Vintage

Vintage jumpsuit from M.O.T.E.L. in Barcelona
Vintage dress from M.O.T.E.L. in Barcelona
Vintage jumpsuit from M.O.T.E.L. in Barcelona
Vintage dress from M.O.T.E.L. in BarcelonaYou know, it’s both a blessing and a curse that vintage clothing is such a trend now! For one, there are many more adorable thrift shops so you don’t have to hunt as hard for amazing pieces. But then again, anytime I see someone else in some wildly wonderful vintage dress I think “AH! If only nobody was into vintage so I could buy it all and relish in its beauty.” But that’s envious thinking. So I try to turn those thoughts off and practice compassionate joy, as my mother calls it. I know some people aren’t into second hand clothing (luckily hehe) but I love that someone else created a story for themselves in a dress that’s now mine. I wonder sometimes what their story was. One time I found a dress wherein the girl who made it had stitched her name, Helen, in red thread. Needless to say, I still think about that dress and wonder about the girl who wore. I hope none of this sounds strange. HAH!
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M.O.T.E.L.Both Millay’s dress and my jumpsuit were purchased at M.O.T.E.L. in Barcelona. If you ask any Davidson girl where the best thrift shop in Barcelona is, she (i.e. Millay, my mother, or I) will tell you about Barcelona’s little gem of a store! IT resides on a street, Riera Baixa, particularly dedicated to vintage shops! GENIUS, right? However, M.O.T.E.L. is special not only because of how wonderfully everything is displayed and how well curated the boutique is but because the woman who owns it is something special herself! She’s the grooviest dressed and kindest thing from any of our haunts in Barcelona. When I tried on the jumpsuit that day and loved it, she was as overjoyed as I was. After we made our purchases and chatted her ear off for a half hour, she tucked a hat in our bag that we had been admiring and smiled. If you’re ever in Barcelona, don’t miss M.O.T.E.L., whose dueña is as beautiful as the clothes she sells.

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Just an Awesome Weekend… Well, Mostly

by Tessa on December 3, 2012

in Spain, Style, Vintage

Cathedral Outfit details // Coat: vintage from Goodwill // Blazer: vintage gift from a close friend // Sweater: Mom’s // Pants: Target // Boots: Mom’s // Gloves: Great Grandma’sCathedral

What made my weekend awesome?
-The old man I passed that was singing to himself while swinging his grocery bag
-Walking into a cathedral while a wedding was taking place
-Finding ice-cream in the freezer (then hiding it…)
-The 50+ year old women who salsa-ed in her black silk pajamas at a church talent show
-That mighty fine young man that smiled at me on the metro… he wasn’t too bad on the eyes
-Finding an abandoned door on the sidewalk and claiming it as my own!! DIY project time!!
-My little brother Silas’s snide yet witty comments
-The Christmas market in downtown Barcelona
Oh, but what didn’t make my weekend?
-The price tags on some drool-worthy shoes and the fact that they’re actually .3 times more expensive considering the exchange rate… at least I can wear them in my dreams… right?
And what made your weekend awesome??

Provecho!! Tessa Lynn

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So basically I have a passion for finding little vintage shops wherever we go and seeing what treasures they hold! I know some people think it’s weird to wear things second hand but it’s my favorite, especially when they’re years old. At a vintage shop in LA, I once found a gorgeous vintage prom dress that had a name hand stitched to the inside, Helen. Although I didn’t purchase it, I liked to think about this Helen girl and how her night was when she wore that dress however many years ago. Was she the talk of the night in that gorgeous dress of hers? Could her date not take his eyes of her?

In Vienna, Austria, I purchased my two glasses at a cute vintage shop called Little Joe’s Gang (isn’t that so cute!?) and I love them! I like to wonder who’s nose they sat on before mine, what they saw when they were wearing them, and how they ended up in the shop I purchased them at! It may sound weird but when I die, I’d somehow like to hunt these people down and say where did you travel while you were wearing these glasses, what did you read, how many years did you have them?

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I’d also like to know who wore those interesting sunglasses!?
Provecho!! Tessa Lynn

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Magnolia Antik Is there anything that gets your heart racing?? Anything that your thoughts keep turning to?? Usually, my mind races a million miles an hour, but anything vintage can hold my thoughts like nothing else can!! A few weeks after we arrived in Barcelona, I sat down for an evening and googled all the vintage stores in Barcelona and filled two pages!! Many vintage boutiques are in downtown Barcelona, but luckily, one of my favorite shops is on our street. Magnolia Antic is a dream for vintage collectors, let me tell you!! They have a wall filled with vintage hats like nothing you’ve seen before!! Magnolia Antik 1947 Magnolia Antik Magnolia Antik Because they’re a higher end vintage boutique, the owners of Magnolia Antic are cautious about the photographs taken in their shop. So, if you head over to their website, you can find more images of the shop as well as this season’s collection:) Also, I just have to say that I’m in love with their glowing sign out front! So cute right?

Provecho!! Tessa Lynn

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Lailo: A Vintage Costume Boutique

by Tessa on October 12, 2012

in Shops, Spain, Vintage

 Tucked away on Riera Baixa is a store that’s not only vintage, but spanish vintage. This wonderful store is FILLED with vintage costumes and Flamenco dresses!! I absolutely adore the dresses and would LOVE to start Flamenco lessons just so I could wear one!! Well, I would wear one of these gorgeous dresses anyways:)
Lailo I love finding stores like this one and can’t wait to find more!!

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Riera Baixa . . . The Mother Load

by Tessa on October 10, 2012

in Barcelona, Shops, Spain, Vintage

Riera Baixa

In the very bohemian neighborhood of Raval, in downtown Barcelona, is a magical street called Riera Baixa, just  waiting to be discovered by vintage-loving Americans *cough, cough*.  This narrow side street is filled with ONLY vintage stores!! Upon discovery, I felt as though I had walked into one of my dreams!!  There are so many great vintage shops and I plan to dedicate a post to each one because they are all so beautiful:) So, cheers dear readers and have fun tagging along!

Provecho!! Tessa Lynn

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