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Hello again!

Hello again! I missed you. It’s been quite a while since I last posted and a lot has happened. Most importantly, I am now almost three years into motherhood! My little girl Lucie is my light and has taken over my entire world for the past couple of years. I love her to death and this mom thing has been sooo much cooler and harder than I ever could have imagined. I GET IT now when I hear of moms saying they feel they lose themselves and their identities the first couple years of motherhood. It is all consuming physically, emotionally, psychologically, financially etc… It is also completely true that no matter how large the sacrifices and how bumpy the ride, the rewards and joys of bringing life into this world are beyond compare. It really is an unimaginably intoxicating type of love. Mother Nature knows what she does because Lord knows I needed some type of intoxication to get me through those first few sleepless, crying, clueless, colicky months!

Even though I feel beyond blessed that I have had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home-mom for the past couple of years, I miss having another identity; another sense of purpose; a creative outlet. Since fashion has always and will always be a part of me, I decided to give this blogging thing another go!

Hopefully this blog can become not only a creative outlet to talk about my favorite things- style, fashion, culture, but also a means to provide another realistic perspective of a modern day mom trying to keep it all together in this dynamic, pressure-filled yet beautiful-when-we-take-a-moment-to-look world we live in.

I look forward to connecting with all you stylish ladies and Mamas out there!

Love,

D

THEN: Lucie at 2 days old – December 15, 2012, Mt Sinai Hospital

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NOW: First family photo session taken by the awesome Chocolate Milk Photographers. Highly recommend them for a fun, candid shoot in Miami. They are an amazing duo of photographers who have tons of experience photographing the most photo challenging clients —> kids and pets! Click on their name to check out their website.

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The Best Vintage, Consignment & Thrift Stores in Miami

 

It’s not surprise, being the avid vintage/consignment/thrifter that I am,  that people frequently ask me “What are Miami’s best vintage and consignment stores?” So I figured I would spread the love and the word and give you all the low-down. I hope to eventually make this into a series of articles if to help you find the best vintage stores in a variety of different cities. I will, of course, start with Despy’s home city: Miami.

Miami has a great variety of vintage,  consignment and thrift stores and they all have a little something different to offer. This is a breakdown list of the my personal favorites and strengths of each one:

 

CONSIGNMENT STORES

 

The Consignment Bar


5580 NE 4th Ct Ste 4A
Miami, FL
(305) 751-9996 - http://consignmentbar.com

 

This consignment store is hands-down my favorite when it comes to designer handbags. You can go into this chic boutique consignment shop and find anything from top designer dresses, shoes and handbags, but their strength is definitely their excellent selection of handbags and accessories. I have purchased my last several designer handbags from this store and haven’t been let down. Since top designers are what they carry (LV, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Dior etc), you should plan on spending a lil dough here, but you won’t be disappointed as all the handbags are in great shape and all guaranteed to be authentic.

 

Consign of the Times


1635 Jefferson Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 535-0811 - http://www.consignofthetimes.com

 

This consignment boutique is a great little shop off of Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. This shop is small and quaint, but full of goodies. They have a great selection of designer handbags, clothing and shoes and extra bonus of male clothing and accessories as well. This is a great place if you are looking for top designer items at a discounted prices.

 

Second Time Around (STA)

1630 Jefferson Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 674-0144 - http://www.secondtimearound.net

 

This consignment boutique is best known for its stint on a reality show on BRAVO. The original store where the show was filmed is in NYC and they recently opened this Miami location off of Lincoln Rd (across the street from its rival Consign of the Times). The store is pretty quaint and small, but has a decent selection of designer duds. I find that in comparison to the other consignment shops, this one has a bit more variety for those of us shopping on a budget.

 

VINTAGE STORES

 

Fly Boutique


7235 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 332-4156 - http://www.flyboutiquevintage.com/

 

A long time favorite, this boutique never disappoints. This is one of the largest and most known vintage boutiques in Miami and as such has a large variety of items from accessories, to handbags, to shoes, dresses, vintage sweaters and hats and on and on! Although they also do consignment, this store is more for the vintage buff looking for beautiful pieces to add to their vintage collection. Due to the wider variety of items in the store, the prices are more varied, as well.

 

C.Madeleine’s


13702 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, FL 33181
(305) 945-7770 - http://www.cmadeleines.com/

 

Another veteran in the Miami vintage scene, this is THE vintage store to visit in Miami. Known for the biggest selection of its one-of-a-kind designer pieces this store is like a vintage fashion museum! Located in North Miami, this is one store not to miss on your Miami vintage shopping tour.

 

Lincoln Road Antique Market


Lincoln Road Mall
Miami Beach, FL 33139
http://www.lincolnroadmall.info 

 

I couldn’t go without mentioning the great Lincoln Rd Mall Antique and Collectibles Market in Miami Beach. This is an outdoor market that takes place every other Sunday during Miami’s “high season” starting in December and ending in early May. This is a street market full of private vendors selling anything from collectible antique furniture to vintage furs and vintage designer handbags. Much like a flea market, you will find a little but of everything here, but that’s part of the fun! This is an excellent market to visit while in Miami and looking to score vintage finds.

 

THRIFT STORES

 

Goodwill Industries


2121 NW 21st St.
Miami, FL
(305) 325-9114  - www.goodwillsouthflorida.org

Now for my fellow thrifters out there looking for the ultimate bargain, this is one of the top thrift stores in Miami. Although there are many Goodwill stores, this particular one is a Flagship store packed with a little bit of everything. Nothing beats finding amazing vintage finds for the best prices out there, but with that said, thrifting requires work and much patience since these treasures may be few and far between. The key is to go with time and patience in tow!

 

Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store

12640 SW NE 6th Ave.
Hialeah, FL 33161
(305) 893-1104 - www.redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com

This is every Miami thrifter and vintage buff’s best kept secret (you’re welcome). Located in a strip mall in Hialeah (surrounded by several other thrift stores), this is the largest, craziest thrift store in the city and a must in Miami thirfting. Here you will find everything from vintage leather handbags to sweaters, fur jackets, dresses, mens, childrens, you name it. This store is not for the faint of heart. Prepare yourself for a crowd complete with crying children, and bumper to bumper shopping cart traffic! I have found my best vintage finds here.

And, as always, if you prefer to shop beautiful vintage fashions at the best prices from the comfort of your home and leave the digging to a pro: SHOP DESPY.COM!! ;)

 

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Best Items to Purchase at Thrift and Vintage Stores

Going into any kind of discount store can be a daunting and intimidating task; large thrift stores and vintage shops included. Being a seasoned discount and vintage shopper, I am happy to share of my tricks of the trade. Here, I will focus on specific items in thrift and vintage stores to keep a look-out for as they are usually the best “finds” and value-wise you’ll get the most bang for your buck.

 

Vintage Tops

When in thrift stores that are overstuffed with all kinds of goodies (and not-so-goodies), good tops can be one of the toughest things to find. They are usually wedged in between a whole lotta garbage.

One tip is to feel through all of the tops. Use your sense of touch! You may not be able to see all the items, and instead may be able to feel that vintage silk blouse or soft vintage angora tank sweater crammed in between all that polyester (not that I’m against all polyester!).

 

Vintage Dresses

Another definite vintage goody are vintage dresses! There are always amazing vintage silk dresses up for the grab in thrift stores. One thing to look out for are STAINS! Sometimes in these poorly lit shops you wont notice a small grease stain until you arrive at your home and its, too late (no refunds at these store)! I have found some great dresses that I’ve purchased even with stains, only to find out that my cleaner can’t remove these age-old stains most of the time :( .

Another important tip when looking and purchasing vintage dresses is to try them on before purchasing them. Vintage molds and cuts are quite different from modern day molds so it is important to try on before purchasing. I frequent some mega thrift stores that do not have fitting rooms so I go in my leggings and tight shirt uniform and try on in front of whatever mirror I can find!

 

 

Vintage Shoes

 

Although these are pretty tough to find, finding adorable vintage pumps and shoes always gives me an extra thrill. They are tougher to find, because vintage shoes in good condition that are good quality are just fewer and farther between. On top of that, you have to hope and pray the pair you find will fit your foot. It’s not a hopeless task though. There are plenty of beautiful italian leather pumps out there for the taking. Just have patience and return often for a looksy around.

 

Vintage Purses

Vintage purses are an easier find to keep an eye out for.The best ones to look out for are beaded evening handbags or leather clutches since these are usually in better condition being that they are more gently used.

Vintage purses are a perfect items to add a little pop and vintage feel to an otherwise contemporary look.

 

 

Other Accessories

 

When I’m having a thrifting off-day (not finding any vintage apparel), I go for an accessory search. Thrift stores are a great place to score furs. I have purchased at least 4 different amazing vintage fur coats all well below $30 each. My most recent fave fur find was this gorgeous classic mink stole that I am dying to wear in the upcoming Autum/Winter months. I also wear my fox fur collar religiously with just about any sweater and coat in the cool months.

Not into fur? Other great vintage store accessories you’re sure to find: silk scarves, wool coats, and HATS! I’m in the middle of a hat obsession at the moment so I am always on the lookout for hats and have found so many amazing HIGH QUALITY vintage wool and beach hats recently. New, good quality hats nowadays are costing a pretty penny so put your thrifting skills to work!

 

Also Remember

AND of course last, but not least, my BIGGEST TIP when it comes to vintage and thrift shopping is SHOP DESPY!

Let me do the dirty work for you. Just sit back, kick your feet up and visit the website often for guaranteed great vintage finds at amazing prices. :) )