Sunday, January 30, 2011

after midnight

These photos are evidence of several things: 1) I have many babe girlfriends (this one is Raina), 2) after several drinks the hamminess levels go pretty much through the roof, and 3) I bought yet another fuchsia pleated tent dress. Seriously, what kind of crazy lady would even own two dresses that look like this? Well, I guess that'd be me.

dress  vintage
belt  thrifted
necklace  sidewalk sale
shoes  zara
purse  vintage

Friday, January 28, 2011

satin doll

blouse  vintage
skirt  vintage
necklace  the vamoose
shoes  loeffler randall

My favorite kind of outfit lately has been longer, full skirts paired with short blouses and flats. I found this amazing satin skirt last year at the Vintage Fashion Expo (perhaps my favorite event ever). I love how unabashedly feminine it is, like a valentine in skirt form. Luckily the weather here has been beautiful enough lately to go bare-legged. I hope it lasts just a little bit longer.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

flower girls

It was inevitable that afternoon tea with Nicole and Mary would turn into a silly, flower trampling photo shoot complete with cheesy buddy shots and expert flower styling (the latter courtesy of Nicole). I was coughing up my lungs but still I couldn't resist the fun. We talked about the weird world of blogging and then went downtown to buy sparkly socks and cropped seafoam green sweaters. I love those ladies.

cardigan  vintage
blouse  vintage from dear golden
skirt  thrifted
shoes  vintage ferragamo
under-eye circles  c/o being really sick

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

little bits

A dress I found at a thrift store.

A beautiful hat from the 50's, for sale in my shop.

Donut! She's a lurker.

Two new (vintage) dresses.

Monday, January 24, 2011

shop preview


All these lovely vintage pieces (and more!) will be trickling into the Fancy Fine shop tomorrow and throughout the week. I have amassed quite the pile of treasures to share with you, and I have to admit that it's really, really hard not keeping everything for myself!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

cute shop alert: custard heart vintage

I was quite thrilled when Maria, the proprietress of Custard Heart Vintage, decided to become a sponsor of Fancy Fine. I've long adored her Etsy shop and its wonderfully edited selection of vintage. She has a knack for finding the most amazing 60's coats and feminine little dresses and she also happens to be based here in San Francisco. I had a rather difficult time picking out just a few favorites from the shop to show you, and I will admit that several of them have already been added to my favorites list. Go peek at the rest of the shop and also have a look at Maria's adorable blog.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

oh, and a few more things

This dress is the most delicate thing I own. It's so beautiful, but every time I wear it falls apart a little bit. I think it might be for display only now.

So you may remember that I revealed a few things about myself recently, such as my terrible addiction to karaoke and my sordid past as a ballroom dancing teacher. I was pleasantly surprised that so many of you appreciated that post (or maybe it was just the amazing photo of Donut that reeled you in?), so I decided to share a few more tidbits based on the questions I'm asked most frequently...

1. I've had a web site since I was 13.

Think about that for a minute. When I was 13 it was 1997. The word "blog" didn't exist yet, and the concept of a personal web site was really, really strange to most people (especially my peers in junior high). I can't remember what I even wrote about, but I do remember that I was very dedicated to my site and redesigned the entire thing once a month. It went through various incarnations over the years and at one point was called Ashleyland (I know, I know... be kind). It eventually turned into a photography portfolio hosted at and remained untouched for a few years until I decided to start Fancy Fine. I guess I just couldn't stay away.

2. I have a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Yup, I went to art school. I enrolled when I was 18, fresh out of high school and dying to finally live in The City (as we call it here) and make things. My major was Interdisciplinary Studies, which basically meant I could have my fingers in many pies. I studied printmaking and painting at first but then eventually focused on photography and bookmaking. It was fun to experiment with a lot of mediums, although I did discover that I am the world's shittiest painter. The highlight of my four years there was seeing a lecture by Martin Parr, one of my favorite photographers.

3. I do not dye my hair.

Gasp! It's funny, I'd say about 90% of the questions people ask me on the internet are about my hair. Funny because I'm pretty low maintenance about it. I do not dye it, although I have in the past (black when I was 18, and a slightly darker brown when I was 22). I can barely even be bothered to brush it most days! My friend Lauren trims my bangs whenever I start resembling Cousin It, and I use Kiehl's Olive Fruit Conditioner to keep it from feeling scraggly. In the morning I blow dry my bangs because I can't stand having wet hair on my face, and I let the rest air dry and do what it pleases. This usually takes about 3 hours because my hair is so darn long.

4. I work for a local clothing designer.

I am manager, shopgirl, visual merchandiser, official shop photographer, etc. I've worked in the shop for four years and my boss is an awesome and feisty lady who is also a good friend. Other past jobs include two years at a record store (which was exactly like Empire Records makes it seem) and secretary at a market research firm.

5. My first karaoke song was "Brand New Key" by Melanie.

A few of you wanted to know what some of my favorite karaoke jams are. So, in no particular order...

"Why Don't You Do Right" by Peggy Lee
"Big Spender" from Sweet Charity
"Whatever Lola Wants" by Sarah Vaughn
"You Ain't Woman Enough" by Loretta Lynn
"Different Drum" by Linda Rondstadt
"Harvest Moon" by Neil Young
"Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet
"He's a Rebel" by The Crystals
"I Wanna Sex You Up" by Color Me Badd
"Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline
"Mambo Italiano" by Rosemary Clooney
"Come On-A My House" by Rosemary Clooney

Friday, January 21, 2011

sponsor fancy fine in february

Calling all purveyors of vintage and creators of handmade goodness: I am now accepting sponsors for the month of February! I only have a few spots open, so please contact me soon for rates and details at I'm open to all kinds of collaborations with both online and brick and mortar shops.