Hello and Happy FRIDAY vintage lovers!!
Yesterday was an exciting day for me because for the first time EVER, I was invited to model vintage fashion for a professional photoshoot!
Some of you may already belong to the Independent Fashion Bloggers [IFB], the go-to online community for fashion & style bloggers to share & learn from one another as well as the blogging experts who run IFB.
Jennine Jacob of The Coveted founded Independent Fashion Bloggers because she saw a need to unify the fashion bloggers who were leaving their marks on the ‘net and in their audience’s style consciousness, but had no “meeting” place of their own to network and collaborate.
Yesterday was an IFB blessing in action, as I was not only a model in the photoshoot to create promotional materials for the organization’s next Evolving Influence blogger’s conference this September, but because I was able to meet & greet with other amazing style-savvy ladies leaving their own marks on the digital fashion world.
Plus, you’ll see the beautiful pieces I borrowed from Manhattan vintage boutiques A Little Wicked & Marmalade Vintage [including a “Miss V” Valentino dress!]
For many of you, today is a half day from work thanks to summer Fridays, or maybe even an entire day off from the 9 to 5 thanks to great 3-day weekend plans ahead!
I hope that your weekend plans include a bit of vintage hunting … and lots of fun pictures along the way! Working with IFB yesterday reminded me of just how strong we can be as a community, and got me thinking about just how strong this vintage community really, truly is.
You are strength because you contribute to the greater whole! Keep sharing what amazing things you do by living out your wildest dreams and authentic selves.
vintage love, all!
THE INDEPENDENT FASHION BLOGGERS
Huge thanks again to the Independent Fashion Bloggers, who exist to fuel the collaborative creativity of fashion bloggers everywhere.
The flyer above promoted last February’s Evolving Influence conference. This fall’s conference will be a picture of Jenni, Jasmine & I!
WHO I MODELED WITH!
Jenni, left — me, center — Jasmine, right
JASMINE OF VINTAGE VANDALIZM
I first “met” Jasmine on the Internet.
OK, so we meet a LOT of people on the Internet — including you & me! But when I first stumbled onto Jasmine’s site Vintage Vandalizm, I knew in a second this girl was different. And it wasn’t the difference in her style that I saw the most … but the difference in her CONFIDENCE.
When I first launched Sammy Davis Vintage as a retail business to sell vintage fashion to the women of NYC, I started this blog as just a “landing page” for interested shoppers to know how to contact me. I wasn’t worried so much about the content or presentation, because I was focused on buying & selling the clothes themselves.
Stumbling onto Jasmine’s site lit the desire to do something MORE with my digital brand. I saw how Jasmine truly took her passions to create a brand that was an extension of her. She didn’t have to do anything else but simply be herself for all that she is. I loved that. But also, I feared that. Because in being ourselves, what if we aren’t liked?
We all have those fears of “not fitting in.” Whether you’re 10 or 100, there have and always will be moments of insecurity in our lives. Jasmine’s site demonstrates that you don’t need to fit in to feel secure. Jasmine rocks her security like a style blank — and not the other way around, if you get what I mean.
Admittedly, I was nervous to meet Jasmine yesterday. I had tweeted her a few times here or there. I had written on her Facebook wall. I think I even sent her an email love letter once. But since our communication was inherently limited in the digital sense, I really didn’t know the physical Jasmine. What if she wasn’t who I thought she was, this fierce & focused women of ambitions and genuine awesomeness?
Well vintage lovers, I’m so happy to share that Jasmine was all of that … times 10. She knows who she is and she isn’t afraid to communicate that. And the best part? She isn’t afraid to say thank you to compliments, and she isn’t afraid to give herself compliments, either. Because she absolutes loves herself for who she is, there is no hesitation to be her own best friend.
From Sammy Davis Vintage to Vintage Vandal, here’s to reaching & inspiring our own creative potential!
JENNI OF I SPY DIY
Meeting Jenni yesterday was like meeting a ray of sunshine: Her smile was immediate and strong!
When I learned that I’d be modeling with the DIY Diva behind I Spy DIY, I immediately logged onto her site to see what this chica’s latest creations were. I wasn’t familiar with her site before, and just like Jenni’s smile her site was a similar bright ray of sunshine … and fresh air!
This magazine designer by day takes her creative muses and makes them herself. She’s continually inspired by the trends, celebrities and design work she does on a daily basis, so why not use her huge base of knowledge and stimulation to offer her talents to the world?
I loved chatting up Jenni because we had some “mutual friends” in the biz — one of my good friends used to work at her magazine, and she’s good friends with Jessica Quirk of What I Wore, who was one of my original inspirations for starting Sammy Davis Vintage in the first place. My magazine past will always carry me forward in the most subtle of ways … long live print!!!
Check out Jenni’s site for this great post on how to make GLITTER HEELS [it’s true!] along with oodles of other DIY delights, as well as her amazing press and to keep in touch on Twitter and Facebook for her FUTURE BOOK!
I have to say a quick “thank you!” to some of my best supporters for loaning me white & black vintage pieces to style for the shoot. IFB instructed me to wear ONLY white & ONLY black for the shoot, so that we could rock red touches like parasol umbrellas & fans. The IFB color scheme is black, white and red, so the vision was to tie it all together in colorful unity.
Well, vintage lovers … we all know Sammy Davis has a thing for color, so let’s just say I absolutely HAD to borrow a few vintage pieces to wear simply because my style was lacking in the “monochromatic” wardrobe department!
If you live in NYC and can pay these vintage stores a visit … please tell them Sammy Davis Vintage sent you! I work to support vintage lovers & vintage sellers, and whatever I can do to help promote is not a favor, but rather, a personal principle of why I do what I do in the first place.
VINTAGE IN WHITES: A LITTLE WICKED
VINTAGE IN BLACK: MARMALADE VINTAGE
VINTAGE IN WHITE #1
VINTAGE IN WHITE #2
VINTAGE IN WHITE #3