7SV – seventh street vintage

Hi guys! Some of you know about the new endeavor I’ve been working on, but for those who don’t, over the last 6 months I have been gathering a collection of fine vintage pieces from thrift stores around the country. I’ve put them together and am exhibiting them in my loft apartment in downtown LA. I’m calling it “seventh street vintage” or simply “7SV.” For those who don’t live in LA, you will able to shop my website: seventhstreetvintage.com {COMING SOON}. I do appointments for those in LA who are able to swing by and shop the collection in person. I also do personal shopping. Say you’re looking for rustic, vintage cowboy boots. I’m your girl. Say you’re looking for punk-y, 80’s inspired street wear. I’m your girl once again! Email me at seventhstreetvintage@gmail.com with any questions/inquiries.

So a few things:

1) if you’re in LA, call/text 323.374.3350 if you’d like to set up a time to view the collection.

2) if you have vintage of your own, email seventhstreetvintage@gmail.com with pictures, and I will get back to you about purchasing your goods. {the goal is the develop my collection into even better quality!}

3) Like 7SV on facebook for more updates.

4) Follow me on tumblr for inspiration.

5) stay tuned! my website will be up shortly!

Here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come:

1993 silk studded jacket, $17

pin-up polka dotted dress, $15

diva moomoo, $16

Shop Review: Taxi CDC – Echo Park, LA

Living in Los Angeles, you wouldn’t exactly consider Echo Park to be one of the cities’ better shopping destinations. Although delicious taco trucks, cheap bar specials and broke hipsters may come to mind, specialty shopping isn’t one of EP’s most notable enticements. However, like most neighborhoods in LA, it has its glorious gems. Take Taxi CDC for example. Luring me inside with a colorfully-patterned display of sale items, I knew I was in for a treat. Putting a spin on vintage shopping, the owner and designer Deborah Brosenne, has taken ordinary classic pieces such as button-ups, polos, and t-shirts and created one-of-a-kind designs in the form of dresses, tanks, tube tops, you name it. They even have a small section for men. Along with the one-of-a-kinds, the other side of the shop had less “re-worked” vintage clothing for sale at amazingly low prices. I bought a pair of black aviators with a red middle strip for only $3. I was also impressed with the array of simple {yet incredibly unique} jewelry made by Nous Savons, handmade fur and feather creations by the Feathered Leopard, as well as their wide selection of vintage Coach shoulder bags and Justin boots. I noticed the key trend with everything in the store was quality.

After making friends with the sales girl {hi Berry!!} I took some pretty pics and left with my sunglasses, excited about my cool local shop.¬† I thought about what Berry told me, how Deborah’s focus is to create a less disposable society. If we all did something creative with the clothing we don’t care for anymore, our closets would be much less packed with worthless stuff and much more of an inspiration…

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Taxi CDC is located at 2148 Sunset Blvd on the south side just east of Alvarado.

Mini-vaca essentials [a la Spring 2011]

Going on a mini-trip this week to Palm Springs and San Diego! Super excited to a) see a great friend of mine b) roadtrip around CA and c) see the San Diego Zoo for the first time. I’ve always been a light packer, rarely bringing more than one bag anywhere I go. The key is to pack versatile pieces that you can mix-n-match so you won’t have to worry about repeating outfits.

After leaving work this afternoon, my co-worker and I should hit the Santa Monica Promenade for some last minute things I needed. We visited Forever 21 first (since I’m on a budget) with a mission to get some white pants & a swim suit top to match my new American Apparel¬†bottoms. Only $50 later, I left with some amazing pale pink pants, seafoam green shorts and a beautiful purple linen-blend jacket. Great finds, although my actual “mission” was unaccomplished.

We went from Forever to the thrift store Crossroads Trading Company on 4th and Broadway. I’ve had really great luck there before (scored some vintage Charles David cognac boots for $18) and, yet again, left with a couple unbelievable pieces. As soon as I walked in I came across a beautiful pair of Pedro Garcia look alikes by Nine West. They’re olive green, my current favorite color to rock. I also scored a pair of sky blue Adriano Goldschmied jeans brand new with tags (originally $188) for $15! Apparently the color is hard to find too, I can’t find them anywhere online. Here are my beautiful (and comfy!) sandals. They’ll go with everything!

As you might tell, this spring is about color, color, color. Personally, I’m gravitating towards pale, sorbet shades, however bolder colors are everywhere as well. Color blocking can be seen at Gucci, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jil Sander, and Proenza Schouler.

Gucci S/S 2011 via guiltygirlsnyc.wordpress.com

Diane Von Furstenburg s/s 2011 via shannoneileenblog.typepad.com

Jil Sander s/s 2011 via sunshinefullofsmiles.blogspot.com

Proenza Schouler Spring 2009 (way ahead of trend) via shopmycloset.blogspot.com

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Back to the trip, I’m going for four days and three nights, which is just short enough to be able to pack one medium bag along with my large tote. Since the destinations I’m heading to are warm, I’m only bringing one pair of pants, my new AG jeans. I have a long, casual plaid/tiedye dress that’ll be perfect for transitioning from day to night. My new green shorts are a must. As well as a couple white/beige loose fitting tops that would match everything. My green heels and my nude flats will suffice for shoes, but since we’ll be going on a boat I HAVE to bring my neon blue Sperry’s as well ;)

A toiletry bag, my camera and a couple pairs of pjs and I’m all set! Have a good week everyone! Be back on Friday with a followup :) And to let you know what I forgot..

xo, Amanda