Saturday, August 26, 2017

Total Treasure Trove of Hats and Gloves at Antique/Thrift Shop Lost & Found Utah

Christina has mentioned this place before, but today I want to talk it some more, because it's an absolute treasure trove at times for the UT pin-up gal.

Lost & Found Thrift is located at 75 E 500 S, Bountiful, Utah. It's antiques, cards, teacups and saucers, glass, games, old magazines, everything you can think of.

I've been shopping here for years and buy something every time I visit. Recently I found an adorable purple fascinator--true 50s or 60s. I can't wait to wear it.

Today I walked in and was amazed at the hats and gloves. It was a treasure trove! Take a look!


Vintage gloves on the dressers, vintage gloves hanging on the line. Dresses. And so many adorable hats!

I have plenty of gloves so I left those for some other lucky lady--maybe you?

I nabbed these!


My fabulous finds!!

OOTD:
Dress: AB Studio (They have lots of 60s prints and cuts) I found one on poshmark if you're looking for it.

A very cute nautical-style straw hat.

Cherry BOMB!! It's a sweater, vintage, made in England. Pardon my husband for photo bombing me. LOL

 And she (the owner) gave me a reasonable deal. Today was just my lucky day. You never know what you'll find in there. Maybe it'll be a fascinator; maybe a brooch; maybe a sweater, maybe some shoes. Maybe your hubby will find a vintage Playboy. You never know!

Check it out and when you do, comment on our Facebook with a photo!


Saturday, August 19, 2017

OOTD Post with a Special Surprise!

Today I dressed up for pretty much no reason at all. The husband had to work. My best friend had to work. But I wanted to wear this dress! So I did. I managed to visit Studio E and hit a yard sale--so it wasn't totally for naught.

Sadly, everything but the shoes is vintage--good for me, bad for you, 'cause I can't exactly sent you to a website so you can get your own.



Dress: vintage from an antique store in Logan.
Earrings and pendant: same place
Shoes: sofft
Belt: can't remember, but it's from China
Clutch: fashion express
Hat: vintage, gift

So while I sadly can't help you get your own dress like that, I can tell you about something else!!!

I have been tired of struggling with my hair and recently I tried to dye it and it didn't take. I am not willing to bleach it but sometimes I want to change things up a bit.

Enter Paramount Wigs. I found them on Etsy. Until my dream wig complete with victory rolls arrives in the mail, I have this lovely little wig for those bad hair days... But before I made my purchase I watched this youtube video and found it very helpful:


I followed her instructions to a T.

When I unwrapped it all, this is what I had:


I then put the net (included with the wig) over my hair and tucked it all up.


Then I put the wig on. Simple as that.


For me the hardest part was getting all the black hair around my ears and my neck all tucked away. It's a bit difficult. The wig fits almost perfect. I guess a few cm bigger wouldn't hurt or the solution would be somewhat longer locks to hide that neck and "sideburn-like" hair.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the look though.


What do you think?
 How do you like me as a redhead???
In case you're wondering, it's the Marilyn wig, in auburn.

Make Purses to Match Your Dresses!

You may have noticed I've been a tad quiet lately. It's not that I have nothing to say--I have plenty. It's not that I haven't worn any cute outfits lately--I have; check out our Facebook page. It's just after work I've been busy crafting! I've been making pin-up style purses! Sometimes I make them to match specific outfits!

This one is for sale. It's at Studio E.




But anyway, all you need is a plastic canvas purse form. I buy mine in bulk, but you can find them in lesser quantities by Googling it. Yarn. A needle. And imagination. Can't buy that, sorry! But you can search for patterns via Google or Pinterest or buy some on Etsy.

There are tutorials online. The first time I made one, I used this tutorial.

I've made quite a few since then and now do my own things:

First of all, I use patterned duck tape for my liner now. It's more flexible, sticks perfectly, and I can sew through it as I stitch the sides of the clutch together. And no lumpy glue underneath. Plus it's super cute!

Second, magnetic clasps don't seem to do well for me; the magnets are always stronger than the canvas and I've had tearing issues. Now I simply use a yarn loop-around close. I sew a vintage mushroom button on the bottom (see the flamingo and nauticlal purse) and the clutch closes by yarn hanging from the top, secured with a regular button on the inside.

This one is mine!! It matches a skirt and top I plan to wear very soon! 




Do you see those cool duck tapes???? Aren't they adorable?

My next step: Adding a handle. We'll see how it turns out!

Here is one I made before I discovered duck tape. This one is for sale in Studio E. Go check it out!




Mail Day at Christina's House!


Who doesn't love getting packages in the mail? I know I do, it's like Christmas! I happened across a sale on LindyBop's website, and on Erstwilder's website, and I was not disappointed.


 And just an FYI, the LindyBop sale is still going on, and there selection has changed since I ordered so there is new stuff on there I didn't see before so I may be ordering again, but you can check out the items here. I have to say I am slightly disappointed in one of the skirts I got from them, I would still rate my overall purchase and ease of shopping experience (it was my first order) at a 8/10. Shipping was quick, everything was packaged nicely and I received the items I ordered in the correct sizes. The only thing I'm upset about is the one skirt I ordered as it was not true to color. Below is the featured photo from there website, and I'm going to go a little photographer on you for a second, but what they did is they adjusted the curves and increased the white balance to make the image brighter and mask out any perfections in the background, which is all well and good but they should have masked it out in the skirt, because I was expecting baby pink and mint green and I got BRIGHT blue and a very VIVID pink. Mind you it is not the end of the world, but I had hoped it was the colors it appears to be in the images as you can see the one I received is not even close to the same color as the one pictured.

You can see it a bit better here, after I laid them out. I got the 'Myrtle" Rio Jungle Print Halterneck Swing Dress, the 'Piper' Pink Circus Print Skirt, and 'Daria' Green New Orleans Print Swing Dress. I think my total was $45 everything after shipping, which is a heck of a deal considering one dress alone is almost that much alone.
 
Here I am in the 'Daria' Green New Orleans Print Swing Dress. I absolutely love it. The scallop detail around the neckline is my favorite. Oh, and my shoes are JellyPop, if you're curious. My hat is vintage. The belt was included in the dress from LindyBop. I plan to wear the 'Myrtle' Rio Jungle Print dress tomorrow for the grand opening at the studio.
Oh! Did I tell you the studio is officially open?! Saturday, August 19th we will be open from 10:00am to 5:00pm. You can grab the rest of the details from our Facebook page. Remember that fake chocolate cake I mentioned in my Idaho post? Well, I snapped a picture to show you guys because it's just that awesome. Doesn't it look good enough to eat? (Insert heart eye emoji here.)
Moving on, let's open up the package from Erstwilder shall we? I'm not quite sure how these videos will turn out, but we'll give it a shot. 

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I'm afraid I'm not terribly good at this Boomerang app, so they're a bit sideways. Even though I knew what they were because I ordered them, it was still exciting to do so, these are my first Erstwilder brooches.
Are you ready?
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In case for whatever reason the videos are stupid and don't load right. I got the 'Super Dooper Nova' and the 'Idol Heads' brooches.
I have to say I am a little weary of wearing the 'Super Dooper Nova' one simply because of how thin the acrylic is on the points there. I have seen the space collection in person, but they never had the Nova and it was always the one I wanted so I jumped on the opportunity to get it on sale, and now I think I will forever cherish it like a delicate baby because I'm afraid to wear it. But I will definitely be wearing the 'Idol Heads' brooch with my 'Myrtle' Rio Jungle Print dress. Anyways, that's it for now I suppose. I will do a post here soon about the studio and let you all know how the first day went, if you're curious. I have a big day tomorrow (well today). Have a great day everyone!

Until next time!
XOXO

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Idaho & Studio E - Keeping Up with Christina


Somewhere in Dayton.
Greetings from Idaho!
Some of my family members recently moved to Idaho so we decided to take a trip up to visit them. We found this little diner and decided to grab some lunch.
If you're ever passing through Malad, I highly recommend grabbing food there, it was delicious. Had I thought about it I would have snapped a picture of my burger before I devoured it... Because who doesn't love food pictures to make you hungry!? The diner is called "Malad Drive-In" according to their signs they have been open since 1955, which is pretty cool, if you ask me.
Welcome sign in the diner.

 I couldn't decide which sign I liked better so I snapped a picture with both. As for my OOTD..

Necklace: Vintage
Skirt: Dancing Cats (picked up from Retro Betty during their 50%-70% off summer clothing sale - see photos below, courtesy of Tara.)
Shoes: Chase & Chloe (I was lucky to nab these for $4 at the Deseret Industries in Brigham on our way to Idaho)

If you have never been to Retro Betty, it's worth it. Her shop isn't like the other reproduction shops. She sells lots of vintage and kitschy items - she has all sorts of cute and quirky items to add to your home decor. I love that she carries both new reproduction clothing (for adults and children) AND vintage clothing.

Retro Betty
Retro Betty



On our way out of Idaho we went through Logan and stopped at the Deseret Industries there, as well as hitting the one in Preston, Idaho. We found lots of goodies there, but I didn't get a chance to snap any pictures before we loaded everything up. I got a couple of dresses, and a top, got the kids some clothes, some cute glassware for the kitchen at the studio, a beautiful print of a painting for the living room at the studio, etc. Really cool finds - and it was nice to go somewhere different for a change.
Somewhere in Clayton, Idaho


Speaking of the studio... We will be opening VERY soon! I'm hoping for next weekend, but keep an eye out on our facebook page for the official announcement. We have slowly been gathering things for that finishing touch, and now we just have to put it all together. I'm sure a lot of you saw this photo on Facebook or Instagram, but you can just feel the excitement after we finished painting the walls. I think you can find a before picture on there as well, the space was a burnt orange color, and is now pink, sea-foam and white. SO. MUCH. BETTER.
But then we added in the furniture, and you wouldn't think it would be very hard to find a square table that is 36" x 36", but you would be surprised. We finally found a table that will work though, so we got that put in, then we found some artwork. Now we just need to repair the TV stand, so we can put the TV up and add the finishing touches there.
As far as the kitchen area goes, I don't think we will ever be done adding to it. I found an adorable real-look plastic cake tonight that will make an amazing prop for "cooking" in the kitchen. It seriously looks SO real, it's great. And I'm on the hunt for any sort of pink ceramic bowls. The space may not look very big here, but the studio room measures approx. 12' x 22'. We have yellow paper hanging against the opposite wall of the kitchen too, for standard photos, but then the kitchen and living room scene for that realistic 50's pin-up look. The floor for the kitchen extends out 11' along the 22' wall, so there is plenty of space for shooting, and 8' of the floor is actually removable if we decided to do another set, or need room for the living room area. I can't wait to get everything together and get some pictures of it all set up for you guys to see. You'll have to come and check us out!

I'm sorry I have been MIA on posts again, I know I promised to be on top of it with more posts, but I have been SO busy trying to get the studio done, and getting everything for my daughter to start school, then my family moving, etc. It has been a chaotic summer and I am ready for fall. Who's with me!?

I guess that's it for now.
If you're curious about studio rates, please contact me via the facebook page, or comment below!
Until next time.
XOXO

Christina

Friday, August 11, 2017

Antique Shops in Logan Yield Amazing Loot!

I have a great post for you guys today!!

We took a day trip to the lake today for a family thing. Now, granted, the lake is not my thing. I don't do water-skiing--hate water up my nose. I don't like tubing--hurts the vajayjay. I dislike small boats--not into the rough ride. Give me a dinner boat or cruise ship any day! And I don't get in the water--fish pee, ewww!

But I made the most of the situation by asking the husband to stop by some antique shops in Logan, UT, on the way. And I hit the jackpot, guys!

First, we went to Vintage Treasures, 530 South Main, Logan, UT.


My first thought was, "Wow, this isn't the usual chaotic mess that one usually finds in an antique shop." It's very organized, neat, and you can easily most everything. Jewelry is nicely displayed and visible. They had some very unique lamps, pretty much everything. Lots of glassware, etc.

They did not have much in the way of hats or dresses, but I nabbed these amazing treasures:



That little suitcase..see the necklace on top. I nabbed the necklace and the little suitcase. Look how small the suitcase is! It's the perfect handbag. It just needs some TLC on the inside. Add some nice felt liner and I have a new purse. The necklace is costume but gorgeous, probably 50s.

I happily pranced from there to here:


About Time Antique Mall is located at 538 S Main St Logan, Utah


Again, nicely organized!! There's room to walk and you can see everything. The displays are tasteful and not a jumbled mess. And you can see vintage dresses on the rack! They also had gloves throughout the store--tiny hands!! Lots of jewelry. And the lady who was working in there today kindly let me try a dress on in the bathroom...and it was a winner!! Check out this lovely 1950s dress. The jewelry I found here also is a perfect match for it!



Seriously, how cool is that?? The dress fits like a glove too.

Anyone who likes antiquing, these stores in Logan are worth the drive. Had we not been on a time crunch, we could have hit two more in the vicinity. I def will another time.

I'm pretty darn happy with my finds today. What do you think?

And in case anyone is wondering...here's my OOTD:



Dress: Amazon
Shoes: Sofft
Handbag: Bowtox (Her material is actually better detailed than the dress material!)
Dog: Lola the Pin-up Pekingese! (Her dress is from Auntie Christina!)
Sunglasses: Amazon

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spotlight on Lazy Daizy's Boutique: Utah-Made Skirts, Bags, & Dresses

Please welcome UT Business owners Jayme and her mother Tana. I met them at a car show and was charmed by their booth, which consisted of the cutest skirts, tote bags, and more. They own LAZY DAIZY'S BOUTIQUE.

As a matter of fact, here's the darling skirt I ended up buying from them:


The elastic waist looks like a belt and means it will pretty much always fit. It does not require a crinoline but has enough poof of its own. I also purchased a pair of earrings, not realizing she actually makes them herself. They are very lovely.



Why Lazy Daizy's Boutique? What made you choose that name?

Originally our name was Jayme’s Jems, for years I (Jayme) just made jewelry so that name fit. Then in the fall of 2015 I began sewing my own pinup clothes and decided that I loved sewing. So my Mom (Tana) came on board and we started to expand the business. I began to think that Jayme’s Jems didn’t really fit or include Mom. So we changed the name in January 2017 and feel it fits much better, and can include everything we do.

How did your business start?

It started with my love of jewelry, I wanted to express my creativity and so I bought tools and beads and started with that about 12 years ago. I always had a little bin i carried everywhere and would take out the jewelry until someone would ask me about it and then a bunch of girls would come over and look and buy. At this time I didn’t really know how to sew and was even scared of it.

In 2015 I joined a Pin Up group here locally and one of my sisters suggested we take sewing lessons so we could make our own clothes. Being plus sized it’s hard to find clothing that fits right and is flattering without breaking the bank. I put my fears aside and began my first sewing project, a full circle skirt. I picked up sewing fast and had an amazing teacher! I went to DI and found myself a used machine to start. From there I taught myself to read patterns and watched tons of Youtube videos on technique.

Jayme, on the right, wearing her first handmade skirt.

My Mom who has been sewing since she was young decided to join me on my journey shortly after. We have always been close and this was something we could share and do together which has really just made us closer.

What all do you make?
We love making pinup style clothing! But really we will and have made just about everything, from clothes to purses to baby gifts. You can find a wide array of items in our Etsy shop as well as Facebook page. We also have an embroidery machine and love making personalized gifts with names and Monogramming.




Our most popular items are skirts, NFL purses, and baby blankets. We also have home decor such as pillows, pillowcases, barstool cushions, tea towels and potholder. We are a family business so we are branching out into soaps and lotions. In the hopes we will one day have a store where you can purchase handmade and handcrafted items.


They just began making dresses!



I understand you are a mother/daughter team. Who makes what?

Summer is our busiest season as we try to do car shows all summer long, so if there is something that needs made either of us can do it. However Tana makes most of our baby and toddler items, purses, and vintage style pillowcases. I make the skirts, totes, makeup bags and wallets.

Do either of you like pin-up clothes? You make some cute skirts and scarves. Ever make them to match?

I love pin up clothing and as I stated before started first by making clothes for myself. We also love to have items to match whatever we make, so that you can get everything in one spot. So you can get a skirt, scarf, purse and wallet that all go together and have a complete outfit.

What drew you to pin-up?

Pinup is empowering to all shapes and sizes. I have never felt more beautiful then when I am all pinned up! It makes you feel like a real lady to put that skirt on and get all done up. Also we love everything vintage, from the cars to fabric prints. We want other women no matter their shape or size to feel beautiful and confident.

You are UT-based but you take clients from all over the world, via Etsy? What’s the best way for a client to purchase something from you?
The best way is to contact us via Facebook on our business page. I answer all messages promptly and we love to create items that are custom made to fit you.

I can vouch for this. I went home after the car show that night and messaged you within a week about buying a skirt. You answered! Customers, she not only replies via FB message (I really really appreciate this because I'm hard of hearing) but she will collect your measurements and all this way too.

For UT residents, are there any events we can find you at in the near future?


We will be at Scare Away Cancer in Draper on September 23

We will also be having a neighborhood boutique on October 7th at our home.

And we will definitely announce on our page any other shows we book!