THRIFT SHOP FIND: OPENING CEREMONY SUEDE HEELS

What a glorious day, the weather is delightful. I couldn’t help myself but stop in Housing Works today to see if they had anything to freshen up my Spring wardrobe. I was in luck.

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"Something Old, Something New" with Duncan Quinn

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Duncan Quinn's 1966 Bristol Lodekka double-decker bus first caught my eye—that, or his steady Instagram feed of gents donning impeccably sharp suits. The British suit maker channels an elegant and sophisticated style aesthetic in his bespoke suits. 

Quinn is keeping a tradition of quality clothing alive in the modern era of fast fashion. In a nutshell, he represents the art of living well. He shares the story behind his style, below. 

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Thrift & Shout: Lulu Guinness Purse Spring/Summer 2012

When I shop at thrift stores, I buy fashion that I wouldn’t otherwise buy new. While I adore classic staples, I like bold statement pieces like one such Lulu Guinness purse that I found at Housing Works this weekend. Read on for the deets behind my mega steal.

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National Thrift Week & My Ode to Vintage Fashion (Event)

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I’ve shopped at thrift stores my entire life. Growing up, my mother rarely bought us new clothes. I now appreciate her resourcefulness (she grew up on a tobacco farm in Pennsylvania and often made her own clothes). Secondhand and thrift shopping is the best kept secret: I find amazing designer pieces at unbelievable price points.

If my experience isn’t enough of an excuse to try it, use this one: National Thrift Week (January 17-23) kicks off today!

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I step into the cool New York City apartment of It Girl drummer Tennessee Thomas in Foam magazine’s July/August 2013 issue. She showed me every inch of her mod digs and now I get to share it with you.
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Read an excerpt, below, and read the full article on Foam.com, here.

A big fan of polka dots, flowers and stripes, Thomas fills her small closets with ’60s fashion finds, funky accessories and designer clothing from favorites such as Anna Sui. She often pairs dresses with patterned tights, saddle shoes and her favorite Mandy Coon Bunny Bag.
“I’ve got a polka-dot problem,” she confesses, adding that it runs in the family. “We’re one big polka-dot family.” Also in her closet hangs a treasured vintage purple-bow-patterned Betsey Johnson Paraphernalia dress—the same pattern Edie Sedgwick wore in the ’60s.

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Image: Tennessee Thomas. Photo by Gemma Hart Ingalls.

I step into the cool New York City apartment of It Girl drummer Tennessee Thomas in Foam magazine’s July/August 2013 issue. She showed me every inch of her mod digs and now I get to share it with you.

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Intelligent and talented Valeria Picerno is one of those women who dresses for the day, no matter the day. Hailing from Milan, Italy, she works as an Image Consultant and Costume Designer in New York. I met her at my friend Jacob’s (who you may remember from “Something Old, Something New”) birthday party a couple of years ago and we recently caught up over coffee in our ‘hood in Brooklyn—and I absolutely had to share her timeless, polished, and inspiring style with ya’ll!
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Something Old, Something New: Valeria Picerno


Valeria never wears black but rather opts for dark hues (like purple and olive green) that look like black from far away. You can tell when people value quality, and she clearly does, which is why I knew she would have a great story to tell.
Hailing from Milan, Italy, she works as an Image Consultant and Costume Designer. Here, she shares the story behind her style:



I’m wearing an Edwardian dress that I got at the Fort Greene Flea Market about a year ago. The price was quite steep but the vendor totally wanted me to have it—and sold it to me for a third of the price—as no one else seemed to be able to fit in it!

It originally had longer lace sleeves, which I tragically ripped on the last 4th of July while sailing on the Hudson; it is incredibly delicate, so I try to wear it only on special occasions, like here, I’m pictured on my birthday picnic in Harriman State Park.

[The dress] is perhaps one of my favorite possessions, I love the lightness of it and the embroidered details.

I don’t like the fact that is impossible to open it or close it by yourself; you absolutely need somebody to help you with it, which makes total sense because I guess whoever originally wore it had a maid taking care of it!

I’m also wearing a powder pink silk slip underneath, since the dress is very sheer. It is from the 1930’s and it has a very interesting bias construction and little silk moons hand-stitched on it. I got this at a vintage store in Milan, Italy, called Cavalli e Nastri.

The watch is from Gucci from the 80’s, and I got it on eBay; the small ring is antique and the larger one is one of my mom’s designs; and the sunglasses are Karen Walker.


For more from Valeria, peruse her adorable blog, “The Journal”, which is full of iconic fashion moments throughout history, or at her notable looks in film.

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This post is part of an ongoing series, “Something Old, Something New,” that looks at how people with amazing personal style incorporate vintage and heirloom pieces into their everyday wardrobes. Through a series of personal anecdotes and images, Emma shares “the story behind the style”, proving that, when it comes to dressing, there’s more than meets the eye. Copyright © 2013 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

Intelligent and talented Valeria Picerno is one of those women who dresses for the day, no matter the day. Hailing from Milan, Italy, she works as an Image Consultant and Costume Designer in New York. I met her at my friend Jacob’s (who you may remember from “Something Old, Something New”) birthday party a couple of years ago and we recently caught up over coffee in our ‘hood in Brooklyn—and I absolutely had to share her timeless, polished, and inspiring style with ya’ll!

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PinkClouds and Past Fashion Future are a match made in vintage fashion heaven. Styled with timeless elegance and modern perfection, the online fashion retailer triumphs beautiful vintage design with beautifully executed editorials in a series of curated sales, called “The Fix Boutiques”.
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Something Old, Something New: Jennifer Collins


They boast an impressive collection of designer clothing and I knew that whoever was at the helm of the site would be perfect for this series. Enter Jennifer Collins. The Creative Director & CEO of PinkClouds.com clearly shares the belief that fashion from the past doesn’t have to look drab but that it can look modern and elegant.

Case and point, Collins is pictured, above, and shares the story behind her vintage, yet modern style with us, below.

Florals are trending this spring. Designers like Givenchy, Dolce & Gabanna and Valentino all have an array of florals currently on the market.
As we always say at PinkClouds, Fashion is cyclical!
This vintage dress is on trend and no one else will have it. I found [it] through a dealer in New York state. I love the feeling when you find pieces you have always wanted but never knew you needed!
The cut was so classic and flattering, [the outfit] felt effortless.
I love lightweight dresses like this for summer time in NYC. I can pair [this dress] with some sandals from Zara for a daytime look. I styled it with an Iradj Moini statement necklace (pictured) to help transition this look from day to night.

More good news: you can shop this sexy Vintage Black Floral Maxi Dress ($225) and Jennifer’s style (x infinity) on PinkClouds.com.
More Vintage-Modern Style StyleSomething Old, Something New: Sean Hotchkiss of Khaki CrusaderSomething Old, Something New: Liam AlexanderSomething Old, Something New: Rebecca Roe 
This post is part of an ongoing series, “Something Old, Something New,” that looks at how people with amazing personal style incorporate vintage and heirloom pieces into their everyday wardrobes. Through a series of personal anecdotes and images, Emma shares “the story behind the style”, proving that, when it comes to dressing, there’s more than meets the eye. Copyright © 2013 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

PinkClouds and Past Fashion Future are a match made in vintage fashion
heaven. Styled with timeless elegance and modern perfection, the online fashion retailer triumphs beautiful vintage design with beautifully executed editorials in a series of curated sales, called “The Fix Boutiques”.

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Maja Svensson is a one of the many inspiring women I always see out and about the ethical fashion circuit. Her brand, Elsa and Me, wraps the all the reasons why I love an LBD—trusty staple, versatility, ease—and combines it with a classic silhouette in a slew of shades for all seasons.
Something Old, Something New: Maja Svensson
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The dress is suitable for all shapes, sizes, ages and occasions and I just can’t triumph her designs enough so please do check out her made-to-order dresses, which are produced in New York City and made with organic cotton fabric, and let me know what you think. 
Maja shares the story behind her classic little white dress (LWD) ensemble, below—and how perfectly fitting considering her timeless dress is good for Memorial Day, and any day of the year!

The Coat: “A coat that’s been traveling between the women of my family, starting with my mom, who bought it approximately twenty years ago, then my grandma (Elsa) took it over for a few years, and this fall it traveled over the Atlantic and is now hanging in my wardrobe in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn.”
The Dress: “The ELSA dress in Vanilla White.” ($279, Elsa and Me)
The Shoes: “Shoes (BCBGirls) inherited/borrowed from my roommate, which I think she bought vintage.”

More Heirloom-Meets-Modern StyleSomething Old, Something New: Sean Hotchkiss of Khaki CrusaderSomething Old, Something New: Liam AlexanderSomething Old, Something New: Rebecca Roe 
This post is part of an ongoing series, “Something Old, Something New,” that looks at how people with amazing personal style incorporate vintage and heirloom pieces into their everyday wardrobes. Through a series of personal anecdotes and images, Emma shares “the story behind the style”, proving that, when it comes to dressing, there’s more than meets the eye. Read more stories, here.Copyright © 2013 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

Maja Svensson is a one of the many inspiring women I always see out and about the ethical fashion circuit. Her brand, Elsa and Me, wraps the all the reasons why I love an LBD—trusty staple, versatility, ease—and combines it with a classic silhouette in a slew of shades for all seasons.

Something Old, Something New: Maja Svensson

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Vintage Shopping Finds: Green leather Moschino Belt, $10 at my favorite flea market in New York.
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Vintage Shopping Finds: Green leather Moschino Belt, $10 at my favorite flea market in New York.

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Starre Vartan asks me to reveal my near and dear vintage fashion shopping secrets today on Mother Nature Network—read it, here.
"Emma Grady is one of those women who you see walking down the street in New York City, or at a party, and think that A. I really should have done something with my hair before I left the house and B. She must spend a fortune on her wardrobe. Incredibly chic, generally colorful (though she rocks neutrals sometimes too) clothes that fit her to a T is what Emma’s all about, but she does it all on a serious budget—because it’s all vintage," says Starre. What a compliment, thank you! Read the entire article via the link, below.
Vintage shopping: Learn from the master - Reused clothing expert Emma Grady shares her secrets (and some fab finds).

Starre Vartan asks me to reveal my near and dear vintage fashion shopping secrets today on Mother Nature Network—read it, here.

"Emma Grady is one of those women who you see walking down the street in New York City, or at a party, and think that A. I really should have done something with my hair before I left the house and B. She must spend a fortune on her wardrobe. Incredibly chic, generally colorful (though she rocks neutrals sometimes too) clothes that fit her to a T is what Emma’s all about, but she does it all on a serious budget—because it’s all vintage," says Starre. What a compliment, thank you! Read the entire article via the link, below.

Vintage shopping: Learn from the master - Reused clothing expert Emma Grady shares her secrets (and some fab finds).
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Jacob Gordon’s voice stood out first, before his style: as my former colleague at Discovery’s TreeHugger.com, he was the host of TreeHugger Radio where he engaged with numerous notable figures on pressing environmental issues—with a quality radio voice to boot!
Take one look at his mini bio pic and you’ll see he is a sharp dresser. What can I say? It was a fashion crush from far sight.Thanks to TreeHugger’s remote office, we didn’t meet in the flesh until he moved to my ‘hood in Brooklyn, where my suspicions were confirmed: Jacob’s style is classic, polished, and put-together (all of the time, not just on occasion).
So without further adieu, here’s Jacob on his style (the story is all in the details):

I’m wearing my favorite leather jacket, which is tattered nearly to oblivion at this point.
I bought it vintage on eBay a few years ago and it may be made of horse hide. I’ve had it relined and patched up as best I can but this horse is probably almost ready to be put down. The boots I bought on eBay as well; they’re just simple Justin cowboy boots but I’ve worn these dogs for countless hours on honky tonk stages across Nashville and they’ve never let me down (though I’ve had the soles replaced a couple times). The necktie, one of those short square-on-the-bottom numbers, is vintage from a little shop in Nashville called The Hip Zipper.
The belt is one of my favorite possessions. It’s made by an eccentric Nashvillian leather smith named Colonel Littleton who based his unique–and patented–No. 5 belt design on civil war rifle straps, or so they say. The vest is from Imogene and Willie, a Nashville brand that does primarily high-quality American sewn denim.
This simple wool hunting vest could probably stop a slow-moving bullet, and when it came in the mail there was an oatmeal raisin cookie in the box. The jeans are J Crew selvedge denim; nothing exciting but they fit great and last a long time and stay nice and dark (though I don’t wash them much).

Can’t get enough of Jacob? Follow his work at Artiphon, where he is Director of Marketing, or his musings on smiles, and more, on his Tumblr. Or, you can catch him via his clever tweets at @Jacob_Gordon. 
Photo: Emma Grady
More Heirloom-Meets-Modern StyleSomething Old, Something New: Sean Hotchkiss of Khaki CrusaderSomething Old, Something New: Liam AlexanderSomething Old, Something New: Rebecca Roe 
This post is part of an ongoing series, “Something Old, Something New,” that looks at how people with amazing personal style incorporate vintage and heirloom pieces into their everyday wardrobes. Through a series of personal anecdotes and images, Emma shares “the story behind the style”, proving that, when it comes to dressing, there’s more than meets the eye. Read more stories, here.Copyright © 2013 Past Fashion Future. All rights reserved.

Jacob Gordon’s voice stood out first, before his style: as my former colleague at Discovery’s TreeHugger.com, he was the host of TreeHugger Radio where he engaged with numerous notable figures on pressing environmental issues—with a quality radio voice to boot!

Take one look at his mini bio pic and you’ll see he is a sharp dresser. What can I say? It was a fashion crush from far sight.

Thanks to TreeHugger’s remote office, we didn’t meet in the flesh until he moved to my ‘hood in Brooklyn, where my suspicions were confirmed: Jacob’s style is classic, polished, and put-together (all of the time, not just on occasion).

So without further adieu, here’s Jacob on his style (the story is all in the details):

I’m wearing my favorite leather jacket, which is tattered nearly to oblivion at this point.

I bought it vintage on eBay a few years ago and it may be made of horse hide. I’ve had it relined and patched up as best I can but this horse is probably almost ready to be put down.

The boots I bought on eBay as well; they’re just simple Justin cowboy boots but I’ve worn these dogs for countless hours on honky tonk stages across Nashville and they’ve never let me down (though I’ve had the soles replaced a couple times).

The necktie, one of those short square-on-the-bottom numbers, is vintage from a little shop in Nashville called The Hip Zipper.

The belt is one of my favorite possessions. It’s made by an eccentric Nashvillian leather smith named Colonel Littleton who based his unique–and patented–No. 5 belt design on civil war rifle straps, or so they say.

The vest is from Imogene and Willie, a Nashville brand that does primarily high-quality American sewn denim.

This simple wool hunting vest could probably stop a slow-moving bullet, and when it came in the mail there was an oatmeal raisin cookie in the box.

The jeans are J Crew selvedge denim; nothing exciting but they fit great and last a long time and stay nice and dark (though I don’t wash them much).

Can’t get enough of Jacob? Follow his work at Artiphon, where he is Director of Marketing, or his musings on smiles, and more, on his Tumblr. Or, you can catch him via his clever tweets at @Jacob_Gordon

Photo: Emma Grady

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Something Old, Something New: Sean Hotchkiss of Khaki Crusader
Something Old, Something New: Liam Alexander
Something Old, Something New: Rebecca Roe

This post is part of an ongoing series, “Something Old, Something New,” that looks at how people with amazing personal style incorporate vintage and heirloom pieces into their everyday wardrobes. Through a series of personal anecdotes and images, Emma shares “the story behind the style”, proving that, when it comes to dressing, there’s more than meets the eye. Read more stories, here.

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Grace Kelly stunned in a classic and timeless Edith Head gown at the 1955 Academy Awards. Few reached Kelly’s poise and elegance at this year’s 85th Academy Awards but there were more than a handful of notable looks that made me swoon:
Eddie Redmayne suited up in a sharp tailored tuxedo by Alexander McQueen. But what put him a step ahead were a pair of chic velvet tuxedo slippers.
Samantha Barks donned a simple LBD with a plunging v-neck—and functional pockets to boot!
Kerry Washington opted for a striking hot pink Miu Miu gown. She should have gone with a pair of open-toed sandals as opposed to cheap-looking red patent leather accessories—eek!
Jessica Chastain was number one in my book with an elegant Armani gown with a classic Hollywood glamor do’ and red lips.
View all these looks—and MORE—on my carefully curated Pinterest page: Classic Style on the Red Carpet

Grace Kelly stunned in a classic and timeless Edith Head gown at the 1955 Academy Awards. Few reached Kelly’s poise and elegance at this year’s 85th Academy Awards but there were more than a handful of notable looks that made me swoon:

  • Eddie Redmayne suited up in a sharp tailored tuxedo by Alexander McQueen. But what put him a step ahead were a pair of chic velvet tuxedo slippers.

  • Samantha Barks donned a simple LBD with a plunging v-neck—and functional pockets to boot!

  • Kerry Washington opted for a striking hot pink Miu Miu gown. She should have gone with a pair of open-toed sandals as opposed to cheap-looking red patent leather accessories—eek!

  • Jessica Chastain was number one in my book with an elegant Armani gown with a classic Hollywood glamor do’ and red lips.

View all these looks—and MORE—on my carefully curated Pinterest page: Classic Style on the Red Carpet

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If the sound of vintage Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, is a tune you like to sing, then you’ll want to hear about this vintage fashion sale, starting tomorrow at What Goes Around Comes Around.Now usually I avoid curated vintage fashion boutiques since they are overpriced—and I end up paying for someone else to do the busy work—but when it comes to What Goes Around Comes Around’s vintage clothing sale, they’re promising prices as low as $5. Music to my ears. It starts today, and runs through March 7th, at their Astor Place location in New York City (440 Lafayette St, at Astor Place). Ch-Ch-Check It Out.
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If the sound of vintage Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, is a tune you like to sing, then you’ll want to hear about this vintage fashion sale, starting tomorrow at What Goes Around Comes Around.

Now usually I avoid curated vintage fashion boutiques since they are overpriced—and I end up paying for someone else to do the busy work—but when it comes to What Goes Around Comes Around’s vintage clothing sale, they’re promising prices as low as $5.

Music to my ears.

It starts today, and runs through March 7th, at their Astor Place location in New York City (440 Lafayette St, at Astor Place).

Ch-Ch-Check It Out.

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I’m gonna’ go ahead and be the first to point out that I bear a stark resemblance to the white sheet behind me—it’s okay, you can call me “Casper”—but, nevertheless, I was stoked to have the opportunity to wear this woven suede Zac Posen dress to Suzanne Rae’s fashion show at New York Fashion Week.
VIEW SLIDESHOW: Suzanne Rae Fall Winter 2013 
Zac Posen has been one of my favorite designers for a long time. His dresses are way above my budget, so I was excited—more like ecstatic—to find this dress in mint condition at a Housing Works thrift store for $40. Seriously.
I’m wearing this Zac Posen dress with a vintage fur hat, thrifted brown leather boots, and a timeless—no pun intended—gold watch found at a flea market.
More: New York Fashion Week / Styled By Emma
Photo by Starre Vartan.
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I’m gonna’ go ahead and be the first to point out that I bear a stark resemblance to the white sheet behind me—it’s okay, you can call me “Casper”—but, nevertheless, I was stoked to have the opportunity to wear this woven suede Zac Posen dress to Suzanne Rae’s fashion show at New York Fashion Week.

VIEW SLIDESHOW: Suzanne Rae Fall Winter 2013 

Zac Posen has been one of my favorite designers for a long time. His dresses are way above my budget, so I was excited—more like ecstatic—to find this dress in mint condition at a Housing Works thrift store for $40. Seriously.

I’m wearing this Zac Posen dress with a vintage fur hat, thrifted brown leather boots, and a timeless—no pun intended—gold watch found at a flea market.

More: New York Fashion Week / Styled By Emma

Photo by Starre Vartan.

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Chetta B by Sherrie Bloom Peter Noviello leather dress, Housing Works thrift store ($30).
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Chetta B by Sherrie Bloom Peter Noviello leather dress, Housing Works thrift store ($30).

Photo: Lizzy Mazer

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