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Cult Label Status

Jane Mayle’s line “Mayle” was one of those quintessential “cool-smart-Brooklyn-girl” collections that had a big moment in the early 2000′s before closing shop in 2008. I see Mayle as kind of a predecessor to Rachel Comey, feminine separates for the well-to-do city girl. Less austere than contemporaries like A Detacher and definitely  less main stream than  Marc Jacobs, Mayle still has a very nostalgic customer base that craves a full on resurgence of the label. 

However, until Jane decides to open up shop again . . . you have us! This week at the Studio Store I found a sweet Mayle cardigan with over-sized buttons that had me thinking; ” where was I when Mayle was still sold at Barneys?”.

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Mayle Cardigan paired with a Madewell skirt

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Mayle romper from the (old) Fairfax store

Yelena Yemchuk for Mayle Lookbook 2005 (Scanned by Decade Diary)

I would kill to find a “Billie” bag by Mayle . . .


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That 70′s Show

Warning: Tweed clothing when done incorrectly can be itchy and frumpy.

Tweed clothing when done right: is soft and sweet but also bold (like the baby sitter heroine of a 70′s slasher movie or a fearless champion horse racing girl in a teen novella). I love these pieces from the Pico and Veteran stores because there is something cozy and and nostalgic about the colors and loose fits. What is it about a palette of orange, green, and light blue that makes me nostalgic for the 70′s ( even though I was definitely born in the  following decade)?! Doesn’t hurt that the green blouse is a vintage G. Gucci . . .

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Styling inspired by:

A.P.C 2008 Campaign

Hansel from Basel Fall 12′


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Traveling Light

 

Turkey Day is coming up on Thursday which means everyone is scrambling to get to spend the holiday with their families. Luckily this year I am living in the same city as my family but I have lots of friends stressing out over long  flights and ride shares. In my mind traveling is synonymous with . . . over-packing! In hopes of making your holiday plans a little less stressful here is a go-to outfit inspired by a French Vogue mini feature that requires minimal packing and maximum wears courtesy of a few pieces from our Fairfax and Veteran stores.

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A simple vintage silk dress easily layered with a scarf for traveling and large enough to hide that post-pie “food baby” you are bound to be carrying.

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Black heels that are proper but fun.

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How amazing are these vintage jade hairpins?! Very on-trend with the current fancy hair accessory thing going around.

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Please note: Even though it’s “Black Friday” this week don’t forget about our “Best of the Best Sale” in Studio City!


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Tee Teaser

French brand, Carven’s printed shirts call out to the 16 year old AP Art History student in me. I am especially obsessed with the short sleeved tee featuring a  print from Hieronymous Bosch’s “Garden of Earthy Delights”. While I keep my fingers crossed that I find a Carven tee during the upcoming holiday sales I am going to feast my eyes on this vintage Gucci number from the Pico store. A fourth of the price and an original G. Gucci?! Yes please.

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Printed shirt by Carven, available at Elizabeth Charles, San Francisco

Middle Ages Print Tee Shirt available at MNZ


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I Want That

Is it a faux pas to talk about the same designers all the time? I swear I care about designers other than Rei Kawakubo and Miuccia Prada! I simply can not help that this post was inspired by the living embodiment of a “Prada Woman”. A few months ago I was at a job and a noticed a woman wearing the most perfect full skirt paired with hi-cut ballerina flats. She looked enviably demure,graceful, and modern at the same time and I have had the memory of her outfit burned into my brain ever since.

This past week at the Fairfax sale I found a beautiful high waist-ed full skirt which caused me to (perhaps unnecessarily) splurge on a pair of hi-cut flats. Have you ever seen a really well dressed girl and just thought to yourself “I WANT TO BE WEARING ALL OF THAT”?. I have and in my experience that feeling is not fleeting.

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This beautiful custom vintage dress could easily be turned into a skirt. I love the gingham detailing on the cuffs, waist,  and hem!

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Prada skirts are amazing because they have this bohemian art school teacher vibe to them that keeps the wearer from looking like they are wearing something costume-y like “poodle skirt”. Purchase the wrong kind of skirt and you risk looking like a grown woman dressed in something kitschy and dated. I think vintage clothing should be about referencing the past but being forward thinking.

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Prada Resort 2008

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