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Monday, December 10, 2012

Outfit Post: Secondhand Nirvana

So I decide I'm going to focus more on writing about my community and then give you an onslaught of personal outfit posts. My bad. One thing: outfits pics are easier to post than researched articles- and another- well, let's just say I'm bad at doing what I'm told, even if it's me doing the telling. Is anyone else that way? C'mon, we're rebels.

Rebellious, yet practical.

Taking a cue from my ridiculously so-not-me-and-punk-rock thrifted hat, I spotted these amaze-balls water resistant patent leather lace-up boots. They remind me of my college days, back when Doc Martens were part of the uniform. They also remind me of Rosebud MEG, blogger and D.I.Y.'er extraordinaire, who rocks her Docs like no other. So probably without Meg to inspire me, I'd not have thunk to buy these shoes, and I am so glad I did! 

I scored them at Labels Consignment, a tiny but packed-to-the-gills consignment shop in my 'hood on Phinney Ridge, in Seattle. Labels is DANGEROUS! Why? Because they have an incredible selection of children's + women's clothing and accessories, at affordable prices. You remember my fancy Miz Mooz boots? They were $55 (a $350 boot, mind you) and found at Labels. Want more proof? I got these lace-ups for $28 bucks.


So I now have yet another pair of fun and stylish and weather abiding walking shoes, which is now essential to my wardrobe. And they were purchased pre-loved, making everything but my tights and underwear, SECONDHAND. So stoked.

The hat was like-new, and found at a local thrift shop. It is hand knit, with a silly, I mean, REBELLIOUS, mohawk fringe and a skull motif on the side. I'm not cray-cray about the skull, as I'm more of Dances with Unicorns (Cute and Cuddly)kind of girl, but skull-cap was a warm looking hat priced under $10, and I snatched. Turns out, it's a hat by Nirvanna Designs, a small company that is committed to paying a fair wage to the cottage industry knitters of Nepal, Indonesia, India and Thailand. And they have some very cute non-skull adorned hats, and one on my wish list. So my little cap was a score, online and brand new it retails for $39.99. You can buy it from Nirvanna Designs by clicking HERE.

The coat and the dress, has been seen before. The coat first made its appearance HERE, and the floral frock rocked it cow-grrl style HERE. The sweater, you'll be seeing more around these parts: it's a 1960s vintage hand-knit Aran sweater zip up cardigan in nearly perfect condition.  I originally bought it to sell online but can't bear to part with it.  I love a good fisherman cable knit! I felt super cute in my little nod to punk rock outfit, and quite visible in the mohawk knit hat. Thanks to Megs for inspiring me to try on, then buy the lace-ups, and thank you for reading this post!
#SHOPSECONDHANDFIRST
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39 comments:

Willow said...

Gorgeous boots, hard to believe you got them for $28! Stunning coat too, it's very similar to a vintage velvet one my that my mum has had ever since I can remember.

Val Sparkle said...

Beautiful dress! I'm really a sucker for those old-fashioned florals on black. And it looks great with the coat and boots.

joyatri said...

Wow! You look like a vintage warrior princess. That coat is a stunner.

Sheila said...

Sweet boots - I love the height on them. I had a pair like that in the 90s too! Don't you just love when you find something that was already made ethically, and you got it second hand? It's like double good karma.

edie pop said...

You are gorgeous!! This is an amazing outfit and it's unbelievable that it's entirely thrifted!I love the mohawk fringed hat, the coat and I'm a big fan of floral dresses worn with combat boots, definitely my favourite style ever!
xxxxx

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

Love that jacket and dress, gorgeous!! You are working the hat very well..looks fab!! Liking the arrangement of styles all worked together..and it being all thrifted is even better!! Have a great day xx

Emalina said...

What a great outfit, the hat, the dress, the amazing boots - all add up to a combination of adorable and fierce warrior woman. Well done on the secondhand gorgeousness!

Marla said...

Oh how I would love to have those boots. I wish I lived near a "real" city where there were awesome thrift shops.

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Outfits...community...as long as you write, I will read!! I really like your coat and I know it is cold up there. Stay warm!!

Bohemian Chick said...

I LOVE your outfit! It's so me. I especially love the coat and the boots. I still love Docs. They have a purple crushed velvet pair on Zappos that I soooo want, but can't afford right now.
The Goodwill near me is a little too mainstream to find things like that, but it's all I've got for now. If you ever get tired of that coat, let me know!
Donna
www.prettysparklythings.blogspot.com

Carina Rosenholm said...

Love the boots and the hat ! Really good finds !

thorne garnet said...

I always amazes me at what you can find second hand. The outfit I wore last Sunday to the Christmas party was 75% thrifted: cost about under $15; for jacket, dress and purse. Going to the 50% off sale today, treasure hunt! (aka; Christmas shopping)

Highland Fashionista said...

That hat totally rocks. I think I need one.

Patti said...

The boots! The whole look is very fabulous, and you're such a star at second-hand shopping - you should write a blog . .. oh, wait a minute! Your blog is awesome. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

brookemeagan said...

I freaking LOVE this look from top to toe! I remember this floral dress from before. I loved how you styled it then and I love how you styled it now. You have such a knack for finding great secondhand pieces and breathing new life into them. XO

Crazy Ravens Studio said...

I wish I could rock a rad hat like that!!

menopauselsupermodel said...

Your whole look is amazing!! Those boots are FABULOUS!!! And the mohawk hat is adorable!!
I so wish I had decent consignment nearby. The one locally is ridiculouslly priced and full of crap(seriously--they price tshirts from kmart for $8 that originally were $8.99 before a sale!!)
I'm 99% thrifted today, too (except undies and socks!)

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

The mohawk beanie is BRILLIANT!

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

love the boots! I think they are a classic : )

Bisous
Suzanne

Vix said...

Thought I was going to die over that coat and then I saw the boots. second-hand shopping rocks, I wouldn't buy new if I was a millionaire. x

Forest City Fashionista said...

And you look Super Cute!! I am in love with those boots and the fact that your whole outfit was thrifted. YAY! for secondhand shopping.

seƱora Allnut said...

love your boots, patent lace up shoes mean fabulousness for me!! and also love your dress and coat and your funny hat!
besos & botas

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Oh so fierce, and deeply, hilariously, excellently, totally COOL! You are entirely fantastic in your practical rebellion, and I'm glad you are still enjoying outfit posts!

Helga! said...

Hurrah for rebellion!
Thahat is way cool and I looove the frock!
I'm useless at doing what I'm told, or what I decide to do.I always NEED to do exactly what I shouldn't be....
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gracefully50.com said...

How adorable are you!! So cute in your mohawk beanie. Pretty hot boots to boot! :D
I'm trying to think of a perfect word to describe you here....shmexy! Smart & Sexy! :)

Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell said...

Bad ass outfit. Love the boots. I had a pair like them in the 70's. I loved them, but I swear every time I wore them my legs would start to itch and then I'd have to get a ruler to stick inside and scratch them. Ah memories!

fashionoverfifty said...

Im a visual person and writing is tough so im all about the pics! and of course a rebellion on the side is always good too~

The Style Crone said...

You are very creative with your headwear; Nirvanna Designs is appropriately named. Your entire ensemble is a unique combination that reflects the beauty of who you are.

And we all have the option to change our minds on any given day! As long as you keep on blogging, I'm happy.

CityScape Skybaby said...

I absolutely love this outfit Rosebud. I love floral dresses and my mum had a coat like that in the 70s, sadly she gave it away and not to me. Those boots are beautiful plus I like the practicality of big boots at this time of year, and i think the rest of your outfit gives your hat a cute feel rather than it being too punky. xx

Raquel G Hettrick said...

Bella , I really like the way you look on this post.
Loving you and sighing frequently

pastcaring said...

The mohican hat and the boots are fabulous, but I'm afraid I only have eyes for that coat, Bella - it's a beauty! Secondhand all the way, it's a no brainer. xxx

Zalina Walton said...

They are really awesome boots. They must take an hour to lace up! A friend of mine have a similar pair, who says that when she is lacing her boots, it's her time to zen.

Tamera Beardsley said...

I love the black and white photo of your find...you wear it fiercely!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

Dang, Bella ... you gots da legs to wear anything! Boots and all really look good on you. And how could you not love the hat. It's the kind of thing I'd desire, buy, but never wear. Good on you, dear!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

totally in love with those lace up boots!! and the velvet jacket xx

Lynne DeVenny said...

That hat and those boots were meant to find each other and live happily after. Oh, how I love consignment stores. I'm 95% thrifted today too, except for my unmentionables and my necklace.

Veshoevius said...

The boots are awesome! What a bargain! Love the coat too. It's so inspirational to see what treasures you can pick up second hand.

odysseyhome.com said...

Your ensembles are so fun!
I have a dear English friend who has a similar knack of putting such things together and I just adore being around here.

Lynn Dylan said...

Ha ha, Bella! I am SO that way. But your blog is always great, whether you are behaving or rebelling. Love this outfit! And all the subsequent ones. I won't try and comment on each one, but I am playing catch up and just wanted you to know I love them all!

xoxo
Lynn Dylan

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