Le Mew

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In the same vein of my last post, I still love vintage, but in a more modern way. Flipping through magazines and browsing the racks at shops I often find myself thinking how similar the styles are to vintage pieces. So I wanted to start a little shop of things I would wear, things that can fit into everyday life be it a wardrobe staple or a statement piece. I intended it to feel  like you're shopping in an online boutique, so I photographed them with that in mind. 

You can check out Le Mew, and be sure to follow on instagram and twitter for new additions. Enjoy!


Confessions of a former vintage addict {pt.1}

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As you may have noticed I don't wear vintage the way I used to. It's still prevalent in my wardrobe but in a more modern way. This is due to a number of reasons, of course style evolves and lifestyles change, but a piece of it I'm sure a lot of you can relate to is vintage burnout.

I've been collection vintage clothing and accessories for all of my adolescent/adult life, be it shopping for it, accepting it as gifts, or saving things from the base of a rag pile or costume rack.You get into a state of mind that you have to rescue vintage, you need to take it home and wash it, repair it, love it. This leads to what many vintage girls eventually do: Sell online. As a side job or full time gig, you sell vintage to buy vintage. It's just how it is.

The problem with years of this is you become a hoarder of sorts, any spare space (or not, you kind of just live with it everywhere) is stuffed with needs-to-be-repaired/needs-to-go-to-the-dry-cleaner/unfixable-but-you-can't-possibly-throw-it-away-because-maybe-you'll-eventually-find-someone-who-wants-to-make-a-pattern-out-of-it-or-display-it-in-a-museum-of-damaged-but-beautiful-vintage...

This is real people.

It's everywhere. You have things you can't let go of because you remember the time you bought it, or someone's great grandma gave it to you, or it's super cute but too small//big so you just like to hang it on the wall and gaze at it as you slowly wake up on Sunday mornings.

So I've heard.

You wear about 30% of your wardrobe on a regular basis. Actually, make that 20%. It would be 30% but each week a button pops, a seam splits, or a hem drops, and you really mean to fix it right away but you're busy so you'll get it later, and hey maybe you'll take a Saturday and do nothing but watch movies and seriously tackle repairs all day. The pile is a bit out of control.

Shopping does not mean you just look for something specific or something for your day to day life. It means that sequin 50s leotard would be perfect for a circus themed party you're bound to be invited to at some point, and yeah those 40s heels are half a size too small but they go perfectly with that sundress you got last month to wear a garden wedding (nevermind that none of your friends are in committed relationships. Maybe someone's cats will get married.)

For me, it just became too much. It weighed me down, my creativity diminished and pieces that deserved to shine became muddled in the chaos. It was a gradual process of letting go. Incentives made it easier (I sold a lot of dresses to buy my custom made boots, and don't regret it a bit). I got rid of:

-Never worn
-Never going to wear again
-Didn't fit
-Too lazy to repair
-Would be appreciated more by someone else
-I love but it doesn't make me feel good
-I hate

Now don't get me wrong, I still have some special pieces of vintage that don't live in my closet, but I'm constantly letting go of more, and it's not a problem. It actually feels pretty great. My home feels less cluttered and my wardrobe more appealing. I'm building on a more specific style, and it's fun to see shops and people loving what was once mine. That's kind of the great thing about vintage is that it has more than one life, and I like being a part of that. But not the end of it.



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One of my favorite movies is back on Netflix Streaming! It's called Penelope, and it could best be described as a modern day fairytale that looks like a mix between Pushing Daisies/Amelie/Royal Tenenbaums. 

Due to a family curse Penelope is born with a pig nose, and her family does everything they can to break the curse and protect Penelope from the outside world. It has a fantastic cast, and Penelope's wardrobe is darling, it makes me want to stock up on cardigans and colorful mary janes. 

And as an added plus James Mcavoy and his stupidly blue eyes have a good amount of screen time. 

A fun movie to watch, and it's rated PG so if you have young ones they might enjoy it too! 

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Winter stripes

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{photos by ruth}

Today I went with the little ones to see a production of Peter Pan. Lately if I'm not in jeans and a sweater I've been pairing this skirt (you can see the whole suit here) with t-shirts and boots. Especially these blush pink ones Sams mother got me for Christmas. I mean, pink boots, I feel like a sensible yet cute Disney princess. 

Skirt-Antique Expo 
Justin Boots-Gift 
 Bracelet-Juicy Couture 

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