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Suit Up: How to Wear Vintage to Work

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Living this long-distance relationship, self-employed life means that sometimes my schedule is a bit unusual. On top of that, my partner is a chef. If you’ve been in the hospitality industry, you know how wild the hours can be. To make maximum use of the time we can spend together, I keep England time while I’m in America. So I’m awake for the day anytime from 3:00 a.m. – and I take my days off when he gets his.

Yesterday was an off day, and we spent it mostly binge-watching Parks & Recreation (which is new to him). Leslie Knope is seriously one of my idols.

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Leslie Knope print, Etsy // £9

It’s refreshing to see a female character who is career-minded, determined, and strong – but still vulnerable, kind, and sometimes insecure. Honestly, tons of respect to Amy Poehler for making that happen, and Leslie will always have a place in my heart.

So, in honour of Leslie, I’m doing a suit thing today. A girl boss can’t go wrong in a classic suit, and when you stick to basic colours and fabrics, it’s easy to mix-and-match pieces. To add interest to what is a really nicely-cut combination of separates from White House Black Market (the trousers: there are a pair for sale here) and Banana Republic (my favourite blazer ever), I added this vintage waistcoat.

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It’s bold and bright, but the black calms it down just the right amount.  Combining vintage pieces with clean, modern basics can make them doable – in even the most conservative work environments. The top pairs perfectly with the Betsey Johnson bag, too – the chains and bows reference the chains in the waistcoat, without being TOO matchy. Plus, the gold accents all complement each other. (I’m such a Betsey fanatic. She can be over-the-top, but her stuff is lushly feminine and quirky, with hints of Japan, and vintage, and nautical everything. It’s perfect.)

Shop the look, with a similar bag, blazer, & shoes.

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Now, let’s get stuff done!

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Cropped Tops + High Waists

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Things have been so busy for me the past few days. I’ve owned an online boutique for ten years now, but it’s the first time I’ve really given my own shop an honest go. I’ve been piled up with photography, listings, and marketing ideas – not to mention blog posts. But I’m loving every second of it.

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This is one of the first new looks I’ve done some photography for. It works so well together because of the cropped top and high waist on the skirt. The midriff just peeks through, so it’s still modest without being frumpy. The top is Chinese-inspired, and the satin brocade pattern is so luxe it almost looks haute couture. And the skirt has pockets! Even though both pieces are vintage, they are completely wearable – and even though this look is retro (even including a retro-inspired Cole Haan hand bag) it doesn’t look costumey when it’s styled minimally. Shop the look below, with a similar bag & shoe.

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See you again soon… work is calling.

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Shop the Trends: Russian Street Style, Russia Fashion Week Fall ’18

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A few hours ago, Vogue posted a slideshow of the best street style looks from Russia Fashion Week. Though Russia may not be the first place you think of when it comes to runway couture, it should be on your radar for cutting-edge influential trends that are permeating youth culture, especially in Europe. Working-class, ironic, and edgy, the Russian street style look mixes vaguely punk sensibilities with a fearless appreciation for retro sportswear. Plus – these looks work great unisex. Personally, they give me huge insight into trends to come, especially on apps like Depop! Here are ten of my favourite looks, and where you can shop the looks on eBay. (Snatch up the clear trench coat before everyone else does – they’re going fast! 😍)

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Clear trench coat, £11 // Wide-leg tartan trousers, £9 // Genuine leather quilted bag, £32

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Five Things I Wish I Knew: When I Started Selling Clothes Online

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How much is your time + freedom worth to you?
And how can a little success be your worst enemy? Read on to find out.

I am what has become known as a ‘#girlboss’. A ‘#bossbabe’. I prefer entrepreneur.

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At an early point in my adult life, I realised that working for other people was simply not going to be for me. It was ten years ago that I pulled out my laptop and started searching: How to work from home. How to be self-employed. Ideas to make money on the internet. There were a few leads I chased up – but reading about one particular site, which was only a few years old, would change my life forever. That site was Etsy.

Apparently, people were selling jewellery, and art, and anything else they had made, on this site. But that wasn’t all. They were also selling antiques & vintage clothing. I had always considered myself an old soul – with a deep appreciation for 60s music, black and white films, and – lucky me – secondhand clothing. I first started buying and wearing vintage when I was only 15, and I hadn’t looked back since.

After a bit of research, I launched my own Etsy shop in 2008 (it has since been reopened as a UK Shop & USA Shop). Though I saw a little success in my sales, it wasn’t until years went by – years of experimenting, learning, losing hope and getting a “real” job again,  then quitting that “real” job, experimenting some more, and finally – meeting my brilliant and business-savvy boyfriend & partner – that I began to see the income I’ve always wanted (currently grossing an average of over £400 // $550 weekly). And – even better – sales are still steadily improving.

So, if I could go back ten years – what would I tell my younger self?

 

 

Some of my Etsy shop photos, Year One

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The 7 Vintage Pieces You Need in 2018

Let’s talk vintage fashion for 2018, and how to make it modern and appropriate. 

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Hello all, and welcome to my blog. I’ve decided to jump right in with the good stuff, but you can check out a little bit about me here.

As a long-time vintage wearer and vintage boutique owner, I have seen my own taste in vintage evolve with time. What worked for me ten – or even five – years ago, doesn’t work for me now.

Yet, alas! Try to browse the web for updated, fresh vintage fashion inspiration, and many of the results are either too costumey, or simply not appropriate to our modern sophisticated and minimalist tastes. What’s the solution?

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