Category — Vintage Style

Vintage Inspired Layers

The weather is cooling down here in California – finally! I can’t wait to wear my comfy sweaters and coats. I teamed up with ModCloth to create a Polyvore style board of some of my favorite layering pieces for fall! I am completely in love with all these pieces. The plaid coat is so Vivienne Westwood meets Gwen Stefani!

What are you going to be wearing this Fall?

Femme Punk Layers

Lace shirt

High heel boots

Green purse

Wedding jewelry

Chain necklace

Beanie hat

November 14, 2014   No Comments

Vintage Inspired Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba Vintage Inspired Ralph Lauren

Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic

Oh I want to recreate this outfit that Jessica Alba wore to the Ralph Lauren show. I’m not quite sure if it IS Ralph Lauren. I have the patent bag, and a tight, cropped black sweater. Now I just need a romantic chiffon pink skirt. Probably shorter because I am waaaay curvier than Ms. Alba so I would look like a fancy piñata if I wore that length.

What do you think of this outfit?

March 28, 2014   3 Comments

Retro Bathing Suits from Popina

It’s been a couple years since I reviewed one of my favorite vintage inspired brands – Popina Swimwear in Portland, Oregon. Popina sells the most adorable and easy to wear vintage inspired swimsuits. I have been so happy with my Popina swimsuits in the past. I was ready for a new suit and I knew Popina would not disappoint. The friendly folks at Popina sent me the sweetest retro bathing suits and now that the weather is warm here in California, I am dying to wear them to the pool!

One of the things I love about the swimwear at Popina is that they are made to last. I still have two suits from previous seasons and they are still in great shape.

This season I am on a black and white polka dot kick. The first suit I tried on was the Popina Retro Halter swimsuit. I’m a pear shape so this suit looks fantastic on me. The bottom covers everything up nicely and the halter balances me out. It’s such a classic suit. I know I can own this bathing suit for a long time and never be out of style.
Retro Halter | One Piece Bathing Suit

The Popina crew knows my infatuation with polka dots so they suggested the Jantzen Vamp in black and white dots. Vamp is right! This is such a lounge by the pool, drink cocktails and look glam kind of suit. I think a trip to Palm Springs is in order for this swimsuit! But of course it’s Jantzen and Popina only carries quality suits so I know it can take a whole summer of chlorine and it will hold up for seasons to come. This suit fits like a dream. It makes me look like I have a perfect hourglass figure. The ruffles on the bottom give me a little more coverage. I feel so confident in it.
Jantzen Swimwear Vamp Bathing Suit | Jantzen® Vamp Maillot Bathing Suit

Popina also sent me this gorgeous suit. It’s a Gottex Profile swimsuit. It comes with a detachable halter strap. I love the ruching on the mid section. Makes my stomach look super flat. And of course more ruffles and a cute bow on the bust. Adorable right?
Gottex vintage inspired swimsuit

I can’t recommend Popina Swimwear enough. I know there are other vintage inspired brands that also happen to make retro swimsuits, but the quality just doesn’t stand up to Popina’s selections. And heads up California ladies! The Popina Swimwear line is now being carried at a Venice surf shop called VB Surf.

If you want a cute vintage inspired swimsuit of your own, Popina is offering you a fantastic discount!  Use the discount code “sandra” when you check out at Popina and get 15% off!

Check out their page. Which one do you like? Leave me a comment and let me know!


Disclaimer: I received these three suits for review purposes.

May 29, 2013   2 Comments

Thrifted Thursday – Mid Century Baubles

I have an addiction to vintage jewelry. I wouldn’t say I pile it on everyday. Just buy it by the handfuls. Especially when the handfuls are already beautifully displayed, curated and priced to sell for me. These were all purchased at one time. A very stylish older woman must have passed them on. We are kindred spirits. Sequins, rhinestones, roses and plastic. YES PLEASE!

What have you scored lately? Tell me all about it in the comments below!


vintage earrings

May 9, 2013   4 Comments

Lovely Monday – Bon Voyage-Jetsetting to Belize!

Hello! And thanks for sticking around during my much needed absence. I am fully charge, motivated, and ready to jump into my new life.

And to start, I am taking a glamorous and relaxing trip to beautiful Belize! My friend Dawn Shipley and I are going to relax in the sun, sip tropical drinks and eat anything that comes from the ocean. Yum! Of course packing for a vacation is always a fun sport. How to look like a bon vivant on a TJMaxx/Marshalls budget? I am planning on packing fun vintage floral dresses, lots of striped separates and fun jewelry. Costume changes will be necessary.

I will definitely take pictures of Belize, and of course the beautiful food. Most importantly, vacay style shots. It will become my personal Resort lookbook. Ha!

Mrs. Lilien always has lovely resort living inspiration. I love her style. And so does Jonathan Adler, Trina Turk, and Lilly Pulitzer! Nuff said. This outfit is my ideal of a very me, very jet setter outfit.


image1: Johanna Ost

image2: Mrs. Lilien


March 19, 2012   7 Comments

Lovely Monday-Pretty In Pinks

I know it’s been a while since I last posted. After getting ready and selling at A Current Affair (post coming soon), I decided to take a week off and focus on friends, family and decorating for the holidays. I was hoping I would find another pink flocked Christmas tree, but my impatience got the better of me. I ordered a fake pink tree one from I miss the pine scent, but it is just as cute!

And speaking of pink. Check out these lovely young Londoners in shades of pink. I love that they punctuated potentially safe winter weather outfits with punches of pink. And no candy ass pink either. Bold doses of hot pink! Very Debutante Clothing ala Schiaparelli. My kind of girls.

My Christmas tree and these lovely ladies have definitely brightened my Monday.


December 12, 2011   4 Comments

Lovely Monday – Gorgeous in Holiday Green

As lovely as my Thanksgiving was, spending time with family and enjoying yummy food, I am sort of glad 2011 is coming to an end. It’s been a roller coaster of a year. Sometimes exciting, sometimes downright scary. I am currently busy getting my house all dressed up for the holidays, including searching for the perfect pink Christmas tree. I would prefer a real flocked one, but I struck out last year.

And speaking of dressed up…I came across this gorgeous 1950s dress on Etsy. The gold and light green make it a perfect holiday dress without being so cliche in terms of color. What I love about this dress is that it is not so holiday that you couldn’t wear it any other time of the year. And it feels like it can easily transition from holiday to spring. I can see wearing this with some killer patent leather booties or some pumps with some serious hardware – gold studs maybe?

What are you searching for this holiday season?


Dress available from Custard Heart Vintage on

November 28, 2011   7 Comments

Lovely Monday – Happy Halloween

I just wanted to wish you a happy, fun, and festive Halloween. Wish I could look this lovely and glamorous while being frightened by a spooky black cat. Don’t you! What are you dressing as?

October 31, 2011   No Comments

Vintage Inspired Fashion Week Looks

As Fashion Week starts to wind down (I know we have an entire month of fashion events here in LA) what really excited me were the looks seen off the runway. I can’t think of a better opportunity to dress up and over the top than a fashion show. I especially loved how much vintage style  was caught on camera at the Milan and Paris shows. Here are a few of my favorite looks from Vogue Italia’s website.

I think I have a natural affinity for French and Italian style. No offense to my NY, London and LA friends and fellow bloggers. Something about the aloofness and femininity of French style and the in your face sexiness of Italian style really speaks to my often contradicting taste. All these women look perfectly put together, even the ones bordering on costume. I’m really digging bustles right now too.

Who do you think has the best Fashion Week style? LA, NY, London, Milan, Paris? Leave a comment!

October 10, 2011   3 Comments

Vintage Spotted at BlogHer 2011 San Diego

This was my first BlogHer ever. I knew there would be fewer fashion bloggers, so when I spotted some vintage loving fashionistas, I practically sprinted towards them. I don’t think I have ever been so forward. It’s a good thing everyone who attends BlogHer is super nice and was totally willing to pose.

It was so great to see so many bloggers who love vintage as much as I do and were wearing it with pride. I actually felt bad for going more casual with touches of vintage. These bloggers brought their finest vintage and they really stood out as women not afraid of having fun with fashion.

I’ve included their respective websites/blogs int he captions so you can go check them out too! I’m so happy I met so many new fashion friends that will gab away with me about vintage.

Thanks for posing ladies! Vintage forever xoxo.

gorgeous 1950s vintage print skirt - Inherent Style in LA

DIY vintage chandelier crystal necklace - The Curvy Fashionista

Rocking a vintage Gucci purse - Glam Media

Quirky vintage dress - The Dead Cowgirl

Vintage shiny and glam metallic brocade - Fashionably Bombed

Fun vintage inspired cocktail print dress - Cocktail Deeva

August 9, 2011   9 Comments

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