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Vintage Year in Review 2018

Over on Instagram @ILiveInMyLab and @MakeThisLook have been hosting the vintage year in review challenge. Basically, this week long challenge, was simply to share this year’s vintage finds in response to the daily prompts.

Daily Prompts

 Since I’m such a fan of vintage and have collected quite a few items this year I couldn’t help but play along and share a recap of these items here on the blog.

Introductions

Day one was introductions, and I thought I’d share my vintage style. If you’ve been following me for a while you might have a sense of my style but I’m a mix of true vintage items along with me made garments that have a vintage style or made from true vintage patterns.

Best Acquisition

At the start of fall I visited one of my frequented antique stores and found not one but three vintage wool coats, from say the 1960’s.

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.
This red coat is just my color

There was a red one that instantly caught my eye, then I saw a black one, and behind that, a mustard colored one. I wasn’t sure which one I wanted most, and then the sales lady looked at me and said, you can have all three for thirty dollars. That’s $10 each!

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.
This black woolen coat is such a staple

Needless to say, they came home with me. They are in mint condition and so warm and cozy. I’ve been wearing them all winter and I just love them.

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.
I’ve actually gotten so much wear out of this yellow coat

New Appreciation

I’ve never been a shoe person, I’m picky when it comes to buying shoes. I adore vintage shoes, but of course, any that I find are way too small for me and usually pretty worn.

There are several, reproduction and retro shoe brands out there, but I really didn’t want to spend like $80 plus for shoes. (I’m odd, I know).

But when I was preparing for my birthday photoshoot I really wanted a pair of B.A.I.T shoes to go with my dress. Lucky for me I found out that Zulilly happen to have several B.A.I.T shoes on clearance for less than $40.

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.
I am in love with these B.A,I.T shoes

I ended up buying 3 pairs and not only are they lovely but they are super comfy too. I definitely have a new appreciation for these vintage style shoes and may have another order on the way as write.

Biggest Regret

When antiquing I usually come across great deals so there isn’t much that doesn’t come home with me when I spot it.

However, this summer I came across a beaded headset from probably the 1920’s. I didn’t even spot it at first, it was my hubby who pointed it out to me.

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.
The beaded headset look something like this

It was really cool but $80 seemed like a lot, for something I didn’t even know if I’d ever wear. I thought about it a long while and opted not to get it. Besides I thought we frequent this store often if it’s still here next time I’ll consider getting it.

Low and behold the next time we stopped by it was gone. I started feeling regretful that I didn’t get it. Still, I have gotten a lot of great deals this year that I have worn a lot, so it isn’t such a huge regret.

Achievement

The biggest achievement this year was the epic décor of our bedroom.

Our last house was a Victorian house that we were slowly remolding back to its former glory. One of the items we had acquired for the house was an epic sized wooden fireplace mantel with ornate details.

When we moved, we decided to take some of the Victorian accents we bought for our last house, to use in our new modern home, and make it appear more Victorian.

For a long while, my hubby really wanted to place the wooden mantel in our master bedroom. However, because of the height of the room and the height of our bed, he knew it needed to be raised. So, we thought about some ideas for lifting the mantel.

At the same time, I’d be in need in more storage for clothes, and really wanted a dresser, but something that would fit the Victorian theme of the bedroom.

Then on a whim one day we stopped by a new antique store, we hadn’t been in yet and spotted a French Provincial bedroom set, complete with nightstand and dresser. It was just what I wanted and a great deal.

Once we got it home, my hubby was like, “this will work!” We placed the dresser centered on the wall and then placed the fireplace mantel on top of it. It was epic!

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.
This mantel on the dress is so epic

This was the look we wanted in the master bedroom. We are still on the hunt for some French provincial wardrobe to frame either side of the dresser, but for right now we are just ecstatic with how these pieces make such an impact in the room.

Favorite Look of the Year

Hands down my favorite look of the year are my birthday pinup photos. Granted the whole outfit was brand-new, it still had a very vintage 1940’s look that I just love.

Back in October for my birthday, I had a special Photoshoot done by the one and only Cherry Dollface. Take a look at the photos and hear all about my me-made birthday dress.
My birthday dress is fave look of the year

I love the look of this outfit especially since I think it really represents my personal style. 

Fashion Goals for 2019

As I look forward to 2019 my biggest goal is to start acquiring and making items that match the vintage accessories. I have several vintage handbags and many vintage hats that I hardly wear because I do not always have a matching dress or whatnot.

So being a little more focused in my shopping and sewing is the goal for 2019.

Are you a lover of all things vintage? What are some of the cool vintage finds you picked up this year?

Playing along with the Instagram challenge to share some of your best vintage fashion/decor stories of the year.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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