Archive | August, 2011

Treasure Island Flea Market

31 Aug

Hi everyone I hope you all had a chance to go explore the Treasure Island Flea market this past weekend as there was so much to see once the fog (yup that San Francisco pea soup type) burnt off. We decided to participate this weekend with our BFF’s M& E from RevelationByME and had a blast!

I don’t know if you have been to this Flea market before but if not you must go as there can be so many fantastic finds, for instance Lisa bought this Fedora

Myrda from RevelationByME also made a great purchase (although we are biased cuz it’s our Graffeo Handbag)

Indie clothing was not the only thing on sale although there were some awesome Graphic tees and Vintage pieces, you could also buy some stylish aprons, yes definitely not your mothers aprons!

There was a very good turnout for the 2 day even though the fog was thick both days until noon, but then it turned into a great shopping day for all ages, yup that was the great thing about the customers  they spanned all age groups. The last hour got a little crazy as many Vendors decided to add a little incentive to the shoppers that braved the onset of the afternoon fog…yes it burnt off at 12pm and came back around 3pm, closing time was 4pm.

Another satisfied Bobbepin customer, styling her Korrupt Label graphic tee

Thanks to everyone that came out to support the Flea Market and a special Shout Out to all our customers both Old & New and our new friends that we met this weekend….you rock!

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Fashion & Frugality

26 Aug

Hi everyone, we are very pleased to have Miriam Silverberg as our Guest Blogger, giving us some insight into fashion & frugality

As a comfortably middle class baby boomer with a passion for fashion, I do have to exercise some frugality. Fortunately, this comes naturally to me since I was raised by parents who were children of the Depression and passed their values on to me.

This will be a continuing commentary on my efforts to justify fashion and frugality.

I’m very ingenious, wearing things in a way that they were really not intended.  For instance, I have a rather expensive sarong-type black wool skirt by Donna Karan.  I’ve had it for years but it was a mistake.  I never should have bought it.  Every time I wore it, the big knot in the front made me look fat even though I’m actually very slim. But, as I say, it was expensive so the thought of throwing it out bothered me.  Finally I put it in a pile to give to charity.  But before I gave it away, I suddenly had an “aha” moment.  Why not wear it as a shawl?  I now have a beautiful luxurious black wool shawl, and no one would ever suspect it’s really a skirt.  It has no zipper, buttons or closure and is very wide.

Remember when half-slips or petticoats were part of every woman’s wardrobe?  Well, I unearthed a beautiful black taffeta one with embroidery on the hem.  It was buried in the back of a drawer and I forgot I had it.  Into the pile marked for charity it went.  And then another aha moment.  Why not wear it as a skirt?  Why not, indeed.  I wear it in the summer with a t-shirt over it, belted loosely at the waist.  It garners me many compliments. I have a very expensive Valentino black wool suit with velvet trim.  Was it a mistake?  No, not really, but I hardly ever wear it because it just doesn’t look young and kicky.  Throw it out?  How can I throw away a Valentino suit? So, in desperation I separated the suit and started thinking of it as a skirt and jacket.  The skirt I can get a lot of use out of because it’s a plain above-the-knee pencil skirt.  Just what they’re wearing now.  The jacket I’m wearing with jeans or recently I wore it with a pair of Bermuda shorts.  Sheer black hose and a white shirt completed the outfit and I got a number of compliments.  When I wore the suit no one ever complimented me, I think because I looked so prim and proper.

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Miriam Silverberg is a freelance journalist and president of Miriam Silverberg Associates, a boutique publicity firm in Manhattan.  She may be reached at

A Rare Glimpse Backstage at San Francisco Fashion Week

22 Aug

Most people yearn for that front row seat at a fashion show. They want to get up close and personal with those great designer details and super hot half-naked guys. But at a show there is only one thing better than a front row seat. Backstage is where the real show happens. It’s where everything comes together and the final changes occur. But most importantly, there’s a great mix of anxiety and excitement that makes for some great photos.

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Tips When Choosing Perfume

16 Aug

Yes, yes I know we are an online indie clothing boutique, we don’t sell perfume but it is a great accessory to our Indie clothing just like a bag or a pair of shoes….it is that finishing touch like sprinkles on your frozen yogurt! Checkout this perfume necklace…..yup its wearable too!

Indie Accessory

With the thousands of fragrances in the market, and new ones being added daily it can be tricky to choose the one that is perfect for your taste, personality, the occasion, and other factors. For many of us we just go out and pick out our usual, hopefully this little checklist will be helpful when choosing and even wearing the perfect perfume for you.

1.            What’s  your budget?

Yes this may seem obvious but it is worth a mention……perfumes are priced in a very big range, from very inexpensive colognes to luxurious designer brands. Determining your budget or the money you are prepared to spend beforehand will help narrow down the choices and will save you a lot of time.

2.            What type of smell do you like?

Decide on what type of fragrance you want based on what use the perfume would be to you. For instance, is it for special occasions? Is it to please or seduce a lover? Is it for everyday wash and wear? If you plan to please someone, make sure to research on the particular fragrances he or she likes. If you want it to be an everyday whiff you can wear to work or school, you may want to buy a lighter and fresher scent. If it’s for big parties and formal events, choose a perfume that makes a stronger impact by blending well with your body chemistry and your clothes.

Other factors like the weather or season are also important to consider. For instance, if you live in a very humid setting, floral fragrances with a woody or musky base often complement the sultry weather. If you’re often surrounded by a lot of people in near proximity, don’t choose a very strong perfume because not everyone likes perfume….we all have those elevator stories.  Citrus, sea breeze and other herb and floral fragrances are often fresh and rejuvenating, perfect for someone always on the go. If you will be out on a date and want to heighten the romance, choose a scent that is a bit stronger but not overpowering. Usually Asian spices project confidence and sophistication. Meanwhile, aromatic blends are perfect for men who like to smell like a true man exuding with machismo and security.

3.            Test many before buying.

When you’ve finally narrowed down your choices and you’re ready to go to a perfume shop, don’t forget to carefully examine each perfume you fancy before getting ahead of yourself and purchasing. Take note that your nose can only handle so much and testing 20 perfumes consecutively will prove to be futile. Before you start spraying a perfume on your wrist, spray it first on a card or paper and decide if you like it. If not, move on to the next. Once you find a scent you think is perfect, start testing it on your own skin. Apply a small amount on your wrist or on the back of your arm.  Wait for a few minutes because fragrances start to grow on you and smell different after a while…..then it’s off to the cash register.

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Indie Fashion says Embrace Your Curves

9 Aug

Many plus size women are curious as to the type of clothes that will look good on them when they go to buy clothes for themselves, as a matter of fact,  many plus size women live in fear of buying clothes,  because they have no idea about the type of clothes that will fit their shape or whether they will find their size in the store or online.

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Many women are so afraid of making a mistake, that they either won’t buy clothes at all, or they’ll buy clothes that resemble tents, which is to say clothes that are too loose, and unflattering.  Many women might have been told by advertisers that a larger sized woman has to wear dark colors, that she has to wear clothes that fall down to the floor, and that she has no right to even want to look flattering or appealing.

The bottom line is that none of this is true, yes you heard it here its flat out garbage.  The fact of the matter is that every woman has every right to want to look flattering and sexy regardless of her size.  A plus size woman is first and foremost a human being and second, she is a woman.  She has so much to offer to the world, and no one has the right to make her feel that she has to look ugly, because she’s carrying around a few extra pounds.

Many new Indie clothing designers are starting to add larger sizes to their collections and this is filtering down to more commercial stores, Igigi and NYDJ come to mind. This is being nudged along by forward thinking blogs like The Curvy Fashionista & Fashion Shows like Full Figured Fashion Week (FFFW). Not to mention the Italian Edition of Vogue featured full figured models on their cover for the FIRST time.

Here at BobbePIN we are currently in conversations with some plus size designers to possibly feature their brands in our Online Indie Clothing boutique…stay tuned!

In general, shades that are flattering to curvy women are ones that give her the look of a waistline.  It’s even better if she naturally has a waistline, because there are many full figured women that naturally have an hourglass figure.  It’s good for a woman if she’s wearing a dress to wear shades that don’t hug her curves in the hips.  While she doesn’t want to wear something that resembles a tent, it’s best for the item to be a little bit forgiving in the hips and butt.  No one regardless of size looks good with clothes that fit  too tight.

The point is for a woman to find shape flattering clothes, and to get someone to help her to analyze what her body type is.  Once she figure out what her body type is, she can then find clothes that are cut to highlight positive parts of her curves, while hiding any perceived flaws.

Given a selection and a confident state of mind we can all look beautiful because don’t forget “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, just read the woman’s tee below!

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Charitable Donations, its Just the Right Thing to Do.

2 Aug

Hi I know this is a little off topic but I have been asked a few times lately why our Indie Clothing ecommerce Boutique would donate 5% of sales to Charity especially a new one, well that got me wondering why it’s even a question. Should we wait until our profit margins expand, should we wait till everyone else does it, should we wait……. Our 5% donation is not going to change the world on an individual basis but collectively we can make a difference similar to that of “Pocket money” when we were younger, oh so long ago!

Here is my trip down memory lane, I promise it wont be too long so bear with me. Every Friday I would receive a little cash from my parents for washing up alternate nights with my brother, now the weekly amount on its own was pretty small however when I stashed it away it started to accumulate and by the time I made a long awaited purchase it had become pretty substantial and the purchase was very important to me so I chose my item wisely. It usually included sneakers or some piece of sports apparel as I was a big jock growing up.

Like Charitable Donations, Cash was/is not always king, because if I fell short with my savings my parents would assign me additional duties so I could receive enough monies to complete my purchase, just like the concept of donating time to an organization/cause which is just as important as a financial donation. I have been a part of many campaigns where stuffing envelopes etc was just as important as the monies they received.

So you see individually we may not Cure Cancer, Feed the Starving, House the Homeless etc but collectively we can make a difference because we all have something to offer, just like team sports each player contributes to the end result, (although there is that tendency to focus on an MVP lately) without the whole team contributing no one can shine.

So let’s turn the question around, why don’t you Give Back in whatever form you can, it can be as small as an item of clothing or as large as………you fill in the blanks!

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