February 29, 2012

The Holy Grail

I'm slightly obsessed with vintage and thrifting. It's all about the hunt for something that's amazing, and one of a kind. Granted, sure I get my basics at Zara, H&M, and Asos like most people, but I'm always in love with things that no one else has the exact version of. It's all about the unique. It's about making a statement. And if I can find it for a deal, ever better!
I wanted to share the most coveted pair of shoes I own. I found them on one particularly rainy and gross weekend in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. My boyfriend and I were trying to go to a gallery show but it was closed. So we wandered around because, well, because why not? We were already out in the rain. As we turned a corner, I saw this teeny tiny little hole of a 'vintage shop' that looked more like a shanty with lots of boots. Naturally, I had to check it out.
Let me tell you, this place was stocked with amazing leather goods and some great old T-shirts, as well as other items. I picked out a great leather briefcase (that sadly, I don't use nearly as much as I should), and these bad boys:

Low and behold! I was looking exactly for a great pair of broken in motorcycle boots and these fit the ticket more than I could ever imagine. I tried them on and they fit perfectly. Like I was meant to find them. And not only that, but they were marked for $80 and the guy gave me 40% off each item, because I was the first person to make a purchase that day!
These boots are perfect for everything. They're my rain boots, snow boots, and my 'I don't want to wear heels today' shoes. They are perfectly beat up and soft. I've had them for 2 years now, and I will wear them until they disintegrate off my feet.

-If I ever remember the name/ location of the shop, I will absolutely post it for all you curious kids!

February 22, 2012

For The Love of Alkemie

Hi all, I hope you are well! My apologies for  being M.I.A. for a bit. Dealing with some personal/private matters but I am back and good to go! I had to be sure to share this shop with everyone, because I lust after their pieces so hardcore. They're a bit on the expensive side, but definitely worth saving up a couple hundred.
Alkemie is a shop that's already had a lot of awesome features but I just love it so much. They're all handmade items that give back to charities as well as being a sustainable product and company. Here's a bit about Alkemie:
"At Alkemie we believe an integral part of being a sustainable company is supporting practices and causes you believe in.  By purchasing a piece of Alkemie Jewelry you will be a part of this charitable action.  Each month we will donate a portion of of our on line sales to a charity we believe in... Dara and Ashley’s motivation to live environmentally and socially conscious really comes from exemplifying responsibility to their daughters. One of the major motivations of Alkemie Jewelry is to present an example for future generations. 
All of Alkemie Pieces are made from 100% reclaimed metals.  Handmade in Los Angeles.  Leather comes from sustainable cattle farmers and is dyed with earth friendly dye."
I mean, you can't beat that. Not to mention their stuff is amazing. Take a look at some of my favorites!
Lavender Bangle

Lion's Claw Necklace

Lucky Elephant Bangle

Elephant Tooth Necklace

Hawk Bangle

Serpent Hoops

Skull Ring

Wishbone Necklace

Zipper Bangle
 Amazing, no? I think what I'm wanting most is the hawk bangle and the lion's claw necklace.
They're too great.
Also, right now Refinery29 Reserve is having an exclusive deal right now with Alkemie! $60 off your purchase of $120 or more, or $100 off your purchase of $200 or more. It's actually a pretty sweet deal.
CLICK HERE to check out R29Reserve and sign up for some great deals! Why not? I've discovered some great shops I would otherwise never know.

What do you guys think? 

February 10, 2012

Tye Dye Sophisticate

Call it cabin fever, or whatever you will, but I have lately been completely obsessed with color and pattern. Much like the rest of you I'm sure. Even though I adore all the tribal prints and graphic prints coming out for the budding season, nothing makes me fall harder than an amazing tie dye. The problem is, with my dreads, wearing tie dye and still being fashionable while not looking like a complete 'hippy' presents a challenge. Luckily, I've found some great pieces to lust over that bring that luxe into that ultimate 'peace and love' print.

I can think of some fun DIYing I'm sure. Aren't they all just so dreamy? I love them. 
All images and original links are available on my Pinterest boards.