Teal Kitty

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Hi From Dublin!

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My mind is buzzing. Always. I constantly feels like a Fiat 500 is doing a crash test that is happening in my brain. On my mind lately is how my style is evolving. I don't want to make this dramatic or a post about *~FiNDiNG MySeLF~*; but the way I dress has always been a reflection of my identity. I recently moved; I left Los Angeles and moved to Dublin, Ireland. When I told people I was moving, many people asked what I was running away from. And to tell the absolute truth: nothing. My life in Los Angeles was an absolute dream. And sometimes being too comfortable is uncomfortable, especially for a person who's mind is buzzing faster than she can even comprehend. That's kind of my problem- I get distracted so easily. And I know that an attention disorder sounds like a total millennial disease but I've got it pretty severely. So I'm here, on the other side of the world and I'm not exactly sure what I'm doing but at least I have the time to sit and write rather than attending another chicken wing special happy hour. And I hope while I'm here I start to write more. 

Before I get completely off topic, here is what has been buzzing in my mind lately style-wise. So much plaid, mixing prints, sneakers (haha coming from me), off-the-shoulder jackets, lob-like hair, crochet sweaters, peachy lipstick, oversized coats, nude colors, and fairytale-like shimmery highlighter. 

A few styles on Tumblr that I love rn. I'm not sure if this at all makes sense and/or correlates with my above description; that'll just help you understand the mess in my mind. I'd love if you'd share your fav styles rn with me too. 

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Hello Red

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Not sure if these are considered overalls or a jumpsuit, but I'm totally okay with wearing them like 6 days a week. After reviewing these photos, I think I've finally realized how red my hair is. Jesus. Also I clearly need to learn how to brush my hair. I've gone red off and on since I was a senior in high school and I have ruined many many towels and pillowcases since then. I've tried lots of different shampoos to help keep the color, and these work the best (here and here). Not sponsored, don't worry.

Had fun walking around one of my favorite neighborhoods in Los Angeles, near Vermont Blvd in Los Feliz. Really fun vintage shops in this area. And you HAVE to go to Tacos Tu Madre. Photos taken by my v talented 4ever pal, Adam Dillon.  Overalls by one of my favorite LA-made brands Flynn Skye, and in love with these sunglasses by Karen Walker.  Bucket bag (that I treat like my first-born) by Mansur Gavriel. 

2017

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Hi! I'm back! And it's been so long that I hope to never leave this long ever again. It's been a lengthy cat nap and some sort of writer's block. I have been extremely busy with exciting and not-so exciting things this past year. Also, I became slightly discouraged to write; I felt like I was contending against others on the internet that are ~brand ambassadors~ for teeth whiteners and ugly watches. Which obviously I can't even compete with. I have spent this time trying to get inspired. Stopping at every newsstand I pass by to flip through Vogue Italia without paying $14.95, watching Gucci runway shows while virtually foaming at the mouth, and going to Barney's to touch absolutely everything. So stepping into 2017 I have a few tips to share with all of you xx

1. Don't wear a band tee that you can't name at least 5 top hits from

Okay, so maybe I'm telling you to grow up and not shop at Brandy Melville. If you're older than age 17 it is time to broaden your horizons past 'one size fits most'. But also don't be wearing a Joy Division shirt if you can't tell me who Ian Curtis is. And don't be that girl when a guy comes up to you trying to start small talk before offering to buy your tequlia soda and you're wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt and you recite that your fav LZ song is 'Stairway to Heaven'. I'm just trying to help you out. Solution to this: if you like the vintage t-shirt look try to thrift store hunt for old shirts with fun graphics on them. Wash, dry, and cut them appropriately so they have a more worn-in look. I'm trying to find a photo reference but can't find a good example, I'll add one if I find one or take one of myself. ~stay tuned 

2. Stop wearing black everything

I'm guilty of this for maybe 300 days out of the year. Which isn't how I used to dress at all but I got in the habit of it. When wearing all black it is like you wear the same thing everyday. It kind of reminds me of the dress code during my days (actually, years) as a waitress when I worked at an Italian restaurant and permanently smelled like garlic bread. Dark times. But at the same time I'm not telling you to buy other colors if they're just going to sit in your closet.  If you're most comfortable in black, try changing it up with wear it with a floral scarf and fun lipstick shade. Or just wear something over-the-top like the photo above. 

3. Oversized Jackets

Okay, so Rihanna might have something to do with this one. I really do love this look with skinny jeans and booties. Makes it look like you maybe tried but really didn't.

4. Throw out your 5 inch heels

Yes it is time to take my Steve Madden ratchet pumps from Freshman year homecoming to Goodwill. They shouldn't have even made the lifespan of  making it to a Hollywood nightclub at age 18 with a fake ID.  Unless you have the closet space ( lol I don't), there is no need to hang onto these. Shorter heels are in. Invest in a cute pair of mules or sandal slides to wear everyday with denim. 

5. Mansur Gavriel 

So this might be a more personal one because lately I've been OBSESSED with Mansur Gavriel. The designers debuted in 2012, New York designed handbags made in Italy. They also make shoes as well (I'm size 39 if anyone wants to sponsor me). They're moderately priced so maybe I can afford one if I stop getting parking tickets and become okay with drinking wells vodka. The bucket bag is their signature look. I see one in my future for 2017.

 

Desert Dreamland

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Had a day-getaway to the desert. It's getting to the time if year that if you go there you can only be wearing a bikini, so this outfit isn't something i'd wear IRL (in real life). Especially the over-the-knee boots. Anyways, I love the detailing on the all silk dress, it's super beautiful up close and makes it stand out from your usual LBD.

Dress by Burning Torch, boots by Stuart Weitzman, hat by Brixton, and sunglasses by Wildfox

Photographer: John Roberts Woods

Alexander McQueen Comes Home

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The designer took the Chunnel back to London from Paris this season. I hope they enjoyed a few croissants while showing in Paris Fashion Week for the past 15 years. The dreamscape embroidery-drooling designer finally made it back home to London Fashion Week for the Fall 16 collection. And I'm so overjoyed that I honestly want to buy them  like a spiced vanilla candle as a house warming gift or something.

Ruffles, lace, bedazzling on amphetamines. I'll take it all. Everything about this collection is a dream. Not to mention the creative director, Sarah Burton, presented the collection and was backstage during the show being a bo$$ all while being two weeks away from being due with her third child. Can you say mom goals? Here's a few pictures of my favorites, but honestly it's worth checking out the entire collection xx

Night Kat

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Honestly I don't know if burgundy is considered in style right now, but i'm really into it. Dark reds are usually a Fall time thing but I recently dyed my hair a shade of crimson (which is sadly fading terribly) so i've been trying to match. One of my go-to easy looks is always a graphic tee and high-waisted jeans with booties. I recently splurged on these Margot Boots by Rag and Bone that went on sale. Paired with my new vintage-feel shirt (half linen/half cotton=dreamy) by Current/Elliot and my favorite black skinny jeans by Paige. 

Bag by Ted Baker London, sunglasses by Celine, and jacket by Burning Torch

Fashion Inspiration for 2016

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London, Dublin, Miami, New York, Mexico twice (Cozumel and Punta Mita), Las Vegas twice, Denver twice and San Francisco six times all within 2015. To say I am living in a never-ending state of exhaustion is an understatement, but I wouldn't have it any other way. According to my dad, I'm hard to keep track of. In 2016, I'll need a leash. Here is a few things I deem semi-important in fashion this coming year. 

1. Pantone Color(s) of the Year

Most importantly in the world of fashion 2016 is a HUGE year because for the first time ever ever, Pantone has chosen TWO colors for Color of the Year. Rose Quartz 13-1520 and Serenity 15-3919. So I guess having lavender locks like Kelly Osbourne won't go out of style, and having Coachella-esque hair year round is totally acceptable.   With these two colors, I would suggest color blocking when wanting to wear together. A baby blue coat can be paired perfectly with a sheer pink gloss. Or a pale pink crossbody worn with a light blue pair of jeans. 

When wearing serenity, you can dress it with a pair of dark blue jeans without being totally monochromatic. Think a light-shaded chambray worn with rich indigo denim. You probably have this outfit already living in your closet. My favorite chambray is by Rag and Bone, and favorite denim brands are Paige, Current/Elliot, Mother and Levi's

For rose quartz, a perfect go-to is any shade of grey. For men, I love a rose-colored button down with a grey cashmere sweater or sports coat. To be completely honest I've never been a pink kind of girl, I'm actually almost kind of anti-pink. I don't know if I own any pink in my closet. So I'll get my rose quartz through lip colors or blush. My favorite would be Gaiety or New Order by Nars

2. Havana, Cuba

With all political views aside, Havana is becoming a trendy hip destination spot for 2016. With recent change in policy with the United States, you can get there easily on a number of different American airlines. Designers such as Stella McCartney and Proenza Schouler are taking inspiration from this beautiful Caribbean country. Think bold colors, loud prints, sugar canes, ruffles, and banana empanadas. 

photos of Proenza Schouler SS16

photos of Proenza Schouler SS16

3. Half-Moon Bag

 I didn't even commit to the 'bucket bag' of 2015 even though Rebecca Minkoff named hers the 'Fiona' bag. So I guess I've been holding out for this 2016 trend, the half-moon bag. Brooklyn Beckham's mom (Victoria) presented this style in her last season's runway, and I'm into anything that has to do with Brooklyn Beckham. I absolutely ADORE (x 100)  this one made by APC; I'll put this one's on my list for my birthday from my non-existent boyfriend. 

4. Pleats

Dress pleats, skirt pleats, blouse pleats, skirt pleats. It's back. And you don't look totally preppy school girl wearing them; they actually look semi-elegant and not totally terrible. I recently bought a leather jacket with pleats on it that I've been drooling over by Burning Torch. 

5. Fancy Pajamas

The roll-out-of-bed look just went one step further. Anything and everything you would wear to bed is totally acceptable in 2016. Silky two piece sets, dolled up in jewels topped with a blazer or fur coat. Knowing me, I probably won't brush my hair with this look either just to really fit the part. 

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana

Chloe

Chloe

Calvin Klein

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Saint Laurent

Winter in Los Angeles

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I can't really say that it is winter here, but like most basic Southern California girls I'm going to pretend that there is some significant seasonal change to make an excuse to buy another slouchy sweater. Lately, i've been really into a 70's style. I have every intention to bring back the biggest flared jeans matched with a cable knit over-sized sweater. I saw an old friend recently and he noticed how I was wearing a black dress and said that I never used to wear black and said "LA did that to you." Well yiiiiiikes, that sounds a little bit morbid. But really, I think I've just finally learned that black is a good investment. So actually, I'm just getting smart.  I used to buy anything except for black, but now I just find it more convenient. My life is non-stop. Like I don't think a normal human could relate to how fast-paced my life is sometimes.  I do so many outfit changes in my car that my trunk has eternally turned into another closet and I have fully accepted that strangers have watched me switch shirts at a red light.  I'll wear a black dress to work, and be able to throw on a leather jacket and meet for happy hour later. It's always important too to have extra shoe options too. This winter my staple style pieces are a long sleeve black turtle neck, neutral faux furs, high-waisted vintage denim, over-the-knee boots, layered costume jewelry and baggy sweaters. Anyways, here's a few inspiration pictures that have been on my mind lately. Enjoy xx


Moody Blues

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It's finally starting to get a little bit brisk here in Los Angeles. But obviously not that cold if I'm still able to wear a dress with bare legs. One of my favorite throw together go-to looks is wearing an oversized dress with booties. The style is chic and totally effortless. And if you really want to go a step further and look like you have your life together, just brush your hair. I'm sporting a pair of velvet shoes that make me think of Lana del Rey and blueberry pie all at the same time. 

Had a fun day with my sister today at Barbara's Brewery, one of the most hidden gems in East LA. If you like artist's lofts, succulents and an IPA, you have to venture out here sometime. Dress from LF, bag by Ted Baker London, shoes by Report Signature, and sunglasses by Wildfox Couture.  

Teal Kitty Takes Playboy Haunted Mansion

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There are some nights that I have in LA that are so good that the first thing I do when I wake up the next morning, is call my dad. Even before reviewing what I want to delete off my snapchat story or looking in a mirror to see how raccoon my eyes look. "Hi Dad, I went to a Halloween party at the Playboy Mansion last night." He had a few questions and concerns. 

I'm really not good at Halloween at all. The concept of me trying to  create my own costume from scratch via sewing machine gives me such bad anxiety that it makes me want to crawl under my sewing machine desk and cry. I whipped this costume together without financial damage, just creating an unforeseen tornado in my room and my bathroom sink looked like  we sacrificed the blood of a small mammal.  I wish I was more of a Pinterest hoe and could give you all these DIY ideas on how to look bomb dot com on this spooky day or wish that I didn't have ADHD and could make it through a YouTube makeup tutorial further than 30 seconds. But honestly I just threw something together within minutes. Thrift store shopping is my go-to. I love digging through racks to come up with inspiration. I have THREE more costumes I need to come up with to get through this weekend. Tell me all your ideas!!

Photographed with my pretty friends Lauren and Mackenna xx

 

Fall Fringe

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 This Fall, fringe is having a comeback. And the only basic thing you need besides pumpkin spiced lattes, is this crossbody made out of the softest leather by Camino Brands. All bags are made in California by a San Francisco based company. Isn't that amazing?!

 It still doesn't feel like Fall in LA. The heat wave is still real and I'm in complete denial and can't get myself to take off my new Highland boots by my newest seasonal boyfriend, Stuart Weitzman.  The quality of my life significantly has changed every time I put these puppies on. I'm trying to come up with a halloween costume around these, any ideas on what I should be?! 

Dress from For Love and Lemons and sunglasses by Kristin Perry

Shopping Guide: Everything I Want For Fall But I'm Broke AF

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The title of this post might seem semi-depressing. But don't worry, it's my birthday season and after I finish writing this I'll send this link to my non-existent boyfriend. But reallllly, I've been swooning over the new fall collections that are coming out; and I'm so head over heels in love that I get the same satisfaction out of Stuart Weitzman boots as I would be by being in a relationship. The highland boots are such a staple this year. If Kate Moss has them, I have to have them. right?

My birthday is next week (!!!!!) and I'm planning on celebrating (one of the many, many ways) by buying myself something from Androgyny Designs jewelry. All pieces are handmade here in LA by a pretty girl named Courtney and their instagram feed makes me drool. I have a couple of her pieces and I always get compliments every time I wear them. Above features the One-of-a-Kind Silver Ear Pin and the Bronze Fractured Earth Cuff. 

Another thing I have been obsessing with more than usual is stationary. I have turned into a stationary HOARDER. I just wait for any occasion to send a card in the mail. I honestly think I sent one of my friend a good luck card before she went on vacation for 2 weeks. The only thing better than sending cards, is receiving cards. And sadly, the return rate isn't doing so hot right now. But I have optimistic thoughts for my birthday. One of my favorite stationary brands right now is  Rifle Paper Co. ; anything floral is my fav. 

Discovered this new designer through their pop-up store on Abbot Kinney that is open for a few more weeks; and these bags had me at hello. Cuyana is a Bay Area brand that has been popping up around LA, previously before Venice they were at The Grove. I adore the elegant simple designs, all the bags are timeless and will never go out of style. My favorites are the Classic Leather Totes (that are made in the USA!) and the one featured above, the Cinch Shoulder Bag. 

What are your must-have pieces for Fall?! Links to shop my favorite pieces above, here!

 

 

 

Teal Kitty Goes To NYFW!

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Attending New York Fashion Week has always been some fantasy dream of mine that has always been on the top of my list. Right up there with scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef with my dad or hiking the glaciers in Patagonia; somehow watching haute couture walking in motion down a runway is equivalent. So being here in New York during this season, is a feeling I can't even describe. I almost don't have words to tell you how magical it is to be in The Big Apple sharing a mutual excitement of energy with every other fashionista that feels the same way. 

I will write more about my experiences and favorite new collections, but for now I am in absolute awe and still taking it in. I can tell you, that Mr. Alexander Wang can have my first born child after SS16. 

Wearing the Neria playsuit from the fall collection of Ted Baker London. I have lived in this thing since I bought it, and I'm obsessed with how both fancy and casual it can be. Accompanied by pony hair Isabel Marant Shane black wedge pumps that have been with me for multiple seasons. And lastly, my bag is the first ever designer bag I've ever purchased when I was 16. And of course, it is teal. I love how the color pops my entire look; also I love how it still looks like it is in mint condition after all these years (thank you leather cleaner). Bag by Marc by Marc Jacobs, SS10 collection. Also sporting a temporary tattoo in celebration of the new Chanel 'Boyfriend' watch. I think I need a boyfriend in order to buy the real thing. Just kiiiiitten. 

Photos by my dearest friend/photographer Ryan Chua. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

 

Breakfast at The Plaza Hotel

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Teal Kitty here reporting from NEW YORK FASHION WEEK. For the past many years of my life I have suffered from temporary depression during this season. Fashion week season. I have vivid memories of missing anthropology class to watch live streamings of Marc Jacobs in my car in the school parking lot. Last spring I shed actual tears watching Peter Copping's first show as creative director of Oscar de la Renta. Being here in New York during this time, is an actual dream come true. 

Started the day off this morning with breakfast at The Palm Court at The Plaza Hotel to celebrate my BFF Brooke's birthday. Unlike the Polo Bar, I forgot to make reservations far in advance and called the day before and got a table and didn't even have to pretend to start crying on the phone like how I had to do for Ralph Lauren. Plaza Hotel is definitely worth walking into the lobby just to see the twinkling chandeliers, and the afternoon tea made me feel like I was actually Blair Waldorf. 

I'm wearing a vintage kimono that I bought from a vintage trade show that happens once a year in LA called Inspiration. I bought it from a vendor who collects ceremonial kimonos and claims that this one is from the 1940's. I absolutely adore kimonos. I always am looking for vintage ones since otherwise it's hard to find them made with pure silk. Wearing my favorite booties, the Chelsea from Rag and Bone. Accompanied by my first ever ever designer handbag that I have had since I bought it when I was 16. It's a rare find to see these old Marc by Marc Jacobs bags with the turn lock. 

Favorite Editorial: US Vogue June 2008

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Everyone who knows me knows that my birthday is the biggest event of the year. And it's five weeks away and I'm already starting to mentally prepare myself. It's October 2nd, and I tell everyone that I celebrate for the entire month but to be completely honest I think last year I celebrated until it was Christmas. So anyways, the number one thing on my birthday list this year is semi-complicated so I decided to give my father plenty of notice. The thing that flipped a switch for my love for fashion was an editorial from Vogue that I saw my freshman year in high school. That same editorial is the reason why Patagonia, Argentina is on the top of my travel list as well. The editorial is shot by Patrick Desmarchelier and has model Caroline Trentini doing her signature pose of never having her feet on the ground. 

Does anyone remember this editorial? Does anyone know where you can buy back issues of Vogue? Please contact me !! 

 

You Make It Real

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An easy on-the-go outfit featuring my favorite basics for the not so basic. Tank and leggings by one of my favorite Los Angeles-made brands, Morrison Grey. Each piece is carefully dyed to transform into your new favorite everyday shirt. I wear mine anywhere from underneath a blazer to the office to over a sports bra to pilates. It's challenging to find any shirts made with super soft modal that doesn't start accumulating small little annoying holes everywhere after a couple wears. I have worn and washed all my Morrison Grey tops several times and they always stay in ~PeRFeCT CoNDiTioN~*

Chelsea booties by Rag and Bone, photos by my very dear friend Jose Gallina. You can find Morrison Grey here! More to come xx

House of Harlow 1960 Pop-Up Shop X The Grove

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More than the daughter of a musical legend and all grown up from her reality days on The Simple Life (showing that there is hope for all of us);  Nicole Richie has made a name for herself for being a fashion icon. Just a smidge above five foot, Richie has reinvented herself as a style savvy goddess. Nicole Richie is idol-esqué. I dont know if I've ever really said that I've idolized anybody except probably my father. So this is kind of a big deal.

I have been following Richie's line, House of Harlow 1960 for years. She has been the creative force behind the line since it launched back in 2009; the brand has a feel of vintage inspiration while being fashion-forward, as well as timeless all at the same time.  HOH is mostly known for it's fashion jewelry, being top-sellers at stores such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.  Nicole debuted her new line at a pop-up shop at The Grove and for the first time ever featuring clothing, sunglasses, home goods, jewelry and vintage pieces curated by Nicole herself. I attended the grand-opening party that had sushi rolls and bubbly,  and with all 5'1 of Nicole being swallowed in the crowd as she went around to greet her guests. At this event I was most excited about seeing the new clothing collection. When I first lock eyes with a garment it's a matter of seconds before I'm lifting up the left bottom corner to check the care-label. Textile classes have ingrained this in my habits to the point where it's just done subconsciously.Great story: one time I was on a first date and I was more concerned about this guy's shirt than how many siblings he had, and I honestly don't remember anything he talked about except for the fact that I actually real life asked him what kind of fabric his shirt was made out of. He did the typical shrug-shoulders-post-typical-guy-response of 'i don't know' mixed in with a  3 second dead stare where he probably asked himself where he found this girl....~(tinder :-)))))~ Moral of the story is this boy will forever be remembered in my heart and soul as 100% pima cotton xoxo. Annnyyyways, I was so impressed when looking at House of Harlow care label tags and reading that they are made here in the U.S.A! With some garments being made with fine silks, it is becoming harder and harder to find quality clothing being manufactured here. Even though they are more expensive, I am willing to pay more knowing that the maker was paid with fare wages. 

My favorite pieces from the new collection are below! The House of Harlow pop-up shop will be open at The Grove in Los Angeles until July 19th and also can be found on their website.





Wedding Attire For The Dateless Looking For A Date

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I lack photos of this magical wedding because I was busy having too much f u n. My very dear cousin Kelly got married this past weekend in the mountains of Vail, Colorado to her boyfriend of 10 years (!!?@$%), Marcus. I think I have a better chance of owning 10 dogs before I'm in a relationship for 10 years to be completely honest. Vail is one of the most beautiful places I've ever traveled. Mostly known for it's ski slopes in the winter, this place isn't given enough credit for it's summer beauty. 

This dress has been collecting dust in my closet just waiting to be worn. It was one of those impulse buys where I had no idea where I would wear it at the time but it was sooooo pretty that I felt like me buying it would initiate world peace or stop global warming.  The intricate beading is so pleasing to the eye that weeks before the wedding I just had it displayed in my room with it hanging from my curtain rod. 

The wedding cake toppers were free-hand drawn by my very talented cousin Megan. Absolutely unreal! Kelly and Marcus live in San Francisco, and she perfectly drew the Golden Gate Bridge! See more of her cookie designs here: June Bug and Moo

Dress by Parker New York, shoes from Topshop, ring by Spell and The Gypsy Collective and clutch is vintage that belonged to my grandma. xx