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Etsy Update: Summer Shorts and Shoes

11 Jul

It’s mid- July, the mercury is rising… who doesn’t need some new summer shorts or shoes?  I have many new listing that went up in the shop recently, check them out before they’re gone!  Heading out to San Francisco for a few days- hope to scout out some great new stuff, coming this week!

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Vintage Levi’s Button Fly Cut Off Shorts $36

Vintage 80’s Pleated Khaki Shorts $28

Vintage Levi’s 501 Cuffed Cut Off Shorts $36

Vintage Esprit Woven Coral Huaraches sz 8  $20

Vintage Criss Cross Heel Sandals sz 10 $28

Vintage Huarache Wedges sz 6 $27

These and much, much more at Castaway Vintage

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Out of My Element

21 Jun

Starting  Castaway Vintage– almost a year ago now in concept, trial and error with ebay, until it’s full inception on Etsy about six months ago, has really broken me out of my usual personal style.  Not that I have ‘lost’ my identity, but more I’m a Taurus, and a creature of habit and have just always loved the boldness and contrast and blue with red, black with white- stripes, polka dots, plaid, and nautical themes.  These items definitely are still my favorite, but I have found myself branching out more and more as I find these great items for the shop that wouldn’t necessarily be my personal style, knowing that someone would love and enjoy them.  I try not to photograph on dress forms or hangers as much as possible and to style the outfits to show people how they can be worn and how it looks and fits and a real person.

In the process of styling my items for sale that don’t happen to be 1950’s/60’s mod, red, blue, black, white, plaid, polka dots or stripes I have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for my own personal wardrobe.  A year ago the color brown just did not exist in my wardrobe, but once I started finding amazing pieces that I simply could not pass up, and styling and photographing them- I actually really began to LIKE seeing myself in browns, or new styles that just didn’t occur to me for myself before.  I now have several pairs of brown boots and shoes, floral prints (I would NEVER….), bright colors…it’s good to get out of your element now and then and try new stuff out!

I really enjoy the outfit I have on here, which was built around the animal print sweater that I thrifted to sell- a vintage 1980’s Adrienne Vittadini.  I don’t think I would normally wear something like this but in looking for ways to style it to show my customers, it’s a piece I have fallen in love with, and a new look for myself!  It will probably be up for sale in the shop later today, if I can part with it!  Be sure to check out all the other great items up for sale now, as I put up a ton of new listings over the weekend that I can’t even do an “Etsy update” as most of them have already sold!!

Hat- Deena and Ozzy from Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses- Forever 21
Vintage Adrienne Vittadini animal print cardigan-Castaway Vintage
Black Dress- Slip from another dress
Belt- Vintage Dockers
Shoes- Cynthia Vincent for Target

Thrifty Chic

17 Jun

Finally had a chance to photograph a few of the items that have been filling up our spare bedroom over the last month!  It’s a terrible feeling to run a business and have so much inventory- just sitting around!  Being out of town the whole month of May, then my boyfriend needing a new car left us car shopping all of his recent days off.  Yesterday we were finally able to get in a photo shoot, and with our new camera I got for my birthday!  I still have to edit through all of the photos before they can be listed- but here is one of the outfits that will be going up later today or tomorrow, and how you can still be chic without spending tons of $$.  This whole outfit was under $100!

Just because you’re on a tight budget doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style, and vintage doesn’t always have to mean transporting your look into another era (though I love my 60’s Twiggy dresses and 50’s plaid!!)

This look is  definitely a tad bit 80’s, but the shoes bring into the modern world.  Sometimes too much vintage can be a bit costume-y, and just mixing in some modern pieces bring into a look that translates into fresh, not dated.

The hat I borrowed from my boyfriend, who bought it for $5 on sale at Urban Outfitters, and I bought the sunglasses there for $12.

The black lace bodysuit is very American Apparel- but I bought it for $7 at Beacon’s Closet in Brooklyn- huge resale/thrift/vintage shop when I was visiting last month.

The belt I thrifted for $1- a little boy’s ‘Dockers’ belt.

The pants I thrifted, vintage Liz Claiborne, and these will be up for sale today or tomorrow are available now at

Castaway Vintage

The shoes are from the Cynthia Vincent for Target collection- $30!!

Same look- with black vintage high waisted pleated pants- also for sale now at   Castaway Vintage

More looks coming here and to Etsy soon!

xx

The lucky Dooney & Bourke Bag

15 Jun

How this little number

Got me all this for free! :

So maybe it’s not a lot, and nothing expensive, but dealing vintage clothing I don’t make a ton of money and spend so much time in thrift shops and vintage sales that I rarely buy anything ‘new’ for myself!

Last month when my boyfriend and I were leaving town for vacation, we needed to make a set of spare keys for someone to take care of the pets while we were away.  The spot across the street from his job was closed the day we needed keys, so we stopped by this seedy little shop filled with junky cheap dollar store items for sale, but randomly had some purses in the corner, one of which was that lovely Dooney & Burke bag.  It was only $15, and Ray thought it would be a great item for the Etsy shop- I told him “No Way! I love this bag- I’m keeping it”.  It sat in my closet for a few weeks while were away, and once I started using it I usually just dumped my wallet and keys in the main compartment until one day I wanted to fit in some lipstick and tried to fit my keys into the tiny zippered compartment.  Low and behold, I see and a $10 and $5 crumpled together as I ran to the car to pick up Ray from work.  I was super excited about finding some money and just figured we got the bag for free, until we got to our destination and pulled it out to see a $100 and a $50 bill!!!  I kept the $100, and gave Ray the $50 since he bought the bag for me.  It’s been so long since I’ve had extra ‘play’ money- we had an amazing dinner out at Katsuya, and went for drinks at this really cool bar in Hollywood called Piano Bar, with the rest I went on a mini shopping spree for myself at H&M and Forever 21!

Pics top to bottom:

H&M Floral zip front mini skirt $18,  H&M Black Wedges $20,  H&M Black Criss Cross Sandals $13,  Forever 21 Blue Sunnies $6,  Forever 21 Oversize Brown Sunnies $6, Forever 21 Brown Skinny Braided Belt $6, Dinner at Katsuya, Drinks at Piano Bar

They Finally Came- Cynthia Vincent Target!

30 Apr

Soooo, obviously these shoes were SOLD OUT the day they came out, and I had no chance of snagging a pair at my local Los Angeles Target- I even had my mom check out in the suburbs of Upstate New York- no dice.  Just on principle I didn’t want to pay double on eBay, but my boyfriend did!  They finally arrived today!  I’m flying out tonight to NY for 2 weeks, and can’t wait to wear them there!  Updates may be scarce for the next few weeks, but I’ll try my best to update my travels!