Vintage Gems

Hello everyone.

So, it’s no news to anyone here that I enjoy vintage clothing. I have a number of fantastic vintage pieces, some of which you have seen here. There’s just something amazing about finding pieces that are so beautiful, and in beautiful condition. It’s absolutely like finding a gem from years past, and what’s even better, is that they generally sell for next to nothing. I’m the proud owner of a silk Oleg Cassini gown that was purchased for $10, which I wore to a San Francisco Ballet Gala years past. No matter what the occasion, you’re guaranteed to be the only one in your outfit. While I haven’t necessarily found many of my personal pieces here, Juniper Tree Vintage in Alameda is one of my favorite stores to browse through. If you ever want to recapture that childhood awe felt when going through your mother’s clothes, this is the place for you.


I walked in, saw this beauty, and made a beeline for the dressing room. Sadly, true to vintage style, I could only get the zipper halfway up. Sizes have changed a lot since 1950, so don’t take it personally ladies!



(Look closely for my ghost-self mirrored in the display case.)

These rhinestone pieces have been my favorites since I was young- “Princess jewelry,” I would call it. My mother had a vintage piece in this style and I would frequently put it on my head and pretend it was a crown.

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I miraculously found this 1960’s dress on the half-off rack. It was in almost perfect condition, except for the fact that they zipper was non-functional. And, the fact that I could only get the dress just past my knees. If it weren’t for these two minute details, I would have taken it home with me. Such a shame!

I definitely have a passion for vintage fashion. I think it goes hand in hand with my deep admiration for Audrey Hepburn, and the fact that I sometimes wish we still dressed up as much as past decades. As long as I can mix my Americana love of denim, with full skirts and beautiful jewelry, I’m a happy girl.


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