Vintage Must-Haves for Fall

 photo shoes_zpsisxsvdkf.jpgYAY! Fall is just around the corner!
Don't get me wrong...I love me some summer, but really...fall is my favorite season (and not JUST because of Halloween). Layers of cozy sweaters, cardigans, skirts, and leggings! It seems to be the most comfortable and most vintage fashion-friendly time of year. :) So, to celebrate the coming fall season I'm sharing my top vintage fashion picks for fall.  photo Poncho_zps2c4802g1.jpg
#1 The Poncho
Ponchos are PERFECT for the in between warm / cold weather we see so much of in autumn. Comfortable and versatile, ponchos work for almost any occasion and can be dressed up with a shift dress, tights, and ankle boots OR just with jeans and a t-shirt! This one is available at my Etsy shop! photo Skirt_zpsse5aed48.jpg
#2 The Long Skirt
I love long skirts in fall, especially if they are vintage. Vintage fabrics seem to be heartier than our modern-day poly knits and I've found that they tend to keep my legs from freezing quite well in the brisk weather. Plus, they look really cute, comfy, and casual with converse, a t-shirt, and a corduroy or jean jacket. ;) photo Coat_zpson9nsxc3.jpg
#3 The Boho Coat
There's no better time to go for the bohemian look than fall! You can layer up to your heart's content and embroidery and velvet are great for crisper weather. For me, a fashionable coat is a must have for autumn. It's the last chance to add a little flair to your outer wear (let's face it...winter in Chicago = bulky, somewhat shapeless, but WARM down-filled marshmallow coats). I like the bohemian /gypsy look for fall because of the textures and colors...and the fact that you can make knee-boots even cuter.      photo Cardi_zpsypkfd0y0.jpg
#4 The Witchy Cardigan
You've gotta go a little Stevie Nicks in fall...BUT if you're not comfortable going full on long knit black jackets with giant crinoline skirts and pointed knee-high witch boots...maybe try a vintage cardigan with some character. ;) The one above is knit a few different ways, with long flowy tassels, a neat spiderweb collar, and a somewhat poofy quarter sleeve (or not so poofy long sleeve). Perfect Stevie-esque compromise. :)

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#5 The Sassy Poly Shift Dress Ok, some people may tell you not to go poly, but for cold weather...trust me...poly shift dresses are the BEST. They're super simple to dress up for the office with a simple cardigan or suit jacket and long necklace OR down for a night out with leggings and some heels. They are EASY to take care of (washer on gentle and then hang dry), AND they can really have a lot of fun & subtle character. Cute collars, designs on fabric...OH and they DON'T PILL! (That is one of my favorite reasons to go vintage). I have so many of these and I LOVE them.

All of the items shown here are available at my Calamity Layne Etsy store! Get em' while they're hot! ;)

Until next time!
~ Steph @ Calalmity Layne 

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OOTD: Harlequin Jenny Dress!

OOTD: Pin Up Girl Clothing Jenny Dress
dress - Pin Up Girl Clothing / shoes - Dr. Scholl's via Zappos / sweater - thrifted / cat brooch - Heidi & Gretel / earrings - garage sale (handmade) / bracelet - Kate Spade / ring - Alicia Hannah Naomi

I was beyond stressed and then beyond excited to win this dress on eBay. Usually I have a very hard time winning stuff on eBay. My stuff gets sniped for like .50 over my high bid at the last 30 seconds. I get so mad. But in the case of this dress, I just dropped a ridiculously high bid on it and crossed my fingers. Of course, it went darn near my limit, but I won nonetheless. So that was good. But oh the anxiety up until the final second!

Pin Up Girl Clothing is very nice quality, and has good resale value - you can typically get your money back if you choose to sell. I don't plan on it, and the few pieces that I do have are altered. As in, shortened for short girls like me.

OOTD: Pin Up Girl Clothing Jenny Dress

Oh, except this one. I kept it the same - for now. I seem to do ok with it, and it seems to be shorter than the skirt version, which interestingly enough, I also own. I haven't worn it or altered it yet though... I'm hoping to trade it for the same skirt in a different colorway. There's a black/turquoise/magenta version I'd love to own. In fact, there's an online trading community through Facebook and I've had it up there for a while now... but no success yet. Whomp whomp. It's now become a new collector obsession.

OOTD: Pin Up Girl Clothing Jenny Dress

I wore this on the first day of school because it feels super special and it's good to feel special on the first day. I also wore my pink LEGO block earrings (picked up at a garage sale in Michigan - someone had hand-made a bunch and was selling them to make money for Relay for Life) because I felt like they complemented the pink diamonds on the dress. And because they're fun.

OOTD: Pin Up Girl Clothing Jenny Dress

Now that I've begun to acquire a rainbow of cardigan options (thanks, thrift stores!), my black brooches (like this awesome glitter cat from Heidi and Gretel) are more easily showcased. Check out my collection so far:

rainbow of cardigans

Also for the first day of school, I wore some of my other favorite jewelry pieces: my Kate Spade glasses bracelet, and my Alicia Hannah Naomi "Ice Age" ring.

OOTD: Pin Up Girl Clothing Jenny Dress

Having all of my favorite things on at once makes me feel super confident to tackle a new year of... stuff!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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Swirl & Sparkle!

Swirl & Sparkle

I love to support small businesses, and especially LOCAL small businesses! Marii Lang of Swirl & Sparkle contacted me (I found her on Instagram - we have almost matching dogs!) to test out some samples of her makeup brush cleaner, so of course I said yes!

I have to admit, even though I am pretty good about cleaning my makeup brushes daily after use, I get kind of lazy as to the HOW I do it. Usually just hand soap from the pump at the sink. If I'm being really good, I use baby shampoo. So it was nice to have a REAL product for cleaning brushes to test out!

Swirl & Sparkle

First of all, these cleaners come in awesome scents, like toasted marshmallow, samoa cookie, and coconut mandarin. But the packaging is super cute, too! Just these tiny sample packs had cute puffy hearts and sparkly rhinestones on them, but the larger versions from the Swirl & Sparkle etsy shop come in all sorts of cool designs, like sugar skulls, Hello Kitty, or even an animal rescue benefit edition!

Swirl & Sparkle

I waited to write my review of these cleaners until I really had a chance to try them out. Embedded inside the cakes of soap are tiny plastic crystals that help scrub the bristles of your makeup brush to get them extra clean. I was able to use up most of an entire sample jar. The smell is awesome!

After applying makeup, you rinse your brush under water, and swirl it around in the soap. Rinse your brush and the soap, and reapply if needed. Give your brush a final rinse, and shape it before setting it out to dry.

Swirl & Sparkle

I noticed my brushes felt soft and conditioned after washing them! They kept their shape really well, too. I used to use really pricey brushes, but lately I've been enjoying this colorful Sonia Kashuk set from Target.

Swirl & Sparkle

I'm super happy with my Swirl & Sparkle brush soap, and plan on buying one of those cute sugar skull editions very soon! The biggest benefit is that I can clean my larger brushes with it, since the sample soaps are good for smaller (eyeshadow-sized) brushes or less.

Swirl & Sparkle

Support your small (handmade) business ladies - especially the Chicago ones! Stop by Swirl & Sparkle and grab some brush soap today!

Rock On,
Jen @ Hell Razor

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