Knee Socks and Sunday School Shoes

floral dress black tights wingtip oxfords by 14 shades of grey

I admit, this is more of a costume. I’m still inspired by Moonrise Kingdom and wanted to recreate Suzy’s essential 60’s look with this outfit… but then I realized if I recreated it completely (my pink floral dress with a Peter Pan collar, these oxfords, white tights) would push the twee factor dangerously high. So I ended up with something in between what Suzy wore and what her mom (Frances McDormand) would wear – she’s always in some floral house dress, albeit with a frumpy coat/cardigan and rain boots. And of course I had to include my brooch, even though the print’s so busy you can barely see it (and it’s a bunch of holly berries instead of grape.)

floral dress holly branch brooch by 14 shades of greyfloral dress black tights wingtip oxfords by 14 shades of grey

floral dress black tights wingtip oxfords by 14 shades of greyfloral dress holly branch brooch by 14 shades of grey

floral dress holly branch brooch by 14 shades of grey

Dress: Papo d’Anjo (thrifted), Tights: Target
Shoes: thrifted via Buffalo Exchange, Brooch: vintage

Flower Overload

I had this Ravenclaw outfit planned for today to go see Harry Potter (as much as I like Slytherin, I know I’d end up in Ravenclaw, being a nerd and all) but it was a little bit overcast and I didn’t feel like wearing a skirt, so I went with this instead. I guess I was channeling… Luna Lovegood? Hey, she’s a Ravenclaw. It’s not as quirky as Luna’s radish earrings, but it’s the quirkiest I can get within the confines of my remix.

And the movie? Before this I thought only Pixar movies (and Babe) can make me cry, but… no. I choked up at the first shot, and it became a downward spiral during the last half hour or so. I was pretty much a wreck. I don’t want to spoil anything in case you haven’t seen it, but if you’ve read the book, don’t worry, it’ll be just like you imagine it (there are glitches, but the awesome parts more than make up for those.) And if you haven’t read the book, why?

Oh and remember how I said the tag of this dress says “Made in Portugal, 14 years old”? It turns out that the brand, Papo D’Anjo, is a prominent children’s clothing line in Portugal (and Europe.) I found that out thanks to this article about the wardrobe of the adorable Kiernan Shipka, aka Sally Draper from Mad Men. Yeah, in Vietnam I’m one of the tall girls. Here I can wear kid’s clothes and nobody would notice.

Also, I modified this thrifted bag myself, as inspired by this Anthropologie bag.

Dress, worn as tunic: Papo D’anjo thrifted, remixed
Jeans: The Limited thrifted, remixed
Flats: Me Too thrifted, remixed
Bracelet: self-made
Bag: DIY from a thrifted bag

Little French Flea Market

Dress: thrifted (the tag says “14 years old, Made in Portugal.” So it’s meant for a 14-year-old Portuguese girl?)
Loafers: Payless thrifted, remixed
Tights: Kohl’s
Belt: thrifted
Coat (below): thrifted, remixed

I love flea markets. Unfortunately smaller ones are kinda tough to find in LA (the Rose Bowl one is huge.) So imagine how excited I was when I found the Little French Flea Market – not only it’s small, cute and full of vintage, shabby chic things that I love, but it’s also just a 10 minute bike ride away from my apartment. Of course I immediately made plans with my like-minded friends Katie and Debbi to meet up…

I only have that one outfit picture (taken by Debbi) because I was too busy taking pictures of the flea market myself. Check it:

Does this count as an outfit picture?

These tiny vases are so damn cute. I just don’t have anywhere to put them

I want this Monet umbrella so bad (he’s my favorite Impressionist.) Why oh why does it have to have a $125 price tag?

The place is full of pretty little flower arrangement like this

The must-have Nutella crepe

Katie found a cool vintage sequin top that makes her look like a mermaid:

And even though I’m still on the shopping ban, Debbi picked out this lovely blue vintage dress for meĀ  (it’s very Mad Men, though more Megan than Joan.) But unfortunately I failed to, shall we say, sufficiently fill it out:

Yeah… no.

That doesn’t stop me from breaking my shopping ban though. My haul:

3 pieces of vintage lace/trim, 3 brooches, 1 pendant, 1 pair of clip-on earrings (I have something else in mind for them.) Total damage: I don’t want to talk about it.

I just couldn’t control myself. How could I, when there were these many pretty things around: