Month: April 2009

Painfully Hip Design Collective and ModCloth: Summers at the Ranch

The Painfully Hip Design Collective has teamed with the peerless for SS09! When I saw their Spring/Summer arrivals, I just knew they would marry our latest vintage finds perfectly! In the following photos you will find ModCloth’s Wood Street Shoes, The Cover Girl’s Derby, Thumbelina Dress in Blush, and Variety Hour Romper (Don’t forget to use your 10% Painfully Hip Discount – coupon code: PAINFULLYHIP), along with some stunning vintage finds (more info about online availability below)!


Ol' Bessie


Swimming Hole Day

Floral and Plaid on the Lake



Modeled by Liz Liles and Jillian OliverYou ladies were such beautiful troopers!
Photos by Carla Frances and Amber Mortensen
Hair and Makeup by Luxe Salon & Spa, Sacramento (916.443.1400) – Thank you for achieving follicle perfection!
Styling by Amber Mortensen, in collaboration with Eve Dineen
Special thanks to the lovely Michelle LaJeunesse for letting us visit the stunning Indy on his ranch – He was such a beautiful and well-behaved steed! and to the nice old man who allowed us to trespass on his beautiful property.

As an experiment, the Painfully Hip Design Collective has been tons of fun… I can’t believe how lucky I have been to have such crazy team of talent willing to pitch in to make such beautiful photos. I love it! That said, having a vintage store is a ton of work!! I have a whole new respect for online boutique owners. With my tiny apartment, my graphic design business and lack of superfluous funds, I am realizing that the Collective is going to have to take a backseat unless I can reduce the workload and get more of these of these pretty things into your hands!

Practically every piece in this photoshoot is in perfect condition and for sale! If you have any interest in purchasing an item you see in these photos, please let me know in the comments and I will hook you up! I will put your object of desire up on either the Etsy store or on the amazing vintage auction site, Market Publique and via email, you will be among the first to know about it!

  • Floral sailor top from Thunderhorse Vintage, denim tap shorts from Bows & Arrows Vintage, felt hat from Cuffs, Variety Hour Romper from ModCloth, knee-high cowboy boots from Painfully Hip Vintage.
  • Vintage floral chiffon blouse (softest material in existence!) (sold) and denim tap shorts from Bows & Arrows Vintage. Dark brown bowler hat and woven oxfords from Striped backless dress by Sacramento designer, Linden Simone. Purple acorn leather belt from Thunderhorse Vintage.
  • Floral sundress and dark brown bowler hat from ModCloth, Woven fedora from Cuffs, pink high-waisted cummerbund shorts from Bows & Arrows Vintage, Sacramento.
  • Floral tiered dress and plaid blouse from Bows and Arrows Vintage. High-waisted boyfriend jeans from Painfully Hip Vintage.
  • Cropped pink linen jacket with gold embroidery and grey studded ankle booties from Painfully Hip Vintage. Pink and yellow gingham straw hat from Cuffs. Denim tap shorts, backless black Bill Blass ruffled swimsuit, and plaid mini skirt from Bows & Arrows Vintage.
  • More pretty photography after the jump!

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    road trips, beach houses and what to wear on a romantic weekend getaway

    immediately after amber announced our road-trip plans for the summer, (i’ve been alternating between squealing and practice-packing for the past 2 weeks…) we both decided we needed to take mini-vacations.    

    i think it’s worth mentioning that we did not consult each other when making these weekend-getaway plans, and this is not the first time we’ve both had the  same thought pattern at the same time, an entire state away from each other and considered ourselves original.  (case number one: earlier in the week we discovered we will both be in brooklyn for the same week next month.  yep, us west-coast gals will be meeting for the entirely un-planned first time, about 3 million miles from our homes.)

    you could say that amber and i are kind of like the same person.  (PLEASE let that start some internet-drama where someone accuses us of actually being the same person.  please?  please?!)

    anyway, we’re not the same person.  amber’s holed up in a sweet beach-house in sunny california this weekend, and i’m forcing a boy i like very much to participate in some romantic-getaway thrifting in northern az.  and you know what else?  i can pretty much guarantee that between amber and i, i’m the only one who remembered to pack my favorite wooden road-trip outfit:


    diana's best outfit

    Kickass Historical Vintage from Augusta Auctions

    When Antiques Roadshow fashion expert, Karen Augusta from Augusta Auctions emailed me regarding logo work for her vintage auction company, I got really excited, went to her page… and nearly fainted from the heavy breathing. I got all sheepish, with the distinct feeling I was indulging in fashion porn.

    You know exactly what I mean.


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    If you’re in NY, check it out!!

    Following an interval of almost three years, New Yorkers are eagerly awaiting the return of a specialty couture, vintage clothing and textile auction at the end of this month. Museums, clothing & textile designers, collectors and all lovers of fashion are planning to attend the preview and April 29th sale organized by Antiques Roadshow fashion expert, Karen Augusta.


    Augusta Auction Company, the nation’s top auction house for couture and vintage clothing, will hold their first-ever sale in Manhattan at the historic 1883 St. Paul Auditorium on 60th Street & Columbus Avenue. A textile collection from the Cleveland Museum of Art (Ohio), the first selections from the entire textile and fashion collection of the 1914 Beaux-Arts Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey), dresses from Pauline Trigere’s niece, a rock & roll insiders private tour clothing from the 1970’s – 1990’s, offerings from three prominent NYC fashion designers and pieces from other private collections and estates make up the lots for this April sale.


    Fashion finds include two spectacular 1920’s evening coats attributed to Parisian designers Jean Lanvin and Paul Poiret, a mid-1950’s Coco Chanel evening gown, two 18th C brocade gowns, a 1920’s French knit 5-piece day ensemble, a collection of stunning beaded 1920’s dresses, a 1937 Lucien LeLong lame evening gown, silk brocade ecclesiastical garments from the 16th through 19th C, Textiles range from handmade lace shawls and paisleys to Fortuny pieces and a rare 18th-19th C hand painted thangka from Bhutan. Altogether there are over 400 textile and fashion lots to be sold April 29th beginning at noon.


    From Claire McCardell to John Paul Gaultier, from 30’s silk chiffon gowns to Campbell’s “Souper” paper dresses, this exhibition and sale includes creations from more than seventy-five designers of the 20th century. Textiles range from 16th C. silk embroideries to Japanese Buddhist robes to handmade lace shawls. Taken together, the collections span more than three hundred years of fashion history. Interspersed with the one-of-a-kind historic, museum-quality treasures are wearable vintage gems, uniquely beautiful now and destined to be future collectibles. The auction company website, offers thousands of fashion photographs and a searchable catalogue to locate favorite designers or fashion collectibles.


    All lots are available for preview Tuesday April 28 from 3PM-7PM and on the morning of the sale from 9AM to noon.

    thrift star of the day: the brevity of breezes (and a Painfully Hip Roadtrip!)


    summer fashion
    originally uploaded by boboniaa for wardrobe_remix 

    This photo makes me very happy – Spring has been brief this year (yesterday was 94 degrees!), so I am all awash in Summer fever. In fact, I’ve pretty much planned out my entire season and it totally includes you guys! After a trip to New York to see Mary Catherine on Broadway, Diana and I are out to prove we’re totally insane:


    Get ready, America, because we’re going on a:


    That’s right, Diana and I have never met*, but we’re ready to put that fact aside to hit the open road together for a 2-3 week US tour (starting in late June). We’re obviously pretty sure we’ll be able to stand each other and/or are not planning on kidnapping one another.

    So what we want to know is…

    Does your town, no matter how small, have the best thrifting?

    We’ll be thrifting our little asses off and scouting picturesque locations for photoshoots of our finds so you can decide which town yielded the best results. We’re on a mission to find the best thrift stores in America.

    If your town is chosen as the most thrift-worthy, you could win a very covetable prize!

    So give us your hippest tips!

    We are also looking for hip kids to host Painfully Hip clothing swaps along the way. Email us if you are interested in having a couple of highly entertaining thrift bloggers (and their photographers) over for some thrift-swapping merriment. Bonus points if you have a floor or yard we can camp out on! We will also be accepting tips on camping sites,  local music, waterhole coordinates, kitschy points of interest, and excellent dive bar locales.

    *EDIT: So in an unforeseen string of  serendipitous events, it turns out that Diana and I are going to be in Brooklyn, Mary Catherine’s place of residence, AT THE SAME TIME. The Painfully Hip bloggers will all converge for the first time from May 15th-20th in New York!
    Tell us: WHAT SHOULD WE DO??

    Comment or email your travel tips to painfullyhip @!

    Thanks in advance and all hail summertime fun!

    Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2009-04-19

    • I am not a Recessionista: Thrifting is a way of life, not some fad #
    • too adorable for words. #
    • such a pretty face and i adore your haircut! #
    • hardcore ruling! love love love the pattern mixing. #
    • I was admittedly impressed by some girl’s karaoke rendition of ‘Creep’ in the style of Alanis. I REALLY need to get out of this town. #
    • Styled a professional opera singer for her headshots yesterday. I get PAID to do this??? #
    • Those EPIC vintage harem pants I featured in SNR are out the door in 24! Quick! Bid!! #
    • Glorious Film Noir Jumpsuits – cheap as all get out! Auctions ending in 30 minutes! Grab ’em cuz they’re HAWT. #
    • French Pop night. They’re projecting Danger Diabolik on the wall!! #

    thrift star of the day: bang bang

    originally uploaded by pIrIl for wardrobe_remix
    originally uploaded by pIrIl for wardrobe_remix

    Ever heard of the Pilgrim Mafia? The Nun Mob?
    Piril is the one thing they can agree on.


    Beauty Junkies Rejoice!

    by Jill Sherman

    With “cheap chic” being the primary focus of Painfully Hip, it seemed only natural to share the news about, a cheap chic beauty site that just popped onto the scene.  Like many of you, I love high-end beauty products. And like many of you, I cringe at the thought of dropping $25 for a lip gloss. That’s why is well worth a visit — up to 85% off premium beauty brands every day with new products/brands weekly (think meets  And if it sounds too good to be true, click here to find out how they can offer such low prices.

    I had an opportunity to spend some time with the owners (two seasoned beauty industry mavens who used their life savings to launch the site after getting laid off from top beauty companies themselves!) and would stake my personal reputation on doing business with them.  Their selection is amazing (Smashbox, Stila, Joey New York, Pop Beauty, Estee Lauder, etc.) and their customer service rocks. (If they make a mistake, they’ll rush out new product + a freebie to say, “We’re totally sorry for the screw up!”)  And to personally welcome you, they’re offering Painfully Hip readers 10% off their entire order until May 1st. Use coupon code “PAINFULLYHIP” or simply click on this link.  (Oh, and don’t forget to sign up for ‘sneak previews’ and ‘steals of the week’ while you’re there.  Or, if you prefer tweets, they also announce new deals via Twitter. )


    I am not a Recessionista: Thrifting is a way of life, not some fad

    by Diana Deaver

    Diana came to me with this well-written piece on recession buzzwords and exactly why they piss her off, and while she thought perhaps it may be too “political” for Painfully Hip, I am stoked to present it to you. Diana’s “rants” are consistently a fun read and I’m hoping beyond hope that this might get a discussion going because, for some reason, comments on this blog have slowed to a drizzle (Did I do something wrong? Is the new layout confusing? Let me know!).
    EDIT: Ah! Mystery solved. Spinnerette noticed that my theme was making her comments dissipate into the atmosphere! Sorry about that everyone, it is now fixed). To reward you for your patience (and your comments), I have now installed CommentLuv, so you can promote your favorite blog post in your comment.

    Now get dressed up in some ridiculous pastel confection and go eat some eggs!

    Like a good portion of the world, I am beginning to find myself having unpleasant physical reactions to phrases such as, “in these difficult times,” and any advice suggesting I give up pretending we’re not in the throes of an economic crisis and “button up” the proverbial purse snaps. It’s only worsened by the fact that more and more frequently these phrases are being uttered by multi-million dollar corporations who have been silently clawing through well-intentioned posts on entirely non-corporate indie fashion blogs, and are starting to realize (oh, say, half a decade too late?) that “diy,” closet “remixing,” and thrifting are the “hip” thing to do right now. God forbid we start a trend that isn’t mass-market friendly.

    (And to answer Tricia’s question, yes, it fucking infuriates me that these marketing departments are scouring personal – and usually entirely non-profitable – blogs, and making money off of the creativity and ingenuity found within, by selling it back to us.)

    It pisses me off even more that such sources are touting this eco-friendly approach as the “hottest new trend,” as if it actually were such, and not in fact a mind-set, as well as a way of life.

    The sickening attempt at the mass-market sell-ability of thrift – with the even grosser title “recessionista” – is about as nauseating as Wal-mart throwing the words “emo” or even – god forbid – “indie” – on a tee-shirt tag. (cue swarms of high-school girls stashing their Miley cd’s and hopping in the family Escalade to buy the newest Deathcab. It is not my intention to judge someone’s worth based on personal taste. I am simply trying to point out the fickle nature of “trend.” Original of me, I know.)

    Ask any true music aficionado if pasting “emo” on a tee-shirt makes it so, however, and you’ll be lucky if the least you get is a death-stare. “Emo” (as well as “indie,” “metal,” “country,” “hip-hop” and any other gross generalization of a genre I might have over-looked,) isn’t a style of clothing. It isn’t a floppy haircut with pink tips. It isn’t even really referring to the music category itself. If you somehow get lucky and pose this ridiculous question to a friendly music-lover who happens to have a lot patience that day, you most likely will be graced with an answer along these lines:
“(insert music genre) actually refers to a way of life that said music style results from.”

    Art and opinion are both results of our day-to-day experience, and every day (most of us) wear clothes.
    It’s not hard to make the connection then, that the style we choose (if we consciously choose it) would reflect back to our personal opinions on what it means to exist in this world. I enjoy thrifting. I think creating a new look with recycled garments is fun. These are the precursors to my dressing myself each day.
    They are not the goal I am trying to achieve by layering just the right diy-looking pieces that I recently purchased at the mall.

    I grew up poor. I am not saying this to invoke sympathy or to build a soapbox. It’s just a fact. I grew up in an economically depressed corner of the country in an even more economically depressed family.

    But here’s the thing – growing up I was taught that thrift stores weren’t something you shamefully ducked into – they were the most magical dress-up box you could imagine. They were the only place where you held the possibility of finding a brand new pair of jeans, a fantastic psychedelic dress and a perfectly broken-in tee shirt from your favorite band, all in one place. For under $10. And somehow, sorting through all the crap just made finding the good stuff even better.

    The other thing my “poor poverty-stricken parents” taught me was that raw materials are cheap, skills are invaluable, and if you have any sort of creative instinct, you’re not likely to find the things you’re dreaming of in a department store anyway. Being passionately interested in fashion, (and – ahem – dressing in “period costumes” from wagon-trail times – I was 9, ok?) it is only logical that I taught myself to sew.

    These interests and skills (along with a sense of responsibility towards preserving the planet and our natural resources – thanks mom and dad,) transitioned into adulthood with me and became an integral part of who I am.

    I am not a recessionista.
    Therefore, I will never stop being a recessionista.
    (God, I feel like I just typed, “punk’s not dead…”)
    If the world woke up tomorrow morning and this recession was nothing more than an awkward dream, I would still schedule in a quick trip to Saver’s on my way home from class.

    Referring to this trend of being more conscientious with our dollars as being a “recessionista” implies that we’re all just sitting here waiting for the big ugly fad to blow over – we’re stoically poking fun, and maybe even wearing it like leggings in a, “These Are Pants – Seriously Guys,” sort of way. We’ll buy in for a season or two for the ironic, eye-rolling humor of it all.

    Calling oneself a “recessionista” smacks of that same stale air of self-entitlement, which seems to have brought us into this “troubled” situation to begin with. It implies that – although this monetary shortage (or debt increase?) is actually putting us out quite immensely – and it’s not really fair that this season we can’t buy the entire new wardrobe we deserve – we’ll shrug our shoulders, giggle a bit, coin a new term and call it trend-setting.

    Besides, I feel it’s pretty safe to assume the people who genuinely call themselves “recessionista’s” aren’t the ones who are living off of beans and rice at the moment, anyway.

    It seems that it all boils down to a desperate attempt to appear (to whom? The rest of the planet, who quite often are living in third-world conditions?) to be a free-spirited martyr of a spoiled hostess – “well, the crudités platter wasn’t at all what I arranged with the caterers, but I managed to show the guests a fantastic time anyway.”
    But in reality, this is a gift – we are suddenly given the chance to slow down and think about what exactly it is we are attracted to aesthetically – what is worth spending our dollars on? What do we own that can be re-fashioned? What can you sew when you combine the forces of your creativity and your own two hands?

    So I propose this, recessionistas – and everyone else as well (myself included.):
    How about we stop focusing on what we don’t have – how about we stop prefacing every success with a “despite everything that was holding me back” – how about we stop listing what we want, what we feel we’re owed, what we think we’re entitled to, and all the ways that we’ve unfairly had to make the best of a “bad situation,” and start narrowing in on all the self-sufficient ways we’re able to gracefully express who we really are?

    Painfully Trite Twitter Tweets for 2009-04-12

    • Just scored plane tickets from here to new york to chicago and back for $340… Wow. #
    • New PHDC photoshoot with stunning model, film noir lighting & no less than 3 amazing jumpsuits #
    • It is true. Sophie Dahl is one of my favorite models. #
    • Just planned out my entire summer #
    • Sunbathing! #

    check me out: captivated by Cuffs

    Sweet and lovely Lacadia of Cuffs Urban Apparel (2523 J St. Sacramento) recently opened her very own online clothing boutique. Now this may not seem all that exciting to you at the moment (another one?), but that’s because most of you have probably never been there. I now no longer have this to gloat about.

    Lacadia was sweet enough to ask me to model some of her new arrivals and I (despite the fact that I hadn’t had time to get my roots done and my legs were covered in battle scars from a fight I lost with a fixie) was all like “Oh, HELLS yes! Let’s DO this!” because I’m selfish that way.

    I really do think she has the best tasting new inventory in Sacramento… Oh, I suppose I should also mention that she carries some of the most kickass vintage too, but we’ll just forget I said that because I’m expecting to hit the lottery soon and buy the crap out of it.

    Especially the plaid shorts.

    Also worth mentioning: exclusive discount code “hellahip” for 10% off everything in her store (which all happens to be priced under $100)!

    Boysenberry Blast Dress
    Boysenberry Blast Dress
    Fast Ride Dress
    Fast Ride Dress
    How We Do Harem Jumpsuit
    How We Do Harem Jumpsuit
    Fly Me to the Moon Romper
    Fly Me to the Moon Romper
    Not-So-Uniform Shorts
    Not-So-Uniform Shorts

    Oh and I would definitely check out her menswear section as she has great taste in mancandy… er… I mean, male models.