October 8, 2011

Guest Blogger: Hello Dodo

HELLO EVERYONE! This is not Sarah. Sarah is on vacation in Maine and asked me to guest blog for her while she was away. My name is Amy and I run a style blog called Hello Dodo, where I feature my daily outfits and talk about clothing a lot. Sarah and I went to school together and we are close friends, but I am also a frequent customer of Zzouzi Handmade & Vintage.

Unfortunately, I don't really wear hats and headbands very often because I have a weirdly-shaped head that is most unsuitable for headwear. And though I am a huge fan of vintage clothing, I am notoriously bad at thrifting and buying vintage has always been scary to me, because I never know how the fit will be or if the garment will need insane amounts of altering to be wearable. Also, none of my artistic abilities involve crafting anything real of any kind. Therefore, I can't really write about the kinds of things she typically blogs about, her sweet vintage finds, shopping adventures, or DIY projects.

What I can do is show off some of my favorite pieces I've acquired from Zzouzi Handmade & Vintage and how I've been incorporating them into my closet:

Vintage Noah's Ark Animal Pin Set

Okay, COME ON. How cute are these?! I love that they come in a little set and I can split them up or wear them together. Of course, I'm pretty sure I'm always going to wear them all together. In fact, I wish I had one of every animal so I could wear them ALL together. Yes, I would be covered in tiny pins, but I would feel on top of the world.

Vintage Skirts

I got both of these skirts from Sarah when she was still involved in The Mockingbirds. Not gonna lie, both of these were originally horrifically long and would never have worked on my short frame. It's amazing what a bit of hemming can do though. (Hemming not done by me, obviously, since I am still terrified of my sewing machine. Colleen did the honors. Thank you, Colleen!) Both are now breezy summer skirts, easy to throw on when the weather's sweltering.

(a.k.a. the best skirt in the known universe)

This skirt was made for me. If anyone knows me personally (or hell, even just reads my blog once or twice), they'll know that I am obsessed with animals. I draw animals all the time, I am constantly adding new pets into my furry family, and animals are heavily featured in my wardrobe and jewelry collection. When Sarah bought this skirt, she made the mistake of sending me a photo of it. My first reaction was, "Wait... Are those DUCKS?!" After forcing her to take measurements of it and realizing that was exactly my size and was the perfect knee length for my short legs, Sarah heaved a deep sigh of defeat, and with an "UGH! FINE!" of exasperation, the skirt was mine! It didn't even make it onto her Etsy store.

When I put it on for the first time and the fit was perfect, I also found that it had pockets. Freakin' pockets. My other favorite thing, after animal clothing, is a skirt with pockets. It was like a vintage clothing fairy tale. I was in blissful, everlasting, love. Except my Prince Charming was this awesome corduroy skirt with ducks all over it.

So the moral of this story is, if I can find the perfect vintage duck-covered skirt of my dreams, so can you! Vintage clothing isn't as scary as I'd always thought, although I have to admit, it's been really helpful to have Sarah holding my hand through it this whole time.

Signing off until the next time Sarah lets me hijack her account,
Amy of Hello Dodo

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