Sweet Find: Mrs. Pomeranz on Etsy

Meet Mrs. Pomeranz.  Well, she isn’t a she, but a lovely group of dress makers in Moscow, including two sisters, who make gorgeous dresses and skirts based on classic 50’s silhouettes. Swoon!!  Noting influence and inspiration of their grandmothers who were talented seamstresses, here’s the story of how they got started making dresses:

“I discovered Russian shawls when I was 5: my grandmother had a beautiful shawl from Pavlovo-Posad. It was green with beautiful orange lilies, red roses and bluebells on a vibrant green background. I adored this shawl and attempted to make my first dress with it: my grandmother was’t happy. So this is the second try. I hope you like it!”

If I was made of money, I’d have one of every dress. This one is my absolute favorite:

mrspomeranz woolen shawl flower dress

 

But this one made with Liberty fabric comes in a very close second:

mrspomeranz liberty art dress

 

I also adore this one; it reminds me of Alice & Wonderland!

What are your favorite Etsy shops?

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I’ve Been Busy…Buying

Lately, I’ve been buying a lot of stuff. A lot. What can I say? I’m in a good mood, it’s spring and I love clothes.

A lovely lady I know named Lyndzee (I love alliteration!) has fabulous style and is an incredibly impressive thrift shopper. Lucky for me (and you, though I’d rather you not like her stuff so that I can keep scooping up her fun pieces without as much competition), she has started selling some of her finds on Instagram in a lovely shop called Thrift Archaeology. It’s been quite fun following her posts, albeit a bit distracting as I anxiously refresh my Instagram feed all day. Last week I was the lucky winner of this plaid skirt, this vintage bag, and an amazing beaded cocktail dress that I cannot wait to wear! So excited. And feeling the buzz of finding good thrifted clothes but not actually wanting to go out and hunt myself (though it is one of my favorite things to do), I hopped on over to Etsy and discovered a darling vintage shop called secretlake, which just so happened to be having a moving sale with all the merchandise marked down 30%…yay! I picked up this fabulous cobalt dress (you know how obsessed I am with cobalt. see here and here) and this wool coat (what I like to call “grandma chic”…read: totally my style).

But I haven’t just been thinking of myself! My mom loves to wear lace tops with skirts to work — they’ve gotta be comfy and simple like throwing on a t-shirt but chic enough to look like a smarty pants at the office. I got her two from Banana Republic, though I’ve also been swooning over this one from Madewell (found via DesignLoveFest).

And, wait, there’s more.

I haven’t just been buying clothes. I promise. I bought my Dad some awesome dog books for his birthday, I got my mom some lipstick in a totally fierce shade (which I’ll wrap up with those blouses for mother’s day just around the corner), and picked up some of my favorite loose mineral powder (which now reminds me I need to invest in new makeup brushes…).

Lastly–and maybe my favorite–I scored an awesome dresser on Craigslist that is in such great shape I can hardly believe it. The guy I bought it from said it’s been in his family since the early 60’s! Love it. It needs to be cleaned up a bit but I think I’m going to keep it just as it is for now before I do anything drastic like painting it.  It’s made of real wood (read: it’s heavy), has a beautiful color tone and wood grain, original hardware with an awesome patina, dovetailed drawers, and the larger drawers have built-in wood dividers which I think are just so neat. I was going to say “they definitely don’t make furniture like they used to!” but that’s probably not true. I bet a lot of places and people make furniture of such great quality, it’s just I can’t afford any of it. Thank heavens for Craigslist, right?

Here’s a closeup of the hardware and details…

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P.S. How quickly I forget…I also bought this adorable dress from Madewell and wore it to a bridal shower on Saturday. The colors are so pretty and it fits like a dream. Even the girls at Anthropologie asked me where I got it when I stopped in to buy the bride a gift. Best compliment ever, I’d say.  And I’m super excited for our trip to Havasu in two weeks so I splurged on this gorgeous paisley swimsuit top from my favorite, J.Crew (found via A Cup of Jo). Goodness me, that’s a lot of stuff I’ve been buying.  Please don’t judge me. And don’t tell Mumbles. 😉

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New Year’s Eve Style

I am usually not a fan of New Year’s Eve but this year Santa brought me a dazzling dress to wear and I couldn’t wait to give it a twirl. There’s something about the end and the beginning coming together that just calls for a bit of glitz, glam, sparkle and shimmer, don’t you think? I planned out a festive outfit with blush, golds and silver, along with some comfy accents like fringe boots (it’s never too early to start adding to my Dear Santa list!) and an oversized chunky knit shawl-collar sweater.

New Year's Eve Outfit

1. Pixie Ballet Shimmery High-Low Dress – Ruche $42.99 | 2. Sparkle & Shine Jumbo Bobbi (Rose Gold & Gold) — Ban.do $20 | 3. Double Trouble Headwrap (Blush/Rose) – Ban.do $65 | 4. Vintage Heiress Earrings — Ruche 12.99 | 5. Dallas Fringe Ankle Boots — Ruche $42.99 | 6. Earthly Riches Bangle Set — Ruche $16.99 | 7. Metallic Fishnets — Forever 21 $5.80

But here’s the thing: I didn’t wear it. This is what I actually wore on New Year’s Eve:

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Ha! The comfiest, warmest outfit I could possibly put together. BFOTB and I had a great time lounging around with our husbands, watching tv, drinking prosecco, and eating popcorn and cookies. Best. New. Year’s. Ever. And just my style!

Did you send 2012 out in style?