Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Where to Buy Vintage Clothing Online

More and more vintage stores are going online now which is a great time-saver for searching for unique and hard to find pieces.  Here is a collection of some of my favorite sites for vintage fashion.

This site has been around a long time specializes in higher-end vintage pieces mostly from the 60's and 70's.  I covet everything in the designer section, but have found some really great day dresses as well.  The photography is excellent and I like that everything new is listed on the "What's New Page".

This is a great new site for earlier decade vintage.  Very pretty dresses, hats and other accessories and fantastic descriptions and photos of every piece.  Located in Los Angeles this site has a great blog as well.

Yes, this is a corporate store, but it also has an interesting selection of vintage pieces.  I use this more as an inspiration and gallery because the prices are super high.  However, what's great is how the collections are organized and curated.

Etsy is a great source for vintage because there are lots and lots of sellers on there, but you have to be ready to dig and sort through pages and pages to find great things.  You can favorite individual sellers that have more curated collections, but the quality really varies from seller to seller.

I have to do a shameless plug for my latest endeavor here as well--a collaboration with my daughter.  We are just getting our online store off the ground, but are aiming to provide a curated collection of later-decades vintage (70's, 80's and 90's) that is extremely wearable and "current" and more rock n' roll than ladylike.  This is mid-range vintage, not designer high-end or collectible vintage.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Online Magazines

I love magazines. They are the perfect junk food at the end of a long day when I am too tired to read a book, but can make it through a short article.  Even just flipping the pages looking at all the pretty pictures can be inspirational and therapeutic.

Lately there have been some new magazines that have launched online without even having a print version.  Although I prefer the tactile feel of print pages, these new online versions have all the look and feel of their print cousins. One added benefit is that if something catches your eye you can click on it and go immediately to a website to buy it or learn more about it.

Here are some of my current favorites in this genre:


This magazine was founded by a former staff member of the print magazine Domino which I loved, but sadly this magazine did not survive.

Named for London and New York--the hometown of the two founders, Lonny magazine comes out bi-monthly and focuses on home decor, interior design, and lifestyle.

I love the photography and the design aesthetic which is clean and eclectic.

Sweet Paul Magazine

What started out as a blog and showcase for craft and food stylist Paul Lowe Einlyng, has turned into a successful online magazine with a cult following.

Full of recipes, crafts, entertaining ideas, and shopping tips, I find this to be the more creative and interesting version of Martha Stewart magazine.

Rue Magazine

This magazine is based out of my hood in San Francisco and focuses on home decor, fashion and shopping. In fact, a good portion of the content is in "Editor Picks" and product highlights which I like.

Now the magazine has added a robust new website and daily content as well.


This is a music mag with great photography and content that I actually want to read.  Not a traditional music magazine at all, the interviews and features are actually interesting and draw you in.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Best Made Company

I just came across Best Made Company while browsing through the latest edition of Lonny Magazine. I love their simple and beautifully designed products. Here's a few items I just might pick up for holiday gifts.

Playing Cards

These beautifully designed playing cards ($8) would make a great stocking stuffer. Printed by the same company that makes Bicycle and Bee brand cards, these sport nifty lightening bolts and cool stripes.

Steel Mugs

These steel cups come from a 100 year old factory in Poland. A set of two cups is only $32. Dishwasher safe or great over a campfire two. These cups are both sturdy and steadfast.

Japanese Higo Knife

A beautiful and useful tool.  These japanese folding knives ($60) are made of white steel with a hand-hammered finish and inspiring message of "courage". 

Monday, November 26, 2012

El Cosmico Provision Company

I've posted about El Cosmico--the amazing luxury hotel/artist retreat in Marfa, TX where you stay in vintage travel trailers.   I have not yet been, but love the aesthetic and hopefully will be able to go one day.

In the meantime, El Cosmico has launched an online store so I can recreate a little bit of the vibe at home.  Here are some of amazing treasures you can find there:

Brass Necklace

A hand-stamped 6-sided brass necklace ($85)  custom made for El Cosmico by Fort Standard.

Pink Pocket Knife

I love the contrast of this pink pocket knife--something sweet with something tough.  Made by Moore Maker of Matador, TX.  $40.

Bolivian Blankets

These colorful vintage wool blankets ($350) are hand-dyed and hand-loomed in South America.  Each one is unique.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Marin Country Mart

Larkspur landing goes upscale!  I just discovered the completely redone Marin Country Mart. Wow!  What a great place to stroll around and hang out in the sunshine with upscale shopping, great food, live music in the middle.  Here are the some of the new shops that have recently opened there.


Awesome men's store with high-quality clothes and accessories and a small selection of women's like the classic French striped t-shirt. Voted one of the country's 10 best independent mens stores by GQ Magazine and San Francisco's best mens store by SF Weekly. Visit online at

Calypso St. Barth

This shop features cool boho chic clothing and accessories from caftans to sparkly dresses for the holidays. There is also a selection of housewares like pillows with printed skulls, colorful pig statues and more. Visit online at
Erica Tanov Boutique, PHOTO: Erica Shires and Andrew Weeks

Erica Tanov

This Berkeley outpost arrives in Marin County. Erica Tanov designs upscale bohemian clothing with an emphasis on amazing textiles. Visit online at


Belcampo features a butcher shop and restaurant and also sells some other miscellaneous food and kitchen items. All of the meat is grass fed on their 10,000 acre ranch near Mt. Shasta. This company was recently featured in the December 2012 Sunset magazine.  Visit online at

Malia Mills

Malia Mills features swimwear and clothing for every body shape. Visit online at

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Christmas Wishlist 2012

Okay, Santa, are you listening?  I haven't blogged in a really long time, but what better occasion than just before the holidays when shopping is at a peak.  Here are all the presents that I would probably never buy for myself, but would be thrilled to find under the tree.

Equipment Silk Pajamas

These menswear-inspired pajamas from Equipment ($440) look so comfortable I might just be persuaded out of my ubiquitous sweats. In brushed silk with a drawstring waist, I love them in this bright fuschia shade that is oh so feminine. Available from

J. Crew Cashmere Wrap

I have been wanting a nice big cashmere wrap for travel--something that can double as a blanket on long plane flights, but is not so big that I can wear it as a scarf every day. This Collection cashmere wrap from J. Crew ($275) fits the bill nicely. I love it plain black.

DVF Fingerless Opera Gloves

These fingerless opera gloves ($275) in black leather definitely add a rock n' roll look to an evening dress. I would wear them with t-shirts and jeans and just about anything. Available from

Rodin Olio Lusso Perfume

I love the combination of floral and spice in Rodin's Olio Lusso Perfume ($220). Very earthy and simple--it is absolutely a scent I would wear every day. This is an oil-based perfume with Jasmine and spicy Neroli. Available from

Monday, December 19, 2011


Alkemie jewelry is an LA based jewelry design company founded by husband and wife team  Dara Gerson & Ashley Lowengrub.  The Alkemie collection is forged from 100% reclaimed metals  and the leather used comes from sustainable cattle farms and is dyed with earth friendly dye.

Their designs themselves are also inspired by nature.  There are amazing cuffs and rings and so many great designs it's hard to really pick a favorite.

The thorn bangles ($99) look like they were picked fresh from a vine and wrapped into a cuff.  They would be great stacked in a group of 3 or 4.

Another favorite is the Monkey Ring ($154). I just love the design, but the symbolism is great too. In Hinduism the monkey and god Hanuman bestows longevity upon those who revere it.

Alkemie jewelry is available online, but I originally found it at a little shop in the Mission called Candy Store Collective which is at 3153 16th Street in San Francisco.