Category Archives: vintage

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Effortless. Relevant. Broken-in.

As a lot of work presently is centered around the internet, for better or worse, between looking for news stories, trends and the most next topic, I spend a lot of time buried on my laptop or on my phone. So last week with about an hour and a half to kill between work and catching the Little Simz performance at Neuehouse, I stopped through a pop up sale of small brand I’ve been following on Instagram for some time, The Break Vintage.

Effortless. Relevant. Broken-in. Goals? Yes. Actually, it’s the bio for their Instagram account. Aside from having a fantastically curated account loaded with 90s brooding babygirls alongside some of NYC’s finest, Hannah, the owner, has an impressive selection of handpicked and AFFORDABLE vintage stuff, in addition to her custom, hand embroidered tees made specifically for girls who’s attitude is on a million. I picked up a VERY fitting t-shirt, the PERFECT pair of vintage Guess denim (with that classic triangle logo) and her signature choker because clearly I’m regressing and fully embracing the 90s.

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Best part? The tee was $25 and the jeans were $30, which is UNHEARD of unless you grab them from a thrift shop yourself. And lucky for you Hannah hooked me up with a 20% promo code for you, BREAKBABERAE (obviously). <3

You can also put in special requests for custom tees. Visit her site here and follow her on IG here.

xx

Rae

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Been Festive My Whole Life

During the spring, I went upstate to my parents and per usual, my mom let me know she had something special for me. She is the best.

She gave me a jacket of mine from when I was 10. Obviously, it’s not just any jacket and obviously, as I grew A LOT as a kid, so she bought everything oversized. Granted the jacket might be from the Limited Too, but I wore it during the evening of the Memorial Day rooftop cookout I hosted and I plan on packing it for my weekend upstate for Independence Day.

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Red denim and dare I call it… vintage. Without really dating myself, this jacket is 15+ years old and in incredible shape.

Free. From mom. Red, white and blue, for a road trip out of the city. Have a safe an amazing holiday. LET’S GET IT.

xo Rae

 

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First of all, I wanna thank my connect

New York called, summer is cancelled this year.

Last week, as I was in the depths of trolling Instagram, I came across a beautiful coat on the account of my favorite vintage spot in Brooklyn. Installation Brooklyn’s owner, Margot, had the most perfect, ankle length, camel, wrap coat on. After leaving a cat with heart eyes emoji on her gram, she let me know that the coat was in the shop.

I’m very partial to Installation Brooklyn for my own selfish reasons. Margot, is just a little bit shorter than me and has a very similar build. Subsequently, anything in the store the looks good on her translates pretty well for me. This is where I picked up last year’s ankle length, double breasted, red wool coat also.

I stopped through my old hood where the store is located, on Nostrand Ave in Bedstuy, to try on the coat. As I assumed from seeing it on Margot on Instagram, it fit perfectly.

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The cashmere wool blend, belted, wrap coat from Les Copians was made in Italy and I LOVE IT. Further at $165 its about $400-800 less than what this season’s Les Copians coats are available for. I’ll prob sleep it in until May, because summer isn’t coming.

xo Rae

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My new favorite layer

Yesterday in New York, people were outside smiling. Whereas Friday evening, every person I know that wasn’t working had completely given up and was staying in with their roommates because for the love of everything good in this world, enough is enough. Although up until about the second week of January, we had a mild winter, the devastating cold that New York maintained had FINALLY caught up with ALL of us.

So, during my last trip to Miami, buying ANOTHER coat did not seem out of the question, because until yesterday I was convinced I would never be warm again. Granted it’s lightweight, but I’ve worn my new camo jacket accompanied with a second jacket every time I’ve stepped out with it on in New York, which is practically daily as you can see below.

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At Red Bull Studios.

 

At Tribeca Grand Hotel in SoHo.

This one right? I remind you of this jeep?

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And in these streets, clearly.

I’ve worn it over my leather and a sweater, under my wool coat and with everything from dresses to mom jeans. It’s been my only jacket (once in Miami) to one of four layers. At only $35 tucked among a vendor full of fur coats at Miami’s Lincoln Road Vintage Market, I couldn’t be more pleased and I plan on wearing until my friends start to question it.

xo Rae

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I woke up like this

Although Queen B’s use of the phrase “I WOKE UP LIKE THIS” is complete satire, I apply the more literal meaning to my “style”. I abandoned using my straightener upon moving to Miami and have used it less than five times since then. Bed head is my move and I am not particularly prone to wearing make up beyond mascara and lipstick (maybe) on any day that I take the train during these warmer months. I have a weakness for soft t-shirts and I’d prefer to sleep the extra 10 minutes or leave the house early than take a long time to get ready. Literally, I wake up and go.

So, that evening  I visited The Vintage Twin pop-up with my girlfriend after a few drinks, I had to try on one of the reworked vintage tees showcasing lyrical tidbits from some of my favorite babes, Bey and Iggy.

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This is a vintage Ralph Lauren tee that the girls from The Vintage Twin, treated and screened. With my propensity to do like Beyonce, I paid $22 for the one of kind tee. Read more about the girls and check out more of their reworked pieces here.

xo Rae

all pics by Celine of Cup of Rahman

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One Of A Kind Mom Jeans

“Debbie, do you own anything but mom jeans?”

“ew, no.”

Yes, that was a question directed at me. Recently, a friend mentioned I remind him of his childhood neighbor’s mom, Debbie Daddio. I’m not really sure my feelings on it yet, but I definitely only rock with mom jeans, so shout out to Debbie.

I read about The Vintage Twin a few weeks ago on Bedford & Bowery. Not only was the pop-up location close to where I was meeting a girlfriend for drinks, they were open until 10pm. Dangerously, convenient, I had to stop by. I walked into the mecca of vintage cutoffs, thankfully, as I was struggling to find some new ones well into June. Even more amazing, a lot of their stuff was “reworked” or custom. Check these one of a kind cutoffs I picked up for only $36.

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Perfect for this road trip, I wore them with this not so mom-ish, very 90s inspired, snap up, crop from Urban Outfitters. You can follow @TheVintageTwin on their social outlets and see where they will pop-up next.

xo Debbie

 

Take me shopping and give me cake

What every girl wants right? Whatever, that’s not what I meant. I mean, I regularly accompany my friends to shop for them, not me (shocking, I know). However, on this day, it was a desire for cake that led to impulse purchases.

As my girl friend and I were heading to my favorite Bedstuy cafe, Ms. Dahlia’s, to split a slice of their life-changing cake (but really), we walked by Installation Brooklyn, the vintage shop where I picked up some my winter’s finest. I spotted an old Guess Jeans logo as we passed by. Cake could wait. Unfortunately, these perfect high-waisted, button fly, cutoff Guess denim shorts did not appear to be my size. I handed them to my friend and pointed her in the direction of where she could try them on. They fit perfect. At $25 I would’ve openly threatened our friendship had she considered not buying them.

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And we got the cake.

xo Rae

Combo #1

A few of my favorite combinations include champagne and sunrises, puppies and froyo, boys that are mixed (for now), and insomnia and Instagram but most importantly, I believe I’ve determined my favorite combination of clothes. After surviving a sample of all four seasons my favorite wardrobe combination is leather, denim, a cotton t-shirt and sneakers, primarily chucks as of late.

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No, this isn’t my leather jacket from Gilt that I got for over $300 off. This is the LATEST. From Guvnor’s in Park Slope, which will soon be online only, I picked up this very 80s, real leather jacket. Since they are going to be an online only retailer soon they are (still) having an ongoing sale get rid of some of their inventory thus allowing me to get this jacket for $35. It ends this Sunday, May 18 at their Grand Closing Party, details here.

I also like sales and sharing.

xo Rae

 

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Cozy

They said, “winter was so mild last year.” “You’ll be fine”, they said. They said,”you grew up upstate!”

“It’s going to be so cold out you might call your mom and tell her you’re considering jeopardizing your future because you can’t leave the house”, said no one ever.

Excessive, perhaps. So real, though. Bring on the snow, just keep that temp above 25, someone, please. Especially after this weekend? I am so ready for spring, but winter is acting very much like that ex that really needs to let go. It’s going to snow tomorrow, again.

Expectedly, my winter clothes stock was thin. Unsure of a definitive direction for my cold weather wardrobe, during the fall (blog hiatus), pre-storefront, on a Saturday afternoon, I met the owner of Installation Brooklyn and made my first purchase.

Blatantly men’s and extremely shapeless, it was perfect. Perfect for putting a denim or white, flowy tunic under, it was perfect throwing over distressed denim, just perfect for getting extra cozy with leggings and the high socks.  At this point, deep into my first February, at $20, this is what I’d call a success, or Saturday morning’s finest.

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All images were taken by Celine of Cup of Rahman

xo Rae

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Got Mine

The challenging weather of fashion week made the desire for the perfect coat constant. Let me get the worst part of this story out of the way immediately. I tried on this coat, walked away and left it in the store for over two weeks. Shameful.

Recently, a new vintage shop opened on Nostrand Ave in Bedstuy. I’ve stopped in Installation Brooklyn about once a week since their grand opening.  Margot Hughes, the absolutely delightful owner, is nearly my height and suggested trying the coat when I told her what I was searching for. However, initially, standing there in my sweats and Chucks, I was feeling wary of committing to such a bright color. After a few discussions with girlfriends and observing all of the NYFW street style, I reconsidered. If Cam can close out the McNairy show in a cape, I can wear a red full length coat. Besides, how many black coats can one own? This rhetoric being more self-encouraging than a serious question because we all know infinite black clothing is not only acceptable but celebrated, always. I think this was the Kanye, Kim K, Celine inspired, vintage collaboration I’d been waiting for.

I bought it. And I only paid $65 because realistically winter should be ending soon and it was marked down. Then, Refinery29 referenced me in an article and tweeted about it. Not really, but apparently a NY-born, LA residing fashion blogger was wearing something alarmingly similar around NYFW while NET-A-PORTER’s Senior Editor suggested an equally as bright, blue version.

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Truthfully, I couldn’t agree more with their suggestions at this point. The ankle length, double-breasted, stop sign red coat is one of those pieces that makes you walk a little taller while you pray that coat check isn’t mandatory. I kinda think it may need it’s own theme song. Regardless, I’ve worn it with everything from my favorite black leather, Stuart Weitzman boots to Chucks or Timbs and it always feels flawless.

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All images were taken by Celine of Cup of Rahman
 
 

 xo Rae