i found this picture here.
oh there are so many fashionable ladies on the internets! i love janeisha’s cool style and she has the cutest hair ever! i asked her to answer a few questions for us so we could get to know a little more about her and her amazing outfit!!!!

oh hello there! can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a girl who is obsessed with thrift stores & vintage clothes.

what was your inspiration for this particular outfit?

My inspiration for this outfit was grandpa chic. And I wanted to make it a little girly with the heels.

do you have any links to share?

I have a blog jaylovesvintage.blogspot.com and a store jaylovesvintagefabfinds.blogspot.com.


i get dressed every day

vintage pink bow hat
erin fetherston for target dress
steve madden platform heels

yet i don’t always take pictures! it’s easy to get into a rut, especially when you’re broke. and yes, dear friends, i’ve been broke! but luckily, that doesn’t stop me from my weekly trips to thrift stores and estate sales. and on one such trip, i found this erin fetherston for target dress, new with tags, for 3 bucks! score!

and i wore it out today on a mini adventure. me and my brother went in search of a vintage gitane bike that may or may not fit his coveted 650b wheels. (this is bike talk, i apologize, but i will admit that my other love besides fashion is definitely bikes! but my brother…. well, he’s obsessed with bikes.) and we did find a frame for him in an old, old bike shop with a vintage raleigh bike sign. but regrettfully, i forgot the camera!

then we drove a little, and saw a giant paul bunyan statue on the side of the road. oh who knew of all the hidden gems that hayward, ca has to offer? i’ll have to go again with a camera!

oh! and i’m not even mentioning all of the animal shelters we visited! with millions and millions of kitties and a few really cute dogs. including a little chihuahua mix that could walk around on her hind legs! ah, fun summer days.


this picture came from here.
so today i’ve found another wonderful rendition of the pretty floral/denim jacket combo that i think is just wonderful! oh thank you online fashion inspiration!

i am especially loving the granny shoes with lime green socks! oh, and the pretty slip peeking out from beneath! this comes from another wonderful lady on chictopia, madlove. you can read her blog here.

i’ve decided to add a little q&a on all of my fashion inspiration features, so here’s a little bit about this lovely lady!

oh hello there! can you tell us a little about yourself?

well i’m martine! i love old music from the 60s and 70s and bluesrock, it inspires me so much
i guess that i’m born several decades too late

what was your inspiration for this particular outfit?

nothing actually i was bored and i went to my grandmother, i wore this outfit with boots to a festival once and i just love the floral print and the white lace with eachother and i have a crush on kneesocks

do you have any links to share?

i have a blog about art, music and my style take a look if you like to : embryoniccjourney.blogspot.com

update: oops! i asked madlove about the photo because i found it on her chictopia account, but let’s not forget the lovely lady on the left in an equally stunning getup! her name is sharon and you can find her blog here!



i found this photo here.

i’ve been feeling so blah lately. really, i have. but i was doing a little chictopia browsing this morning, and my eye was caught on this lovely photo of darlingdarling. i like it. very cool. i’ve been inspired.

anyway, i decided that i want to start posting some of the style inspiration i’ve found on sites like chictopia and weardrobe, so expect to see more of my favorites from now on!

here’s a little q& to learn more about diane!

oh hello there! can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m 23 years old and am studying to be a librarian. I was born and raised in California and really can’t see myself living anywhere else.

what was your inspiration for this particular outfit?

My inspiration for this outfit was initially very specific…it was based on an outfit post by Karla of Karla’s Closet. I am in constant awe of what Karla can pull off but this outfit seemed more tangible for my wardrobe than usual. I loved the idea of pairing a denim jacket with a girly skirt and a loose top. I reworked it to the pieces I had in my wardrobe and made the outfit look more like me in the end. That’s the beauty of being inspired by pieces on other bloggers. You can use it as a starting point and then re-structure the outfit to your specific taste.

do you have any links to share?

I have a personal style/culture/art/photography blog at http://recycleddarling.blogspot.com


so we celebrated memorial day yesterday in the good ol’ u.s. of a. as i’ve mentioned before, my little bro is visiting from southern california, so me and my beau decided to treat him to a little barbeque in tilden park! we made hamburgers seasoned with cumin and green onions and other delicious things and we packed up a cooler with pbr for our picnicing excursion. it was a lovely day, which was a very nice surpise after the freezing cold weekend! oh, schizophrenic bay area weather!
me in a vintage floral print jersey dress and vintage red bass loafers.


me and the beau, sweatin over the grill.
cheeseburgers. yum!


my little brother in his dr. pepper ringer shirt and vintage 501s.
my brother (devin) found a polaroid camera at an estate sale over the weekend, but it has a strange habit of spitting out the last 4 pictures of the reel. not cool considering that polaroid film runs about $1 per photo. sigh. but we got a few good shots with it, because my camera battery was dead! also, sigh.in other news, i want a kitty! devin convinced me to take him to the animal shelters in the area, and while i can’t possibly accomodate a dog (but oh! i want one), i can manage a kitten. i want a teeny tiny black cat. though i’m not sure what my landlord will think of that.

photo credits: all photos taken by devin, except the last one. i took that one.

hello pink summer dress

oh hello there. today was a heavy cleaning day. my little brother is visiting from southern california and i’m embarrassed because my place is a mess. oh dear! so while he hung around and talked to me about bicycles, i mopped the kitchen floor! in this lovely pink dress, of course. haha.

vintage pink cut out floral embroidery dress
star ling brown woven wood platform sandals

and this is the backside of the dress. i like the buttons! oh, and i wasn’t wearing heels while i cleaned. i changed into them when we decided to go out for dinner. la la la. glad to be back to my normal schedule again!

oh, and here’s my dear little brother in his new thermal. i guess all this fashioney stuff runs in the family, because he decided that he wanted to cut his thermal in just this way, inspired by nicholas cage in raising arizona. that movie is pure perfection.

photo credit: pink dress photos by brendan garbee, last photo taken by me!

family weekend

well, i was out of town over the weekend due to family related issues… (i apologize to my ebay buyers!)as difficult as that can sometimes be, i was happy to have all of my family brought together for at least a day. i saw cousins and aunts and uncles and people who i hadn’t seen in years. crazy.

and i saw my more immediate family, as per usual. here i am with both my older sister and my younger brother. they are the coolest people ever. i love them.

my sister is so pretty.


me and my brother are making silly faces.
vintage brick red sheer peter pan collar dress
no name white leather wood platform sandals
here i am posing next to an orange tree in southern california. that’s murdok the dog. she must’ve thought i had yummy treats! oh, and it was like 100 degrees out that day. oh dear, i am glad to be back in the bay area!

numero uno

ok, so i’ve been in a rut, but here’s my first attempt at getting back to my normal self. i spent hours altering and hemming and making new (vintage) clothes look like mine. so i’m feeling pretty positive in my new finds and creations. i’m a little matchy-matchy today, but so what? it’s definitely not overdone, in my opinion. so hellooooo. and more soon.

vintage dark dark pink bow hat
vintage floral dress
steve madden woven platform sandals

back in action

ok, i’m back! actually, your probably didn’t notice i was gone, but i had to run down to southern california for family-related issues. it was a very difficult weekend, to say the least. but i wont get that personal on my blog.


my eyeballs look wonky, but i think the lashes are cute!


anyway, i’m feeling a little off, but decidedly cheery from my afternoon trip to the drug store for a new pair of false eyelashes and some pretty pink lipstick. ah, life’s little pleasures. i can now settle down with a glass of wine and get to laundry. i have a bunch of amazing finds from an estate sale last weekend and since i’m completely broke, you get to benefit, because i’m putting them up on ebay on thursday. so sad because i really wanna keep some of it, but the only stuffs that will stay in my closet are a pair of divine silk scarves for me to wrap around my head turban-style. it’s starting to become a signature of mine. i wonder how long that will last…

more later, dear friends.

summer sandals and other ramblings

ooh, how cool is this? i won the summer sandals contest at weardrobe! hooray! i get a $50 gift card to anthropologie. it’s too bad that everything i want is like one hundred and fifty dollars. oh well. is it cheap to give it to my mom for mother’s day? haha.

anyway, there’s a little interview with some photos of me at the website. click here. or click on the photo to be magically transported to the interview….

i feel so special. heehee.

and in other news, i also got a lookbook.nu account, but i’m not sure how i feel about it yet. i’m still pretty dedicated to chictopia. oh, how i love the wonderful people on that site!!! :) :) :)

oh, and p.s. i am suuuuper excited and happy today because i went to an incredible estate sale and found some pretty cool items. but really, it was just the anticipation and the heated rush, going through closets and all that, you know??? oh, i am so glad that i’ve renewed my interest in scrounging!