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Scarf and milk glass teacup from evelynsvintage.com

Once again, I have been a bit neglectful of this space, but trust me, I have a pretty good reason for my absence.  Over the past few months I have been developing my own online vintage shop, Evelyn’s Vintage and Fine Handcrafts.  The site officially launches tonight at midnight (East coast, USA time, depending on where you are in the world) at evelynsvintage.com.  I would love it if you stopped by to check it out!

I am so thankful to every one who has read, followed, liked, commented, or even just browsed this blog, in many ways it led me to launching Evelyn’s.  I am definitely not saying this is the end of this blog.  You may even see something similar to it on the Evelyn’s site in the near future.

So don’t be a stranger, stop by the shop, evelynsvintage.com, anytime.

Or catch us on facebook.com/evelynsvintage or follow us @Evelyns_Vintage

Much love and good (vintage) shoes,

e

Olympia Le-Tan “Junkie” book clutch, Image courtesy of Flavorwire.com

Summer is the perfect time to take up a good book.  Getting lost in an enthralling story or even thumbing through a glossy fashion magazine is certainly one of my favorite ways to pass the time when I am reclining in the sun.  Some fashionistas are taking their passion for reading on the go—and even to the red carpet.

Natalie Portman toting an Olympia Le-Tan book clutch at the Black Swan premiere, Image courtesy of Style.mtv.com

Leading the novel procession, Natalie Portman stepped out in Dior at the Black Swan premiere over a year ago, clutching an Olympia Le-Tan, arguably the master of book clutches.  Portman is not Le-Tan’s only celebrity follower; Michelle Williams, Chloe Sevigny and Berenice Bejo were all spotted sporting the literary-inspired clutches.  Book clutches were also featured on Chanel’s Spring 2011 ready-to-wear runway, yet the more classic, quilted, leather-bound look has not caught on as well as Le-Tan’s graphic pieces.  The First Lady of Bling, Judith Leiber, has even dabbled in book clutches, opting for a stacked and strapped look, instead of the more popular simple, single book.

Chanel RTW Spring 2011 book clutch, Image courtesy of Style.com

Judith Leiber “Black Books Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch”, Image courtesy of Malleries.com

Although Le-Tan’s handmade French beauties may be a little too pricey for most of us, there are lower-priced versions popping up on the market, as well.  Kate Spade’s book clutches have the fun cover art similar to Le-Tan’s, but the underlying canvas has a clear cover for protection.  For a more classic look, check out ASOS’s book clutch, complete with a funky tassel.

Kate Spade “A Tale of Two Cities” book clutch, Image courtesy of Deluxe-lv.com

ASOS book clutch, Image courtesy of Asos.com

Thinking of hollowing out some of your favorite classics?  I know, I am, too.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Jessica Simpson “Oversized Ombre Hat”, Image courtesy of shop.nordstrom.com

With Memorial Day just around the corner, we should all be gearing up for warmer weather and a little time off to soak up some rays.  Of course you may already have some summer essentials in your closet, a breezy sundress, embellished sandals, and a classic denim jacket, but let me share my current obsession for summer 2012 that will not even break the bank:

The pink version of my pick, Image courtesy of Gap.com

Wide-brimmed sun hats are creeping up in retailer’s summer collections all over the place.  Whatever your style, there is a straw sun hat just for you.  They come in stripes, bright colors, dark neutrals, and of course, their natural state, straw.  There are even brands, such as Coolibar, that boast UV protection so you can be stylish and protect your skin.  I picked one up for myself at the Gap in a natural straw and black stripe pattern—trés chic!

Wide-brimmed ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

Wide-brimmed, embellished ombre sun hat featured in Chanel’s 2013 Resort lineup, Image courtesy of Style.com

The sun hat trend seems to be a lasting one; sun hats were spotted on Chanel’s 2013 Resort runway with ombré treated brims and others with feminine embellishments.  So snag a few in bright colors and patterns or splurge on a classic neutral that you can wear poolside year after year—sun hats are here to stay.

Much love and good shoes,

e

Now that the Easter holiday has come to a close, kids are back in school, relatives are back on the road, and your pastels are finally back in the closet, ready to pop out at next Easter.  But hold on, pastels can do much more this season!  So before you pack up those baby blues, pretty pinks and grassy greens, let’s explore the versatility of these marvelous hues.

The No-Brainer Set: The pastel sweater set has chic written all over it.  Dress it up with pearls for a sweet vintage look. Or go casual and modern and pair the set with skinny jeans, flats and funky accessories.  Personally, I like to take the cardigan solo, buttoned up over slim cropped pants with flats.  And for a more casual look, I will throw it on over a neutral crewneck tee and jeans.

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

J Brand's 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg Jeans in Soft Lilac, Image courtesy of Jbrandjeans.com

Denim: As I have mentioned before (“Spring’s Must-Haves”), pastels are going to be a major trend in denim for spring.  Do not just confine yourself to denim, however.  If a periwinkle pair of canvas shorts catches your eye, go for it.  In a season filled with bright and bold colorful pant selections, why limit yourself?

Metallic details complement the pastel accessories in this Louis Vuitton Spring 2012 campaign, Image courtesy of Pinterest.com

Fossil Key-Per Tech Sleeve in Yellow Multi, Image courtesy of Fossil.com

Accessorize: Punch up an outfit with a pop of pastel.  An oversize clutch in canary yellow will brighten your day and keep you on trend.  Peachy pumps will start your outfit off on the right foot, whether you go casual with jeans, or dress it up in a pencil skirt.  Mix your pastel accessories with metallic detailing for some chic bonus points.  Take cues from Marc Jacob’s accessories for Louis Vuitton Spring 2012.

Essie's Nail Lacquer in "Navigate Her", my pastel of choice for today, Image courtesy of Essie.com

Pale Beauties: The beauty market has followed designers in their thirst for pastels.  So feel free to brush on a soft pink lip or swipe some robin’s egg blue over your eyes to freshen up your look.  The Easter Bunny was kind enough to bring me a bottle of Essie’s nail lacquer in “Navigate Her,” a pretty pale green, to keep my nails on-trend.  Today I paired my newly painted nails with my dark wash skinny jeans (cuffed), my floral t-strap peep-toe flats, a white tee and gray cardigan.  I must admit, my shoes received more attention than my nails, but that is to be expected.  The pastel is not typically a bold, look-at-me statement; it is a soft, feminine one.  So use pastels to your advantage, let them compliment your other statement pieces.

Pastels combined perfectly with their jewel tone counterparts on Oscar de la Renta's Fall 2012 runway, Image courtesy of Style.com

The pastel craze should endure well into fall, as they mix in amongst bolder, darker garments, so enjoy these softer, muted pieces and feel free to stock up!

Much love and good shoes,

e

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