This is my first fall in San Diego and getting used to the weather has been a trip. We moved at the end of the summer so it was still pretty hot in New York City when we left. We came out to California and the warm weather continued, pretty much the same. Well now that we are in November I am starting to really experience the difference in living in Southern California from the East Coast.Read More
The reason I started designing clothing for myself to wear is because I wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted in the marketplace. I look for pieces that are feminine, modern and with a touch of effortlessness and I kept coming up short when hunting this style down.Read More
I hate having to put a full wardrobe into storage and pull another one out every time the seasons change. I’d much rather have pieces that are versatile and can be worn through the year just by changing up what I pair them with.Read More
I’m all about trying out new trends but there are some where I want to dabble without the investment. Namely because I can already see a few months (or weeks) down the road I won’t be into the style anymore. Dropping $$$ on something that I will wear one time is just not practical for me.Read More
Would you believe this top is made from a men’s button down shirt? It’s true! It was an old shirt of Jeff’s that I reworked into this new peplum top. Keep reading for more details…Read More
One of the events we planned for our honeymoon was a luau - when in Hawaii right? I got this vintage skirt before our trip and intended to cut it up and use the fabric to make something else.Read More
We're back from our honeymoon in Hawaii! I took a hiatus from my blog in the weeks leading up to our wedding since I was just so busy finalizing all the details of our big day.Read More
I have been so busy finalizing wedding details over the past few weeks that I have been very neglectful of my blog. Now that we are officially married (woo hoo!) I am planning to get the content train back up and running on Fizz and Fade.Read More
Who says you have to go on vacation to get that careful summer look? We spent the day in Central Park last weekend I took the opportunity to pull on on of my FAVORITE new Magill tops that I designed a few weeks ago that is easy, breezy and beautiful.Read More
This spring has felt strangely long and quick at the same time, anyone else feeling that way? On the one hand it seems as if we are still at the tail end of winter while on the other hand Memorial Day is next weekend.Read More
I am all about the spring cleaning and getting unused items out of my closet and life for that matter. A few years ago, I read Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I would like to say it had this profound impact of my life and how I relate to objects.Read More
Many of us can agree that shoes can make or break an outfit. What I’ve found over the years is that I can wear a cheap top, budget jeans and a fast-fashion coat; as long as I have high-quality shoes on then the entire look will appear chic and expensive.Read More
Over the course of the past year I have been sharing more and more of the clothing I have created on Fizz and Fade. I love being able to envision a garment and make it a reality hanging in my closet.Read More
We had the first taste of spring this weekend, with a sunny and warm Saturday. It was so nice to be able to walk outside without feeling like your face was freezing off. I have so many pieces that I’ve designed and sewed over the past few months that I haven’t yet photographed and shared on Fizz and Fade because I’m always covered up in a coat.Read More
At the start of a new year, many people think over what they did in the proceeding twelve months and also plan what they would like to do in the next twelve post 1/1. This year I did a lot of designing and sewing, much more than I've done in a long time.Read More
I've been talking about statement sleeves for what feels like ages now, yet my interest in them has yet to wane. In plotting out my next sewing creations, I wanted to create a structured top with voluminous bell sleeves.Read More
I am a huge fan of vintage and thrift shopping, I just love it. I feel this sense of competition when perusing second-hand wares, like I am competing to find the best hidden gem for the best price. For me, it's not just about getting a cool item but getting it for so cheap that when someone asks where it's from I can proudly say I got it for $5 and wait for their incredulous response. It's a similar thrill I get when finding amazing buys at fast fashion retailers but we'll save that for another post. Today I wanted to talk about my top tips for buying from vintage, thrift and second-hand stores and highlight some of the looks I have worn on Fizz and Fade that include vintage pieces I have scored over the past year.
Vintage Find : Men's Hawaiian Shirt
Tip #1 : Think Outside the Box
I don't focus on the womenswear section of a vintage shop, I look at everything. Men's, children's, home goods...I scour all of it. With changing trends, there are often styles worn by men or kids of yesteryear that are now on-trend for women. Case in point - Hawaiian shirts. Last summer I had seen some pricey versions of the classic vacation topper being sold by trendy retailers such as NET-A-PORTER and Revolve. My local vintage shop had some great Hawaiian shirts...in the men's section of course. Some quick alterations to narrow the width and tack the rolled sleeves and I ended up with the above shirt (worn originally in this post). I have also found sweaters in the kids section, shawls in the home section and jackets in the men's section so make sure you get a look at everything not just the pieces for "women".
Vintage Find : Women's Housedress Re-designed Into Wrap Skirt
Tip #2 : Fabric First, Fit Second
Unless the item in question is super teeny, the fit of a vintage piece is totally irrelevant. I scan the racks for fabrics before I even pull anything out to see what it looks like. Why? Because everything can be altered, tailored and adjusted but the fabric is what you're stuck with. Just by scanning the racks I can see if there are specific colors, prints or textures that catch my eye. I found a bright blue floral housedress last spring at my vintage shop that was a size XXL. It was comically huge on me when I tried it on. Which was the jackpot in my eyes since it meant I had a ton of fabric to work with. I ended up cutting this up and creating the above wrap skirt with the fabric (worn originally in this post). I know not everyone is going to create a brand new piece like I did, but simple alterations are easily done by any tailor. So focus on the fabrics, not the fit. You can never go wrong with a great vintage print!
Vintage Find : Beaded Clutch
Tip #3 : Look Off the Beaten Path
Unless you are willing to pay more than you have to, never go to the famous vintage shop or market looking to buy clothes. They jack the prices up at these places since they know tons of tourists will be there. Instead I like to hit up the the more unexpected spots. Beyond my local vintage shop, I check out Goodwill, Salvation Army and random mom and pop shops. Oftentimes the people who are shopping at these stores aren't interested or even know what the "trendy" styles are so your competition for finding an amazing piece is way less. I even scored a beaded blush chiffon vintage flapper dress from Buffalo Exchange for $12 once, so I don't write those places off either. On one visit to Goodwill I found the above white beaded clutch (worn originally in this post) sitting in a bin in the "accessories" section. Though I imagine it is from the 80's, it had a great Art Deco feel to it and has served me well at multiple weddings. I think it cost $6 or so, can't beat that.
So those are my top tips! I hope this has inspired you to get out there and dig for hidden gems at your local vintage, thrift or secondhand store. Not only will it save you some money, you get something totally unique and help reduce waste by recycling old items. Let me know if you have any other tips for finding great vintage!