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80s Stage Jacket

This 1980’s vintage stage jacket is one of my favorite vintage scores. A couple of years ago I was roaming the Cambridge Antique Market in Boston and came across a vendor selling a rail of vintage stage and performance clothes. There were many interesting items and I settled on this black blazer with fringe and gold details. My heart skips a beat when I see fringe and this jacket is

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The Great Frog

One of my top destinations on my trip to London last year was to visit The Great Frog. The Great Frog has been making rock and roll jewelry inspired by heavy metal artists since 1972. Clients include Led Zepplin, Metallica, Def Leppard, Debbie Harry, Marilyn Manson, and many, many more. I had done a lot of research and pre-shopping online before I arrived and knew precisely what I wanted to

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On A Llama

I had to title this post “on a llama” because that used to be the name of one of my favorite bands from Portland, OR in the late 90s and everytime I see a llama, a voice in my head says, On A Llama. Recently, my family came to visit and we took to the trails for a short walk in West Cornwall, CT with two llamas called Theo and

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A Vintage Crucifix

I bought this vintage copper crucifix from a Connecticut antique store a few years ago. I think it makes a stunning statement necklace especially when paired with this blue blazer. This may be my go-to look for spring. April Fools! It’s a wall crucifix. 🙂

Fringe Love

I had chance recently to do a little vintage shopping in Miami. I landed this 1970’s fringe dream from a wonderful vintage clothing boutique called Miami Twice. I loved their entire collection from high-end, designer vintage clothes and handbags to affordable statement pieces such as this long, fringe vest. Pieces this intricate don’t usually stand the test of time and are often found with snags and stains. This is in

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Roaming The English Countryside

Honestly, I barely scratched the surface on my trip to the English Countryside and have since added many more towns and villages to my bucket list. I managed to visit Bath, The Cotswolds, and Stonehenge this time around and came away truly touched by the deep history, tranquility, whimsy, and beauty of the countryside I was lucky to see. It was like being in the movies! The village of Lacock

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How To Build A Vintage Wardrobe: Part 1 Introduction

I’m excited to be starting this new series today on how to build a vintage wardrobe and tips for creating a unique style you can call your own by incorporating vintage finds into your everyday style. Over the next few months, I’ll offer styling ideas and examples while sharing some of my favorite finds and best scores over the years. This introduction is about where to begin to shop and

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I Wore My Vintage Wranglers To Key West

Recently, I visited the Florida Keys for the first time. It truly is a special place. My brother and I rented a car and spent a couple of days exploring the islands, and Key West. It’s not difficult to fall in love with the history, deeply-rooted culture, and beauty of the place. It was paradise to me. I dressed myself in Miami on the morning we headed out and didn’t

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Modern Renaissance

I’m in the process of editing my wardrobe which means trying on everything I own. This has given me the opportunity to reminisce about some of my earlier vintage pieces. Vintage beaded tops make up a high percentage of my wardrobe. I’ve been collecting them for over twenty years. For the beginner collector, they are affordable and easily found in thrift shops and vintage stores. As a seasoned collector, I

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Favorite Thrifted Decor: Art Edition

I’ve been decorating my living space with thrift store art since I moved into my first apartment many, many years ago. Since my entire home is decorated with 2nd hand, found objects, combing thrift stores and yard sales for art remains a favorite pastime. Although, I have officially run out of wall space so I endeavor less frequently nowadays. Choosing and buying art is a deeply personal decision. Art speaks

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