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Friday, August 6, 2010

Shopping at Fashionista Vintage and Variety

I had heard, many months ago about a wonderful vintage shop in New Haven, CT called Fashionista Vintage and Variety. I really wanted to check it out, and the first time I went, they were closed due to relocation. The second time was on a Sunday, and again, closed. I finally made it there today, and I'm glad I went!


The shop was overflowing with adorable vintage (and some new) items - three large rooms with dresses, bags, shoes, coats, jewelry...


There were so many things I wanted to try on! My only disappointment was that many of the vintage dresses were tiny! Teeny waists, minuscule busts -- what's a curvy girl to do?


I really loved this houndstooth dress, but I look a bit... vacuum sealed...

Nevertheless, I was still really impressed with the huge inventory and there were plenty of accessories and shoes I could have gotten. I also loved that each and every price tag featured a full description of the item, including the decade of origin and even some styling suggestions!


One of the perils of shopping in New Haven was having to park at a meter with a one hour limit! I felt like as soon as I got there I had to dash off again.


But the store has such a fun vibe, even a pile of free stuff on a table outside the door; and you can have after hours cocktail and dress-up parties there. I'd love that.

As for me:
Lace


Best part about this outfit: While I was shopping a girl said she loved my look and asked if she could feature me on the blog of Messes of Dresses, which is an online shop with cute dresses for under $100!

The Rundown 
Dress Ebay - Vest American Eagle - Shoes Ciao Bella - Bag Avon - Belt Gap - Necklace Etsy - Earrings TJMaxx

37 comments:

  1. Wow! Great dress and good job on being featured on that blog!

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  2. Wow, you must be really flattered!:D I won't blame her, I like this outfit too. It's delicate and casual.:D

    Have a wonderful weekend, Lydia!:D

    http://allthingsmarie.blogspot.com/
    Beauty. Fashion. Interior Design.
    & Life According to Marie.

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  3. That store looks so fun! A friend of mine is at Yale -- next time I'm there, I'll ask her to take me here! Also, your outfit at the end is adorable.

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  4. Fun! I love the outfit!! and WEIRD! I didn't know you were in CT, I am too! ha ha :D
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  5. You have the most amazing figure lady! That place looks like a real treasure trove!

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  6. That dress is magnificient! You look so chic in this outfit no wonder that girl took a picture, that must have been very nice to have someone ask to take your picture =)

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  7. That dress is magnificient! You look so chic in this outfit no wonder that girl took a picture, that must have been very nice to have someone ask to take your picture =)

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  8. wow looks so amazing!! I wanna go!!!!

    Sarah
    theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

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  9. aw, that's amazing! i love your outfit, as always. not surprised she wanted to feature you. and that shop looks amazing! :D

    <3, Mimi
    http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

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  10. This looks like the stuff that dreams are made of. Seriously I need an amazing place like this near me.

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  11. oooh vintage shopping! adorable!!!

    although i never have luck finding good pieces

    loove ur look here

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  12. Great post! Wish there were more shops like that closer to me!

    Off The Wardrobe

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  13. ah! i love vintage shopping! :)

    http://www.benchesandchandeliers.com

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  14. That shop looks amazing, and that houndstooth dress? You look like Jessica Rabbit - you're so lucky to have a gorgeous figure like that! The nearest shop to me like that is in London, but I'm poor at the moment so it'll have to wait...have a great weekend :D

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  15. I have the same problem when shopping vintage: I've got hips/boobs/booty and so I often look vacuum sealed in some things. When I find a fabulous vintage dress...I pounce on it.

    Messes of Dresses: I was on Facebook two days ago, and an ad came up suggesting that I become a fan of MOD!

    That's so cool that they will be featuring you!

    Chandra
    www.momomod.com

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  16. Hey sweetie. I love that dress on you. I swear so many blogger find the greatest things on ebay. I feel like I never find anything great, therefore I never buy anything from there. ha ha. Well, congrats on the feature.. How awesome!

    xx Love & Aloha

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  17. wow, that shop is adorable! and so is your outfit. =] i love your shoes!

    http://freespiritedfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  18. I'm totally going to have to check this place out! Congrats on being featured :)

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  19. Oooh, congrats on the feature! That dress is way super duper adorable. I love the belt you paired it with, too. That seems like a souper fun shop to look around in. * 3* <3

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  20. WOW WOW WOW, how magnificent you look in that white dress, and from EBAY??? Girl, that is a fabulous find, and thanks for showing us that wonderful vintage shop, it looks like so much FUN!!! have a beautiful weekend darling :) xoxo

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  21. What a FABULOUS vintage store!! I wish I could shop there. It looks like a dream.

    And you are SMOKIN' in that first dress. Gah I wish I had your figure!! Hehe. But I especially adore the second outfit the best. The dress is so lovely and you look beautiful! xo

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  22. The shop looks wonderful, I would love to browse for hours in there trying everything on too.

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  23. I love it when I dress up cute and someone compliments my look! It doesn't happen nearly as often and I'd like :P

    I need to find a cute vintage shop to go exploring in, myself.

    -Erica
    Classy and Delicious

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  24. that vintage shop looks wonderful, i want to shop there!

    oh and you look so rad, in both dresses =)

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  25. Oh! that sounds like a dream palace! And I love that pretty, feminine dress on you!

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  26. Yes, that houndstooth dress looks vacume sealed (lol) but smoking HOT...

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  27. That vintage store definitely sounds like fun, too bad it's rather far away from New York. Love the lacy dress, the color, the silhoutette - it's just perfect! Great look!

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  28. Seems like a cool store! I like how they have which decade its from written down. You look fab in the last picture!

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  29. that lace dress is lovely on you! I hope I get a chance to stumble into that shop some day.

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  30. Wow that houndstooth dress..va va voom! Very nice.
    Oh what a prop, congrats on that compliment from the girl in the shop - she has good taste. ;)
    Romany
    xx
    p.s. re: your comment, yes I think trying the red lips is the only way to be sure...so nervous hehe. :-/

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  31. jealous! you are so lucky! and i love the last photo (:

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  32. Love the crochet dress! Great find! And congrats on the feature.

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  33. Oh how fun, I love that image of the red dress! And I'm definitely checking out Messes of Dresses...

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  34. wow you have such a pretty shape!! :)

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  35. stunning. a what lovely place to shop and browse too. :D

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  36. ooh vintage land!! I Would have loved to accompany there but I'm in Nashville, TN. Have fun shopping! :)

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