The (Skeleton) Key to Shopping Local.

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MAKE-UP | JEWELRY | VINTAGE

IT’ A SECRET … {TELL EVERYONE}.

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ABUNDANCE COOPERATIVE MARKET | PEPPERMINT | MACHINATOR CHAOS 

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

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Today’s #ootd: 1980’s bouclé sweater – Treasure Trove Vintage. Handcrafted necklace – Machinator Chaos.

There are 3 undeniable best-case scenarios when shopping

  1. Sale
  2. Everything Fits
  3. Shopping Finds You

Over the past 2 weeks, all three happened to me. And that’s exactly where I’ll start – #3. That’s what this post is dedicated to: The (Skeleton) Key to Shopping. Keying yourself in to the very spots + circumstances that make shopping feel:

  • fit
  • fun
  • and flawless

your skeleton key awaits

NATURAL FOODS MARKET – It’s not just the food.

I love shopping Abundance Cooperative Market. It’s on Marshall St, near downtown, just off Monroe, and it’s: Quiet. Uncrowded. Local/Organic/IPM/Non-GMO/Fair Trade. Delicious. … Plus, they have a beauty isle. I strongly encourage all of you to buy:

and

  • Make-up! Abundance is where I bought this Mineral Fusion lip balm. Only $9.99 {well-priced compared to its competitors} + friendlier to the face.

{ Bonus: It’s the perfect dewey-pink to give me that – Oh, I just woke up like this – look. }

 

TRUNK SHOWS – They’re not just for connoisseurs. 

Stepping inside Peppermint is like going to the cool kids’ party. You belong. Peppermint on Park + Meigs rivals any boutique I’ve ever been in (which includes: Davos, Switzerland; Rome, Italy; Paris, France; and those along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.) Owner Tanvi Asher:

More?? … Decor rivals the racks. Tanvi is an:

  • entrepreneur, designer, and seamstress {think Asher Bridal}
  • who creates artistically renowned window displays and interior store decor.

{ She a lady boss. }

She also hosts Trunk Shows for artists like Machinator Chaos. Meet your favorite artist face-to-face + sip on wine or champagne and snack on treats. Aside from having the opportunity to buy this incredibly well-priced handcrafted industrial necklace from Machinator Chaos and meet its maker (who is another young Barb!), I love Trunk Shows. They are:

  • Affordable – quality, one-of-a-kind, well made, handcrafted art.
  • Unpretentious – who says class has to be an ass?? Not me. A Peppermint Trunk Show: vibe is always right.
  • Awesome – self-explanatory.
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Look at that craftsmanship! Handmade by Barb of Machinator Chaos. Purchased at Peppermint Trunk Show.

VINTAGE SHOP – You don’t have to be rich, a fashionista, … or a grandma.

Do yourself a favor and find your favorite vintage–or thrift–shop in town. If you’re from Rochester, NY, look no further: Treasure Trove Vintage. Convenient – it’s in the same building as Peppermint on Park + Meigs!

{ Pssst – Everything is well-priced. Sweaters range from $15 – $20 pops a piece. Coats are a steal! Get your winter-on, now. }

At this point, a good 75% of my working wardrobe hails from TTV. Day dresses, party dresses; sweaters, skirts; casual wear, work wear; shoes, bags. I could go on. Why do I find Treasure Trove irresistible?

  • On Trend – Morgan, owner, has that eye. Every single time I’m in that shop, I find exactly what I’m swooning over. At Treasure Trove Vintage, it exists.
  • Quality – Morgan is a pro. All pieces are in premium shape. Combine that with the tendency for older clothing to be made better, anyway, and … you will own this piece for another 20 years.
  • Fit – It fits. All of it. I’m not talking miracles. (An XS still does not fit me.) I mean decades. Be it ’50’s waists, ’60’s hemlines, ’70’s styles, or ’80’s cuts … clothing from Treasure Trove Vintage fits, really well.
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The iron broke… 1990’s pencil skirt – Treasure Trove Vintage. Picture doesn’t do it justice.

I’ll be honest

I didn’t mean to shop the past 2 weeks. Shopping found me. Quality, Unique, Affordable, Handcrafted, Good for Me + Good for my Community shopping.

{ Psst. – For all my #ShopLocal finds … Follow me @babsiell on Instagram. }

I love when that happens. … Now go find your Skeleton Key.

#shoplocal

XO.

Sewn Seeds: Fashion Runway Show + Fundraiser.

SEWN SEEDS

SHOP PEPPERMINT | JOSEAN VARGAS

FASHION + RUNWAY SHOW

GIRLS ROCK + VERONA ST ANIMAL SOCIETY FUNDRAISER

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE | ASHER BRIDAL 

AT GOOD LUCK RESTAURANT FEAT WORLD HAIR AND ONE DANCE CO.

Designer. Ready-To-Wear. Vintage. Handmade. Cotton Candy Colored Rococo Wigs

This past Sunday I attended my 1st ever fashion + runway show. In Rochester, NY.

Art of the grandest scale.

The atmosphere of Good Luck to the ambience of Rochester’s independent fashion scene. The strong music selections to the modern dance performance. The diverse models to the exquisite design in fashion. The fantastical and surreal hair creations by World Hair. Sewn Seeds fashion + runway show was truly art. For full details, please read The Flower City Fashionista’s Sewn Seeds post by fellow Rochester Blogger Jenny Sanzo. She killed Sunday + she wrote a killer recap. Below, are selections from some of my favorites styles! Two Important Bits:

1. Camera/iPhone calling it quits near the end = woefully less phots of Asher Bridal. Check out Asher Bridal Instagram and Tanvi Asher Instagram for the goods!

2. Runway vids for each Fashion Line, for World Hair, + for One Dance Co. posted to Barbara Ellen Instagram.

3. Proceeds Benefit 2 Incredible Rochester Foundations! Girls Rock Rochester + Verona Street Animal Society. That is beauty, style, + class.

VIP PERSPECTIVE

TANVI ASHER | SHOP PEPPERMINT | READY-TO-WEAR SPRING 

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JOSEAN VARGAS | FORMAL WEAR 

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MORGAN DELAPA | TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE | GOWNS

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TANVI ASHER | ASHER BRIDAL | WEDDING + GOWNS

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CREDITS

DESIGNERS

JOSEAN VARGAS

WEBSITE: JOSEAN VARGASSEWN SEEDS

FACEBOOK: JOSEAN DESIGN

TWITTER: J VARGAS DESIGNJOSEAN

 

MORGAN DELAPA

WEBSITE: THE TREASURE TROVE

INSTAGRAM: TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

FACEBOOK: TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

TWITTER: TREASURE X TROVE

TUMBLR: TREASURE X TROVE

BLOG: THE TREASURE TROVE

SHOP: INSTORE

 

TANVI ASHER

WEBSITES: SHOP PEPPERMINT | SEWN SEEDS | ASHER BRIDAL

INSTAGRAM: TANVI ASHER | ASHER BRIDAL | SHOP PEPPERMINT

FACEBOOK: SHOP PEPPERMINT

TWITTER: SHOP PEPPERMINT APPAREL

BLOG: PEPPERMINT

SHOP: IN STORE | ONLINE

 

FEATURES

ONE DANCE COMPANY

WEBSITE: ONE DANCE COMPANY

FACEBOOK: ONE DANCE CO

 

WORLD HAIR

INSTAGRAM: WORLD HAIR

FACEBOOK: WORLD HAIR

 

FUNDRAISING

GIRLS ROCK! ROCHESTER

WEBSITE: GRR

FACEBOOK: GIRLS ROCK! ROCHESTER

 

VERONA STREET ANIMAL SOCIETY

WEBSITE: VSAS | ROCHESTER ANIMAL SERVICES

INSTAGRAM: VSAS_RAS

FACEBOOK: VERONA STREET ANIMAL SOCIETY

TWITTER: ROC VERONA ANIMALS

 

VENUE

GOOD LUCK RESTAURANT

WEBSITE: GOOD LUCK RESTAURANT

FACEBOOK: RESTAURANT GOOD LUCK

TWITTER: GOOD LUCK ROC

 

#shoplocal

#buylocal

#stylelocal

#dancelocal

#fashionlocal

#sewnseeds

XO.

Around Town: Shop Peppermint. Shop Favorites.

SHOP PEPPERMINT

121 Park Avenue

(Corner of Park + Meigs)

Rochester, NY 14607

SHOP BLOG LOOKBOOKRUNWAY

P: (585) 466-4396
E: shop.peppermint@gmail.com

regular store hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 11a – 7p
Saturday: 11a – 6p
Sunday & Monday: Closed

FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM PINTEREST TWITTER

There’s a bathroom in the hall–not sure it’s for public use–but. Technically, I could move in. And who needs curtains when you have famous window displays to rival those on Fifth Ave??

Shop Peppermint is more than just a hip boutique on Park Ave. Shop Peppermint is the House of Hip.

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Eclectic.
Statement necklaces.
Get you feeling Foxy.

Owner/Designer Tanvi Asher sells her own line! Any item with Peppermint label is a Tanvi Asher original. She produces 2 in each size, and has them made in NYC! Asher also supports Shop Local Art Local. While she sells wholesale fashion + accessories, she also handpicks the jewelry + other the rad goods of various local artists. Newest member? Claire Flair by Clair Albertson. { Needless to say, I’m insanely stoked. } Like your 1st friend who ever owned a record player before vinyl evenreturned, everything Tanvi purveys in her shop, imbues the space with the funk + magic.

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Individuality.
Beaded necklaces that display Peppermint’s variety.

Shop Peppermint Online is also a dream. Its theme transports you to a Lower East Village loft and directly into every fashion-worthy scene.

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Claire Flair.
Funky + Elegant Rings from Vintage Materials.

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In Store.
Pretty + shiny for spring.

This Sunday, at Good Luck Restaurant, Tanvi also debuts her Bridal Line: A | B. Asher Bridal, along with Josean Vargasand Treasure Trove Vintage, showcase the local fashion culture … I got VIP. Quick! Stop in or go online to purchase yours before they sell out!!

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Shop Peppermint will always be my favorite. Not my first Rochester boutique. But my favorite. I hope you enjoy these phots from this past Friday, my most recent impromptu visit.

From Fundraising + Charity Work to Bridal + Design: I cannot wait to interview Tanvi + tell you more about  Behind the Scenes!!

Until then…

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Cooper.
You all come back now.

BOUTIQUES + DESIGNERS + RESTAURANTS

CLAIRE FLAIR

GOOD LUCK RESTAURANT

JOSEAN VARGAS

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

#shoppeppermint

#shoplocal

#artlocal

#sewnseeds

XO.