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Become a Master of Flea Market Finds

I was not always a master of the flea market.

Like many things in my life, learning how to conquer a flea market took time. I learned from the best (my friend Danielle) who truly had a knack for it. We would go every Saturday to a crazy flea market in Chicago (think jewelry to car parts) in search of nothing more then something awesome. I would watch her sift and easily find gems hidden among the crazy piles of what looked like crap to me. But she saw something different. She saw the diamond in the ruff, she saw the sparkle, she saw the prize. This is where I began to hone my flea market shopping skills. First lesson learned, don’t go looking for anything in particular, go looking for everything. Your treasure will find you.

 

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Flea markets often look just like the picture above. They are overwhelming, un-merchandised mazes of everything from old shoes to cool records (you remember those, don’t you?). Sometimes it seems endless, there are tables upon tables with piles of “junk” scaring the average shopper into giving up. Don’t give up, follow these simple rules for becoming your own mater of flea market finds:

1: Accessories, mostly baubles, are the easiest thing to sift through. Your treasure hunter skills should be honed at any jewelry vendor that catches your fancy. Additionally, this is typically where you will find the coolest stuff that is in the best condition. There are so many amazing vintage pieces waiting to be loved by you, both real and costume. Price points can range, but this is a pretty inexpensive way to build your collection. And it is easy to sift through without having a coronary.

2. Fur is plentiful and the lovely ladies of the 50′s have lots to give. Some of my best vintage pieces involve some sort of fur. If a full fur coat isn’t your thing, check out the amazing hats and scarves. Yes they may smell a little funny, but at a quarter of the price they would be sold for in a store, you can get it dry cleaned!

3. Patience is a virtue. One of the reasons I LOVE flea markets is because you are not looking for anything in particular and there is a great joy in moseying along. My whole life is built around shopping off a list for clients so during my own shopping time being free of that makes me really happy. Remember, going to a flea market is about the experience and rushing through defeats that. Rest assured your treasure will find you if you let it….

4. Bargaining is fun. Nothing is ever what they say it is, so negotiate. It is almost offensive if you don’t! Half the fun of finding your new treasure is telling everyone what a steal you got it for. Like any good negotiation, you should not throw out the first number. But once they do, play ball.

 

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This is one of my favorite pieces I own from a flea market. It is totally vintage and it is totally awesome. I practice yelling, “It’s fake!” to people who are about to throw paint on me, but it is actually very real. I figure some grandma really wanted me to have it and since I am buying it second hand, I am saving it from filling up unnecessary space in a landfill. Plus, I look really fabulous in it.

 

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This dress was brand new and still had the tags on it when I found it. She is by DVF and only cost me 50 bucks. Occasionally  you  do come across these rare gems, but it is once in a blue moon. I am pretty sure this was a sample that never found a home…. Until I met her. It took an entire roll of double stick tape to hold it on (which is most likely why it was a sample), but I know for a fact that all of the older gentleman at the wedding  loved me. Apparently they still call me, “The girl in the dress”. Boo yea.

 

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This is just a small compilation of some of my favorite pieces I have acquired over the years from flea markets all over the world. I have not only traveled this great country in search of my latest and greatest treasure, but I have crossed oceans. The BEST flea market I have ever been to is in London and it is called Portobello market. Seriously, it is dope and I could have sifted my way through that thing for 2 days straight. Once you fully become a master of the flea market, you will actually get a high from your finds.

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So now is the time for all of you who want to cheat the system. Those who want to look like they are genius flea market shoppers, but truly are not prepared for the tizzy it may cause. The collage above is filled with great look-a-like options to purchase directly from the internet. You can look like a master  of the flea market without ever leaving your couch. I won’t tell:)

coral Italian horn , cheetah fur coatstone cuff , western leather belt

 

5 ITEMS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN

Own less, style more by building your wardrobe correctly.

There are very few men in this world that LOVE shopping. There are even less that know how to do it correctly. This is not a slight against all of the male population (although it may sound like it), just a very researched observation. Let me save you from yourselves and get you back to watching football. That is a lot of stereotypes in one paragraph:)

 

 

The video above says it all. What are the 5 items that every man should own to build the best wardrobe possible? It is simple, not overly complicated and will make getting dressed boarder line pleasurable. You will actually have pieces to wear to ALL occasions no matter what event you are being dragged to. Even for the men who do love fashion, building your bro style will be made easier by starting with these 5 items.

 

Men's Essentials

Let’s jump right in, shall we? For starters, every man no matter what his age, socio-economic background or size needs to purchase these 5 must have pieces. Here goes:

  • Classic white button down
  • Casual yet sophisticated blazer
  • Dark straight-leg jeans
  • English leather loafers (or oxfords)
  • Snazzy pair of aviators

 

It is all in how you mix and match the pieces with other items in your repertoire that make the look uniquely yours. As for the afore-mentioned variables including age and size, you need to be true to yourself. That means, be realistic about what size you are and WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS. Most men go the “too big” route, but either direction is going to be detrimental to your fashion health. You should recognize that you do in fact have a body and show off that the gym has been kind to you. If you haven’t been bench pressing lately, wearing your clothing too big for comfort will only make you look bigger. All clothing should skim the body slightly. It should not be falling off or clinging to you for dear life. As for choosing the specific style, I leave that up to you and your personal taste. Remember, simple is typically better to get more use out of these basics.

Club Monaco blazer, Gitman Vintage oxford button down shirtAcne Studios black skinny jeans, Calvin Klein loafers and Ray Ban aviators

Best Coats for YOUR Shape

I always say your coat IS your outfit so choose wisely.

For most people, the winter is long. And because of this, your outer layer becomes your most worn piece. It literally is your look for much of the day and because of this, you should truly love it. I know spring is coming, but let’s be real, you still need a coat. Beyond a great color or design, choosing a coat that best fits your shape is vital. We are all built differently (thank God) so be aware of your body and what  works. Buying a coat 2 sizes too big to fit your thickest sweater is NOT an option. You have been warned.

 

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I am a big fan of a cinched coat. Basically, anything that is fitted through the middle is my friend. As you can see, all three of these coats are completely different, but have similar silhouettes. Knowing what works on you means staying true to it while altering the variables. In most cases that means color, material and style. I own a LOT of coats so going beyond basic black is kind of my thing. The neutral coat above is my most conservative look and often gets mistaken for Burberry. It isn’t, it’s Laundry by Shelli Segal and I bought it at Nordstrom Rack. How you like me now?!?

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I am obsessed with both the coats above. I usually use the gold one to dress things up, it is amazing because it works for both day and nighttimes. I actually bought it for full price at a boutique in SoHo. I must really love it because I do not pay full price, ever. The mod style gray coat is from a sample store. It is by Walter and has been loved by me for well over 5 years. I honestly don’t get that much use out of it because the boat neck style with 3/4 length sleeves is difficult weather wise in New York City. But, when I do take her for a swing around town people swoon.

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Both of the coats above are great for almost any body type. Curvy or straight, your body will be snug as a bug in a rug when you put this style on. For curvier people, it accentuates your shape and highlights (or creates) a small waist. For straight women it creates the illusion of an hour glass shape. This style is also amazing because you can fit pieces that are a little bit heavier underneath and still create a streamlined silhouette once you cinch the belt.

wrap coat,  double-faced wool coat

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The ruler style coats above are for the straighter, taller women of this world. If you have strong hips or a very round bum, this coat is going to catch on them. It will lose the classic line and become bunched in all the ways you don’t want it to. I am a huge fan of the camel color duster coat. It is classic and elegant and literally goes with everything and every skin color. The royal blue double breasted coat is a fantastic option for someone wanting to try something different. Why is everyone’s coat always black? Be the pop of color in the sea of blackness and stand out.

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A shorter coat is extremely flattering for more petite women. Additionally, with the temperature finally rising, this is a great option to stay comfortably warm without wearing a parka. I have always been obsessed with a big collar because it does double duty. It not only looks totally cool, it also allows you to leave your scarf at home. The less we have to carry (or lose) the better.

Love your shape, love your coat, love your style.

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Topshop for Nordstrom

Let’s take a moment to praise the fashion Gods, Kate Moss for Topshop has arrived at Nordstrom. I know that is a lot of names in one sentence, but it is all the right ones. Kate Moss has teamed up again with Topshop, a big (and decently priced) retailer from England, to bring you a new collection. Better news, Nordstrom is selling it too. And don’t forget the rest of the regular Topshop collection…

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One of my absolute favorites from the collection are these wide leg pants. Prints for the bottom half are trending this season so they add a perfect pop to your summer look. Wide leg is hard to pull off if you are under 5’6″, so just add a small (or big) wedge for some height.

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And, if it ever actually gets warm here on the east coast, I am buying this bright orange two-piece. LOVE. I have a small chest (very happily, thank you!), but the T-strap caged back provides a lot of support for the bigger busted gals. Now I just need a tan…

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I just don’t know about the skort phenomenon. I suck at tennis, so where am I wearing this thing?? If you are down with this (I allow you to be), then you can be tennis chic in this color , black, red, or white. Buying all 4 colors is not permitted :)

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Yes to this jacket. I know that this is a huge trend and it literally seems like everyone owns one (especially in NYC and LA), but there is a reason. It works…With everything. And you can bunch it up and leave in your bag as a layering piece, it is not just an outdoor jacket!!!

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I love a good maxi dress. They are comfortable, chic and easy. Need I say more? The only issue is length. Like any long dress, expect tailoring if you are below 5’6″. The good news is for for all you tall ladies, this piece is your friend. There is usually length to spare…Did anyone catch those shoes?? Just say NO to trendy birkenstocks. Seriously??

So now there is no excuse for not looking fabulous for the right price. You can travel to Topshop (there is one in NYC, come say hi to me!), Nordstrom (they are all over) or just hop online. You will look like Kate Moss in no time…

Pastels for Summer. Groundbreaking!

Yes. that is sarcasm in case you didn’t get it. But honestly folks, some trends are really just here forever. This apparently makes them more like staples of your wardrobe, welcome pastels. pastels 1Straight from the runway, these sophisticated yet pretty looks are ready for the taking. If these looks were in dark colors the vibe would be completely different. Using a pastel palette makes everything well, pretty. Soften your look instantly.

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 If you want something to wear to work that won’t be your typical boring black pant, try these wisteria colored cropped pants with scalloped pockets from J. Crew. The color isn’t too bright, but it still adds something fun to your work wardrobe.

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 Trends from the runway always trickle down to major retailers. Take this peach sheath dress from the Limited for example. If paired with the right accessories, you can make it look super expensive for work or a bridal shower. Simple and easy, sheath dresses can be styled in endless ways making them a great staple for anyone’s wardrobe. Check out the Limited for an entire pastel collection!!

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 For super cute casual weekend attire, these J Brand skinny jeans in coral are great for shopping or running errands. Paired with a basic white T, this is a simple yet chic look for spring. Warning: You kind of look like you have no pants on. I own these and I look naked on the bottom half in pictures! Positive: You pick up lots of men :)

pastels 5My best girlfriend Rebecca Minkoff made this lovely bag, Ok, maybe we don’t know each other personally, but many of her pieces reside in my closet because they are awesome. The pastel color makes it pretty, the hardware makes it edgy, my favorite combo. It is the perfect pop of pastel to any spring look. Just this one piece for $295 will get you into the trend!

Not to keen on pastels? Just add one piece and you will be the belle of the spring ball!

Runway Photo courtesy of glamour.com