The New York Times just did a profile on my neighborhood, Bedford Stuyvesant. It included a review of a local, just down the street (not a stone's throw but a leisurely walk) vintage store called Collecther. I plan to visit tomorrow, as they have Sunday recession specials (all dresses $25!) I'm sure it will be very busy just after the Times' profile, but I am in the market for a cute vintage dress for a special event.
But the big update is my participation in clothing swap, with some lovely ladies I met through a coworker yesterday in Brooklyn. They were mostly journalists and they had some great clothes. Even though we had different body types, heights, etc., it was amazing how certain things translated so well. As one woman said, "I'm so happy to see how my clothes are supposed to look." I brought a few pieces that I had bought in the wrong size, some dresses meant for a shorter torso, pieces that I was not comfortable wearing, etc. It was great to meet lovely ladies and have pie from Little Pie Company. I also made out like a thief. It's like social thrifting, while building social capital. Win-win.
This is all swapped clothes, except the undershirt and the shoes. The dress worn as a skirt was donated to me from a good friend back in 2002 (remember when jersey tank dresses were all the rage in the late 90s?). I love the scarf (from the coworker). I think of it as baby steps into wide world of accesorizing.
brown cardigan: Banana Republic, swap
purple underwear shirt: Uniqlo, $10
dress: NY&CO, friend donation
long underwear leggings: Target, $10
boots: ebay, $95 (Born)
During the snow yesterday, I forced cohabitator to come to Manhattan and give me his opinion on glasses, as I broke mine that morning and wanted a new pair. These are "Take me seriously" glasses. Herbert the Hippo just wanted to say hello.
Blokey and I are off to the tailor. He has a vintage suit that needs tailoring. I will post pictures soon.