Treasure Trove Vintage feat. Anjolee DeMaroux Photography: Curated Vintage.

1960’s Chiffon + Taffeta Dress. Won via Auction at Sewn Seeds Fashion Show to support Verona Street Animal Society and Girls Rock Rochester.

{ photography by Anjolee Eggleston of                       

Anjolee de Maroux photography. }

TREASURE TROVE VINTAGE

PARK + MEIGS

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A Curated Vintage Shop.

WHO:  Morgan DeLapa.

WHAT:  Vintage Clothing Boutique.

WHERE: Park + Meigs. (Same building as World Hair, Peppermint, + Scratch Bake Shop.)

WHEN: Vintage by soul. Acquiring since 2009. Blog since 2010. Park Ave shop since 2013.

WHY: Inspired by the “old-fashioned” style of grandmother and mother {Honey DeLapa, Morgan’s mom, is totally a PIC Partner In Crime} where, “You get dressed up, and you look nice to go out.”

HOW: Style. Eye. General Dopeness. Self-Educated.

ANJOLEE DEMAROUX PHOTOGRAPHY

by ANJOLEE EGGLESTON

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Back when I converted from Barbara Ellen Writes to Barbara Ellen Shops Local, I lost some content because … I did it wrong. {That’s what happens when you go rouge on Capra Strategy. Don’t do it. But know that if you did, they will fix everything you don’t totally bomb.} That means the 1st feature I posted on Treasure Trove Vintage is history.

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Dress – 1950’s rare Peter Pan collar drop-waist dress.
Bag – 1960’s vinyl bag.

Huge bummer.

What happens when we trash beautiful pieces we’re meant to keep??

Morgan finds them!

Or you get some more. And that is where Treasure Trove Vintage + Anjolee DeMaroux Photography come in. I interviewed my insanely rad friends: curator and owner Morgan DeLapa on her vintage boutique + Renaissance woman photographer Anjolee DeMaroux, who also did my hair + make-up + helped me giggle as I sauntered the streets of Park Ave.

These women are what’s up.

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“Do I really want to do this or is it just a fun side project to distract me from being an adult?”

STYLE Knowing Treasure Trove Vintage and owner Morgan DeLapa only make sense if you know and understand Morgan’s insanely unique and polished, eclectic and put-together style. She makes Brooklynites + Upper East Siders jealous, and baby doesn’t even live in NYC. {Even though it is her favorite city.} To keep track I follow her blog: The Treasure Trove.

I honestly cannot even handle Morgan’s natural cool. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

BEGINNINGS It’s almost impossible to believe it when you see the collection at Treasure Trove and when you imagine all of the pieces Morgan, herself, owns. But Morgan DeLapa began acquiring vintage pieces just 5 years ago, in 2009. On the first vintage dress c. 1970’s she bought back in high school, Morgan explains: “It’s ridiculously ugly but beautiful at the same time.” Therein lies the crux of the infatuation with vintage. Sometimes it’s beautiful, and sometimes it’s a beautiful disaster. Thing is, with pieces from Treasure Trove Vintage, you’re going to stun.

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Dress – 1960’s silk chiffon dress. Sold. But there are many more options available. Perfect for weddings + prom.
Necklace – 1950’s lilac beads.

“I wanted to give them a new home that wasn’t the dumpster. I thought they were so great, that they had to be shared with the world.”

In 2010 Morgan started her blog. When she began buying vintage pieces that were not just her size, she started selling on eBay in 2011. Shortly after, Morgan opened her first shop in Honeoye Falls in the photography studio her mother owned.

“It was my dream to have a store on Park Ave.”

When a listing opened up on Park Avenue in 2013, Morgan was reluctant to check-out the then Peppermint space. “I was looking more in the South Wedge because of price,” and, on the size of the shop, Morgan was, “worried she wouldn’t have enough to restock.”

But some things are just meant to be.

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1960’s paisley dress. Modern wedges – purchased by me.

The building owner wanted another clothing shop to rent. Morgan named her price. She got it. The lease was signed in April 2013. Treasure Trove Vintage opened May 4, 2013.

“If I don’t do this now, someone else will.”

THE STORE When you walk into Treasure Trove Vintage, located in a building whose address is Park Ave with storefront facing Meigs–{think original location of Shop Peppermint}–you walk into a wonderland. It’s like being 5 and stepping into you grandmother’s, your aunt’s, and your mom’s closets–when all of those people are some of the coolest people you know–looking up, and being mesmerized. You want to wear the red glossy heels even if they are a few sizes to big because they just make you feel amazing.

Morgan describes her boutiques as a “curated vintage shop.” This means that she chooses only select pieces, between the 1900’s to the 1990’s (no later than 1994). It also means that, when she started, she was worried she wouldn’t have enough pieces to keep in-stock.

THE EYE While restocking has never been an issue as Morgan feared, curating vintage pieces is not easy. Aside from sourcing, Morgan has actively self-educated and trained her eye to understand time period and why styles were invented when they were. Tags are also important. Someone as trained as Morgan can name the decade and or time period a piece originated based on tags, alone. Or even buttons and zippers.

Morgan just has it.

Training ones’ self, however, doesn’t make the final cut. Morgan just has it. The eye. For fashion, style, vintage, for what people will and will not wear.

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Coat – 1960’s trapeze coat.
Dress – 1950’s/’60’s camel dress. I bought it.

Take it from me–I own about 10+ Treasure Trove Vintage pieces, ranging from heels to blazers to dresses to belts, and I have a seriously hard time leaving that store without picking something up, each time I go in, because pieces are that well priced + fit like a glove. All of Morgan’s pieces are incredibly wearable.

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Dress – See above.
Necklace – 1940’s/’50’s trifari metal necklace.
Heels – 1980’s Saks on Fifth Ave.

They translate timelessly to today with the allure of yesterday and the attitude of sugar.

THE EVENTS Park Ave Fest is this weekend!!! {I can’t believe it.} Treasure Trove will be around and even has a Sneak Peak this Friday, 8/1 for all of those who want to beat the crowds. Sales on summer + regular merchandise will be priced.

It was actually this time last year at Park Ave Fest when I first met Morgan + bought a beautiful brown blouse that buttons-up the back. I wanted to buy everything. {Slowly working on that.}

PARK AVE FEST

this weekend

SNEAK PEAK | FRI 8/1 – PREVIEW SALE

sales on summer merchandise + regular merchandise

SIDEWALK SALE | SAT 8/2 + SUN 8/3

try-on in-store

Get your glamour girls, get out to Treasure Trove Vintage. And let me know what you find.

And for portfolio, commercial, fine art, wedding, engagement, boudoir, or 2nd shooting photograph – get at my girl Anjolee Eggleston of Anjolee DeMaroux Photography. She transforms.

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Dress – 1950’s/’60/s Camel Dress. I bought it.
Coat – 1960’s trapeze coat.

Thank you to Morgan DeLapa, owner + curator of Treasure Trove Vintage, and Anjolee Eggleston, stylist + photographer/owner of Anjolee DeMaroux Photography. Proud to call you both my friends + Boss Ladies.

#shoplocal

#photolocal

#vintage

XO.

How To. Neons + Nautical: Modern & Sexy Twist on a Summer Classic.

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Barbara Ellen has been on Spring/Summer Break + getting the makeover of her lifetime. Now she’s back! Tightened + toned {the blog, not the lady…}, and she’s ready to get down with some summer stylin’. While “away,” Barbara Ellen {me} has learned a lot. One of my newest, most favorite blogs that I’ve found is irockpolkadots by this Rochester Blogger, Babe, + Beauty. One of Steph’s recent posts {July 18} focuses on Nautical Themed Events. Beaches. BBQs. Bars. Basically, summer is one big, nautical party. You have to check this out.


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Red. White. Blue. Navy. {Or even black!}: just like Steph suggests. These primary colors anchor every nautical wardrobe. For summertime, I also love to add a neon counterpart. Classic to Modern. Demure to Sexy. It’s juxtaposition at its fashion-ahoy-t. Here is my guide:

 

Classic Nautical                                          Modern Nautical

-Red                                                               -Neon Orange, Hot Pink, Coral

-White                                                            -Neon Yellow

-Blue                                                              -Turquoise

 

Be it stripes, stars, polka dots, or an accent piece of jewelry, neon (& bright stone-toned) accents are a spicy way to summer-ize your nautical.

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My Favs                                                                               Modern Nautical

-Chevron Necklace (The Knotty Owl #SL)                            -Neon Orange

-Chain Bracelet (Claire Flair #SL)                                         -Neon Green 

-Flower Studs (Thanks @nicolejaclyn!!)                                -Chartreuse

-Striped Neons Bikini (Victoria’s Secret)                              -Neons

-Nautical Muscle Tank (Marge’s #SL)                                  -Neon Yellow (also neon pink!)

-Striped Tennis Tank (Target)                                               -Neon Yellow

-Striped Oversize A Tee (HM)                                               -Neon Orange

Any neon twist on a classic nautical piece is sexy + summery. Clutches. Phone Cases. Nail Polishes. Bracelets. Boat Shoes. … Enjoy your nautical + enjoy the rest of your summer!!

 

Ahoy Maties.

XO.

Shop Local. Peppermint & Small Business Saturday #ROC .

Small Business Saturday.
Hair Bows. Peppermint.
Not to be confused with the amazing Bow Ties. (In the back.)
Small Biz Sat, the day after Black Friday & 2 days before Cyber Monday, is your chance to support the local, emerging, & growing economies in your neighborhood. Normally shop for veg at the grocery store? Try your local farmers’ market. Looking for unique holiday gifts? Hop to a hip boutique. Looking for a tasty bite to eat … other than some turkey?? Mom ‘n’ Pop restaurant is the way to go. To those of us still standing after the Grey and Black deluge of retail that flooded our stores as the tryptophan sank-in: Remember this one thing…

Doesn’t have to be Small Business Saturday 
for an excuse to Shop Local.
Classic Cameo. Edgy Cameo.
Exactly what Peppermint’s all about. (I bought two!)
In fact, I shopped today, Black Friday 2012. Great thing about boutique shopping (aside from it is awesome) is that stores are not necessarily overrun. Or, while certainly busier, definitely not death-defying. So, let me tell you about one of the best & newest boutiques in Rochester.
Peppermint.
 
Envelope Purse. Holiday Wish List 2012. 
Want that blue baby with the yellow! … But any will do.
I am absolutely obsessed & infatuated in all senses of the words. For one, Tanvi,  owner of Peppermint, partners with local artisans to bring you the most unique and beautiful in meaningful jewelry. For two, Tanvi, designer of fashion apparel, designs several of the dresses & apparel items herself. SHE DESIGNS THEM HERSELF. THEY ARE ONE-OF-A-KINDS. MADE IN NEW YORK CITY. ONLY 6 PER DESIGN TOTAL. That is domestic. That is diva. I love her designs.
Love at First Sight (online) with this Lace Peplum.
Look Closely or Look Above … Classic Cream Cameo.
Owner & designer Tanvi brings such freshness & class to all that she does, from Peppermint’s hip/quirky/vintage/classic style to the bright/clean/luminous space of her store, that it’s easy to continually shop for more. Not only did Tanvi remember that the last time I shopped, I was in-recovery from a migraine & so, this evening, asked if I felt better, but aslo, she offered advice for a dress on which I could not decide. I’ll be honest with you. I promise. Absolutely, I believed. And, I am so glad that I did.
Pics doesn’t do this justice.
Love that it’s Asian-inspired. Perfect w a Skeleton Cameo.
Finally, friends: parting gifts. Tanvi, every now & again, subtly sneaks a gift bag into your own. During Rochester’s Fashion Week it was a full-on grab bag filled with goodies. This evening, a complimentary strand of Birds of Paradise to brighten the holiday season. What’s more? She consistently interacts with patrons via social media (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram).  Check out the pic of my ugly sweater on her Facebook homepage! If that’s not dedication to the community that she serves, then someone, please, find me a Webster.
Tanvi via Insty.
Complimentary & Beautiful Birds of Paradise.
So. For all of your holiday finds, indulgent dreams, & Small Business Saturday sprees, Shop Local & Shop Peppermint. (The website is good, but the store, incredible. So go!)
Something for everyone.
Bit of whimsy for we older souls.
 
#ShopLocal
#ShopPeppermint
Be Pepperminty.
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Looks. Fall Fashion Favorites 2012.

Fall Fashion Favorites 2012.
(Inspired by this post from Fashion Style Advice.)
 
Alright fashionistas. It’s all about texture. Leather. Wool. Silk. Chains. And it’s all about shape. Boxy. Skinny. Structured. Sleek. So heat up some cider. Snuggle into that blanky. Pretend like it’s raining (unless it is). Visualize a few multi-colored pumpkins: coral, white, gray, & navy. (Why not.) And let’s fall into some fashion.

 
Fall Fashion Favorites.
Fall into the Mix.

Saturday Night.
Outfit from Fall Fashion Favorites selections.

 

Casual & cute.
Stretch cottons. Slimming stripes. Co-ed chic.
Back: Long-Sleeved Cream. Wool with Side Zipper. Sweat Shirt.
Front: Favorite Gray V. Pouf Sleeve. Breton. All Three.

Tips: 

1. Shop at Big-Lots?? And find a gray V-neck T that keeps it shapes after multiple wears. (Febreze.) … That Gray T? A Momsly find from Big Lots. (I know!) It is my most favorite, most chic, most versatile piece in my entire wardrobe. To work with a black pant. Fav bar with a high waisted black skirt. Brunch with some blue skinnies. …You get it. 
2. I even wore the red sweatshirt-like (AE) long-sleeved shirt to work on casual Friday. It required a sophisticated cropped black pant (see below) & some pearl earrings. But this sucker I’ve had since senior year of high school, so. That’s staying, power. 
 
Rolled cuffs. Skinny silhouette. Denim, blue, & grays.
Clockwise Left: Denim skinny, ankle length with roll.
Gray LOFT stretch,  tight skinny cropped. Blue HM denim, relaxed skinny cropped with roll. All three.
Tips: 
1. Jeans too long? Roll them.
2. Don’t be afraid of a skinny jean that fits tightly to the skin. (Coming from a gal who has cankles… .) The less material at the ankle, the better. Creates a lean, slimming line. 
3. Pick something with a good amount of stretch, & walk-it-out.
Work-it.
Patterns. Luxe. Structure. Lace & Plaid. Sheer. Classic.
Top:
Dresses with waists, ruffles, cut-outs, & florals.
Sweaters that are over-sized but offer structure
Middle: Blazers with stretch, elbow pads, & sleeves that roll.
Bottom: Blouses with accents, surprising lines, & monochrome.
Shells to lay gracefully over your skin, that can stand alone.
Tips: 
1. Try something new. (Like a cut-out dress… .) 
2. Work with bold patterns, especially when they’re color-blocked by a neutral. You’ll be surprised how much of a staple, season after season, a piece like the gray-paisley Anthropologie dress becomes. Especially because it holds the classic shape of a sheath dress.
3. Find a quality blazer. Now. (Bend your arms a few times when trying on to make sure shoulders feel comfortable. If they do not. Put it back. Move on.) You will wear it almost everyday & probably out at night, as well.
4. Plaid. Do it. Lace. Wear it.
5. Sheer blouses. Go go go. Even if you don’t wear it to work (or yet), you will wear it out. Also, find a blouse with a varied neckline. Move away from the collar and the plain ole’ V. Get inspired by vintage lines & looks.
6. Invest in shells. Tanks. What have you. Not just season after season, but year after year, you will use these in your wardrobe in infinitesimal ways.
Cropped hem. Trousered denim.
Clockwise from Left:
Cropped black stretch pant.
Cropped, cuffed tweed pant. Denim trouser-style flare pant.
Tips:
1. Try a cropped pant. Nothing’s sexier, & yet more demure, than a heel, an ankle peeking out, and a tweed that hits just above. (There’s a reason these ankle-things were banned from public viewings at one point.)
2. Buy the Banana Sloan in black. (Most amazing pair of pants that I own. Look good no matter how I’m feeling or if I’ve gained weight. They are magic. Black magic. I don’t care how much they cost. Buy!)

3. Slim silhouettes are in, yes. But if it’s denim, and it’s creased, think about a flare. Thank you ’40’s.

Is that a culot?
Clockwise from Left: Pleated, patterned skirt with belt.
Pleated, high waisted skirt with pockets. Black culot with high waist and pockets. All three.
Tips:
1. Patterns, pleats, & bobs. This Target skirt has it all, even pockets. (Even better.) In this pic, you can’t see the old-fashioned key pattern. And that’s good. When you have so many cutesy, fashion things going on, make sure that at least one of them is subtle.
2. Go school-girl. But make sure it’s quality shape & quality material. Look adult. Not cheap.
3. Buy a culot if it is on sale. Then wear it & notice how it does not rise up in between your thighs whenever you walk. So pair it with tights, get your ankle boot on. You don’t look like your Kindergarten teacher from the early ’90’s. You look hot. And sophisticated. And surprisingly comfortable.
Out-do yourself.
Boots. Bags & Pashs. Jackets. Jewels & Bobs.
Clockwise from Left: Riding boots. Ankle boots. Buckles & boots.
Leather bags. Vintage bags. Pashminas in neutrals. Trench coat & leather piece.
Turquoise, corals, chains, grandpa’ watches, pearls, & roses.

Tips:
1. Buckles on boots. Dark leather-like riding. If anything.
2. Vintage bags. Leather bags (investment). Pashminas will never ever go out of style. (Leopard counts as neutral!)
3. If you see a Kenneth Cole trench on-sale post-season, you will buy it even if you think it’s above your budget. Because it will be the biggest investment piece of your life. And then, you will save it for future generations to come so you can somehow, someday bequeath it to your daughter, & she can then blog about the genuine ’70’s leather jacket she now owns.
4. Go to church sales. Buy the old lady jewels. You look good.

Dark skinny. True jegging.
Clockwise from Left: Both jeans. Only 2 I wear out.
Express Zelda skinny. Aero black jegging. (So worth it.)

Tips:
1. If you’ve never, try Express jeans. (Work pants, too, while you’re at it!) They last forever. That pair on the left has seen some rough times & all it has to show for it? Tiny pin-hole in the knee like it’s a badge of honor.
2. Jegging. This post about the Fun. concert will show many of the same pieces here, arranged into outfits, & it will also define the varying types of jegging, if you will.

Keep cozy.

Cozy doesn’t have a time of day.
Top: Box ‘o’ socks for use with ‘jamas, & also quite chic atop a skinny to pad the riding boot.
Bottom: L.L. Bean wool slippers. Lifetime guarantee. I could sleep in these puppies. (Haven’t.  …Yet.)

 Tips:
1. Must-have knee-high socks. Trend started last year. Not going away this year. Or probably next. But goes beyond fashion. Also incredibly functional. Add sass to your step, yes, & warmth to your toes. Also easy transition into the pajama. I don’t hate that.
2. Buy these slippers. Ask for them for your birthday. Even if it’s in July. Your feet and your soul will thank you.

xo.