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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:

Frances Joy said...

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

Marie said...

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.

Melissa said...

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.

Closet Fashionista said...

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/

Kristin said...

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

Modesty is Pretty said...

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 =)

Modesty is Pretty said...

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 =)

Sarah Dee said...

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

Sarah
theantiquepearl.blogspot.com

Mimi said...

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/

E said...

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

monica said...

oooh vintage shopping! adorable!!!

although i never have luck finding good pieces

loove ur look here

Lis-x- said...

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

Off The Wardrobe

BenchesandChandeliers said...

ah! i love vintage shopping! :)

http://www.benchesandchandeliers.com

Amy said...

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

Chandra said...

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

sharonlei said...

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

free-spirited fashionista said...

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

http://freespiritedfashionista.blogspot.com/

Iris said...

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

Ali said...

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

jemina said...

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

Krystal said...

you're like a model now!! :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

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

Helen [In Elegance] said...

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

Erica said...

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

Annie Lollapalooza said...

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

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

Heather {A Measure Of...} said...

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

Beth said...

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

Asta said...

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!

The Urban Fashion Gal said...

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

Natasha the whimsical nerd said...

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

Romany said...

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. :-/

*rachelwears said...

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

Style, She Wrote said...

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

wonderfelle.com said...

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

The Jilted Lovers said...

wow you have such a pretty shape!! :)

Miss T said...

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

Fabiola "Fab" said...

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