How to make your wardrobe Vintage Only

There are so many reasons why I choose vintage. Some people may have a little stigma against it. I used to get looks and made fun of for being a thrift-shop maniac, and maybe it's because I have a tendency to go overboard. But since Macklemore's Thrift Shop propaganda this means of fashion has taken a whole new turn and has grown 5% each year. So now here I am, sharing the reasons I love vintage oh so much, hoping to convert you all.

1. I love the quality.
There isn't anything like finding a mint condition vintage piece where the stitching and the fabric are above anything you'll find in a store today. Made in U.S.A pieces are my pride and joy, it's nearly impossible to find cheap threads that were made in the states today. Most likely you'll find low quality garments designed to be replaced often and the quality really shows.

2. As a college student, I can never splurge on my wardrobe.
Vintage goods whether they come from a thrift shop or from a curated vintage shop like my own are almost always cheaper than high-end brands. Unless your seeking the ultimate vintage Dior piece, buying vintage will save your wallet without sacrificing the quality.

3. I love unique fashion.
Ever since I was in middle school I always insisted on altering my clothes in some way to make it stand out in a crowd. I added butterflies to my jean jacket, I made my own jewelry, needless to say it was cringe-worthy, but I've always wanted a little flare and uniqueness in my wardrobe. Buying vintage does just that. It allows you to find a one-of-a-kind piece that suits your independent style and brings you steps away from cookie-cutter trends and styles that may not really fit who you are.

4. It's eco-friendly.
We. Waste. So. Much. I have always had a problem with this. In our culture it's the norm to have a high turnover in clothing. I love fashion and trends as much as the next person, but at what cost? An American discards 68 lbs of clothing a year, on average. This makes up 4% of our waste system. I wanted to do something about that. I have relied on up-cycling, re-fashioning, and second-hand for 98% of all of my purchases- and in the past 4 years I have only bought handful of clothing brand new.

Some of Sri Lanka

Some photos from my travels this past summer in Sri Lanka volunteering for Sri Lanka Volunteers working in mental health sites around the capital of Colombo. All but last two photos taken on my Minolta X-700.

My Pad: Dorm Decor

Living in a 12x10 dorm room isn't easy... especially when you try to bring your whole life with you like I did my freshman year of college. Fortunately, I've had some time to figure out my ways- even though sometimes I can't see the floor. I've been making a real effort to cut back and wanted to share my attempts at a boho minimalist decor


Drift wood Jewelry Hanger

3d Print Hanging Jewelry storage - designed through Tinkercad

Ohm, South African and Sri Lankan Batiks, Joplin
Buddha and Incense 
Upcycled Velvet hanging, Zodiac mirror, turkey feather
3d print Mandala Wall Hanger - designed through tinker cad
The inspiration corner; collections from my travels, thrifted finds, art, and orchids

Mandala tapestry and 1970s Dreamcatcher headboard and Tibetan Prayer flags

UpCycled: makeup swatch case from a photo frame!

This Upcycled Make up Case is inspired by magnetic cases (like the Z Palette) that allow you to use the metal tin swatches inside makeup products to mix and match and combine all your favorite makeups! Everything I love in one DIY- downsizing and up-cycling. 
I'm not a huge makeup girl, I usually slap on some sunscreen and chapstick before class. But since I just came across some gorgeous (but loose tin) Aveda makeup products I was inspired to DIY a makeup case of my own. 
I decided make this one completely zero waste and from 100% up cycled materials so didnt do the easier 't magnetic version (if you have it on hand use it up!). In this version I used Indian sari fabric scraps and a 50 cent vintage double image frame from the local thrift shop. 


Two fold frame
super glue
optional: magnetic sheet paper

First off take out the panels (glass and cardboard backing) of your frames and trace their size onto your up cycled fabric. Mine is part of a thrifted sari I bought to make some beaded throw pillows out of (but still haven't quite gotten around to...) the silk teal fabric is sequined with some gorgeous embroidery I really want to show off- there also happened to be a matching fabric lining I used as a color backdrop behind the glass.
Mod Podge is life. 
I cut this up cycled sari fabric to size and pasted it on one side of the cardboard. I fully coated this in mod podge to keep the exterior design little more water resistant and protected since I'll definitely be throwing this in and out of travel bags. I then added the matching (sans embroidery) fabric to the other side which will show behind my makeup swatches. 
Place your fabric covered cardboard and the glass screen back in place once everything is dry (glass on the interior of the folding frame). Next just superglue your make up swatches however you'd like to organize them!
 If you'd like a less committed makeup case stick a layer of magnetic sheet directly onto the cardboard, keep the glass tight to the seal and add layers of paper or cardboard as needed until the panels sit sight between the metal.

Thrifting Finds DIY: Revamping Vintage Chunky Wooden Platforms

Fall is the season to break out the best your closet has to offer. Although letting go of summer is always tough at least we have comfy sweaters and our favorite jeans to greet us in to the season. To amp up the style I'm looking back to summers chunky heel trend and bringing it with me into fall with some sweet vintage wooden platforms.
As you can see theres a decent amount of scratches and discoloration when I first bough these. The wood was faded and scratched with patchy staining. I knew what I had to do and decided to give wood staining a shot~

The before Picture:

The original condition :/

Step 1: Sanding the original stain.
This part was a bit tedious but definitely the most important part to a clean finished product. 300 grit sandpaper is best for the job.

 Finally sanded! This portion took me the most time- roughly an hour to make sure I took out all the dings and take out the deep set stain. You can now see the original color of the wood which is surprisingly durable and heavy duty. These are sure to last a while!
Step 2: Staining!
Probably the scariest part for many people, but gel stain is probably the easiest method for a fool proof stain. I opted for a dark mahogany and got a bit liberal with the application which I recommend. You just slather it on and wipe off the excess after 20 minutes to an hour depending on how deep you want it to set.

Because I was so sloppy I ended up getting some stain on the threading and leather upper. Since I couldn't turn back I just put that stain on everything. I lightly applied it to the leather and thread and amazingly it took hold and complemented the heels better than I thought it would.
Step 3: Letting it dry
Probably the most emotionally difficult step- I wanted to try these on ASAP. It's best to let the stain dry overnight after wiping off excess stain.

There you have it - It's always easy to bring new life to a thrifted find!

Until Next Time

DIY: Up-cycled Compact Camera Bag

So my obsession with my new 35mm film camera has not gone away... In fact, I've even whipped up a new camera case to keep it cute and safe for my upcoming trip to Sri Lanka- and whatever other adventures life throws my way!

 I was inspired by this absolutely stunning Wood & Faulk tutorial for a wool camera wrap. However, with a lack of wool I opted to repurpose an awesome aztec printed canvas tote that was desperate for a new life. This bag was well loved but worn out and in dire need for a revamp- it was perfect for the job because it came with extra padding for a laptop (a handy quality, but not necessary for this tutorial). 

1/2 yard of Durable fabric
1/4" foam padding (optional)
super/fabric glue if using padding
sewing machine or needle and thread
your choice of secure closure 
& 45 mins to 1hr of your time

This camera strap is also up cycled and can be made in less than 5 minutes!

I've got to say I love how this turned out! It took roughly 45 minutes to finish and it was well worth it. I took creative liberty to fit the design to using a magnetic closure instead of a leather strap tie. I also repurposed the brass clasps from the bag's closure and super glued them on opposite sides of the opening. 

 I kind of eyeballed everything and hoped for the best.  But alas, I love the frayed effect that my scandalous sewing ways caused.

I definitely prefer this type of bag over a store bought one - Not only was it made just for me and to my camera but it's a great balance of protection, style, and compact size. To my surprise there was enough room to squeeze in a roll or two of film. Regardless of how you make it your own it's definitely better than your average camera bag!

Until next time,

Thrifting Tales: Vintage Sunnies

There isn't a single thing that makes me happier than a sunny day. It's an excuse to throw on a flowy sundress, my favorite leather strap sandals, and some unique vintage shades for an easy summer day outfit.
After hitting the thrift shops I have collected some wonderfully unique vintage sunglasses that I am so excited to share with you all! Find them all on my Etsy Vintage Candela - I have listed some awesome vintage high waisted shorts as well. 

P.S. I am SO excited to announce that in less than 10 days I will be traveling to Sri Lanka!! This is an incredible opportunity that will be tossing me out of my comfort zone - I hope to keep you all updated on my adventures if WiFi permits.. 

Until Next time,

Thrifting Tales: Vintage Festival Wear

Festival Season is upon us!
Don't buy into the overrated festival trends and stand out in the crowd instead.

My latest unique vintage finds are all available on my Etsy Vintage Candela
Get 10% off your $25+ purchase with the code dyingfordiying (expires August 30)