Loveday 31: The Intimate Shopping Experience

A few weekends ago, Vickie and I went vintage shopping, not at our usual spots but in Astoria, Queens at Loveday 31 Vintage.

Walking in your greeted with the sweet mix of 90s hip-hop and 70s disco. After the music, the next thing that hits you, are vibrant colors of the shop. Color abounds at Loveday 31 Vintage, and not only on the racks but also on the painted walls. This shop has a 20th century modern feel, sans framed photos of 60s era luminaries.

Ivona Bilicic, the owner of Loveday 31 used to be a buyer for acclaimed NoHo thrift shop: Screaming Mimi’s, so she knows her stuff.  She finds all the pieces herself and doesn’t stock anything newer than about 1990, with the exception of some accessories by local artists.  Everything is in absolutely perfect condition, and the prices can’t be beat. Unlike other stores that claim they are vintage where they are just recycling clothes donated from customers.

Purses and clutches are displayed on shelves. This shelf makes me think of that scene in The September Issue where the camera pedestals up the shelf showing all the purses and shoes. You know, the scene that made you drool?

I came into Loveday, this time aiming to get a few accessories; I did achieve my goal in these rad gold frames.  They kind of remind me of something Michelle Pfeiffer’s character in Scarface would wear.  The frames are a perfect addition to any piece of outerwear (hint on upcoming #ootd post this week!)

This black and white cardigan tho! I am a cardigan fanatic! A skinny jean, sexy tank, cardigan and boots are my weekend uniform. What I love about this cozy cardigan, I can also wear it with a black or grey shift dress for work :)

Vickie rocked a few shades and scored vintage rings. Check out her post on Loveday 31 from a real estate perspective at Gousse Guidebook for Real Estate.

If you are looking to venture out for vintage, I strongly recommend Loveday 31 for an intimate shopping experience.  What better way to treat yourself then to curated vintage?

Loveday 31 is located at 33-06 31st Avenue in Astoria, Queens.

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xo

Kos

Leather Up

Cold today, warm tomorrow. NYC you confuse me with your cray weather, but I still love ya! It feels like every February NYC gets a rush of warm weather, than a blizzard the next day.  It can get tricky at times figuring out what to wear.

Since NYC was blessed with 60 degree weather the other day, I went to my favorite material: LEATHER.  It's a rad base to build any outfit.  And it's adaptable in semi warm or cold weather. Esp if you are meeting clients, running errands, or finally grabbing that long overdue drink with a friend.   

Vintage leather skirt purchased at Hamlet's Vintage, Shoe: Rag & Bone Newbury Boot, Bag: JCrew, Vest: Vintage hand-me-down from my sister, Turtleneck-White & Warren, R2D2 Necklace: Love and Madness, Lipstick: Smashbox Bing Matte

Vintage leather skirt purchased at Hamlet's Vintage, Shoe: Rag & Bone Newbury Boot, Bag: JCrew, Vest: Vintage hand-me-down from my sister, Turtleneck-White & Warren, R2D2 Necklace: Love and Madness, Lipstick: Smashbox Bing Matte

 A good leather skirt, leather jacket, and a knit makes the in between weather much bearable to deal with. One of my style goals this year is to build my leather wardrobe up adding a few rad neutrals: light browns and nude pinks. Leather has def become my base of choice as I get older, no fuss, makes a sexy statement in a sophisticated way! Leather Up!

Photography by Steve Zak

Photography by Steve Zak

The vest has sentimental value, it was actually my sister's in the early 90s! It's super duper vintage and a gem :)

The vest has sentimental value, it was actually my sister's in the early 90s! It's super duper vintage and a gem :)

xo

Kos

WCW: Jordan Dene of Jordandené

You may have seen me post about the rad Jordandené brand on my social media pages, I love her tees! They have been my staple for working out and going out!  I have followed the founder Jordane Dene for a while and met her at Potter Con last summer.   No surprised that I brought three tees!  The tees are super soft and great to layer with a blazer or cardigan!

Founder Jordan Dene in February's Shirt of the Month Tee

Founder Jordan Dene in February's Shirt of the Month Tee

What is so rad about products at Jordandené is that, they are geek inspired but they are subtle enough to wear everyday!  The collection of tees, aprons, and houseware are comprised of quotes from a variety of geek universes: Star Wars, Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Pokemon, Harry Potter, and Doctor Who.  

O.C.O: What inspired you to create the Jordandene brand? 

J.D: Jordandené started as a need to combine good design with my favorite nerdy things. I felt like most of the geeky products I wanted to buy weren’t very feminine or very flattering or honestly didn’t look very good, and I wanted to change that!

O.C.O: You have a rad range of universes for a nerd to choose from, which two are your favorite?

J.D: My favorite universes are absolutely Harry Potter and Marvel

O.C.O: How do you select the t-shirt of the month?

J.D: The shirt of the month is usually based on a design or fandom I want to experiment with. Because it’s only available for thirty days, I have a bit more freedom to try out something that may or may not be incredibly successful. Sometimes the ideas come from e-mails or comments from my sweet customers, and sometimes they’re ideas I love but don’t have room to permanently add them to the website.

O.C.O: If you had the chance to dress your favorite fandom actor or actress who would it be?

J.D: I would freak out if I got to dress Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

O.C.O: What advice would you give for aspiring entrepreneurs?

J.D: My best advice for new entrepreneurs is to find a group of people to support you. Thanks to the Internet, there are so many communities of other small business owners to join, and their advice will make the biggest difference. (My favorite one is http://thinkcreativecollective.com/). I love being able to bounce ideas off other people who understand the industry, as well as trade advice on new social platforms, marketing ideas, and organizational tools. Plus, you can all help support each other’s businesses!

Photo credit: templetonhonorscollege.com

Photo credit: templetonhonorscollege.com

NYC Friend’s! Jordan will be part of the Geek Girls do Galantine’s Day panel on February 13th at The Strand!  The event includes refreshments by Maison Kayser and an opportunity to purchase Jordandené products as well! Buy ticket’s here.

xo

Kos