photos by Sarah Landolt
Sweater - thrifted// Skirt - Ralph Lauren via Crossroads Trading Co.// Loafers - vintage Etienne Aigner from Street Scene VIntage// Necklaces - vintage
As I've mentioned before, black and white is easily my go-to color palette. What is quite different from the norm, however, is this fantastic red lipstick! I have always been a little shy when it comes to makeup. I don't know any of the tricks or proper application for even the most basic of basics (I was a very lucky adolescent and evaded the all-too-common plague of acne) and generally in the morning I swipe on some eyeliner and I'm done. Thus, this departure with some red lipstick is exciting! I was definitely antagonizing Sarah the whole time we were shooting asking, "do I have lipstick on my teeth? Oh no! My sweater touched my lips! Is it smeared?!" But like a good friend and patient photographer, she was never without a few comforting words and the occasional supply of a mirror for reapplication. That's what friends are for, right?
photos by kate sands
Vest - vintage gift from a friend// Tank top - random// PJ pants - vintage via Street Scene// Sandals - Urban Outfitters// Watch & jewelry - various vintage pieces
As I mentioned before, I tried my hand at this pajama dressing that's been all the rage as of late! These silk pajama bottoms from the 1940's came with a matching robe and when worn together, it looks straight out of a film noir (think Barbara Stanwyck circa Double Indemnity). Though it's a fabulous look, it wasn't one I was comfortable wandering around town in, so I opted to just wear the pants. I threw on an easy black tank and this incredible black floral lace vest that was a gift from my friend, Susan. Made almost entirely of vintage items, I felt inventive, chic, and laid-back on a hot summer day.
photos by Kate Sands
Thanks to TheRealReal I have access to all sorts of incredible designer pieces at crazy reduced prices, thus this amazing petal top from Robert Rodriguez! Throw in some minimal jewelry, waxed pants and flower heels that mirror that beautiful top and I was ready for a night out on the town! I am sad to say, though, that these shoes didn't make it through the night. Although I will occasionally pain myself for the sake of style, I just couldn't make those beauties work. A pair of leather loafers had to take their place!
photos by Kate Sands
Hat - vintage Borsalino from Street Scene Vintage (last seen here)// Blouse - Thrifted// Pants - Need Supply// Shoes - Zara//
When Kate saw this outfit she told me I looked "safari chic" and now that's all I want my style to be! Give me all the loose, breezy separates I can handle! I've never been one to follow too closely to trends (not for lack of appreciation, but rather a lack of funds to keep up) but there's something so classic about the latest trend of white-on-white. It's a trend that has become a style unto itself and I know I'll be using this color palette for years to come (see it once before here). It's all carefree, light, and 70's Lauren Hutton - safari chic, some might say?
photos by Kate Sands
Greek Fisherman Cap - vintage via Street Scene Vintage// Turtleneck - random// Camel Coat - vintage via Street Scene Vintage// Pants (old) - Gap// Roper Boots - vintage via Street Scene Vintage//
Sometimes I feel as if Lady Luck sheds her light on me too often when it comes to the thrill of the hunt. No sooner had I cemented my wish for a cool camel coat than this lovely little number waltzed into Street Scene and I scooped her right up! I love that the sleeves are three quarter length, allowing me to play with proportions of the sleeve lengths below. I could wear long gloves, nothing but a big bangle, or just a simple black turtleneck underneath. In the same fashion that I found this coat, I had been looking for a fisherman's cap ever since I saw this cover and lo and behold, I discovered this one only a week later! Every time I wear it I get odd looks, but who cares? If I feel good in something, it's hard to bring me down.
photos by Kate Sands
Sunglasses - random// Tunic - thrifted vintage, hemmed// Pants - random// Heels - Zara// Necklace and clutch - vintage via Street Scene Vintage
I found this bright kelly green dress while out thrifting. It was stuck in with the lingerie, which is a section I never shop, but the color was calling to me and I knew it had found a new home. It was, however, much too long so I hemmed it to tunic length (I might try wearing this as a dress, as long as it isn't a windy day) and knew it needed a metallic just as bright to shine right along with it. Thus, one of my most favorite vintage necklaces. It's so over-the-top with a large smiling sun at the top and gilded stars hanging beautifully from a crescent moon at the bottom! Truth be told this is one of my favorite silhouettes: trapeze on top and slim on the bottom - it somehow (however successfully) always reads chic and breezy to me.
*p.s. I didn't realize until these pictures were taken that one of my buttons was charmingly undone! That's charming, right?
all but last photos by kate sands
Blazer and fur collar - vintage via Street Scene // Silk halter top - Arden B// Waxed pants - Asos// Ankle booties - Dolce Vita via Nordstrom Rack//
If I were ever asked to show what the epitome of my style is, these photos are where I would point. I definitely lean toward menswear-inspired, dark colors and texture play infused with the uniqueness of a couple fantastic vintage pieces. This fur collar is so soft and though I've dealt in vintage furs for years, I have no idea what animal to attribute to one of my winter staples. Also: this blazer. From the gold buttons emblazoned with eagles to the touches of leather piping on the pockets to the most beautiful lining I have ever seen on any vintage piece, this man's blazer made in Spain is a true find. Every time I wear it I flash images of matadors and bulls forever frozen in a silken dance.
I had the supreme pleasure of being asked to assist in styling a wedding photo shoot for my wonderful friend, Susan. She and set stylist, Abby, had a vision of a rustic, vintage-inspired wedding wrapped up in tones of coral, gold and a hint of mint. It was my duty to find the perfect ensemble for the bride-to-be and where else to look but vintage? Having dealt in the vintage realm for over eight years, I knew exactly where to find the dress, accessories and even a few of the treasures that graced this beautiful, handmade table: Street Scene Vintage! Nestled in the beautiful sunset-drenched Chrisman Mill Vineyard, the three of us sought to give our bride the perfect evening to celebrate with family, friends and curious little cat!
"Vintage Nostalgia Wedding" Susan Stewart photography; set stylist Abby Rutherford; Clothing stylist Maggie Lanham