playing dress up

Winter could also be dubbed elastic pant season.  At least for me.  Tell me I’m not alone in that admission.  Monday runs into Tuesday and Tuesday into Wednesday, all while sporting thick sweats or yoga pants (on a good day), usually paint covered and topped with some sort of crazy cat lady house coat.  The joys of working from home in a vacation community in the dead of winter warrant cat lady wardrobe status.  As soon as the season changes and I find my style senses again, please dismiss that image.  Until then, picture my XL men’s flannel and paint sweats topped with a Waldo-like beanie.

Now that you have that visual, let me tell you about what I’m working on.  I’ve got a number of pieces in the hopper in various European colors  including a secretary in Arabesque, a nightstand in Layla’s mint and a Marzipan/Schloss layered drum table, to name a few.  I can’t wait to get them finished up, photographed and posted.  The pretty pastels all hint at spring.

European colors

In the meantime, I did a little window shopping.  Clearly I’m dreaming of warmer days when I will remove some layers, wear proper wasted pants and bare a little skin again.  Eliza J dresses are modern but with a hint of vintage style which is exactly what I like.  I found a fantastic range of new dresses that correlate to the new European colors in Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint line.  I never stray far from paint and I thought this was a fun way to translate the new colors…

Eliza J

“Arabesque” is definitely a feminine, soft ballet pink just like the skirt on the right.  I’d say the skirt has a shimmer of “white wax” to it as well.

I wouldn’t mind wearing this “Schloss” faux fur now in lieu of my flannel.  Definitely no need to wait ’til spring for that greige number.  Both Schloss and the jacket are equal parts gray and brown and a bit of a chameleon depending on the surroundings.

“Marzipan” is incredibly creamy and flowy.  It is light and breezy just like this gown.  Not quite white, though I wouldn’t wear it to a wedding.

“Mora” is definitely my favorite and so is this lace dress.  That sheath really captures the spirit of the new paint color which is a light silvery gray with more than a hint of blue.  This one changes a bit with the lighting.

“Bergere” is kind of smokey blue.  Well maybe not smokey but definitely not sky blue either.  It is as if light blue has a gray finish to it similar to that flirty little dress.

“Layla’s Mint” is the final new color in the line.  I can’t quite put my finger on a description for that one nor could I find a dress to relate to it.  Stay tuned.

Please feel free to come to our next Milk Paint Demonstration on Saturday, February 27th at noon at Serendipity Shops.  Unfortunately I will not be wearing one of these elegant Eliza J dresses but you can check out the lookbook here.  Nor will I be wearing a house coat and elastic pants.  Thank goodness.

love story

We watched another great, classic movie.  Much like “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Love Story” is filled with life lessons related to love.  This time of the romantic flavor.  And a bit more modern.


Wintry New England is the backdrop making this feel like it could almost be a holiday movie.  Plus it was released in theaters in December 1970 adding to the holiday vibe.

I can’t help but wish I went to Harvard after watching this movie.  Not for the obvious scholastic reasons.  Just because.

love story

Although I own the DVD, I’ve only watched this movie once previously.  I remember being so stunned by the end that I just tucked it away feeling sad.  I think most people know what happens.  Except, well, I didn’t.

Although the movie takes place in 1970, Jenny Cavalleri could easily walk into 2013.  Her style is fabulous and nearly timeless.  Her wardrobe might just be the real love story for me. 

love story

The over sized lapels on this camel coat get me every time.

love story

Nerd chic glasses.  Yes, please!

love story

The knit hat.

love story

And let’s not forget about Oliver Barrett’s rich boy style.  Cable knits, blazers and, is that Burberry?  I sure do think that is the exact same reversible Burberry trench that I scored a few months ago.

love story

Yep, here it is reversed.  I am always researching…

love story

Did I mention that coat was much too big for me so I decided to sell it after all?  Which now makes total sense.  It must be a man’s.  Maybe I should re-brand it the Love Story Burberry jacket. 

Ahh, I sure do love settling in with an old movie on these chilly December nights…”Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

love story

treasure hunting mojo

Guys, my treasure hunting mojo was seriously down for a little while at the end of the summer.   I was all down and out and feeling like a I needed a major score.  I know, I sound like I’m addicted to drugs.  But just vintage so it is ok.  Finally I hit big but before I tell you about how big I hit, let me tell you about the low so you can really appreciate the high.

It all started to go downhill on the yard sale scene.  Yes, there is such a thing as the “yard sale scene”.  Don’t question it.

First, I piggy backed a friend’s yard sale.  They were having a 2 day extravaganza.  Their first day was a blow out.  They were wheeling and dealing until they had to turn people away because the sun was going down.  Ok, that part is an exaggeration but it was good on day 1.  I had some goods of my own to unload so I decided to get in on the action day 2 of their sale.  Now, this was only my second time as a yard sale seller and my first experience was quite positive.  But apparently I brought some seriously bad karma to day 2 of the yard sale this time around.  We had all of about 8 customers and I think I made about $23 that day trying to unload my old junk.  We could literally hear crickets.  Crickets!

Lesson learned: 2 day yard sales are not a good idea.  Stick to one day. 

A week or 2 passed and I was still shaking that less than stellar yard sale experience off.  Nonetheless, I decided to get back out on the yard sale scene with cash in pocket.  I was ready to treasure hunt.  It wasn’t until the third sale of the day that I was ready to make a purchase.  I reached in my pocket to pull out aforementioned cash.  It was gone!  Totally gone.  I retraced my steps, went back to the previous sales and tore apart my house looking for the yard sale cash.  Gone!  A large sum of money too.  Ugh, it still hurts.

Lesson learned:  I dunno, maybe tape your money to your leg so you don’t lose it.

It took me a while to get my courage back.  But I did, of course.  Treasure hunting is my middle name.  I eased in slowly at the thrift store.  Scanning a thousand jackets, I came across this classic trench.  As I looked for the label (in the pocket), I realized I had a vintage Burberry reversible trench in my hands.  This is the stuff dreams are made of, friends.

vintage reversible burberry trench

Burberry!  Or Burberrys of London as this trench is labeled.  That is the name on labels from approximately the 1960s-1990s.  It is reversible.  Navy on one side and wool on the other.  This lame picture does it no justice.  I’m in love.  I haven’t worn it yet.  I just take it out of my closet and stare at it from time to time.

Next up is a swoon-worthy matching pair of chairs.  Can you believe I almost passed them up?  I spotted these at a yard sale but quickly remembered my strict “no more chairs” policy that I implemented on myself so I left the sale.  Thanks to all of your advice on instagram, I broke my own rule.  Thank you.  I went back and they were still there.  Fate.  I crammed those things into my car so quickly. I didn’t even care if a leg was hanging out of the window.  #crazyyardsalelady  They were too unique to leave behind a 2nd time.

vintage Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates Landmark chair

Upon further research, I found that these chairs were by American furniture designer and icon, Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates. They are called the Landmark chair and are carved from solid ash wood.  They are so comfortable.  Comfort and simplicity were Bennett’s goals as apparently he had back issues of his own.

vintage Ward Bennett for Brickel Associates Landmark chair

They are all original.  I love how the wood and velvet are worn in just the right places.  Gorgeous.  I am not planning on painting or reupholstering.  I am hoping to incorporate these chairs into a new dining table set up.  I will definitely find a place for them either way!

And, Pendleton.  Man, I love me some Pendleton and it seems to be finding me lately.  I have turned up 3 Pendleton jackets and coats in the last month.  I love their classic tailored shapes and funky plaids.

vintage Pendleton blazer

This little blazer is so golf outing chic, don’t you think?

My luck has certainly turned around.  These pieces need nothing more than some cleaning.  I’ve got my mojo back for sure.  Tell me, what treasures have you scored lately?

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clover and a jacket

Oh the Clover Market hangover has arrived…

We had a fantastic time yesterday at the fall opener with splendid September weather. It is so fun to see all of the familiar faces after the long summer break. It is kind of like back-to-school for adults.

My brother, Jake and I, worked the booth from 10-5 and sold nearly all of the vintage treasures that we brought. You guys are awesome! Thank you!

We’ll be back for both October markets. The 13th in Ardmore and the 27th in Chestnut Hill. I am very excited about the new location!  Put those dates on your calendar now.

If you went to Clover, what treasures did you find?

So in other news, I’m obsessed with vintage military right now. I guess I have been for a while actually. Specifically personal military items like soldier’s bags, trunks, army blankets and jackets. I suppose I missed this trend in high school.

vintage army jacket

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to buy an entire lot of one soldier’s army jackets from the 50’s or 60’s. I just pulled them out since the weather is getting cooler and snapped photos of this lightweight jacket.

vintage army jacket

What I found so interesting were these yellowed tags still in the pocket. I find myself wondering where they were stationed and what, in history, they were doing.

vintage army jacket

Can you read that?  It is his quarter’s assignment and bedding receipt all typed up.  Each soldier was responsible for their iconic army blanket, sheets and pillows.

vintage army jacket

The other jackets are all wool.  I haven’t photographed them since coming back from the dry cleaner but there is a long overcoat, a button up jacket and a very cool cropped bomber that I think I have to keep…at least for now.

my summer blogcation

So I took an impromptu blogcation last week.  It was bliss.  Not that I don’t love you and all but I have to admit it was nice to disconnect from the world weird web.  My social media was limited to instagram.  In case you missed it, we got some R&R in on the beach.

4th of july beach

Took a delightful stroll through an enchanting farm.

4th of july chick

4th of july piggy

And took time to adore the hydrangeas that Cape May is known for in summertime.

4th of july hydrangeas

Plus we caught the most fabulous sunset I have ever seen followed by fireworks!

4th of july sunset

But don’t worry it wasn’t all fun in the sun last week.  We did a lot of, yawn, home organization along with some other projects for the love of vintage.

Like this oh-so-traditional turned leg table which is now a pop of color redone in Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint Flow Blue.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

flow blue turned leg spindle table

Here’s the before.  Traditional oak which you know I don’t hate simply because of that wood grain but using milk paint as a stain keeps that grain grinning and wakes us all up a bit.

turned leg table before

Isn’t the Ironstone basin & pitcher sweet too?

flow blue turned leg spindle table

But seriously those brass claw feet. Love. Love. Love.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

And those legs.

flow blue turned leg spindle table

In other news, The West End Garage in Cape May is hopping and apparently South Jersey magazine has taken note because we were vote “Best Eclectic Market” at the Shore!

Annnnd Circa Dee is now offering a collection of vintage clothes at the Garage.  I have been hoarding some really fun vintage summer dresses and crazy prints that you never knew you needed to complete your down the shore vacation.

vintage clothes

For those of you out of the region, that’s what we say.  “Down the Shore”

How was your 4th? And 5th and 6th and 7th?  Did you take a break?  Did you go down the shore?

the classics

We’re getting back into the swing of things around here.  Our new year routine is in order and our lazy winter break week is behind us along with all of the Christmas decorations now packed away.

We managed to catch quite a few movies over the holidays.  Most of the new ones are not even worth mentioning except for Lincoln.  Brilliant – the acting, the set, Daniel Day Lewis.  I loved every minute of it and was still thinking about it the next day and now, a week later.  Have you seen it yet?  I was also fixed on certain props specifically the antique chairs in the film.  I would love to know more about how the set was put together.

Sally-Field-Lincoln-photo: FoxNews

As for the classics…there are a few favorites worth highlighting not just because of the story lines but because of the brilliant vintage props and sets.  I found myself getting lost in the details at times.

It’s a Wonderful Life 1946

I love all of the glassware featured in Gower’s drug store in the beginning of It’s a Wonderful Life.  I am definitely having a moment with vintage labware.  Nerd alert.  Bust seriously look at all of the apothecary bottles and pretty labels and such.  I spy a fabulous typewriter back there too.

It's a Wonderful Life

Fast forward to the end of the movie.  Hopefully you know the storyline – it is one of my all time favorite movies!  I love George and Mary’s fixer upper.  Mary is the ultimate DIYer and look at how chic she is!

In this scene I was particularly drawn to the curves of the French chair George is sitting on.  Love. It.  The chair is both masculine and feminine all in one.  Also, in the background, something about the mounted framed butterfly collection caught my eye.  The collection is definitely right on trend again.

It's a Wonderful Life

Breakfast At Tiffany’s 1961

Oh Holly Golightly, what a character!  She’s got so much style both fashionably and in her apartment.  Check out her stack of white luggage!  Holly hides her phone in there you know.

Holly Golightly - Breakfast at Tiffany's

But Holly’s most iconic piece has got to be her claw foot bathtub turned sofa.  I love the color choices as well.  Holly is the original upcycler!  By the way have you watched Salvage Dawgs yet?  They repeated this exact project on one of their first episodes.

Holly Golightly - Breakfast at Tiffany's

A Christmas Story 1983

Can you believe I never saw A Christmas Story before this year?  Yeah, me neither.  I think we need to invest in the leg lamp for next year.  It’s a “major award”.

Anyway, I found myself smitten with the mom’s hot pink chenille bathrobe.  I want one just like it so I can wear it around the house all winter.  As I write this, I am wearing a much less fashionable bathrobe.  Too much information?

A Christmas Story

Beyond the fabulous bathrobe, the mint and white hoosier cabinet really knocked my socks off in this movie!  How wonderfully vintage is that thing?  Perfection.  And I spy melmac dishes in the cabinet.  Those vintage kitchen chairs aren’t bad either.

A christmas story kitchen

What classic movies did you catch over the holidays?  Did you find yourself coveting anything from the movie sets like I did?

Hope you’re settling comfortably into 2013…

fashion for a cause

Hi guys!  I am here today with some updates on local events that I am involved in and thought you may be interested in supporting…

First of all, you have probably heard me mention our neighbor, The Frock Shoppe, at Center Point Pond.  We have adjacent store fronts and similar weekend hours.

Honestly, I am pretty smitten with The Frock Shoppe.  They stock women’s clothing and accessories.  Boutique brands that I’ve never heard of yet cannot live without!  Amazing quality at remarkable prices too.  They also consign vintage & designer clothing, handbags and stock locally made jewelry and accessories.  I love shopping there and the fact that they’re right next door to our Brick & Mortar in Worcester, PA is awesome for me!

So why I am telling you this? 

Because The Frock Shoppe’s mission is much different than many clothing boutiques.  The shop’s proceeds support local charities right in our community via The Nottage Project.  You’re truly shopping for a cause there.  I love that!

The Frock Shoppe will be hosting their first ever Fashion Show in 2 weeks!  Circa Dee is a sponsor.  I have to admit I am little bit nervous about my contribution.  You’ll be able to see me strutting down the catwalk for charity.  Ok, I won’t be strutting at all actually but simply trying not to trip over my own 2 feet!  Model, I am not!

Does Fashion Roadkill mean anything to anyone?  Carrie in Sex and the City circa 2001.  Yeah, that’s my fear!

However, there is an amazing lineup of models, dancers and entertainment along with a trunk show and refreshments.  I am pretty excited about the event!  Plus you will be able to purchase some of the featured clothing.  I already have dibs on a few pieces!

I hope you’ll grab your girlfriends and join us as we’re raising money to support Good Samaritan Shelter and Girls on the Run.

The event starts at 6pm on Saturday, November 17th with a cocktail reception, followed by the runway show and a trunk show.  It is located at The Community Music School at 775 West Main Street, Collegeville, PA.

Follow The Frock Shoppe on Facebook for tickets and more updates on the event.

You can also follow up with me directly to get tickets or pop in The Frock Shoppe this weekend.  UPDATE: I just received word that there are FREE tickets available through November 3rd if you RSVP to

Speaking of this weekend, we’ll at be at the season’s final Clover Market on Sunday from 10-5.

Join us as it is sure to be another packed market with over 100 vendors!  Now is the time to start thinking about the holidays from decorating to gift giving!  You’ll find some unique items at Clover for sure.

Stop by and say hi.  You can also ask me more about the fashion show.

We’ll be at our normal location #23 in the middle of the market 12 E. Lancaster Ave in Ardmore, PA.

And that concludes my public service announcements.  Have a great weekend!  Happy hunting.

my blue suede shoes

I don’t exactly want to rush the end of summer.  Believe me.  I don’t.  But around this time each year, I really start anticipating fall and all of its glory.  The chill in the air.  The crunchy leaves on the ground.  Warm apple cider.  Mmm, can’t wait!

So I was flipping through the August issue of Glamour magazine a couple of weeks ago.  This page of brogues had me excited.  I’m always looking for a cute boot or shoe that I can really work in all day long.  This oxford menswear style seems to hit the nail on the head.  I made a mental note about the suede ones in the middle of the page.

Would you believe that just days later while scouting for vintage, I came across my very own pair of never-worn blue suede shoes?  In my size!  Mint condition.

True story!  I’m in love with them.  Bring on fall!


But before I rush into fall, I want to share what I’ve been up to this summer in the blog world.  I’ve done a bit of hopping around.

First of all,  there’s a new blog in town.  Literally.  Have you heard about Philly Love Notes?  It is a collection of reminders. There is too much in the city that is forgotten or overlooked. This site seeks to rediscover those places — to remind the city, and us, that it is loved.  You can read my love note to Philly here.

I also visited another local blog, The Painted Home, and shared what’s in my beach bag  I know, I know.  I’m getting so personal this summer.  You can read about what’s in my bag here. Be sure to check out Denise’s portfolio while you’re there!

Many people have asked me about my logo.  It’s pretty fabulous, right?  I owe it all to the talented Carly Hall-Scott of Great Hall-Scott.  Her mantra is all about how to communicate simply and create good design through collaboration.  She just so happened to post about my store opening today.  You can read about it here and see some of her other client work as well.

That’s all for today!  Have a great week.