Monthly Archives: December 2014
Have you ever gotten an invitation to a holiday cocktail party that seemed oxymoronic? Like “Black Tie-Casual- Athletic-Chic” or something along those lines. Sometimes I feel as though the people I know are sitting around trying to figure out how they can confuse their loved ones the most with their holiday invitation. Well, this time I’ll get the last laugh! I scored this incredible sequin skirt at Montana Vintage (of, course) and it makes me feel like a total column of elegance-I’m not for the record. I got extremely casual with indoor sunglasses, my trusty MOSCOT Lemtosh frames to be specific, and a C/FAN hoodie. How’s that for black tie-casual-athletic-chic?
Gift Idea: C/FAN Hoodie with Grey Fur Pocket
Weather running errands, or trying to beat an impossible party dressing challenge, this hoodie is a workhorse in any occasion. Cozy, unique, probably not meant for athletic activity; These hoodies are a gift like no other.
I love that there was a time when the majority of men wore basically the same thing, and it was so tasteful. I mean, a pocket square on just about every man??? The short suit, white shirt and skinny tie took the mid century by storm…blah, blah, blah. I’m sure I’ve already bored most of you female blog readers by now, so let’s just sum it up this way: I love my white shirt and jacket I found in Montana, almost as much as you all love jewelry.
Gift Idea: Hitchcock Madrona Silk Pocket Square
(other colors and patterns available)
These are what I call my “Montana Fashions”, and what I wore everyday (minus the huge wool sweater). Dustin and I bought this coat about eight years ago at Goodwill for $9.99. It is the warmest item in my closet. Luckily for me, I brought it because it snowed our first morning in Billings…(it was literally 7 degrees one night). Fashion must not stop, not even for arctic temps! The most collected items in Montana for Team Hitchcock Madrona was 1.) vintage/worn Levi’s 501’s and 2.) beaded Native American necklaces. We had a game plan going into every thrift store – straight back to the men’s denim section. Do not pass go and do not collect $200! Millie and Dustin usually got there first and loaded the cart. We have most sizes covered in this crew so, we just grab them all and let the fit decide who gets what! Trying on came later, when we got back to the hotel. Personally, I scored three pair. As far as denim goes we FIVE-OH-WON in Montana.
Gift Idea: Hitchcock Madrona Druzy Quartz Ring
This ring is a no brainer! Women of all ages love this ring! It comes in two stone sizes (I’m wearing the large) for every taste.
Buffalo Bill, King of the Wild West is possibly who I was in a past life. Ok, probably not but I’ve felt that no one could tame me and my spirit since before I could formulate a sentence. When it comes to a fashion identity, my no-holds-barred attitude rings especially true. Naturally, this genius corduroy jacket spoke to all parts of my character. Paired with a flapper dress and my favorite boots, this outfit is the summation of wearing what I love with total disregard for the “rules”. Considering the muted chaos of this outfit, and my pure love for the individual pieces, it seemed only appropriate that the Hitchcock Madrona Open Heart Necklace be my gift idea. Simple, unique, delicate, and easily layered there isn’t a thing I don’t love about this necklace. With three different size options, plain or with a stone set in it, the open heart necklace provides the best kind of sentiment.
Gift Idea: Hitchcock Madrona Heart Necklace
Plaid, check, tartan, it’s all good! They say you can never have too much of a good thing and I’m exploring that with great emphasis here. One of my favorite textiles is “Viyella”, the world’s very first branded fabric dating back to 1893 in Great Britain. It was/is the perfect combination of wool and cotton and rather rare these days. When you’re this fanatical about things, unearthing a treasure like the shirt I’m wearing is akin to the euphoria of finding that needle you misplaced in a haystack. That haystack just so happened to be in Billings Montana. Hark the heraldry!
Gift Idea: Hitchcock Madrona Cashmere Scarf
Ed, a Billings man-about-town, informed me I am now a (fake or shall I say fashion) Brigadier General in the Air Force. He saw me sporting this proper bugle boy head piece, took it off my head, and placed one silver star on it. Flare! I love it. Ed is a regular at the Billings Army Navy Surplus store (not to be confused with Eddie the owner) and a retired Naval Officer. All of this transpired during an impromptu happy-hour (of sorts) at the store. We also met “Turk” (aka Richard Turk) the stores “Beverage Manager” (official title) who saw to it that our cans of Coors Light were never empty. These moments are few and far between in my life nowadays so hanging with Team HM, the Army Navy Surplus crew (Hey Zach and Mitch!), and the guys for a little shopping and a lot of carousing was just what the General ordered.
These bracelets are an amazing gift for any relation. They are easy to wear – not too big and cumbersome like a traditional bangles. They have an opening so you can get them on and off which keeps them small. They are high quality yellow and rose gold filled wire which have stood the test of time – no gold wearing off! We also have solid sterling silver. You can give one or multiples.
I also procured this Coca Cola (written in Hebrew) t-shirt and military pins at the Billings Army Navy Surplus. I love these pins – the colors and shapes are perfect on a denim jacket or clustered on a Tom Binns rhinestone and pearl bib.
We still have a few more days until Christmas! Team Hitchcock Madrona will be working overtime (literally) to advise. Let us know who is on your list and how we can help!
Have you ever found an item of clothing that was seemingly made just for you? I hadn’t, until hour 2 of perusing Montana Vintage, deep in the depths of a dress rack I had looked over several times. I knew before I even tried it on, this dress was perfect. Even more so because it had been created some 30 years prior to my existence on the planet. Honestly, had I walked away from our Montana trip with one item in tow it would have been my perfect white dress. Paired with Xenia Mara chains, and my Rag & Bone boots I threw together a look that I could transition easily from a day at the store to a holiday cocktail hour with minimal effort. Xenia Mara’s chains are similar to how I feel about this dress – easy to wear, classic, and perfect for any occasion or fashion situation. Every woman should be armed with a workhorse party dress, and a necklace that won’t quit.
Gift Idea: Gold Basics
(Xenia Mara – Chain Necklace)
(Hitchcock Madrona ID Bracelet)