Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Subtle Paisley + Small Business Saturday

SUBTLE PAISLEY. Let me ramble a bit, friends, please indulge me. I've work hard all year to tightly edit my posts, so you can read them under 2 minutes. Yeah, I'm a thoughtful gal, but today I sort of want to loosen up, + just go with it. Maybe it's to match the new scenery you see here. I've been using FRINGE as my own personal photo studio; I love the funky decor and think it fits in well with my own personal style

I think today's outfit is typical of what I would call "Rosebud Casual." I can't seem to steer away from the old timey look, and with my wool cloche hat collection now out of storage, you can expect to see more me looking like an extra from a silent movie starring Lillian Gish. NOT that any self-respecting lady of the 20's or 1930's would be traipsing about in cut-off shorts, but the thigh-high socks, the cut of the shirt and the hat, have a bit of "speak easy" to me. 

Brand new to moi, but got secondhand is this lovely like-new, vintage brown canvas "jean" jacket. I love its' paisley print! Paisley is a print I predict will be exploding on the fashion scene come spring. Bold, classic prints seem to be enjoying a trending renaissance, and I haven't seen paisley get any praise for quite some time.  So it's due. This jacket was a score from This N That Thrift & Gift, which is just down the street from Fringe; I've been stopping by there quite a bit. It's sort of dangerous for me, (you know, "shopping ban" + all.) It's an undiscovered gem here in Sacramento, so I feel like I get first pick on some great pieces.

The rose-colored glasses are part of the vast sunglasses collection available at Fringe. Sort of steam punk, doncha think? They look like they are from the turn of the last century, but are actually 1980 repro's of old timey glasses. The novelty aspect to these frames is that they completely fold up.

I can tell you how I feel about having my vintage selling at FRINGE. GRRRREAAT! The vintage racks have been refilled several times, and I've just put in some choice wool plaid jackets and blazers in there. I'm finding it hard to blog, stock Fringe AND re-start my Etsy shop, but I tell you, I'm getting that ETSY up and running so those of you who don't live in Sacramento can SHOP THE CITIZEN! Please be patient, and know that if you see anything that you like, just message me and I can give you all the deets, and see if we can work something out.  Are you still with me? Whew!  
Now Wearing:
  • Cloche knit cap, Etsy
  • Paisley canvas jacket, This N That
  • Rose-colored glasses, $18, available at Fringe
  • Bitchin' re-cycled leather cuffs, various
  • T-shirt, F-21 (years ago!)
  • Mom shorts, free and d.i.y.
  • Thigh high socks, Target
  • Platform wedges, Heart Boutique
Inside the Fringe: A glimpse of the funky interior of Fringe and some serious Citizen vintage!
 This is somewhat of a post-script, but I just HAD to add this-

I recently received a few messages about Shop Small Business Saturday. Shop Small this Saturday. Small Business Saturday is an American Express created holiday, wedged between Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, and while that's what I would call a BIG business, I appreciate the effort to turn attention to the small business that are the bread and butter of our community and the backbone of our economy.  

Locally, Mary of Krazy Mary's and Debbie of Legacy, two lovely clothing shops in Sacramento, got together and created local event on Facebook, where we are invited to shop small on Saturday. If we take the pledge and choose to support just one small business, collectively, we can have a big impact on our economy

FRINGE, being MY small business of choice, is having a post-Thanksgiving sale this Friday, and Saturday, and the Citizen is a part of it. This Friday and Saturday, ALL CLOTHING IS 20% OFF, including my freshly stocked row of vintage clothing, shoes and accessories. So, show your support, shop small and make a huge difference. 


mispapelicos said...

I want to be there, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Bella I am so glad for you to follow your dream.It may be slow moving, but it is taking you where you want to be.
I would love to shop In Citizen all the time.
Mil besos, guapa mía.

Unknown said...

You do glasses and hats better than anyone I know! And hey, shouldn't we ALL have a pair of rose colored glasses? Thanksgiving hugs to you girly! ~Serene

Anupriya DG said...

Those glasses are wicked!! <3

Feels great to know you've your fingers in so many sure all of 'em will turn out to be delicious!! :)

sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

Only you could pull off this outfit Bella! You look fabulously casual and that shop looks amazing!

Shybiker said...

Great post. And I strongly agree we should support small businesses.

Jill said...

You look so good, I love the glasses, love the shorts! And I adore cloche hats, especially on you. Happy Thanksgiving my dear Bella, I am SO glad I met you in September, you're so fun, charming and gorgeous, plus you give great advice. I'm one of your biggest fans honey! XO, Jill

Rowan | R E D R E I D I N G H O O D said...

Gotta love overknees! I still need to buy myself a pair!


doradadama said...

Happy Thanksgiving amor
love your glasses and flowery hat and your lovely piernas (legs)
Small business rock!

Anonymous said...

If I lived nearby, I would be so there in a heart beat :(

The Closet Shopper said...

Every single time I come over here, I go SQUEEEEEEEE! I just love seeing your outfits. I live vicariously through your adventurous spirit with clothes. You are such an inspiration for me.

Happy Thanksgiving, darling.

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Ha ha, rambling is a big weakness of mine too! We can be Ramblers Anonymous, confessing loquaciously on our blogs ...

As I mentioned before, I adore that cloche, and it wouldn't surprise me if those daring Flappers had cut-offs underneath those drop-waist dresses sometimes. Those folding frames are really cool too!

Heather Fonseca said...

If you hadn't told me the post was longer than usual I wouldn't have noticed! Totally agree with you about paisley by the way.
This weekend I will not be shopping. I try to avoid the scary masses at all costs. Rather I will be doing something cultural with my children, like wandering through museums or gardens. Because, you know, I'm high brow that way, and I'm phobic of crowds.

Unknown said...

LOVE the jacket! Love the whole outfit! ^_^

I've always been a paisley fanatic because it's a South Asian pattern and whenever I wear it I feel like I'm wearing something from my culture. My mother's wedding sari had a gold paisley pattern!

I love a '20s look! I hope the drop-waist dresses from that era make a comeback.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

LOVE the jacket! Love the whole outfit! ^_^

I've always been a paisley fanatic because it's a South Asian pattern and whenever I wear it I feel like I'm wearing something from my culture. My mother's wedding sari had a gold paisley pattern!

I love a '20s look! I hope the drop-waist dresses from that era make a comeback.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

theequinebovine said...

Ooo! I am definitely going to be stopping buy to browse your racks..Uh um, I mean clothes.. Happy Thanksgiving to you , Bella. I am sooooooooo thankful to have you in my life xo

Unknown said...

LOVE that gorgeous hat (and the chair!).

Sarah xxx

Kimberlee said...

Love the Small Business Saturday idea and Fringe is such a cute shop :)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I've pledged to shop small every single damn chance I get - what a sweet, endearing video and I want to visit each and every one of those small businesses:))). I'm so happy your racks at Fringe are quickly being emptied - yeeeee haaaaaaa!!!!!! You done good girrrl!! Yay for more of your silent film era hats and yes there is certainly a speakeasy flavour to your wicked shorts and OTK socks - you are just gorgeous Bella!! xoxoxo

Lee Oliveira said...

Small business should be called "Boutique Service"!
I am happy for you.. I want your sunglasses

Unknown said...

You look amazing. I am in love with your socks & shoes. The rose colors glasses are fantastic.


I love the casually stylish rosebud. Shopping small business is important! So happy for you & Fringe. Happy weekend to you dear! xo

lasophia said...

I'm still with ya! Aww I love some leg warmage with some cut offs. Classic fall look. I just bought a bunch of tights yesterday at Forever 21. Hadnt been there in ages, but I stocked up! So glad we are tight twins hehe.

Beryl said...

Terrific post! All I did for Small Business Saturday was to shop at some - but you took the idea to the max and promoted some special ones. Next time I'm in Sacramento, I'll visit Fringe and This 'N That. How can I resist those retro sunglasses of yours. I'm over 40, (since you asked) :) and remember when those folding glasses were new. My favorite pair ever flipped up and down. I was so Mod!

Ofelia said...

Bella, I love the glasses, the jacket, the cool hat and store that you took the pictures at!

Adrienne said...

Love the jacket and hat! I agree with your prediction about paisley :)