Thursday, September 26, 2013

Shop Stuff

It's been a long time since I posted, but I guess that's my usual story.  Lately I've been working on a lot of stuff for my etsy shop, so I thought I'd do a post showing what I've been up to. I've been making mostly headbands and hair clips with vintage millinery flowers and glitter. Also, my velvet obsession has come into play, too! If I had to pick a theme for these items, I'd say it'd be Oktoberfest meets Swan Lake. Anyway, here are some pics! Shop link will be down below.

The Grey Owl Etsy Shop


Saturday, August 3, 2013

Before We Begin

Shirt: Vintage
Hair Clip: Self-made
Last summer, I decided I wanted to start wearing shorts after a ten year hiatus.  Shorts and I have a love-hate relationship. I love them because they keep me cool, but I hate them because I rarely find any that look good on me.  I like how high-waisted shorts look in the front, but the back makes me look like I have mom's butt. I find low rise anything to be an abomination, and anything in between just basically looks like I have a frontal wedgie. These shorts, however, are a rare exception.  They actually look good in the front and decent in the back, plus I love the light blue gingham pattern. The shirt is a vintage crop top I found for a steal a while ago, and the bag is a discounted purchase I found on ASOS, which has become my new favorite because it looks like my dog. 
Also, as a shameless plug, I recently started an etsy shop (different from is itsecretisitsafe), where I will be selling vintage clothing and upcycled vintage items.  I decided to create a different one from isitsecretisitsafe because vintage really doesn't fit with the shop's theme. I will update you all with the better finds and creations, but I'll try not to overdo it! Hopefully it won't get too confusing featuring multiple shops. Anyway, some of the things I've been working on are vintage scarves that I embroider with little rosebuds (pictures at the bottom) and vintage flower millinery reworked into fancy hair accessories like the one above.  It's a slow process taking pictures of everything and getting it up there, but I'm hoping it will be a little faster once I get the hang of it.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Strawberry Fields

 Dress: Vintage
Belt: Vintage
Purse: Vintage
Shoes: Ferragamo
Headband: Self-made

This outfit is one of my favorites right now because it's so summery. The belt has to be an all-time favorite. I found it for $10 at a vintage shop, and it was a littly dingy and yellow, but I put it in an oxiclean bath and it brightened right up. Unfortunately, the colors also bled a little because I put it in too warm of water.  Live and learn!

The headband is made from some ribbon I found at anthropologie around Christmas time, which I have been saving for special crafts.  All the flowers are vintage millinery I found on etsy.  I'm hoping to sell some vintage inspired millinery hair pieces like this one in my etsy shop in the future!

Not too much has been going on around these parts.  I'm already looking forward to fall, and in anticipation, I bought an awesome rust colored dress last weekend.  It's definitely gonna be a while before I can wear it, though! Is anyone else looking forward to fall, too?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Green Dream

Dress: Vintage
Bag: Vintage
Shoes: Vintage

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


 Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Sole Society

I repainted my room a couple of weeks ago on a whim because I was tired of the lavender color and wanted something a little brighter, so I picked out mint green, but it turned out a lot more vibrant than I thought it was going to be (although it's hard to tell in these photos). I like it, though! Thanks to one of my friends, I was able to finish it in one day! It's a wonder what a new coat of paint can do! I also found a table to put my crafts stuff on. Now I don't have to spread it out all over my floor now! Hooray! Aaand, I coincidentally found a Hello Kitty sewing machine that matches my room, although I picked that out before I painted my room! Now I just have to learn how to use it.

These pictures turned out dark, but taking pictures in my room is always so awkward. I always think it's going to be a good idea before I do it, because then I can just awkwardly stand around in my room instead of awkwardly standing around outside, but my windows face East, and there never seems to be a good angle to get the light.  There's a lot of stuff around my room, so there usually isn't space for my big, clunky tripod.  But, here they are anyway! I thought it might be nice to capture some of the stuff I have around my room.  The crazy picture of the cat above my tiny bookshelf was made by my grandma a long time ago, and I recently found it in my closet and decided to hang it up. It's probably one of my favorite things in my room right now!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day

Here are some pictures from our Mother's Day celebration today! My sister and I took our mom out for high tea at the Ritz and we had a great time! It was such a perfect day, I wish it could have lasted two days! I wore this vintage dress that I've been itching to wear, and this awesome gold shell purse! Anyway, I hope everyone else had a special Mother's Day, too!
p.s. Did anyone see the Great Gatsby yet? I felt pretty 'meh' about the whole thing.  While it did leave me with a hankering to go to party immediately afterward and throw glitter around, I felt like some of the artistic license they took with the scenes was just weird. It felt almost like a made for T.V. movie at some points. I mean, were the words really necessary? But, it did do a good job of entertaining me for two hours or however long it was, so I guess there's that! Any thoughts?


Monday, April 29, 2013

Blue Lagoon

Dress: Vintage
Belt: Vintage
Bag: Vintage
Shoes: Urban Outfitters

Spring is slowly coming to St. Louis (albeit verrrrry sloooowly), and I'm finally able to wear dresses without tights some days! I've been doing this preemptively for a while because I'm tired of trying to coordinate tights with my outfits, but it feels good to not be shivering anymore! I got this dress a week or so ago along with another one at one of my favorite local vintage haunts. I've considered buying it since the first time I saw it in the shop about a year ago, and I was always amazed that it was still there when I went in.  I finally took that as a sign and broke down and bought it. I'm glad I did because I've worn it at least three times since then! My super awesome beaded purse that I call my 'mermaid purse' is probably my favorite thing in my closet right now.  I like it so much that I almost don't want to take it out of my closet because I don't want it to get ruined! It's in perfect condition! But I always break down and use it because it's just too darn pretty to leave sitting in its hiding place.
Anyway, not much else has been happening around these parts. I lost my mind yesterday and decided to paint my entire room on a whim, so now my back and neck are really sore, but I'm glad I did it! It's now a very bright minty green color.  Hopefully there will be pictures to come, but for some reason, I never really like how pictures in/of my room turn out, so we will see! Other than that, I've just been crafting it up, and working on trying to get stuff back into the etsy shop! It's been a while, but I've got a lot of ideas now! I wish my hands could work as fast as my brain!