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The Crazy Pig

On my last visit to London, one of the destinations on my list was Crazy Pig Designs to pick up a ring that I had pre-shopped online. Much like The Great Frog, Crazy Pig Designs has early rock and roll origins and makes highly crafted skull jewelry. I chose an incredible ring depicting a crawling skeleton. I appreciate the attention to detail that goes into their jewelry. This ring has

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An Antique Coat & A Stroll Down St. Charles Avenue

I wore this black Victorian coat to a party in New Orleans recently. Not only is it one of the oldest vintage clothing items I own, 1880-1890, it also happens to be the first vintage piece I ever bought when I was 21. I found it in a vintage shop that I used to frequent in my youth in Bellingham, WA. Sadly it no longer exists. The location is now

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Road Trippin’: A Guide to Vintage Clothing Stores in the USA (and a few beyond)

Updated May 2019 Aside from eBay, Etsy, and the occasional vintage clothing fair, I source most of my vintage clothing finds from the honey holes I’ve discovered over the years, locally and through my travels. Below is a directory of my favorite vintage clothing and thrift stores that I have shopped in the past, and continue to frequent whenever I find myself in the area.  If you’re a vintage collector, I

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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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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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Favorite Thifted Vintage Decor Part 1

Decorating with quasi-one of a kind vintage finds gives my space the sense of creative individuality that I strive for when decorating. Not only do I enjoy the experience and process of hunting for decorative treasures, but when I get something at a bargain price to boot, I’m over the moon. These are some of my favorite thrift stores and yard sale finds. Thrift stores and yard sales (and sometimes

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A New Orleans Vintage Gem

New Orleans has long been one of my favorite cities and I seize any opportunity to visit. Over the years, I’ve developed a kind of routine of favorite spots that I hit each time I blow into town. Bambi Deville Vintage is always on the list. Located on the 2nd floor of a house in the French Quarter, it’s easy to find. The storefront doesn’t give an accurate impression of

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Vintage Blue

After years of wearing skinny jeans, low rise jeans, and mid-rise jeans, it feels great to get back into a pair of old-school denim jeans. I found these vintage Lee jeans last year at Brimfield Flea. I love the quality of the thick, heavy cotton denim, and the comfort of the high waist and full leg. I love my skinny jeans yet whenever I slip on this pair, I’m reminded

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