Vanity + Vintage #07: Checks and Balances

What can I say, due to life this week the V+V series has been slightly delayed from minor turbulence (called work). Do not be alarmed instead just sit back and check out a few more vintage pieces that I've been waiting to style. From the good ol' closet, to the jumble sales, and local flea markets... "Houston, I think we have something!"
   
This mini shirt reminds me of a bolero or dancer's shrug in a way. Regardless of the remembrance, I made this last year with those elements in mind. The vintage-inspired lace trim is something that I picked up a couple years ago and wished I had purchased more. There's something about the navy and cream colour that I adore!

The checkered wool vest was $4.75, I added a crest transfer on it, because I felt that it needed something special. The crest is only basted in case I want to wear the vest without it on some days. You know that I like having options! 

Though spring lives in the labeled months it's been slightly breezy, sunny, chilly, warm, and windy in my recent places, so I've had to wear sandals one day or even a fall jacket the next. Don't laugh, yes I still wear tons of little plaid skirts. I do love them even though they're reminiscent of my schooldays. This particular one was actually around 8" longer, but I snipped it with my trusty shears to create what I deemed a wearable length in a modern way.

 Silk Scarf- $7

Although I have no desire to be a professor of any sort I do admire them, and if I was one this is probably a daily casual look that I'd wear, mainly because of the jacket/blazer. I love this velvet jacket, I picked it up for $14, and though it fits a bit roomy, the lustrous hand on this material will certainly bring you a brighter day.

I am on a mission to find some special gold-toned buttons that will lend themselves very useful in becoming the perfect addition to, yet another new jacket find that I acquired. Over the weekend I saw the most beautiful gold buttons with a horse impression right in the center of the button... however there were only 3 of them, I need 8-10! I'm hopeful that I will find some unique (gold-toned) buttons very soon!

The goods: Vintage: Checkered jumper, Velvet jacket, Paisley scarf, Plaid skirt (mid-calf skirt that I cut-remnants used as a scarf-charity shop, *see upcoming winter posts later). Other items: Heels-Seychelles, Stockings, TopShop , Long-sleeved lace mini Tee, Ladyofashion/Gestalt Collection, Tank/Blue tiered skirt-Express, Geo sandals-local boutique (Canada), messenger bag- Forever21.

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45 comments

  1. these are such great looks!

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  2. ADORE that blue skirt; it looks fabulous on you!

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  3. loooooove the checked sweater and your addition of the crest!! gawsh so, so cute! smarty! and what a steal!

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  4. That cobalt banded skirt is just gorg!

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  5. i wish i had more vintage stuff because i would love to be featured, but anyway, you look great -- job well done. loving the little mini.

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  6. :) I love that you added the crest! You are right about it needing something extra. I love the way that you styled this outfit - very cute!
    Lydia

    www.styleindependent.com

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  7. the nyanzi report26 May, 2011

    beautiful!

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  8. I love a good academic look so you get an A+!

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  9. Veronica26 May, 2011

    Love the vest!

    veronica
    @bestofpbconsign 

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  10. Hit me baby one more time! That second look calls for classic Britney Spears lyrics. So school-girl. You look great as always and i LOVE how you paired your pumps with socks.

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  11. I love what you are wearing, you look fab! I also love the Nietzsche cameo! 

    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    a-toutlemonde.blogspot.com

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  12. All of these are great looks but I think my favorite is the blazer/plaid skirt/ schoolgirl look!  Debbie http://thriftygirlvintage.blogspot.com

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  13. dummyaccount26 May, 2011

    test

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  14. Melliott93027 May, 2011

    Love everything about both of these looks! That top one is so great, love the layering in the cardi, top, and little crest :) SO cute!

    -Marie
    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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  15. Aww, Thanks so much Debbie, & thanks for your submission! -xxoo

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  16. Glad that you appreciate the vest too! -xo

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  17. I'm SO happy that I passed! *jumps up & down* -xxoo

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  18. Thanks so much Lydia!
    I hope that you are able to submit a vintage look, would love for you to participate! 

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  19. Hey there Cheryl,
     Thanks! No worries, maybe you'll come across something vintage soon.. hint, hint!   lol -xxoo

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  20. I'm so glad that you liked them! ;)

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  21. Jamillah! Thanks, yes this one was a great bargain! -xo

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  22. haha! Oh Lauren you are hilarious!!
    Thank you! xxoo

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  23. Hi Yvonna,
     Thanks! I had to include a bit a Nietzsche! glad that you're a fan as well. -xo

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  24. Thanks Marie!
    I appreciate the love! -xo

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  25. There are so many elements to the first outfit that are fascinating! Love the blue mini...so bad girl with that good girl vest. Love that you added the patch...it totally works. And let's talk about that mini-shirt shrug thingy! That is soooooo cool! I would love to have one. What a fab layering piece!

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  26. wow, love the first cardi, is perfect.

    Helen, X
    http://areyoudressingupordressingdown.blogspot.com

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  27. I will as soon as I ge my bearing.When does it close?
    Thank you so much, my dear friend for thinking of me.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  28. I love both of these looks!! You look so good!! 

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  29. Sick By Trend27 May, 2011

    Love that one in blue :D

    xxHave a nice weekend!!www.sickbytrend.com

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  30. I love your style!

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  31. You can never ever go wrong with the right Vintage pieces!!!

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  32. Hi Donny! welcome to my blog! Thanks so much for the comment!

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  33. Hello dear,
     It closes on June 01, so make certain to mail me with your beautiful image. can't wait! -xxoo

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  34. Hello Helen,
    Thank you! & thanks for visiting my blog. xo

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  35. Hi V!
     Thanks! I'm glad that you liked it, I'm slowly introducing some of my designs to the blog. This vintage vest is a fav! Have a lovely weekend! -xxoo

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  36. T h a n k  Y o u so very much! -hugs -xo

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  37. Hi, 
    I agree vintage is pretty amazing!  :)I'm so glad that you stopped by, Thanks!

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  38. What a gorgeous post, and so full of inspiration. I love the way you work with pieces to make them perfectly suit your ideal. I've no talent for sewing, etc. so I definitely admire that. That blue skirt is such an amazing color and I'm loving the plaid one as well. You accessorize so charmingly, each look has so much character. Just lovely!

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  39. Thank you Casee, I really appreciate it every time you comment. I love working different patterns within my wardrobe, so glad that you liked it as well! -xxoo

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  40. if you ever consider parting with the heels in the first outfit set... lmk ;)

    KeepItFvncy,
    M.E.

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  41. haha! Will keep it in mind dears! Have a good day & Thanks for visiting le blog! -xo  :)

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