Self-tanning is ‘spensive be it a salon tan or a tanning lotion. It’s really a stupid added cost that you could go without. Good thing it’s winter because now you can break out those turtle necks. With a conservative wardrobe which may also make it impossible to distinguish if you’re really just a pretty tranny in an awful top and your Zooey bangs obviously already covering half your forehead, the amount of skin needing a tan has all but disappeared. If, after this, you still find yourself in a financial bind you might try wearing a burqa. Let the world know your eyelids just come back from a weekend in South Beach.
Rensie 1948 Diamond Watch – Free, Grandma (Originally purchased at Frederick & Nelson Department Stores) Seattle, Washington
This 1948 gem of a watch is precious, gorgeous, and still works as well as the day it was originally purchased by my grandpa for his new bride. The watch came to me courtesy of latter, my maternal grandma; I pried it from her cold dead hand at her wake. Just kidding, silly… Jews don’t have wakes – I took it from her before the paramedics arrived on scene. Ok, no not really that would be gross. All kidding and uncomfortable morbidness aside, with its tennis bracelet band and petite apexed-face jewelry doesn’t get more classically vintage than this; and it was acquired for the price of Free. Don’t be scared to snuggle up to your old, wrinkly grandparents, kids. Sure they may have a lovely of au de decay scent but they may just also have some fabulous items in their possession from bygone days. Don’t be afraid to ingratiate yourself – it won’t be for naught. I promise.
Whether you hittin’ the Hollywood Canteen, Rick’s, or, ya know, just your office, you’ll be appropriately attired. Comfortable with a stacked wooden wedge heel and a ankle strap you can give a little wink to the 1940s as you strut through your day; because as time goes by these heels will be priceless.
Vintage Italian Leather Boots c. 1960 – Free. My Baube’s Closet (originally purchased at Fashion Bootery, Salem, OR)
No, calm down I didn’t pillage some dead woman’s closet. Little old Baube’s still kickin’ and duh, I asked my 94 year old grandma if I could take her boots. At 94, Baube’s seen a lot of decades which kind of works out nicely for me given all of history’s fashion trends. More than a few items from her closet will be featured here. These knee-high boots have done some serious walkin’ from 1960 to my closet here and now. Still perfectly intact, and no worse for wear, I was just asked the other day where I bought them. Well I could tell you, lady, but I’m pretty sure they’re out of stock.
Being both poor and fashionable are hard to reconcile most of the time. I know, sometimes cheap vintage can be creepy, especially if you’re wearing someone else’s shoes; but knowing exactly whose feet those were makes walking a mile in them that much less gross. Yay.