{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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Mackenzie said...

What a great outfit!! I can't even imagine a world where people ask you to pay just to stand in front of something they own. LA sounds crazy!!

And you were totally in the right with the shoes... Once you paid for them, they were yours. The cashier was probably trying to save herself from getting in trouble for selling them to you, but that doesn't mean you HAD to return them. Good for you for standing up for yourself!


Unknown said...

You were the right one with the shoes. She should've been fired. Btw, LOVE the close up picture of the shorts. With the bus behind you? SUCH a good photo.

xo Ashley

Bailey said...

new follower from the friends to followers hop! looking forward to reading your blog :D


Lauren @ Style Elixir said...

These are such cool photos Tori! What a fun shoot - and I LOVE those shoes!! Sparkle and studs - definitely one of my favorite combo's at the moment!

Thanks so much for linking up with Style Sessions this week - it was lovely to have you! I look forward to seeing you again next Tuesday afternoon!

Lauren x

Unknown said...

Very vintage.

Unknown said...

I like that you had to take the photos quickly before the man shouted out of the window at you to get away from his car lol. Very nice photos. And I love those shoes, she was probably panicking as if she lets you go with two that are mismatched sizes it potentially leaves another pair of mismatched sizes which they cannot sell and therefore make a loss which could come back to her as her fault, so I understand her panic. I used to work in a shop so I understand, but what she should have said is we need to do a check to see if these are the last ones and the matching shoe of each isn't in the back and once we have confirmed that you can go with your shoes or we can make sure you have a matching pair but either way you can have them, hmm maybe I was just a logical sales assistant lol. But people do panic about these things, maybe she was new. Either way the shoes are lovely and what a bargain!!

Janine xx

Unknown said...

What a great pair of shorts. They are awesome. And paired with those amazing flats (sorry about the frustration in acquiring them), you look awesome.

Stopping by from the link up! Happy Wednesday!

Understated Classics

Yvette said...

Amazing photographs! Compliments to your husband. Also, you look fierce in those shorts!



Alisa Marie said...

I always love your style! Those sparkle shoes with the American shorts is awesome! Would love for you to link-up to Diaries of A Bargainista! Especially since your outfit was only $23!!! What a bargain!


Kaitlyn Hoffman said...

Love the pictures! New follower from the blog hop, would love a follow back at http://threesistersandus.blogspot.com/

Chelsea Oliver said...

Oh my gosh. I think you were totally right about the shoes - especially since you knew the issue and paid for them already!! I love this outfit though! And love that you took the risk for the picture but geez LA seems rough haha


Giovanna said...

Cute look! Loving those shorts and how you added the sparkly shoe!


~Mom Wife Boss Life~ said...

I love the shorts! and the van!!!!! Following from aloha friday, hope you'll follow back?

xx Kelly

Deanne Marie said...

seriously awesome photoshoot spot

Irfan said...

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Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

Tori! These shots are amazing!! Love them!!