Five Common Misconceptions About Vintage Fashion

Five Misconceptions About Vintage Fashion

Some people are born into the world of vintage fashion, some people grow to love it. Others don’t even know what vintage actually means (clothes that are older than 20 years old are vintage. Therefore today’s youngest “vintage” is now from 1994...Eeek).   Vintage fashion isn’t just for an elite few in Los Angeles or New York who are cool and savvy enough to locate and style it. These old treasures can be worn by every woman. 

Here are our top five vintage misconceptions. 

Fiction: Vintage clothes are unstylish and outdated 

Fact: No way! Ever heard of the old saying, “history has a way of repeating itself”? Same is true for fashion. To understand vintage styles, is to know current trends. The floral Prada dress from the 2014 resort collection has similar lines and flow to classic, 1940s styles. Practically every current fashion designer curates a vintage archive for inspiration. Some fashion is so timeless, it never really goes out of style (see the iconic 1970s DVF dress- the one you have a current version in your closet of).

That iconic DVF dress from 1976 still looks totally chic and modern now

That iconic DVF dress from 1976 still looks totally chic and modern now

Fiction: Items that are vintage will “break” or fall apart.  

Fact: As I often explain to shoppers at Frisk, if that 1930s deco bracelet hasn’t broken since...well...1930, it’s unlikely to break now (unless of course, you have too many cocktails and break it). Of course, some delicate, super antique clothing items might, but if you look at the seams and check for random snags/holes it shouldn’t fall apart. Vintage items have withstood the test of time because of their quality. We live in a “wear once and chuck it” culture, but these pieces were produced in small quantities with high quality elements. 

These vintage baubles seen on Veruschka would look totally modern now 

These vintage baubles seen on Veruschka would look totally modern now 

Fiction: Vintage is too small/large/won’t fit

Fact: Yes, sizing can tend to go out the window with vintage. I’ve long swallowed my pride about fitting in to a size 12 vintage when I’m a size 4 normally (and by “4 normally” I mean 6). Fabric was cut differently at the time, particularly in the 1950s. Sure, Marilyn Monroe may have been a size 12-16, but in actuality she was 5’5” and 118 lbs (yes, she did have a bra size of 36 D). This is a far cry from a modern day 16. In vintage you either have to try it on, or carefully go by the measurements if you’re purchasing it online. 

The Olsen twins wear vintage on the regs, and always make it look modern and chic

The Olsen twins wear vintage on the regs, and always make it look modern and chic

Fiction: Vintage is great...If you’re going to a costume party

Fact: This nods back to the costume party. Sure, some vintage is very bold. Sure, some is bit out there. But, the majority of vintage items can be styled to look modern and chic. Success of pulling off vintage, however, comes down to styling. You don’t want to look like you walked out of 1978, so make your hair, makeup and accessory choices modern.  Designer vintage pieces (like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, etc) will always looks timeless. And now that the grunge period is considered vintage, these minimalist looks work on even those who love the plainest looks. It’s a little known fact: Whenever we wear vintage, we get the most compliments. Ever. 

A simple shift dress from the 60s is a shape that has endured for years. 

A simple shift dress from the 60s is a shape that has endured for years. 

Fiction: Someone else wore that? It’s unsanitary!

Fact: Avoiding germs is my favorite hobby. I’m currently trying to make the elbow bump trend instead of the handshake (it’s not catching on). Yes, vintage has been worn by someone else. A million years ago. That’s what the washer and dryer is for. Unless something is super delicate fabric that will shred, I usually throw vintage on the fast cycle, then into the dryer on a normal heat, which kills everything. I see nothing worse about vintage than shopping at the place like Nordstrom Rack or Century 21 where literally every item has been tried on by 1,000 people. 

1970s Marianne Faithful and Anita Pallenberg wearing boho styles you'll see now. 

1970s Marianne Faithful and Anita Pallenberg wearing boho styles you'll see now. 

Love vintage? Did we leave something out? Comment below and let us know your thoughts! 

Iconic Moments in Swimwear

Each summer every woman feels a sense of sartorial panic. Black bikini? Pucci inspired bright one piece? Skirted swimsuit with a visor and trashy novel (oh, eeek). What will this summer's swimsuit style bring? Last year I spent exactly 10 hours deliberating on a swimsuits online and decided on a two piece I wore for precisely 2 hours, total. No other piece of apparel illicits the same fitting room reaction: You laugh, you cry, you promise to never eat a cookie again, you smile when something looks acceptable. Then you have to figure out what to wear as a cover up. Sigh.   

The history of the bikini goes back to about 1400 BC when ancient Greek women wore them for athletic endeavors. The precursor to the modern bikini dates to the 1940s, when women began to show more skin in their swimsuits then ever before. Not just a fashion statement, it was a matter of practicality. With war rations on the rise, less fabric was available from garment distributors, and soon thereafter midriffs were exposed. French engineer Louis Reard created a swimsuit that was “smaller than the worlds smallest swimsuit” and the bikini was born. The look was so risque, even French models wouldn’t dare to wear it. Slowly gaining worldwide popularity, the bikini was declared sinful by the Vatican. 

ancient bikinis

ancient bikinis

1940s swimwear 

1940s swimwear 

Louis Reard and the first string bikini circa 1946 

Louis Reard and the first string bikini circa 1946 

The acceptance of the modern bikini can be attributed to French actress Bridgette Bardot. Appearing onscreen in an itty bitty, bikini’s suddenly hit the mainstream and were all the rage. Every decade has it’s own iconic swimsuit “moment.”  Ursula Andress in a white suit in Dr. No. Bo Derek coming out of the water in 10 (not a bikini, but a paper thin flesh toned one piece is just as daring). The 80s were all up the high cut, teased bangs paired with a neon suit. Pam Anderson Baywatch-style. 

Kirk Douglas & Brigette Bardot 

Kirk Douglas & Brigette Bardot 

Ursula Andress in Dr. No

Ursula Andress in Dr. No

Bo Derek in 10

Bo Derek in 10

Pam Anderson Baywatch style 

Pam Anderson Baywatch style 

Looking for the perfect event to have your own iconic 2015 swimwear moment? On July 18th, The Hill will be the venue for Slide the City. Barrel down the 1,000 foot slip and slide down 13th street, which drops off right in front of Frisk. I am about 78 neighborhood walks away from my public swimsuit premier, so maybe next year. But stop in check out our selection of vintage, never been worn 1980s swimsuits

One Hundred Years of Impeccable Taste

When I think about my mother, Gertrude,  I think about impeccable style. She was lucky enough to live to celebrate her 100 birthday (although it was quite helpful that she was a pioneer when it came to natural foods and exercise- so maybe luck isn't exactly the word). She did those 100 years with some panache and always in style. 

I can document my mother's style up until the 60s through photos. Beautiful below the knee dresses and skirts with menswear blazers and ruffled shirts, long opera gloves in green and black for special occasions, opera binoculars for excursions to the Metropolitan Opera, incredible beaded purses and fabulous hats. High glamour, to say the least. It was 1940s-50s style to a t- always dressed to the nines. Heels - stilettos and a fire engine red lipstick. Givenchy was her perfume of choice and she always left a trail of that incredible scent. She never left home without lipstick and fragrance. Even when she was 100, she'd end every meal with a swipe of Chanel lipstick. 

I remember the 60s and 70s with Pucciesque pieces, bohemian Indian peasant skirts, caftans Liz Taylor style and I had bragging rights to having a mother who was one of first in her group of friends to actually wear bell bottom jeans. Even through the 80s and 90s my mother loved flowy indian prints but also wore some very tailored ensembles (many of them have made their way into Amanda and Jessica's closets). I loved her ski sweaters that she let me borrow in high school with  little tidbits about her trip to the Swiss Alps. Orange,kelly green and an incredible button down with figures stitched on it was a bohemian before the term was in fashion- traveling the world and acquiring memories and treasures along the way. 

For accessories, soft buttery Italian leather purses along with her favorite shoes, narrow  Ferragamos of course. My mother loved and appreciated jewelry. Always the unusual. Opals, antique cameos, a green and yellow diamond ring given to her by my dad. Lovely jewelry bought at east coast festivals, Mexican sterling silver and copper jewelry acquired on her trip to Mexico in the 40s and southwest jewelry including a bolo tie which really did put her ahead of her time. Much of the spirit of Frisk we attribute to her- out with the ordinary, in with the unique. She coveted interesting pieces no one else had. 

Her style was truly one of a kind. Even through 100 years old my mother dressed beautifully every day with lipstick and jewelry as her accessories. As she would say after I dressed for a special event, "What Donna? Where's your perfume and jewelry?" Always the final accessories to any outfit.

Ski trip

Ski trip

With my sister, Lola 

With my sister, Lola 

Hippie Style of the 1960s Reworked into Boho Style of 2015

True hippie style of the 60s was so incredibly heartfelt and authentic. In my town of Hoboken, NJ during the late sixties and early seventies we were more of a combination of Woodstock and a Bronx Tale style hybrid. Hippie style was definitely low maintenance when it came to hair and makeup. Very earthy and natural. Clothes became a lot looser and flowy like peasant tops and gypsy style maxi skirts. Hip hugger bell bottoms like Landlubber paired perfectly with a tee or little halter top. Paisley, tie dye and florals were the patterns of the day and flowers in the hair were the adornment to wear as noted by the Cowsills. I loved the handmade clothing of the 60s like macrame tops and crocheted ponchos. One of my best friends crocheted me a poncho in the most fabulous shades of purple. It had a dual use, first as a fashionable wearable art and then ended up on my Mom's Baby Grand Steinway looking very old school bohemian. Jewelry gave more than a nod to the peace sign and beads were everywhere.

Bringing hippie style into 2015 takes a bit of imagination. The macrame and crocheted tops of the 60s have given way to beautiful blouses with white lace and delicate patterns worn loose and paired with denim jeans in a very modified bellbottom or shorts. Caftan dresses are above the knee and seem quite a bit more modern looking with see through gauzy material and studded with gold and silver twinkling embroidery. The floral crown is back and we do our rendition with vintage millinery flowers, crystals, pearls and bits of fantasy findings. We love to pair these with the ethereal caftan dresses. At our boutique our modern hippies love vintage ethnic jewelry and our collection of crystal zodiac earrings and pendants. The hamsa hand and evil eye are particularly popular with modern day hippies. The maxi gypsy skirt of the 60s is still well and alive but instead of paring it with a tiny halter top we see it worn with a simple demure (or not so demure) tank.

The incense of 1960s has transitioned into the incredible scent of Diptyque Candles in what else but Patchuli scent of course. What 1960s hippie or modern day hippie doesn't love the incredibly heady scent of patchouli? Some things just never change.

The Vintage Set

“Matchy-matchy” outfits are all the rage. Rocking a bold set can be quiet the statement, only for the true fashion savvy. New streamlined sets are flooding fashion websites, but you cannot deny the higher quality of a  vintage set, it is blatantly apparent. Whether these two-piece sets are solid, printed or sheer each offers a unique take on the resurfacing fashion trend. Women’s suiting has grown in popularity and we continue to see it evolve through runway shows this past NYFW 2015 by designers like Ralph Lauren, Proenza Schouler and Carolina Herrera. 

I freshened up one of Frisk’s very own treasured vintage set. This orange, plaid get-up immediately caught my eye. Its undeniable 70s vibe is crazy, yet inspiring. I love a challenging piece - something that makes me wonder how I can wear it. Making a seemingly outrageous outfit seem totally chic and casual is an art and with the right styling it can be accomplished. The structured blazer is cropped to create the perfect proportions with the high waist bellbottom trousers.  

History lesson: Bellbottoms, which originated from early 19th century naval uniforms, became a hit on the fashion scene in the mid 1960s. The flared pant has taken on an iconic status, symbolizing the era of 60s and 70s high fashion and hippie culture.  

On my wrist I am wearing a Frisk gold cuff with an neutral-toned stone. The bright colors of orange, blue and yellow in the suit pair nicely with the understated gold bracelet, but it is proportionally sized to make a statement. Around my neck, I put on a gold chain necklace to match my gold bangle. The simple vintage jewelry helps to not overwhelm the look, keeping it aesthetically pleasing and cohesive. On my feet, I slipped on a pair of wooden platform mules covered in black mohair. The mixture of woven plaid and mohair adds a playful dynamic to the outfit. This matching set is incredibly retro and quirky but made wearable and modern with proper accessorizing. 

Snap a photo of you in your set of choice, accessorized to the nines and tag @friskboutique in your Instagram post. 

Keep it Frisky- Rachel, Frisk Intern

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You've Got (Chain) Mail: Whiting and Davis Designs

Sometimes the best fashion moments fall out of the sky. Or in this case, stroll through the door. 

On a recent crisp, Boulder fall afternoon family friend Duke came into Frisk with a paper Whole Foods bags (this is Boulder after all...) Naturally, we were intrigued by the contents- kale salad on delivery? No...Much to our delight and surprise inside was an exquisite collection of 1960s, metal crop tops and dresses. Duke and his wife, Joan, are tres chic. He's former New York City architect and she had a long career at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (where she has rubbed elbows with likes of Karl Lagerfeld). The couple was relocating back to the East Coast. Duke thought long and hard about whom to bestow his creations upon, and decided to entrust us with the beautiful chain link tops, skirts and dresses constructed from classic Whiting and Davis material in the 60s. While working as an architect in Manhattan, Duke wandered in to the interior design department and saw this unique metal material being used for ultra mod squad curtains. 

 Whiting and Davis was founded in the late 1800s by three men outside of Boston. They were the first designers to transform metal mesh into fabric creating a mesh machine in 1912. Their beautiful purse designs are iconic, as are there snake jewelry and silver and gold bangles, baring their name.

Dresses made from metal got their start in the sixties. Paco Rabanne constructed his first dresses from metal and also plastic materials to produce a futuristic mod look. Duke took bulk amounts of fabric and opening and closing hundreds of prongs, meticulously crafted the pieces into incredible dresses and crop tops- several of which have graced the window of Lord and Taylor over the holiday season. Between the gorgeous designs he left at our store, and bulk the chain link fabrics of Whiting and Davis in gold, silver and copper for our own jewelry creations, we all were so excited for Frisk to have inherited such rich fashion history.

Duke not only left his designs, but old tools and detailed written instructions on how to make the clothing itself (which included an alarming highbred of fashion and...Math). What’s so striking is how modern everything looks. We love the plunging backs on the dresses and tops, and the rich metallic color palette of the Whiting Davis material. The silver dress needs only a pair of chandelier earrings to accessorize and the tops can be paired with a maxi skirt or knit cap to make it your own.

Silver chain dress 

Silver chain dress 

1960s Photo shoot 

1960s Photo shoot 

Duke's family friend getting her dance on- 1960s polaroids 

Duke's family friend getting her dance on- 1960s polaroids 

MOMA design guide 

MOMA design guide 

1960s chain metal catalog 

1960s chain metal catalog 

Fresh take on 1960s designs- metal crop top gets a glam grunge makeover. 

Fresh take on 1960s designs- metal crop top gets a glam grunge makeover. 

Frisky Finds: Valentine's Day Gifts for the Foodie

The foodie movement isn't going anywhere. Gone are the days of simply dining out- now it's a show. Food is a status symbol, the post modern Louis Vuitton or Chanel. "Have you tried (insert restaurant name)? No? Oh (insert faux surprised look). You must." Snackwells: Lame. Excessive calorie counting: Lame. Fast food...Don't even go there. Cooking fancy meals, dining out at the hot new place, or an old favorite, lingering over a glass of merlot with a stack of cookbooks and instagramming every delicious meal is the rage. Food is an experience, and most often shared with those you love most. With that in mind, some of our favorite Valentine's day gifts that speak to the trend. 

1. Canopy Skincare, Himalayan Pink Bath Salts $18. So what if our first pick is not exactly edible (or, actually, not at all edible) but delicious in a totally different way that nods to food. These luxurious bath are mineral rich and detoxifying, perfect for a soak after a sodium dense sushi dinner on Valentine's Day. With rosewood and rose geranium essential oils you'll be feeling the love long after February 14th. The bottle is chic and stylish, it looks like something you'd fine in a super fashionable food bloggers spice cabinet. Best part; Christin Wingo produces her small batch products in Boulder. 

2. BLT Lunch, Cafe Aion, $10. Nothing says "I love you" quite like bacon. More specifically, nothing says I love you more than a Cafe Aion BLT. The art of food is truly elevating simple dishes to new heights. Aion's BLT looks unassuming enough: Like a classed up sandwich. Yet, after one bite you realize this is not your average lunch fare. It's hard to describe what exactly makes this so amazing, it would be like explaining Bigfoot or the Bermuda Triangle. However, the bacon is cooked to perfection, the bread is crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the veggies some how taste more organic. It's a lunch to be adored and admired. 

3. Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts, Chocolatology Class, $90. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Such is the case with chocolates. Sure, they're a nice gift, but once they're gone, they're gone. Nothing is sweeter than learning the fine art with your sig other (or best gal pal). The classes at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts are perfect for the home cook looking to up their game. Covered in the class: Chocolate ganache truffles, Mendiants, Chocolate Bark and Almond Rochers. This is a super sweet gift that keeps on giving. 

4. Frisk Jewelry "Top Chef" Charm Necklaces, $32-$40. Who hasn't been lured in by one too many hours of the Food Network? (and by "one too many" we mean seven consecutive). We always try to evoke a sense of sentimentality in our jewelry. Whether a charm reminding you of your childhood, or a vintage piece similar to something your Grandma wore, our charm necklaces are no different. These fly out of the store and are often gifted to chefs, bakers or home cooking enthusiasts. 

Spring Fashion: Our Favorite Looks from Spring 2015

It might be winter (technically, according to the weather man) but for us, it’s practically Spring. With collections arriving months in advance it’s hard not to perpetually plan your upcoming looks months in advance). 

In fashion there is always a bit of a juxtaposition: What we love and are drawn to, versus what we actually wear in real life (and let’s leave out the overarching bummer: What we can actually afford). 

In no greater way was this evident than in the Spring 2015 collections. We couldn’t help but be enamored by the ethereal, floral dresses of Blumarine and the pops of color and prints at Chanel. Yet, from a wearable standpoint the all black everything looks at Versus Versace translate in to an easy night out meets rocker chic look. 

Overall, the looks that we loved most were that of Donna Karan. One couldn’t help but think of vintage Sophia Loren, repurposed for a modern audience. As the show notes declared it’s “Time to show your colors and paint the town with urban chic.” Perfection for a fancy power brunch in Manhattan (or Denver). The bra tops showed a bit of stomach in a look that was chic, not at all vulgar, and seemingly quite wearable for a current fashionista. 

Inspiration for Spring 2015 was abundant in the collections: A pop of color, a whiff of floral, of a sliver of stomach, all to punctuate chic, black statements. 

All images courtesy of style.com

Valentine's Day Ideas: Creating a Romantic Boudoir

With Valentine’s Day nearing it seems time to up your boudoir game. First objective: Figure out what a boudoir is (definition: a woman's dressing room, bedroom, or private sitting room). But before we can move to the logistics of the sitting room, second stop: Lingerie. 

There is something blase about sleep attire today- boxers,  a ratty old t-shirt, anything worn for maximum comfort (and please don’t get us started on pajamas worn out of the house for day). The modern thought being, “who cares what it looks like if no one is going to see it?”

(History Lesson) The origins of lingerie are much more lux and glamorous than Hanes Her Way and a shirt you’ve worn in to perfection since the 8th grade. The Peignoir has origins in French, and means “to comb.” Inspired by traditional Victorian lingerie used on a bride’s wedding night- the sheer and ornate gown has ties around the neck so that hair could be done and not disrupted when removed. The style continued to gain popularity until the 1940s, when during war times when fabric was scarce, and the whole lingerie trend seemed unnecessary. This turned around, however, in the 1950s. The concept of the “duchess” was popular, any woman could be glam, on any budget, and lingerie made a comeback. In the 60s nightgowns were embellished with flowers, feathers and rhinestones. 

Rich with Gatsy-esque opulence, getting ready while wearing a feminine attire seems to be a forgotten art. But why not resurrect the tradition for Valentine’s Day? There is something incredibly feminine about sitting at a dressing table in an over-the-top dressing outfit, sipping champagne and lingering on makeup. In our rush, rush, rush, culture, lingering over anything longer than one hundred and forty characters is a forgotten luxury.

Below you will find examples of classic lingerie and peignoir sets from the 1950s and 60s. While some of these may seem over the top, they're a worth while purchase for any vintage lover. They may not be the most wearable but they lend some whimsy to your dressing room, even if you're using them for decor only (they look fab pinned to a wall).

(The last two images are from our online vintage shop on etsy. We discovered a mother load of never worn vintage lingerie we're featuring for Valentine's Day). 

The next essential aspect of a boudoir is a classic dressing table. From a practical standpoint, getting ready while sitting is far more comfortable than the alternative. Vintage vanities can usually be found in local antique stores, and you can always repaint to match your decor. Even in the worst condition a bit of sanding and a white wash can do wonders. Another option is to purchase a plain table with drawers, and mount an ornate, oversized mirror behind. 

Next is the actual vanity. You can find mirrored trays nearly everywhere. Again, if you love antiques, reasonably priced ones can be located at local antique malls. We've also seen beautiful ones by Nichole Miller and Cynthia Rowley at Home Goods (there is a new one in Boulder). Set a scene with a mix of vintage items (many pictured below are our family antiques) and favorite jewelry- basically things you love to look at. A couple of beautiful cosmetic items are a nice touch (but not too many, this isn't your cluttered makeup bag, it's a display). We can't get enough of Love and Toast perfume in Sugar Grapefruit and Scotch Naturals nail polish (which are totally non toxic and come in an array of perfect colors). Be sure to include a girly candle- we absolutely love Pacifica's French Liliac Soy which is a blend of lilac, Magnolia Leaves, Heliotrope, Ylang Ylang, Hyacinth and subtle notes of Nectarine. 

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What to eat while getting ready? Normally, we wouldn't advocate eating a in bathroom for obvious reasons. But a boudoir is different, as it's your dressing room- i.e. a small corner of your bedroom. Being mindful of crumbs, nothing is more decadent than nibbling on a couple of macaroons before heading out (plus, who doesn't love a little sugar buzz?) Shop online from Laduree, the famous Manhattan outpost (we've witnessed with our own eyes people banging on the door after close, ravenous).  For a nice local alternative, head to Piece, Love and Chocolate, they do a good gluten free version. 

Last (but not least) cocktail offerings. While were not ones to advocate pre-gaming, the last time sipping champs hurt anyone was precisely never (in a a very un-scientific study conducted by us). Keep a bottle of our favorite, Veuve Clicquot, on hand for a special occasion. 

While you may not use your boudoir every day (lingering on yourself just doesn’t seem practical when you have to actually get to work, get to the gym and well, function) having a well kept dressing table nods to past times when getting dressed was an occasion. And that is something we can remember every day of the week. 

All that is gold does not glitter...Except on New Year's Eve!

In every fashionista’s closet is the perfect LBD (that’s little black dress in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 100 years). New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to premier a new frock- or an old frock with new accessories. Yet, the new year calls for something with a bit more pizzaz than just a normal night on the town. You’re setting the tone for twelve calendar months. A lot of pressure? Perhaps. But you’re a pressure performer. The perfect way to liven up a New Years outfit is with a bit confetti inspired sparkle. Here are our nine must have picks to get 2015 off to a great start (and three fab black dresses that will work far past January 1). 

1. Gold Star Ombre Headband, Little Blue Olive, $22. The perfect compliment to an open back dress? A messy bun. The perfect compliment to a messy bun? Little Blue Olive’s Gold Star Ombre Headband. The headpiece is whimsical, yet fashion forward and adds a bit of Ethereal Jem and the Rockers pow to a black dress. We're in love with every color option. 

2. Spike Shine Earrings, Frisk Jewelry, $74. A modern update to classic bling. Layers of white rhinestone with neon spikes, a singular pop of jewelry “wow,” these statement earrings will probably party longer than you can. All out earrings are 40% off now through Jan. 2 with code SHINEON40. 

3. Watt’s Up, Benefit Cosmetics, $30. “You’re just glowing!” Literally, if we had a dollar for every time we’ve heard this we’d have enough dollars to buy a lifte time supply of Watt’s Up. Without a doubt the BEST highlighter we’ve ever tried. It’s iridescent and dewey finish are long lasting and natural looking. It’s like insta photo shop. Score! 

4. Truly-mh Booties, Jeffrey Campbell, $134. Fine, we will grin and bare (pun intended) a night sans opaque tights on New Year’s Eve. But exposed toes is where we draw the line. Jeffrey Campbell’s gunmetal booties add a touch of rocker chic to a black dress, and keep your feet warm and ready to dance. 

5. Sequined Jacket, H&M, 59.95. This H&M sequined jacket it practically the most impractical way to keep warm. And that’s why we love it. Reasonably priced, it’s a fun coat that adds some winter wonderland/ studio 54 glam to your outfit. 

 6. Charlotte Tilbury, Eye Makeup Tutorial. Step away from the glitter eye shadow. We REPEAT: Step away from the glitter eye makeup. Nothing is a worse party foul than red, sore, guinea pig eyes. And nothing will ensure this outcome faster than a rogue glitter chunk in the cornea. Charlotte Tilbury offers up sophisticated and party ready makeup in her fabulous (and easy to follow) online tutorials.

7. Glitter Nail Polish, Deborah Lippman, $20. One place glitter is allowed in cosmetics: Nails. This dark, rich, nail hue adds a bit of disco ball coolness with chunks of bright flecked glitter. Especially great for champagne toasts. 

8. Sparkly Champagne Bottles, Kelly Go Lightly. What’s more glam than champs? How about GLITTER CHAMPS. Yes, that’s right. You can easily transform a plain old blah bottle in a party centerpiece with Kelly Go Lightly’s adorable DIY tutorial. Cheers to that!

9. Sequin and Confetti Glitter Clutch, Luna on the Moon, $95. Oh. My. Stars. If Lisa Frank was a purse it would be this one. If your five year old girl fashion aspirations were a fashionable and cheeky purse, it would be this one. This small purse is like a wearable disco ball and snow globe wrapped into one...With enough room for a lipgloss, iPhone and credit card. 

So crank up the tunes, rev up the cocktails and hit the town!

1950s Retro Inspired Holiday Cheer

Tepid punchbowls of homemade eggnog (replete with raw eggs) dubiously “cooking” in mass amounts of rum. Pillaging leftovers in sweats. Crooked trees with mis-matched ornaments. (Insert holiday tune) These are a few of my favorite things...NO. Where has all the glitz and glamour gone? While Boulder is full of bohemian dreamers and gypsy wanderers, the holidays are the perfect time to channel a bit of 1950s glitz and glam with heavy retro flavor. 

What to Eat: (As told by a Frisk gal who recently hosted an amazing 1950s inspired cocktail party).

When faced with the self-imposed task of cooking for 20+ guests at my birthday cocktail party, a revamped retro-themed menu with seemed like the perfect way to ring in 29  (for the first time). 

        The ingredients: a pinch of nostalgia combined with a dash modern glam, a recipe that is a go-to for us Frisk ladies. My main challenge was to infuse the right amount of kitsch in foods that tasted great; nothing would be more distressing than sub par deviled eggs and lukewarm spinach dip lacking the appropriate amount of irony.  I made sure to carefully choose each item on the menu (also to take into consideration the range of dietary preferences among my guests) and deliver each with a degree of originality.  The result? A funky, vibrant smorgasbord as festive as the season. And, of course, nothing makes you want to sit back and take it all in more than a nice warm hot toddy. I prepared a large batch kept hot in a coffee carafe, with extra lemons, agave, and cinnamon sticks for my guests to add to their liking (which let me enjoy the wonderful evening rather than pose as a faux fancy mixologist). Cheers to that.

A fabulous retro-inspired menu   

    Deviled eggs The twist: truffle oil; cream cheese, lox and chives 

    Bacon-wrapped dates The twist: Dates stuffed with spicy mango chutney 

    Cheese ball The twist: tiny versions covered in pistachios, pecans, and spicy paprika

    Shrimp cocktail (don’t mess with perfection) 

    Mini meatballs The twist: coated in a sweet-spicy bourbon glaze 

    Whoopie pies  The twist: Infused with peppermint extract and coated in chopped candy canes

What to Wear: 
The fashion of the 1950s was elegant- nipped waists, full skirts, the jewelry was glittery and plentiful. Glamorous and structured- these aren’t fashions to twerk or lounge in- they’re ensembles to be seen in. This holiday season infuse a bit of 1950s retro into your style. While it may not be practical to wear a two piece suit or full length chiffon dress to dinner at Grandma’s, you can easily take inspiration. Jewelry is the easiest way- a glitzy bracelet of rhinestone earrings adds flair to any dress, or a great pair of jeans. Not really a brooch gal, but feeling extra old school? A glitzy necklace does the trick. 
 

How to Decorate: One word: Tinsel! Okay, maybe two words: Tinsel! And...Kitsch! The shinier the better. To achieve that mid century mod- looking tree think pops of color. Tinsel covered with bulbs in neon orange, lime green and hot pink. Real trees aren’t your thing? Extra points for a faux, metallic tree in a fun hue like pink. Now is the perfect time to dig into those old family boxes with random holiday junk- those tacky but adorable stuffed reindeer in bright red? Perfect. Mice dressed like drummer boys? Even better. 

Frisk treasures and 1950s kitsch. 

Frisk treasures and 1950s kitsch. 

Food, fashion, decor... Have yourself a very nice little retro holiday. 

Finals Fashion: Street Style From CU Boulder

Gone are the days when finals fashion was synonymous with sweats at the University of Colorado, Boulder. While comfort remains paramount, the concept has redefined itself. We heard a similar sentiment echoed from every fashionista we spoke to: I feel better, am more successful, motivated and inspired when I believe look my best. Yes, style and fashion means something different to everyone, the point is what you feel on the inside is expressed by what you wear on the outside. While walking around campus on a sixty-five degree December day right before finals, these eight fashion standouts caught our eye- each with their own specific point of view and style- as described in their own words. And that's how you ace great style. 

Stef, 24, New Hampshire. Style summary: Eclectic personal style- "I like what I like." 

Stef, 24, New Hampshire. Style summary: Eclectic personal style- "I like what I like." 

Lauren, 21, Denver. Style Summary: Classic pieces that withstand the test of time. Less trendy wardrobe staples. 

Lauren, 21, Denver. Style Summary: Classic pieces that withstand the test of time. Less trendy wardrobe staples. 

Leyla, 19, Angolla. Style Summary: Feel good clothes that stand out 

Leyla, 19, Angolla. Style Summary: Feel good clothes that stand out 

Simone, 20, Boston. Style Summary: Classic + edgy. Can't leave the house in sweats. Ever. 

Simone, 20, Boston. Style Summary: Classic + edgy. Can't leave the house in sweats. Ever. 

 Aly, 19, Arvada. Style Summary: Some days goth, some days punk + metal. Self expression through clothes, and wears what feels good. 

 Aly, 19, Arvada. Style Summary: Some days goth, some days punk + metal. Self expression through clothes, and wears what feels good. 

Yasmine, 18, Laguna Beach. Style Summary: Girly and bohemian, with classic touches. 

Yasmine, 18, Laguna Beach. Style Summary: Girly and bohemian, with classic touches. 

Avery, 21, Dallas. Style Summary: Laid Back and relaxed but chic. 

Avery, 21, Dallas. Style Summary: Laid Back and relaxed but chic. 

Julia, 19, California. Style Summary: Hipster-retro style. Look good, feel good. 

Julia, 19, California. Style Summary: Hipster-retro style. Look good, feel good. 

Frisky Finds: Fashion Trends, Gifts and More

Turkey day is on the horizon...And you know what that means- sweatpants! Gravy! Gravy laden sweatpants! (because nothing says "fashion" like a drawstring waistband). Okay, maybe not. There is a chill in the chair, and this week's Frisk Finds have nods to the holiday. 

Celestial Seasonings Holiday Teas, $2.99, online or at local King Soopers or Whole Foods Markets. I have a condition. I'm not proud of it, but it's something I need to acknowledge: I'm a holiday tea hoarder. I feel better now. Every holiday season it's fever pitch, searching high and low for Celestial Seasonings holiday teas (which I might add, typically sell out quickly). There is nothing more delightful than Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride-it's literally a warm, inviting cup of sugar cookie sans (forbidden) white sugar. All the grandmas and I were feverishly ransacking the display, and you'll be happy to know I prevailed the victor, with 30+ boxes. These lovely teas are elevated to delicious heights when consumed out of fancy, vintage China. Now all we have to do is ration through next Christmas. 

Jill Carter Stylist, Instagram and Blog. Not many people can pull off daily posts about a trip to Paris with their daughter and not have it come off as...Well...Boring. Yet, we at Frisk were collectively enthralled by Jill's whimsical, beautiful, and delightful posts about her adventures with daughter, Ava. Fashion, macaroons and fashion- all caught under the dreamy, rainy Paris sky. Jill captured the experience with the eye of a seasoned photographer, you felt like you were there with the Carter's. Jill is a fashion stylist and wardrobe consultant with a simple (yet often difficult to attain) vision- make every day women look fabulous and chic- something she always manages to do. 

Plaid Infinity Scarf, $26-$32, Freckle Face Monday. Thanksgiving weather is finally here. Chilly, and brisk (a far better improvement from the subarctic temperatures of the previous week's weather). Now you can actually be stylish and functional without having icicles perpetually residing in your socks. In keeping with the current lumbersexual trend (the lady version) Freckle Face Monday scarves are fashionable, comfortable and liven up a fall ensemble with a touch of essential plaid. Handmade in Wisconsin by sisters Angie and Kay (yay family business!) the scarves are unique, with an eye for design and quality. 

Crystal Spike Ring, $70, Frisk Jewelry. There's one Thanksgiving bun left on the table. You're eyeing it. And so is another family member. As you both lunge for it, the Crystal Spike ring is not only a fashion statement, but a bit intimidating to anyone who tries to cross you during dinner. These crystal quartz and sterling silver rings are limited quantity, and a favorite in our store. They can be worn alone, or stacked, and add a bit of ring bling panache to your paws. 

Rocking the Seventies: A Fashion and Music Memoir

     Meeting my husband Lou in 1973, and getting married in 1974, gave me just about enough time to rock the 1970s fashion boat for 6 years until I settled down, and morphed into a stay at home Mom sporting Guess sweatshirts and acid wash jeans. Oh how I miss the days of receiving hot pants and halter tops for my 21st birthday. I can barely fit my pinkie finger into that particular selection of clothing, but of course I kept all for posterity and my girls have gotten plenty of use out of them for disco parties in high school. Ok, when I think of seventies fashion for myself I remember the 5 inch platform heels (and, of course, falling in them while on a walk with Lou in Philly). Halter tops, bell bottoms, hot pants, semi belly shirts were all quite the style.

1970s fashion and style

     In the early seventies I also loved my black fake patent leather coat. I was  wearing it when someone asked if I was a street walker while I was waiting for a bus on 42nd street in NY for a half hour during gridlock. Classy! When I told the guy I wasn't, he offered to take me out for a glass of milk instead of a drink (perhaps the coat was a bit more ostentatious in retrospect than I thought at the time). That coat was not kept in the fashion mix. Big button earrings gold hoops and ribbons with cameos as a necklace were the accessories of the day. Lou was prompted (by me) to wear huge bow ties or huge wide ties in general, polyester pants and printed shirts with big pointed collars- oh my goodness! Styly.  But in my defense he said he liked the choices at the time. Think Saturday Night Fever mixed with Jersey Shore.

       The music of the day for us was Archie Bell and the Drells, Kool and the Gang, Sly and the Family Stone, James Brown and the Four Tops. James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac and Neil Young were incredible as well. I would listen to these tunes while getting ready for a night on the town. My music taste, like my style, was eclectic and reflected the feelings of the time.

      The mid and early seventies have always reminded us of some very good times! 

Thanks to Albums on The Hill for letting us snap some great album covers. 

Frisky Finds: Unique Handmade Jewelry & Fab Bloggers

Frisky Finds is a weekly feature of our favorite things from Boulder and beyond. From fab fashion trends, interior decor, unique handmade jewelry and our favorite bloggers, Frisky Finds are what we're loving this week. 

1. Holiday Heart, Frisk Jewelry, $160. Nothing says winter like a little glitz and glam. This season we're creating tons of bold, chunky jewelry with over the top sparkle. Paired with a vintage flannel this necklaces becomes a night-to-day piece that adds unexpected femininity to a grunge look. 

2. Nine Lives for Fashion, Instagram and Blog. We've adoredJessica Harshman when we met her years ago as Frisk shopper. Right now we're loving her sunny, California style on her blog- and the chic, dreamy look of her Instagram. 

3. H Nichols Illustration, Red Sole Season Holiday Cards, $22 for a set of ten. Let's face it, holiday cards can be pretty lame- think snowmen, and general cheese. Not Louboutins. There is something very exciting about getting a beautiful, unique card in the mail- it makes your whole day. These "Red Sole Season" holiday cards are the perfect seasonal hello to every chic fashion lover on your holiday list. Best part: You can get the text customized for an extra $10.

4. Needle and Thread embellished crepe mini dress, $540. I wouldn't typically say Country Music is the biggest source of fashion inspiration for me (though I do love a back comb). But at this years CMT Awards awards it was hard to miss all the long sleeved, sequins dresses. This Needle and Thread version adds a bit of extra flair with embellished details. While the price is an investment, there are countless less expensive versions online. 

Frisk & The Allure of Southwest Spirit Jewelry

Why do we love southwestern jewelry at Frisk Accessories? Is it the spirit of the Southwest? Or something else? 

As a Jersey girl I was definitely raised to adore my bright gold jewelry so very much. Rings (including my engagement ring) necklaces and, of course, bangle bracelets have always given a nod to my teenage years back in Hoboken. I feel oh so very comfortable in them- every Jersey girl loves her gold! But then we moved to Colorado and raised both of our girls in the mountain town of Boulder. And in Boulder began our story of appreciating the incredible beauty of southwestern jewelry. 

Turquoise is a staple in the design of jewelry from the southwest. The vibrant color of the stone along with it's history is a powerful draw. Turquoise represents the sky, water, health and harvest and can range from a bright blue to a blue green hue. The stone gets its color from metals in the ground which accounts for the incredible variety- this spiritual stone is never a bore. Way way back in time turquoise was referred to as sky stone from the Great One. In America turquoise was mined in Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada and of course the little mining towns of Leadville and Manassa in Colorado.

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Our very favorite piece of southwestern jewelry is the squash blossom necklace. First constructed by the Navajo tribe and eventually by the Zuni and Hopi this masterpiece was created in the late 1800s and was first made only out of silver. When turquoise mining became more popular this incredible stone was added. Flower like blossoms, five to seven are on either side of the necklace looking like little pomegranate blooms. Some say this necklace design is a symbol of southwest agriculture. Wearing this necklace immediately gives an incredible southwestern and dramatic look to a simple tee shirt and jeans or a fitted maxi.

Here at our boutique in Boulder we love every single southwestern turquoise and silver ring that we own. Wear just one or stack them on several fingers mixed with our motorcycle and lion rings. They’re especially great with a Navajo inspired vintage sweater or lace dress. So pile on that silver and turquoise, get in your jeep and explore the deserts and mountains of the southwest in style. 

Thanks to our friend Nichole for modeling her Southwest style. Photographed on The Hill 

Frisk Accessories and New York City Shopping Maven Shoptiques

We are very pleased to announce our newest collaboration- Frisk Accessories has joined forces with one-of-a-kind shopping experience, Shoptiques! Shoptiques searches the globe for the most unique, special and beloved boutiques in neighborhoods from around the world. We were excited when we got the call to join the site from their Manhattan offices (around 80% of the boutiques that approach Shoptiques are rejected). Featured in New York Times, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and The Today Show, the site is having it's fashion moment. We first learned about the brand when CEO Olga Vidisheva was featured in our beloved Elle Magazine. 

It's an incredibly fun shopping experience that allows you to peek into what's trending in boutiques you typically wouldn't access in your daily travels. Want to know what's in style in Los Angeles or Paris? Peruse clothing and jewelry by different 'hoods. We even some of our favorites from New York trips- Dor L' Dor is our go to for reasonably priced, on trend, quality items for when you decide you haven't packed anything perfect for a night out in Soho. We also love Brooklyn's In God We Trust for their unique selection of indie designs you can't find anywhere else. 

Our Frisk Accessories shop features a rotation of items that are best sellers in our store- from glitz and glam to boho chic, we've got all our bases covered. We consider ourselves a one stop shop for jewelry that appeals to all styles, but the common thread is "ultra-glam pieces based on beautiful heirlooms" (we couldn't have said it better ourselves). We're proud to put Boulder on the fashion map, and represent our city! Please check out our Shoptiques Boutique! "Heart" us to follow our line, and updates. 

A selection of pieces from our Frisk Accessories boutique 

A selection of pieces from our Frisk Accessories boutique 

Dor L' Dor NYC 

Dor L' Dor NYC 

In God We Trust, Brooklyn 

In God We Trust, Brooklyn 

Frisk Accessories

Frisk Accessories

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