Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Hippie Crowns and Hollywood Sadcore

Ever since I was a teenager, I have always had a hippie heart - and style. Although my style changes from day to day depending on my mood, I have always been a wearer of flower crowns, long skirts and long hair. One of my favourite things to wear when I was 16 included a pink flower wreath-crown that my Nana made for me. Although I no longer have that crown (sad!) I have gathered up quite a collection of flower crowns, headbands and hair accessories over the years ~ always letting my hippie heart shine through my fashion.

With the latest popularity of "hollywood sadcore" singer, Lana Del Rey (my new favourite artist at the moment), flower crowns and roses have suddenly emerged into the fashion spotlight once again! Although this hippie-loving fad never loses it's fire for us hippie-at-hearts, it's lovely to see this hollywood-sadcore beauty sporting the symbolic flower-crowns. As of late, I have taken up the hobby of making my own "rose crowns" inspired by hippie-fashion (and of course, Miss Lana Del Rey).

The red rose crown I actually wore for Christmas - what you can't see very well in these photos is that the roses are covered in glitter - it makes them that much more festive! I'm thinking about selling flower/rose wreaths and crowns, so if you are interested, please hot me up! I'll keep you all up to date with my latest rose/flower creations ~ but for now, I leave you with some holiday video fun...

(After a few Christmas drinks...)

Hope you all had an absolutely lovely holiday! All the best for the New Year ~ Health, Happiness and Love!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Get Your Vintage On

I happen to be one of those people who adore thrift-shopping. Ever since I was a little girl waking up early and fuzzy-eyed every Saturday morning to go out garage sale-ing with my Popa, I have embraced the motto "one woman's junk is another woman's treasure". What's not to love about the thrill of looking through old things? One of my favourite sensations has to be the smell of old, dusty books, filled with wisdom and stories...and the slightly used texture and yellowish tint to the pages and the covers. Slighty ratty-tatty is my favourite way for a book to be. Well-read and filled with history and mystery surrounding the people who have read it's pages previously...

But one of the most fun thrift-finds has to be vintage fashion items - things that are most likely difficult (or impossible) to find today that just scream out loud CHARACTER! Most likely if you buy vintage, you are almost guarenteed to be one (if not the only) person to own that treasured item today. Being plus size can often times make vintage-clothing shopping difficult, however - as there really wasn't much available years ago as far as plus-size fashion is concerned. Here is where you need patience, a good eye, and exquisite knowledge of your own body and shape.

I happened to stumble upon this vintage leopard-print top and instantly fell in love. Not only was it knit, but it also had glitter thread (haaa!) knitted all throughout it. Just perfect. And although it techincally wasn't anywhere near "my size", it had three things that I immediately look for when browsing vintage items: large arm holes, long in the length, and STRETCH. Mine. Mine, mine - all mine. I have quite large arms, so finding something that will allow my arms to fit through is a must. With this shirt being sleeveless, I was in luck. I also can only wear tops that are long in the torso, as I'm one tall lady (5'11, thank you!). Lastly, STRETCH is a fat-girl's best friend. Allowing for more give than the item looks to have, stretch can turn any small shirt into a snug-fitting wonder. Pair this with a few of my own accessories, some bold make-up, and I'm in fashion heaven.

I know that sometimes being plus-size can put a hallt on some of your fashion-adventures, but don't let being fat completely deter you away from thrift/vintage shopping. If you look hard enough, have the patience, and know what to look for in regards to your own body shape and size, you'll find treasure-hunting a whole lot more pleasureable and successful! 

I happen to find a rare, special vintage-item filled with more character and astoundingly more interesting than any "designer" item that may be featured in the Holt Renfrew store window. So get out there and get your vintage on!