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?

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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?

feature: Jubly- Umph

While I was in Vegas in August checking out the trade show for work, we found a fantastic jewelry line- Jubly-Umph. I am so in love with this line! They make  retro tattoo-flash inspired designs, which are both super cool and super cute! The gal who runs and owns the company does all the artwork her self and it is all original!

1. Can you tell me a little about the history of Jubly-Umph? How it got started?

Jubly-Umph is the name I work under as an artist here in Melbourne, Australia. My brand, Jubly-Umph Originals, started in 2009 as a way for me to get my artwork to the masses and also create some cute and shiny stainless steel jewellery…I love jewellery.

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2. What does Jubly-Umph mean? How did you come up with that name?

Jubly-Umph is completely made up but seems to accurately represent the fun and frivolous nature of my artwork.

3. Who does all the artwork?

I do! All my pieces are painted with a combination of watercolors, inks, paper and coffee and inspiration comes from my little obsessions such as books, tattoos, coffee, fairy tales and Victorian ephemera.

4. Do you have a favorite piece?

My current favorite piece is The Librarian because I am a huge bibliophile (book nerd) and am often found with dark circles under my eyes from staying up too late reading.

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5. I met you at the trade show in Las Vegas and you were there all the way from Australia! Does this mean Jubly-Umph has made its way to North America? What does that mean for you and your company?

Yes, Jubly-Umph jewellery is now stocked in over 15 stores throughout North American which is very exciting. Our jewellery and art has been very well received in the USA and we cant wait to get back there again in February.

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6. What kind of products does Jubly- Umph Originals make?

We make a range of stainless steel jewellery which comes packaged in cute gift tins, giclee art prints from my original paintings and  limited edition handbags and wallets. These are available from our online store http://www.jubly-umph.com/

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7. What makes Jubly-Umph different from everyone else?

Jubly-Umph jewellery is unique because we focus on artwork and quality. All our artwork is completely original and not available anywhere else. All our jewellery is made from solid stainless steel coated in resin which is long lasting, waterproof and hypo allergenic. The designs are produced in short runs and limited editions making each one unique and quirky and resilient enough to hand down to your kids and grandkids

8. What does the future hold for Jubly-Umph?

Next year I am planning to hold my first solo exhibition here in Melbourne, Australia and hopefully complete and publish a book that I have been working on.

mermaid_copy_grandeI already have one gorgeous piece from Jubly- Umph and I can’t wait to get more!

Please check out the Jubly-Umph website to see what other goodies they have, including handbags, wallets and prints. And keep an eye out at your favorite rockabilly and pin up shop, you know the one, for Jubly-Umph this fall!