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Second Time Around {Vintage Clothing & Jewelry Finds}

{Marvin Richards Coat, Vintage Beret & Chanel Brooch via eBay, Vintage Sweater via Buffalo Exchange, Vintage Earrings via Cure Thrift Shop, H&M Striped Top, Zara Skirt, Wolford Tights, Christian Louboutin Shoes}

I showed a sneak preview of this sweater and beret a few weeks back, and here’s the complete outfit!  I got into vintage clothing and thrift shopping shortly after starting this blog, and I’ve been building up a nice little collection over the years (you can check out my favorite shops around New York City here).

I put this outfit together after watching the documentary Advanced Style on Netflix over the holidays. I was so impressed with how much pride the women in the film took in their appearance. One of them even mentioned how she’d save an outfit for years until she had all of the key pieces (including the perfect hat!) to pull the look together. After all, “You don’t show a painting until it’s done!” That’s sort of how I felt when this ensemble came together. I’ve had an idea of this outfit floating in my head for a while, but most of the individual pieces were purchased years apart. In fact, many of my favorite outfits came about in the exact same way: finding a fabulous skirt here, a wonderful top there…and finally finding the absolutely perfect pair of shoes to match months (or even years) later.  Unlike the woman in the film, I do wear my pieces even before I find their perfect sole mates, but it always feels like kismet when I find just the right match.

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Closet Confection: Après Midi

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 {Guess Coat  (similar), H&M Scarf, Uniqlo ‘Heattech Turtleneck, Cos Skirt (similar here and here), Fendi Sunglasses, Vintage Bally Handbag via eBay, Tabitha Simmons Shoes (also love this print for spring)}

So you guys know I didn’t go all the way to Italy without doing a bit of shopping… right?

Of course not!

We spent the last night of our journey in Milan – just a few hours for dinner and a bit of power-shopping.  I’d heard great things about Cos and had been silently sulking for ages that their good aren’t yet  available in the US.  Wondering what all the fuss was about, I wandered in and was immediately smitten.  The vibe was sort of like a more minimalist and sophisticated Zara, with higher quality fabric and construction (but still ultra-reasonable prices).  After trying on a million things in the fitting room and unsuccessfully convincing Eric to let me buy them all, I decided on the skirt I’m wearing above and another dress (which I promise to show you guys soon).

After swooning over Tibi’s silk faille midi skirt (and dying a little inside over the $500+ price tag), I was ever so happy to have found this little number for a fraction of the price.  For this outfit, I tried to go with a work-appropriate styling.  But honestly, I can’t wait to go all out and style it up for a fancy occasion.

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Closet Confections: Officially Wu’d

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Poppy J. Crew Pumps{Jason Wu Dress via Century 21, Prada Braoque Sunglasses, J. Crew Valentina Pumps,  Michael Kors Watch, Hermes Bracelet, Vita Fede Bracelet, Pippin Vintage Earrings}

If you caught my bargain shopping video earlier this year, then you know that I snagged this beauty of a dress for a song at Century 21. I feel like a million bucks every time I wear it, and it’s proof-positive that good deals come to those who wait!