{outfit post} American Vintage

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm just going to put it out there, I am obsessed with these images. Last weekend, my husband and I went driving around LA, looking for different locations to shoot a couple outfits. While we were meandering some random streets in Hollywood, I spotted this red VW van. I immediately knew the van would make the perfect backdrop for my American flag shorts!

I was so excited to take pictures in front of the van, but taking pictures in LA can be tricky. It's the land of movie makers, and everyone in the city is hip to the game. No one will let you use anything they have as a prop unless you pay them. I knew we had to snap these shots quick and get out of there before the owner yelled at us! The very last picture we took, I wanted to sit on the bumper. I told my husband to get ready because I was positive someone was going to yell at us. Sure enough, after the first flash, a voiced yelled above from a window to get away from their car.... but we still got the shot! Then, I had to go home and put a vintage Photoshop filter on these images. Seriously, don't they just feel so retro?!?

Total Outfit Cost: $23.23
Estimated Retail: $168.97
brand: Levi Strauss
purchase price: $4.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

*I'm not sure if these are an original Levi design, or if someone painted them.
The pattern is pretty uniform so kudos if they were DIY'd*

brand: Mossimo
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail:$34.99

brand:  Anna Kristie (vintage)
purchase price: $3.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
estimated retail: unknown

purchase price: $8.26
purchased from: Kohl's
estimated retail: $54.99
* You can buy a pair here

So... want to hear a funny story about these flats? I bought them the day after Christmas. They were the last pair in the entire store! I felt so lucky that they were my size! As I was signing my name at the check out, the cashier was double checking the size. She couldn't find the printed size, but voiced to me they looked the same. As she handed me my receipt, I showed her where the size was printed... big mistake! We figured out one was an 8 and the other a 7.5. I was not bothered by this fact because I can wear a 7.5 just fine, yet the cashier insisted that she could not sell them to me. In reality she already HAD sold them to me, I was holding the receipt! But she took the shoes from me and had one of the floor salesmen go check the back for more shoes. I knew there were no others to be found. I argued with the cashier a moment because I had already paid for them and technically they were mine. She told me she was not allowed to sell them to me, and that I would have to take them to the customer service department to return them. Is this making sense to you? I paid for the shoes and now she was telling me I HAD to return them? My mom and I quickly put 2 and 2 together. I told the cashier I was just going to find the salesman and then return them. I went to the shoe department, where I found said salesman aimlessly searching and I told him, I would like my shoes back. I simply put the shoes in my bag and then walked out of the store! I couldn't believe that they were going to make me return shoes I wanted because the cashier negligently sold me two different sizes. I totally get the reasoning for not selling them like that, and I would have let it go, had I not already paid for them!  Long story short... these are a half size apart, but only cost me $8. It is not my fault said cashier doesn't know how to find shoe sizes! Does that make me an ass?

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