Monday, January 31, 2011

Spring on the brain

I know, I know. We still have at least a month here in NYC before it begins to thaw out. But I can't help but start to put together spring outfits in my head. I like how all 4 of the pieces below aren't too matchy, but coordinate well. This outfit is a mix of my two favorite times for fashion; the ultra feminine tailored 50's and the cute, bohemian style of the 70's; somehow they always work well together if you ask me. All four pieces will be up for grabs in the shop by tonight.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Out and About

This was a pretty busy week for me; I shopped till I dropped in a snowstorm with Meghann from Thrifty Fashionista, prepped 20 gorgeous dresses that will be on showcase for a vintage event at Artists and Fleas this weekend, and went furniture hunting for some good vintage pieces to mix in with our new couch. AND of course photographed all the new goodies entering the shop within the next few days.

Even now, I am running out the door to bring the dresses down to Brooklyn and have lunch with a friend but I managed to put together a half way decent outfit. I have to step over 2 foot piles of snow so the boots were a must, but they work. So here's a sneak peak of the things I snatched up this week, and an outfit shot too.

Happy Friday!

Vintage Finds 1

Vintage Finds 2

January 28th, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spooky Boutique Vintage

I wanted to introduce you to, quite possibly, the most outrageously stylish guy on earth. I'm not just opinionated because he is also a good friend; I have the pictures to prove it. Ricky Becker, owner of Spooky Boutique, offers nothing but the finest clothing and accessories. He currently operates out of the Artists and Fleas space on 7th street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He has a huge selection of women's wear, and an impressive upstairs "man cave" full of men's vintage that includes a snarling taxidermy badger to distract your guy while you empty the bank account.

Ricky stocks everything from romantic jet beaded shawls from the 1860's to avant garde, over-the-top 80's showstoppers. He's been an avid collector most of his life and this guy really knows his stuff! In addition, he is a master stylist. His mannequin changes into a new runway worthy outfit at least 3-4 times on any given day! He also sells a lot of his own designs, which are mostly comprised of reconstructed vintage pieces draped and dyed into dreamlike pieces of art. His style is eclectic, but his eye naturally gravitates towards the bold and unusual. He has a cult following of Brooklynites that regularly stalk his booths for enviable one-of-a-kind pieces.

I come across a lot of good vintage and don't buy too much for myself, but Ricky gets me every time. I looked into my closet recently and realized that all of my favorite dresses were purchased from him! Whenever he tells me he has something that is going to fit me and that will look perfect, I go check my bank account because he is ALWAYS right. So ladies and gents, if you are prepared to find way too many good things all at once, go visit my friend Ricky on Saturdays and Sundays at the Artists and Fleas vintage market at 70 North 7th Street between Wythe and Kent in Williamsburg, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8pm.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Down to Earth

A definitive change of pace is happening in the shop tomorrow; I'm switching gears to earthy greens, leathers, and natural prints and textures. Maybe in an abstract way, I am channeling spring, growth and all things green to return. The snow that was initially pretty has become a soot-covered slush, and the whole city is blanketed in what can only be described as a gray amorphous muck that consists of pollution, ice, garbage, doggie droppings, cigarette butts... you get the idea. I suppose this little patch of green will have to do until March.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

I Love You Just Because

Some things of mine I really ♡ just because I do.


dolce & gabanna shoes


crazy cave girl hair
70's french tortoisehell sunglasses


grandma's lace bed jacket


long 70's golden chain

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Fantasy Shopping

I'm not ready to give up cuddly winter layers yet (it's freezing in NYC!) but I am really jonesing to buy for spring right now. Since I can't actually do much shopping right now, I did a little fantasy shopping and put together what I would wear out the door today if I had the chance. Of course, I'd have to add a giant fur coat and hat, gloves and scarf... I'm hanging in there, but I know the cold has yet to reach its bitter apotheosis.

Black Sabbath tee via rainbowgasoline
cardigan via Dear Golden
skirt via Emma Howard Clothing
booties via Anthropologie
necklace via UO

Friday, January 14, 2011

I Spy a Cute Outfit

I must admit, I don't usually do a great job of winter dressing but yesterday was an exception. Something about this outfit made me feel a bit Inspector Gadget, but in a glamorous way. You can see what I wore outside, and the outfit underneath. This coat was intended for the shop but was permanently confiscated when I "borrowed" it for a wedding upstate. Oops. The jumper dress is 100% cashmere from J Crew via thrift store, where I paid about 1 dollar for it. Boots are by MIA, everything else is vintage.


Monday, January 10, 2011

Heavenly Snowflakes

In honor of the second lovely snow storm that has decided to grace our presence Wednesday, here is a dress that makes snowflakes seem like a happy and wonderful thing. It's a late 60's/ early 70's Adele Simpson number, available in my other dress shop today.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Purple Haze

A purple haze is falling over the shop, with smoke, obsidian, and clouds on the forecast as well. And as always, they will be mixed with a bit of earth.