April 17, 2014

everything is fine

After what has been a long and exceptionally cold winter, I think that it is finally safe to say that spring may be on the horizon (fingers crossed). If you follow me on Instagram you will recognize the fur jacket that I posted a few weeks ago, pre-transformation. I purchased the jacket last year, even though it was pretty beat up, with the intention of altering it.  Back from a visit to my trusty seamstress, I am very happy with the outcome.  I decided against making it into a vest and opted to keep a cap sleeve because I didn't have anything like that in my closet.  It will now work great as a transition piece as the weather gets warmer.  When putting this look together, I couldn't decide whether I liked it better with the over the knee boots last seen here or the clear heels so I have worked in both.  I would love to hear which of the two looks is your favourite. xx

Fox fur (vintage, May-Court, Windsor, ON). Blouse (thrifted, Lost & Found Vintage, Royal Oak, MI). Skirt (H&M). Over the knee Stuart Weitzman for Ingledew's suede boots (vintage, Bang-On, Toronto, ON). Clear heels (vintage, Divine, Edmonton, AB). Sunglasses (Ray-Ban).

Photos J Mingay

April 03, 2014

how do you wear vintage? melanie

Name: Melanie Janisse

What do you do? I am a painter mostly, and I make beautiful things with Jennifer Lopez and other custom made fashion items.

Why do you love vintage? I love the uniqueness of vintage.  The quality of the hand is so predominant with older items.  I love the energy of vintage, as it holds a little bit of everyone who owned it.

Do you have a favourite piece of clothing or accessory? An Emilio Pucci skirt made for Saks, a pair of Mimi Kalman earrings with fortune tellers and brass, and a chocolate brown pair of platforms that I found at an estate sale a couple of weeks ago. (Note: The Pucci skirt is amazing!!)

What is your best recent find? I just scored a pair of purple Gucci desert boots at a thrift shop in Windsor.  I still have them, but the are for sale on my Etsy site!

Visit Melanie's Etsy site here

March 30, 2014


Jacket (vintage, Penny Jane's Vintage, Windsor, ON). Top (Zara). Levi's (vintage, Lost & Found Vintage, Royal Oak, MI). Shoes (Zara). Clutch (Gap). Rhinestone bracelet (thrifted, owned since I was a kid).

Photos C Miller

March 23, 2014

subtle changes take 2

You may recognize the 'foundation' of this outfit from my post the other day.  A lace slip dress, a pair of skinnies and a great pair of shoes, easily transformed by simply changing up the accessories.  By adding a pair of socks, throwing on a pair of sunglasses and changing up the jacket, I created a whole new look.  I've often thought that it would be fun to do this for a whole week.  See what looks I could come up with and how different I could style each look...I think that I just got inspired.

Meet Fred.  He just couldn't resist being part of the shoot. After all, we do coordinate quite  nicely!

Jacket (vintage, Ebay). Dress (H&M). Jeans (Rag & Bone). Shoes (Nine West). Socks (H&M). Sunglasses (Prada).

Photos C Miller

March 20, 2014

finishing touches

Gold leather jacket (vintage, Regeneration, Pleasant Ridge, MI). Dress (H&M). Jeans (Rag & Bone). Shoes (Nine West). Necklace (J. Crew).

Photos C Miller