Thursday, March 31, 2011

Play Your Cardigans Right

This cardigan is very different because it has an embroidered patch on the back; detail I haven't seen anywhere else except Cheap Thrills, though the shops are packed with different types of cardigans at the moment(and will be again for the fall). A great example of how vintage can be worn with modern styles in a casual way, the vibrant color of this piece jumps out immediately, then, the back makes it memorable.

Grandpa would be proud that you borrowed from his signature style, and then suddenly, when you're out rocking out this piece, a round of canasta doesn't sound so bad after all...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Picnics were Invented for Dresses Like This

I like to imagine that our model is about to go to a Fourth of July party. This fantastic 1940's dress was shortened by the previous owner and is made out of rayon. I love the contrast between the white puff sleeves, buttons, and pocket outlining against the bright red of the dress. I paired it with a sturdy leather bag and a few gold bracelets, as well as this fun red, white, and blue hat. This outfit is just begging to be worn to a picnic! It includes a matching fabric belt, but one could even wear a white or blue contrasting belt with it. It could also be worn with a cardigan if the weather gets chilly. I actually love that it was shortened because it can be paired with many different types of shoes. Personally, I would love to wear it with a pair of wedge espadrilles.

Fun Fact: The bag was previously owned by the costumer for the latest Ben Affleck movie "The Burial" that was filmed in Bartlesville last fall.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Plaid Mad

Photograph by Nathan Presley

The pleats on this skirt give it so much depth, and I love the gold buttons on the blue shirt.

Its amazing how much fabric actually goes into designing a skirt like this. If one were to lay it out flat without the sides being connected, it would form a complete circle which, when the pleats are added, is what gives it its fullness and dimension.

Some people claim that pleats are unflattering because of the bulkiness of the fabric when pleated, but I disagree. I think that pleats can be worn in a very flattering way, such as in this photo. Yes, the skirt is full and voluminous but the shirt fits very close to the body, which balances the outfit.

It reminded me of an American Apparel skirt I saw the other day, except I really don't think that the American Apparel skirt is at all flattering on the model. It makes her look heavier than she is because of where the skirt rests on her hips, and the belt she's wearing divides her silhouette at an unflattering place.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bag of Tricks

Here is an outfit from our latest shoot with photographer Nathan Presley!

Leather bags are really popular right now and vintage leather bags are so timeless; fun pieces like this one are rare. What caught my eye about this bag is that its made out of a very hearty leather and holds its shape well. The stamped detailing on the front and the general style remind me of a bag I saw the other day by designer Rebecca Minkoff, except her similar design costs $450...
Our model Laura is also wearing an adorable red and white patterned dress. The lightweight fabric feels really soft against to your skin; perfect for a spring or summer date night.

Keep checking in on the blog because we'll be posting more great shots by Nathan Presley Photography!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Love This

Photo by Bryan Bartlett of BCreative Tulsa

Oh spring. Lots of people are planning for weddings and since I've noticed a huge trend of vintage hair accessories at weddings, I thought I'd post a close up of this piece we have right now at Cheap Thrills. We actually have a lot of other pieces like this one, in several different colors and styles. I'll be photographing some this week to show everyone!

Ahhh. I love vintage.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wearing White Well; Skin Tones

Photo by Bryan Bartlett of BCreative Tulsa

Today, as a continuation of our white series, we'll talk about how to pick the best type of white for an individual skin tone. I find that people don't write about this subject very much because it is really difficult to generalize what will look best on someone by just analyzing skin tone; consider this a basic guide, not final truth, because trying on different colors is always the best way to judge. Different variations of every hue are out there to try, and hair, eyes, and accent colors always have a major role to play.

Basic Skin Tone and White-Wearing Guide:
Dark Skin Tones: Most colors of white will look great especially pure, bright whites, although yellow-ivory tones are least flattering.
Yellow Undertones: Bright white will be most flattering(like our model).
Pink Undertones: Look gorgeous in cream colored whites.
Very Fair Skin Tones: Best with eggshell, yellow-ivory and colors of white that have depth are best to avoid being washed out.

Our model Anna has a great skin tone for wearing different types of white. The crisp white dress best accentuates her darker, golden skin undertones here. Meanwhile while the cream hat doesn't look "bad", it just doesn't brighten her skin the way the crisp white does.
What do you think? Do you agree that Anna looks better in crisp white or do you disagree?

  • Check back on Wednesday for a new blog post! Also, the photo shoot with Nathan Presley Photography went really well and we're SO excited to be able to share the photos with everyone soon!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shooting with Nathan Presley

The White Series will continue on Monday, as for today, Cheap Thrills is super pumped to be working with Nathan Presley Photography on a new photo shoot! We'll be posting behind the scenes photos throughout today on our Facebook and Twitter, so if you're not a fan/follower, what are you...crazy? Get with it folks. We love you, but get with it.

You can check out some of Nathan Presley's super fly work here: