Sunday, July 17, 2011

Another fun skirt

This one is a nice little denim-y type in dark blue. It has pockets and the sweetest little wooden buttons up the front. The label says BDG size medium, I think it's originally from Urban Outfitters.

Waist: 31"
Hips: Free
Length: 16"

Price: $15
Shipping: $10

As always, send me an e-mail if you'd like to purchase at and I will send you an invoice.

More spring cleaning

This skirt is one of my absolute favourites, but it just never fit me quite right. So I am going to stop looking at it each day, wishing it would work for me and pass it on to someone who will love it like I have. Doesn't this skirt make you think of sweet farmhouses with a sheep or two and a hanging porch swing?

Waist: 30"
Hips: Free
Length: 25"

Price: $25

E-mail ( if you would like to purchase. Shipping is $10.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Island Now

While Toronto Island is still a great refuge from the city, and at only ten minutes and ten dollars away how can I complain, I have to complain anyway. The charm and good 'ol fashioned fun just isn't there. I mean really, when you are greeted by a Pizza Pizza stand right off the ferry? I thought the point was to bring a picnic. Anyway, it's still beautiful today, and the view of the city can't be beat. Here's a peek:

The good 'ol days of summer

It's been pretty hot in Toronto these past few days, and I mean hot, like 35 degrees and what feels like 100% humidity, hot. I would like to be out doing something, but the moment I walk out the door I lose all energy.

Just across the lake is Toronto Island, which is a great place to spend the day. Lake Ontario surrounds this massive parkland. There are very few houses and actual permanent dwellers of the island and you have to take a ferry to get there. It's a lovely get away from the city and everything about it is super quaint. The folks that do have houses there lease them from the city and as the leases are about to expire in coming years there's talk of developing it. Toronto has a lot of problems when it comes to city planning and developing, but if they did anything to changed the island anymore than they already have I think there would be no doubt that we would win world's worst city. We will have to wait a few more years to know what is going to happen, but there is talk of upsizing the teeny, tiny airport that is there to an international airport. Yuck.

For now, I will show you something wonderful that once was on the island- Hotel Hanlan. I wish decision makers could be mindful of the regret of things we have lost in the last 100 years or less, as to not make the same mistakes over and over.

Hotel Hanlan was built in the mid 1800s, and it has a sort of Eastern look, although it is considered Second Empire in style. After a fire destroyed part of it in 1909 it was torn down rather than salvaged and the damaged parts reconstructed (that happens a lot here).

Moral of the story? Two things: I want to go relax at Hotel Hanlan on Toronto Island; Toronto sucks for historic preservation.

A Busy Bee

The clock is ticking on my time in Toronto, which means all of those things I keep saying I will do tomorrow need to be done now if I am going to make this a smooth move. I was organizing today and got inspired to start posting some of the skirts I have been making. There will be more to come soon, but here is a sneak peak. All are available at my Etsy shop Kitschup.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A-Line Rockabilly Perfection

This one is one of my favourites, and hard to part with, but it just doesn't fit anymore. Grrr. It's light brown/cream with red sparrows flying all around and little yellow and red ribbons strewn about. Two pockets on each hip- and who doesn't love a skirt with pockets? Buttons up the front, made of cotton. I think the brand is OK47, but it's one of those artsy labels that are impossible to read.
I am asking $25 for the skirt. Same deal, e-mail me for an invoice to pay through Paypal. Flat rate worldwide shipping for only $10!

Waist: 28"
Hips: Free
Length: 26.25"

I am selling my like new (worn once) mustrad blouse with brownish-grey embroidery on bodice. There are two wooden buttons and gathering at empire waist. Back features a keyhole button closure. From Urban Outfitters, by Tikirani. Originally $58, grab it for $20!
Size small, made of 100% cotton. Up to 35" bust, length 23.5" If you are interested, just shoot me an e-mail at More to come!
Shipping is flat rate worldwide $10.

New Items in the Shop Today

But also new items here! I am cleaning out my closet and have so many nice retro inspired clothes that I would hate to just donate to those who might not love them for their true glory. So I thought I would try to sell them here. At reasonable prices of course :) I will be updating with new items as I delve deeper into cleaning. Feel free to shoot your questions my way. And if you decide you like something just e-mail ( me and I will prep you an invoice through Paypal. Pretty simple, right?


I have been absent for a while and it is in part due to the major changes I am about to have to deal with. While they are exciting changes, they still make my easily aggravated anxiety shoot through the roof. Let's just say I am trying to remain positive. Although I may be taking it to extremes as my boyfriend has called me Dr. Phil more than once. Ouch.

How about a little change inspiration to help us out? I can't think of anything better than this very strange (and unique) video montage of a Bowie classic.

Now that you have read a colossal ramble you are probably hoping for some sort of climax. In about a month I am uprooting my life for the second time in one year (bear in mind I stay in the same place far beyond I want to simply because I hate moving). Anyway, I live in Toronto now and will be moving to NYC for grad school at Pratt Institute. The school part is what I am excited about. The finding a place to live that isn't bed bug, roach, rat, and who knows what infested frightens me. Renting in NYC is foreign to even the most seasoned big city dwellers, and I have to confess, I am overwhelmed by the process. Does anyone have any advice for me?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

And the winner is...

AmelieSkippingStones! The random number generator chose you. Enjoy your $50 credit at In Perpetuity!

I want to say thanks to everyone that now follows my blog by giving you all a $10 credit in the shop. Just convo me when you want to buy something to remind me and I will adjust the price. Thanks again to my 8 loyal followers!

And stay tuned, there will be more giveaways in the coming weeks.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What I Wore

We did a photo shoot the other day for some of the dresses in the Etsy store. It was a nice location, in the east end near the lake.

Top: Vintage
Skirt: Modcloth
Shoes: Ruche
Sunglasses: Borrowed from boyfriend

Monday, June 6, 2011

Mid Century Madness

I am selling a very unique mid century modern sofa on Etsy that was featured in a Mad Men style treasury. Take a look!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Clothing Giveaway Update

Hi Ladies!
Glad to see I have three new followers- thanks for following me <3

I have decided to extend the $50 giveaway to In Perpetuity for one more week, just to see if we can make it a little more competitive. Thanks for your patience, and in the meantime, enjoy more updates now that I am done with school for the year.

So... check back on June 13 for the official announcement (promise)!

The Perfect Red Summer Shoes

I was determined to buy myself the perfect shoes for my birthday, but was having no luck at all. Something was always slightly off- too much of a heel, too expensive, to cutesy, etc, etc. After pretty much giving up, I happened to be checking in on one of my favourite blogs, Vintage Portalen, when I noticed a Swedish seller she had bought a really sweet dress from. I made my way to the site and it was there, by total chance, that I found the perfect red summer shoes. For any of you familiar with trying to find the perfect ____ for your wardrobe, you can understand my excitement. I had my eye on Swedish Hasbeens, but just couldn't afford the hefty price tag. Anyway, Martina, who helped me through the whole process of purchasing and shipping to North America (she will ship anywhere, just send her a note), informed me the shoes are designed and made by one man in Southern Sweden. I thought that made them even more special, and when they arrived from Sweden in under a week I was elated! Thank you, Martina and Som Ny!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Vintage Clothing Giveaway

So I know I said the point of this was to move away from the Etsy business, but I have to get followers somehow, right? That being said, I am doing a giveaway to promote my new blog. Sign up to follow me between now and June 1 and you will automatically be entered to win a $50 credit in my Etsy shop. YAY!! It's a great time too, because I am moving soon and trying to clear my inventory. Items are heavily discounted! I will announce the winner on June 2, right here!

New Year, New Blog

My birthday is right around the corner (28, I can't believe it!) and the idea of the beginning of a new year in my life has compelled me to make some changes- my new blog being one of them. The old one was much simpler and focused mostly on my Etsy store. I can't decide if I like the clean and modern style of the old one better than the new 1940s-era lily flower wallpaper background. Only time will tell.

So anyway, I wanted a fresh blog to move away from the Etsy-only vibe of the last one, and to focus more on the general delights, perplexities, annoyances, and whatnots of the new year. Enjoy!