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It’s thrilling to find a really cool vintage piece, but what’s even more thrilling is when its Kenzo.  Why would anyone ever give these away??? I suppose it’s so I could find them.   Well here I am rocking my thick canvas Kenzo equestrian pants with a whimsical face print button down from Omnia Vintage.  WoopWoop! (shoes are Steward Weizman and bag and necklace are vintage)

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Styled by Me

Photos by NY Is Killing Me

Model: Brittany Cavaco

Shot in Bushwick, NYC August 2014

Model wearing: Own ballerina Tutu and leotards + stylists’ own pieces.

Chelsea Art Walk

As an avid lover of art, I always try to take advantage of the fact that I live in a city so full and readily available inspiration on every corner.  When I heard about the art walk in Chelsea last week I knew I had to attend.  I had been meaning to check out several galleries in Chelsea for a while now, but kept procrastinating, this was finally my chance!

Overall impressed by the variety and concepts I took in that night, my general feeling is that there is definitely a preoccupation with the old while nostalgia reigns in concept, drawing a ton of inspiration from the way things were. Another major theme seemed to be re-purposing of old materials.  I find this interesting as someone who is in tune with the undercurrents of fashion, because it seems to parallel exactly what’s happening on the streets and runways.  Below is a slide of some of my favorite works, including the amazing index paper installation at Pace Gallery by Tara Donovan.

And for those interested in future art walks check out the Chelsea Art Walk site for updates.

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.

 

 

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.

 

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
 

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

We think of the holidays as a time to give gifts, stuff our faces and look festive.  All this being true I think there’s a misconception about what festive dressing should look like.  I love breaking those boundries by adding in unexpected elements, whether it be a texture, color or shape.  This year I took the classic lace and gave it a run for it’s money with a cozy knit.  See for yourself and happy rule breaking!
P.S. Here is the grey hair I’ve been incessantly yapping about :) 

 Vintage Sweater, dress and Jewelry can all be found on Omnia Vintage <3

Fur Vest Manifesto

When I was young I despised my moms fur coats.  I happened to think that in them, she looked like a furry linebacker.  Throughout high school and college my feelings towards fur remained the same, truth is I had not been exposed to the right kind of fur, plus it had yet to make the comeback it has in the last decade. Once vintage shopping became a standard part of my life, my appreciation for the beauty of fur slowly reared it’s head out.  To this day I have never purchased new fur though.  Call it my love for animals, or my love for vintage, but the truth of the matter is I probably never will!
I find the charm of finding vintage fur part of the experience, you’d be amazed at the selection available to us, and to think of all the cute little old ladies that once owned this wonderful pieces. 
To give you a brief history of my fur purchases…my first piece was a beat up over sized double breasted chocolate brown rabbit coat I found at a thrift store about 5 years ago.  I look HUGE in it, but love it nonetheless, cause she’s so soft and keeps me so warm in the freezing NY winter months.
My second purchase was a fox fur stole.  I did a lot of research before making the purchase, assuring that the piece I eventually bought would incorporate into my outerwear collection seamlessly.  I loved the idea of a stole for it’s reminiscence of 20’s glamor.  The stole had to be something I would be comfortable wearing with my chucks and jeans, or an evening gown though, so eventually I settled on a piece I found on Ebay. 
My latest fur purchase was this INSANE vest that I can’t describe as anything other than shockingly awesome.  I was perusing the aisles of No Relations: one of my favorite second hand stores in the lower east side.  I had noticed her but didn’t think it was a purchase I was interested in making at the time since it was hot as balls out (early September?), until I ran into Joan of Vanhees Vintage there and she mentioned what a great find it was.  When I asked her why she wasn’t buying it herself, she said it had some damage.  That’s ok I thought to myself, perfection is WAY overrated anyway! 
So I decided to throw the vest on and my mind was blown.  This thing was EPIC.  My mom in the 80’s would have done a double take.
What propelled the purchase is that at this point in my life I’ve gained enough confidence to wear stand out pieces such as this vest with no reason at all except that I feel like it.  I used to think you needed an occasion for a wow piece, now I just think you need to love fun. 
Mom and I are overdue for a hang out, and you bet we’ll both be furry linebackers this time around, no shame at all.

Wearing my new favorite vintage fur, Mcqueen army coat, vintage Levi’s, Helmut Lang tee, vintage cardigan, Zara studded oxfords.