I almost started crying….why have I been so busy lately? why haven’t I been making time to thrift shop? why didn’t I get here sooner? For about the next half an hour, my stomach felt sick, that is until I found knick knacks to take my mind off of the loss. I spent just $19 and came away with an arm load of goodies! My haul consists mostly of vintage knick knacks, which I am in the market for anyway. So here we go, this is what I picked up this round:

A gold letter tray/sorter? I believe that is what this is… this lil guy was only a dollar. Im not sure what I will use it for yet, but I will let you know

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The next treasure I found was a golden fawn bank, that was made in Japan. I love the kitschy look of this Bambie and would you believe it only cost 50 cents!! This picture does not do it justice.

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This periwinkle blue violin vase can also be hung on the wall, which makes it that much more interesting. I dont have anything like it, but I was drawn to it for some reason.

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I found this darling little dish which I thought would be just perfect for holding jewelry, don’t you think?! This was a great find at only $1! And it was made in the USA!

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This crystal decanter will look perfect on my little tiki bar. Ive always wanted a fancy decanter to pretend I am suave like those in the golden days. For $4 I could not pass it up.

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This may be my favorite find of the day… this divine, white and delicate purple floral jar. It was half price, so was only $1.50…and I needed it!! Im not quite sure where I will put it or what I will use it for, so when I figure it out, I’ll post it on instagram ( so keep an eye out for that)

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And my final find, what seems like a deadstock, suitcase. The inside is pristine, as well as the outside, which is what makes me believe it has never been used. I was on the look out for a suitcase to make into a bed for Cherry ( my boston terrier), but this one is just too perfect to mess around with. I plan to use this guy on weekend getaways…which one day, I may just have time for ;)

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What is the best gem you’ve found lately?

Friday Finds: white wicker handbags

A little while ago I was selling off all my purses, keeping only the ones I really loved and used most. Since then, I have begun collecting vintage purses ( all the ones I sold were modern or reproduction). My collection has probably doubled as a result of my new obsession…oh well, whats a gal to do?!

I now have two beautiful, white wicker vintage handbags, both which I got at killer prices. They were both found at the antique mall here in town. The antique mall is a place that teases you with pretties you can’t afford; it also has tons of the same junk everyone already has; it sometimes has things trying to be passed off as vintage, which aren’t; but it also has some amazing deals if you are patient and look for them, which is how I found these  vintage purses.

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My most recent find is a soft white wicker handbag, with a nice, big opening ( pet peeve: purses that don’t open wide enough). It has a small handle and nice big body. It is more of a casual piece, which I see myself carrying more often than the one I will show you next. The tag on the inside reads ” Styled by Artel Montreal. Made in Japan”. She is in near perfect condition and cost me a whole $12. Isn’t it just the sweetest?

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When I found this vintage wicker bag, I was over the moon. It is in beautiful condition, is hard wicker and has, what I am assuming are, lucite handles and tiles/squares on the front. It is quite a decent size as well, which is a nice treat! I cannot believe I only paid $24 for it!! This was an absolutely amazing find!

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If I didn’t look thoroughly I wouldn’t have found the first wicker bag, so again, always have a real good look when you are out thrift or vintage shopping. Also, always look at prices…even if you think it looks expensive, look because it just may not be!

 do you have any vintage handbags? do tell!!