We are showing all repurposed artwork with an emphasis on using discarded books. We have turned them into floating bookshelves, lamps, vases, wall displays, miniature book houses, jewelry and even a set of napkin rings! This is our first try at setting up our display and I'm sure it will continue to evolve over time.
Jeffrey and I are making artwork together for this endeavor and are having a great time collaborating!
We just set up our booth this morning.
Come visit the gallery and enjoy the work of 17 other local artists!
On Sunday night my sister and I were treated by my wonderful sister-in-law with tickets to the Nolcha Fashion Show at Chelsea Piers as part of Fashion Week in NYC. This is the outfit that I chose to wear. The dress is from one of my favorite consignment stores, "Turn Around Boutique" in Wildwood, NJ and was picked out especially for the event by the fabulous owner of the shop, Lynne Bruno. She encouraged me to go completely vintage with my outfit. "Do you have any white go-go boots to wear with this dress?" "No," I said, "but I have some red boots that might work." I bought these boots about 5 years ago at the Goodwill store on 89th and 2nd Ave in NYC for about $12.
I wasn't too concerned about a bag, but I spotted this vintage envelope purse at a thrift store in Cape May the next day and new it would be the perfect accessory - especially at $4!
The runway show was fantastic but the people watching before and after the show was definitely a big part of the fun! A wonderful time was had by all. Thank you, dear sister-in-law Jane, for making it all possible. Love you!
I crocheted these out of sport weight black wool following a pattern found on Ravelry. Then of course I had to try them on with some of my favorite flip flops.
Vote for your favorite combination by leaving a comment (you can leave a comment anonymously and then you don't have to sign-in) or a message on this blog. Then I will put together a full outfit to go with the winning choice and model it on my next post.
I love to wear unusual earrings and have a whole collection that I have made out of game pieces; Candy Land, Parcheesi, Monopoly, Bingo, Operation, Barrel of Monkeys, puzzle pieces, dice and of course Scrabble. It is a common occurrence for people to look at me and do a double-take when I am wearing them. They are certainly familiar, but surprising to see on someone's ears!
After my last post on my Betsey Johnson collection, several friends told me that they too had some of her vintage pieces in their closets that they still wear. My wonderful yoga teacher, Lia, agreed to model hers for me.
This is a skirt from the 90's that Lia's aunt bought from one of the Betsey Johnson boutiques in NYC. She gave it to Lia about two years ago.
Since then Lia has worn it often. She puts it together with this white t-shirt, jean jacket and high top sneakers for a spunky casual look that is true Betsey Johnson style.
Don't you just feel a cartwheel bursting out of her any second?
This is a baby wale corduroy pantsuit that I have had since 1973. I had never heard of Betsey Johnson before but have continued to love the playful and mischievous style of her clothing ever since. She epitomizes the spirit of a renegade fashion designer and still does at age 70. Read a wonderful profile of her and see photos from all four decades of her career here.
I have several pieces of Betsey designed clothing in my wardrobe, all from different eras, most of which I have found at thrift stores.
I absolutely adore these stockings with their contrasting polka dots and the shoes with their lucite heels and Betsey's signature rhinestone decorated hearts. Bling was her thing before the term was even coined!
This is a two piece set; a plain black slip is worn under the gauzy floral dress. I guess I felt like an Indian dancer when I put it on today. It definitely has an exotic flair to it and most of Betsey's clothes are designed for ease of movement. She still does a full cartwheel at the end of all her runway shows!
Can you believe I just recently scored this fantastic double breasted jacket complete with shoulder pads for $8 at one of my local thrift stores?
It's a great addition to my collection and I hope to add new pieces for years to come. Thanks Betsey!