Thursday, June 20, 2013

Revival HEARTS Yumi: Gorgeous Prints & Patterns.

This past Fall we introduced the cutest vintage inspired British brand, Yumi, to all of our Revival friends.  While we carry several of their tops and jackets, our new favorite brand from across the pond is known for their dedication to the dress!  Founded and owned by a Nepalese designer, Yumi, and it's sister brand Uttam Boutique, loves edgy and whimsical prints, beaded details, beautiful pleats, and  just plain pretty details, the perfect combo of feminine and cool.

We love Yumi and we hope you do too!

Look 1: Yumi Spring Lion Print Dress

One of our best sellers and a Shopgirl favorite, this Yumi lion dress has a fun and lovely lion repeat print and just a gorgeous fit.  Add a Peter Pan collar and a trim white belt for ultimate cute.

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Look 2: Yumi Column Print Shift Dress

This sophisticated shift dress is not for the faint of heart.  With a mod shape and a bold, bold graphic print, our Column shift dress will be one people will talk about!!  When they ask (and, oh, they will) just remember to tell them you got it from Revival!

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Look 3: Uttam Boutique Tribal Bird Print Beaded Dress

Our Tribal Bird Dress from Uttam Boutique is one of the most beautiful dresses we have had in many a season!  A gorgeous modern bird print skirt (we all still love a good bird print) is paired with a shaped and beaded bodice.  This dress is just fantastic to look at, but we think you should wear it too!

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Look 4: Yumi Tribal Hi Lo Belted Dress

Our Hi Lo Belted Dress is ready to party!!  Combine this seasons hottest tribal print with all of your favorite summer colors for your Yumi created new favorite dress!!

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Look 5: Yumi Graphic Shift Dress

This mod influenced Graphic Shift Dress is sleek and sophisticated.  Yumi makes fab dresses, and this one promises to spice up your 9-5 wardrobe!!  Did we mention it was 20% Off?  SALE  SALE SALE, friends.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Oh the Places We Go! Shopgirl Hannah in Spain: Part 2 (Border Hopping)

Part II of our Shopgirl Hannah's great travel adventure... Hannah travels!!

Cantabria and Regional Travels

My parents came to visit me for the holidays and we went to Andalucía (the southern region of Spain). We visited Sevilla, where I had studied abroad, and Granada.

Bull Ring in Sevilla

Cathedral in Sevilla

Earlier in the year I went on an amazing hike through one of the most beautiful landscapes I had ever seen in my life. It was outside of Santoña, a town about an hour west of where I am on the coast. 

Steps running down the mountains to the water

Islands! The Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands are both part of Spain and I was lucky enough to visit both of them this year.

Frisbee tournament in Tenerife, Canary Islands

The water in Mallorca, Balearic Islands

One of my favorite trips in Cantabria was to a town called San Vicente de la Barquera. It is a historical town and a major stop on the Camino de Santiago. My friend and I were initially planning on camping out on the beach until we were kindly taken in by the elderly couple who runs the albergue for those doing the Camino de Santiago.

Goat on the wall of the ruins of a hospital for pilgrims traveling along the Camino

View from the top of the hill by the church

Sunset in San Vicente

“Spring Break”: Cataluña and Galicia are on opposite ends of the country but we decided to visit them all in one trip anyway. Cataluña, home to the city of Barcelona, is located in the northwest part of Spain near France. Galicia is in the Northeast above Portugal. In Cataluña we couch surfed and visited small towns along the coast.

Dali's House in Portlligat, where he lived with his wife Gala from 1930-1982

Cadaques - the beautiful little town near Dali's house

In front of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia
This is the ending point for all travelers on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrimage route spread through Spain, France, and other parts of Europe.

The Western Coast of Galicia

Border Hopping

Christmas market in Freiburg, Germany. We drank lots of Glühwein to stay warm. And a German bratwurst with sauerkraut beats any and all weekend food carts in Iowa City

In February, my roommate and I took a weekend trip to Paris. It was cold and rainy but still enchanting. We also went on a mad vintage shopping spree on our last day there, running around town like two gals who’d never seen clothes like this in our life. We almost missed our flight. Worth it.

Artist plaza aglow in Montmartre

Shopgirl Wisdom

Don’t ever try to compromise your style to appear less foreign. Embrace what you’ve got goin’ on and enjoy standing out. I made this mistake when I studied abroad and this year as well. For some reason when you “move to Europe” you feel like you need to change everything about your wardrobe, but when you get here you realize you liked your own look better.

It’s not always fun and most definitely not always easy to move to a new place, but it’s better than mistaking comfort for happiness.

“If we live everything, life will be faithful to us.” (Anam Cara, A Book of Celtic Wisdom)


‘Spanish’ Shopgirl Hannah

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Oh, the Places We Go! Shopgirl Hannah in Spain: Part 1

Last Summer our Janis Joplin lovin,' Soul dancing Shopgirl Hannah left Iowa City for a grand adventure in Spain (Click here for her Shopgirl Profile).  See below for what this gal has been up to!  


 It’s been 8 months since this Shopgirl’s set foot in her beloved Revival Clothing Store and since then so much has happened! I won’t bore you with too many details but I’d love to give you a run down on what I’ve been up to, what I’ve learned and what I miss about being a Shopgirl.

Santander, Spanish Style, and Shopgirl Challenges

In September I moved to Santander, which is a small city on the northern coast of Spain (about 180,000 inhabitants). The city jets out into the Atlantic (Cantabrian Sea) and looking out towards the southeast across the bay you see mountains and a harbor packed with small fishing boats. To the Northeast, in my neighborhood, you can bask in the glory of the morning sun rising over the Magdalena palace.

Other random details…
I practically live in a beach house. I’m always sweeping up sand off the hardwood floors (I hope this is a complaint I have for the rest of my life). I work at an elementary school outside of town with hundreds of little kids, some of whom love to scream my name across the playground each morning when I show up to work (I look forward to this every time I get off the train). I’m still playing Frisbee, just not on solid ground (at the beach in the photos above). It rains here. A LOT. There’s snow, but only on the mountains. When it’s sunny I hang out at the beach and think about how I never want to live a 2 days’ drive from the ocean ever again (sorry Iowa). Unfortunately, Spain still has a distinct ‘machismo’ vibe to it and if you walk in to a tiny tapas bar you’re likely to get stared down- partly because you’re young, partly because you’re foreign, and partly because you’re a woman. When old Spanish men aren’t shootin’ the shit at the neighborhood bar they love to congregate on the beach in speedos and heckle people.

I look like a foreigner but my Spanish is getting really good. EVERYONE lives in an apartment and people still use cigarette machines. All of the stores close from 2-5 for lunch and a siesta then reopen. Most people do their shopping in the evening and children are usually the best dressed people on the streets (I’m talking cable knit stockings, cardigans, button downs and wing tipped shoes all under the age of 7). Old women have purple hair and long fur coats. Always.

My Favorites…

The northern cliffs, plazas, chorizo, wine, corner shops, the ocean, people on the streets, public transportation, and overall relaxed demeanor of Spaniards.  
This is my favorite part of the city.

My Not-So-Favorites…

My #1 complaint: shopping. Unfortunately for this Shopgirl, second hand shops are practically nonexistent in Santander. In the larger cities you can find more markets and vintage or second hand shops, but thrift shopping overall is not a big part of the culture here like it is in the US. The closest things they have in Santander are gypsy piles by the dumpsters; if you get there soon enough you might be able to find some salvageable items. My friend Bre was made for this and has managed to find a good amount of decent sweaters, among other things. There’s also an open air market once or twice a week where you can find some good loot. The other day I finally found the one and only second hand clothing store in Santander, and, although it was absolutely nowhere near Revival, I was able to find a couple items. I told my roommate about the shop and she went to go check it out and fell in love with the dress in the window, but something I still can’t figure out is the fact that they told her she couldn’t buy it because they didn’t have anything that was as nice to put in its place… waaait a minute- isn’t that the point of putting things in windows? You know… to sell them?

Moving on to larger department stores… The truth is, I haven’t really been able to step foot in them since working at Revival because I know I can usually find better and more unique items elsewhere. Plus the overall shopping experience in those large stores that smell like they’ve been doused in perfume and have all of your least favorite songs playing is just not as enjoyable. Santander is a fairly homogenous place in terms of style of dress which can make it difficult to even find items that suit your personality. Everyone is usually wearing the latest thing from Zara, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear or some other chain. Unfortunately, the clothes there are usually overpriced, cheaply made and have studs on them.

Also, on average, people here are generally smaller and my shoe size (9.5) is rarely in stock.

I have to admit, I already knew I was spoiled working at Revival but now it’s even more obvious to me. I long for the days when I could sell my own clothes and buy other peoples’ and not feel like I was a horrible consumer of brand spankin’ new goods all the time, the days when anything vintage, hilarious, or just plain ‘out there’ was the prized possession of my closet, and the hours Shopgirl Teah and I would spend helping each other clean out our closets (usually in the middle of the night) because we knew one another’s style so well and only trusted each other’s opinion.

I miss walking into the store for work and being greeted by the other Shopgirls who are already hard at work and enjoying whatever awesome song is playing over the speakers (I could usually tell who chose it the instant I walked in), then popping back to say hello to Shopowner Sheila and check out the new merch. I even miss ringing people up at the counter, and I only recently stopped having dreams about working at the store, most of which involved me writing out a receipt or ringing someone up. Not kidding. It must be the lingering memory of selling beautiful vintage, new and second hand items to people who really appreciate them, and seeing how much they adore those good finds.

Although those days are over, I still carry the Shopgirl spirit with me wherever I go.

(Oh Shopgirl Hannah, those days are never over.  Once a Shopgirl, Always a Shopgirl.  Stay tuned for Shopgirl Hannah in Spain: Part 2: The Places She Goes!)