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Literature-inspired Vintage and Thrifted Fashion Looks

Staying home in quarantine can be trying. But I have to say, I’ve been enjoying the slowdown, despite the fear of a deadly pandemic. It’s given me time to dig into some great literature and do some reading, plus expand my vintage and thrifted fashion styling skills to put together outfits shopped from my closet.

If you are a book and vintage fashion lover, here’s some inspiration to merge both your passions together to wear your two loves on your sleeve, literally.

The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe’s poetry may be perfect for these dark days. Over Christmas, I received a pair of writing gloves made by Storiarts that feature a print of The Raven poem. These light cotton gloves are a great conversation starter and perfect for taking a light chill off between the seasons or just as a fashion accessory. They brought out a bit of my gothic sensibility when I paired them with a black wool cape, a lightweight mock turtleneck, pencil skirt, ankle booties and beret with a Raven pin.

Little Women

I’ll admit, I never read this book in my youth. I don’t know how I missed it, but I was all over it when the latest movie adaptation came out. I love the coming of age stories of the sisters and the family dynamic. And like so many strong, creative women, I identified with the willful spirit of the writer, Joe March. So I put together a Joe March look with a vintage button-down shirt, thrifted vest and jacket, vintage reproduction circle skirt, a pair of all-purpose boots, and her signature red in a vintage scarf.

The Wind in the Willows

Another children’s book I missed out on. (Seriously, what was going on in my school days?) This British classic is a dreamy adventure from an animal’s perspective, but the characters will remind you of people you know. I became aware of the book because it is a favorite of the singer from the band, The Waterboys, who I had the great pleasure of interviewing last year. On their latest album, he reads a passage from the book that is just lovely. So when I spotted a Wind in the Willows print scarf from British Etsy shop Rooby Lane, I had to have it. It features delightful illustrations and stylized writing. I paired it with a vintage floral dress, thrifted velvet blazer and vintage moon brooch as little tribute to another great Waterboy’s song, “The Whole of the Moon.” So it’s a literature meets music-inspired fashion mashup!

What books have you been reading during quarantine? Here’s a list of mine (yes, I’m the type that always has two or three books in rotation!)

  • “I Was Told There’d Be Cake” by Sloan Crosley – funny, sarcastic humor in a conversational voice. Essays on the ironies of life.
  • “Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee” by Jeff Zentner– a young adult coming-of-age story about two BFF girls in high school who make a public access show reviewing horror movies. Great dialogue, funny and heartbreaking at the same time.
  • “Big Magic” (re-read) and “City of Girls” by Elizabeth Gilbert – one of the best books on a creative life ever written and the latest novel about a girl finding her way via New York in the 1940s that provides a nice frothy escape from current events.
  • “How to Grow Up” by Michelle Tea –essays on some hard lessons learned on the road to adulating written in a funny, accessible, street-smart voice.
  • “Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim” by David Sedaris – classic humor about his family quirks is all we need in our troubled times.

Take advantage of your time staying at home by diving into a good book. And be sure to check out more of my outfits of the day (OOTDs) on my Instagram page.

Until next time.

Stay safe,

Kastle

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Vintage Style Between the Seasons

 

Coming to you from quarantine…

The whole world is on lockdown while the coronavirus rages. I have to admit it’s made me really nervous and I miss going out. But I’m finding simple pleasures at home like going for walks and slowing life down to what really matters.

 

I also still enjoy putting vintage-style outfits together, even if I just wear them for Zoom parties with my friends and taking pictures around my neighborhood!

 

Winter lingers in Colorado well into April, but spring tries to poke through with plenty of sunshine. The cool temperatures and warm sun of between seasons are the perfect time to put on those vintage-style dresses and top them with a cozy sweater and a light scarf. I love the opportunity to mix patterns, and my most recent obsessions are Fair Isle sweaters and vintage paisley scarves. Mix them with a floral print dress and it creates a delightful treat for the eyes. The key is just to stay with complementary colors and you can never go wrong.

Vintage style floral dress, fair isle sweater

 

Vintage scarf, fair isle sweater

 

Vintage tooled leather purse

 

Vintage floral dress, fair isle sweater

 

 

I wanted a cheerful look to brighten my mood and I recently found a sunny yellow Fair Isle sweater at a thrift store in the Summit County mountains right before all the stores closed to curb the pandemic. I paired it with one of my beloved vintage dresses in a festive floral pattern, and a bright orange vintage paisley scarf I bought off Etsy. Brown lace-up boots and a tooled leather satchel purse I picked up for a steal at a vintage expo complete the look.

 

Vintage style look, knit dress, fail isle sweater

 

Paisley scarf, vintage brooch, fair isle sweater

 

With the temperatures shifting between the 40s to 70s, a light sweater dress is a good option for between seasons vintage style. I realized I rarely wear this 1970s-era knit dress that’s been in my closet, and it’s perfect for the weather. I paired it with a thick, button-down Fair Isle sweater I bought as a splurge souvenir when I traveled to Iceland last year. I added more texture to the look with a paisley scarf pinned with a vintage brooch my hubby brought me from London’s Portobello Road. I hope the virus will be gone soon and traveling will be a possibility later this year.

 

Vintage style look, vintage floral dress, fair isle capelet

 

Fair isle capelet

 

Vintage style purse

Another souvenir I picked up in Iceland was a hand-knitted, Fair Isle-pattern collar capelet. I love how you can just throw it over any sweater, like this simple black one, and it makes a statement. I used it to tone down a 1940’s evening dress to a more casual look with just the floral skirt showing. I added a pop of an orange vintage scarf and a retro-style handbag.

 

Stay tuned for more looks as the spring season begins and be sure to follow me on Instagram for my OOTDs. Virus be damned, I’m still dressing up!

 

Stay well,

K.

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How to Dress with Vintage Style In Winter and Stay Warm

Since moving to Denver from Los Angeles, I’ve had to learn how to dress with vintage style in winter weather. As someone who never needed a heavy coat or sweater in LA’s year-round mild climate, this was a whole new fashion challenge for me. I wanted to be warm but not look bulky.

 

After two years of exploring Colorado and going out in the snow, I’ve learned some tips to share with my fellow cold-climate fashionistas.

 

It’s all about layers. One thing I learned is it’s not enough to buy a thick sweater and heavy coat. Colorado weather changes quickly from freezing to mild, and since I live close to the mountains and go into downtown Denver all the time, the temperature can vary by 10-20 degrees, snowy and wet on one end, dry on the other. So being able to dress for both is essential.

 

LAYERING IS KEY

It’s much better to wear several light layers than one heavy layer. Especially since you’re going to go from outside cold to inside heat and you don’t want to boil in your heavy clothes. For me, that means no sweater dresses! Instead, I opt for several layers, as follows.

 

THE ULTIMATE BAG

Your first purchase for vintage style in winter is a big purse or tote bag.  And I mean BIG. No little vintage handbags in wintertime. This will come in handy when taking off your layers once inside. You’ll see what I mean as we go along.

Large purses

TOP LAYERS

I start with a tank top. This will help keep the core of your body warm without much bulk. For an even thinner option, try a Thermasilk camisole. Silk makes a great, lightweight base layer that will keep you surprisingly warm, and it’s so thin, it doesn’t add any bulk at all. The brand is available in a camisole, long sleeve top and leggings. Plus, this is something you can easily go into a bathroom, slip off and tuck in your purse if you get too warm once inside.

Vintage style in winter: tank top layer

 

Next, add a blouse, or what I consider a staple of my wardrobe, a fitted crewneck t-shirt. A fitted turtleneck is also a good option as a warmer, go-with-everything layer that works as a top on its own.

 

For the next layer, almost every person I know who loves vintage style has a collection of cardigan sweaters in every color. This is a year-round staple that works in the summer when you go into air-conditioned buildings and works in winter as another stylish layer. Button it at the waist and add a belt to give yourself that hourglass shape. Remember, we want to avoid looking like a bulky blob!

 

dressing warm for winter in base layers

Vintage style in winter: cardigan sweater

On top of that, I will add a heavy sweater. Try to get one that’s a size up from your regular size. You want this to cover all of your layers and be a bit loose. You’re wearing this mostly for warmth while you’re outside. Once inside, just take it off and tuck it into your bag so everyone can see your cute outfit, and you won’t be too warm in heated buildings.

Vintage style in winter: thick sweater top layer

 

BOTTOM LAYERS

On your bottom half, a circle or a-line, vintage-style skirt is great for putting layers underneath and they look best with heavy boots. But these layers can also work with pencil skirts (if they’re not too tight!) Pick your skirts in a thicker material, such as wool, for maximum warmth.

 

Get yourself plenty of leggings. I have them now in three different levels of warmth: thin, medium-thickness and fleece-lined. You can also add a Thermasilk base layer or tights under them for extra warmth.

 

Add a pretty vintage slip. Like the Thermasilks, these add a super thin layer and the vintage ones are so pretty and affordable! You can get them in a full slip or skirt slip. The skirt version is easy to slip off and tuck in your bag if you get too warm when the heaters are on.

 

Vintage style in winter: vintage slip

Then get yourself a collection of leg warmers. I love these in winter! You can pull them over your legs when you go outside and slip them off once you’re inside, and they add so much warmth! Lastly, get some thick wool socks to keep your feet warm.

 

Vintage style in winter: leg warmers

BOOTS

Boots were a learning curve for me. I love heels, so I wanted to find snow boots with a heel. They also needed to have traction for walking on icy sidewalks – because there’s plenty of that in the wintertime. Thank goodness you can find some warm and fur-lined boots with a nice chunky heel and rubber soles with traction. Lace-up boots will be the most fitted on the leg and give you that vintage style in winter. Look for waterproof or water repellent for snowy days.

Vintage style in winter: lace up boots with heel

 

ACCESSORIES

Don’t forget all the little add-ons to keep you warm when you’re outside. Once inside, you can peel them all off and tuck them into your big bag. (See why I started with the big bag now?)

 

Scarves – you can go for long scarves, infinity (I like these when I wear my hair up) or cute little vintage-style knitted ascots that you can find from some crafty folks on Etsy.

 

Gloves –  basic knit gloves or mittens usually do the trick. For extra cold days, add glove liners. ThermaSilk makes some. I got mine from L.L. Bean and they can be worn as sleek gloves on their own. For snowy days you’ll want waterproof gloves or mittens – great for making snowballs!

gloves liners and mittens 

Hats – now I absolutely hate the look of ski caps, which everyone in Colorado seems to wear in winter. They smash your hair and make your head look small and flat. Instead, I opt for earmuffs, which will keep your ears warm (the main reason I need something on my head) and they won’t mess up your hairdo! I also like wool berets as a warm and stylish outfit accessory. I have a few in different colors and they give you that great vintage style in winter.

 Vintage style in winter: beret hat

 

COATS

There are so many choices for coats. For someone new to cold climates, it’s hard to know where to start. I did a few impulse buys that I’m now finding don’t work for me at all. But here’s my best advice.

 

Vintage – there are beautiful coats available in vintage stores at great prices. Most are made of wool and will keep you warm, but not dry if it’s raining or snowing. Many have real fur collars, as was the (uninformed) style a few decades ago. So watch for that if it’s something you wouldn’t want to wear. I have a good basic black vintage wool coat with no fur that goes with almost everything. If it’s wet out, I have a light, hooded rain cape I can throw over it, but usually an umbrella will do. And yes, I use an umbrella when it snows.

 

Vintage reproduction – there are lots of coats out now that are vintage-inspired and they can be dramatically beautiful. I’ve had the princess coats from Collectif on my wish list for a while. While these coats are gorgeous, I’m debating spending the money because I usually take off my coat once inside, so nobody sees it. Then I have to carry it around. They can be a lot of material and quite heavy to deal with. But they are temptingly gorgeous!

 

Utilitarian – You can’t walk around Colorado and not see almost everyone dressed in the adventure-wear brands of The North Face, Patagonia, REI and Columbia. These are the puffy parkas I swore I would never wear because I thought they made me look like the Michelin man! However, I bought a Patagonia jacket a few years ago for travel and I found out why everyone wears them. They are super lightweight. They keep you warm on lightly cold days as well as snowy days and some styles are light enough that you can smush them up into your bag to easily pack or carry around. So instead of a princess coat this year, I opted for a long coat from The North Face that is fitted at the waist and very light to carry. My thinking was I’m going to be taking it off once inside to reveal my cute outfit. Plus, I can wear it day or night as opposed to the vintage-style princess coat that I would only wear with dressy outfits. It’s been a good decision so far. I still might add that princess coat one of these days!

Girl in vintage coat

I hope these tips help you stay warm with vintage style in winter! Be sure to check out my Instagram for photos of some of my winter outfits!

Cheers,

Kastle

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Vintage Fashion for the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the holiday season! Time for dressing in holiday-colored vintage fashion and for chilly temperatures, as the Denver area has had its coldest winter in almost 20 years! We had several early snowfalls that gave me the white Christmas feels I never had in warm Los Angeles. Plus, we’ve had SO many fun holiday events happening around town. Here are a few of my adventures and the festive outfits I wore.

Camp Christmas

If you could cross a funhouse and Christmas, this is it. This mega installation, in the Hanger at Stanley Marketplace, features holiday lights galore and over-the-top décor in a variety of settings. It puts those houses in Hallmark Christmas movies to shame and adds a touch of sass. I loved the punny Christmas trees, such as the Gum Tree, decorated with packs of chewing gum, of course! We had so much fun walking through the different areas, taking photos and having a Christmas cocktail. It was the perfect place to wear my latest thrift-store find – a red fair isle-pattern sweater with a vintage Santa Claus brooch. Plus, I picked up some adorable teddy bear gloves.

Red sweater and Christmas display

Camp Christmas display

Camp Christmas Pink RoomChristmas fashion accessories

Sippin’ Santa Miracle Bar

The pop-up Christmas Miracle Bars have become an annual holiday phenomenon, drawing lines around the block to get in. They are a fun place to have a cup of cheer among some extreme holiday décor that includes walls lined with Christmas wrapping paper and literally hundreds of stick-on bows. This year Denver got a new themed bar that crossed Tiki and surf culture with Christmas and a drink menu from Tiki cocktail-connoisseur Jeff “Beachbum” Berry. Who could resist? We rounded up a group of friends and went on a weeknight to avoid the crowds. We kicked back among the plethora of Tiki statues and twinkle lights with a delicious libation served in a Santa glass, of course. For the occasion, I wore a blue-trimmed vintage cardigan with yet another fair isle pattern, which I topped with a festive red, vintage reproduction pencil skirt.

Christmas outfit for Sippin' Santa Bar

Sipping Santa Miracle Bar Denver

1940s White Christmas Ball

If ever there was an event to dress up in your finest vintage fashion, the 1940s White Christmas Ball is it. Inspired by the classic movie “White Christmas” (which I finally saw for the first time the week before), this mega event draws hundreds of people ready for a classy night out dressed in vintage and vintage-inspired attire, some even in replica costumes from the film! There were big bands, dancing, picture-taking sets, and a buffet dinner. I had to bring out my vintage red lace dress and vintage bolero cardigan sweater with beaded snowflake detail.

1940s White Christmas Ball

1940s White Christmas Ball

I hope you enjoyed a peek into some of my holiday fun and vintage fashion. Wishing you a very merry season and a stylish New Year!

Cheers,

Kastle

 

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One More Round of Fall Fashion Before Winter Comes

I’ve enjoyed the fall season so much this year I thought I would do another post of some outfits and adventures. Fall in Colorado is all about the changing of the aspen trees as their leaves start to shimmer with a bright, golden hue. The season begins the last couple of weeks of September, and if we’re lucky, goes through mid October as a beautiful gold sweeps from the tops of the mountains down into the foothills and the city.

 

One of the prettiest passes to see the aspen trees in all their glory is the Guanella Pass, the Scenic Byway off the I70 as you head west to the Rocky Mountains. We caught the color at the perfect time, so of course, we had to stop (along with everyone else) and take pictures. I dressed for the occasion by turning a summery vintage dress into a fall outfit by playing off the orangey tones in the pattern and teaming it with a beige cardigan, leather belt and purse, brown leather lace-up, chunky heeled boots and earrings with maple leaves.

 

Fall fashion vintage-inspired look

 

Guanella Pass

Fall fashion vintage-inspired look

When Thanksgiving hits, it’s officially the end of the autumn celebrations and time to get ready for the holidays. It also means winter is coming and with it, snow and frigid temperatures. I’m looking forward to hunkering down with some good books because I’m super scared of driving in the snow, so I won’t be going out as much.

 

Reading a book

Thank goodness I found an awesome bookstore, BookBar, in the cute historic shopping district of Berkeley along Tennyson Street. This quaint indie shop has a friendly staff, places to lounge and work and even has a wine bar inside! How genius is that? And even better, they have open mic nights for readings. Since I’ve been working on some personal essays and a memoir-in-progress in my spare time for a while now, I decided to give it a go. I did the first public readings of my work, and I have to say it felt pretty good! The crowd – a whole roomful of them that tested my stage fright – was also super supportive and welcoming.

 

BookBar Open Mic Reading

 

For one of my readings, I had to bring some fall colors. I’m currently obsessed with retro-inspired, detachable Peter Pan collars with gorgeous details that I’ve seen in the blog-o-sphere. So for this night, I wore a burgundy-colored collar with a gold leaf string tie from the Etsy shop, Fairytale Collars. I matched it with a plaid skirt and oxford shoes to create an academic yet stylish, book nerd look.

 

 

FairyTale Collars with leaf detail 

And lastly, as Thanksgiving is upon us, a perfect time to wear my new collar by Etsy shop, Leafling Bags. I’m giving thanks by baking a pumpkin pie for my wonderful hubby and being grateful for my new life in Colorado. 

 

Fall fashion, vintage-inspired look

 

Now I’m off to decorate and get ready for the holidays. More to come!

 

Cheers,

Kastle

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I Love Fall Most of All

It’s fall! I can’t express how much I love this season. I know I’m not alone in this feverish enthusiasm when a slight chill blows past, the leaves are about to change, pumpkin spice everything hits the shelves and I can wear the warm, yummy colors of fall fashion. Plus, October is my birthday month, which gives me one more reason to celebrate.

A Layered Look for Leadville

This year I started my fall adventures early in mid-September with a trip to Leadville, Colorado. This little, historic mining town sits at the highest point in Colorado and is the first to have cooler tempertures and the changing colors in the trees.

I did a little fall fashion shopping before the trip, and now that I live in a colder climate, I’m learning how to layer my vintage and vintage-inspired clothes. I invested in two cardigan sweaters in blue and tan, colors I never used to wear because I found them to be too conservative. Well, I’ve learned that paired with rich fall tones, these shades really pop. They are now staples in my autumnal wardrobe!

Fall Fashion Outfit With Orange Skirt and Leaf Scarf
For walking around Leadville’s main shopping street, Harrison Avenue, I created a vintage-inspired, fall fashion look with the tan cardigan over a black t-shirt and my favorite fall infinity scarf with falling leaves. I added a dark orange, vintage-reproduction swing skirt and a leather belt I picked up at Leadville’s main vintage store, the Mule Kick. Little black lace-up, moto-style boots were perfect for the 50-degree temperatures and taking in the scenery.

While we were there, we did some horseback riding through the aspen groves that were turning their stunning golden hues. These trees really are the supermodels of the forest. They are so tall and willowy and shimmer in the sunlight. I just love them!
Leadville Aspen Groves in Fall

Vintage Inspired Look for a Vintage Farm

My next fall adventure was out to the historic Ya Ya Farm and Orchid in Longmont, where they invite the public to come pick apples, pumpkins and flowers. For this, I wore another vintage-inspried look with my blue cardigan over a grey t-shirt and a plaid vintage full skirt and matching blue tights. I added my new vintage belt and a vintage satchel purse with tan lace-up and chunky, high-heeled boots.

Fall Fashion Outfit with Blue Plaid Skirt
In my hair, I wore headband I found on Etsy by Chatterblossom made with velvet, vintage leaves. So perfect for the season!
Fall Fashion Leaf Headband
Unfortunately, we were a little too late in the season for all the good picking, but we shopped the store where we bought pretty much everything they had made with apples and got to enjoy the lovely surroundings and pet the farm animals, including a huge white horse that took a nip at my hair! Naughty!

YaYa Farm Animals and Tractor

I’ve really been enjoying fall – and fall fashion shopping – this year and it’s not over yet! Stay tuned for more outfits and adventures in Colorado!

Cheers,

Kastle

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Stiletto City Takes Vintage Fashion A Mile High

Hello Stiletto City readers and vintage fashion lover! It’s been a while since I posted and there is so much to fill you in on! I’ve relocated from California to Colorado and taken Stiletto City to higher places – one mile high in Denver to be exact! While I loved living in Los Angeles for many years, the cost of living and traffic were becoming too much. So now I’m living near the beautiful Rocky Mountains and exploring a vibrant new city, plus, mountain life!

It’s taken me a couple of years to settle in. But I found a vibrant vintage fashion scene. (Lots of fantastic vintage stores and vintage-loving people in Denver!) And, I’m learning to dress for something I never had in LA – seasons!

So for my relaunch, I wanted to share some of my favorite vintage fashion looks from this summer and where I wore them.

1950s/60s Casual at Lakeside Amusement Park

Vintage fashion 1960s inspired outfit

Vintage fashion 1960s inspired look

If you are ever in Denver in the summer, I highly recommend this historic amusement park. Lakeside opened in 1908, and it still has many of the original rides and signage. Writer Jack Kerouac also wrote about it during the brief time he lived in Lakewood in 1949. For our fun amusement park day, I paired a 1960s floral-print top with a pair of capri pants and channeled my inner Audrey Hepburn with some black pointed-toe flats. I carried my goodies in a vintage white basket-weave purse. Of course, it’s not summer without sunnies, so I brought my favorite black cat-eye sunglasses. I put my hair in a vintage scarf, to keep it out of my face for all the fun rides, added some vintage hoop earrings and bright lipstick.

 

1940s Summer Dress at the 1940s Ball

Vintage fashion 1940s inspired outfit

Vintage fashion 1940s inspired look

Colorado has two big 1940s Balls each year. The summer ball is held outdoors at Boulder Airport, so I opted for a breezy, floral-print, ‘40s-cut dress. These are hard to find in vintage now because the delicate fabrics didn’t last. So the closest you can probably get is a reproduction like this one I picked up from Colorado’s The Hop Shop. I paired it with some tinted cat-eye sunnies and a ’40s rolled, up-do with flower clips.

 

Mid-Century Gooviness at the Denver Mod Convention

Vintage fashion 1960s inspired outfit

Vintage fashion 1960s inspired look

Denver loves mid-century design and clothing and there is an annual, three-day convention dedicated to it. I wore a ’60s era, pastel, candy-striped cotton dress with string-tie belt, a matching pink scarf and vintage, floral, clip-on earrings. Since the theme was “The Atomic Age” this year, I accessorized with a space-age silver circle handbag and heels. I picked up a pair of pink cat-eye sunnies and vintage orange flower pin while shopping.

Stay tuned for more outfits of the day (OOTDs) and vintage fashion in upcoming blogs as I learn how to dress in vintage for the seasons and explore more around the Mile High City!

Cheers,

Kastle

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It’s Raining Cocktails at Melrose Umbrella Co.

Who says it never rains in Southern California? At Melrose Umbrella Co. in West Hollywood, you can always get a good downpour of drink.

With warm lighting that glows like candlelit shadows, textured walls, exposed brick, rustic wood accents, and a homey white picket fence around the outside, the bar gives the feeling of a historic venue. It all makes sense considering the actual building went up around that time. Along the walls, 13 upside-down umbrellas are hung, a tribute to the 13 dry years of prohibition and its demise with the promise of “Many Wet Days To Come.” The bar’s logo is a silhouette of co-owner James Melrose’s grandfather, known as the Grand Old Man and the mayor of York, who regularly carried an umbrella instead of using a cane.

Melrose Umbrella Co., Los Angeles

Paying homage to the post-prohibition era and the celebration of the cocktail, Melrose Umbrella Co. offers a wide selection of craft cocktails and small bites to eat. The music is played for ambiance, not overbearing, so it’s great for conversation. The venue also offers coffee service, pastries, and sandwiches in the daytime hours. There is Wi-Fi if you want to just move in for the day – hey, my office doesn’t look this good!

Melrose Umbrella Co., Los Angeles

What I Wore

On a warm summer evening, nothing beats grabbing a refreshing cocktail in a floral vintage dress. I picked up this beauty on the East Coast and paired it with a vintage basket-weave handbag and gold mule heels. This outfit can take me day to night – just like the Melrose Umbrella Co.!

OOTD Vintage Summer Dress

What to Wear

Get out your summer florals before it’s too late with this bright splash of colorful petals on a white vintage reproduction swing dress. Pair it with a royal blue handbag and easy gold heels for an outfit that embodies the free spirit of the season! Click the links to shop* this look!

Vintage Style Summer Dress Outfit

Melrose Umbrella Co. is located at 7465 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036

When it rains, it pours,

Kastle

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Reading and Drinking at the Wellesbourne

Nothing goes together like a good book and a cocktail. Tucked into a strip of shops along Pico Boulevard where the Westside Pavilion Shopping Center looms across the street and the bustling historic Apple Pan burger bar is just down the road, is a charming bar called the Wellesbourne. Step inside and experience the romantically darkened vibe of a cozy vintage library. A fireplace roars, even in the summertime. for some serious mood lighting, and offers a snuggly place to sit. A DJ spins ambient and soulful sounds played soft enough to allow for conversation. It’s the perfect place for a date or girls night out. The place is just classy and elegant.

The Wellesbourne, Los Angeles

The Wellesbourne, Los Angeles

They feature a wide assortment of traditional and creative cocktails and delicious nibbles. If that’s not enough, the walls are lined with vintage books, which are free to take down and tuck into a nice drink and read to escape into another world for a while. You can also head for the “game room” for a round of foosball. The staff is ultra-friendly and so is the crowd, as we easily made friends with the people sitting near us. And we loved that the check came in a hallowed-out book – so clever!

What I Wore

The speakeasy vibe of this bar called for a little vintage dress I picked up on a recent trip to London. I love the Harlequins in frames print and easy shift silhouette. I paired it with a brass finish, vintage style, heart-shaped clock locket that my love gave me and vintage style, brass-trimmed pearl earrings, t-strap heels and vintage brown leather handbag.

Vintage style OOTD

   
Vintage style OOTD

What to Wear

When entering a darkly-lit venue, the best way to stand out is to wear a light color. This summery white shift dress with fem vanilla-colored lace trim is sure to turn a few heads. Pair it with a gold, antique-looking statement necklace to add a bit of glamor for the evening. Two-tone oxford heels add a bookish touch as well as a book-shaped clutch purse. Click the links to shop this look!

Bookworm Summer Shift Dress Outfit

The Wellesbourne is located at 10929 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

Read on,
Kastle

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What’s Striking at Highland Park Bowl

Bowling has always been a friendly way to hang out with friends for a little competitive spirit, drinks and snacks, and let’s not forget the funny shoes!

Recently, Highland Park Bowl reopened with a new take on an old classic. Known as LA’s oldest bowling alley, the venue dates back to 1927, when the bowling alley was a clever front for serving alcohol during Prohibition. From there it went through several incarnations from a blue-collar bowling alley to the band venue Mr. T’s featuring punk and hip-hop indie bands playing in front of the shuttered bowling lanes throughout the 1990’s. The then owner passed away in 2003 and the place staggered on until 2014 when it shut down.

Highland Park Bowl

Thank goodness for the 1933 Group, who have brought many LA historical venues back to life, including the Valley’s Idle Hour, and created gorgeous vintage-inspired hangs such as Harlowe and Sassafras. They swooped in and gave the bowling alley a much-needed makeover to restore its antique beauty.

Now it’s simply breathtaking – from the front bar to the bowling area that features enormous horseshoe-shaped bars, bowling pin lamps, restored wood details and the original pin machines. Once again teams of fun-lovers fill the alleys and balls roar down the restored wooden lanes.

Highland Park Bowl

 

Even if you weren’t planning to play ball, the place is just an elegant hang and the perfect spot to flaunt your vintage wear. Indulge in signature cocktails, craft beers, pizza, salad and nibbles as you wallow in the ambiance. The Highland Park Bowl may have working class punk in its blood, but it definitely cleans up real nice!

What I Wore

Who says girls can’t bowl in a dress? While I didn’t plan to hit the lanes, I definitely could have in this velvet vintage repro dress in shades of dusty pink and brown with a zig-zag pattern. The full-skirt provided volume and enough fullness to comfortably bend if I decided to bowl a strike! But I decided to keep my t-strap shoes on and indulge in good company and cocktails instead!

Retro Outfit OOTD

 

What to Wear

Whether you plan to bowl or just hang out in the lovely setting, you’ll be ready to roll in a flirty jumper and sweet pink blouse with Peter Pan collar. Add some pinky retro-inspired heels and antique-style handbag and you are good to go! Click the links to shop this look!

Retro Jumper Outfit

 

Highland Park Bowl is located at 5621 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90042

Rock ‘n’ roll!
Kastle

*Disclosure

Venue photos by Danielle Bernabe and Wonho Frank Lee courtesy of Highland Park Bowl