Happy Birthday Diane!!

Today is Diane Von Furstenberg's BIRTHDAY!!!
"The minute I knew I was about to be Egon's wife, I decided to have a career.  I wanted to be someone of my own and not just a plain little girl who got married beyond her desserts."

✵ A strong, independent, compassionate, creative woman with an amazing joie de vivre.  Diane is by far one of the most influential women fashion designers.

✵ Best known for the "wrap dress"...which she created in 1974 after moving to NYC in 1972 with a suitcase full of jersey dresses.

✵ By 1976 she had sold over a million of the dresses and was featured on the cover of Newsweek Magazine...

✵ In 2005 Diane was given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America for her impact on fashion.

Below is an article written for Elle Canada magazine (By Paola Saez de Montagut):

Diane von Furstenberg’s top 10 rules to live by.

1. Trust yourself. 
“The secret to feeling attractive, and to being attractive, is the confidence that comes from knowing who you are and what you believe in.” 

2. Accept the passage of time. 
“The older you get, the more you should learn to love life and appreciate the beauty that comes with age.” 

3. Document your days.
“Carry a camera and create an inspiring visual diary of your life.” 

4. Your suitcase symbolizes your life.
“The best way to know a woman is to open her luggage. If she knows how to pack well, it means she understands, and cherishes, how to live a simplified life.” 

5. Fashionable friends. 
“Choose fashions that make you happy. I hope the clothes I design will become my clients’ best friends. That way, when they open their closets, they will always encounter someone special.”

6 Dress your personality. 
“Always choose styles that also accentuate your personality. Don’t use fashion to try and project a different persona. Authenticity is key.” 

7 Use your feminine power. 
“My mother taught me that being a woman is a privilege because the world revolves around us! It is a precious gift, and its power should be used in a subtle and respectful way.” 

8 Your handbag is your guide. 
“Before leaving home, check your agenda and organize your bag according to what you have to do that day. Keeping everything in order makes life easier.” 

9 Indulge yourself. 
“If you are like me, and don’t want to resort to Botox, book regular massages. I’m sure it helps to keep everything firm and in its place!” 

10 Lead a balanced life.
“The best regimen is to keep moving! Never stop working, travelling and seeking adventure. Drink plenty of water, limit alcohol and sugar and get to your yoga class!” 

So many excellent words to live by!!

Diane continues to have a strong commitment to empowering women...this can be seen through her fashion but also her philanthropy and mentorships...She supports MANY organizations...you can read more about her philanthropy here ( I strongly suggest it, she is an amazing woman)!

(facts and info from www.dvf.com and Elle)

Here is some wonderful DVF style:

CallMeChula on Etsy

SmallEarthVintage on Etsy

RockandRollVintage on Etsy

LoveCharles on Etsy

A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to such an inspiring woman...here's to you Diane!


new years eve EVE...

Tomorrow is the day...the last day of 2011...what a year it has been! I have had a very busy year and can only hope 2012 is going to be just as busy!!
Who has a rockin' outfit for tomorrow night?!  If you are still on the hunt for the PERFECT dress/outfit there is always the luck of a thrift shop or vintage shop...you never know what amazing treasures you may discover!

Be it vintage or just plain and simply FABULOUS here are some wonderful dresses I found that may be preloved but will make any gal feel like the belle of the ball...


Motherofthemob on Etsy

WildthingVintage on Etsy

BOWS! Classic!
MonsterPeace on Etsy

VelvetCrushVintage on Etsy

This dress is just GORGEOUS...this shop has some amazing pieces...

Designed by CGHeaven on Etsy

These vintage beauties are perfect for a classy night out to celebrate the New Year!

adorevintage on Etsy
Designed by SarahLeoraa on Etsy.com

Gotta have the sequins and glitter here...

strawberrykoi on Etsy
Rockthisvintage on Etsy

And this one is just so sweet...I love it...
CircleofLoveVintage on Etsy

And check out my shop Charming Gypsy Vintage...maybe not in time for New Years but perhaps another PARTY TIME!!
(click photos to link to these items)


If NEW and DESIGNER is more your thing how about some Betsey Johnson!
Always a good time with Betsey!!
A very Betsey New Years

Or perhapas Alexander McQueen is more your style...

McQueen New Year

Whatever you end up doing and whatever you end up wearing I hope everyone has a FANTASTIC New Years Eve...now get shopping!! xo