Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fun finds from Thrift Town...

I've got a week left in Sacramento, so I took my little sister to Thrift Town (one of our favorite places to shop) to get our thrift on before I leave. I bought the most adorable cream cardigan with a detachable fur collar, and a pair of high-waisted trousers in a lovely Burgundy color. I also came across some white little sneakers that I plan to DIY into two-tones later on this week when I've got the time.

I also tried a new technique with my hair today.

This photo doesn't really show the style off very well. I also took this pic after I'd worn it out all day in the heat, so its not an awesome example. I'll have to re-do it and re-post, freshly styled, so that you guys can see it : )

xoxo Coco

Sunday, July 29, 2012

What I Wore: Chocolate-Covered Strawberry

Dress: Vintage from Freestyle Clothing Exchange, belt: Thrift Town
shoes: vintage borrowed from my little sister, butterfly pendant: family heirloom

Finally got around to wearing the new day dress I recently bought from Freestyle Clothing Exchange downtown. They buy, sell, and trade clothes, including lots of vintage, and I thoroughly enjoyed my very first visit. A part of me is really sad that I only now dropped in considering I've only got about a week and a half left here in Sac. I'm really looking forward to moving back to Orange County; I've missed it so much! I'm going to be living with a family friend who was kind enough to lend me a room for a few months until I can get on my feet, but I'll be staying with a dear old friend from way back (I'm talkin' middle school years here), and I'm also stoked to be road tripping back with my friend Jonathan. I'm definitely grateful that I won't have to make the trip alone...

But anyway! I love this dress. I traded some items for it, and couldn't be happier with said choice. Its chocolate brown with the cutest little antique pink pearl buttons and lace collar. I may re-furbish the lace and buttons though, namely because one of the original buttons is missing and they don't always stay put. I'm thinking some slightly bigger buttons will do a bit better (that way, I won't have to velcro the chest closed), and I may change the lace to match. I feel like a chocolate covered berry with my hair color. I wasn't sure that I liked it at first (it was an accident), but its growing on me, literally and figuratively. I've been getting lots of compliments on it surprisingly, one particularly awesome one came from 1/2 of The Fame Riot, who were in town to perform at Launch, which I unfortunately missed, but they promised to come back and play again!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Goin' to the chapel

So my mom and her long-time boyfriend (legally, domestic partner) are finally going to tie the knot before they leave for Italy in September; and I've been helping her with the planning. She decided she wanted to do something very vintage Hawaiian getaway, however she was very much at a loss of where she wanted to have the reception. At first she was just going to book a cabana at the clubhouse, but after a grueling deliberation we decided it just was not going to do. So then I suggested the Tonga Room, which I don't know why I didn't think of it from the get-go, but the point is that it did come to mind; and now my mom has officially set a reservation for her wedding reception/dinner party to be held there! I'm so very excited for her, and I'm glad she loves the locale as much as I do.

For those of you who don't know, The Tonga Room is this amazing tiki Lounge & Restaurant in San Francisco. Its located inside of the historical Fairmont Hotel; the actual restaurant itself is located where the Olympic-size swimming pool used to be back in the 1940s, which was frequented by celebrities and Olympic athletes of the day. The pool is still there of course, but its more for decoration than actual swimming--although I must admit, it would be a funny sight to see patrons diving in during dinner! Lol! The decor is just so beautiful though, the food is delicious, and I love the "hurricane" bar when they make it thunder and rain inside in the pool. Its such a fantastic spectacle, and I'm really excited that it worked out for what my mom wanted to do. I was so surprised she'd never heard of it too. I myself have always wanted to visit, but never have before now unfortunately...

So now that planning is fully under way (with only a little over a month to go), I'm helping her get together some of the other preparations before I move. We've got her dress picked out, flowers, and the menu all set. Now all I need to do is find a seriously awesome dress to wear to celebrate their long-awaited nuptials! I'm so happy for my folks; it's been a long time coming <3
The occasion gives me the chance to splurge a little, but at the same time I'm a bit wary on where to shop/what to buy. I mean, I'd love a Shaheen, but finding one for a reasonable price is kind of a laughable idea. To be honest, I would die for anything vintage Hawaii/tropics in general (I mean, what vintage girl wouldn't?), but again; it can get a little expensive. I've been lurking my usual vintage/thrift shopping spots, including etsy and haven't come across the right dress quite yet, and unfortunately Pinup Girl Clothing has sold out of the Dixiefried tiki wrap dresses again and has yet to re-stock them. Otherwise, I'd order the Malibu or Polynesian one right here, right now.

I have been looking at Whirling Turban however, which is an amazing vintage reproduction shop out of Bali. The owner, Katherine, whom I've spoken to on a few occasions, is a total sweetheart and a genius at her craft. I really love that gold lame number with bordeaux flowers; its seriously a dream come true! I hope I can find something like it for my mama's wedding!

xoxo Coco