Friday, October 15, 2010

Big Hair

My friend Gia decided to take on a challenge. A challenge I don't think anyone would be able to do with my hair, but I will allow her to attempt. I'm so in love with Tracee Ellis Ross's hair. It looks so effortless and easy going. I want it!!!! So Gia, I hope you can pull this one off. Good luck!
I will post pictures if it's a success.

Drum Roll Please.... My Birthday Dress!!!!

My birthday dress!!!! Amazing, I know!!!! I can't wait until my birthday now! Three weeks until my best friend Angelica's 21st birthday!!! We are going to have an amazing time. Can't wait to be able to have drinks with you girl!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My SDV Experience

Once again, Sammy Davis has inspired me to continue my blog. This weekend I had an amzaing time in New York. I got to meet up with a friend and visit the Sammy Davis Vintage Showroom!!!!!! Unfortunatley, I don't have any pictures to document the visit but I'm sure Sammy will be uploading footage to her YouTube channel soon. It was fun trying on all of her vintage dresses and blazers. Just when I thought I wasn't going to celebrate my birthday, she pulled a black sequin dress for me that she knew I would love. And she was right, I fell madly in love with it. It fits me like a glove and accentuates all the right curves. It was made just for me! Everything Sammy pulled for me looked so good on. Too bad I had to leave some of them behind. (tear) I ended up leaving with 2 dresses, a blazer, a belt, and a handbag. All complimentary of SDV!!!! I hope to visit her again soon to snag some more of her amazing finds. Check back soon for pictures of my black birthday dress from the SDV showroom. Yea, my birthday is 49 days away, but I can't help but be excited.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Oma Vintage

Where are you from?
I grew up in New York City - Manhattan for most of it, Brooklyn while I was in college.

What university or college did you attend?
I attended Barnard College in Manhattan and studied English with a minor in Art History.

What inspires your style of dress?
I am inspired by lots of things. Comfort, ease, patterns, unlikely juxtapositions and textures. I find inspiration in the people around me, in fashion magazines, design houses, my mother and grandmothers, old men in the park. I guess you could say I have more of a bohemian vibe than buttoned up, but my style has certainly matured with age. I'm more comfortable now in heels and a trench coat when it's appropriate.

Were you always into vintage clothing?
I have been into vintage since I was a kid. I guess it started with hand-me-downs and playing dress up in my mom's closet. When I lived in NY during high school, I'd hit the Lower East Side and parts of Brooklyn to scour for vintage stuff. It was an obsession before it was a profession, certainly.

What inspires your blog?
I never thought I'd be one for blogging - it all felt too exposing and personal. It's also hard for me to be diligent and do it everyday. So I've made it a habit - try and blog every single day about anything that strikes me. I've also been photographing my life like crazy (since I got the gorgeous Canon 7D) and it's inspired me to share more. The blog is very natural, I try not to plan it out, I just sort of roll with it.

Do you also do photography?
I don't do photography in an art sense, but I do shoot all the photos for the Etsy shop and personal ones just for fun or for the blog. I'm definitely learning a ton though, as an amateur, and hope it shows in the photos!

What inspired the name of your boutique?
The name of my boutique was inspired by my grandmother. Oma is the German word for Grandma, and it's what she preferred to be called (she moved to the states from Germany as a child). She said it made her feel younger. She is a huge style inspiration for me and I thought it suited the vibe of the shop, which is all about recycling the clothes our grandmothers wore and making them our own. She was a ballet dancer and model in NY in the 30s and 40s - a truly incredible style icon.

How and why I opened a vintage boutique?
When I moved to Philadelphia after college I began doing a lot of hunting and thrifting and started collecting more clothing than I could keep for myself. I started selling it online on Etsy and it was growing. I found this location and thought it'd be great to give it a shot as a storefront. I've always been entrepreneurial at heart and was ready for the challenge of owning my own business. Though we're closing the storefront in the next week, I don't view our time here as a failure. I learned invaluable lessons about business that I will take with me on my next endeavors. I plan to continue the online shop indefinitely until I potentially relocate to a new city. A lot of things are up in the air right now, which is exciting! I can't wait to see where I end up.

Thanks Ada!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Discoveries

You never know what you can find unless you open your eyes. On my lunch break on Friday, I decided to go for a walk to get some air. Being from Jersey, I know very little about the Philadelphia area and what it really has to offer. On my journey I see this amazing, modern community with apartments, boutiques, restaurants, pet shops and so much more. There is a bowling alley and lots of parks with great art. Northern Liberties is what it's called. I had no clue about this part of town. What community do you know that has a jumbotron in the town square? All the ESPN you could imagine. Any sports lover's dream.

Silent Tulip

Friday, August 13, 2010

MJ Inspires

Woke up on the right side of the bed this morning. Waking up a1 5a.m. is not an easy task. But thanks to Michael Jackson, he helped me start the day off just right. Butterflies, one of my favorite songs. Well back to work!

Silent Tulip

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Sammy Davis Vintage

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Lancaster, Pa.? Fashion, bright lights, taxi’s cabs? Probably not. This didn't stop Sammy Davis from dreaming big, nor did it stop her unique sense of fashion.

“What do you do when there’s nothing to do? It’s not a lot of events and it was around the time when I got my license. For me, it was like; let’s go to the Salvation Army and thrift shop,” says Davis. Davis became involved in planning her outfits for school. Like most fashionistas, Davis wished she had Cher's [from Clueless], clothing program. “I would write down all of my outfits and keep track of it. I wouldn’t wear the same accessories within two weeks of each other.” She was voted most unique dresser in high school. “It was an art form,” says Davis.

Davis also had a passion for writing. “I am going to be the future editor for The New York Times,” said Davis. At 16, she became involved in journalism through her high school and local news paper. This inspired her to major in journalism at Temple University. “I went into magazine writing with the thought of becoming a fashion editor for a magazine”

Davis landed her first job with Hearst Digital Media. “It was an amazing start in New York City,” said Davis. For Davis, the passion was not there. She realized she was not driving the passion she had for fashion.

She now has a fashion blog, web show, an online shop, and so much more. Davis has a TV show on, an Aol website. She is starting to do more on air appearances. “I want to be an expert in fashion and have web series on fashion,” said Davis.

Davis is focusing more of her attention on her newest project. Road Hug, a web series, that brings light to emerging artist, designers, and food in cities that have been a well kept secret, until now. “I say emerging only because they’re emerging to the television audience.” Davis, along with business partners Darla and Julia, will be visiting different cities such as Athens, Ga., Salt Lake City, Boise, Idaho, and Denver Colo. to name a few. “Fashion, food, and music represent the three pillars of any country or society,” said Davis. In September, they will release three 22 minute pilot episodes. The ultimate goal is to pitch the show to different television networks, said Davis. “We will pitch the show to networks such as Oxygen, Bravo, We, Travel Channel, and Food Network. We are giving America the hug it deserves.”

She is not a fashion designer, but she does understand what works on women. “I want to be that positive influence in fashion. I dream of having an eco fashion friendly store. ” She wants to help women understand that they can have alternatives like vintage and organic cotton.

Buying vintage is another way of going green. “You’re helping the environment by purchasing these pieces,” says Davis. She is going traveling the east coast looking for vintage pieces. Davis's showroom will be stocked with the best vintage fashion has to offer.

“When you recognize what’s making you happy and what’s not making you happy, then you can continue on the most fulfilling path so that you can achieve your dreams,” says Davis. You must continue to connect with people who share the similar passion. The key is being yourself and being authentic, says Davis. Although, you may think a plan is already set out for you, “set your own path.”

Sammy Davis Vintage