Saturday, March 21, 2009
See Jane Shop
I've been an Austinite for going on 8 years now, but i'm ashamed to admit that there are many "Austin-y" things i've yet to do... i've only been to 2 football games (altho i've watched countless ones on the telly), i'm afraid to go to Town Lake by myself b/c the one time i did i got seriously lost (apparently that's impossible to do, but for moi, it IS possible), and i haven't even been to Austin City Limits (YET). One of the things that people love about Austin is its treasure trove of vintage/thrift stores. My extent of "thrifting" consists of going to Buffalo Exchange to sell clothes and finding a couple of must-haves in the process. I don't really have the patience to sift through the loads of crap you often must get through to get to the good stuff. Plus, i must confess, a small part of me (the OCD part) has issues with trying on/buying used clothing. (Especially shoes... ew) Still, some of the BEST outfits i see on the web and in real life include vintage items, plus it's very eco-friendly, n'est ce pas? Well, when i DO start shopping again, i've found a GREAT vintage store in Austin that involves little to no sifting as the ladies who own this shop have done all the weeding out for you! Feathers Vintage Boutique is off a small side street on the much-loved South Congress. The shop basically consists of 4 very small rooms with a little bit of everything - clothes, jewelry, shoes, handbags, belts, and even vintage Playboy magazines (a woman in there bought one for her husband as a birthday present of the year he was born - kinda sweet, huh?). I've read about Feathers in various fashion magazines and saw great reviews on Yelp, but i must confess that my intention today was twofold.
After reading that Jane (of Sea of Shoes) was in Austin and planning to visit Feathers today, i sent her an email (thinking there's no WAY she'll respond to me in time) asking what time she expected to be there b/c i'd love to meet her. Imagine my surprise when i got a response from her!! Soooo oui, i met the beautiful, sweet, and impeccably stylish Jane Aldridge, and she is a complete doll.
(In the spirit of Jane, i'm wearing H&M dress, F21 sweater vest, Linea Pelle belt, and Jeffrey Campbell shoes)
As you can see from the picture, she is exactly one-half of me. (Most noteworthy is the size of her head compared to mine... as if i needed more proof that i have a freakishly large head.) Very VERY slim, delicate, kind of like a Victorian doll, wearing her signature Ann Demeulemeester lace-up boots (this time in a very spring-friendly white). She is sweet, soft-spoken, and yes, only 17 years old. She complimented my shoes (Jeffrey Campbell) and toe nail polish (Essie in Mesmerize), and that just about did it for me. ;-) (And Sarah?? I told her you were bummed that you were missing out, and she totally knew who you were and says HELLO!)
Anyway, i've just woken up from a long nap and need to re-orient myself. But i promised you'd be the first to know! Ciao for now, darlings.