Starman

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Didn't know what time it was and the lights were low
I leaned back on my radio
Some cat was layin' down some rock 'n' roll 'lotta soul, he said
Then the loud sound did seem to fade
Came back like a slow voice on a wave of phase
That weren't no D.J. that was hazy cosmic jive
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
I had to phone someone so I picked on you
Hey, that's far out so you heard him too!
Switch on the TV we may pick him up on channel two
Look out your window I can see his light
If we can sparkle he may land tonight
Don't tell your poppa or he'll get us locked up in fright
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He'd like to come and meet us
But he thinks he'd blow our minds
There's a starman waiting in the sky
He's told us not to blow it
'Cause he knows it's all worthwhile
He told me
Let the children lose it
Let the children use it
Let all the children boogie
- David Bowie, Starman

 

It's been a day filled with sporadic tears and listening to Bowie. I woke up at 6:00 AM to the news, and ever since I've been reminded just how many times I've been influenced by Bowie since 1984. His music made me feel okay about being strange growing up; about staying home, listening to music and putting together weird thrifted outfits instead of partying after school. He no-doubt influenced my decision to pursue art and fashion as a career. Bowie had a way of allowing you to escape your problems by contemplating the vast expanse of the universe, yet inspiring you to be your best, weirdest earthling all at once. Because there is a place for each and every one of us here on this earth. He's also proof that getting older is not the end of the world; the older we live, the more time we have to explore, to create! I cannot believe we are so lucky to have existed on this earth at the same time as this wonderful human. I dedicate this outfit to you, Mr. Bowie. May you rest in peace.

 

And, you know, despite the sad news this morning, today turned out pretty okay. I felt like the whole world came together in celebration and remembrance. The Internet was filled with nothing but videos and photos of David Bowie. And the rest of it was GIFs of Leonardo Dicaprio being adorable. Yep, today was a good day. Maybe Bowie planned it this way. 

Much love to you guys,

Whitney

 

  

The Breakdown

Denim Button-Down Shirt: Levi's 

Cropped Jeans: Max Jeans

Black Turtleneck Tank Top: NY&Co 

Black T-Strap Heels: BCBGeneration 

Round Blue Sunglasses: vintage

Thrift Mission: Vintage Bags

Going thrift store or yard sale shopping for bags can be just as much fun for a gal as a kid in a candy store; Except we can grab all we want and keep them. Besides the fact that 100 thrifted bags may cost the same as one Alexander Wang or Kate Spade bag, to me it’s all about the quality of vintage and having the original bags that sparked, say, the chain bag movement. And one may be thinking, “But I don’t want a used bag. That’s gross.” On the contrary; Many vintage bags or bags that end up in thrift stores are there because they sat in a closet for years, unused, and were finally cast away into the wild-thrift-yonder to mingle with the used and the tattered. And those bags are there waiting, just as the not-so-perfect ones. I myself don’t mind a pen mark here or there- or the black hole filled with bobby pins, tooth picks and gum wrappers, but for those who do, there’s hope in the thrifting universe.

I’ve narrowed down the search for the best vintage bags to six types: those bags that frequently make it into circulation in my own wardrobe as well as my fave fashionistas’. And yes, guides are always nice when thrifting, but as I always say, never limit yourself too much when thrifting. Go with the flow. Buy what’s calling to you. If it’s not on your list, but it has a glow around it and a choir of angels singing in the background: grab it. - Originally posted by Whitney on Chictopia.com

The Satchel
The most classic-cool bag there is. The flap-and-buckle style denotes a utilitarian, messenger vibe making these bags ideal for everyday wear. Throw it on with jeans and a t-shirt or wear it with a dainty floral dress while out to lunch. These bags were huge in the 90’s, so you can find plenty in thrift stores that still have lots of life left. My brown leather 90’s Liz Claiborne satchel is my go-to bag.

The Knockoff
Whether it’s the quilted leather chain bag, the all-weather leather dual-strap satchel or the monogrammed bag, thrift stores are filled to the brim with bags that are almost like the real thing- but upon closer inspection are not. Since you can never score these things on Ebay of Etsy (it’s just a wee bit illegal to sell ‘em.), one of the best places to find them will be on thrifting expeditions. Besides, sometimes it’s only the inside that looks different, so why not!

The Clutch
The classic bag that never goes out of style. Since the early 1900’s this bag has been a chic accessory that has stood the test of time due to it’s clean, simple silhouette. Over the years, we’ve seen it vary from shiny patent to soft leather, embossed snakeskin to beads galore, geometric print to subtle floral embroidery. No matter how it’s styled, it will always remain the staple bag.

The Basket
From basket bags to woven leather totes, bags with basket weave come in all shapes and forms. They are ubiquitous in thrift stores ranging from sturdy petite picnic-basket styles (chic and classic) to colorful straw beach bags (festival-worthy boho). I always have a couple in my collection as the woven look fits in well with so many outfits.

The Beaded Mini
These lovely little bags can be found not only at thrift stores and yard sales but also at antique stores, and they can date back a few centuries! Any time I have a formal event to attend, I always turn to my trusty collection of little Victorian beaded purses. And it’s not a problem if they are old and fragile. You many only need to carry one once or twice a year.

The Graphic Canvas
I love finding quirky, graphic bags from the 70’s and 80’s. They’re definitely something for casual looks or to carry books in to school or beach gear to the shore. The perfect sister bag to your main one. All-purpose and fun!

Runners Up: Lucite Handle Bag, Bowling Bag, Patchwork Bag, Mini Leather Wallet Bags

And if you see a bag that’s unique but almost too insane for your collection, buy it, wear it once and then donate it back so the next girl can do the same! Just don’t let it sit in that closet forever. There’s nothing sadder than a crazy-awesome vintage bag sitting in storage.

NOTE: All bags pictured were thrifted!