Friday, November 27, 2015

Sneak Peek #1: Pieceology Vintage Fall/Winter Lookbook

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Top, Vest, Jeans and Boots all from the Pieceology Vintage line, Little Pieces of Hope Necklace, Piuma Meister Jewelry Rings

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
Styling by me

Happy Friday! I hope you all had a magical Thanksgiving holiday. I'm skipping my weekly update this week to give you a little PVTG preview from the lookbook we shot a few weeks ago. I'll be sharing these little sneak peeks in the coming weeks leading up to my event on December 13th at The Paper + Craft Pantry.

Before I opened my shop I always wondered where vintage shops got all their product from. It's basically a mixture of vintage wholesalers, thrift stores and estate sales. I've also noticed that when people know you are in the vintage business they like to give you all their vintage stuff which I LOVE. I've gotten several pieces from friends and family. Their old forgotten pieces are now my vintage treasures I can add to my shop for you! Another thing to know about PVTG is that a large majority of the pieces are very unique because they are coming straight from Italy. The vest, jeans and boots in this photo are all vintage pieces I've received from over there. The top I thrifted in Nashville and the rings are handmade by my friend in Italy as well.

As I've mentioned before, I also carry jewelry from local Texas makers. This amazing bolo necklace is from Little Pieces of Hope which is another small business based out of Austin. Their jewelry is beautiful, well made and a bonus is that 15% of their proceeds go to charities in need. Hopefully one day I'll be able to do more, but for now while I get this business off the ground, it's nice to be able to contribute in some small way through supporting another local, small business in Austin.

More sneak peeks and tiny tidbits about PVTG coming next week! Enjoy your weekend!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Overall My Favorite Vintage Find

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Vintage Overall Dress via Style Station (similar), Free People Top (old, similar), Urban Outfitters Bag (similar), Nine West Booties (old, similar), Storie in Italy Necklace, Piuma Meister Jewelry Earrings

This overall dress I bought in West, TX about a month ago... It's basically the best. When a vintage piece fits me this well I just can't help but get extremely excited. This little number is vintage Gap (from the 1970s). I actually picked it out with the intention of selling it in my shop but I accidentally decided to try it on. Needless to say, I won't be selling this beauty any time soon. And the tag is amazing (this is what it looks like). I don't know why Gap ever decided to change their tags to anything else. The more I go out thrifting for vintage the more of a vintage tag nerd I become. Vintage tags are so much more beautiful than modern day ones. I don't know what it is. In general, I find that the craftsmanship on vintage clothing is just so much more thoughtful. Sorry for sounding like a vintage snob... Let's move on, shall we?

Two other special things about this outfit are the jewelry pieces I got from some friends in Italy. The necklace has a vintage pendant and is handcrafted together by my friend Gina. I will have a few of these available at my pop-up next month in various different designs. The earrings are by a friend of a friend in Italy as well who also makes all her jewelry by hand. I will be selling a lot of Piuma's pieces at my event next month too. So, you should come if you're in Austin! Find out more info about when and where right here.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Weekly Update #7

Photo by Chelsea Laine Francis
from the Pieceology Vintage Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook

Hello there! It's Friday again. I got some photos back this week from Chelsea of the PVTG lookbook shoot we did a couple weekends ago and I think this silly little one is my favorite so far. It's one of the coolest things ever seeing your vision come to life. I had the best time taking the collection I've curated and styling it up on some bad ass models (AKA my friends). The results were so worth the process. And don't worry, I'll be sharing more photos soon, so stay tuned. Now let's see what I got up to this week.

1) feeling proud and inspired by my awesome friends
2) realizing I need a break every now and then to Netflix and chill (did it!)
3) preparing to head home to Louisiana for Thanksgiving
4) accepting that everything will turn out the way it should
5) figuring out how to not take things so personally because everything is not about me
6) understanding that a vacation may not happen because I may not have the funds for it right now
7) remembering that vulnerability is the birth place of creativity and change (thanks to Brene Brown)
8) doing a juice cleanse because I'm crazy (I want a burger and a cupcake and some coffee SO bad)
9) trying to get more sleep but failing due to thunderstorms and, you guessed it, stress
10) getting excited to work on the PVTG web site this weekend

What were you up to this week? Have a great weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Fancy Tunes 2015


Happy Wednesday! I know it's a little over half way through the month but I still think it's worth sharing my playlist I've been listening to lately. Lots of new music out this month and I just wrapped up a weekend at Fun Fun Fun Fest where I discovered some great new to me music as well. Enjoy!

Listen on Spotify HERE.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Paris, je t'aime

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Thrifted Top (similar), Vintage Skirt via Pre to Post Modern, Bandana purchased in Greece (similar), rag & bone Booties (on sale!), Bag purchased at San Lorenzo Market in Florence, Ray-Ban Sunglasses

Photos by Chelsea Laine Francis

I already had this post drafted up before the terrible events occurred in Paris over the weekend. I was going to talk about how when I wore this outfit my friends called me Frenchie. But that just seems a little silly and insensitive now. So instead I won't say much... My heart goes out to Paris, to my friends and family, and to the world. There's so much hate all around us but there's also so much love. Let's choose love, OK?