Browsing Category

Travel

Shopping Guide, Style, Travel

6 tips for successful vintage shopping

June 6, 2017 • By

Vintage Wrap Skirt

Vintage Printed Wrap Skirt

Vintage Floral Wrap Skirt

Vintage Floral Printed Skirt

Vintage Floral Skirt

Vintage Shopping Printed Skirt

Vintage Shopping Skirt

The Red Bathing Suit

Vintage SkirtWearing: Nasty Gal red bathing suit, Vintage wrap skirt, Dolce Vita Booties, Madewell tassel necklace, Jenny Bird Crescent Moon necklace, Vintage silver rings

Once we booked our trip to Marfa, I knew this skirt was the one piece I for sure wanted to bring. Specifically for the pool. It just screams “Wear me around water.” I get such a thrill out of finding the perfect vintage piece to add into my wardrobe, especially ones that don a unique print like this. Truthfully, I’d die to find this print in wallpaper form. It’d be the perfect office accent wall!

Since I have been featuring so many of my vintage pieces on the blog, I wanted to share some of my tips for thrifting and vintage shopping. My love of vintage can easily be dated back to when I met thrift queen (and close friend) Rebecca Wright. Her outfits are fire! Seriously, you’ve never seen a vintage wardrobe as magical as hers. She taught me everything on how to hunt down the best pieces and I think my vintage shopping skills are at an all time high!

Go Often

This is key! All the time, I hear “You find the best stuff at thrift stores! I never find anything good while thrifting.” I’ve also said it a hundred times. To Rebecca. And every time she tells me, “I go all the time.” Find the places in your city that always have something that attracts you, and then frequent that place. Chances are, you will start to find more as they bring more product in. You can even take it a step further and ask when they get shipments in. Early bird gets the worm!

Make Friends with the Employees

This really applies more to vintage or antique shops, but talk to the employees! They know what is in the store if you are looking for something specific AND they know all the good vintage shopping spots around town to find other treasures. I recently bought a hanging lamp at my local antique mall, and I struck up a conversation with the employee who helped me get it down. He ended up clueing me in on FOUR different places around Fort Worth to find cheap mid century modern furniture. Score!

Be Ready to Dig

Sometimes literally. The skirt above was found in a warehouse with piles of clothes as tall as I am. Rebecca and I spent a summer picking vintage for an online shop we briefly ran (RIP), and we spent many days waist-deep wading through vintage clothes. While vintage shopping will rarely be that dramatic, do be prepared to have to hunt for the perfect piece. It wouldn’t be a hidden gem if it were out in the open.

Know Where to Look

There are sections I know I am going to hit as soon as I walk in to a thrift store. Likewise, there are ones I know I am going to skip. I like to go through the dresses, skirts, blazers, lingerie (love little silk shorties), bathing suits, and jewelry (look for silver!). I usually skip blouses, pants, jackets and shoes. Rarely do I have an amazing T-Shirt find at a thift store, but sometimes I’ll give it a go. I usually prefer to go through tees at a vintage shop instead of a thrift store. During the winter, I will sift through coats and sweaters as well. That being said, Rebecca likes to hit it all, but she has more stamina than I (and it pays off).

Look for Textures and Prints

When you’re staring down racks of clothing, it can be daunting to know where to start. You certainly can’t look at everything. To help sort some pieces out, keep an eye out for interesting prints or unusual textures. I like to use thrifted or vintage piece to add variety to my basics and contemporary clothing, and I know that fun textures and prints will help me achieve that.

Don’t Skip the Home Goods Section

The home goods section is honestly my favorite spot to search! Some of my favorite home finds include a hanging macrame lamp/planter combo, a vintage What-a-Burger glass & pitcher, a peacock chair, and so so much more. You can easily be breath life back into these pieces with a little spray paint or an afternoon of sanding and re-staining. Make sure you give this section the once-over next time you thrift!

I hope you found these vintage shopping tips helpful! Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more like this in the future!

-Madison


Style, Travel

rainbow stripes

June 3, 2017 • By

Rainbow Striped Outfit Denim Jacket

Rainbow Striped Outfit Vintage Denim Jacket

Rainbow Stripes Top Knot

Rainbow Striped Outfit Levi Denim Jacket

Rainbow Stripes Denim Jacket

Rainbow Stripes Black Heels

Rainbow Stripes Vintage Denim Jacket

Rainbow Stripes Levi Denim Jacket

Rainbow Stripes


Wearing: Vintage Shorts, Madewell shirt, Vintage Levi Denim Jacket, Alaïa heels, Madewell scarf, Cape Robin mules

Full disclosure, since I put these rainbow stripes on, I’ve worn them three times. I’ve had these shorts for years but hadn’t worn them until now. I guess you could say I am catching up for lost time! I have always thought these shorts had a bit of a “clown factor,” but somehow that was offset by adding more stripes. Or maybe not, you can be the judge. To my delight, the size and spacing of the rainbow stripes matched the ones on this Madewell shirt, which definitely helped create a more cohesive feel.

I didn’t realize this until I started to document my outfits more regularly, but I hate wind. The wind is now my ultimate nemesis. I can’t tell if it has just been extra windy the past few weeks or if I am just more aware of it now. Either way, it’s driving me crazy! On this morning in Marfa, the weather was surprisingly cold and windy, so that’s why my hair is all over the place. The wind literally blew my bun right off my head! I am praying for a wind-free summer.

On another note, how amazing are these external marble walls? I was completely dying over them!

-Madison


Style, Travel

all white at the sand dunes

June 1, 2017 • By

Wearing: Vintage tee, Honey Punch pants, Beehive tassel bralette, Zara boots

On our way to Marfa last week, we stopped at the sand dunes in Monahans Texas. Holy moly, they were unreal! I have to say, I was excited to see them but I didn’t think they would be this cool. I mean, it was hotter than hell and a lot harder than it looked to walk around (the pictures of me bent over breathing heavily have been destroyed). BUT it was a great experience, especially for a quick road trip pit stop.

Rob and I walked through the dunes a bit before renting a kind of sled to try and slide down some of them. Keyword: try. I don’t know it was just made for children or if we didn’t choose steep enough dunes, but it was overall a huge fail! I was cracking up at Rob trying to slide down one of the dunes. “Scooting” is probably a more accurate way to describe what was happening. It took him like 3 minutes to scoot all the way to the bottom! 

I am in love with these all white pants! I wore them in this post, and I can guarantee it won’t be the last time they make an appearance on almostmadison. Straight leg is definitely the new skinny, and wearing all white in summer is just so classic. I’ve also realized that I have a soft spot for vintage beer tees. The back of this one says Grab a Heiny. Don’t mind if I do! Rob better watch out.

-Madison

Photos by Robert Paine

Style, Travel

el paisano

May 30, 2017 • By

El Paisano Dress

El Paisano Reformation

El Paisano Reformation Dress

Marfa Stitch Fix Men

El Paisano Reformation Red Dress

El Paisano Sign

Marfa Reformation Dress

Marfa Stitch Fix Mens

Marfa Reformation Red Dress

Marfa Reformation

Wearing: Reformation dress, Cape Robbin mules, Alexander Wang bag, Vintage rings

We had such an amazing time in Marfa! There’s nothing like a long weekend away to reset and refresh. We stayed at El Paisano Hotel, truly one of the dreamiest hotels I’ve visited. It is best known for hosting the cast and crew during the filming of the 1955 movie Giant, including James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. I will put together a full Marfa travel diary together in a later post, but this old-world hotel (and dress!) deserved its own moment.

Marfa’s landscape, pastel buildings, and El Paisano’s retro feel acted as the perfect backdrop for this dress. I snagged it from Reformation a few years ago and it has been in my rotation ever since. I am convinced that Reformation can do no wrong at this point. They’ve mastered the modern it girl meets ultra feminine aesthetic. Given the chance, I would happily build an entire wardrobe out of Reformation and Madewell pieces.

And let’s talk about these shoes for a minute. I got them from Amazon for TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS. I kid you not. Go get them immediately! They are so comfortable, go with a lot more outfits than you would think, and cheap as hell. Plus, a lady at the hotel said, “I like your slippers, you wild thing, you.” Seriously, there’s not a reason not to get them.

-Madison

Photos by Robert Paine