C. MADELEINE’S. miami

C. MADELEINE’S. miami

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C. Madeleines is a luxury vintage consignment shop in North Miami, and is my heaven!  They have all of the tools to let your inner drag queen loose, and boy did I.  I love eccentric clothes and accessories…to me, the bigger, the better!  Needless to say, I tried on feathers and fur galore…I don’t usually post photos of myself on this blog, but these pieces come to life on a body, and I was happy to oblige.  😉

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postcards from navigli, milano

postcards from navigli, milano

Navigli at night

 

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Navigli means “canals” in Italian. There are two main canals remaining in Milano: Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese, which form an upside-down V shape on a map. The Navigli neighborhood is where I called home. It is a charming area full of unpretentious cafés, boutiques, and bars, and is a hotspot for starting the weekend off with an aperitivo. I like it during the day more, because it is quiet and unassuming, and there are plenty of vintage shops to visit.

 

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The last Sunday of each month there is a HUGE antique market in the streets surrounding the navigli, which I absolutely loved…I spent hours there each month, and highly recommend it to anyone who likes antiques/vintage. Prices are high, but it is worth a look!

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GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II. milano

GALLERIA VITTORIO EMANUELE II. milano

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Milano knows shopping, and does it in style.

LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO. puerto vallarta, mexico

LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO. puerto vallarta, mexico

LS shop outside

 

LS embroidered tops
Various Mexican hand embroidered & woven tops.
LS Vignette
Otomi embroidered pillows & woven bags

Pillows

A wonderfully friendly saleswoman displaying one of my favorite Otomi embroidered textile for a photo op.
Handkerchiefs & Doilies
Embroidered handkerchiefs & doilies!

 

I happened across this shop when walking near my hotel, and what a find!  These are the kinds of shops I really cherish…full of traditional handmade products, items of days gone by.  It does not have the ambience of the boutiques I highlighted in Sayulita, but there are little treasures to be found nonetheless. Also, I love to feel like I am discovering something special, it’s the hunter in me.  🙂  I bought a dress, handkerchief, and some small embroidered gifts…definitely could have bought more!

 

LA SURTIDORA DEL CENTRO: Morelos 256, colonio centro
puerto vallarta, mexico.  phone: 222-1439

EVOKE THE SPIRIT. sayulita, mexico

EVOKE THE SPIRIT. sayulita, mexico

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ETS Santos

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ETS ropes detail

 

Last but not least, my favorite shop in Sayulita…Evoke the Spirit!  A space so beautiful it looks more like a gallery than a shop, with beautifully designed & made products to match.  And if you visit the shop, please be sure to say hi to Santos, the Huichol yarn painter in residence.

A very special thank you to Evoke the Spirit’s owner & designer Brittney Borjeson, who was so welcoming and helpful during my trip!  You can see more about Brittney and her shop in Domino magazine!

EVOKE THE SPIRIT: 12A Jose Mariscal, Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

ARTEFAKTO. sayulita, mexico

ARTEFAKTO. sayulita, mexico

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A beautifully curated shop selling textiles, clothing, home goods and more.

ARTEFACKTO: avenida revolucion #40-C, sayulita, nayarit mexico 63734

ORIGENES: DAVID LUNA. sayulita, mexico

ORIGENES: DAVID LUNA. sayulita, mexico

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If you appreciate tooled leather like one of my best friends, Taylor, does, this shop is for you.  I fell in love with a couple of things here…may have to send them an email soon!

ORIGENES: calle martin s/n entre navarrete y malecon, centro sayulita, mexico.  +52 13315443282. pepekabande@gmail.com

REVOLUCION DEL SUEÑO. sayulita, mexico

REVOLUCION DEL SUEÑO. sayulita, mexico

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RDS Skulls galore

 

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A cheeky shop with colorful products mixing modern and traditional Mexican flair.

REVOLUCION DEL SUEÑO : 55 calle manuel navarrete, colonia centro , 63734 Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico

DONGTAI LU ANTIQUE STREET. shanghai

DONGTAI LU ANTIQUE STREET. shanghai

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As far as true antiques go, I cannot be sure what is and what isn’t…I am no expert, but I go for what I like and bargain from there.  Today was miserably cold, which helped me get some great deals!  My advice for anyone visiting this place is to remember that almost nothing here is unique…if you see it in one shop, you’ll see it again.  If you don’t, you can always go back.  Bargain hard!  I would say down to at least half of the original price, but most likely 70%.

LONG-HORN MIAO

LONG-HORN MIAO

 I have had a long-time fascination with the Long-horn Miao, a Chinese minority that lives in southern China.

Long-horn Miao women wear such elaborate “hairstyles” for special ceremonies.  These hairstyles were once made of real hair, but now supplemented with yarn, and measures to be about 9 ft. long.

In addition to that, their traditional dress is beautiful; such vibrant colors & prints!

( photo credits: 1: ecotourchina.com, 2, 3, &5: Keren Su, 4: unknown )