Saturday, April 6, 2013


I'm in dire need of more separates.  Don't get me wrong, I adore gorgeous dresses, but in the end it's a complete outfit.  Sure you can accessorize and layer cardigans and sweaters to switch it up, but eventually the dress will get old, and have to retire from the world of blogging, and can only return when enough time has passed so that it's new again.  And I love that feeling.  Someone very close to me once said that I should shop in my closet because I have so much stuff, I end up rediscovering things that I've lost and/or forgot about.  And he was right.  I look in my closet and find things, and it's like "whoa I forgot about this, how cute, have I even worn this?" haha.

But I need to return to what I was originally blabbing about; I need separates.  I was never good at math but I do remember vaguely in statistics we were trying to figure out how many possible combinations we can get if we have a certain number of one thing and another number of another thing.  If you don't know what I'm talking about, don't worry, like I said, I was awful at math.

Anyway!  If you like clothes like I do, mixing and matching to create more outfits out of less things sounds like a grand idea.

The notion that I "love" clothes sounds very materialistic of me.  But I don't think that statement is as accurate as it could be.  A more concise statement would be: "I love how clothes help me maintain a healthy level of self esteem."  When I wear a particularly pretty outfit, I feel confident and happy with myself.  I find myself staring at myself in the mirror admiring my ensemble.  When you are happy with how you look, it in turn can feel like a suit of armor.  No matter what happens, I am happy with the me I am presenting to the world right now.  And if they don't like it, they don't have to look at me, I don't want people with mal attitudes to look at me anyway.  Also, as I consider myself a creative person, I think that my sense of style is another outlet for self expression.  I like to look different, stand out, you know, be someone that easy to spot in a crowd.  It reminds me that I'm special, which is difficult to remember when there are so many people in the world.


aqua twist scarf - american apparel 
pastel plaid shirt - urbanoutfitters 
denim pants - pin up BOO-tique 
black velvet heels - thrifted vintage

Okay so before I spin off into an existential crisis I'll talk about my outfit.  I've had that super thin plaid top since I first discovered Urban Outfitters during my first year of college.  I was going through my plaid grunge phase, and was a bit of a tomboy.  I was in college, I was trying to rebel against something I assume.  I guess rebelling against the fact that I have and will continue looking like a little Asian girl for god knows how long.  tangent warning!...Kirsten Dunst in Interview with a Vampire knows how I feel...  This outfit is particularly awesome since I'm wearing pants!  I never wear pants because I tend to feel free-er with skirts and dresses.  So free, I tend to accidentally flash people my undies every so often.  But these pants are amazing.  There is a good deal of stretch, a nice denim look, and an adorable contrast red stitch and zipper.  And they are so comfortable!  I got them at this fairly new pin up/rockabilly clothing store in Ontario Mills, an outlet mall that can be found in the Inland Empire.  It's like a retail oasis in the desert.  But the crowds, sheesh, if you suffer from claustrophobia, run the other way.  If you can stand the drive, the middle of no where, and the insane amount of people, a visit to the store is worth it for any pin up or rockabilly Betty.  The store is called Pin up BOO-tique.  They carry a good variety of pin up brands, like Bettie Page Clothing, Stop Staring!, and Hell Bunny.  And if you are into retro clothing, you know that these reproductions cost a pretty penny.  This is where the fact that it's an outlet is a bit of a godsend.  If you're in the area I say go look, but unless you intend to stock up on clothes, the savings won't be worth the drive if you don't live a reasonable distance away from it.

Okay, I love these pants, and hey it's a "separate."  :)

- Minxy

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Gil Elvgren "A Nice Crop" Dress by Bettie Page Clothing

see i told you i'm back, and more awkward than ever i'm afraid.  the months of cyberspace isolation made me forget how to pose for pictures, and now i'm pretty shy.  however the last picture is just proof of my sister's photography skills, because she managed to get me to smile for realizies.

gil elvgren "a nice crop" dress - bettie page clothing
hair clip - h&m
pink polka dot tights - forever 21
red heels - thrifted vintage the dress is by Bettie Page Clothing, and it was one of the dresses from their limited edition Gil Elvgren collection.  if you are a pin up fan, you already know about the iconic painter of pin ups, and if you aren't familiar with his work i suggest you look up his extensive body of work featuring cute, sexy, and playful women.  this dress is based off of his painting entitled A Nice Crop.


ok, i don't have anything else to say, so until next time.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

the return of the minx

Hello Loves!

After a long absence full of heartbreak, chaos, adventure and self discovery, I have found myself navigating a pivotal point in my life, fully equipped with a new outlook, home, boyfriend, and a whole bunch of new clothes and accessories that are just dying to be gushed about (minus the boyfriend gushing because I rather bombard you with rambling tangents, cute clothes, and DIY projects).  I've kept myself busy working, moving, and sewing cute clothing and accessories, and boy there are some adorable things in store.  And this time it'll be better, because I'm happier, healthier, and have finally learned to appreciate myself.  Now let's have some fun!  So be sure and come back and visit soon because it's safe to say that I'm back and expect to have a new post up in the near future ;)



Sunday, February 26, 2012

a bit of fluff

i was feeling under the weather for the past week, battling a doozy of a cold that transformed into a slight case of bronchitis.  feeling ill and having to spend a week not looking your best does a number on a gal's self esteem, and so i found myself turning to the usual methods of comfort, including soup and snacks.  but tell me, what's a better get well present than a pretty new dress to prance around in when you're feeling a little better?   haha there are a few things, and for the most part has to do with food, but let's not get into that.

a couple of days ago this dress arrived from sugarlips.  when i had initially seen the dress online i knew that the style was a far cry from the 1940s/1950s vintage inspired/retro style i've grown accustomed to.  the crochet and braiding detailing screams 1970s boho chic, but i couldn't help but be drawn to the fun art deco-esque triangle print, and the sexy but sweet open shoulders.  flash forward a week or so later, i find myself feverishly opening a package, slipping out of a 1950s striped number, and into this soft flowy dress.  after a minute or so of twirling around i realized that the bottom half of the dress was a perfect circle skirt.  so with the help of a petticoat i added a bit of fluff to the dress, giving it that 1950s full skirt silhouette.  throw in some vintage black velvet heels and a peach braided velvet headband i had made just 30 minutes before taking pictures, and i had cute retro look that turned out to be exactly my style.






peach braided velvet headband - diy
neue pinakothek dress - courtesy of sugarlips apparel
petticoat - gift from my mother
black velvet heels - vintage

Sunday, February 12, 2012

vivir la vintage vida

This is what I wore to the Huge Frocking Sale! at Frock You! Vintage Boutique in San Diego, CA.  I've only been to this shop once before, which isn't surprising because I rarely shop at vintage boutiques, but once I stepped foot into Frock You! I was immediately smitten.  They offer a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories, all of which are seriously cream of the crop items, all neatly arranged in an adorable shop in one of my favorite SD neighborhoods (North Park).

I, for the most part, find my vintage clothing at thrift stores primarily because I enjoy the thrill of the hunt and those bargain prices that you can only find if you're willing to dig through tons of undesirables.  However, once in a while this thrifty gal likes to treat herself to the luxury of perusing through a large selection of crème de la crème vintage clothing.  Boutiques are like candy stores for vintage lovers.  And for a vintage obsessed chocolate fiend like me, boutiques are quickly becoming a bit of a bad habit of mine.  Parce que, pour la créme de la créme, tu dois dépenser beaucoup d'argent (hah, forgive my French, I am a mediocre student of languages, ergo the awful Spanglish entitling this post).

Luckily, there are awesome vintage boutiques like Frock You!, that hold awesome sales that fuse the bargain prices of thrifting with the premium selection found at boutiques.  So what you get is a bunch of awesome vintage clothing and accessories, most of which are under $20 bucks.  Pretty good deal when some vintage shops and online vendors will sell a 50s party dress for around $90-$300 bucks (but I have seen them cost even MORE).

Under these conditions I just knew that when I attended day 2 of the 3 day sale, I was bound to find something just for me.  Who would have thought that I would end up finding a knockout of a dress that was exactly what I have been looking for these past couple of months.  I know, sounds strange to be looking for things that are basically one of a kind.  But I had an idea of something I wanted, a 1950s light blue lace and chiffon party dress.  Ahah! Super specific I know, but I have an imagination that knows no bounds.  And would you believe it?  I ended up finding a dress matching that exact description.  It was crazy!  It needs a little work though, as there was a bit of tearing on the ruched waist, and the zipper needs to be replaced.  Once the dress gets some tlc I'll wear it, and you can bet you'll see it on this blog. 




hah don't you hate it when your heels sink into the ground?

1950s light blue blouse - vintage (La Bomba, Long Beach)
hawaiian floral shorts - vintage (Flashbacks, San Diego)
black velvet heels - vintage (Salvation Army)

By the way, the blouse and shorts were both found at vintage boutiques that are worth checking out, for the selection and for what I believe is fair pricing.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

blue collar baby

So my top is actually mint colored but the title of the post is a reference to the working class. I recently started a job that involves some desk work, a far cry from what I normally do. For those of you that do not know, which is probably everyone, I mostly work in film and video production. Strange thing is I didn't have to change the way I dressed as I started doing more white collar work, because I pretty much dress the same way when I do production work. Yes, I wander around carrying cameras and/or set lights wearing vintage outfits, including dresses. It has never interfered with my efficiency and so I figured, might as well. Except I do believe I should invest in some bloomers as I find myself more often than not, in flasher prone situations. But today I figured I'd try to put together an ensemble that is more manual labor friendly, though still vintage inspired. I'm psyched on the look and plan on collecting more pieces like these in various colors so that soon I'll have my very own work wardrobe.




gray twist scarf - target
mint collar button up - vintage
burnt sienna pants - vintage
blue espadrilles - vintage

Sunday, January 29, 2012

rainbow rockabilly

The 80s must have been a really fun decade to live in when it came to personal style. Acid wash, sequins, glitter, crazy colors and prints, lace, tulle, legwarmers, and the list goes on. I questioned my aunt (whom I've always known to have a style of dress all her own) about how it was like to live in the 80s, and without hesitation she replied, "The 80s were really fun, you could dress any way you wanted, any style you could think of." And I believe her. This is an 80s does 50s dress. You can tell when a garment was made by a number of things, the size on the tag, metal zipper or buttons, and lots of other things I won't get into right now (we'll save that for a more detailed post). But this dress in particular screamed the 80s, by #1 - The brightly colored plaid fabric, and #2 - The quintessential 80s font used on the tag.  Nowadays we can pretty much dress however we want to as well, but when I look at the rainbow color scheme, and awesome 50s inspired cut of this dress, I know that it was definitely a wild-style free for all back then, with a lot more things being produced that you could choose from.




80s does 50s plaid shirt dress - thrifted
blue espadrilles made in spain - thrifted vintage
brass horse buckle waist cinch belt - urbanoutfitters super sale
yellow weaved bag - thrifted vintage
orange dahlia hair clip - etsy