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Thrift Store Fresh: A Website Worth Knowing About

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Founded by Antdilla Jones, Thrift Store Fresh is an online “fashion recycling shopping experience.” Jones scours second hand shops to bring carefully selected vintage pieces.

mens second hand look book
mens urban prep style

Prices are reasonable (we saw barely anything over $50, most in the teens) and the aesthetic leans toward urban prep. The collection is mostly for men, though there are some jewelry and accessory pieces for women, seeming to be aimed toward the fashionable man looking for a unique gift for his lady.

The user experience could use a boost, mainly with better navigation (search by sizing and “view all” are some of our favorite functionalities). However, we love the clean, graphic site design and its street style-ish look book that offers style suggestions for its curated pieces.

mens vintage style

We’re looking forward to seeing more from this online shop, particularly more items available for purchase. To check out more, visit http://www.thriftstorefresh.com.

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Where I was From: A Site Worth Knowing About

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We’re still on a high from our trip to New York and thought we’d give a new Williamsburg haunt some love.

Where I Was From is a vintage retailer stationed in Williamsburg founded by Claire Lampert and Darroch Putnam in winter 2012. Its goal is to make vintage available for the modern man and woman, showcasing pieces in a very cool and effortless way – think Urban Outfitter’s catalog.

One of our favorite features is its “Worn With” page, in which it has friends style some of their favorite pieces with their regular street wear.

vintage clothing look book

All in all, you will find huge pictures of pieces that are part of an impeccably curated collection of vintage pieces you actually want to wear. To check out more, visit http://www.whereiwasfrom.com.

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Artists & Fleas: Brooklyn Indoor Flea Market

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Visiting the Brooklyn Flea is my (Adria’s) favorite thing to do when visiting New York City. The vintage finds are incredible and affordable. The food is scrumptious. All in all it’s a wonderful experience.

So you could imagine my disappointment when last Sunday, the only time I could visit the flea, it was closed due to rain. It was pouring in NYC, but despite the weather my friend and I ventured out because the flea claimed “rain or shine” on its website. Well, it was closed, and my dream of eating Porchetta and The Milk Truck while perusing the vintage was dead.

Luckily, my friend knows a lot of the shopping in Brooklyn and took me to a quaint indoor market to make up for it. Enter the Artists & Fleas indoor market. It’s only open on Saturdays, but has two locations: Williamsburg and Chelsea. I was at the Williamsburg location and was pleasantly surprised with the findings.

vintage indoor flea market Brooklyn

There were probably around 30 vendors selling really eclectic pieces. Nothing was junk, which is always a risk you take with flea markets. There was a lot of jewelry and accessories, one of my favorites which was Cyclical Industry, a jeweler selling fabulously modern and minimal pieces and bike messenger bags. I bought a delicate geometric bracelet with brown thread and silver metal, which you can see here.

bike messenger bags Brooklyn

All in all, it was a great experience and I’d recommend anyone perusing around NYC to make his way over to Williamsburg. In general, Brooklyn tends to have more affordable boutiques, whereas you really have to hunt for the affordable haunts in Manhattan. Because the Brooklyn Flea was closed that day, I had more time to stumble around the neighborhood. Call it serendipitous, but I wouldn’t have stumbled across local gems like A&G Merch home furnishings, which sells amazing and surprisingly affordable home decor.

We’re staying in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn for the remainder of this week, so expect more great finds to come!

inside Artists & Fleas indoor flea market

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Spanish Moss: A Site Worth Knowing About

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womens lace lingerie Spanish moss

We recently discovered Spanish Moss from an article in which Emma Watson confessed she checks out this site daily. Spanish Moss is a collection of vintage and artisan designer wares. It’s aesthetic is consistent and true to its mission statement:

Spanish Moss doesn’t aim to be one stop shopping but a tightly curated collection of what its founding members love and find inspiring.”

Founders Vincent & Suzanne Ford-Carafano draw inspiration from folklore, Southern Gothic authors, and French films. If you don’t find anything you like, head on over to its sister site, American Gold. You’ll find equally as impeccably crafted and curated goods.

spanish moss womens clothing

For more information check out http://www.shopspanishmoss.com and http://www.theamericangold.com.

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London Shopping Guide: Our Favorite Markets & Neighborhoods

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One of the reasons I was excited to go to London again was for the shopping. As I’m sure you know from the showing at London Fashion Week, you can get just about every type of fashion in The Foggy City. From the Dover Street Market to Oxford Street, the options are endless.

However, I found that the best shopping tends to be at the markets and in the nooks and crannies of London’s eclectic neighborhoods. Here, I’ll outline my favorite markets, shops, and neighborhoods in hopes of helping you plan your next trip to London.

Brick Lane Market
Nearest Tube Stops: Aldgate East and Shoreditch
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Hands down, this is my favorite market. It’s the best place to find affordable vintage clothing and wares from up-and-coming designers. It’s also a fabulous place to get Indian food, street art, and jewelry. The best day to go is Sundays, as that is when the most market vendors are selling their goods. Note, you will be called to by Indian restaurant owners trying to get you in their restaurant. I’ve found the best ones are the ones that don’t need to be begging for your business. Look hard, you’ll find them.

While you’re there, make sure to check out Absolute Vintage and Beyond Retro, two second-hand stores off the main drag of Brick Lane. Also, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for pop-up vintage markets, as they are frequent.

London popup vintage market

Brick Lane market London

Spitalfields Market
Nearest Tube Stops: Aldgate, Aldgate East, and Tower Hill
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Spitalfields market is open daily and covered, making it perfect for rainy days. It is close to Brick Lane so it is easy to hit up both of these markets in one stop. I’ll be honest, Spitalfields has some tschotske, but sift through the stalls and you’ll find some real gems and local designers. One of my favorites is Chunge Rowe, a local British designer who sells whimsical and feminine pieces.

London designer Chung-Rowe jewelry

Spitalfields market fashion

You can also find lovely accessories at Spitalfields Market, from jewelry to lace collars and more. Be sure to always ask where the items come from, as you want to make sure they are local to Britain and not imported.

pocket watch necklaces

lace collar accessory

While you are at Spitalfields Market, check out the Whistles nearby. Yes, this is a chain, but it’s only in London (to-be-launched in NYC soon) and it offers really beautiful items. While you are at it, stop by into A.GOLD next door that offers some wonderful British curiosities that make the perfect souvenirs.

Whistles in London

A.Gold British souvenirs shop

NOTE: You might be wondering why I don’t drop some love at Petticoat Lane market, which is very close to Spitalfields and Brick Lane. The reason? It effin’ sucks. No really – I went there all excited to hit three markets in one area and I was so disappointed. It’s sketchy – kind of like that backwoods flea market that sells really questionable imports from China. You will find nothing worth purchasing there fashion wise (I’m pretty sure ANY-wise, but I’ll try to tone down the hate). It’s junk. Just stay away.


Borough Market
Nearest Tube Stop: London Bridge
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Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’m cheating – this is a food market. However, it’s awesome and if you plan to hit the market scene, I’d be doing you a disservice by not recommending this market. It’s relatively small, but you can find some real treasures for you and your foodie friends back home. Stay away from this market on Saturdays! It is ridiculously crowded and stressful. Locals know the best time to go is Fridays right before the lunch rush at noon.

My favorite stall has to be Pate Moi which sells mushroom pate (don’t worry – it’s vegetarian!). It is a spread that is absolutely amazing on everything – bread, chicken, sandwiches…everything. Also, don’t forget to check out Monmouth Coffee, which is one of the very few places you can find decent coffee in London (sorry – I’m from Seattle so inevitable to stick my nose up at the coffee scene there). There is also Algier’s Coffee that is internationally recognized and ships around the world, but that is on Dean St. near the Charing Cross tube stop.

There is also an Aesop shop near the market, which if you’re not aware of you should be. It’s an amazing Australian beauty product line that only recently started selling to the US. The shopkeeper was so pleasant and eager to give out samples, so definitely worth a trip to try before you buy.


Camden Town Market
Nearest Tube Stop: Camden Town
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I’ll admit, I liked this market a bit more the first time I was in London about six years ago. Being older I realized there’s a lot of junk to sift through, but any trip to London would be incomplete without a trip to this punk-rock destination. As soon as you step off the tube, you’ll see the London from back in the 80s and early 90s, with mohawks, plaid, chains and all. Plus, it has amazing street food dotted throughout the market. Sure, you feel like you might walk away with food poisoning, but I promise you won’t. Weave through the souk-like labyrinth to find interesting shops selling everything from vintage clothing and jewelry to art and do-dads. It’s open daily, but the best day to go for some serious people watching is Saturdays.


Portobello Road
Nearest Tube Stop: Notting Hill
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I am sad I didn’t get to go to Portobello Road this time around, as it is only really hopping on Saturdays and I ran out of time. This market is quintessential London – quaint, slow, and authentic. It turns into a wonderful antiques and farmers market, meaning you’ll have to dig for fashionable pieces. However, even if you don’t walk away with anything you will have seen the famous pastel row houses. Also, I recommend checking out the chicken burger man, a food truck that parks right in the market near the produce, selling German chicken burgers. They are delightful.

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London Street Style

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Adria’s finally back from London after two weeks of exploring the fashion and food scene of The Foggy city. Over the next two weeks, she’ll share some of the photos she took while on her trip. To start us off, a woman with an amazing full-length fur coat in blue gradient zebra print. Does it really get any more bold than this?

London street style

British street style

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2011 Goodwill Glitter Sale Recap: Our Finds

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This past weekend was one of my favorite weekends of the year: The Goodwill Glitter Sale event.

This annual fashion event is held at the Goodwill on Dearborn St. in Seattle. The Goodwill saves all the fantastic items donated throughout the year and sells them at the Glitter Sale. This means there are fantastic finds, from designer shoes to glitzy pieces perfect for a New Year’s celebration.

I learned the hard way last year that you should get to the event early, as I talk about in my 2010 Goodwill Glitter Sale post. This year, I was prepared. I went with a few friends, whereas last year I went alone. And this time I got there at 7 am, rather than 8 am. I was disappointed that the line was still around the bend, similar to where I was in line the year before. However, we got into the first group (first 300 people) when they opened the doors, so no waiting in line for the other shoppers to finish scouring the Glitter Sale.

While waiting, I asked the people in the front of the line what time they got to the event. 2:00 FRIGGIN AM the night before. Seriously? I went further down the line and in about the middle from where I was to the front of the line, they said they got there at 5:15 am. Much more reasonable. Now I know for next year the golden arrival time seems to be between 5:00 and 6:00 am.

I think the fact that I was in the first group dramatically changed my experience. There were MUCH better finds this year, and I was happy to see the options for bigger-sized girls was fantastic. My one friend who is a size 4 had a lot of trouble finding items. We would actually stalk the skinny girls in the event, wait until they discarded items, and then scour their piles like a pack of vultures. A bit pathetic, but totally worth it since we found amazing finds for her in these abandoned pieces.

So let’s breakdown what we left with. After sweating, pushing, getting stuck between columns and racks, and experiencing brutal neck and back pain from a bag stuffed full of clothes, I settled on 4 pieces for a total of $129. One was the most FABULOUS Christmas sweater for an ugly Christmas sweater party I’m going to in December. The rest entailed a beautiful blush-toned cropped blazer ($7!), a leather crossbody satchel ($30), and the most fabulous navy fur-trimmed coat ($60).

womens navy fur coat

womens cropped blazer in pink

leather crossbody satchel

To be honest, I can’t believe I only walked away with 3.5 items. I tried on over 60 items, but since I’m a stickler for fit and quality I didn’t do much damage. I probably could have spent all day there, but the mayhem can be overwhelming, so we decided to head out.

Plus, there are a few items that my friends bought that I will definitely be borrowing. First, the MOST AMAZING red cap jacket, à la Little Red Riding Hood. We saw a girl from across the Glitter Sale walking around in it. We literally followed her for 5 minutes until she finally discarded it. We basically made Melissa buy it. This was a fantastic $100 find.

cape coat red

red womens cape

Sarah, who you may recognize from this post featuring her amazing street style, bought a lot of really cute things, most of which were a result of scouring other women’s’ discard piles. She spent a little under $100, including a black blazer that fits like a glove ($15), faux diamond earrings ($7), a gold slouchy sweater ($10), a black sheer blouse with glitter trim ($15), and a white sheer cardigan with bead embellishments ($30).

thrifted womens black blazer

womens black blazer

sheer white cardigan with embellishment

sheer black blouse womens

womens sheer black blouse

womens blouse with glitter trim

Overall, it was a fabulous event that we definitely plan on attending again next year. One of the women at the event told us that Sunday afternoons around 3 pm you will find no line, so we might experiment going both days next year. In sum, the Goodwill Glitter Sale is a great place to find affordable, on-trend fashion pieces, particularly coats and glitzy tops.

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In Our (Family’s) Closet: Vintage Fashion Photo

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vintage photo

When our family visited a few weeks ago, they brought along some old photos for us to keep safe. When we were perusing through them, reminiscing of years past, we came across this photo of Adria’s sister/Travis’ wife’s communion in the early 80s.

We were always told our grandmother (on the right) was stylish, but it wasn’t until we saw this picture of her that we understood. She just has such an elegance to her. We loved her monochromatic look, a color palette you’d see a women in her 20s wearing now. Her outfit is very age appropriate, but has a youthfulness to it with the bow belt and flirty ruffle on the hem of the shirt.

What was even more shocking was that our mother didn’t look half bad! Adria owns a striped dress shirt with a ruffle down the front now. She also loves pencil skirts. Our mother has a look à la Ghostbusters, and we’re not hating it! Even our father has some swagger with his suit; always one to love bold patterns.

Do any of you look have fashion memories of your parents or relatives? Do you look up to any of their styles? We’d love to hear about it because we truly believe fashion is a reinterpretation of styles past, so we love to hear about other people’s memories.

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