all over velvet
Two weeks ago, I blushed. I was blushing hard thanks to Maniac Magazine and their Blogger of the Week feature (ps. stay tuned for more rad local bloggers to be featured). Out of all the questions, the one that proved the most time-consuming was describe my style in one word. I toyed around with "evolving" and "diverse." Each seemed too surface level. I hit the delete button. Then, I wrote each word out in cursive on a nearby junk mail envelope, Hand-written in a different font did not disguise their incapability. These simple words, "describe your style in one word" demanded a powerful follow-up. It demanded a meaningful answer. And there it was, "meaningful."
When folks ask me where pieces of my clothing are from, I love to the moon and back when I have a story. Oh, these Sears striped overalls? They belonged to my husband's grandpap who was a milk truck driver and owned a farm. True story. This 60s paisley printed button down? It was near and dear to my father's heart and his favorite shirt when he was rockin' the ten-year-old life. True Story. This sleeveless floral button down turned lightweight vest? I found that beauty at a an estate sale in central Pennsylvania, offered 10 cents instead of 15 and a deal was made by a river. True Story, just not in ink yet. These vintage velvet overalls, beautifully shot by Jenn Ott and rocked in the Maniac Magazine feature, found me among emerging friendships and pepper jelly.
Leslie of juju held a vintage open house where she provided homemade peanut butter fudge for the taking, bottomless champagne and two large racks of handpicked vintage. Opening her home to longtime friends and folks, like myself who she had only interacted with once prior, alike. Leslie has this upbeat, welcoming energy. I instantly felt at ease in her candlelight home. The living room transformed into a buzzing show room as one uniquely stylish woman arrived after another. Each time someone held up a piece of interest, the excitement in Leslie's eyes could not be contained. To witness someone in their element, sharing their passion with others, is inspiration at its finest.
Combine olive green and velvet and I am all over it. Slap this into overall form, and it becomes my version of a double rainbow sighting. It is equal parts comfy and chic, boyish and girly. The fabric emits luxury, while the shape allows freedom of movement. Once I threw these velvet beauties over my denim shirt, I was hooked. Once I walked down the stairs of Leslie's house to gather options, line and sinker. I couldn't find my Tory Burch crossbody fast enough.
With a storefront on the horizon, juju's vintage is only growing and my love with it. Leslie is a vintage rockstar with a deep-rooted love for connecting high quality, unique pieces, that have stood the test of time, with admirers like you and me. I recently saw her vending at the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, and I am still swooning over this one piece floral jumper. It has been haunting my dreams. Leslie, I will probably be in touch.
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