Bloggirls Q & A
Cupcake Couture talks vintage shopping and gives us some thrify tips.
Blog: Cupcake Couture
This super talented (and stylish) blogger, Nadia that you got to know in the September issue of FAIRLADY shares her frugal fashionista tips with us.
We know you love men's vintage watches, what are your top tips for vintage shopping?
Always inspect vintage items. Check for stains and holes and if the damage is small then perhaps you can mend it yourself or perk it up with new buttons.
Some of the best vintage finds are often the cheapest. Browse second hand shops as well as charity shops for hidden treasures.
Where do you like to shop for vintage items and bargains?
I visit charity shops like the SPCA and Hospice for cheap treasures. For special items I visit Eclectic in Gordon Road or Bonnie & Clyde behind Corner Cafe. Rock Paper Scissors is my favourite vintage shopping spot in Cape Town and Afraid of Mice have some beautiful Chanel pants that I have my eye on. Babette remakes and restyles vintage so that it fits better and the dresses are beautiful.
What are your tips for wearing vintage – can you go all vintage, or should you just add one or two items?
I find that some basic, anchor items make for a well rounded look. Items like black skinny jeans, plain skirts and basic tees are staples that complement vintage. They also assist to make a look more wearable.
Start with accessories. A vintage bag, belt or brooch are far easier to incorporate into your look than a head-to-toe ensemble. Look at the silhouette of vintage items and try them on to make sure you feel comfortable. If you love the item and it is slightly too big or wide – add a knotted belt to cinch in the extra fabric.
Vintage works very well for a special event because there is no chance of someone wearing the same dress as you. Shop around for beaded tops or embellished items.
What are the advantages of vintage shopping?
In Durban the prices are still quite low so you can find a one-of-a-kind outfit for less. The clothing is often better quality and the costume jewellery doesn't tarnish if you look after it. I wear vintage because it allows my look to be unique for less.
What's been your favourite vintage buy this year?
A beautiful bag from a Hospice shop. It was a steal at R50 and really is amazing.
We've asked a number of people for their thrifty tips. What are your top thrifty tips?
Beauty: I have a wonderful lipstick which I throw into my handbag if I know I am heading out later. I use it for my lips and to touch up my blush. It works wonders for my mood and look when I am in a rush or don't have my entire make-up bag with me.
Fashion: When my budget doesn't allow for a new outfit – I rather invest in a statement brooch or necklace to update some of my classic favourites and viola a new look in minutes.
Lifestyle: If you are on a limited budget – experience things rather than buying material items. A laughter-filled dinner with best friends will go much further than this season's must-have item.
When do you splurge and when do you save?
I splurge on food.I feel that every meal should be delicious - even if it is honey on toast. I save on my clothing and accessories as I am always looking for a vintage or second-hand item. For example I wanted a leather satchel and saw one in a chain store, but decided to hunt and search for the perfect vintage one - I found one for R75 in the end.
Best bargain you ever purchased?
A navy leather super clutch for two Pounds. It was made in Italy and was in a pristine condition.