"2013 trend", "autumn", "fall", "fashion accessories", "fashion", "film noir"

Fall Fashion 2013 ║ Film Noir Inspired

Want to add a bit of glam to your look this fall?  Recall an era of sultry screen sirens, shadowed by dark drama, with signature vintage pieces and retro inspired new classics!  Bold, seductive lips, smoky come-hither eyes , and elegantly tailored fashion pieces contrast beautifully to create the look of a fierce femme fatale.  It's easier than you might think and you don't have to be a total  vamp to incorporate this trend into your everyday style.  Here are several pieces that add some old school glamour with a look that's all 2013!

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"fashion", "keys to success", "success on etsy"

Keys to Success || The Story of Broken Ghost Clothing

brown backless top

1. When and why did you choose to open an online shop on Etsy?

I used to run a consignment shop and it was then that I began 'revamping' some of the items that I had in my store. A customer of mine told me about Etsy and about her shop that she had and it peaked my interest. When I sold my store in 2009 and was jobless, that's when I began at Etsy.

metallic silver vest

2. What got you started in your craft?

I am a self taught sewer/designer and have been creating art in many different forms since I could hold a crayon. I am an oil/acrylic painter, sketcher, mural artist and florist. My love for fashion has brought me to where I am now.

boho sweater

3. Who or what influences your style the most?

I love anything retro, especially 1970's pieces. I love mixing unexpected colors together and creating clothing that has interesting details.

orange tie dye and plaid top

4. How do you stay focused and motivated?

I love what I do so much that I joke Monday is my favorite day of the week, so I can be alone and create after the hustle and bustle of the weekend. I am amazed on a daily basis that I am doing something that I love and making a living at it. How lucky am I?

navy blue bohemian top

5. What would be your insight on "Keys to Success on Etsy"?

Tips for success, in particular in an online setting would be:
a. Embrace the english language and incorporate it into your shop. Words
are really the main way we are discovered and without that expertise, we will struggle.
b. Work to improve on a daily basis. It's easy to get complacent and think we are doing everything the best we can. But there are always new things to learn and try.
c. Stay on top of retail trends. You must sell what people want.

Find more about Jana's shop Broken Ghost Clothing:

Jana is the owner, maker, designer and curator.
Founded January 19, 2009.

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"fashion accessories", "fashion", "summer stylist series", "summer", "vintage"

Summer Stylist Series || Go Vintage #2 with Miss Farfalla

Through our Summer Stylist Series this month, we're putting the focus on vintage clothing through our personal stylist Chris of Miss Farfalla!  Each week, Chris is taking into the world of vintage fashion by putting the spotlight on a certain time period.  Her first post took us to the Roaring 20's and she selected her items accordingly.  However, she doesn't stop there!  I love how Chris incorporates a little blurb to bring out the mood of the era and then finishes off with a song clip from that time period.  Now, we can really feel the vibe!  

This week, Chris takes us back in time to the 1930's!

"So the crash came and Gatsby died in the swimming pool and thank goodness for the WPA!

What to wear to that little job around the corner now that the parties over, Dear Working Girl... well this sweet set: cotton print frock, tilt top hat, whimsical butterfly handbag and those marvelous servicable shoes... perfect for standing behind the Woolworth 5 & 10 fragrance counter all day long."

Vintage 1930s Cotton Print Pocket Dress  ||  Rococo Vintage 
1930s Vintage Tilt Topper Hat  ||  Living Threads Vintage
1930's Vintage Beaded Purse  ||   Midnight Mart
30s Woven Oxford Shoes  ||  Jess James Jake

Song Clip:

"I work at the Palace Ball,
But gee, that palace is cheap.
When I get back to my chilly hallroom
I'm much too tired to sleep.
I'm one of those lady teachers,
A beautiful hostess you know,
The kind the palace features
At exactly a dime a throw.

Ten cents a dance,
That's what they pay me.
Gosh how they weigh me down..."

We'll see you here again next week as we explore yet another block of history through fashion!

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"4th of July", "beach", "fashion", "summer"

The 4th of July || Beach Day

Happy 4th of July!  I hope all of you have a wonderful day full of good food, time with friends and family and fireworks.  I'm planning on spending the day at home this year, but if I could be anywhere to celebrate, I would choose the beach.  Give me a nice big beach umbrella and a good book and I would be set for the day.  I've also chosen some other goodies to accompany my day at the beach.  I hope you have a fabulous 4th!

Beach Day
1. Beach Bag || Independent Reign
2. Aviator Sunglasses || Takemoto
3. Linen Beach Blanket || Choisette
4. Ahoy Tank Top || Vital
5. Leather Sandals || Penny Handmade

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"fashion accessories", "fashion", "summer stylist series", "vintage"

Summer Stylist Series || Go Vintage with Miss Farfalla

Our Summer Stylist Series is a super fun way to get to know Etsy.  If you've always wanted a personal shopper to help you navigate the crowded waters of Etsy, then look no further!  This month, we're taking you inside the world of vintage with Chris of Etsy shop Miss Farfalla as our personal tour guide.  Chris has been selling her fine vintage clothing on Etsy since 2009, so she knows her way around and we're excited to follow along!  Each week she'll choose 4 items, share her comments on the inspiration and then she's finishing it off with a fragment of a popular song from that era.  How cool is that?

Her focus for this week lands on the wonderful, roaring 20s!  

"Oh the unstoppable 20s!  Just hop your Pierce Arrow to the nearest Speakeasy in this sweet set.  What a glorious Deco frock!  And those fabulous satin shoes!  Add the perfect little cloche, a sweet little crochet handbag, silk stockings, garters, bathtub gin and some 1928 Standard Oil stock (before crash)... and party on Jazz Babies!"

20s Silk Flapper Dress  ||  Le Mollusque
1920 Summer Hat  ||  Planet Claire Vintage
Vintage 1920s Crochet Purse  ||  4 Birds Vintage
Silk Deco 1920s Shoes  ||  Fab Gabs

Song Clip:

"Beware of frozen funds, ooh, ooh
Stocks and bonds, ooh, ooh
Dockside thugs, ooh, ooh
You'll get a pain and ruin your bankroll

Keep away from bootleg hooch
When you're on a spree
Oh, take good care of yourself
You belong to me"

We'll see you next week for another dive into the past with Chris' creative selections!

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"Cinne Worthington", "fashion accessories", "fashion", "summer stylist series", "summer"

Summer Stylist Series #4 || Cinne Worthington

Outfit #4 by guest stylist Cinne of by Cinne Worthington

Floppy Straw Hat || Preston & Olivia
Layered Strand Bracelet || Dark Ride
Book Art Collage || Magpie Workshop
Vintage 60s Tank Top || Thriftage
1960s Mod Flower Pants || Miss Farfalla
90s Round Sunglasses || THAYER eyewear
APHRODITE leather wedges || Bali ELF
Hand Stitched Leather Tote (in green)  || Caramel

We've been having so much fun with our guest stylist Cinne of by Cinne Worthington for the past 3 weeks and Outfit #4 is another crowd pleaser!  We'll be doing a visual recap of Cinne's previous 3 selections so that you can share your most FAV outfit in the comments!

So - which of Cinne's outfits is going to be your favorite?  Such a tough call!  In this week's ensemble, Cinne helps us get our retro-hip-modern groove ON.  Each outfit is inspired by an item and if you had to guess - which item would you say got her creative juices flowing?  Did you guess the bookmark art collage?  You got it!  You can see the cross over here and how Cinne draws upon the colors and floral motif, but then she mixes it up by going clean and modern with her handbag selection.  Super fun!  This look has such a clean feel about it that touches upon the vintage, but keeps it fresh with her accessory selections.  Once again, Cinne adds her magical eye for color and pattern combinations to yet another smashing and funky outfit!  

Don't forget that each item is available for sale on Etsy!  Connect with new shops and find some cool items which would literally take you ages to find through Etsy's overloaded searches.  Cinne has amazing style and we want you to connect with her finds, so make sure you follow her Pinterest Board for some stylish inspiration!



Onto a recap of the other 3 outfits!

Outfit #1
TRUELIFE by guest stylist Cinne of by Cinne Worthington



We look forward to seeing which outfit you select and a BIG, BIG, BIG Thank You to Cinne for sharing her eye for style with us for the whole month!  We've had a blast!

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