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This is one I’ve had for a while.  LOVE the embroidery on the pocket.  Thought of making it into a skirt but look at that cool green frog closure and the nehru collar!  I undid the side seams, removed the pockets, tailored it to fit and sewed the pockets back on.  Ha, took longer to think about than it took to do it!

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I used a favorite fitting dress to get the shape for my new side seams.  Piece of cake!

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Bluesy greens

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A little color wheel eye candy in blues and greens.

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I’ve been in love with the blue green combo since I was a kid.  I think it started with 60s fabric like the design on the top of my sewing basket.  Enjoy!

Tips for buying vintage clothing online

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I love it when that door bell rings and I hear the postman drop the package on the door step. What’s that dog?  The one that drools when it hears the dinner bell? I totally get that!! But here’s the deal, when shopping vintage clothing online, especially the person to person marketplace like Ebay and Etsy, you have to take a few extra “measures” to make sure you’ll be getting all happy over the right thing. With vintage clothing you get what ya get since buying direct like that usually means no give backs!

Here are some tips:

  • Scan the pictures provided online. Then scan over them again, up close.  And again.
  • Read all the info.  Ask questions.  Ask for more pix.  Ask for additional measurements. Be specific.
  • Find something of yours that fits great. Measure it. Across the shoulders, pit to pit, waist, hip and length. This is gold! Use those numbers as a buying guide. Compare those measurements to the item you’re checking out online.
  • If it all pans out, buy that baby and hope for the best!

People ask me quite often how I can buy vintage clothing online. With these tips, now ya know!

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Here’s gambling and Christmas all wrapped up in a fabulous 60s plaid package! I’m over the moon with this dress!!!

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The guitar man

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The guitar man.  Love how the guitars get the sofa and Jay takes the floor! Growing up in the Philippines, he thought everyone played guitar. Filipinos love their music…I love this man!

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Jay grew up in the Philippines where he learned to play guitar from uncles and guys on the street.  Filipinos love their music!  I love this man!

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The powder room

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Rich red walls and 40s floral delights!  Vintage green tile, santa claus and a lucky cat!  Where am I?

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Besides santa and a lucky cat, you might spy a few other things.  Super emollient Weleda Skin Food, Tangerine Un petroleum lip balm by Alba Botanica and Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap.  They go everywhere I go. All are long time Kimi staples and good, clean beauty products!

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I never saw a rule book for decor.  Especially vintage decor.  Even more especially powder room decor. Bathroom seems to have a few rules but call it a powder room and go. Take what you like and use it how you want. Surround yourself with things and colors you love.  I think it’s that simple!  Have fun!

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Golden from the start

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I’m taking a personal day! Sometimes people come into your life early on that are so golden they stay there for your whole life!  I met these guys when I was 18.  It truly was love at first sight.  We started a band together that became successful in the mid 90s.  We stayed close over the years and now are getting to play together again.  It’s a rainy sunday morning and one of them just left for the airport to head back home to San Francisco.  We spent all weekend practicing our old songs.  Polishing them up for 3 shows we’re doing in the Philippines this spring. I’m grateful and blue all at once. The house seems a bit empty without the booming bass and drums vibrating through the walls from the studio. I married one of these guys 22 years ago and the other two are in my life like brothers. I’m a lucky girl!  Pass the kleenex…

Take a look around and see who’s put up with you for years.  Those people are a treasure!

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And some oldies circa 1995 and before.  Man, we were young!

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Read my interview in the Manila Inquirer HERE.

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Vintage clothes for life

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It’s a life long collection! As I cleaned out my closet the other day, actually, it was midnight. I realized I’ve worn the same stuff my whole life.  Like a lot of you, I like what I like!  We’re special folk.  It never struck me that one day, thrift shops, like everything else, would move on.  That racks of these goodies would one day be replaced by a bad case of the 90s. Enjoy these old favorites of mine.  Notice all the great detail. Classic good times!

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Let’s end with a favorite dress and 2 favorite people!  Happy weekend!  kimi.

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