April 17, 2014

My Latest Vintage Treasure: Belt from Bodega

What random shopping in dusty stores can uncover: 1940's-era vintage belt

Oh the things that can be found in dusty stores on country roads. While making a two-second stop in Bodega (the very small town slightly inland from Bodega Bay) last weekend, I happened into a secondhand shop and found this gold-hued belt, which the store’s owner told me was 1940′s-era (though that’s impossible to verify).

Much of the stuff in the shop, whose name I missed (but it’s really one of three or so establishments on the tiny “main drag” of Bodega, right to the left of the general store with all the Hitchcock memorabilia), looked like it had been around since at least the 40′s, an aesthetic that send my husband running for the car but sucked me in immediately. It’s the kind of place where antlers, old glass containers, costume jewelry, decades-0ld Playboy magazines in plastic covers and weird figurines occupy the same shelves.

There was also a cool selection of cocktail rings, but I didn’t get a chance to try any on because I was holding up the crew as it was.

I quickly gave the owner $31 for the belt, and that was probably far too much. But I liked it, and that was less than the $35 he was asking.

It’s stretchy and surprisingly comfortable.

A reminder that ducking into a dingy, dimly lit shop at random can enhance one’s closet.

The Do List: San Francisco Fashion Events Feb. 28-March 6

And just like that, bye bye to February. As we March ahead, we turn to the SF Indie Fashion Calendar in search of events sure to keep San Francisco fashion lovers entertained. Read on for our weekly dose of trunk sales, beauty happenings, fashion shows and places to shop from independent sources. Our pick of top San Francisco fashion events this week:

  • Once the weekend rolls around, events combining fashion, shopping and worthy causes abound. First up, there’s L’Affaire, a fashion show benefiting Project Night Night’s programs supporting children.
  • Saturday’s Mission United fete at Public Works (wow has this place been busy lately) offers a chance to celebrate one of our favorite neighborhoods with food, music, fashion and general Mission-approved debauchery. The fashion component of the event includes a trunk show and style installations by Five & Diamond, The Mission Statement, Isso, Miranda Caroligne and Unavakin, among others. Proceeds benefit worthy recipients such as the San Francisco General Hospital and its Dr. Rick Psychiatric Department Volunteer & Rehab Services, Root Division and SFSmiles.
  • Over the weekend, two daytime shopping events give San Franciscans reason to escape the City. Head north on Saturday to Greenbrae for the Marin Store Sample Sale, featuring local labels and designers such as Amy Fink, ANYI LU, Bettina, Gold & Citrus, Isharya, juleselin, Kathy Kamei, MENK and Mette Vangso. On both Saturday and Sunday, the annual Oakland Museum White Elephant Sale means a chance to hunt for secondhand and vintage treasures on offer during what’s considered to be the largest rummage sale in Northern California while helping to raise much-needed funds for the museum’s many programs.

You can find details on all of these events and more happening this week on the SF Indie Fashion Calendar.

Pretty Mini: Swooning Over Danielle Pettee’s Latest Mini Glam Collection

A peek at a few pieces from the oh so creative mini collection maker Danielle Pettee. One of her new mini spring collections showcases a beautiful romantic glamorous side, while the other is flirtatious fun and colorful. Here’s what Danielle had to say about this Glam Mini Collection.

“I felt Like putting a true artistic flare to the art of dressing like a lady. As everything is still one of a kind and unique. every dress has it’s own story.
I get inspired everyday by the fabric I have in my studio, after stocking up on large amounts of recycled fabric I find, I make whatever I feel will make the fabric come to life.”

Get 15 percent off your next dress by Danielle by using the discount code, Modelina Michelle.

This post originally appeared on Modelina Michelle; Dresses by Danielle Pettee; Photos courtesy of Chris Willis

San Francisco Shopping Deals Feb. 25-28

This Grace Ann Agostino crocodile clutch made of vintage skin and 1940's-era Bakelite handle is currently on sale for $850 (reg. $1,700) at Presidio Heights boutique Circle & Square.

Looking for local shopping deals to get your weekend going? Then I’d love to point you in the direction of the weekly deals roundup I put together for 7×7.com. Check it out for sweet ways to save on cool shiz in San Francisco. (Yes, I said shiz).

What’s the Deal: Neiman Marcus Beauty, Sugarcane, Conifer + More

Snap Judgment: Juleselin Jessica Coat

Our very-visual, (almost) chatter-free snap judgment of the day: Warm up in a posh, eco-friendly wrapper such as the organic cotton Jessica coat, on sale for $178.50 (reg. $238), by Novato-based knitwear label Juleselin. A belted waist flatters, while polka dot lining and flutter sleeves keep it fun and feminine.

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