Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Los Angeles Vintage Shopping Guide

With an art director in the advertising industry as a Mother I ended up making routine trips out to Los Angeles throughout my childhood and into adulthood. I attribute a lot of my current style to the west coast influence and of course, my Mom. At a young age my Mother loved taking me shopping as well as showing me how clothes were made and what made them high quality. Many of her "lessons" took place at thrift shops around LA. Here are my favorite vintage discoveries I have made over the years.

1. The Way We Wore // 323 S. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles
The vintage shop of all vintage shops. Even if you don't have the cash to splurge, this place is worth the trip. Think of it as a museum collection rather than a shop. The store is divided up into decades with all the high end labels on a second floor. Such a fun store to find inspiration.

2. Slow Clothing // 7474 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles
With an abundance of band shirts, varsity jackets and other odds and ends this is the place to stock up on all your vintage needs without breaking the bank. Don't let the lack of high end designer labels deter you from this place, it is always filled with fantastic quality items worth the buy.

3. The Paper Bag Princess // 8818 Olympic Blvd. Beverly Hills
A very special selection of covetable designer items resides here. I am talking racks of collectable Emilio Pucci dresses, fur coats from the 1950's and many more items you have always dreamed of. Not to mention an amazing shoe selection.

4. American Rag // 150 S. La Brea Ave Los Angeles
This shopping mecca not only carries amazing brands like Opening Ceremony, Stone Cold Fox, Vivienne Westwood and more but it also has a well curated vintage selection for women and men.

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The Way We Wore Vintage Black Lace Dress // The Paper Bag Princess Vintage Belt
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Monday, December 29, 2014

Dallas Vintage Shopping Guide

My home town, and one of my favorite places to thrift! Texas has a growing reputation for all things vintage. From Dallas to Austin there are tons of spots to explore, here are a couple of my favorites I never miss when in town! 

1. Vintage Martini // 2923 North Henderson Ave. Dallas, TX
Absolutely a must see, this shop even makes the trip to the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show I mentioned in my NYC post. Vintage Martini has a well curated designer selection ranging from feminine classics like Chloe and Valentino to some more avant grade pieces from Comme des Garcons.

2. Dolly Python // 1916 North Haskell Ave. Dallas, TX
Half vintage clothing store, half thrift mall full of knick knacks. This place is always a fun stop, especially with one of the most affordable selections of vintage fur coats I have yet to see!

3. Lula B's // 2639 Main Street Dallas, TX
Such a fun store to peruse vintage clothing furniture, jewelry and other trinkets. This vintage mall has so much to offer it expanded to two locations! Not only have I found many collectable vintage accessories here, it is where I did most of my apartment shopping. I even scored a set of 6 gold tumblers for $20 only to see the exact same set show up on One Kings Lane for $500 the next week!

4. Feathers Boutique // 1700 B. South Congress Austin, TX
This one is not in Dallas, but I had to include it for those in the area!
There are so many places to check out while in Austin, but Feathers is by far my favorite. The place can definitely claim the title of "Quality of Quantity" over Austin vintage shops, my favorite find being a classy cream silk Chanel tuxedo blouse with gold buttons under $200.

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Vintage Martini Polka Dot Dress and Chanel Belt
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Sunday, December 28, 2014

New York City Vintage Shopping Guide

Many of my style posts are combinations of new and vintage pieces, and since vintage items are often one of a kind I thought it would be fun to talk about my favorite shopping spots where I like to collect my pre-loved items! This week I will be sharing my favorite vintage shops from New York City, Dallas/Austin and Los Angeles. First up is NYC, my current home. This city is not only a hotspot for vintage collectables, but it also houses some of the best designer archives which I have been fortunate enough to visit for work.

1. Chelsea Flea Market // West 25th Street at 6th Avenue
If you love sifting through endless boxes of buttons, brooches and baubles this is where it's at! One of my favorite places to get lost in, this weekend flea market is located inside a multi floor parking garage. The best finds I have come across include labels like Chanel, Geoffery Beene and Versace.    

2. What Goes Around Comes Around // 351 West Broadway
The infamous vintage shop to the stars, this place literally has it all. This Soho boutique could also pass for a Chanel museum, their stunning collection is the best I have ever come across, definitely the place to go if you are looking for rare and collectable Chanel jewelry. With other brands like Hermes, Emilio Pucci, Comme des Garcons, Louis Vuitton and many more it is impossible to not find something worth investing in.

3. Stella Dallas // 218 Thompson Street
This sweet little shop is nestled into the small streets surrounding Washington Square Park. Filled with petticoats, vintage lingerie and dresses from the 1950's it feels just like walking into a doll's closet.

4. Brooklyn Flea // Check Website for Current Location
This flea market is the perfect spot for a full day of thrifting, and with over 30 food stands it also makes it delicious. Here you will find numerous vendors selling anything and everything from clothing, furniture, jewelry, art and knick-knacks. 

5. Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show // 125 West 18th Street
This special vintage show gathers the best shops from across the country a couple times each year. (Check website for calendar dates to plan your visit!)

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What Goes Around Comes Around Vintage Pink Chanel Cosmetic Bag
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Rag & Bone Varsity Sweater

I love a good off-the-shoulder-extra-slouchy sweater.

Rag & Bone Varsity Sweater // Zara Dress // Valentino Rockstud Booties // Celine Sunglasses

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Varsity Sketch

Showing off the Rag & Bone varsity sweater on the blog tomorrow, here's a sketch to hold you over...
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Bring Classic Back

I love collecting classic vintage clothing because they are investment pieces, something truly classic like Dodge Charger will always be in style. I paired this sleek vintage Chanel tuxedo blouse (circa 1980's) with distressed boyfriend jeans making it more current and tomboy chic.

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Chanel Black Tuxedo Blouse // Zara Cream Coat // Chimala Boyfriend Jeans // Charlotte Olympia Leopard Booties // Celine Sunglasses // Vintage Collar
Compensation for this post was provided by THE NEW 2015 DODGE CHARGER via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of THE NEW 2015 DODGE CHARGER or AOL.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

White Sands

By far my favorite adventure from my Thanksgiving trip to New Mexico was visiting the surreal dunes that are White Sands.

Isabel Marant Etoile Sweater // St John Vintage Lace Skirt // Free People Cardigan Sweater // Celine Sunglasses

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dunes

I cannot wait to share a very special post from my trip to White Sands, here's a sketch preview to hold you over...
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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Into the Woods

Tall trees and a short skirt.

H&M Sweater // American Apparel Skirt // Marc by Marc Jacobs Boots // Celine Sunglasses

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