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Weekend Thoughts


The first week in October is off to a great start.  A rain storm made a brief appearance and brought a quick drop in temperatures here in California.  It was fun to pull out my out my favorite wool socks and boots(if even for a day).   With a beach wedding this afternoon though, I was happy the storm left just as quickly as it arrived.

Tomorrow is the Avocado Festival in Carpenteria where my friend, Ali will be debuting her Sweet Avocado Pies and then on Sunday, we are gathering with our new neighbors for a community BBQ(thank God it’s the Cowboys’ bye week).

Enjoy the weekend my friends!

Voodoo Couture Vintage’s Robyn Hove

Ever since I can remember I have loved all things “old”.  As a child, my room was draped in antique linens and pictures and I spent my time watching old movies and then raiding my mother’s closet for anything that resembled the female character’s wardrobe.

I met Robyn Hove at a charity fashion show last year.  I had heard of her company~ Voodoo Couture Vintage around town and was excited to finally meet her.  If you are looking for something truly, special Robyn is the gal to contact.  This Summer I had two events coming up~ A daytime wedding and an evening birthday dinner in Santa Barbara.  I contacted Robyn, one foggy morning and later that day found myself trying on a multitude of colorful dresses from the 60’s and 70’s in her home.  I loved the fact, she was there and was more than helpful with what would work on my frame and with my coloring.  I ended up falling in love with a pastel floral piece that stood out with butterfly sleeves(wore this to the wedding) and a soft yellow YSL-inspired pleated dress for the birthday dinner.  What I adore about vintage is, (1.)these purchases are long-term.  They will be with me until I can’t fit into them any longer.  (2.)They are unique(sorry~H&M, Forever21) and I won’t fear running into anyone in my dress and lastly, (3.) they have a history.  Let’s find out more about Robyn and how she is making a business out of her passion. 

Where did you come up with the name Voodoo Couture Vintage?

I thought voodoo sounded kinda old & cool and mysterious, couture means sewing

When and what was your inspiration to start your business?

I am a former antique dealer, and I have loved vintage things ever since I can remember. I had to give that up to take care of my mom when she got Alzheimer’s disease. She eventually went into a nursing facility. I have a friend named Tanah who sold vintage clothing at expo’s and shows. She got me interested in vintage clothing. I bought a few pieces at garage sales & listed them on Ebay. They sold and I was hooked!! Soon I shopping for vintage clothing every weekend. I had to learn all the era’s and words for different types of clothing styles. (Still learning) lol! Been doing it for about 3 years, first year and a half getting my feet wet & now I’m obsessed! I don’t find much at garage sales these days so I have to travel to find it. All that to say I am inspired by the beauty and history of the clothes. The intricacy of the design and fine sewing of the older pieces. I’m inspired and enamored by who may have worn them and to where. I have to admit I get a little giddy when I find a special piece. I recently found a crochet skirt and the women told me it was from a flea market in England and was worn by Kate Moss back in the day before she was famous for a photo shoot. THAT inspired me! How exciting can you get. Anyway it was bought by a gentlemen in Paris. ( I never mentioned the story, who would have believed it anyway Ha) I’m inspired by the delicate nature of old silk and how some has held up so long. Also inspired by newer 60s, and 70s which covers so many styles…Hippie Boho, Jackie O and so on.
Did you have a shop at one time? Do you reinvent/re-design any of the pieces you find?
Well, I was inside a shop on Oak street. I had a large room call “Robyn’s Nest”- sounds corny to me now but at the time It was pretty popular. lol. I do some redesigning only if needed. If particular dresses are selling short , then I hem them. I pretty much keep up on what is selling on eBay on popular stores and try to apply what I learn.. I LOVE to repair things in a way that will never be detected or seen. I call them my “magic tricks”
Also getting stains out that may have been there forever is very rewarding for me. LOL. I’m so glad my Mom taught me some sewing skills when I was younger. I don’t know a lot but what I do know is invaluable.
Robyn, What is the next step for your business?
At this point I just want to keep getting my name out there and to continue to keep up with inventory and photo shoots. I want to get as much of a reputation as I can.

Voodoo Couture Website

Voodoo Couture Vintage’s Facebook page

Basics Worth Falling For~

*photo credit H&M

Autumn is quickly approaching and I have been making my mental list of a few, key pieces to mix with what I already own. Solid quality at a decent price is my motto. I try to shop locally and love vintage. I check in at our local boutiques first and to curb my addiction to all things unique,  I love Voodoo Couture Vintage’s website seen here .    I suggest making a note of the pieces below that appeal to you and follow my lead.  If you don’t have any luck, I have noted the shop where my inspiration items were found. 

1.) Faux snake-skin is the new leopard which was the new black.  Look for it in unexpected colors on shoes, dresses and bags. Banana Republic

2.) Metallic, Structured Bags add shimmer to an otherwise conservative background of fall neutrals.  LLBean.

3.) Dresses in Jade Green.  This is the color for fall going into winter and will make you stand out in the waves of LBDs.  Topshop

4.) Polka Dots are replacing stripes this season.  But be careful with going overboard.  You may want to keep it simple and add a polka-dotted scarf or just wear a blouse in this print.  Marc Jacob’s runway.

5.) Flared-Leg Trouser Jean.  I love my high-waisted pair by JBrand, I bought from Lauren at Vault Denim.  Top with a light-colored blouse and a thin, bright belt(like the one above). Nordstrom

6.)  I’ve always held a special place in my heart for ankle-strap heels.  They are so classically, feminine.  These by Chloe are extra-amazing due to that Lucite heel.

If you have any questions about any of the above or need help with shopping locally~please email me cheri@bludressboutique.com.

Bag Swag~

When I was younger, I changed out my purse about as often as I changed my toothbrush. Over the years, my hygiene habits evolved, as did my style. It wasn’t long before I noticed a good purse was the finishing touch to an outfit. Whether it is a bright yellow hobo bag added to an ensemble of neutrals or a vintage clutch covered in bright blue beads against a little black dress – a choice of purse makes an impact on the total look.

My collection takes up three narrow shelves of my closet. I keep larger bags on the low shelf, medium on the middle and evening clutches on the top. As you can probably see, I did change some of them around for the aesthetic appeal of the photograph.

When it comes to organizing my bag on the inside, it’s fairly simple. A few smaller bags(make-up even Ziplock) arranged just right inside a larger one can make things so much simpler when looking for a ringing cell phone or your car keys. I have separate bags for my make-up, cell phone and business cards, a zip lock to hold my preschooler’s small toys and crayons, and a bag for any “club cards and special coupons or store dollars. When I change a purse to match an outfit, it’s as simple as grabbing a few bags out of the old one and throwing them into the new one.

I would love to hear your ideas for keeping an organized bag.

Closet Organization

Now that school is a mere two weeks away from being back in session, mornings at my house are about to get a bit chaotic. Between the kids and myself there are 5 outfits to plan each day. Thank goodness my husband doesn’t ask me for help with his, too. That only happens when we have weekend plans.

Keeping an organized closet is key. Here in California we don’t have much of
a change in seasons, but I know for sure I won’t be wearing my snowboarding
jacket in June. I am lucky enough to have a teen-aged son who prefers to
store(shove) his clothes in his dresser. So, I keep all my seasonal clothing and
special occasion pieces(Holiday Wear, and such) in his closet.

Last night, I ran around the house throwing things in trash bags for donation today.  I am seriously, too embarrassed to tell you just how many bags are sitting on my driveway this morning awaiting pick up.  But in any event, it has kickstarted me to once again organize my closet.

You can either set aside a few hours to do this or tackle a bit each day. Either way, here are a few tips to get you started.

1.) Go through your closet and store seasonal items. Try to store them in
another closet or in under bed bins. Label

2.) Next pull out anything questionable you haven’t worn either because it
doesn’t fit well, it’s damaged or you just don’t love it as much as you used to.
Store these items in 2 other bins and label each, respectfully. You can choose to store these, have them repaired or donate.

3.) Now, you can sort the hanging items by color. I prefer darkest to
lightest. Hang the colors next to ones that compliment each other(blues next to
browns) and so on. This will help in putting outfits together.

4.) Organize tops jackets, sweaters, long sleeves to short/tank then skirts,
long to short, pants and so on.

5.) There are a few ways to organize shoes. Store in bins or shoe boxes or
straight on a shelf or shoe organizer. Either way, I store shoes by color and
style(dress down to casual) For example, black heels, grey heels, brown heels,
then flats, sandals, flip-flops and tennis shoes.

“Less is more” is my new motto and if I don’t love it~ I toss it or bless someone else with it!  I would love to hear your tips on how you organize your closet!