This week we're bringing you vintage alternatives to today's styles and trends.
If you wear glasses, you know the importance of having a good pair of frames that are stylish yet match your own unique style. Glasses are often the first thing a person notices on your face, so it is important to make a good impression. Retro styles and colors, such as tortoise shell, wire-framed, semi-rimless, and circle frames have been in style for the past few years. You can't go anywhere without seeing someone rocking vintage or retro frames. Don't be surprised when you see Rihanna or Bella Hadid wearing a pair of retro cat eye frames. Cat eye frames were created by Altina Schinasi in the 1930's when there was little selection of cute and fashionable frames for women. She was inspired by the Harlequin masks in Venice when she made these exaggerated frames. By the 1960's, everyone, from actresses to politicians to stay at home moms were able to wear a pair of what were then known as cat eye frames. There was a 40 year period where cat eye frames went out of style, which was from roughly the 1970's to the end of the 2010's. Itty bitty frames are back in style, and the cat eye came back with them. Channel your inner Pink Lady with these awesome retro cat eye frames. The white and gold combo is beautiful and the geometric shapes keep them fun and spunky. The shape is exaggerated without being too over the top, which makes them wearable. They've never been worn before, so their condition is impeccable. Sold by Vintage Optical Shop
Your favorite 90's trend is back. Plaid has been in and out of style frequently throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. It was huge among the grunge teens and cholos. It was seen in the 2000s through mini skirts (Rebelde, anyone?) and skater girls like Avril Lavigne. Plaid, properly known as tartan, has been around for centuries, the oldest example dating back 3,000 years with the discovery of the Cherchen man, a Caucasian mummy buried in the Chinese desert. The patterns and colors became regional throughout Scotland over the centuries, and in the 18th, "Black Watch Plaid" was appointed as the symbol to the military uniform by James Francis Edward Stuart. They were worn to show affiliation to a certain clan. Nowadays, unfortunately, it is just seen as a pattern and holds no symbolism to the wearer. Although plaid is still used throughout Scotland, its versatility made it easy to adopt into everyday fashion. Plaid clothing, especially skirts, have found their way into the modern wardrobe once again, with red and yellow variations being the favorites. Plaid can be used to add a fun bit of color to an outfit. This vintage plaid skirt offers an array of different colors and patterns in one garment. It's long length makes it easy to wear, especially during the winter when plaid is most worn. It can also be easily paired with any style you prefer. Like the picture, you can pair it with a flowy blouse to give it a more vintage and boho look. Pairing it with leather, like a jacket or combat boots, would give it that grunge effect that was popular in the 90's. A sweater and beanie would make it instantly more cozy. Its shape is flowy, yet won't swallow you up. It would make a great addition to anyone's wardrobe. Sold by WYLDESYDEVINTAGE
With the resurgence of 90's fashion, it comes at no surprise that Champion has made an unbelievable comeback within the last two years alone. Champion was HUGE in the 90's, so much so that employees at stores wouldn't even bother putting them on the rack. They just opened the boxes and let the customers have at it. One of the reasons the brand was so popular was because of the wide demographic reach. They were worn by jocks and athletes, skaters, hip-hop fans, and punks, amongst others. With the change of the millennium came a change in style, and Champion just wasn't as hot as it used to be. While its collaboration with already famous street brands, such as Supreme and A Bathing Ape, have helped secure its spot as one of the most sought-after brands, it was ultimately social media that sealed the deal for a new era for Champion. As the 2010's near the end, the brand has built itself back up and is now worn by celebrities, especially rappers. It is not uncommon to see Chance the Rapper or the Kardashians sporting Champion. These are no longer the clothes you could buy at Walmart for $15. Through their website, a hoodie can now cost you an upwards of $120 alone. Everyone wants to wear the brands, but no one wants to pay the price, which is completely understandable. Ventura Vintage Store on Etsy offers an array of vintage brand name clothing for a fraction of the price. You could give these former glories a new life without costing an arm and a leg.
Even if you don't know shoes too well, odds are you know what Doc Martens are when you see them. The beginning of Doc Martens dates back to 1901 from then on was associated with the working class (the costed around £2 a pair and were durable). They were pretty much known as work boots until the 1950's when the 1460 boot was created. Everything changed for the brand when that iconic boot was introduced. They became a symbol for various kinds of misfits and were worn by those who challenged societal norms in the 1960's. They started being worn by famous counterculturist groups, most famously by The Who. In the 1970's, Dr. Martens were seen everywhere in Britain from punk to glam to, ironically, police. With their deep roots to hardcore subcultures, their popularity rose and they are now one of the most famous and recognizable shoemakers in the world. Although they are more mainstream and versatile, they have never truly escaped their counterculturist association. Vintage Dr. Martens are something to be cherished and sought after, so when you find a usable pair in good condition, it is almost disrespectful to pass them up. LONDONBAY on Etsy have found a beautiful pair of those iconic 1460s in soft black leather. The condition is unfathomably good. There are hardly any creases or scuffs. The heels, which are worn down with excessive use, show no signs of wear and the original sole is still in tact and seemingly untouched. The famous yellow threading, which is susceptible to dirt and stains, is bright and clean. They are a higher price than the 1460s in production today, however those are not made in England and do not carry the distinction of being vintage, which is valuable for Dr. Martens. Only 1% of 1460s are still made in England today and are a much higher price than those made in China or Thailand. These shoes are an uncommon find that would be cherished by anyone who appreciated Dr. Martens and what they symbolize.
Today, we're bringing you more handmade goods for your and your loved ones to enjoy.
Before you ask, no, sandwich bags are not a good way to store your valuables. They can get lost easily and are not protective, especially if you plan on organizing jewelry or expensive makeup. Their tendency to break and tear is also concerning. Travelling is another monster all together. Using clear bags is like inviting someone to snoop, or worse, steal. Travel safely and organize in style with these beautiful hand embroidered cosmetic bags. They come in a set of three and are made in convenient sizes. The small is perfect to store cosmetics or medication in your purse or work bag. The medium would work for art and sewing supplies, and the large could even double for a cute and unique clutch. They are perfect to use to store stationary in your home as well. The embroidery is based on cherry blossoms and is painstakingly done by hand. They have character and charm that no machine could possibly emulate. Their semicircle shape is so cute and unique. The colors are vibrant and absolutely gorgeous. The purple is rich, the yellow is bright, and the blue is deep. They are made of durable cotton with polyester lining, so your bags could last years! Handmade with love by Sadia Anwar
Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is now time to think of gifts to get your family this Christmas. Here are a few ideas to help you get started!
Christmas shopping is a hassle. You want to get your family members something they like, but you also want to be practical about your gift. One gift that never stops giving is a good ol' watch. It may seem like an obvious gift, but one can never have too many watches. It is a necessity in everyone's wardrobe, especially among men. Nothing makes a suit look more dashing than a stylish watch to go with it. A fashionable watch can fetch a hefty price in today's jewelry stores, so if you're looking for something beautiful yet easy on the bank account, shopping vintage might be just what you need. This watch, sold by Clue Authentic Brand, sports a sleek minimalist design that will never go out of style. Because it is entirely black, it goes with nearly anything and would look amazing worn either casually or formally. It is made of genuine black leather and stainless steel, so you have a watch that will last you years. It is mechanical, so there is no need to worry about batteries. The minimalist design is absolutely timeless. You would never be able to tell it came from the 1970's. It comes from the brand Poljot. According to the shop, "Poljot founded in 1953, is a watch brand produced by the Minsk Watch Plant in Minsk, Belarus. In 2010, Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller International BV purchased 80% of the Minsk Watch Plant and plans to launch a new line of watches based on Swiss-designed movements." This watch would look phenomenal adorning anyone's wrist.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Here we have some handmade goods to help make your home feel warm and cozy for the holiday!
There's no better way to spread Thanksgiving cheer than decorating your home and apartment for all your neighbors and guests to see. Wreaths have held symbolism since ancient times, and now they decorate homes in celebration of the season. What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you picture a holiday wreath? Is it the lush foliage? Is it the berries and vegetables that are speckled throughout? Ribbons? Sparkles? Big bows? Whatever you may associate with wreaths, I doubt you thought of metal. This wreath is made of galvanized metal, giving it a rustic look. The buffalo ribbon keeps it beautiful and dainty (but if buffalo ribbon is not your thing, you could always have it customized!). There is just enough festivity and ornament without it being too busy. It is available with the words Gather or Welcome, so you could have a completely one-of-a-kind wreath that will have everyone talking (in a good way, or course). Hang it inside for a comfortable feel or outside for your neighbors to marvel at. It would look amazing in most styles of home including, but not exclusive to rustic, barnyard, country chic, French farmhouse, and industrial homes. If these don't match your styles, however, this wreath would still look awesome contrasted against modern, mid-century, and contemporary homes. Having a wreath on your front door sets the tone for the night to come, so give them something beautiful and festive to get them in the celebrating mood. Handmade by Loves House of Burlap
We are thrilled to be featuring Gusto Graphic Tees, a graphic design and screen printing small shop located in Austin, TX!
Gusto Graphic Tees is quite the creative company, designing unique state pride and love t-shirts, tanks, stickers and buttons. A few of their designs are humorous while others are straight up full of love and happiness. Owner, Kelli Holtman, originally worked at a graphic design company for 12 years and as most people, she was eventually burned out by the mundane, day to day activities and wanted to enjoy her career as a graphic designer.
One interesting night, she had a vivid dream that she speaking to her father. He challenged her to do what she felt was best and stated in her dream, “Go For The Gusto Kelli, make yourself happy, do what you want to do because life is short!” Soon after, she and her wife signed up for a few screen printing classes and thereafter, sparked up the excitement to start up Gusto Graphic Tees.
Like most designers, they created designs using photoshop and showed them around to a few local stores. The couple received amazing responses and support along the way but of course, Kelli's wife was the strongest supporter of them all. And now, two years later Kelli is still running with it, doing exactly what she loves, and always thinking back to that very visual dream - forever thankful to her father for showing her the sign. For this very reason, we are honored to share this inspirational story behind what became of Gusto Graphic Tees and of curse, a few awesome products from this sweet small shop.
Who couldn’t love southern state designs and local foods? Below is the first Buzz Better t-shirt featured on our social media feeds. If you're familiar with Texas, you will know that margarita's and tacos are quite addicting to many Austinites. It is the classic choice for the weekend and Happy Hour treats; whether you're North, South, East, or West - margarita's and tacos are Texas favorites. This cool t-shirt is extremely soft made from 50% poly, 25% combed and ring-spun cotton, and 25% rayon. Get your shirt today or wrap it in a Christmas box for your family and friends. They are bound to love it!
And of course, when it comes to Texas, nothing is more important than a nice cold beer and scrumptious barbecue! Not a soul could visit this state without trying a new brewery or Franklin's BBQ. Franklin's is just one out of a thousand barbecue joints in Texas but, everyone knows if you're going to visit this lone star state, you've gotta try the barbecue and why not sport your very best baseball tee while you're at it. This beer and bbq design is unisex and also super soft with 52% combed and ring-spun cotton and 48% polyester!
And how about them Cajun's? Gusto Graphic Tees also designs a variety of Louisiana loving t-shirts and more. It so happens that owner, Kelli, is originally from St. Martinville, LA. For those of you who are not familiar with St. Martinville, it is widely considered the birthplace of the Cajun culture and contributes millions and millions of pounds of wild crawfish to the overall production of Louisiana. The little town of St. Martinville, also produces acres and acres of sugar cane throughout the state and there is plenty to share! At Buzz Better, we just love this retro style shirt to represent Cajun pride wherever you are and whenever you want. Shop all of the Cajun tees, designed and hand printed by a crafty and cool Cajun.
Familiar with Fixer Upper and addicted to shiplap? Check out this Louisiana Love shirt featuring the beautiful, boot shape state on a shiplap design. This super soft t-shirt is also a great Christmas gift for your Cajun loving family or someone who just simply appreciates this state. If you've stepped into this swampy sweet lifestyle, you've certainly learned to adore the Cajun country all the way from Shreveport to New Orleans. Click on images for more information and to start shopping now!
So with that, we'd like to end by stating again that we are elated to feature Kelli's shop of Gusto Graphic Tees! We imagine you will love to strut your state with these super soft t-shirts and people will certainly ask you where you got it, so that they can get one too!
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