Welcome to Steps to the Shop, the journey to opening a boutique and the all the things that inspire me.
I'm a twenty something Philly girl working my way to fashion all day. I love the way it feels to be put together and want to share that with everyone. Starting small with an online vintage shop Frequency Vintage; using my eye to find great vintage finds. Sharing what I learn and navigating my way through starting a boutique, from financing to signage and everything in between.
Okay, first I have to say, I did something bad. I deleted all my illustrations that I have done for this blog. They are gone forever =(. Just letting you know if you were wondering why there are a ton of image gaps going back from this post.
So now the positive: Although I knew better, I wasn’t backing up images. This is just a reminder of the importance of doing so.
LESSON OF THE WEEK: BACKUP YOUR INFO!
Now onto the fun stuff:
new super retro accessories at Frequency Vintage,
all $50 and below.
BUT, then it happened, I saw them in person and got a pair myself at H&M well 2. (They seem very hard to find except in the UK and UK online shops, so I was surprised and delighted) In my book, they count as pants and can be warn with a top that doesn’t cover the bootay. And, they come in all sorts of colors and styles.
MUST HAVE MONDAY: Treggings!
$50 & Below Favorites/ones that I could find online:
I pride myself in offering my readers many options for online shopping, but this trend seems to be a bit hard to find. Anyone got a good source? I got an orange and a royal blue pair from H&M so the funky colors are out there. Share your secrets if you have any, please.
Also, I won’t avoid the elephant in the room. Many still qualify these treggings as leggings (not me). So let’s put a vote out there to see where we stand on this: fashion oo la la or faux pas.
And while we are at it, anymore thoughts on leggings?
Everyday, walking up the stairs from the El, I notice at least one women (or man) in a super cute coat BUT the stitching is left over the vent keeping it shut. The tack stitching is put in by the factory at the vent (and sometimes the pockets) to hold shape in storage and shipping before wear. Not to make a coat fit awkwardly.
If you are one of these ladies, chic enough to get a killer coat, but unaware that the stitch is short-term, its okay, there are many more of you. But I want to put it on your radar: snip those slits and the fit will be a hit. (ps: I’m a poet and didn’t even know it.)
Easy how to: Tack stitching is long and easy to slide a pair of scissors under. Simply snip and pull threads out of the fabric by hand. Do not leave dangling from the fabric.
Set yourself free and allow yourself a longer stride.
I went out to dinner with a friend this weekend who had the cutest vintage coach handbag that could perfectly fit an 8.5 x 11 without screaming “I’m on my way to an interview!!!” and went great with her hipster bar/dinner look.
I am all about having multi-functional pieces and must admit, this is one of the staples I am missing, a day bag that doubles as a briefcase. I hate the looks of an actual brief case as much as carrying an almost big enough bag with papers sticking out the top.
So this MUST HAVE MONDAY is for all you chic chica’s on the job prowl. And taking the tip from my friend, to keep it professional, it’s got to well made. Best way to accomplish that and keep your budget in check is to go vintage. Make sure to snatch these up, they don’t make them like this any more. Carry your Port/Resume in a non-conventional way for $50 and Below: