march first.

well. i didn't end up blogging as much as i would have liked to in february - i just checked and my last post was on the second. but here march is and i can't say i'm disappointed that this winter has been flying by in a way. i've spend many days inside between then and now, but this little girl i've got and the shop to tend to i'm busy as can be!

sometimes i think that no one wants to see the every day things while reading blogs. but in order for this whole thing to work out for me i have to remember to just take photos, post them, share thoughts. this doesn't have to be some perfect. i'm not perfect, so why would my blog be? i felt inspired to dig through my closet today though and find something that i'd nearly forgotten about. (i do that a lot. do you? buy something, and hide it deep in the back of the closet, only to forget about it until the appropriate season to enjoy it has passed.) i did a little digging and found a mustard suede duster/dress that is a little more voluminous than i am used to, and that deserved a little attention!

not sure if this counts as an outfit post, because honestly i didn't wear this outfit anywhere. i just had fun hanging out in the music nook of my front room in it. i am soo not used to showing my face on the internet lately! but there i am. feeling silly but having fun with it.

dress: vintage. traded on etsy - can't remember the shop name. : (
shoes: Bass
cat bag: won it on a blog giveaway from

also worth showing off are some vintage goodies for the babe sent along from Tammy of in a package containing my new swim suit! (which i love.)

i LOVE the little knitted diaper cover and i can't wait to put it on saffron with some of her little baby leggings.

next up on tonight's agenda will be to add some newly photographed shoes and children's clothing into the shop. here are some highlights.

woven oxfords. woven brazilian wedges. size 3T boy's pastel button up and size 4-6T cotton candy acrylic hand knit hoodie sweater.

thank you for reading!


lisa of treeandkimball fame//tumblr love.

i really can not say enough about lisa from treeandkimball. first of all she runs a gorgeous lace jewelry shop as well as vintage shop on etsy. second of all she and i have an EERIE line up of similarities going on such as: same name, same age, same sign, both are vintage sellers, both are married, to aquarius boys, who we met while watching said boys play music. we drive the same car. we love a lot of the same things. 'nuff said. third of all she just put out her spring line of pendants and earrings which are inspired and named after lovely ladies in our community of etsy sellers and bloggers.

she was kind enough to create and name one of the necklaces after saffron!

these are a few of my other favorites. pieces and ladies!

this one, celebrating and named after amanda of off of broadway.

and this one angela of greatest friend's namesake.

i just want to say thank you again to lisa! and please check both of her shops. (i didn't even get into her divine taste in shoes or the oscar de la renta vintage skirted one piece i purchased from her shop while i was pregnant.)

while i have this little window open i would like to take the chance to ask you if you are on tumblr? before i started this blog i got away with having 2 tumblrs for my "blogging" urge. except that you don't have to explain your rationale for posting cool shit on tumblr, you can just post it and move along. i almost use my "personal" one just as a place to store things sometimes and i like it for that reason. each post can be as tiny or in depth as you'd like it to be, and even thought i have started this blog- i plan on continuing to update the tumblogs that i have already. if you have one, consider following!

shoes and ships and sealing wax.
inspirational scrapbook, etsy favorites that aren't shoes, candids & baby pictures.

vintage shoe love  the sister tumblr to this blog. i post etsy shoe favorites from my own and many others shops regularly as well as shoe related vintage photos, as well as photos of my own growing and changing vintage shoe collection.

thanks for reading!


kid's clothes.

i am really excited about the round of children's clothes that i photographed today on a whim. i have been hoarding it for quite some time, so i am glad that it is going to see the light of day and hopefully go home to some good homes.

of coure- while i was going through it i decided to keep a few of the "older girl" items, because really... saffron is growing so quick!

all pieces are going into the shop shortly... 

1. 2T hot pink cropped top with diamond southwest allover print.
2. 3T Guess floral broken in jeans. watercolor and black denim.

3. 5-6T central american wool folk sweater with alpacas bunnies and cactus. 
4. 4T handknit vintage powder blue zip up sweater.

links will be added as i get these pieces up into the shop over the next day or two.

my girl is 8 weeks old today! i can barely believe it's been that long, and then on the other hand it seems like she's been with me always. she is becoming much more vocal, laughing and squealing and just started grabbing our noses haphazardly! as i type she's blabbing away.

i know we're still getting off the ground over here... but thank you so much to my early followers!



shop update.

12 new pairs of shoes have streamed into shop over the past 48 hours. Feels like the first black I've had in ages!

I have some ideas a-brewin' for this blog. I know it's still pretty darn bare bones for the time being, but thank you for reading!



shop update//my turn with dany.

As promised, here is my next post... 99% more about shoes.

Look out for these babies plus more making their way into the shop over the next few days/hours.

Of course when I sat down to start listing just now my computer decided to act up on me, but with an iron will and a baby asleep in her moby wrap, we are going to make it happen.

And while I've got this box open, and I am on this topic, I purchased the oh so blogged about Jessica Simpson Dany shoes yesterday! They have been worn and worn again by fashion bloggers and party girls since they came out last year... and are on super sale over here on the JS site. Mine came out to just over $39 with free shipping when I used the coupon code "20joy" which should be good until midnight tonight.

I realize that having a 6 week old baby, and being in the middle of a Buffalo winter I don't have a whole lot of places to be wearing 5+" heels at the moment, but that won't stop me from prancing around the house in them when they arrive. I have wanted them ever since I saw them pop up on ramonawest's model AGES ago, so for $40 they are mine! All you ladies who are a little behind like me, get yourself a steal too!

Here is an example of the shoes themselves, (I know we all know what they look like- I got the tan ones.) being worn just perfectly.

Black and tan do go together!
photo: source.




First and foremost, happy new year! I know I'm a little late with that but better late than never right? I usually skip the whole resolution thing, but this year my resolution is to get this blog started! If I had started it last year or the year before it probably would just be another vintage style blog. I am horrible at outfit posts, but I tend to eek out around 6-10 a year and share them on one of the other social media outlets I take part in. Because I am officially getting started in 2011, this will no doubt be half vintage shoes/etsy/personal style and half a new mama's brag blog. My daughter Saffron Una was born on December 6, 2010 and I know that there is no way I'll be able to keep my thoughts, and photos of the babe off of here. There are a few other great mama blogs out there that can be appreciated for keeping it interesting for everyone (Cup of Joe & Bleubird Vintage off the top of my head), not just new or veteran moms and I hope to be able to keep that balance here too.

Which brings me to the topic of my first post. (named Una, my girl's middle name. Literally: the first.) Roles. I have played and filled many rolls up to this point in my life, but new mom is definitely the biggest change! Let's flash back a bit to get a feel for the past 5 years or so evolution of my life. (It will be quick, I promise!)

Here is my husband Phill and I on our first date,

Aren't we cute? Phill is 25 here and I am 22 about to turn 23. This upcoming Easter is our 5 year anniversary. I am so glad that in the tangle of white russians and awkward "I like you" small talk I thought to set my little camera down on the bar in Brooklyn that night and snap this photo. Phill had just played a show with his band Knife Crazy and we were shying hanging out and non stop talking into the late night. Moments later I would spill a sticky sweet drink all over my bare legs, we would laugh it off, order another, and eventually share our first kiss. I will have to admit I thought of myself as quite the "bad ass" when we met. I was a foul mouthed, whiskey drinking young lady. Of course we all know I was pink and squishy on the inside, but the years leading up to meeting this man had hardened me a bit and it took some time and a lot of trust to get me to mellow out and wear my heart on my sleeve.

Here we are now,

the rounded out little family of three. It's been a long time coming, and I can barely believe that the youngin's Phill and I were in that red lit photo turned into these responsible adults that balance "real life" (you know, the boring stuff, paying the bills etc.) with being as creative, supportive and loving as possible. No one has ever believed in me as much or as fully as he has and honestly I would not be the person I am today without him. After a few months of long distance dating I relocated to Buffalo, NY, we got married, I cooked in a diner for a few years, started the shoe business, got pregnant and now I am a stay at home mom/entrepreneur. (I told you this was the quick version!)

Now, back to roles.

Lisa Zain on Etsy. (my maiden name.)

Lisa the cellist. (18 years and counting - Phill and I have a project called Red Tag Rummage Sale.)

Lisa Freedenberg. (Wife of Phillip.)

and now... Lisa the mom to Saffron. 

Now I promise my next post will be 99% more about shoes, and less about myself but I thought that a proper introduction was neccessary, and that a little more depth and background about me was also good to throw in. I didn't always have a newborn to obsess about, and I haven't even always had a vintage shoe shop (2 and a half year running!) to be proud of, but that is the place that I am happily in right now, and that I have worked really hard to get to.

Some quick goals for the blog:

shop updates
Buffalo events music/fashion/art related
family updates (with lots of cute husbands, cats & babies)
outfit photos. yes! outfit photos! from me! queen of photobooth. real ones! no! i swear!
travel photos
& of course just my thoughts and findings.

Pressing "publish" is a big step for me I wanted this to be perfect, but I realize getting it out there is more important than never starting. Here goes!

&& thank you so much for reading & do follow if you please!