Shop Local Rochester: Man’s Guide to Gift Giving { Fahsye }

{ Fahsye even gift wraps complimentary! }

HEY BOYS

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LET’S KEEP THIS

north winton neighborhood

SIMPLE

{ Ladies. Gentlemen. Keep holiday gift giving simple this season. And still buy bomb gifts. Gifts that earn you G status: gloating-rights, glowing praises, + greatest boyfriend/husband/son/brother/dad of the year. … #ROC the holiday. }

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Five reasons + 5 plays, for every gift-giving scenario.

what’s a guy to do?

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FAHSYE.

High Five – { Check out Nov/Dec (585) Mag with an article I wrote on Fahsye! }

  1. They have everything. You can’t NOT find a gift … for everyone on your list.
  2. Gifts are quality. From Thai Sterling Silver to handmade, handcrafted items.
  3. Gifts are affordable. Need a high-end gift but can’t break-the-bank? Fahsye.
  4. Gifts are unique. Handmade items that cannot be found elsewhere + hand selected items imported from Thailand … that also cannot be found elsewhere.
  5. Location. Centrally located! Corner of North Winton + Blossom. And next to Mayer’s Hardware … so there’s that.

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hit-up 1 spot + make it count

Fahsye is 100% a winning play. It’s a 1 stop spot that gets you in + out without a hassle!

  • Unlike department stores, Fahsye is 1 room. { You can’t get lost. }
  • Unlike the mall … shopping at Fahsye is relaxing! { I never want to leave. }
  • It’s near CVS, Mayer’s Hardware, and a number of restaurants/eateries including Jim’s + Balsam Bagels. { Bonus. }

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the male perspective

Best part? Shop manager + real estate agent, Rich Tyson, is on-hand to lend the male perspective. I promise you, dudes – you’ll feel at home.

“affordable, + a really high end look”
-Fon, owner of Fahsye

Five ways to shop Fahsye this holiday season? Here we go!

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CAN’T GO WRONG – Shopping for mom, your grandmother, or your girlfriend … you can only go right.

  • Thai Sterling Silver
  • David Yurman-esque { classic, on-trend, affordable }
  • Let 1 piece stand alone, buy a set, or mix-and-match … you cannot go wrong.

If you’re pressed for time, at a loss, + really want to bring home a meaningful and beautiful gift … look no further than the high-end, reasonably priced sterling silver at Fahsye.

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GO TO – Fun, trendy, whimsical, and on-point … these crowd pleasers get people talking.

  • Handmade for a handcrafted, unique look
  • Less Expensive { starting around $15! }
  • ROC jewelry – handmade, at every price point

You know that really picky girlfriend? Pick up one of these treasures. … You’ll thank me.

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IMPRESS – Feeing more adventuresome? But still want it to be a sure-bet…

  • Scarves – classic, elegant, whimsical, warm, + on-trend { chicks love scarves }
  • Unique – handmade jewelry from Thailand that cannot be found elsewhere
  • ROC jewelry – share a piece of Rochester history + nostalgia with one-of-a kind designs

Showing-off when gift giving can backfire. Not with these selections! Plus, what’s more impressive than looking like you’ve barely even tried … .

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ONE STOP – Shop for everyone this holiday at Fahsye.

  • Men – skinny ties, silk ties … make you look good ties
  • Mom + Child – barrettes, key rings, chic diaper bags
  • Stocking Stuffers! – slippers, lip stick cases, accessories

Skip the mall. Skip the department store. Fahsye is your 1-stop-shop.

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FON’S PICKSLike trying the chef’s favorite dish when you can’t decide, focusing on these items handpicked by owner + jewelry maker, Fon, is a home run.

  • Handmade – There’s something elusively everlasting about one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry that cannot be found anywhere else. { Get on that. }
  • Seasonal – Snowflake earrings. They’re precious +, in upstate NY, they help us love the snow just a little bit more. { Every bit counts. }
  • Trend – Druzy! Fahsye carries real druzy + faux for all price-points and gift giving occasions. Druzy is both elegant + street smart – it compliments and completes any look. { It’s good. }

What’s more romantic than buying a one-of-a-kind, handcrafted sentiment?? Answer – Nothing.

 

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ring me

Here’s what you need to know about Fahsye the next coming weeks!

  1. Black Friday – 11/28: Deals! Perfect day to get out there + shop: 11AM – 7PM.
  2. Small Business Saturday – 11/29: Give Away! Support local business + great savings: 12 – 5PM.
  3. Verona Street Animal Society – Holiday Wish List Drive: donate to the animals!
  4. North Winton Village Holiday Open House – 12/11: Lots of fun + special offers! 5PM – 8PM

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Guys – do the right thing. Shop at Fahsye for your holiday gifts!

#fahsye

#handmade

#ROC

#shoplocalroc

XO.

Shop Local: VOA Thrift Stores – Upstate New York.

VOA

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA UPSTATE NEW YORK

THRIFT STORES

Break The Cycle of Poverty

FACEBOOK | WEBSITE | TWITTER

WHO: VOA Upstate New York.  Serving: 6,000+ people plus throughout Upstate New York.

WHAT: Over 100 years old! Non-profit. Serves our community and sells some wicked good duds, home wares, shoes + accessories, and more.

WHERE: Flagship Store: Lave Ave (near downtown). 10+ Store Locations throughout Rochester. Shop Online.

WHEN: Founded in Rochester, 1901.

WHY:  Because why not. You should become passionate about VOA. See my list below. To really get it, watch this video:

Rise Out of Poverty, Move Toward Self-Reliance, Reach Toward Full Potential

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Crop Top / Vintage / Wrap Dress / Fashion Jacket – All on my MUST list. All found at VOA.

1. Incredible Deals. 

  • Everyday Low Prices: Recently Dropped Prices on Most Popular Clothing Items! (Prices exclude better brands. … But trust me, those are inexpensive too.)
  1. $.99 Sunday’s + Monday’s
  2. $1.99 Regular Tanks + Tees

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    Ask for your Rewards Card when you cash out! Earn + Redeem Points.

  3. $3.99 Regular Tops
  4. $4.99 Regular Shorts
  5. $5.99 Regular Bottoms
  • Sales: Change Daily.
  • SUPER SATURDAYS – Everything is 50%. Go THIS SATURDAY, 6/28!!
  • Rewards Card: Ongoing. VOA Rewards Card gives you points (turns into real $$) on each
    purchase you make. Can be used on sale items!

2. Excellent Selection.

  • Brand Names
  • High Quality
  • Unique Finds
  • Women’s Wear
  • Men’s Wear
  • Office Wear (not including Working Wardrobe)
  • Casual
  • Going Out
  • Lounging

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    Neatly organized + some brand new ones to select from! Like those boots on the end.

  • Junior’s
  • Children’s
  • Children’s Books
  • Shoes
  • Bags
  • Accessories
  • Home Wares
  • Furniture
  • Seasonal Attire

3. Convenient.

  1. Batavia
  2. Brockport

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    Spotted! 2 dresses I donated to VOA. Patterned halter from HM Toronto + black lace from Target.

  3. Canandaigua
  4. Culver Road
  5. Elmira
  6. Endwell
  7. Fairport
  8. Lake Ave Store  
  9. Lake Ave Outlet
  10. Palmyra
  11. Warsaw
  12. Webster
  • Parking is Accessible
  • Changing Rooms
  • Vending Machines at Lake Ave!

4. Arranged Like Retail Stores.  

  • Thoughtful Layout

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    Formal Wear. Prom dresses + gowns. … I should really donate mine. Also seems like a great place for old Bridesmaid’s dresses.

  • Clothing Organized by Color / Size / Style
  • Clearly Marked Sections + Sizes
  • Enough Cash Registers

5. Specialty Selections. 

  • Formal Gowns
  1. Wedding
  2. Prom
  3. First Communion
  • Vintage

“We’re here to serve each other. We change lives. We restore hope and dignity. We put others first.”

~JoAnne Ryan, President + CEO (taken from Agency Video)

Thrifting will always have a special place in my heart. From suits to blouses to slacks and shoes to bags: I gave my mom the hardest time, while growing up, for never buying anything new. For never being like the other moms. But she was right. She scraped together just enough change to buy me McDonald’s fries {we have her to thank for this infatuation} and paid for my older brother’s and my grade school tuition. She, a newly graduated full-time engineering UR student, and full-time mom with a new baby boy in the crib, interviewed for jobs out of university. She taught me value. She taught me style. She taught me what it means to be proud of what I have, who I am,  and my community. She taught me to do what I do, whether it is popular or not. She taught me all of this. And she taught me it through thrift shopping.

My aunt, as well. Aunt Katy, my mama’s older sister, is an antique dealer and thrift shopping maverick. With just 1 scan of the perimeter, Aunt Katy knows exactly what’s treasure and exactly what’s … not. Aunt Katy’s taught me, not just the value of a dollar, but also, the value of a flea market, the value of a garage sale, the value of an estate sale, the value of a church sale, and the value of the people behind them. Shopping is fun. Fashion feels good. But thrift shopping, the values and the culture and the people behind thrift shopping, is immortal.

When we thrift shop, yes: we give immortal lives to the things no one wants. More, we give immortality to the spirit surrounding our communities. This is why I thrift shop.

I thrift at VOA because they support and empower our community.

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VOA CHILDREN’S CENTER

Last Thursday I shopped with Marketing & Media Director, Megan, at the 214 Lake Ave. location, centrally located between Lake Ontario and Downtown. Passersby cannot miss the neatly blocked tan building with familiar red, white, and blue sign that flags down shoppers, outside of this Upstate New York VOA Flagship store. Convenient parking flanks both sides of the Retail Center.

When I finished devouring aisle after aisle of shorts, denim, blouses, tanks, dresses {I even ran into a few of my own that I donated!}, Megan was kind enough to take me next door to the VOA Children’s Center.

My jaw never closed.  A bright jungle gym set-up donated by Top’s. The Universal Preschool that is associated with RCSD. Beautiful, jubilant children, pre-school aged and up, who attentively listened to aids and harmoniously played together, both inside and out. Brightly painted, mural-ed walls. Classrooms fully equipped with sitting spaces, learning areas, bathrooms, books. A full dental center in partnership with RGH. Even more medical services, including Telemed equipment to web conference with doctors as needed.

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Dental Room in partner with RGH at the VOA Children’s Center.

 

My eyes squeezed in tears. Seeing these happy, healthy children and the facilities imparted to teachers and aides to keep these children happy + healthy. These are the programs that improve our world. Programs like these, with the research and altruism and partnership and innovation and heart, are what change our world.

I am so proud that the VOA Children’s Center serves 280 children, between 6 weeks old to 12 years old, 98% of whom live in the most impoverished parts of Rochester. I am so proud we have VOA to serve a number of populations and communities in this exact same manner.

SHOP LOCAL

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If you didn’t want to shop before {and who doesn’t want to shop}, you want to shop now. {Or this Saturday, 6/28 at SUPER SATURDAY.} Ask for your Rewards Card when you cash-out. I promise, the reward to both you + to our community is not just worth it. It’s immortal.

Thank you to Megan + to VOA for hosting me this past Thursday! See you guys soon.

#shoplocal

#donate

#giveback

#breakthecycleofpoverty

#VOA

XO.

Sustainability + Activism: Why Shop Local?

(Above: Danielle Ponder of Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People live at The Bug Jar, 4/5.)

MAGIX

VINTAGE | DESIGNER | BOUTIQUE

SOUTH WEDGE

CLOSED JULY 2013

Magix is why we Shop Local. Magix, a unique clothing boutique that sold an affordable and eclectic array of designer, boutique, and vintage items, was located on South Avenue, directly across from Thread, in the heart of the South Wedge shopping district. I discovered Magix during my 2nd Southwedgeucation. Southwedgeucation–you know–City Newspaper’s  late summer evening that buzzes with shoppers, strollers, businesses, food trucks, bars, music shops, boutiques, and more to celebrate the South Wedge . A September evening that bustles with the volume and energy every single other weekday night, certainly weekend, should generate. I found Magix. I found glass beads straight from Ghana. I found vintage and thrifted items. And shamefully, even I–the Shop Local Campaigner–even I seldom returned. Magix, which closed this past July, might have closed for any number of reasons. But it’s safe to surmise it was due to a lack of awareness. A lack of Shop Local know-how. Every single person I revealed the magic to about Magix? None had been before. Not necessarily because we don’t know. Because it’s not familiar.

HABIT

Don’t let habit dictate your Shop Local. Habit. What is habit? Most habits are bad, no? Habit is the unthinking actions we ascribe tendencies and routines because we either have to (brushing teeth), we don’t think about it (tapping fingers), or we need to cope (smoking).

Why let shopping–why let life–be just another habit.

Make shopping and living a conscious action. Think about it. Shop Local is still convenient. It’s just that Shop Local is also conscious. Shop Local is affordable. Shop Local is unique. Shop Local is activism.

CONSUMERISM IS ACTIVISM

The Shop Local Campaign in Rochester, NY is sustainability. Shop Local is sustainable for entrepreneurs. Shop Local is sustainable for community development. Shop Local is sustainable for cultural identity. Shop Local is sustainable for individual budgets. Shop Local is sustainable because it preservers local talent and nurtures sustained growth. (See Go Buy Rochester’s explanation of the Multiplier Effect.)

Why not turn your consumerism into activism?

Shop Local in Rochester, NY for your every single day needs, every single day. This is why we Shop Local. So that good things–quality businesses with character, that enhance our cultural identity and work with our daily budgets–so that good things stay alive. So that they thrive. So that we thrive.

And don’t just #shoplocal…

MUSIC LOCAL

DANIELLE PONDER AND THE TOMORROW PEOPLE

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Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People Saturday, April 5 at Bug Jar. Incredible Local Music venue. Watch for review on Liana Gabel’s “Rest and Heal” album. Saw her too. Loved it!

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(watch me to watch some seriously good music)

(SISTERS WITH FORMER OWNER ELIJAH PONDER ACCORDING TO ROC WIKI)

Know a good spot? Have a cool routine? Please share!

#shoplocal

#musiclocal

#gobuyrochester

#sustainable

XO.

Spotlight: Jonelle Maira Jewelry.

(All photos + descriptions taken from Jonelle Maira Jewelry website.)

JONELLE MAIRA JEWELRY

Spotlights are a monthly to bi-monthly series of longer reviews that connect you directly to the artist/business, and to their works, which we love. Watch for Exclusives + Extras in every one!

WEBSITE INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK BLOG

Jonelle Maira, Rochester native, will be famous. And so will Jonelle Maira Jewelry. Geometric designs to adorn the pages of  Free People. Tribal inspired necklaces to grace the necks of celebrities. Raw and reclaimed, vintage and refurbished pieces to sell fashion magazines. Jonelle Maira Jewelry will be world renowned because…

RECLAIMED | REFURBISHED | RECYCLED

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Arrowhead Earrings – $22
Vintage textured brass arrowhead, hypoallergenic gold fill ear wires
Urban Pioneer Collection

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Tribal Arc Bracelet Multi – $45
Vintage Belgian sequins are mixed with vintage solid brass cube beads
Color Tribes Collection

WHO Jonelle Maira. From Webster, NY. Now living in Rochester (East Irondequoit), NY.

WHAT Wearable Art: Handmade jewelry, inspired by natural elements, using vintage materials.

WHERE Online: Website, Etsy, Online Boutiques.

WHEN Since 2003. Used to be under the name Poison Apple NYC.

WHY Stories Through Jewelry: celebrating the past lives of jewelry by creating new life, and sharing it.

HOW Shhh, It’s a Secret. Jonelley tracks contacts (think NYC) to source one-of-a-kind, quality vintage materials and pieces.

PRICE Medium. $22-$100+ for larger, more intricate jewelry.

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Luck of the Brave Necklace – $36
Materials:
100% reclaimed vintage
brass chain
brass findings
brass charms
Luck & Talismans Collection

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Double Arrow Earrings – $36
Materials:
Turquoise gemstones
vintage brass sticks
hypoallergenic gold fill earwires
Color Tribes Collection

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Broken Arrow Earrings – $28
MATERIALS
Hematite, brass, hypoallergenic gold fill earwires
Urban Pioneer Collection

 

{ EXCLUSIVE Jonelle would not share all of her trade-secretes. But, I have a haunch we might be seeing Jonelle Maira Jewelry, soon, in some of our local boutiques or bazaars. Ring-fingers crossed! }

ECOFRIENDLY | HANDMADE | VINTAGE

Jonelle Maira has talent. Jonelle Maira has vision. Jonelle Maira creates cutting-edge Collections with quality craftsmanship and timelessly unique design. Jonelle Maira Jewelry is Wearable Art. (The unique engraving on the inside of my Infinite Arrowhead Ring? Only $5 when I bought it on-sale at Second Storie, this ring is reclaimed 1970’s Vintage Sarah Coventry! Find that anywhere else.) Starting at $22, no one can compete.

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Balance Earrings – $50
Belgian sequins
vintage brass bullet charm and eagle
African heishi spacers
hypoallergenic gold fill ear wires
Color Tribes Collection

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Speckled Quill Necklace – $65
Materials:
vintage brass chain
vintage brass tubes
dalmation jasper beads
porcupine quills
Northern Road Collection

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Diamond Ladder Necklace – $110
Vintage brass curved bars
Hand wire-wrapped red obsidian jasper v-shaped beads
Lapis luzuli diamond shaped beads
Brass african trade beads
Repurposed vintage chain scraps
Northern Road Collection

BACKGROUND

Jonelle Maira (pronounced My-rah) grew up in Webster, NY. At 18, she left to attend the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan where she lived, attended school, and worked for 8 years.

Wearing her handcrafted Hamsa Earrings (Northern Road Collection ) and poised at our tiny table for 2 inside the middle of Boulder Coffee on Park, Jonelle scanned the local paintings. That’s what I used to do, she said. That was my life. Jonelle pointed to the blue, exaggerated portrait of the man with a long face. (Frank Sinatra?) Art like this. FIT, a rigorous program–to say the least–might have dried-out Jonelle’s original passion. But it infused her creativity.

WORK

From 2003 – 2011, Jonelle worked under DBA Poison Apple NYC, same jewelry line as Jonelle Maira Jewelry. While creating her line, Maira also worked for NYC jewelry designers. … We’re talking Alexia Crawford and Laila Rowe. Ironically, Maira mainly worked from a marketing perspective: photography, lookbooks, catalogs, web content. Conveniently, Maira infuses all of these skills into her own incredibly sleek website, complete with its own Lookbook. Since 2003, with jewelry in online boutiques such as Shop Lately and of course Etsy, Maira has undoubtedly established her jewelry.

Now, Jonelle Maira seeks to establish her name in the Rochester, NY scene. I found Jonelle through Second Storie Indie Market, the weekend long fair of artisans and crafts that happens ever November in Rochester, NY. I cannot wait to see more Jonelle Maira Jewelry around town and in our #shoplocal scene!

DESIGN

From sourcing materials to making trips. From selling online to updating web content. From organizing materials to making jewelry: Jonelle does it all, and Maira’s favorite piece is the design. There’s never much time for it, Maira explains. Most time gets allocated to photography and jewelry descriptions. (… Sign me up!)

The making of Jonelle Maira Jewelry fascinates me. With her pieces so beautiful, it’s hard to believe each stems from an actual, strategic, organized, process. From a production line. First, Maira creates an original sample. (Potentially those of which you see in JM Exclusives.) Next, she decides upon the steps. Finally, Maira divvies up the materials. She makes batches of each piece in stock piles large enough to fill wholesale and individual orders. The average time? About 30 minutes to 2 hours per jewelry item. Again: each earring, ring, necklace, bracelet you see are handmade by Maira, herself. This includes individual pieces. The curved arch in these earrings? Hand manipulated brass, each and every one.

 

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Chevron Feather Bracelet – $42
Materials:
vintage brass feather and arrowhead
gold plated chain
gold plated lobster clasp closure
Urban Pioneer Collection

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Black Pyramid Ring – $28
Rare & limited antique French jet glass
Superpowered modern rings
Mimicking both the allure of Eqypt and the Gothic Arch in Medieval architecture
Complex Geometry Collection

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Lapis Arc Earrings – $79
Materials:
vintage brass bars
genuine lapis luzuli beads
porcupine quills
brass trade beads
hypoallergenic gold fill ear wires
Northern Road Collection

 

COLLECTIONS

Luck & Talismans.

Complex Geometry.

Color Tribes.

Urban Pioneer.

Northern Road.

These artful, almost spiritual, Collections realize a beautifully magical quality that intricately unites all of them while still maintaining distinct identities. Of course Maira doesn’t aim for this divinity. It just kind of happened, Maira explains of her organic process. Inspired by the natural materials she reclaims and the lives of the old she recycles, Maira creates so organically that all Jonelle Maira Jewelry breathes new life into each piece. The fragmented and discarded raw pieces Maira finds to the storybook of unified images she creates, is art. Each individual collection and The Collections as a whole speak their own stories.

{ EXTRA Follow Jonelle Maira’s DIY Blog, Design Thrift, for step-by-step instruction + detailed pics on how to make your favorite jewelry. From the hands of 1 designer to yours. }

FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM | FRIEND ON FACEBOOK | SHOP ONLINE

The stories that Jonelle Maira Jewelry tells speaks for themselves. All you have to do is shop. And remember, when Jonelle Maira Jewelry is famous someday, you read it here first…

#jonellemaira

#jonellemairajewelry

#jmjewelry

#shoplocal

XO.

Week Wrap-Up: Go To Pieces.

Week Wrap-Up.

The Goal: Post Weekly.

Why: To show you how integral Shop Local is to our daily fashion. Sure, #shoplocal can be special occasion. < I hope it is! > But #shoplocal is also everyday wear for every occasion.

Go To Pieces: This past week shows some repeating pieces I wear all of the time! They are my classics. My staples. My goes-with-everything. My work to weekend. My favorites.

Repeating Pieces.

Blazer. From Treasure Trove Vintage on Park + Meigs. 1960’s vintage and only $30!!! It is soft. It fits perfectly. I’d wear it in my sleep if I could.

Jewelry. I honestly wear all of these pieces all of the time. The past few days, I’ve really grivtated toward Jonelle Maira. She works with reclaimed, vintage items. And they are art. Truly. Coolest detail?? If you look closely at the inside of my arrowhead ring, it’s engraved w the name “Sarah.” Hey! Extra character?? I’ll take it!

Sometime Last Week: Work.

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Blouse + Blazer: Treasure Trove Vintage.
Ring: Erica Bello.
Earrings: Manic Metals c/o Brainery Bazaar. (I lost one of these today! Can’t wait to buy more!!)

Friday: Casual.

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Leather Motorcycle Jacket: Mom
Leather Lace-Up Boots: Antiques, Heirlooms, + Furniture (Canandaigua)
Tank: I FORGET. It’s c/o Second Storie. (Gold Leaf Screen Print in pattern of rib cage. If anyone knows, please tell me!!)
Earrings: The Knotty Owl
Ring + Necklace: Jonelle Maira
Purse: Etienne Agnier thrifted c/o Mom

Monday (today): After Work Outing.

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Blazer: Treasure Trove Vintage
Lace Blouse + Polka Dot Button-Down: Friend! (Thanks Sam!)
Levi’s Jeans: Thrifted c/o A Step Apart on Park
Bracelet: Claire Flair (Etsy + now in Peppermint!)
Necklace + Ring: Jonelle Maira

Boutiques + Designers.

A Step Apart

Brainery Bazaar

Claire Flair

Erica Bello

Jonelle Maira

Manic Metals

Peppermint

Second Storie

The Knotty Owl

Treasure Trove Vintage

#shoplocal.

#wearlocal.

#everysingleday.

XO.