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Reuse, Recycle, And Celebrate Stylin' Thrift At Work! Vintage Hat Friday!!!!

Don't worry, modern affordable house kit peeps. Everything starts again the first week of January.
In the meantime, we here at Copeland Casati Media (my Richmond, Virginia advertising / web company) celebrate thrifty reuse and recycling in the winter by being silly and proclaiming the last work day as...
Vintage Hat Friday!!!!

Amy: Presenting: Gifts that Keep on Giving

My entire outfit today is made of gifts from other people. It wasn’t intentional…I actually didn’t think of it until I found myself searching for a theme and dismissing a number of cheesy Christmas song titles. But I think this is the first VHF where I can’t say “got at Halcyon, Goodwill, etc.” about anything. It humbles you a bit when you realize that but for the generosity of others, you be modeling Lady Godiva’s fashion trend.

The dress was made by my mother when she was about my age, and worn to many a Christmas party. She gave it to me recently and I’ve been enjoying wearing it all this season. The velvet coat was a gift from my father’s friend, who found it in his mother’s attic and knew how I liked vintage clothes. I spent some time last night mending some open seams on the back, and now it’s good as new and ready to go to the opera… In the meantime, I sure hope it’s happy going to the office! : ) Thank you, Mr. Coleman. The shoes were a gift from my grandmother, vintage black lace heels from a country I hope to visit, Spain. The hat is a vintage 1950’s “Made in West Germany” feather headband. The second time I put it on the antique glue let go and all the feathers fell off! Yikes! I’ve restored it and now enjoy wearing it, though it is quite understated for something made entirely of black glossy feathers.

Thank you to everyone, friends and family, who I’ve had the pleasure of spending another lovely year with. I’m grateful for all of you. It’s been a crazy year, and I look forward to the next! Happy Holidays, whatever you’re celebrating I hope you have a season filled with quiet joy.

Copeland: I call my outfit, "Scottish Highlander Tartan Something Or Another" Actually I woke up this morning with a GREAT name but now I've forgotten it so I'll just call it, "Highland Ho."

Well, the fun part about this outfit is that I've already used the skirt, gloves and shoes in previous Vintage Hat Fridays - what could be better than recycling and reusing previous Vintage Hat Friday items?!? That's what it's all about, bay-bee!

So, let's start with the hat:
My great aunt Dorothy Gundlach brought this to my mother when she went abroad. I then used to wear it when I was about ten- there are pictures of me with a Lady Di haircut, purple oxford and this hat under a tree on our family farm, Rotherwood. It was recently discovered, and perfect for Vintage Hat Friday. Perfect for a gray rainy day! I feel like a Highland Lass!

To complement the tam, I pulled a 1980s power jacket from my closet- I don't remember where I got it but it totally says 1980s New York Donald Trump Tavern On The Green Party to me. I think it's Nicole Miller.

The bustier is a 1990s thrifty purchase from my New York days at The Cat Club (13th & W. Broadway) where one of my best friends worked- who didn't play there? Henry Rollins, Sonic Youth, so many... if you were metal or punk, you hung out there. Ah the days of crimped hair and pink eyeshadow...

The necklace is a medal of some kind of my grandmothers. It has an archer on it, which attracts me terribly as I am currently trying to find the time to haul myself out to Green Tops and get my Fred Bear recurve strung. Like I am going to drag chilluns into a store full of weapons. Like I have any time to myself to do such fun things. *Sigh* I'm trying to read what it says but it's on my neck and upside down and hurting my eyes so nevermind!

Oh, wait: I remember what I was going to call this outfit!
Tartan Trollop!

(Why is Amy snickering in the corner?)

We hope you all have a wonderful holiday, and look forward to continuing more passive solar house kit news in 2009!




At 12/19/08, 11:32 AM , Blogger Unknown said...


At 12/19/08, 12:10 PM , Blogger Kyanite Acres Farm said...

Voting for Copeland... (my mother was Scottish)

At 12/19/08, 12:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok - though I should pledge allegiance to Amy on principle (and her outfit is really neat!) I'm going with Copeland for being at least somewhat Christmassy (JET BLACK IS NOT FESTIVE AMY)

At 12/19/08, 12:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My vote goes for Amy with that cute dress and killer coat!

At 12/19/08, 12:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The curves have it! Copeland's saucy threads (and leather hide) leave demure behind any day. Way to go Higland Ho!


At 12/19/08, 12:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, Rebbecca, I am wearing a GREEN dress! Now I agree Copeland has the better outfit today, but don't penalize me for something just 'cause you were too busy to check out the slide show ;) *wink

At 12/19/08, 12:49 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Peggy voted for ME! (She usually votes for Amy!)

"I' would have to vote for you as I believe in a little color at Christmas!!"

Or in my case this week, OFF color!
; )
(It didn't look nearly so bawdy in real life!)

At 12/19/08, 12:58 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

FYI Amy's husband's vote:

"You need a close-up on your hat, it's very hard to SEE! Since I have seen it though, I vote for Amy! That hat is insane…"

: )

At 12/19/08, 2:10 PM , Blogger George said...

Copeland, I think that outfit would knock anyone on their ass any Friday of the year, and this was no exception, but, this is the Friday before Christmas, and in keeping with the holiday spirit of charity and good will, and the fact that I've voted for you the last 3 weeks, I'm casting my vote for Amy.
P.S. You can always recycle that outfit in a future competition. It's almost like having a WMD in reserve.

At 12/19/08, 2:34 PM , Blogger Jennifer Willis said...

Copeland. :)

At 12/19/08, 4:56 PM , Blogger Unknown said...


(sorry Amy, I couldn't see you hat?)

At 12/19/08, 6:45 PM , Blogger Passive Solar Prefab Homes said...

Oh GREAT. Now we're gonna have to hear from Amy "If they could have JUST seen the hat."

; )
And yes, you know she will...

So Amy, when you read this, Candice voted for me but know you got GEORGE's vote this week (see above)- a Casati loyalist! Feel proud.

: )

At 12/19/08, 11:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to vote for Amy - she looks like someone from an Audrey Hepburn movie while Copeland is straight out of "Brigadoon"! (and I love musicals!) Amy, I remember your mother wearing that dress on numerous occasions--how old does that make me?


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