Oscars 2011 Favorites

Cate Blanchett in Givenchy

Gwyenth Paltrow in Calvin Klein

Natalie Portman in Rodarte

Hilary Swank in Gucci

Amy Adams in L'Wren Scott

Hailee Steinfeld in Marchesa

Michelle Williams in Chanel

Mila Kunis in Elie Saab

Mandy Moore in Monique Lhuillier

Jennifer Lawrence in Calvin Klein

Favorite Things Series: Vintage T-shirts

I don’t consider myself a fashionista by any means. I enjoy the occasional dress or skirt, but I live in jeans and t-shirts, as many young Americans do. However, I don’t just wear any kinds of t-shirts. To say I love vintage t-shirts is an under statement. My fascination with them began shortly after I graduated high school and was still living in Texas. I remember passing a thrift shop on my way to school every morning, but had never cared to stop and see what was inside. So finally one day I did. There was a range of items such as old lamps and books, to antique dishes and figurines and a few racks of random pieces of clothing. I came across this maroon vintage t-shirt with a print of a trolley in the middle with the words "Make tracks to the trolley". I thought the material was nice and soft and it looked pretty cool so I bought it. This began the vintage t-shirt revolution for me. I started going to any thrift shops, salvation army, good will stores in my home town as well as other cities in Texas that I had visited and had access to. Then I made my big move to LA, where the number of thrift/vintage shops are insane. Over the years, I have savaged thru many stores finding some great pieces. Some have come and gone in my collection. But I never toss my favorites even if they don’t fit me anymore. I am now the proud owner of over 130 vintage t-shirts. They are my prize possessions. Everyone has theirs, do not mock mine. I love that each one is unique and special. I feel like each one has it’s own original story. Someone at one point bought it, wore it and maybe had a good time in it. Now it’s being rotated in the universe and some how found it’s way into my hands. The prices on them range from free (I once found one on top of a trash can at a gas station) upwards to hundred of dollars for very unique ones. Those are usually original band/tour t-shirts from popular groups from decades ago that are so rare only a few still exist. I have a limit, and I don’t think I have every payed more than twenty-five bucks for a single one. I personally would rather have a bunch of tees than just one that was from some band I barely heard of. My absolute favorite are the ones that are tattered, torn, faded and worn out. They seem to have more of a history to them and are usually the softest feeling ones. I frequent good will stores first because they are usually cheaper, but harder to find good ones. My favorite vintage shop in the greater Los Angeles area is American Vintage in Sherman Oaks. I once took my sister there and she told me that the store looked like my closet. I smiled and agreed. If I had a couple thousand dollars laying around I would probably buy that store out of it’s shirts and live happily ever after with my cozy vintage finds. For anyone that really knows me, knows that I live for vintage tees and will never turn down one if given as a gift, hint hint. Since I cannot choose a favorite vintage t-shirt, I’ll leave you with some pictures of a few of them.

American Vintage
14438 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

Song of the Week!

Love this song by SohoDolls! edgy and cool ;)

A Little Tan for The Spring

A Pop of Bold Color From Zara Spring 2011!

Alexander Wang Fall 2011

The Row Fall 2011

Valentines Day Movies!

The perfect valentines day movies! 

1. Gone With The Wind

2. The Way We Were

3. Love Story

4. Romeo & Juliet

5. The Notebook

6. When A Man Loves a Women 

7. Pretty Woman

8. A Room With A View

9. Love Actually

10. Casablanca

11. Shakespeare in Love

12. P.S. I Love You

13. Across The Universe

14. and of course! Brokeback Mountain

Swift Boutique & Style Studio Trunk Show

Swift Boutique: Original designs by Carrie Diaz
Rag Dolls: Designs by Natalie Karyl

On Magnolia street in Burbank amongst a bunch of antique shops and next to a giant thrift store you will find Swift Boutique. I discovered this place many many moons ago. It is my absolute favorite little shoppe back then and to this day.

Spring With A Boho Twist