Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thrift Store Gods

I'm a believer. 

In Thrift Store Gods.

Let me explain:  I have a tradition of asking the powers that be for what I hope to find when I walk into a thrift store. It's one part belief and one part visualization. It's worked for me in the past. I wanted a pair of parashoot pants and I kept the faith while I scanned just the hems of the pants section imagining my ideal find. I spied ties at the ankle of a pair of green pants. The thrift store gods delivered a super sweet pair of Miss Sixty balloon pants that are a staple in my wardrobe. 

Another day I wanted a drug rug. Something directed me straight towards the jackets and I felt impelled to comply. I thumbed through the isle hanger by hanger. There, before my eyes, was a miracle. It had to be divine intervention. I scored a drug rug that I thought only existed in myths. Bell sleeves, zipper up with pockets! In purple! 

It's like these things just materialized out of that parallel dimension where all my socks disappear to. 

So just two days ago my gentleman friend was sending me links of a jacket that he wanted. It was a double sided jacket, half corduroy/half smoking jacket. It was expensive and new. I guess I'm biased to vintage and this jacket was trying too hard to appear old. Seeing that I'm blessed when it comes to finding what I'm looking for I started searching Etsy and Ebay for corduroy jackets for him. 


So I google searched. Shot in the dark, I know. Within the top three results was the website American VintageFollow this link to their men's coats and jackets to find this killer Cortefiel Jacket. This pic is the screen shot I sent him yesterday. We both liked it. His coworker agreed it was sweet but it would be that much better with elbow patches. Before he decided whether or not to buy it we had to make sure it would fit. We went home to measure but never got around to it. 

Yesterday he went to Savers. He approached the jacket section with the stories I just told you in mind and he began look. His eyes did not believe what they saw when they stopped on the collar of this jacket. 

There IT was. The same vintage, albeit one of a kind, jacket we searched out on the internet. Cortefiel. Corduroy. Leather accents. To be honest it wasn't exactly the same. See for yourself. The jacket he found did not have leather accents on each flap pocket. It had leather accented <<ELBOW PATCHES> >. Can you call that a coincidence? Are you starting to believe in Thrift Store Gods? 

 I'll continue...
This cute dude wearing his new stylish corduroy jacket asked me to take a tango class. How could I say no. Well actually I don't imagine myself agreeing to something like that but at the same time I felt like it was already decided for us. That same day I went into my local thrift store Boomerangs to look specifically for a rug. I laid my eyes on these...

Official Tango shoes. Soon I'll be cutting a rug! 

Is it luck? Is it a coincidence? One more story and I'll let your decide...

I got these boots from my mom for my birthday. I picked them out from one of my favorite Etsy shops, James Rowland. They arrived and they were even more beautiful in person. I pulled them on and pranced around in them while I called my mom and thanked her. When it came time to go out that night I couldn't wear them out. They were, alas, too small. Vintage shops don't normally take returns and I thought I had no  other option than to resell them in my Etsy shop. Depressed I thought I'd distract myself by continuing the search for the perfect ankle boot. In a drone I typed in my search terms. I thought I was hallucinating when the same pair of boots appeared. 

I clicked the link and closed my eyes and thought what a phenomenon it would be if these might possibly be just a smidgen larger than the pair that never got a chance to leave my house. They were bigger. Hold onto your socks here, they were in the same shop. James Rowland happened to have two pairs of the same shoe in stock. Holy dead stock batman! I sent a message asking if there was any chance I could make an exchange I would gladly pay shipping both ways. I just about held my breath until they responded. They took my return and kindly paid to ship out the replacement pair. 

Thank you Thrift Store Gods! 
I await your next divine wardrobe suggestion, 
(hurry up already!!)

T H E   B A D   T W I N

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Behind the Scenes, Behind the Grave : inside a photo shoot

I love the Jamaica Plain Forrest Hills Cemetery. The scattered hills and winding paths lead you on a private tour through generations of art, history and personalities. 

The two of us were alone except for some really dead people. So I decided to get naked. Not totally naked but just a flash here and there as I orchestrated a photo shoot for my Etsy shop. 

Could I be soulless for prancing around a cemetery half dressed? I give my full respect. 
I am not posing in front of you I am merely an accent to your beauty and a nod to your remembrance. 

Behind those bug eyed glasses is my gentleman friend, Mr. Hobbs. He deserves recognition for his picture taking skills. He'll be my photographer for a City Feed sandwich, coconut water and the chance to see me put on a cute dress,
strip down,
dress up
and pose again.

With a quick zip...

I'm up against the mausoleum striking a pose.
Carlye Sophisticated Lace Wiggle Dress Available at Humpastuff 

Still not a soul in sight. I get a rally of outfits and shoe changes going.

A lifetime of choices. This skirt has 6 interchangeable panels. 

 The crouching technique. 

The Pose

Sweater available at Humpastuff
Quick outfit change and more posing. 
1930's Dubble Ware paint splattered work jacket and gold hot pants available soon at Humpastuff. 

My gentleman gets a little camera time as well. Work those dimples! Normally my man has a saxophone between him and his audience. While posing for the camera he had nothing to hide behind. He really opened up and he lets us see a different side of him.

 He looks damn good, he's tall and lean and he's all over my Etsy shop.

Leather and fringe and denim and Yves Saint Laurent and more leather. 
All available this week in my Etsy shop. 

I decided to keep this St. John's knit dress that was intended for the shop. 
So this behind the scenes is the only chance you'll have to check it out. 

The outtakes: 
There's always a few funny faces before you get the right one. Look at my tongue sticking out!

Not quite right...
We got to get it wrong...

before we get it right. 

X O X O X O 
           T H E   B A D   T W I N 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Brimfield Fashion Diaries Fall 2012

Fall 2012 

The 53rd Brimfield Antique Fair was my crossover year. I went from being a shopper to being a vendor. Well both Good Twin and Bad Twin made this transition. We lived in our tent for five days and nights :  it beats sitting in traffic. As we were exposed to the elements we were also exposed to personalities form all over the world. These pictures do little to encompass the visual overload that is Brimfield. I look forward to keeping tabs on Brimfield fashion for years to come. Check out these awesome tees, "NO sleep till Brimfield". Homemade (!) none the less. These chicks are die hards. They dressed for ease and remembered their totes. Hey, I bet matching tee-shirts even help to spot your friends within the crowds!    A+ girls. You looked like you were having so much fun and I wish I could have joined you in your hunt. BTW : How do I get myself one of those shirts!?

Speaking of tee-shirts... a vendor down the row had these shirts "what would a Brimfield shopper say" for sale. 

Come on No Sleep to Brimfield girls!
THIS guy in his I <3 my weiner shirt is peddling tees! 
 You have to follow suit! 

Our field, New England Motel, opens at 6am on Wednesday. In the dark shoppers zigzag through tents lit by the light of our vintage chandeliers and strung up Christmas lights. Some folks have flashlights, some folks are in sandwich boards and yell out "I buy marbles",  some don their raincoat and galoshes, some are in khakis and the plaid of Tommy. Fashion hit us with the first light. I love the smell of Hilfiger in the morning. 
Later on opening day a summer shower left a river in front of our tent and a few of our fellow vendors ankle deep in water. It wouldn't be Brimfield if there wasn't any rain.

 Couldn't rain on her parade. 

You need to be prepared for anything when walking the fields of Brimfield. Right after I decided to start documenting the unique fashions at Brimfield this gentleman happened upon us. 

His teal outfit, sans the rain boots, matched our ceramic bull head, mid century couch and believe it or not; my pedicure. We had quite a laugh together! Turns out he has a habit of color coordinating; he used to favor  only purple shirts.  

 This guy's really got it,  Hat : check. Rain boots : check. Jewelry Loop : check. Apron : check. He also would have taken this suitcase from Mouse Trap Vintage back to Germany if it would have fit in the overhead compartment. Pierre hunts for unique travel cases and doctors them up fixing seams and locks with a special attention to top quality merchandise. The luggage, again ready for travel, finds itself in the hands of  set directors, museums, and collectors.
 His website is great, follow this link  Sams & Son.

Then the sun came out and so did more friendly people.

This handsome couple were taking their engagement pictures at Brimfield. They said that Brimfield was one of their initial common interests. Their love grew while they hunted for a bargains and shared kettle corn, pilgram sandwiches and lemonade. Although a little out of character for what they would normally wear to Brimfield these two pulled it off. Her peep toe red heels jazzed up her zigzag print dress. He lets her shine by wearing a classic look. Last but not least ; sunglasses and smiles finish the look. 

I would have bought this dress right off of this girl. I love that the stripe changes direction at the side panel. Her boots could walk her through a shit storm and her fearless attitude will get her her asking price. Her princess style hairdo with large ribbon bow showed her sweet side and the mismatched laces make it clear she's funky. 

This two piece outfit was made for this young lady.  Her skin tones are really accentuated by the yellow, mauve, and tan plaid. It's playful yet age appropriate and a great starter vintage piece. 

This guy was all smiles. His shorts are vintage and his multi pendants are fresh. 

With over 20 years in business as a furniture upholstery Jeanne Gauthier has no trouble mixing patterns and textures. Look at her printed jeans and fringe boots! Check out her shop The Recovery Room  in Fitchburg, MA. Make your choice of fabric and trim available at her shop and she will masterfully recover whatever you desire. 

Look! There's Light Witch! 
Brimfield brought us internet friends together face to face. And what a cute face this doll has! 
She was busy outfitting the summer theater program in Monson. They put on a production of Grease! The performance ends tomorrow night, 9/15. Check out their facebook page for details. One things for sure those kids looked amazing because Light Witch leaves no detail overlooked! Just look at her Brimfield attire.  Check out her vintage eye and photographic point of view in her Etsy shop, Light Witch Vintage and Photography.

Light Witch brightened our inten(t)se mood by trying on a pair of Christian Dior sunglasses we had for sale. The lenses gave eye popping results. Clockwise from the top left: Light Witch, Tiffany Kinder of Above and Beyond Estate Sales and Consignment, Sarah Brown of Mouse Trap Vintage and me aka The Bad Twin. 

These glasses came along with a lot of jewelry from an estate. It was unbelievable what this one woman had in her collection. Can you imagine finding both those glasses and this Janet Jackson '91 tour necklace in the same house!? Good Twin took my picture posing like Janet. We have four of these rare necklaces. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any interest.

Like a moth to a flame
Burned by the fire
My love is blind 
Can't you see my desire?
That's the way love goes...

At Brimfield you can guarantee excitement, exhaustion, most likely sunburn, oh, yeah, and traffic. On your way out of town take the scenic route to miss the backup on rt 20. Leaving the fields take a right onto New Holland road, that turns into Brimfield Road, turn left onto Sturbridge Road which turns into Holland Road.
It's the fashionable way;)

Another way to beat the heat and the traffic is to sit at the bar at good old Francescos and have a margarita. They make a damn good one. 

 Cheers! To the hunt! To a great show! To the visual candyland! To doing it all over again next year! 

Brimfield Fashion Diaries to be continued next year at Brimfield 2013!

 Keep an eye out for us. We'll be looking out for your personal style. 

X O X O   

T H E   B A D   T W I N