Cinch, Bunch


Jil Sander top (second-handed), thrifted denim duster, vintage jeans from Brooklyn Vintage Company, vintage Valentino silk scarf, jewelry case-turned-clutch from Minor HistoryJack Erwin boots

I'm pretty sure that last photo is me staring at my cat Tippi, who managed to get on top of the kitchen cabinets.

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My Antique Vanity Tour


My parents were fiendish antiques collectors, so I know where I get it from. Interior design is a new adventure for me. I'm living in my first "adult" apartment, which is a 600 sq-foot 1-bedroom that I share with my boyfriend and our two cats. Even after a year, we're still figuring out what we like and don't like when it comes to surrounding ourselves with things. That being said, I love our dresser, and I love the spooky fun stuff I have come to start my day looking at.

The Hands
It all started with one novelty porcelain ash tray in the shape of a cupped hand. I think I got it at a flea market when I was in high school. One ash tray turned into three, and now here I am with over fifteen! I love these things, and they have become a humorous staple of my bedroom decor, keeping everything from jewelry (obviously), to bits and bobs like old dice and devil figurines. Honestly, if I have learned anything, it's that ash trays make for excellent catch-all dishes; they come with personality and humor to say the least.

The Sardine Box
Another moment of crockery-as-vanity-staple is my porcelain sardine box, which is where I keep my hair ties and loose buttons. Why a sardine dish? Well, the trompe l'oeil factor is fabulous enough, but I find the shape and placement of the sardine as a sort of handle as too good. These were popular at Victorian tables and ensured that the salty cured fish would be kept moist. I just love anything that elevates something as humble as a sardine.

The Candles
You'll probably notice quite a few empty glasses that once held Diptyque scented candles. I have only really had the pleasure of burning about ~5 in my life. In fact, almost all of the glasses marked 'Santal' were found in a discarded box on the side of the road in Boerum Hill! I know one of these things can go for $30 on eBay, which makes that a score to say the least! My favorite candles and incense, which I replenish every year (if I can) are as follows:

Le Labo Cade 26 - You can only get this in NYC Le Labo locations, and you have to ask for it. It's the official fragrance of the Gramercy Park Hotel, which is one of my favorite places in the city, and where I associate the beginning of my "blogging career". That's for another post.
Catbird Ghost Rose - I actually have the full size of Neighbor's Fig Tree too, but this truly slaps at any point in the day.
Diptyque Lys and/or Cedre - Well, looks like my beloved Cedre has been discontinued, but I do love Lys quite a bit.
Aritzia's Cendres Wilfred Candle - Well, I can't get this one anymore either! Aritzia used to produce genuinely great candles, each were atmospheric and made in France.  I can't tell you how disappointed I was that they no longer make them- for the price and the quality they were unbeatable.
St. Rita Parlor Incense cones - My boyfriend bought these on one of his outings and we burn them on special occasions. Spicy and moody, they remind me of him.

Speaking of candles, and I don't have many on my dresser in these photos, but I have become a big, big fan of cloches as an accessory to preserve and keep fragrances fresh. Plus, they look like something out of a classic french apothecary or oddities museum.

"book" Box
The paper box in the shape of a book with Venetian decorative paper edges, was my stepmom's. I inherited it after she passed away. I always loved how she used it as a jewelry box, so it's where I keep my delicate and special pieces.

Dried Magnolia Tree Seed Pod
This came from Edward Gorey's tree. I love him and I love his house, which is in Cape Cod. My aunt lives about 20 minutes from there, so whenever I visit her, I make a pilgrimage to Gorey's house and do the Gashlycrumb Tinies scavenger hunt.

Necklace Holder (which I use for sunglasses)
My porcelain hands hold all the jewelry I want to have...erm...on hand. So instead of using a necklace holder for its intended purpose, I use the T-bar shape to hold 3-12 pairs of sunglasses, which I pile on with abandon when I'm feeling careless. Some opticians might suggest keeping your sunglasses in a case, you know, like an adult, but I opt for having them visible at all times. Plus, I like the idea of plucking sunglasses like fruit from a tree.

Toiletries Tray
One of these days I'll get around to waxing poetic about my favorite perfumes. In any case, I keep most of my collection available on my dresser, organized on top of a wooden tray to keep them all tidy, per Organized Home's suggestion. I also keep vials of sample perfumes in a delicate glass goblet, procured from a going-out-of-business sale in the Village three years ago.

My Pentax Auto 110 Camera
My ittiest, bittiest film SLR camera. You can read about these incredible and charming cameras here. They have a wonderful history, and this one was given to me by my dad for my 23rd birthday. I also have a small kit of lenses for it and a manual 12-second timer.

Added in my windowsill friends, Sanjay the bunny and some plant clippings I got from my aunt, as a bonus.

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You Ever Match a Sweater with a Purse? Eh?


Thrifted vintage sweater and purse, second-hand Dries van Noten sandals, second-hand Assembly NY sheer slip

Listen, when you notice that you have the chance to match your drippy, bowed and beaded sweater with an equally be-beaded vintage purse, you go fourth and show off your plastic. This angora blend monster, completely encrusted in dangling bits and beads, was an irresistible find at my local thrift joint. I immediately thought of this vintage beaded purse from the 50's/60's, which I nabbed back in Idaho earlier this year at the good 'ol Goldmine- which one Google review rightfully describes as a "Nice place to buy Rich People's hand me downs for thrift store prices."
Hear, hear!

And yep! Everything here is second-hand. That's gonna be my credo going into 2020: as few new purchases as possible- especially when it comes to clothes and accessories, good lord. I mean, I've been doin' a mean thriftshow since high school (as some of you who have been reading this thing for 10 YEARS???! OH MY GOD??! would recognize). And yeah, I think my eagerness to just try putting things together in a novel way has always been what gets me to enjoy style and fashion in the first place.
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Less Woodsy, More Pajama


Reformation linen romper (second-hand), Opening Ceremony sweater (second-hand), Thrifted Vintage denim duster jacket, Solviere sandals (second-hand)

Took some time at my dad's place in Portland, New York last week with the lad.
The weather up near Chautauqua, being so close to Lake Erie, is sunny and cool. I enjoyed dipping my toes into the crispness of early autumn, while two days out of the week we were there ended up hitting the low 80s! I wore socks with sandals, threw my long denim duster over everything, and embraced bathing suit-as-top territory.

And yes, I even wore an open sweater under a linen romper without a bra! The cheekiness!
I was clinging to the warm weather for sure, but I'm ready for layers.

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Ranch Dressing


thrifted 90's DKNY bodysuit, Babaton off-the-shoulder bodysuit, Helmut Lang Jeans, thrifted mules

Took some time away from the city with Jevins. Everything in our apartment is completely bagged up in the midst of 2 rounds of bed bug fumigation (AAARUGH!), but the details of this experience are for a different post.

I'm wearing two (2!) layered bodysuits here, if you can believe it! I found the button-up and mule heels at The Barkin' Basement in Hailey, Idaho. I made a fast B-line towards the table and rack of Western-themed finds that they were grouped together on (big yee haw energy). 
I actually wouldn't have seen the button-down bodysuit if Jevins hadn't pointed it out going "wtf, look at that weird top!"- I recognized it and snatched it immediately.

I then came back to the ranch, sat with Imp and Whisper in a field, and felt content.

Here's a question: the pony hair pattern on the heels, is it Tobiano, Overo, Sabino or Tovero ya think?

Thank you to Silver bell Ranch for letting me deplete food in the kitchen and frolic with the minis. Love ya, Mel.

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Three Prints, One Foot Bigger Than The Other


Vintage top, A Current Air pants( ℅)T.U.K. creepers, Karen Walker sunglasses 

Could this be more maximalist? I'll honestly take any opportunity to do the most with the least. 

We got these excellent pants that are made of hot pants (shorts) with sheer windowpane legs and attached belt. We have a striped top with one sleeve, and we got creepers with one of my favorite animal-inspired prints: dalmatian. Finally, to top it off with an accessory that was appropriate for this June afternoon before it rained: tortoise shell sunglasses fit for Steve McQueen.

Fun fact about creepers: they're super fucking uncomfortable to break in, but SO worth it once you do. These were the shoes that got me to cave into ideal judgement and buy shoe stretchers. Not only can you avoid destroying your feet, but you can do it passively! While you sleep or forget about them! I usually just break them in on one shoe because my right foot is like, a half size bigger than my left- the bane of my shoe-buying existence. 

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