Luckily, during my last weekend in California, I discovered the most adorable vintage shop in Palo Alto. I was just leaving brunch and as I headed to the corner of an intersection, I happened to spot a sign out of the corner of my eye: “VINTAGE CLOTHING.” Like a moth to a flame, I darted down the sidewalk to take a closer look. Once inside, I found vintage treasure and more.
First, it was so great meeting Tiffany, the owner of Empire Vintage. Genuine, warm, funny and knowledgeable, Tiffany brought her boutique to Palo Alto less than two years ago. Since that time, she’s won over regulars, who return to the store time and time again. After seeing what’s in store, you’ll understand why.
News flash: Capes. Are. Cool! This leather cape was not only light-weight, but also the perfect shade of light brown. Capes are great alternatives to the usual jacket, or even wrap. Generally, buying out of season should ensure finding winter items at a reasonable price.
My pitiful cell phone picture doesn’t do this tuxedo collar leather jacket justice. It was sooo 80’s, in a very good way.
It was nice to see cowboy boots, all the way in California…
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but sequins– sequins are forever. For me, diamonds and sequins aren’t to be reserved just for evening; I’d wear both first thing in the morning!
Seriously retro shoes. I mean Little House on the Prairie retro.
Empire had a mixture of new and vintage, regular and off-the-wall items such as wigs- for women and men! (The store stocks 1970’s era type costumes as well.) But the bonus of the evening was meeting fellow blogger Lottie of Lottie Loves fame. A lovely English dame, Lottie is a self-proclaimed domestic diva with vintage style, and it shows. I really like how Lottie has embraced the beauty, glamour and feminity of the 1940’s. She has dedicated her blog to celebrating these themes and the result is an honest and heartfelt homage to domestic godesses. Kudos to you, Lottie!