12.08.2011

holiday shopping

The Poketo Annual Holiday Sale and Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale are going on this weekend in Downtown LA. I'm looking forward to scoring some awesome gifts for my friends and family. Both events are free admission with lots of free goodies for shoppers, so come on down if you're in the area!

10.17.2011

delays

Hi there! Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I just wanted to check in and let you know why the Etsy shop hasn't been updated this month. I've been spending the majority of my time helping my dad search for a new home out-of-state. This past week was actually the first time in the last month that I've spent more than 5 straight days in California, but I've been so busy with daily obligations that I haven't had enough time to work on the shop. I'll also be going out of state again this weekend to visit my grandmother in Seattle.

I'm sorry for the delay, but I'm sure you guys understand. Life can be unpredictable sometimes. I'll have a shop update for you as soon as I can. Take care!

9.15.2011

shop sale!

I'm finally moved into my new home, though there's still so much to be done before I can really get settled in. The cable was just installed on Tuesday. Half of my things are still in boxes. Life is a little bit hectic right now, but I'm doing my best to get organized so that I can start working on an Etsy update. I'm hoping to have a lot of new items up by the end of the month. Until then, everything that's currently in the shop is 25% off.

8.26.2011

moving on

Hello there. I'm currently in the process of finding a new home and moving out of my current one, so there won't be any blog or Etsy shop updates for the next couple of weeks. For anyone who's gone through the moving process before, I'm sure you know how time-consuming (and sometimes stressful) it can be. But! I'll be back before you know it. In the meantime, please enjoy this adorable puppy. (photo via tumblr)

8.17.2011

shop update

orange rose draped back dress
white & yellow patent heels
1980s ivory heart tea length skirt
A few new items have just been added to Ninja Vintage. Someone please buy the heart skirt before I decide to keep it for myself. Seriously. It's awesome. I still have a couple more things to put up in the shop this week, so keep checking back!

8.10.2011

hot pants

As soon as I set eyes on this silly vintage stationery set at Goodwill yesterday, I knew I had to have it. Notecards in the shape of little yellow floral hot pants - why not?

Ninja Vintage Etsy update tomorrow, mostly dresses and skirts (sorry, no hot pants).

8.06.2011

art in the streets

Busy week! 10 new items are up in the shop. I'm still working on the rest. Sometimes I underestimate how much time I need to get certain things done. I have the tendency to forget that my meticulous nature means that it takes me twice as long to get stuff done, which can be both a good thing and a bad thing (in this case, kind of a bad thing).

The photos above are from the "Art in the Streets" exhibit at the The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The exhibit chronicles the entire history of street art, from the mass production of spray paint in the 1960s (I loved the wall of vintage spray paint cans) to Shepard Fairey's Obama "HOPE" poster in 2008 and the release of  Exit Through the Gift Shop in 2010. So many fun and inspiring things to see. Next Monday is the last day of the exhibit, so I'm glad I got to see it just before it ended.

7.29.2011

summer soundtrack: cults remix


Here's another song that I've been listening to on repeat lately. It's a remix of the song "Go Outside" by Cults. They're a pretty stylish-looking duo, don't you think?


Instead of a small Etsy shop update today, I've decided to do a big update next week. 15-20 new items, including more pretty skirts and fun printed dresses.

Happy weekend!

7.27.2011

food truck love, homer style

lake street creamery
On Saturday, I attended the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest at Exposition Park. This is a weekly summer event that's now in it's second year, and it's become one of my favorite things to do in LA in the summertime. This past weekend, they screened Reservoir Dogs. As excited as I was for the movie, I was even more excited for the food. I finally got to try the Border Grill Truck, from chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. I can safely say that it's the best food truck I've ever been to (and I've been to many). Their quinoa fritters, Peruvian ceviche, green corn tamal, and churro tots were out-of-this-world good, and the service was fast and friendly. I can't wait to go back for more.

I also paid a visit to my favorite ice cream truck, Lake Street Creamery. I've tried a few of their flavors, but their donut ice cream is the one that I keep going back to (it tastes exactly like a powdered donut!). This time I asked them to make it "Homer style," with pink candy shell and rainbow nonpareils. Perfect! One of the many things I love about Lake Street Creamery is that they serve their ice cream in a waffle bowl with a wooden spoon. It's such a practical but clever twist on the familiar. If you live in the LA area and haven't tried it, you definitely should. I promise you won't be disappointed!

Here's a photo from the Outdoor Cinema Food Fest at Exposition Park, stolen from my friend because she has a fancy iPhone that takes fancy photos and I don't:


7.25.2011

orange crush

bonny naranja vintage sunglasses from MODvintageshop
essie nail color in braziliant from essie
layered dress from zara
clair vivier fold-over clutch from need supply co.
vintage orange leather bow flats from twin hearts vintage


I recently decided to join Pinterest and, as I feared, I've become a little bit obsessed. Pinterest is a site where you can save and share images from all over the web and organize them into different categories, or "boards." The items above are from my "orange" board. I also have boards for red, yellow, green, blue, stripes, and neutrals. Yeah, I told you I was obsessed.

You can check out more of my orange finds here and see the rest of my boards here. If you'd like an invite to join Pinterest, feel free to email me and I'll send one your way.

7.22.2011

happy skirtday

brown polka dot pencil skirt
red paisley tea length skirt
black floral button front skirt
black button front skirt
A few vintage skirts have just been added to the Etsy shop! Just a small update today. Now I'm off to get ready for my birthday dinner. I'm turning the big 2-6 today. Yikes! See you next week!

7.19.2011

summer colors

tomatoes from my garden
Fresh tomatoes from my little backyard garden, in brilliant red and orange hues. These also happen to be the colors that I want to wear all summer long.

Look out for a shop update later in the week. By the way, I just want to say thank you to everyone who's purchased from Ninja Vintage or sent me messages since I started the shop back up on Etsy last month. I really appreciate all the kind words and support.

Have a wonderful day!

7.18.2011

ceremony

This past weekend, I saw a movie called Ceremony, starring Michael Angarano and Uma Thurman. The cast was great and it was enjoyable overall, if a little derivative of films like Wes Anderson's Rushmore in terms of tone and storyline. Actually, it was a lot derivative of Rushmore, but I won't hold that against writer/director Max Winkler. Rushmore is a damn good movie.

What really left an impact on me were the film's visual aspects: the set and costume design, production design, and cinematography. Every shot was beautifully framed and every set was brimming with fun, interesting details and rich colors and textures. I just wanted to jump into this film and wander around in it for a little while.

Costume designer Heidi Bivens outfitted the cast in classic pieces (plaids, stripes, and vintage styles - right up my alley) in deep oranges, yellows and reds, with hints of earthy blue, tan and purple shades. The color scheme perfectly coincided with the film's autumnal beach setting and helped to give it a stylized, cohesive look. I went on IMDb to check out Bivens' other credits and, funnily enough, she was an assistant costume designer on another movie whose costumes I adored (and blogged about), The Baxter.

Below are a few screenshots from Ceremony. It was difficult, but I tried to narrow it down to the ones that I loved the most (so, naturally, I included a shot of bacon & eggs). It really is a gorgeous-looking film. I think it's worth watching for that reason alone.

7.15.2011

cupcake royale

In case you couldn't tell from reading this blog, I love sweets, especially baked goods (both making and eating them). The last time I was in Seattle, I visited the famous Trophy Cupcakes and I thought their cupcakes definitely lived up to the hype.

During my recent visit, I went to another awesome cupcake shop called Cupcake Royale. My cousin and her husband live right around the corner from their Capitol Hill location, so we stopped by to pick up a batch of their new strawberry cupcakes. We got strawberry shortcake, plain strawberry, strawberry velvet, and a coconut cupcake just for me. They all tasted delicious! The cakes were soft and rich and the buttercream was packed with fresh strawberry flavor. I shared these with three other people over the course of a couple of days. Though, if forced, I probably could've managed to finish the whole box on my own.

Have a great weekend! Eat something sweet!

7.12.2011

flower power

1960s zip front floral dress
Here's a little preview photo of this week's Etsy shop update. I'm in love with this 1960s mini dress! Today I decided to break out my trusty mannequin and doll her up in some Ninja Vintage fashions. I'll be updating a few shop listings with new photos later today.

7.07.2011

the right stripes

striped backpack from zara
zig zag card set from wit and whistle
coney island crop top and pantomime pliĆ© dress from spotted moth
cha-ching purse bag from deep dark africa
vintage red & white striped skirt from hunt gather fashion

7.06.2011

sneak preview

vintage gunne sax dress
I just got back from yet another lovely trip to Seattle. The weekend was filled with food, fun, more food, and absolutely perfect weather. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in a bit of vintage treasure hunting on my last day in the city. The Gunne Sax dress above is my favorite find. Look out for an Etsy shop update later in the week.

6.28.2011

rainbow

Hello! A few colorful skirts were added to the Etsy shop this weekend, and I'll be adding another (amazing) skirt tomorrow, along with couple of other things. I'm really loving bright, colorful skirts for summertime. I'm also loving the longer and fuller skirt styles that I've been seeing around lately. They're so elegant and easy to wear.

On Thursday I'll be heading to Seattle for the Fourth of July weekend. Very excited! I go to Seattle every year, but this will be my first time being there for July 4th. I'll be back next week, hopefully with some vintage goodies in tow to add to the shop.

Also, I just started a Twitter account for Ninja Vintage. If you want to stay up-to-date on the latest shop updates, sales, and promotions, follow @ninjavintage on Twitter.

See you next week!