I’ve been on a blogging hiatus. Not on purpose but not NOT on purpose either. There’s been a lot of things but now is not the time because time is of the essence!
I have been a long time fan of Etsy and have bought many a thing on the site. (I have two etsy shops! Paintings & Letterpress). Lately I’ve been searching for vintage apparel and accessories. I’ve never been a trend follower per se but I would say that buying vintage is very on trend for 2019. I’ve seen numerous people online pledging not buy clothes for the year or only buying used. I support that idea because there’s a lot of waste in fashion and also buying used can get you some cool/unique pieces. I did a little browsing this weekend and wanted to share some finds that I’m not going to buy but you totally should.
****Disclaimer* I mainly look for tops because I have a hard time finding pants in general. Also everything I’m sharing is still available at the time I publish this post. ****
Floral Blazer – Blazers are very in for spring/summer/life and I like the unstructured fit. Florals are never not in style. Blanche Devereaux would certainly approve of this look. You’re welcome.
Kimono Robe – The only reason I’m not getting this for myself is because it’s way too long for me since I’m half the height of a normal sized human. The price is unbelievable. I love the stripes, the colors, the blue detailing… everything. You couldn’t be mad wearing this in the morning.
Tie Dye – Apparently one of the biggest trends this year is tie dye so why not buy some vintage tie dye. No need to stain your hands for a week. Also this one is extra cool because it’s a vintage band tee… two in one y’all!
Sheer Tank – There’s still a chance I might buy this myself. I love a good collared tank. This would look cute with one of those bras you want people to see. Maybe tucked into some jeans or wide leg trousers. It could work for going to an outdoor concert or for a night out. I’m feeling it. Just not sure if it’s for me but I do like it a lot.
60’s Aqua Bandana – Bandanas are a versatile accessory. I have a silk one tied to the strap of my leather tote bag and I like to wear one as a “necklace” to give a basic tee a little flair. This color is unique and I love the all cotton ones personally. Or you know, buy it for your dog because they deserve cute things too.
Buckle Barrette & Rectangle Barrette & Bow Barrette – Barrettes are having a moment again. I haven’t tried one yet but I think I will soon. I’ll keep you posted. There are so many good ones on Etsy. Here are three of about a million to chose from on the site. Ps. A girl I know that has a little vintage shop said things with bows always go quick. Snag it while you can!
Happy shopping! Let me know if you like this kind of post. I love searching and picking out stuff so it’s fun for me… but is it fun for you? If it was… comment, send me a dm, email, yell into the open abyss and let a sister know.
Here’s the birth story to my first painting collection and Etsy shop:
Back in the beginning of May I had a streak of inspiration. An artist I follow on Instagram shared a series she started based on the desert. They were simple abstracted paintings of desert things and they really caught my attention. It got me thinking about composition and how to be better at it. As an art teacher it has been a hard concept to teach to middle schoolers. It’s difficult to explain why one arrangement of shapes looks better than another arrangement of shapes to thirteen year olds. Hell, you might be lost at the concept.
How I attempt to explain it is composition is just the arrangement of elements. Those elements are or some combination of shapes, colors, textures, and forms. For example, a banana, an orange, and an apple and where you place them on the table.
One day when I was watching students in ISS (in school suspension, yep, that’s right) I started sketching.
Prior to this sketching, I had taken a Skillshare class exploring the elements of art and illustration style. I didn’t expect that little class to be groundbreaking for me but I did realize I am drawn to combinations of warm and cool colors where one accentuates the other. Thus, my color palette for the series.
The shapes and colors together reminded me of summer. The first painting I made reminded me of a sunset at Big Sur which then reminded me of my trip last summer. So I titled it “Summer Forever Because Everything Else Sucks.” And put it on Etsy. If you would like to purchase any of these paintings (I would love you forever) they are $30 and that includes shipping!
After that one, I decided to do 10 in the series and give each a name that made me laugh or roll my eyes about summer.
Let’s Go On A Hike in the Desert But Not Too Far **SOLD**
I Buy Expensive Sunscreen **SOLD**