flair : pins & patches

When I first moved to Los Angeles I was on the hunt for the perfect denim jacket. Nothing too dark or too stiff or too boxy or too oversized. I got lucky and snagged this one at the Melrose Trading Post – a flea market that is held every Sunday in West Hollywood.

Jump forward a couple more years, and with my discovery of this brand, also came my discovery of the most perfect patch in the history of the world to ever incapsulate who I am. Thus began my love of finding fun and unique patches and pins – flair if you will – to add onto my denim. I know as of late this has all become very trendy…and you can even purchase jean jackets with the patches already sewed on. But I think the fun of decking out your jacket is that you can make it unique to you. You can enjoy the hunt. It’s such a creative way to – quite literally – wear your personality on your sleeve. And since I often get comments on my different patches and pins, I thought I’d share some of the sources.

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Sometimes I like to pick up a new patch when I travel as my souvenir. I figure it goes to much better use than a key chain or magnet. I found this pretty flower patch at a cute little shop during my trip to Seattle this summer, and the Beatles one is a (no shame) Las Vegas find.

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Other times I get my flair from others. This Alice pin was a gift from my mother-in-law, and a couple of my patches are from my husband’s Tiger and Cub Scout days. I even have one from my father-in-law’s Boy Scouting days in 1963…how cool is that! These ones are extra special to me because they tie me to my family and are super throwbacks – we all know I’m a sucker for nostalgia.

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And then, I do come across awesome flair at different online shops. This “Frequent Crier Program” eagle patch was my first purchase (that I talked about above) and is from Stay Home Club – you’ve most likely seen me wear a couple of their perfect tees as well. The bird patch, which you’ll see at the end of this post, also popped up on their site recently, and I had to immediately purchase it. The heart patch, “bonjour” pin, and unicorn pin are all from ban.do, which is pretty much the mecca of all things fun and happy.

For a while I was on a search for that perfect pizza pin – cause you guys know I’m all about that pizza. There’s no shortage of them to be sure, but I wanted one that didn’t look like a gross piece of drippy pizza on my chest (weirdly enough, pizza is not as appetizing in pin form). I relayed my search to my cousin and her boyfriend, Tony, and Tony pulled through and directed me to this shop. Cute birds flying with pizza? YES PLEASE.

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P.S. Most patches are advertised as “Iron On”, and while that may be true, I found that ironing the patches on didn’t work for me. As in…an hour later they’d already fall off. You can either take them to a dry cleaner’s and ask them to sew on your patches, or, like me, you can use your lack of sewing skills and sloppily stitch them on with a machine. Hey, it gives the jacket character, right?

Happy pinning!

*Photos taken by Tony Castillo, edited by me.

-wonderland sam

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actress/texan kickin' it in los angeles. always searching for my next pizza. cia agent in another life.

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