Where does one, that is a lover of vintage glamour go to shop, the answer: All Things Vintage. From a beloved interest for both vintage apparel and design, Lucy & Claudia owners and friends of 40 years started collecting (over a decade ago) an assortment of vintage dresses, furs, costume jewelry and accessories before starting their current storefront in Oakland.
I fell upon their store as a referral while I had attended last year’s Oakland Ballet Gala, ever since my first visit I have been a devoted client investing in pieces that aren’t easily accessible elsewhere. Vintage is my orbit, it makes me feel a bit more glamourous and even though its decades away from current styles I find there are always opportunities to blend both vintage and modern collectively.
Today’s visit I am wearing one of the owners pieces, a Lilli Ann San Francisco wool 2-piece suit. The clothing brand was started by Adolph Schuman in 1933 naming it after his wife. The company became known for their beautiful, elaborately designed suits and coats. With a slight modern touch I added a bow blouse from Banana Republic with a vintage rhinestone encrusted brooch paired with Kate Spade pumps, retro leather clutch and ruby red lipstick.
When I come to All Things Vintage, I typically have seen a new arrival posted on their Instagram page, I will send a direct message to ask if its available and find myself shopping their next upcoming sale. Every visit is never the same as they always have new styles from their private collections as well as consigners.
“While watching old movies with my grandmother I knew I wanted to dress like Rita Hayworth and Grace Kelly they had such elegance.”
Shopping for vintage is a lifestyle, its not something you do one day. It’s a level of commitment that is seen through your accessories, garments and hairstyle. However, for one that is looking to dabber into adding vintage into their wardrobe, the first thing you need to understand is the difference between vintage and thrift. When you are shopping for vintage clothing you will find many items are made with metal zippers, side-snap closures, and union labels printed in blue.
A good first piece of vintage for those newly exploring the era is something basic and classic, try a 1950s beaded cardigan or a 1960s little black dress. This will make for a piece that you can wear over and over again that won’t lost its luster, its already a classic. Lastly, a quality vintage garment can cost as much as current couture (ex, vintage Chanel) so the question remains why should you choose a pre-owned item over something new? Because it’s made better, a general rule of thumb is that the older the piece the higher the quality.
There is something about vintage accessories and clothing after you start styling yourself in a few pieces you will find it will make its way to your heart and soul.
If you are looking for a tailored experience, I highly recommend you visiting Lucy and Claudia at All Things Vintage, they are seasoned in their realm of fashion history and will have you glam up in no time.
Photography c/o Jason Lee of J Lee Photo Imaging
The 9th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) lights up Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga during the most colorful time of the year, November 13 – 17.
Napa Valley Film Festival showcases an outstanding presentation of independent filmmaking, while also building a strong sense of community around the art of visual storytelling.
NVFF has established itself as the ultimate celebration of film, food and wine, and as one of the most entertaining, inspiring and memorable experiences for locals and cultural travelers alike.
Over the course of five days and nights, at venues throughout the gorgeous Napa Valley, festival attendees watched the best new independent films; met the filmmakers at Q&As after every film; sampled wines from boutique wineries all at the same time; attend culinary demonstrations featuring chef and filmmaker collaborations; attended celebrity tributes to talented actors and directors; discovering new music at evening parties and receptions; and enjoyed the food, wine and lifestyle of this world-class destination.
With this being my second year, to my surprise I had the opportunity to attend a screening prior to the Festival Gala of, I Want My MTV. The film provided a never-before-seen glimpse into how MTV started and flourished into a controversial cultural media platform it is today. Featured commentary showcased interviews with Sting, Billy Idol, The Eurythmics and Pat Benatar. I was blessed enough to meet the film’s Director, Patrick Waldrop and Tyler Measom.
Following the screening the evening continued with the 9th Annual Festival Gala, among the crowd was MTV VJ Alan Hunter, Actor William Fichtner and Heart’s Nancy Wilson.
The film festival association encouraged 80’s fashion due to the MTV film documentary, however I stayed authentic to the 50’s by selecting a rhinestone strap gown. I added a few glamourous accessories starting with a set of vintage rhinestone earrings and matching bracelet paired with a patent clutch, pumps and faux fur stole.
If you are looking to attend the 10th Annual Napa Valley Film Festival on November 11th-15th, 2020 tickets are now available by click, here.
Two weeks ago, I spoke alongside Diabetes Youth Families at an event hosted by Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek. The highlights of the evening was having the opportunity to speak on the daily challenges diabetes has on those who are affected by the auto-immune disease and how we can prevent others from being diagnosed.
“Every set back is the set up for the glamour in life”
During the one-night event I was able to meet and conversate with so many supportive diabetes advocates and supporters. Many of you might have noticed that I mentioned my sincere gratitude on Instagram, and again I want to express from the bottom of my heart, to those who attended or watched live on my @richinlovefashion IG account, thank you. From having several meaningful conversations to Jason Lee Imaging capturing the nights moments I must say, diabetes has never looked more glamorous than this.
Again, the biggest thanks to John Collins of Neiman Marcus Walnut Creek for having me and to all of who attended.
Peplum Cocktail Dress c/o Chiara Boni La Petite Robe