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.

Interior Finds: Catholic Art

I am not Catholic, but I have a thing for Catholic art — nuns, Mary, rosaries. There’s something sort of traditional and at the same time subversive about hanging a gorgeous work of religious art in a home. Here’s a great (HUGE! almost as big as me!) piece I scored this weekend at an estate sale.

Estate sales are great for art. The art is usually very cheap and, if you luck out (like I did this weekend), the sale might even be at the home of a former artist. This particular home contained probably 200 pieces of original art. Some were scary (clowns=NO) but others were sort of fun and folksy.

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She was $30, and everything was 50% off. So I got her for $15. Major score. (Btw, I’m on snapchat: chamima129 if you are ever interested in following along on my crazy estate sale hunts.)

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I just so happen to have this beautiful painting of nuns from a different estate sale. It’s in my dining room. I love that the nuns have no faces and also that the artist’s last name is “Church.”

Interior Finds: Heads

I love a good body part find. Over the years, I have collected a few feet, hands, busts, and a whole lot of heads. Heads add a lot of fun personality to a room and I love thinking about who they might have been modeled after. Here are a few from my collection.

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This head was an astounding Home Goods find! Found probably five years ago, but really, really perfect.

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This head is from an estate sale. I believe it was modeled after a real person because it looks startlingly real… seriously, it’s a little scary when I come upon her in my living room sometimes.

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This one is my favorite. A gift from my mom (purchased at an antique gallery in Jacksonville, Florida.) This was the most expensive of the bunch (I believe over $100, but not by much. The others were probably $20-$30.) She’s covered in mosaic tile.

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Another Home Goods find. This one was cheap (under $20, if I remember). Very feminine. She’d be great on a vanity. I sometimes put hats and things on her.

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And these are just some fun mannequin heads I saw at a shop!

Interior Finds: Marble

Carrara marble has been hot in the interior world for some time now. In fact it’s actually becoming hard to find as a result (marble doesn’t exactly grow on trees, so once it’s gone — it’s gone).

I was lucky enough to stumble upon two terrific Carrara finds recently. First up, this chic little marble cheese board, which I piled up with goodies earlier this week. This was a $10 find from an estate sale. Very heavy, too — it’s real deal marble.

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And then there’s this beauty. An absolutely gorgeous marble-topped table with chrome legs. Scored her at a Restoration Hardware outlet for a fraction of the original price. Can’t wait to host a dinner party now.

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Throwback: Slate Interiors

In honor of #tbt, here’s a look at my new favorite shop: Slate Interiors, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Slate is an amazing interiors store with loads of vintage. It’s set up like an antique mall, with a slew of vendors (each space is curated by a different person). Not everything is vintage (I spotted some new pieces, too), but it’s all pretty gorgeous.

IMG_1457Great brass giraffe and mirrored coffee table. The rug is perfect and made even better by those leopard ottomans.

IMG_3225’90s art and juju hats = just the right mix

IMG_6107The bohemian pillow is really fun paired with the streamlined sofa.

IMG_6154My humps, my humps, my humps. I will forever regret not buying this camel.

IMG_2051More juju hats + the best sofa styling. The Moroccan wedding blanket looks so right with that purple poufy pillow and the Scalamandré-covered pillow.

Interior Finds: Brass

13466321_10101727100977842_7580368533014011994_nWhen shopping vintage accessories (this goes for both home furnishings and clothing), I find that the best way to navigate the land-mine of junk is to look for specific materials. A great leather jacket or skirt, for instance, will never go out of style. Silk blouses can still look modern decades later. And with home accessories, you can’t really go wrong with lucite and brass.

Brass is such a luxe material and I think it’s pretty sexy. It lends a little bit of sophistication to a room. I found a couple of great pieces of brass at an estate sale in Potomac, Maryland last weekend.

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The swan was marked at $35, but everything was 25 percent off, so I got her for around $26. That’s a great piece for a beautiful brass animal and this one is pretty heavy. I’m trying to find a home for her at the moment, but I think she’d look great on a bookshelf or as a centerpiece. Above, you can see my boyfriend holding it for scale. Please excuse his outfit.

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This brass pineapple is almost too perfect. First of all, brass pineapples are HUGE right now. But this one actually serves a purpose (which is rare for the things I usually buy!) — the spikes on top are actually little appetizer forks. I wouldn’t normally gravitate toward something so precious, but this little guy is wonderful.

 

 

The Holy Grail Find

Hey there! I’m Virginia. I have had a couple of blogs over the years — both of them dedicated mostly to what I wear. I still love fashion, of course, but perhaps my greatest joy in life is discovering beauty in strange places — i.e. thrift stores, estate sales, antique fairs, and the like. So this blog is dedicated to all my good finds — those that make me squeal with excitement (like the time I found a Goyard trunk in a garage behind an antique mall. You guys. It was labeled “old trunk” and priced at $90. You better believe I loaded it in my car and paid before the sweet old lady who rang me up could google “Goyard.”) and those that are just kind of fun and grow on me over time. I hope to update on a fairly regular basis, so long as my luck (seriously, it’s more than luck, thrifting is an acquired skill) keeps holding out. Thanks for stopping by!