Some design styles hold a dear place in my heart.  Egyptian revival happens to be one of them.  There is just something really magical about this reinterpretation of a time that was so rich and different aesthetically.  The graphic nature of most of its design components also strikes a cord, as it always manages to look fresh modern and classic.  This dress and it’s insane border is nothing short of amazing.

Find it and other incredible vintage pieces on Omnia Vintage’s website or check out her amazing pieces in person at the Brooklyn Flea all summer long!

 

 

Wearing: Omnia Vintage dress; Zara heels.

 

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I know it’s old news (but lets face it the older the news the more I love it), but I just can’t seem to get away from pink pants.  It’s almost as if they stalk me.  For someone who doesn’t consider themselves particularly girlie, I go nuts over this shade..just nuts!

So when I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with Tony of Fair Season and she had these hot pink vintage jeans in her store, I just knew I had to have them.  I’m not certain as to when this obsession with hot pink crept up in my wardrobe, but in recent days it seems to be everywhere.  I own just about every shade in pants and 5 different lipstick shades  which I interchange depending on which one happens to be in my bag that day (for a list of my favorites check the bottom of this post).

Surpassing my love for this color though, is my love for Fair Season.

I met Tony (the shop curator and owner) last year at a flea market while I was visiting LA for the weekend.  I perused the Silver Lake market on a Saturday afternoon with a friend hoping I wouldn’t find anything since my suitcase was already SUPER stuffed with new vintage goodies… but of course there was Tony and her amazing rack of vintage and she immediately not only caught my attention, but ended up having several must have pieces that I made her ship to me (since I legit had nowhere to put them).

All her pieces felt fresh and current, and very west coast (something that at the time felt quite exotic to my east coast eyes).  Funny story about Tony….even though her vibe is very laid back, she’s originally from the east coast and gave up her corporate job for her love of vintage.  How inspiring is that??

I encourage all vintage fans to add her Etsy shop to your repertoire when shopping for fresh new pieces as she will become your closet’s dearest friend, I promise :)

I am wearing:

Fair Season vintage high waisted denim.

H&M top.

Vintage beaded flats.

Bargain District vintage bag.

on my LIPS: Covergirl- spellbound.

Other good pink lips: MAC: Relentlessly Red; MAC: Bold Spring; Makeup Forever #36.

 

 

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Summer Breeze

New York Is Killing Me and myself teamed up to capture the essence of a New York summer day.  Using pieces from the latest Ayr collection and some of my own, Ashley Wisco embodied what we all strive to feel like in this urban jungle.. carefree.

 

For more beautiful images check out New York Is Killing Me.

To score some awesome summer AYR pieces check out their website.

And stay tuned for more styling by me.

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Palazzo is italian for building.  For a style of pants to be referred to as a building… that’s quite a bit to live up to, don’t you think?  The name does the silhouette much justice though.. as your legs sure look as tall as any new york city building in them.  The greatest thing about palazzo pants though is the instant chic they add to your look with a load of comfort built right in…  The breeziness of these pants makes them perfect for a day of frolicking around with friends or a night out on the town.   Let’s look at how a few street style queens wear this trend and consequently figure out how we can get our hands on some great pairs ourselves.

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The beauty of them is how you can really transform them into the quirkiest or the chicest of pieces.. pair with sneakers or a 70′s platform to really make them your own.

Now for a few great vintage pairs I found:

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This incredible pair is vintage saks fifth avenue.. Hot damn! I would wear these with a sexy top to a black tie wedding… Done and done..Find them here.

Let’s get funky with a print shall we?

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You’ve got to love the geometric print on this pair.. sooooo 70′s!Find them here.

Last but not least.. classic solid linen pairs are great.. cause linen seriously rocks my world..

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Get your summer linen pant fix right this way.

 

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Air Up There: SPRING HAS SPRUNG

Despite the way today feels.. -12 with the wind chill to be exact, spring is just around the corner.  And yes I get that at this point New Yorkers just seem like a bunch of babies for complaining about the weather so much, but to be honest the weather is just one of many factors that make living in New York a pain in my ass, so when you have that situation thrown in the mix, please allow me to be a winy little baby..

Onto lighter subjects though, I spent some time with Naomi shooting some spring looks recently.  I acquired a few vintage dresses that I was excited to shoot, and she was happy to go along for the ride…lucky for me cause I couldn’t stand still and she was all about it!
Although I know spring is going to be all about pastels, I don’t necessarily follow trends — see how bright this dress is!! (except I am LOVING this whole sneakers with everything look since my ankle is still recovering from an injury and heels hurt) How convenient!

Wearing: Thrifted dress; Omnia Vintage sneakers and handbag.  xoxo

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Will denim jackets EVER go away?

Nope. Not if I have anything to do with it. There has never been an outfit I’ve put on that wouldn’t instantly be cooler with a denim jacket thrown over it. Where does this magic power it possesses come from? Are my feelings towards denim jackets universal? It’s relevancy is in it’s versatility and timelessness if I had to take my guess. I tend to prefer the oversized distressed vintage Levi’s variety but for the most part it’s up to you to decide which one tickles your pickle. After further analysis of the subject, I could probably defer that my love for denim jackets also comes from their inherent masculinity and close connection to work wear. There has always been something extremely appealing to me about making something which at some point solely served a utilitarian purpose, fashionable. Now for the outfit part of the post! Wearing: Vintage Levi’s Denim Jacket (Omnia Vintage); Cotton crop top; Vintage Pencil Skirt (Omnia Vintage); Vintage Earrings (Omnia Vintage); Mark Jacobs Heeled Loafers.

Photo’s by: Naomi. Shot in Brooklyn

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Color Injection: Red

Winter in New York has been brutal.  The lack of vitamin D in my life has turned me into somewhat of a zombie.  Both aesthetically and internally.  According to my friend Naomi though, spring is in the air.  She swears she smells it.  I only smell the injuries from slipping on this never ending ice skating rink though.  Glass half empty kinda girl I suppose.

To inject a little bit of spring cheer into our lives, Naomi and I spent the afternoon shooting some bright vintage looks.  That made me happy.  No really.

Dress: Vintage thrifted from UNIQUE, jewels: Omnia Vintage.

Photographs by: Naomi

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I don’t wait it to be true but all good things must after all come to an end.  This has been a magical experience that’s not only taken me to various neighborhoods in the city and shown me so much culture, fashion and coffee, but it’s also brought a new friend in my life and I feel so lucky to have been a part of it!

The last stop in Coffee + Thrift takes us to the LES, more specifically alphabet city, where our wild card coffee shop 9th Street Espresso provided us with some warmth and comfort from a snowy day.  I had not had my morning coffee on that day and I ended up having a drip cup just to get me going.  This cup was so damn delicious that I ended up ordering a second one (shameless).
Following our coffee session Chermelle and I headed to my FAVORITE thrift shop in the city.  I’m sure you’ve seen me rave about it on multiple occasions.. cause I seriously find the best stuff there.  Of course I’m referring to No Relations.

Here are our notes from the day:

Coffee Shop: 9th Street Espresso 
Coffee:Three-Bean Brazilian Blend
Thrift Store: No Relations 



 

Coffee Notes:  Though I sleep through the night, coffee is my reset button at the beginning of the day. I like it drip; I like it dark.
Thrift Notes: Bold, loud, crafted.
Thrift Notes: I would never need a second impression after this first one. These bold, hand-woven colors in a classic shape were an immediate obsession. My mind raced, when I caught up with it, we were both in the happy place of Brazil. I’m ready for a statement now.

Coffee Notes: Coffee + Milk it’s such a great pairing. Your what I simply want, but you can often be simply complicated –  like a good pair of blue jeans. 
Thrift Notes: Don’t fool me.
Thrift Find: Tried, true and blue is my sum adjective description of a great pair of jeans. Hard to find, but once found you can’t get enough of ‘em. With trademark Wrangler stitching and as Stefany said, “a great butt” these jeans became not just the wildcard but a smdlr style staple. Awesomeness!



And now for some sweet out takes from the day:


Thank you so much for checking out our post and taking this wild ride across New York City to explore some of the best coffee and thrift around!!

Xoxo,
Stef + Chermelle
 

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HEY!!!! Whats up?!  Day 3 has arrived.. yes I know time flies when you’re having fun reading my blog.  So here we are, Chermelle and I making our rounds in New York, and today brings us to one of my favorite neighborhoods in Brooklyn,  Greenpoint.  Besides Lena Dunham saying so, I’ve loved hanging out there for ages.. It’s quaint but gritty, there are fun bars and hot men.. what else could we want?  Oh yes.. how about good coffee shops and vintage stores to shop at?

Here is a recap of our day:

Coffee Shop: Café Grumpy Greenpoint

Coffee:  Deri, Kochoha, [Sidama Region] Ethiopia.
 
Thrift Store: Fox and Fawn 
 
Coffee Notes: You handle me with strength and gentility. Your floral flavors in my face so beautifully, I welcome how you demured my spirit – as if I were dried flowers contained and beautiful just the same. 
 
Thrift Notes: balanced beauty, feminine, complex
 
Thrifting Finds:
Gasp! Exaggerations escaped me because the Victorian goodness of this lady number went viral in my heart. Its detail, its fit was perfect. It was a message in a bottle from a faraway place and it said, “meet me in sidama.’
 
Coffee Notes:Your wild and I like it! I’m humming to the tune of guava and tobacco in a field of grass. Is this true, it must be, you give me the memory.

Thrift Notes: punch of something, high

Thrifting Find: I almost didn’t find you. You were subtly tucked somewhere with perfect imperfections, giving you the kind of character that begets the story of a history before I came. A petite hole here, a missing sleeve there. I spin in you and flowers from Sidama seem to appear in my hair.
What did we think? Are we in love with the idea of shopping at Fox and Fawn  and of course having a cup of joe at Cafe Grumpy? Do it, do it!
 
Here are a few of my favorite outtakes from the day:
During our cupping!
Can you believe we both found dreamy white dresses?
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Hey guys?? Did you miss me??
Well that’s no longer necessary cause I’m here and I have the second post from our journey through coffee and thrifting and it takes us to a cozy little neighborhood in Manhattan called the West Village.  
We choose Stumptown Coffee as our coffee destination and proceeded to shop at Monk Vintage that was conveniently located across the street (yeah maybe we are lazy so what!)

Without further ado here are our notes and finds from the day:

Coffee Shop: Stumptown Coffee Roasters 
 Coffee: Guatemala Finca El Injerto, Bourbon [Direct Trade]

Thrift Store: Monk Vintage


Coffee Notes: You’re such a sweet thing. You whispered flowers on my nose, and that’s when I knew fragrance could talk. 

Thrift Notes: Sweet, smooth, hint of flowers.
Thrift Find:  Super[girl]power.  With florals on my heart, it didn’t take long for my search to bring me to patterns and prints. The warm red and docile creams of this Italian needlepoint travel bag was a visual passport to Guatemala. That’s where I am, with a few, delicate weekend getaway essentials.

Coffee Notes: Am I in a dream world? You’re so uncommon, yet familiar. I breathe you in and you light my petals.

Thrift Notes: pretty woman, blooming.
Thrift Find: Super[girl]power.  As soon as I saw you, I knew you were mine. You’re an accent to a style that I already know, florals and stripes – cross the pattern and keep close to my heart. I’m at once caught up and no, I am not looking for a savior. 
 
 
Playlist: ‘you called me’, mayer hawthorne, ‘don’t save me’ haim, ‘don’t sweat the technique’ eric b & rakim

 

And now the outtakes:

Don’t forget to check out Stumptown and Monk vintage for a great explosion of culture in the West Village!

Xo,

Stef + Chermelle
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