Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I'm Baaaaaaack!! And I've Been Shopping, yo!

Oh, Happy New Year, my sweet eco-fashionistas and everyone else!

I have been gone ohsolong and I have missed you terribly! I really have!

Where have I been? Well, you can skip down to the end here, to find out. But FIRST . . .

Some of my recent obsessions/purchases:

Studded Belts

I am not sure why I have been so attracted to this trend. I do admit being in a bit of a rocker/goth-y sort of phase right now (read: dark eyeliner, chunky boots, lots of black, leather), so maybe that is it. I haven't brought myself to wearing the studded belt with a dress a la Carrie, yet (PS: although I am not a big fan of the movie, I LOVE her outfits!!):

I've mostly used it for pants (skinny-legged jeans, that is) and rocker t-shirts. I've also been making great leather bracelets from reclaimed vintage leather and various vintage jewelry components. (You may or may not know that I am actually a jewelry designer in one of my other lives . . . I have so many . . . maybe too many . . . other lives) These are three of my faves:
I wear the fringe one and the one with rhinestones ALL THE FREAKIN' time!!

Oh, and below is the belt that I got on Ebay ($26!!) to assuage my little studded belt obsession. I had been looking at some that were being sold in the stores and found them . . . um, how do I say this delicately? . . . cheaply made. And then I saw this hot picture of Brad Pitt wearing a beautiful studded belt and I thought (bing!) gotta go vintage. And no better place to find vintage anything than on Ebay! So a vintage belt I bought. (PS - here is a totally gratuitous pic of Mr. Pitt - oy, he is beautiful!! Seriously. Holy. Wow.)

Oh. Here's my belt. I almost forgot (blush).

Over-the-Knee Boots

This is officially the second fall/winter that I have been hoping to get my hands on a pair of black suede, over-the-knee, flat boots. Literally, almost a year ago to the day, I shared my general lust for such boots on this here blog. I have searched high and low for a pair that was affordable and cute. And, well, secondhand or vintage. I FINALLY (after many unsuccessful Ebay bidding attempts), scored a great pair from some girl in Canada. Sure the shipping was $26, but the total was less than $70, which is better than the cost of new ones on sale. Plus, vintage stuff is SO MUCH better made than the things you would buy new in the same price range (you can definitely buy many well-made new things for a lot of money. But you and I don't have a lot of money, do we, darlings?)

Here are my boots:


Hmm . . . what else?

Motorcycle Jackets

Oh, of course. I will be completely predictable and bland and say that I really want a cropped leather motorcycle or bomber jacket. Again, this is something that I have been thinking about purchasing for almost a year (see my post from January 2008). Anyway, I've wanted one for a while. I've tried to bid on a few on Ebay, but have had no luck - my budget (albeit in a better place 'cuz of the job!!! ) is still mighty tight.

Here are a few I might try my luck with this week (hoping to pay not more than $70):

I always get a kick out of some of the "models" on Ebay! Also, have you noticed how many vintage stores have sprung up on Ebay?? Something tells me its mostly a bunch of teenagers with nothing to do except scour used clothing stores in the suburbs of the midwest . . . in any case, this is only a good thing for us, eco-fashionistas!!

Well, the hour is late and I am tired. I was going to write about MY NEW JOB (woohoo!!!), but I am too tired. I will try to write more about it tomorrow. I am truly excited by what I am doing professionally, y'all!

Happy New Year, kids. (It is nice to be back.)


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