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That LBD (Little Black Dress)

By Destinee Hodge

So on my visit to Feathers Boutique  I came across a fabulous black dress that I was sorry to leave behind.

I think that I should start by saying that this gorgeous dress was on the 50% off rack and costed a grand total of $24 dollars. Yes, you read correctly. I didn’t know what to do with myself either. Honestly, the only thing that prevented me from walking out with it was the fact that it wasn’t my size. You better go pick it up before I get on the Dukan diet and get it tomorrow. But seriously, I think it’s a great price for a quality piece.

As far as the dress itself, the intricacy was what really made it a knock out. Look at the bust area. The criss-crossed neck with ruffle-type detailing is perfection.  And you’re not seeing things, there is indeed a charcoal gray stripe on the left side (your right side) of the dress. I guess you could go ahead and sue me now for false advertising (i.e. it’s not entirely black). However, it definitely works as a go-to piece for everything from an evening wedding to a glitzy cocktail party. Also, to reference my aims last week again, this would also work well as a staple for your graduation party season. You could pair this with a pair of strappy heels and you would be all set. Check out my review on Feathers Boutique for more information.

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Feathers Boutique keeps it chic

By Destinee Hodge

I’m realizing that it’s quite a lucky thing to be able to get acquainted with all the fabulous vintage places around town doing this blog. I really liked the boutique feel of Prototype Vintage last week, so I decided to check out  Feathers Boutique  this week (which actually happens to be right next door).

When you first walk in, you have no concept of how large the store actually is, but once you hit the cashier’s desk you can look either way and see into the rooms filled with clothing on either side. The store has a modern, sleek and organized vibe. You definitely feel like you’ve stepped into a boutique off of Rodeo Drive. In short, not your average vintage store.

It caters to women only, and has everything from 80s inspired sequin covered blazers (yes, I’m on a sequin rampage) to vintage magazines. The clothes are sorted by color, which works when you have an idea as to what you’re looking for.

I will say here, as a matter of personal preference, I do tend to like to see clothes sorted by era because it really gives you the feeling that you’re buying something that’s vintage. There is something magical about knowing that a top is from the 60s or that a pair of jeans were worn by someone on their way to a 70s disco.

But overall, I think when you go into Feathers, you will certainly find something that is perfect for you. I also appreciated the variety in pricing. You can find something in the store from $5 to $200, which is not a quality that every vintage store can claim.

You can check out Feathers Boutique at 1700 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704. They’re open from 11a.m.-7p.m. daily.

Sequin Silhouette

By Destinee Hodge

So on my visit to Prototype Vintage Design I was looking around for something that might be  good for the graduation party season. I along with so many of my friends will be celebrating success and will be looking for dresses for various outings. In perusing the racks, I saw an absolutely adorable sequin dress that would be amazingly versatile (perfect if you want to recycle a main piece for your looks).

Let’s talk about the fabulous detailing of the dress first. The layers of color ranging from black to pink make it not only more interesting but useful for many different outfits. You can think about pairing it with a nice blazer or  leggings depending on how formal the event is. Your shoe options with this dress are also infinite.  You could pair it with a great pair of boots or stilettos depending on the length of your night.

The dress was $68, not exactly on my “most affordable” list but definitely on my wish list.  Besides, if you plan on using the dress for multiple different outfits, it would definitely be a wise purchase.

Another detail that I really like about this dress is the bow tied around the waist. It adds definition without making the dress too busy. One word of caution with sequins is that they aren’t daytime friendly. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen women wearing full-on sequin dresses during the day. It’s absolutely blinding to passers-by so make sure to stay considerate and leave these gorgeous pieces for the night time!

Prototype Vintage Design is Sublime

By Destinee Hodge

I really can’t believe the semester has gone by so quickly! I’m excited about how many great places around Austin we’ve been able to cover on the blog. After a whirlwind trip out of the country this weekend, I was definitely a little lost on which vintage store I should pay a visit to this week. I did some searching and decided on  Prototype Vintage Design. I have to say that it was an entirely unique experience compared to the other vintage stores I’ve been to for this blog.

This is definitely not your average vintage store. It’s impeccably clean and designed beautifully. It really feels like a high-end boutique with modern decor (from light fixtures to the type of music that’s playing).  Christina Kilgallon, an employee at the store said that it has been around for six years. ” The owners wanted to have a vintage store in Austin because they just loved thrifting and shopping for a long time,” she said.

The store features furniture and decorative fixtures but seems to focus mainly on clothing and accessories. The clothes are generally priced between $30 and $100, which isn’t cheap, but is pretty average for your typical vintage store.

The clothes are organized by gender, color and type. You’ll find women’s clothing and then subcategories like sequins or swimsuits to search by. I do wish that they would include more information on the tags  about the era the clothing is from, although I suppose you could always ask a store attendant if you were dying to know. Overall, you should definitely check Prototype out.

Sunglasses on display

Tiered shoe display

Women's clothing

Menswear section

Prototype is located on 1700 1/2 S. Congress, 78704 and open from 11 a.m. to 7p.m. daily.

Room Service Vintage

By Destinee Hodge

107 East North Loop Boulevard Austin, TX 78751

The more I visit local vintage stores, the more I realize that “vintage” is really an entire culture. I finally went to Room Service Vintage this week after passing by the store for almost a month.

When you walk into the store there is so much to take in, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed.The best way to describe this store would be labyrinth-like. The photos really cannot capture exactly how many twists and turns there are, and how many shelves are inside.  You would be honestly hard-pressed to find empty space on any of the walls.

But, the minute you stop obsessing over how much stuff is in there, you can take a look around and are sure to find a plethora of vintage treasures.

“A lot of it’s nostalgia” said  Bill Goodpasture, who works in and helps manage the store. “A lot of people come in here because they remember something from their youth that they had and they want to relive that or it’s something that their grandmother had.”

The store’s main focus is furniture/decorative pieces but they have clothes and accessories as well. Goodpasture said that he’s seen a diversification of their clientele over the last few years.

“In the past, our clientele was mostly kids on the edge- hippie or doom and gloomers,” he said with a laugh. “But now, sorority girls and frat boys are coming in and have discovered us whereas before they would have never set foot in here because they would only buy new stuff. But now they’re shopping vintage, which is great.”

For some people, Room Service probably represents the paradox of choice;  you have everything you could possibly want to choose from, which can be overwhelming. However, for those who can get past the sheer volume of material, they are bound to find something that is one of a kind.

Room Service is open from 11a.m.-7p.m. daily and located on 107 East North Loop Boulevard Austin, TX 78751.

What about vintage clothing inspires you?

By Destinee Hodge and Natalie Garza

We took a look around to find out why some people opt to buy vintage clothing. Three ladies give their perspective in this video.

Summer and Spring are a Hogwild Thing: Dress & Jumpsuit Review

By Destinee Hodge

On my visit to Hog Wild Vintage I had a ball. Not only was there a wide selection of clothes to choose from, but they were all so well priced.  Before I could even get inside I was held-up by the sales racks outside the store. One rack had half-off items and the other had clearance clothing. Items for both men and women were included on the racks.

Sales Rack

I think that is an important tidbit since many of my guy friends are always complaining that they can never find men’s clothes as cheap as women can. Perhaps they should go vintage shopping a little more often. I think I should also mention that when I say clearance, I mean clearance. They had tops as cheap as $3 or $5 on the racks outside.

60s jumpsuit- $8

There were two items that really popped out as I perused the racks both inside an out. I was looking for clothes that would work for weather that we’re currently facing here in Austin. Both this 60s jumpsuit and 70s dress fit the bill perfectly. Not only are they exceptionally priced, (and for a bargain hunter like myself, that’s all-important) but they are in great condition.

From my experience, by the time clothes hit the clearance rack, they’re pretty much the worst of the worst. Save for a stain on the dress, both were in great condition. I think both items would be great for a day out on the town (especially if they’re coupled with a nice belt).

70s Dress- $12.50