February 16, 2011

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Jeans: JBrand; Shirt: Old Navy; Purse:Vintage John Romain; Shawl: Made by my Grandmother; Shoes: DSW; Earrings: Francescas
You know what's even better than shopping?!  Shopping your Mom's closet.  I found a storage bin filled with sentimental old finds that no price could hang a tag on.  Like this shawl, knitted by my Grandmother in the 70's.  I gasped when I saw it because it is so perfect; so beautiful.  I had to snag it so I could treasure it, and pass it down to my own one day, and say to my future, "You're great grandmother made this."  I am so honored to wear it.  I know I wasn't even a glimmer in her eye when she knit it by hand, but after forty years, it found it's way into my life to be draped around my shoulders on beautiful days.  And I feel as though it was made for me.
I also found this vintage purse my beautiful Mom wore in college back at PennState in the 60's.  It is a John Romain and it was love at first sightI did a little google search on it and found a description that stated, "These were very expensive, high quality, all leather purses...and a must if you belonged to the cheerleader or preppy crowd."  My Mom agreed that she was in the preppy crowd, not the hippy crowd.  I can see her with her long, silky brown hair wearing this John Romaine purse with her knee high socks, kilt skirt and crew neck sweater.  Sure I could rock the most trendy and expensive designer handbag there is, but there is something sweet, something charming and something unique about one that is vintage.  Not every girl and their Mom is wearing one.  Just one Mom, passed down to one of her girls.  And that too is such a special honor.
Now go scour your Mom's closet and see what treasures you can find!

44 comments:

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Yay, to free & fabulous clothes. Both your shawl and purse are absolutely gorgeous. Loving your blog. xx veronika

Gertrude said...

Such gorgeous finds! Both the shawl and the purse are fabulous! That's definitely what real vintage is! x

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Megan said...

that handbag and shawl are AWESOME.

Donna ♥ Baby said...

your photos are always amazing. you have one of my fav blogs :)

Erin Willett said...

Love that purse, so neat how you found these things :)

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tickled. said...

That purse is AMAZING! I wish that my mom had saved some of her things ... She always says "I used to wear those, I should have saved them!" {sigh} Looks like it's vintage stores for this girl! :)

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Job and Rachael said...

So true! Those special items trump a lot of the stuff out there :)

brittni said...

I love this post! My grandma is the type that saved everything (my mom on the other hand, threw everything away). When I was 16 my grandma's engagement ring to my grandpa was passed down to me. I treasure this ring, even though it isn't beautiful by today's standards, the diamond isn't big enough to see unless you are inspecting closely, but wearing it every day for the past 7 years has helped me stay close to my grandma and remember the importance of family and passing things down we love.

xx, Brittni
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Lynzy said...

That last picture of you is absolutely stunning! I love it! Your Grandmother makes one hell of a gorgeous shawl...I would be wearing that every day!

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PS. Out of curiosity...what camera do you use?

Jewelscapes Handmade Jewelry said...

That shawl is definitely made for you, just beautiful! Love your hair do too.

Jillian said...

LOVE that bag! so fun to find old treasures, they are so much more meaningful then just buying something :) xoxo jcd

Eclectic Flair said...

Lucky girl, those are AMAZING finds! It's so sweet that you value and appreciate them. There are some people who only value new, expensive stuff, they have no idea what kind of treasures they are missing out on!

Lidi@Eclectic Flair

Sophie said...

you look so so stunning! and what a find. i definitely agree with you on the specialness vintage gives you, especially if it just falls into your hands like this shawl and purse happened to you. beautiful!! and thank you so much for your gorgeous comment on my blog :) so happy i found yours. x

Victoria said...

i love your hair!! :) please tell me how you did it? thanks.

Rissy said...

that's fantastic! and your eyes look so gorgeous in that one pic!

your mom went to Penn State? are you originally an east coaster? we'd be very happy to claim you over here lol

ginger said...

Beautiful, and also very sweet. I inherited a lot of 'cheap ugly' when my mom died, but found uses for many of her things - my favorite being a charm bracelet made from her old jewelry. It feels nice to wear things that belonged to the women in your family. Great post!

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Steph said...

Unfortunately my mom was never a fashionable girl, and her entire closet is probably still back in China! :P

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C...H said...

Don't know how I came across your blog but I LOVE it!!! You are a GORGEOUS Girl...and I'm loving your style :) Thanks for sharing!!

kileen said...

you take the most amazing pictures! i love the shawl on you and how incredible that your grandmother made it.

the flower you added to your bun is also super cute. will have to try that sometime myself!

cute and little

Virginie's Cinema said...

Katie you always look SO beautiful, I'm so glad I discovered your blog!

I LOVE shopping my mom's closet too, she has the best tast and clothes with a story are so much more interesting.

Virginie’s Cinema

ChiccaStyle said...

Amazing photos!!! Love love love the shawl!
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Sabrina Mallah said...

Love the tone in these pictures! You have such great style and I love how you put outfits together. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Her name is Sophie said...

I want that purse!

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Justine said...

I hope your saving your stuff too!

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Hannah said...

Wow--these are great! Such a fun outfit and love the pics!

Finley said...

Absolutely beautiful! I have got to be productive today and not just get lost in your blog! xo
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