I'm going to do this blog with a Left Hand border orientation. See how I like it.
Yesterday I had quite a fun day with a friend. She drove with me to a brief doctor's appt., and then we had breakfast at "The Egg and I". They must be a franchise, as I know of three ones in the Denver/Estes Park areas that are owned by 3 different people. If you have never tried one before, I would highly recommend them. Even if you don't like eggs! Their 'Waffle Eggspress' is super, and you don't have to order eggs with it. They also have tasty soups and good sandwiches. My favorites are the Wisconsin Scramble (3 kinds of cheese) and the Athena Scramble (feta cheese, portabello mushrooms, diced tomatoes and asparagus!)And yes...my absolute fave is their waffles!!
After our breakfast, we visited 'Unique Thrift' at 88th and Sheridan in Arvada, CO, USA. Nice thrift store. I always find things there, clothing wise.
Yep! I found clothing!!
I came out with some super tops. I went online yesterday to try and find the items, or similar items for sale on the internet, just to compare prices. Here is what I found:
www.acornonline.com, on sale for $63.00.
The one I purchased is similar, only it has more fabric, with a drapey type front instead of a stitched front, and it is longer in the back. The sleeves are not as obvious as the blouse above. Similar gorgeous floaty material. My cost: $4.99.
This is a blouse from www.RebeccasVGVintage.com for $27.00.
My very similar one was $6.99.
www.calison.com for $18.00. My slinky vivid burgundy knit tunic has a gorgeous all over Asian style leaf pattern done in black. It is stunning! Cost for my Virgina Gray label top - $4.99.
Not sure if this one is silk or polyester like me. The end looks are similar.
You can find this one at www.beforeafton.etsy.com with a Jones NY label for $34.
Mine is polyester, but oh-so-silky slick; it has beautiful Asian-style embroidery pinks design on black. Mine is tunic length, and the sleeves have a black border at the ends like the one above. My price: $5.99.
This one you can find at vince-neiman-marcus-longsleeve-shirt at www.shopstyle.com on sale for $78.00.
Mine is a heavy duty cotton, with two pockets (not Western style however) and sleeves that have no wrist band. Perfect for folding up a time or two. Mine has heavier very stylish antiqued silver buttons. My cost: $12.99.
Mine is also a red muted plaid, which I think is more in fashion.
$25.00 at www.Oldnavy.com.
Mine is made from the slinky, travel knit type fabric found at Coldwater Creek.
In fact, I have seen the exact jacket that I purchased in Coldwater Creek catalogs. (Oh, I drool on those catalogs....). Their prices are around $79.95 - $89.95 for a slinky knit simple jacket.
If you aren't familiar with slinky knit, or Travel Knit (there are other names, but they are all the same basic fabric) you are in for a treat. If you travel, these are a MUST. You roll them up, put them in your suitcase, and can unroll them 7 days later (or more), give it a shake and it is ready to wear. No ironing. No fussy packing. No worries! I also store all of my travel knits rolled up in the drawer.
My thrift store cost: $4.99.
This one you can find at CWC for $80.00.
Mine was $6.99.
Mickey Mouse, and the Disney Resorts (DisneyLand and Disney The Magic Kingdom). If I can find a Disney shirt/t-shirt/socks/rubber stamp/paper/etc. I am oh so happy!
The above t-shirt is not as nice as the one I purchased, but it had that nice blue background so I have included it. You can find that one at www.lilmissthrify.com for $29.00. About right for a vintage MM t-shirt in excellent condition.
Mine is a heavier weight 100% cotton Mickey Unlimited with an all over design of MM's head in different happy faces, darker turquoise on turquoise with a large full size MM winking - $3.99. (in like-new condition)
The above velvet bolero you can find at www.cometandplough.etsy.com for $25.00 (a great price by the way!)
Mine is a solid deep burgundy velvet, with little kind of ironed-on appliques on the upper areas, right and left, in burgundy thread. It looks like it has been hand-embroidered and hand-beaded, but when you get really close you see it is not. It has one single faceted button at the top, the rest of the bolero hangs free. Beautiful long sleeves that are actually long on me! (I have long arms, so my wrists tend to hang out like a scarecrow's in most long sleeves).
My thrift store purchase: $9.99.
CWC for $70.00. Mine is a lightweight chambray cotton fabric with a Miley Cyrus label. It has little ties that go around the back, with long sleeves that roll up to be buttoned like the one in the picture. Mine has a collar with a band that is sweetheart shaped down to the buttons. I paid $3.99.
You'd think I had enough already, but no, there's more!
CWS for $60.00.
Mine has a side-wrap faux look like this one, with pleats under both cup areas. (I have no idea what the actual word for that is - I'm sure there is one somewhere!) The effect is rather like a sarong skirt hanging from the bodice. Mine is a cotton blend, cap sleeves, with very light pink flowers added to a background of black with white line flowers.
My price: $5.99.
www.ebay.com Charter Club retail price $55.00) as kind of a base, let's add and remove some details.
First, let's remove the collar, and the pleats under a top yoke. Mine is just a straight falling blouse with no yoke; and add a pointed classic collar.
Next, lengthen the sleeve cuffs to 2 1/2" long. The single button is at the sleeve side (not the hem side). That leaves the rest of the cuffs to give an almost bell-type sleeve ending. Soooo cute, and long enough too (see scarecrow remark above).
Now, ditch the frumpy looking fabric. Mine is 'crinkled' all over. So flattering, if it's not too tight.