October 31, 2012

Vintage Apres Noir: Fashion Focus Chicago

Photograph belongs to Street Style: Caught on Campus©

Two weeks ago I got the exciting opportunity to attend Randolph Street Market's Vintage Apres Noir, a Chicago Fashion Focus event. The event really blew my expectations out of the water. It was so much fun! The atmosphere had a bit of dark glamor to it with flickering candle light dark decor and a tree silhouette creating the backdrop of the runway. Whiskey cocktails were served with sushi hors d'ourves before the show while guests mingled. The fashion show featured four different collections that ranged in style and decade from mid 1950's to late 1980's and was curated by Redgi Woods. In between each collection were a group of performers, burlesque dancers, swing dancers, and then finally a group of all female pop-lock dancers. The combination was a perfect way to break up the collections. My favorite thing however was that everyone, from the models to the guests, just looked like they were having a ton of fun!

Beautiful ladies modeling Karyn's collection

Left to right: Leilani, Karyn, Samantha, and myself backstage 

1980's Sequin Dress - Vintage/Thrifted
Black Wedge Booties - Target
Gold Metal Clutch - Vintage/Thrifted
Hoop Earrings - Beauty Store
Lipstick - Mac Ruby Woo

It was a whirlwind of a day with the Randolph Market in the morning and the event at night but it was so much fun! I'd definitely love to attend the event again next year. 


October 25, 2012

Modern Vintage Chicago

Last weekend was a doozy!  I was invited to shop Randolph Street Market's Modern Vintage Chicago, a market that showcases vintage and handmade talents from across the country. A few good friends of mine were selling vintage so it was the perfect way to catch up, do some shopping, and spend a Saturday morning.

 Leilani is the perfect shopping partner because she knows exactly what I'm drawn to. (I guess its not that hard - anything loud and sparkly pretty much covers it!)

She tried on this cute 60's brocade dress from a vendor. Wouldn't this be a perfect holiday dress?

I was obviously drawn to this. I thought it might be a fun holiday bag! I've always been interested in chain metal bags because they're so fluid in structure. Sadly this one was too small to even hold my iPhone but it was in amazing condition.

Karyn of Dethrose Vintage and Jen from Jenstyle Vintage looking as cute as always. I loved Jen's entire look! Both have such a unique and fun style.

How amazing are these bear earrings?! This was in a booth that had the loudest most wonderful jewelry I've ever seen! I wish I was able to get more photos of her jewelry. It was out of this world.

This set of curtains came home with me! I'm not sure if I'm going to use them as actual curtains yet but the fabric was too great to pass up. With them I bought a huge throw with a Native American riding horseback as well as another set of curtains. All three sets had awesome prints with great detail and color. I bought these from Rick Lidinsky who is known for selling phenomenal vintage sunglasses including vintage RayBan's but he had a bunch of other goodies with him this time!

These four pictures above are from the same booth. I loved how simple and bold her jewelry selection was.

Leilani spotted this adorable sweater with the year her dad was born on it!

A stunning 60's brocade hat with a sparkly pin.

I LOVED this skirt! The scalloped waves and the red, gold, and blue brocade fabric was perfect. Sadly it was not my size.

1950's Dress - Vintage (Thrifted)
Pink Sequin Cardigan - Forever21
Yellow Skinny Belt - Target
1950's (?) Tweed Clutch - Lost & Find Vintage
Black Oxfords - Target (I painted the tips gold)
Bracelets - Vintage/Gifts
Wooden Ring - Dethrose Vintage
Mint stone ring - Mr & Mrs DIGZ

Also - how is it the end of October already?! I'm excited for Halloween! I still have to make my costume though. Always last minute! 


October 17, 2012

Savers Trip & $50 Savers Giveaway

I was lucky enough to be invited to a blogger field trip hosted by Savers thrift store. We all met downtown and took a party bus to the suburbs to visit the brand new thrift store! The Savers we visited had just opened the week before and it was massive. I had never been to one before so I was pretty blown away. Savers is a department store style thrift store that is organized, clean, and the staff was super nice. Savers has been around since the 1950's and is across the nation! Saver's recycles the garments that do not sell in stores and all of the proceeds for the sold merchandise is donated to local non-profit charities. 

It was a totally different experience than our usual thrift trips that require us to try clothes on top of our current outfits (not very easy to do while wearing a cute dress!) and staff that was excited to see that we were excited! 

I'm excited to announce that Savers has given me the chance to spread the love to you!
One lucky reader will get a $50 Gift Certificate to experience Savers for themselves!
Heart shaped sunnies - a gift from Savers.

We also got the opportunity to interview and chat with celebrity stylist Eric Himel and find out a bit more about how he got started 

Just itching to go in!

Me & Jessie of Mini Penny posing with some of our finds!
Rachel of Jag Lever  shopping the "vintage" section.

Leilani and I posing with out finds! She's rocking a 1970s suede blazer and I have an amazing fur and leather cape! 

So many goodies!

Floral Peplum Dress: Asos
Belt: Vintage via Poly Golightly
Orange Wedges: Target
Dooney and Bourke Purse: Vintage
Michael Kors Watch: Gift from Ismail
Bracelets: Thrifted & Vintage
Lion Head Necklace: c/o Savers (purchased that day!)

The Giveaway!

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(psst just in time for halloween!)