Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who Needs Practicality?

Yes, I went back and bought the princess coat I mentioned here.  This was a coat that lingered and swirled about in my fashion thoughts.  Have you ever gone back and bought a vintage item?

The reason I didn't originally buy it is because of practicality. I've been trying to be a bit more practical with my clothing lately.  But, you know when you really find something that fits well and is just too beautiful, a symbol of 50s glamour, and reasonably priced you just gotta throw practicality to the wind.    I just might be sporting my new velvet princess coat to Target this winter:)      All I had is my phone camera so I couldn't get in the details of this coat I would have liked too.   I'll certainly be blogging more about this coat in the future.  It was (is) such a dream to wear.  This is what vintage is all about ladies, loving what you wear.

Below are just a few images from my phone camera as I was just so excited to share my very favorite vintage store.  I told the lady who worked there how lucky she was to be able to hear the stories and play dress up:)    I just love it!  The store is called Paris and it is located in Royal Oak.  I have some better photographs from my first visit on my non-phone camera that I will post in a future post.  The thing about Michigan is that vintage is pretty reasonably priced in the shops.  I've gotten some great things at reasonable prices.  I've always had a fondness for Royal Oak, even as a teenager.  It's a little oasis where you feel people can really express themselves.  There's a fun edginess about the place and there are also a lot of great places to eat.


Boy, I wanted this dress but it was too small. One day Mr. Mort, I'll find one that fits!  They said this one wouldn't even fit on the mannequin, I'm thinking it was for a teenage girl.  I would have bought it if it would have fit as Mr. Mort keeps eluding me.  I first heard about Mr. Mort when I saw an amazing dress and ad at CoutureAllure.   You all know how I just love to match ads to the real version.

 I am telling you I would have bought this dress below if someone else would not have beat me to it.  It also had a matching ad, totally up my alley.

Image Source: Couture Allure.

Back to the shop:

A Lilli Ann coat in white.  This was more of a swing coat and I prefer the princess coats and we all know white can be a difficult color but still very nice to see!

After a trip to pick up my dreamy velvet princess coat, I stopped into a chocolate shop with my son.

How cute are these chocolate shoes?  A total vintage vibe too!   They even had milk and dark chocolate polka dot shoes, my kinda chocolate.   They had them in small and also some large chunks of chocolate shaped as shoes that looked like they'd actually fit my feet.  They totally look like a 30s shoe! Isn't it funny how once you get a grasp on vintage fashion, you see it....?

Yep, chocolate, a grand coffee with whipped cream, and a velvet princess coat, what more could I ask for?  


  1. Oooh, so glad you went back for it - it's lovely, and you totally would have kicked yourself and kept thinking about it as the one that got away, if you hadn't!

    1. The coat was actually pulled from the shop rack when I went back so I feel lucky to have gotten it. They were going to sell it on the Internet.

  2. I love that red dress with a full skirt! Oh, it would hide all my pear shaped issues .. lol.


  3. Great coat!! Sometimes you just need to indulge and buy that vintage item even if it isn't totally practical!!

    There is a Mr. Mort dress that I'm currently coveting and hoping that a coupon code or sale will come my way!

  4. It looks amazing on you! That shop looks awesome! xox

  5. That shop does look sensational. I know what you mean by indulging, I have done that on vintage a few times.

  6. I'm so glad you went back for it! I do that aaaall the time. I call it "letting it simmer" - if it gets stuck in your head, you know you are totally smitten with it, and will wear & love it. If it's gone, it wasn't meant to be.

    I don't think you should worry too much about the practicality though. Is it an evening gown? No. (I banned myself from evening gowns this year, because practicality.) Instead, it's a fabulous coat that can still be paired with more casual attire as well! It doesn't *have to* be fancy, unless you want it to be, and you can always throw warm, hidden layers underneath. So happy to see it found the right home <3

    xo Sara

    1. You have such marvelous taste in dresses...I say go for the evening gowns too:)) Thank you for the encouragement. When I went back and tried on the coat, I just knew it was me and my style and I would have regretted not getting it. It's a bit different than the internet where there is always the risk of not liking it in person. I just loved this coat in person.

  7. Be still my princess coat loving heart, that is such a classic, stunning piece. It would have lingered in my mind, beckoning me back to it as well. I love princess coats - they're pretty much the only winter style I've worn for years, as I just adore how well they hug my curves and help keep my roasty-toasty during the long Canadian winters. Congrats on your gorgeous new topper, dear Joanna!

    ♥ Jessica

  8. Congrats darling!!!! Practicality be damned! I just bought my christmas/birthday present the other day! Hahaha, not exactly practical, but you will looooove it Joanna!