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August 14, 2012
Here’s a photo of my beautiful sorority sister Mel modeling a hot trend right now: skulls! I don’t think I could pull off this look, but she does it beautifully. Also, how adorable is that bracelet?
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May 16, 2012
I asked friend and fellow blogger Annie Streater over at Streatstyle if she’d go on a vintage hunt around town, i.e. Dublin, Ireland (YAY!) and report back what she found. She graciously agreed and you are in for a treat!
I’ve lived in Dublin for two years, but somehow I haven’t yet managed to explore the vintage scene here. Apart from the odd flea market here and there, I never thought the city had much to offer, but a quick search on Yelp revealed a multitude of vintage and second hand stores dotted around the city. In fact, it seemed that many of the best ones were located in and around Dublin’s Temple Bar district, better known for its touristy pubs and restaurants than for its one-of-a-kind shopping. So with an open mind and a fistful of cash, I made my way down the cobbled streets to discover what wonders awaited.
1. Eager Beaver
This isn’t so much of a vintage shop as a streetwear store selling emo hoodies and peusdo-alternative polka dot prom dresses, but they did have a thrifters’ corner with a small selection of vintage dresses and a rack of second hand overcoats, where I found a couple of gems. Monochrome printed dresses are my Achilles’ heel! This dalmation dress (€29) has a very flattering shape and could be worn to the office, on a first date, or for a night out with the girls.
I also picked up a long, gray wool coat (€30), something I’ve been seeking for a couple of years now. It’s a little on the loose side but I’m sure with a wide belt and a couple of layers underneath, it’ll become a staple of mine next winter!
2. Lucy’s Lounge
Located just a couple of minutes’ walk away, Lucy’s is a veritable Aladdin’s cave of real vintage gems, second hand high street items, and upcycled pieces, personalised in-store by the staff.
I spent close to an hour in here, and probably could have spent longer. The selection was mostly 70s and 80s, an era that doesn’t fit in with my personal style, but there were a lot of really cool things that I tried on anyway.
I loved the classic seventies style collar on this plaid dress, and the belt was a nice detail. It’s not really my style, though, and as much as I thought about how I could modify it (shorten the sleeves to cap, bring up the hem), at €25 it was a bit on the pricey side for something I didn’t love.
In the end, I left with two pieces: a zebra-motif cardigan (€12), and this gold mini dress (€10). This’ll be a great day-to-night piece, worn with a chunky black knit and lace up boots at the office, then transformed into a disco diva look with a pair of black pumps and a cocktail ring. Very Rachel Zoe, don’t you think?
I forgot to get any photos of this place, probably because I was completely preoccupied once the owner, Paul, announced that everything was 50% off. The selection was almost exclusively 80s – a lot of colour blocking, shine, and power dressing. Most of it was too frumpy for me; I tried on a few long dresses, but ended up ditching all but one of them. This black dress is very simple, but I love the eye-catching neckline. I’m looking forward to wearing it with a skinny leopard belt and a bright red lip.
As I left the changing room, I noticed a very colourful bundle of cosy-looking fabric peeking out from underneath a pile of garments that had been set aside. I fished it out and to my utter surprise and delight, discovered a beautiful long wool coat with a fabulous green and purple print. It was so soft and warm that I was already set on buying it, but when Paul told me it was Diane Von Furstenburg and that it was €20, I couldn’t believe it – what a find! This will look great belted with boots, or worn under my other long coat, or heck, even just around the house as a cosy robe! It even has a cool DVF hologram sewn into the label.
With the 50% off, these two pieces came to a total of €32.50 – a great bargain! Paul also recommended a couple of other places in the area, including one which he described as having more of a “grungy” vibe – exactly what I was looking for!
4. Siopaella at 9 Crowe Street
Definitely more my style. A great selection of 90s, 00s and current day vintage, set in a beautiful, well-laid out store. I could tell right away that I was going to find some good stuff here. Black sheer maxi skirts, velvet cropped tops, plaid shirts… even though I was too young to really live through the grunge era of the 90s, it didn’t matter. I was here now.
The staff were super friendly, and it didn’t take long before a young lad offered to start a room for me. This is something that you don’t get in other stores here – it’s very common in the US, but it was the first time I’d experienced it in Dublin. With more items in hand, I settled in behind the curtain and was immediately charmed by the fish eye mirror on the wall; a novel way to maximize a small fiiting space. Here I’m trying on a grey cropped tshirt and black maxi skirt. I love this look – a great mix of the youthful carefree nature of yesteryear, and a nod to the modern revamped midriff trend. I’m hanging on to this one!
This store has great business sense, as they offer exchange within 7 days – something I’ve never seen before in a vintage place. They also buy, offering you 20% of the final selling price. Of your unwanted designer and high-end pieces. Alternatively you can consign and get 50% of the final price. With so many ways to change up your wardrobe, they definitely live up to their slogan: “recycling and restyling”. Along with that adorable cropped grey tshirt, I picked up a few more great pieces:
I’m not usually into florals at all, but the muted tones of this tshirt (€12) really appealed to me. Worn with denim cut offs or the all-purpose black maxi skirt, this piece can work all year round.
I’ve been keeping an eye out for a nice faux fur jacket for some time now, but most vintage store ones are unflattering or too haggard to really be worth it. This Pixie Lott piece (€58) jumped out at me, and is lightweight enough to wear during the day or on a night out.
One of my favourite finds of the day was this stunning metallic polka dot demi pleated skirt by J. Crew. It was only €26, which for something that probably originally cost at least €50 is a great deal. I’m really looking forward to wearing this with a black tank top and flat leather booties.
5. Om Diva
The last shop of the day was located about 10 minutes’ walk away, in the George’s Street Arcade. Amazingly, I’ve never stepped foot in this indoor market, despite it being right in the middle of one of my favourite areas of town. Om Diva is a small vintage basement with a sort of 50s Tiki holiday vibe to it. Pastels, sleeveless dresses and floral prints galore.
The shop was beautifully decorated with retro lamps, vintage photos and even some plastic flamingos! I tried on a couple of printed dresses but as with Lucy’s Lounge, the aesthetic was not really my style, and so the prices were too high to buy what I didn’t adore.
I may have left this last place with nothing, but by no means did I go home empty handed. In total, 3 coats (o hai Irish summer!), 3 dresses, 2 tops, a cardigan and a skirt, all for less than €300. As it turns out, Dublin does have a great vintage scene, and a very eclectic one at that. This was just a handful of the city’s treasure troves, and after the success I had today, I’m sure I’ll be back soon enough to explore the rest!
February 1, 2012
A couple of weeks ago, I was on South Congress and discovered Co-Star, the more “guy-friendly” sister store of Maya Star. I also spotted this trendy fashionisto and had to ask if I could snap his photo. I think he’s doing so many things right: The jacket with a hint of shoulder pad and the sleeves gathered at the elbow, the skinny jeans and the scarf… He’s made a neutral palette of black the canvas for other design details, such as the graphic scarf, simple necklace and patent leather shoes. Nicely done.
Also, Co-Star itself is worth a visit, if for nothing else than their quirky array of smile-inducing t-shirts. Besides the House of Harlow jewelry, they were my favorites.
October 23, 2011
This ensemble is sooo Breakfast Club. I have to say, Sean looks more like clean cut Andrew Clarke (Emilio Estevez, 3rd from left), but his clothes seem to be channeling bad boy John Bender (Judd Nelson, far left).
Below, Kendra effortlessly pairs bold patterns in classic black and white and layers different textures of fabrics. The bow detail at the collar, minimal jewelry and the rock star shades are all great finishing touches. The result: Elegant, fun and chic.
October 19, 2011
One word describes Susie…Adorable. See her and her fabulous style on Blue Fly’s latest installment of Closet Confessions. Fashionably Yours, Nik
October 17, 2011
I’m not a big coffee drinker, but I do love my chail lattes. Rather than hitting up the usual major coffee chain, I decided a little celebrity sighting with my coffee might be nice. I headed over to Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a quaint little cafe on 6th Street. Peppered with equal parts charm and vintage nostalgia, Walton’s serves up cafe favorites like sandwiches, pastries and salads. While I did not find Sandra Bullock there , I did see another famous woman: Madame Chanel. Aren’t these faux-cork ballet flats to die for?! Too cute! Walton’s is as nice as I imagine Ms. Bullock to be in real life, but she serves up a mean chai latte. I will be going back for seconds.
August 23, 2011
Austin Fashion Week 2011 is upon us! Saturday’s “Style, Speed and Glory” Kickoff event was a playful mash up of pretty models and tough motorcycles. Present by Lincoln and held at the Cowboy Harley Davidson Showroom, guests were treated to a visual feast courtesy of Betsey Johnson and MotorClothes by Harley-Davidson. Unapologetic, fearless and iconic sums up these two American brands, often consumed by those who have a streak of rebel in them and embrace freedom of self-expression to the fullest.
In furtherance of the spirit of collaboration, Wilhelmina Brown models sported looks by Mash Up Teams, mega-glam squads consisting of talented photographers, make-up artists, hair stylists and designers a girl could only dream of. Vote for your favorite Mash Up here. Winners will be announced at the Austin Fashion Awards at ACL LIVE on 8/27.
Some events, like the Kickoff Party, require a ticket, but there are plenty of FREE events going on throughout the week. For the scoop on where to see and be seen, check out the full Fashion Week schedule here.
August 21, 2011
This week marked a momentous occasion for thread-conscious fashion enthusiasts in Texas… our H&M has finally arrived.
If you’re like me, chances are you’ve been waiting years for H&M to move to Texas. And while it’s been a long time coming, I can tell you, it was worth the wait. (Even socialite Gregg Asher made an appearance.)
So, why Dallas, why now? Well as it turns out, H&M has been eyeing the Dallas market since it opened its first U.S. location (New York) in 2000. And the clothing giant has plans to expand to even more Texas markets in the future, said spokeswoman Jennifer Ward.
The two-story, 24,000 square-foot shopping mecca is brimming with a variety of styles to suit every discriminating Dallasites’ taste, at any age (teens, adults and children) and for any occasion (casual, business, and party wear). Fortunately, H&M will continue its practice of collaborating with the world’s hottest designers to bring us high-end, yet affordable, clothing. (BTW, I died for the Lanvin collection.)
After all, high-end, yet affordable, fashion is what H&M is known for and what sets it apart from other retailers world-wide. Accessories start as low as $5, denim as low as $15 and dresses $30…you can spend less than $100 for an entire ensemble and still look like you stepped off the runway. This is the magic of H&M, which I witnessed firsthand during its Papercity Preview Party this week.
So without further adieu, I present to you our H&M.
August 18, 2011
I just wanted to show some blog love for my fellow fashionista, San Francisco’s Adelle McElveen of Fashionista Lab. You’ll remember I spent some time in the Bay Area on business, and I had the pleasure of meeting Adelle during that visit.
Adelle’s take on fashion is orignal, witty and refreshing, with a touch of global glamour. And, boy, does she have a great eye for vintage! She’s been traveling lately, so she’s included a running collection of original and guests posts on Fashionista Lab, including one by yours truly about gorgeous cocktail rings. Safe, fashionable travels Adelle!