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Wearing yellow to a LBD party

On Friday I headed off to an event that I’d get to dress up for. The party consists of music, casino-style gaming, a silent auction, and everyone gets dressed in their finest “little black dress” (or suit) to come out and support a cause. This year, the party benefited the nonprofit I work for.

This may not come as a shock, but I don’t actually own an entirely black dress, so I opted to borrow one from Lost and Found Vintage in Royal Oak. Does it surprise anyone that I picked a dress that wasn’t black? Instead, I opted for this 1950s soft yellow dress. It perfectly matches one of the colors of our brand, which may also be why I picked it.

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Dress: Borrowed from Lost and Found Vintage (just borrowed didn’t purchase it!)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack
Bracelet: Anika Burke 

Lost and Found Vintage has one of the most insane selections of vintage clothing I’ve ever seen. It’s one of those stores you almost need to see to appreciate what they have. They’ve graciously offered to host a giveaway next week, and I’m really excited to share the item with you. Hopefully you’ll all love it! And, in the upcoming weeks I’ll be giving you a view of the store. They do have an online shop, which features more of their delicate and really special items. If you live in Michigan, it’s one of those stores you need to go take a look in, just to see what you can find.

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Vintage maxi dress

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Dress: Vintage, thrifted
Bracelet: Anika Burke
Sandals: Target

Something I really love about vintage clothing is the patterns. Sure you can find a similar column style maxi dress, but could you find one with this pattern that is modern? Probably not.

The other thing I really love about vintage clothing is that it’s very personal. You either love it or you hate it. I think this dress is a really good example of that. I love it, but I bet there are a few of you out there thinking “wtf is she wearing?!” and thinking I’m insane. But that’s the fun with fashion, right? Just because I wear it doesn’t mean you would!

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Because the wind is high, it blows my mind

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Top: Anthropologie, borrowed from Liz
Pants: Michael Kors via Marshalls
Shoes: c/o Wanted
Belt: Gap
Necklace: Anika Burke

Looking at these photos you’d never know that five minutes later the sky unleashed a crazy storm on us. Joe and I were inside watching the Tiger’s game, and listening to the wind and crazy thunder. We were under a tornado watch and thunderstorm warning (gee, really?) until about one a.m.

It was hot and sweaty all day long. Whatever possessed me to wear a long-sleeved shirt and jeans, I’ll never know. At least I felt cute and comfortable while in my car and at work. Of all the stuff I borrowed from Liz this time, this is one of my favorites!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, if you already haven’t! I am giving some really awesome stuff, courtesy of Cheer!

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tighten up on your reigns

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Top: Old Navy
Skirt: Anthropologie
Shoes: c/o Wanted
Necklace: Anika Burke
Sunglasses: Ray Bans c/o Cheer

Sometimes I can’t take a serious photo to save my life. Or a photo that doesn’t look weird. Take these for example:

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I decided I wanted to blow a bubble for one photo, because I thought it would be cute, until I realized I had no idea what I was doing. And as for the other one, I have no idea why my feet are so far apart! Cute outfit, but awkward poses.

And thanks for the nice comments on my last post. I wasn’t knocking magazines, but trying to describe why I don’t read them. I get the craft of designing and sewing and why it makes their items expensive, but I think it’s kind of ridiculous that designers and these magazine editors tell us (the consumers) what is fashionable and what we should be wearing. Can’t I just wear what I want and not worry if I’m in style or not? For the most part I do that, but sometimes, especially if I read magazines, I find myself getting swamped with the idea of “needing” this trendy item or that trendy item. It’s better for my mental health and my wallet if I don’t read magazines, because then I don’t feel like I “need” something to complete my wardrobe.

(See? Now you’re getting an inner look at my psyche, and I bet you’re not prepared for the way I look at the world.)

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The one where I’m being filmed

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Dress: Anthropologie
Train case: Goodwill
Belt: Forever 21
Shoes: c/o Wanted
Necklace: J Crew
Sunglasses: c/o Anika Burke
Watch: Belonged to my dad

Last Friday, I went over to my local Goodwill to help them out in a promotional video. I’m only in two parts of it, but they go through the donation process to show how things get from your pile of unwanted items, to the sale floor, and eventually into my hands.

This train case is one of those items. It was in the back, salvaged and to be sent to use for airport drills, but it was in such great condition, I asked if they’d sell it to me instead, and they did!

The video should be done shortly, so I’ll post the link when it’s finished so you can see my awkward performance!

I am really annoyed by the wrinkles on this dress. I can’t get them to go away! The skirt is suppose to be pleated like that green skirt I wore last week, but you can’t tell. It looks like I had this dress rolled into a ball in my dresser before I wore it.

Well, I kinda did…

In other news, Katie and I are working on a Michigan blogger get-together, hopefully with a swap part as well. We’re thinking the Ann Arbor area (sort of central to everyone) and maybe early September. I want to gauge responses, and we’ll get working on the details. So if you’d like to come, or would [hopefully] be able to, please let me know! We’ll work on formal RSVPs later.

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Wedding day!

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We arrived on Thursday, and John and Ruth got married on Friday, in a beach-side gazebo. The sky looked very foreboding at a few points, but we decided that dad was making sure it didn’t rain during the ceremony. It started raining immediately after we were done with photos!

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Since dad’s not there, we brought a few photos of him (the large one was used at his memorial and the smaller one is him on a beach in Bermuda).

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Yay! Now they’re married! 🙂

The joke of the day was people taking photos of me, taking photos of John and Ruth:
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And then we pretty much got silly while the resort photographer took photos of John and Ruth.
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She tried to pick me up, before we realized I’d flash everyone if she did!

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Dress: vintage
Belt: Gap
Sunglasses and bracelet: c/o Anika Burke
Shoes (somewhere): Target

 

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The one you probably saw yesterday…

For Betsy
You may have already seen this outfit on Betsy’s blog yesterday. She asked me to guest post, and I was so excited to do so!

And, I’m very excited to announce the winner of the Anika Burke mystery pack!
Congrats to E!

Please e-mail me at vinylahoy (at) gmail.com to claim your prize.

I have a few upcoming DIY posts, including the hair tutorial from this post to share with you guys this week. It’s going to be crazy and fun!

ps- last day to sign up for the Paper Doll Project is Friday!

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GIVEAWAY! Anika Burke mystery pack and another way to win!

Hey guys! So the giveaway this week is two-fold, because my lovely sponsor Anika Burke is AWESOME.

First, be a follower of this blog via google reader, bloglovin‘, or facebook, and leave a comment on this post to be entered to win a mystery 12 pack of accessories from Anika Burke. I have one, and I LOVE the stuff in mine- bracelets, rings, earrings, pins- whatever you can imagine can be inside. But, I am a very bad blogger and don’t have photos of my pack, but Louise has some of her pack (and is also offering up an Anika Burke giveaway this week!).

In addition to that, if you’re one of the first 50 people to “like” Anika Burke on facebook and leave the comment “Miss Vinyl Ahoy sent me!,” you’ll automatically win a cocktail ring! How cool is that?!

To recap:
Giveaway for mystery pack ends Monday, April 25 at midnight, eastern standard time. Leave a comment on this post to be entered in the drawing (one comment per person).

Giveaway for cocktail rings end when 50 comment have been left on the Anikaburke.com facebook page saying “Miss Vinyl Ahoy sent me!

Cool? Get to commenting! 🙂

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Borrowed dress

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Dress: borrowed from Archives (for sale!)
Shoes: Isabel Toledo for Payless
Belt: vintage
Earrings: Modcloth (from about two years ago)
Bracelet: c/o Anika Burke
Watch: c/o Tikkr

Lisa, from Archives, kindly let me borrow one of her vintage dresses for the dance party last Friday night. I’m seriously considering buying it, if one of you don’t beat me to it!

Amy (and her husband!), Kendi, Jentine, Melissa and I had a ton of fun in the photobooth area (all photos via Nathan Russell Photography). But this photo has to be the best:

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Completely inappropriate placement of the chalkboard, Kendi. Awesome 🙂

And, for another hilarious mental break, my sister decided my cat, Loafy, missed me terribly and became Loafy Gaga while I was away. Her album will be out this summer. Here’s the cover:

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Hair feather review and giveaway!

I’ve been really intrigued by all these hair feather extensions I’ve been seeing, so when Anika Burke offered me the chance to review one of theirs, I agreed in a heartbeat.
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How cute is their packaging?! I love the ribbon detail!

The kit comes with simple instructions and everything you need (minus pliers!) to put the feather in.
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I choose the option with teal, purple and white, knowing it would show up in my hair.
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It was super simple to put it. I didn’t even need a friend to help, like the instructions suggest.
The kit comes with the feather, a threader and two clasps.
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You take a tiny ( I mean TINY) amount of hair and use the threaded to pull it through the clasp, then you stick in the feather piece and use the pliers to close the clasp. The extension can stay in for about four weeks, and you can shampoo and style your hair like normal.
I did NOT leave it in my hair because of Loafy. She’s already eaten a dress and having feathers that close to my face only invites trouble!

Alright, now that I’ve reviewed it (awesome!), it’s your turn to win one! Go here and choose which color you like best (I believe there are nine options), then come back here and leave me a comment with which option you like best and why.

For an extra entry, like Ankia Burke on facebook (you’ll be notified of their daily steals first!), and leave a separate comment.

Giveaway ends Friday, March 11 at midnight EST (eastern standard time). US only (sorry international readers!)
Good luck!