Good Old Fashioned Love

Happy Hump Day Lovers!! Considering it’s Valentine’s Day- week, I hope you all have an “extra special” (wink, wink) Hump Day! Lol!

Today’s Valentine’s Day inspired look is dedicated to my love for one of a kind vintage finds! There’s nothing like the feeling of stepping into a vintage boutique; the smell, the stories, the possibilities… Ohhhhh! I get goosebumps just thinking about it! I scored this gorgeous, drop waist, pleated dress at Hubba Hubba Vintage Apparel in Burbank, California last summer. Burbank, California is home to all the major film production studios in the United States including, Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, Paramount and Sony to name a few. As a result, Burbank is one of the absolute most amazing places to score vintage and thrift finds due to the large intake of items received from the studios upon completion of films and projects. Essentially, any item from a vintage or thrift shop in Burbank was more than likely used on a film set and/or probably worn by a major movie star, actor or extra. Pretty cool huh?

Although I don’t know exactly if and when this romantic, pleated dress was used on a film set, I imagine it being part of the wardrobe to a 1940- 1960 “Good Old Fashioned Love Story”! Something along the lines of “Casablanca” or “Thrill of a Romance” (two of my favorite “oldie, but goodie” films). In a more current film set, this dress would be a shoe in for the “Mad Men” wardrobe! Don’t you think?

What’s your favorite time period in fashion?

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Vintage Dress: Hubba Hubba Vintage Apparel (located at 3220 W. Magnolia, Burbank, California); Shoes: Badgley Mischka; Clutch: Louis Vuitton; Necklace: TJ Maxx; Gold Link Pave Bracelet: ILY Couture; Sunglasses: Rayban- Clubmaster 3507 Aluminum.

Splurge vs. Steal

Now, what girl doesn’t LOVE luxury designer duds?? Okay, maybe a few, but God knows I DO! It’s not about the name, it’s not about the label, the fact of the matter is that luxury designers use high end materials, making their products higher quality and ever-lasting.  However, the cruel reality is that I am not a billionaire (and few of us are) and as much as I can dream about making every single luxury item I fantasize about fall right into my lap, it just isn’t going to happen. I have no problem spending the big bucks on “classic” style luxury designer purses or shoes, but sometimes (okay very often) I fall in love with luxury designer purses/shoes that, although made with high quality materials are more “trendy” than “classic” or “timeless” styles.  For this reason, I am very thankful for “designer inspired” items.  Designer inspired items are NOT knock-offs, they do not bear false labels, logos or monograms; they simply look strikingly similar to the luxury designer goods.  For months I have been “hoping and praying and wishing and dreaming” that the 3 items below magically fall into my lap.

Well, my lap got tired of waiting…. So, instead I went on the search for the “designer inspired” versions of each item and DING DING DING!! Winner! Check out the designer inspired versions I found that leave little to be desired from the luxury brand pieces I was about to spend a small fortune on.

Let’s do a compare/contrast