Thursday, September 30, 2010

Armani a Shirt Tale

  Vintage shops and thrift stores...Oh how I love them!  A vintage shop is full of 
vintage treasures, hand picked pieces that may or may not tickle your fancy.  
A thrift store is full of stuff.  A cornucopia of things, any thing. 
Some old, some new.  You never know what you might find
and sometimes when the Thrift Gods smile upon you, 
you find a gem. That diamond in the rough 
“ I can’t believe I just found a .................treasure.”

This vintage silk Armani blouse is one of those thrift store treasures. 
Rescued from a thrift store and relocated to my closet. 
This thrifted treasure makes me smile every time I wear it.   

  photos - Zorian 

Pic 1-2  Thrifted Armani blouse. Levi jeans. Vintage Coach bag. Vintage jewelry, sunnies and hat.

Pic 3-4  Thrifted Armani blouse. Vintage lucky cutoffs ( with 4leaf clover exposed pockets :) 
Vintage sunnies. Report Signature oxfords. Vintage lace vest.
Pic 5  Thrifted Armani blouse. Vintage Le Gambi’s. Vintage jewelry, sunnies and bag.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fishin' Fishin' Fishin'

  I learned to fish about a year ago. I had never fished before and had always found it quite intriguing.  The idea of catching your own food, ruff and tough survival stuff. So when we moved to the sea learning to fish was at the top of my to do list.

I spent countless hours a day at the local fishing spot, with the real deal crusty fishermen.  At first I was “that girl” actually I was the only girl. I was in the way and couldn’t bait my own hook or tie my own knots. Day after day,  rain or shine,  I was there with my trusty pole in hand.  I became an eye bandit,  carefully watching these expert fishermen with each cast, each bait of the hook, each knot. I soon grew on those crusty fisherman, learning, at their feet, like a grandson would, the secrets of these seasoned sportsmen.  

This is a shot of my catch, a “Bonita”, (Bonita means beautiful in Spanish) on the day before Thanksgiving.  A front had just come threw and the fish were biting! The Bonita were running and all the serious fishermen were out hoping to land one. Getting a bite was the easy part, landing a fish, that is where the skill comes in. Bonita are like bull dogs, they are a medium sized predatory fish related to the mackerel and tuna family. They are ferocious fish who hunt in packs and like to eat and run. When they hit and run, if your hook is in their mouth, the line screams off the reel and you had better hold tight!  This particular Bonita ran me up and down the fishing Pier!  I wrestled patiently with him for 20 minutes,  a vigorous game of tug a war!  I was one of three people who actually landed a Bonita that day finally earning my “Serious Fisherperson”  merit badge.  

  photos - Zorian 

On Thanksgiving day I was back for more! Out in the rain I landed this beauty. One of my fishing buddies Tao, who is an amazing fisherman and sushi chef, offered to show Zorian and I how to sushi filet my catch. He explained how Bonita is a staple like tuna in the Orient. For Thanksgiving dinner I made Sushi, all we could eat fresh from the sea caught with my own two hands sushi!!   and it was amazingly delicious :) 

  Pic 1-2  Thrifted khakis (from the boys section) and hat.  Vintage linen oxford and belt.  Hanes boys tee and polarizing sunnies, Walmart.  Sperry Topsiders.  Bonita, Gulf of Mexico

Pic 3  Thrifted khakis (from the boys section) and hat.  Thrifted, Banana Rebublic sweater. Sperry Topsiders.  Reel & Pole by Penn.  Bonita, Gulf of Mexico.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Feathers & Lace

  Opulent Winter Whites with a Neo Victorian twist.  

  I found this amazing white vintage Chantilly lace and knew it would be perfect,
I had just enough to make 1 complete set, cuffs, ruffle cravat, and scarf.  

  photos - Zorian 

Vintage ostrich feather jacket. Vintage brocade vest and pants. 
Chantilly Lace Cravat Set, available here.
Hi-Tek sunnies, Ebay.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Knight Sky

    photos - Zorian  

Vintage leather coat and pants.  Distressed flight helmet.
Vintage shirt and tie.  Pleaser boots.  HI-TEK sunnies, ebay.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Neo Victorian Steampunk

  You just cant find good lace cravats these days!
So, I decided to design the cravats of my dreams.
Lestat worthy lace confections, the kind I swoon over in period films.
Opulent & Extravagant! 

  This particular Cravat set, (cravat, scarf, and cuffs) I made with Vintage Chantilly lace.  

  Zorain hand distressed these boots, he created the perfect aged patina that I had been longing for.
I love them!  

  .......and the jacket, velvet with a glittery brocade print that sparkles like rhinestones in the sunlight.  

  photos - Zorian 

  Vintage top hat.  Vintage velvet brocade jacket.  Vintage blouse and jewelry.  Vintage leather pants.
Distressed boots by Zorian.  Chantilly lace cravat set by Aria, available at 

Friday, September 17, 2010

Romantic Militaria

  Inspired by my favorite period films, I created this military jacket.  

  This hand distressed denim jacket has exaggerated fringe epaulets, antique 1800's brass military buttons, vintage Chantilly lace cuffs, studded detailing and velvet filigree accents.  

  photos - Zorian  

  Military Jacket available here. Vintage crinoline, bustier and band hat. Pleaser Victorian boots. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Antique Lace

Victorian Lace blouses are a thing of beauty.
Delicately detailed with hand embroidered net bobbin lace & intricately pin tuck pleated.  

   It  amazes me how something so delicate could have such longevity.   

  photos - Zorian  

Antique Victorian Lace top. Vintage slip dress. Vintage belt and jewelry.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Hat

  I Love Band Hats! 

  photo - Zorian 

  Vintage band hat.  Vintage band jacket. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Romantic Apocalypse

  photos - Zorian  

Vintage band jacket. Vintage top hat. Vintage crinoline, bustier and tights. 
Antique Willsons Goggles, circa 1920's.
Pleaser Victorian boots.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

Days That Last Forever

Today marks the beginning of my most favorite time of year. Labor Day being the last "beach holiday" after today the beach is unpopulated. I can walk for miles along the ocean and not see a single person.
From now until Christmas (that's when the snow birds start to come down) I have the beach to myself. 

Quite, still and pristine.
My own private seaside sanctuary where time stands still and the days last forever. 

  photos - Zorian

Vintage ecru embroidered dress.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Treasures from the Sea

  I was out treasure hunting and stopped in at a vintage shop. 
I saw this jacket from across the room.
I made a bee line straight for it and snatched it up.
I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had never seen anything like it.
Nestled on a rack this beauty was patiently waiting to be discovered.  

  Luxuriously soft lamb leather marble dyed with sculptural ruffles, 
lace detailing and 3D inlayed shells! It’s like a mermaid jacket, 
encrusted with Piscean treasures from the sea.   

  photos - Zorian 

Vintage shell embellished lamb leather jacket. Vintage silk tunic. 
Vintage crepe de chine skirt. Vintage necklace.