Fashion Finds: Vintage Boleros

I have long had a love affair with boleros and cropped jackets — they are easy to throw on and add so much interest to an otherwise casual ensemble. My favorite way to wear them is with a vintage tee or plain bodysuit and jeans.

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I scored this fabulous fringe number at a vintage shop in Palm Springs, California last year. Palm Springs is vintage MECCA (especially if you’re into ’60s, mid-century modern), but the wares tend to be pricier. Fortunately, I got this piece for just $40.

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This is a gorgeous vintage velvet Emanuel Ungaro cropped jacket. I am always on the hunt for Ungaro at estate sales and thrift stores because it is so detailed and usually very over-the-top ’80s and ’90s (think shoulder pads and major floral prints). This piece has some pretty detailed embroidery, and it looks very current thanks to the material (velvet is huge right now). Love it with a vintage tee and mom jeans.

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And this is my latest, maybe favorite, piece. I love a statement sleeve and this jacket seriously looks like it came from the collection of Isa Arfen or Johanna Ortiz (two favorite designers). I scored this beauty at an estate sale over the weekend. Found it stuck in the back of a closet, pulled it triumphantly out of a pile of junk, and asked, “How much?” They gave it to me for 75 cents.

 

 

Fashion Finds: Sick Shoes

I love a good Nordstrom Rack find and I was lucky enough to score three of ’em this week! Behold, the current-season Gucci pearl sandals:

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And the Proenza PS1 chain wallet, which is an ideal little, fuss-free bag. I’m wearing it with my third find, Alexander Wang mom jeans. Super comfy and the fit is spot-on.

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So here’s my Rack secret: Look for items labeled “altered or refinished.” These are typically returns from the full-line store (Nordstrom has a notoriously wonderful return policy, so you can return anything to any of their stores). They aren’t even damaged or “altered” as the tag suggests, but they are usually current-season items. The shoes above, for instance, are on Nordstrom.com for $695 currently. I got ’em for $199.

Oh an pssstt. The Rack’s Clear the Rack sale starts TODAY. That means lots of goodies are marked 25% off. Get to shoppin’.

Fashion Finds: Valentino Dress

To say that I am a big fan of outlet shopping is perhaps the greatest understatement in the world. I LOVE spending hours in a TJ Maxx, or a Nordstrom Rack, or a Saks Off 5th, rummaging through Juicy velour sweats, slogan tees, and half-priced flip-flops, only to turn up triumphant with a real designer gem.

And I am partial to TJ Maxx, of course, because I was one of the brand’s first-ever “Maxxinistas.” (Which means they flew me to New York for a shopping spree and photo shoot a few years back). But I haven’t had much luck at TJ’s lately, to be honest. Until this past weekend, that is.

 

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Flipping through the dress rack, I found this stunning Valentino Couture dress. It’s covered in flowers — the detail is incredible — and has a built-in bodice (basically a corset) so the fit is perfect. It was $149, you guys! Probably made its way from one of the TJ Runway stores and just landed in my hands. I am truly #blessed by the designer gods.

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A similar version (pink and, IMO, less pretty) retailed for $10,000 originally. TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. The long version was $32,500 (currently $9,750 on The Outnet).

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A good find, indeed.