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Boho Style With Vintage Lace Up Boots
I quietly stalked this boho dress at Anthropologie for months.
I never thought I’d stumble upon it by chance when my SIL came to town for a visit and we chose to kill an hour by visiting Anthropologie before the comedy show we’d booked. We only had twenty minutes in the store as they were closing and yet I managed to find this dress in their sale room. I took it as a sign that it was meant to be.
Anthro is the last retail store I haven’t quite managed to quit entirely. It keeps sucking me back in a couple times a year with pieces like this.
The vintage boots. Ah the boots!
I’ve been looking for a pair of authentic 1960s-70s lace up boots in brown forever! I squealed a bit when I came across these online in an Etsy store.
I’d like to tell you that the sale went smoothly and I was impressed with the seller but that was far from the case.
It took over two weeks for her to mail them, over a month for me to receive them and then she sent me the wrong boots! To top that off she blamed me for the mistake because, “I was in such a hurry to get my order”.
She asked if I didn’t mind keeping the other boots she’d sent me instead. Duh! They didn’t even fit me and weren’t remotely what I wanted!
She didn’t seem to care. She just said that the mistake boots were more expensive so I’d be getting a better deal.
Needless to say I told her I wanted the boots I’d ordered.
Two more weeks went by and I still had no boots. I contacted her again and she said she’d forgotten all about it! Honestly, it was ridiculous! I don’t know how some online sellers get away with such crap service.
In the end though all that BS was forgiven because they are my dream boots.
I’ve ordered vintage online three times and three times the orders were messed up.
One of the other times I won an auction on Ebay for a vintage dress. Ten days went by and I still had no dress or even a confirmation of shipping. I wrote the seller asking where my dress was. She replied that she couldn’t find it and would refund my order. I think she should have contacted me immediately!
Another time I bought some vintage pieces from an online shop and she also sent me an incorrect item. It didn’t look anything like what I’d ordered. It was a big hassle and took a long time to fix the mistake and get the correct item.
As an online seller myself it pains me to see that other people don’t take their businesses seriously.
Don’t they want good reviews and repeat business? I’m obsessed with being professional in my business.
I wore this boho outfit to get my teeth cleaned thinking it would bring some happy vibes.
You may know that I really hate getting my teeth cleaned. It always makes me sick probably in part because of my fibromyalgia.
Anyhoo…it was far worse this time round.
A new woman was my hygienist. She started out with the gum exam and it literally felt like she was sticking long thick needles down my gum line with the sole purpose of inflicting as much pain as possible. I guess that is how they conduct the exam but normally they don’t try to jab it all the way down till it comes out the other side! Gum exams on average are pain free and quick for me. This one was like I was in the movie Hostel. It was awful!
The hygienist might be moonlighting as a professional torturer because I was ready to confess to killing JFK, Elvis and a list of other people I don’t even know after less than two minutes with her.
It is the first time in my life I was going to walk out in the middle of a dental appointment.
I indicated twice to her that it was too painful for me and yet she continued. I’m not paying $400 for someone to hurt me. When I threatened to leave she agreed to skip the rest of the exam and was “generous enough” to tell me I wouldn’t be charged for that portion of the appointment! Good grief!
At that point she decided it would be a good idea to give me some freezing to numb my gums by jabbing me repeatedly with a bigger thicker needle all along the gum line. This was so I wouldn’t feel the pain.
That wasn’t even the worst of it! Oh no! It just keeps getting better folks!
The freezing went everywhere, on my lips, tongue and down the back of my throat where I am normally able to swallow. I could no longer feel the back of my throat or any parts of my mouth and could no longer swallow. Everything felt swollen. In fact it felt like my whole airway was closing up. I felt like I was choking. I had to keep sitting up because I was gagging. It was horrendous!
For the rest of the cleaning I had to be sit upright for fear of choking. She told me they often work with patients sitting in the upright position for people that are “physically challenged”!!!
It wasn’t bad enough that she was hurting my body, she had to hurt my pride too.
I think I may have sworn out loud at that point. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough.
I’m so glad it is over. I think I might develop PTSD from the experience. I actually felt like crying after I left. One thing is for sure…I am never getting her to clean my teeth again!
Here I am telling the pug all about it. She is the best listener I know.
Have you ever had a dental appointment that turned into a nightmare? Did you leave?
I kind of forgot this post was supposed to be about wearing boho stye with vintage lace up boots. So for those of you that are keeping track, I’m wearing boho style with vintage lace up boots.
Linking up with Fancy Friday.
Have you seen the movie Atomic Blond? If not, you need to watch it. Not necessarily for the plot which I found a bit weak and hard to follow at times but for the super badass Chalize Theron kicking everyone’s butt while dressed like a rock star. Oh…and the soundtrack is pretty sweet too.
Charlize wears eleven different coats in that movie. I’m featuring five of them here.
The film takes place in 1989 and I’ll be honest, I don’t remember 1989 looking that good. In fact you could wear every single outfit from that film today and be right on trend. Thus is the power of vintage.
1. The first coat we see in the film left a huge impression on me.
It was this white custom-made vinyl raincoat by John Galliano.
This photo doesn’t do it justice. It is so far beyond any raincoat I’ve ever seen. I became
slightly totally obsessed with that coat. (More on that later.)
Next we move onto a classic trench.
2. A traditional yet oh-so-damn-cool trench coat and those vintage glasses that are trending again right now.
Another tried and true classic winter coat.
3. A vintage 1980s extra long wool double breasted coat. Check out the over-the-knee boots! They are everywhere right now. What goes around comes around folks.
Timeless with a totally impractical twist.
4. This shot is from one of the many fantastic fight scenes in the movie all performed while wearing a classic white wool coat. I’m sure they had many duplicates of this coat as it would have been very messed up by the end of the scene.
How about some designer vintage?
5. We don’t see much colour in the film up until the end where Charlize dons a vintage Dior coat in red. Talk about eye popping vintage fashion porn. This woman really knows how to wear clothes.
From the moment I saw the movie I was on a mission to find some of the same pieces while thrifting and add them to my Etsy shop.
I spotted quite a few in the long wool coat category.
Long double breasted blazer style menswear inspired winter coat in taupe. Size small/medium.
You need to see the back of this coat to truly appreciate the craftsmanship.
I haven’t had a chance to photograph myself wearing it. Good thing because I’d probably want to keep it.
This is a classic London Fog trench coat but in a bold pink statement colour. Just the way I like it!
I’ve got quite the personal collection of leather trench coats as I’m crazy about them.
Yes, those are tears falling on my keyboard.
This coat is a classic blazer cut with a single row of buttons. It is of course the gorgeous multicoloured plaid that really caught my eye. Size XS/S, thus why I’m not able to keep it. Otherwise this coat is a beauty!
I’ve got quite a few more coats listed that you can see in my vintage Etsy store here.
Remember how I said I’d get back to my obsession with the vinyl trench coat?
I had no luck at all trying to thrift anything remotely like it. I did however find an Etsy seller Ruslana Roman based in Russia that makes vinyl rain coats. I know! Can you believe it? They are made to order so I was able to choose the colour I wanted. After much debate I narrowed it down to either blue or purple and finally chose the blue.
Here she is in all her glory!
Can I just say how crazy I am about this coat? It is stunning! Every time I’ve worn it I get loads of compliments.
This coat does make me feel like I could kick some butt.
This is the first time I’ve had anything custom made since I was in my late teens.
Back then I hired a girlfriend to make a dress for me for New Year’s Eve. She was supposed to be a talented seamstress. I wanted the dress to be “all that” to show an ex what he was missing out on. It was a sheath dress in teal with spaghetti straps whose sole mission was to make me look like Marilyn Monroe. It was “none of that”. The fit was off. It was baggy where it should have fit like a glove. I wore it nonetheless because I felt at the time that I’d dropped some big cash on it however I never wore it again afterwards and considered it to be a waste of money.
Did I get the man back? Ha ha! Of course! But that is another story entirely my friends.
This experience of having a custom piece made was so much better!
There was quite a bit of delay receiving the coat due to my choice of colour as he had to order in the blue. When it finally arrived though I was more than pleased. It fits perfectly, has a gorgeous lining and a very unique beautifully designed cut. I love it!
I took more photos of some of my favourite coats and will have another posts coming soon featuring them. In the meantime you may want to see some of my other vintage leather pieces I have in my collection.
Have you ever had something custom made? Did it turn out as you expected?
Linking up with the lovely Patti over at Visible Monday.