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I Love Ferdinand

9 May

Last week, I was flipping through the Portland Phoenix as I waited for my delicious sandwich at Punky’s, and I noticed something weird. Ferdinand, one of my favorite local stores, was listed as “Best Last-Minute Costume Shop” in the Portland Best Readers Poll. As someone who buys a good portion of her everyday clothes there, I was kinda offended. The blurb, while no doubt written by someone who loves Ferdinand, does the store a disservice by treating it like a joke.

Ferdinand, which is owned by my friend Diane and staffed by her and Maddie (of Gertrude Knickerbocker, Find, and Moody Lords fame), does have plenty of vintage sweaters, dresses, slips, and shirts, but I’d hardly classify it as a clothing store, let alone a costume shop. It also has the “quirky* brooches” mentioned in the article, but I wear my hamburger pin almost every day, and nobody asks me if I’m wearing a costume.

Ferdinand is the first place I go when I’m looking for a birthday present, because there’s something for everyone there: handmade, stylish jewelry (almost all under fifteen dollars), letterpressed stationery (much of which is made by Diane right in the store), adorable, durable catnip mice by Doonyaya, art prints and posters, cute boots and shoes, four dollar silk scarves, eyeglass cases, journals, stuffed animals, screen-printed tshirts and onesies, sunglasses, mugs, and even hula hoops! The eclectic selection is constantly changing, and features many talented local artists, not to mention the mind-boggling amount of stuff that Diane makes herself.

Most of the clothing I’ve gotten at Ferdinand has gone into heavy rotation, including tshirts, altered vintage skirts, and underpants that feel like they’re custom-made for my butt. I also bought a gorgeous, floor-length vintage halter dress that I wore to Jay and Althea’s wedding reception. It’s fully-lined, fits me perfectly, and has a matching wrap jacket. I paid around fifteen bucks for it.

photo by Audrey Hotchkiss, who can be hired to take photos that make you look this good

I don’t disagree with the “last-minute” part of the Phoenix article: if you need earrings to match your outfit, Ferdinand has them, and they’re five dollars. If you need a card for any occasion, Ferdinand has one (or five). If you get cold, Ferdinand has sweaters in every color.

Diane and I have talked before about how awesome it would be if every day was Halloween, if people could just stop caring what others thought of them and wore whatever they want. But to say that she “cares far more about fun than fashion,” implies that fashion and fun are mutually exclusive, and I don’t buy that. Plus, while Ferdinand may be a store with a sense of humor, that doesn’t mean that Diane isn’t serious about what she’s doing. She works hard to keep her store, and by extension Portland, awesome and unique.

Diane

And she looks great doing it.

*As a person frequently referred to as “quirky,” I am so sick of this word. I feel like it’s become a euphemism, and I wish people weren’t scared to say what they really mean. Seriously, stop calling me “quirky.” I know you meant to say “weird” or possibly “borderline autistic.” I know I’m weird. Weird isn’t a pejorative.

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free clothes!

25 Apr

Hey, do you want free awesome clothes from some of Portland’s most stylish people? Of course you do! And you’re in luck, because I’ve been helping a group of totally cool bloggers plan a huge clothing swap!

The swap is sponsored by Goodwill, and will be held at Head Games on 116 Free Street on May 21. At the door, you’ll receive a sweet tote bag that you can fill with clothes! If you drop off a bag of clean, undamaged clothing before May 21, you’ll get in for free. If you bring a bag of clothes to the swap, admission is $5. Even if you don’t bring anything, you can still fill a tote bag for only $10! There will also be coupons and other swag from some of our favorite local businesses.

We’re accepting good condition, clean clothes, shoes, and accessories for men and women, so start hoarding now! I am bringing TONS of stuff in sizes 6 through 14, so if you want my clothes, come get them!

out of town Etsy

27 Feb

I know I’ve posted lots of local Etsy shops, but here are a few other shops that I really love.

pascalvintage This shop has a great selection of leather bags and shoes, and the prices, while not exactly low, are pretty reasonable.

pascalvintage

osborneoddities I bought a shirt with a picture of a green-haired vampire girl on it, and I absolutely love it. This guy also has some cool monster and alien toys.

osborneoddities

 

nobletownvintage Pretty, earthy, layerable necklaces and eye-catching earrings at shockingly low prices. I want almost everything in this shop.

nobletownvintage

Shrinkle Sexy vintage and reconstructed slips and dresses, modeled by ladies with amazing multicolored hair.

Shrinkle

Nadinoo

Gorgeously girly handmade clothes that I can’t afford but can’t stop looking at.

Nadinoo


iheartnorwegianwood I want all of this! Such wearably weird clothing and accessories.

norwegian wood

 

MissVioletLace Look at all the different hairdos you could have if you bought wigs!

MissVioletLace

 

billyblue22 I want your skulls.

billyblue22

weathered leather

20 Jan

Hey, remember when Dooney & Bourke made classy, durable leather bags instead of overpriced bullshit like this?

Yeah, me either, but before Lindsay Lohan was even born, they totally made gorgeous stuff. Lately I’ve been seeing some awesome old bags on Etsy that are way cheaper (and less likely to be passé after one season) than this initial-encrusted bullshit. Some examples:

Personally, I prefer the bags without the duck logo, because I hate big logos, but the leather duck is still way better than the all-over initial print.

I’m not the type to have any kind of brand loyalty, with the possible exceptions of L.L. Bean and Doc Martens, but I am dismayed that brands that initially became popular due to craftsmanship and timeless style are now popular just for being popular. The bags I posted above would be covetable even if all the logos were removed. The same cannot be said for most of Dooney & Bourke’s recent bags.

if you removed the logos from this bag, you'd be left with just handles

Coach has had the same problem in recent years. Can you believe that the people who brought you these multicolored monstrosities:

…also created these gorgeous, buttery soft purses?

 

Everything I’ve posted here is less than a hundred dollars, some of it way less, and that’s just for these two brands. There’s so many more awesome vintage and handmade handbags on Etsy alone, not to mention stores like Find, Material Objects, Good Cause Thrift Shop, Ferdinand, and Goodwill.

So let's give shit like this a rest, okay?

treasures

13 Jan

I’ve been making some treasuries on Etsy. Audrey started doing it, then I did, and I’ve discovered that treasury-making may be habit-forming.

(click on pictures to see the full treasury)

this one features a superhot dress from GrandmaJune

 

this one is creepy

 

this one makes me think of Aunt Kelly

booties

1 Jan

My package didn’t come in time for the party, but that’s okay because I found this amazing thing in Mandy’s Etsy shop:

I wish I had smaller feet. This is the best outfit ever.

What Would Light-Up Jesus Do?

9 Oct

Today, Beth and I went to Rise Photography‘s backyard vintage sale (which is still going on if you are reading this before 5pm on October ninth!). They’ve had these vintage sales before, but they always happen to be on days when I’m working, so I was happy to go shop and hang out with cool folks like Mandy and Diane and Hannah. Beth and I also checked out the bicycle tire taxidermy exhibit inside the gallery. All kinds of great stuff is happening there today!

When we first showed up, Mandy was trying on a gorgeous dress that fit her perfectly. I neglected to take a picture, but I did tell her that if she didn’t buy it, I would THROW UP.

Mandy took a picture of my outfit: Continue reading

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: stay warm

6 Oct

Happy Wednesday! I am frozen. Everything here is fifty dollars or less, except for coats, which are one hundred dollars or less.

cute cheap stuff: stay warm

cute stuff you might actually be able to afford: back to school

1 Sep

For me, one of the most exciting parts of fashion has always been back to school shopping. Hell, back to school shopping has always been one of my favorite parts of school. After staring at the September issues on the magazine racks at work, I was inspired to create a set full of items that both the current and high school versions of myself would love.

How do I not already own that Misfits shirt?

cute cheap stuff: back to school

crazy stuff I can’t afford

11 Aug

Here’s what I’d be wasting my money on if I were a billionaire.

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When I am filthy rich, I will wear the bow-front blouse, black underpants, and silver rain boots from the last set and stomp around my mansion.