Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thrifting in Allston

Those who know me are well aware of my obsession with vintage clothing. Whenever I have time to myself I enjoy spending it going to some of my favorite thrift shops. Something about digging through piles and piles of clothing until you find that hidden treasure excites me. My style is greatly influenced by the 70's and 80's eras, so I tend to look for bold prints and anything that looks remotely ridiculous while out shopping. One of the things I miss about living in New York is all of my favorite thrift stores in Brooklyn and the East Village. I'm not a huge fan of the thrift stores that Boston has to offer, it's a hit or miss with most places. While I was out in Allston with my close friend we went into Urban Renewal where I found a floral wide legged jumpsuit and over sized padded printed blouse. Before heading to dinner we stumbled upon "Lola's Urban Vintage" I had never been in before, but I heard so many great things about it. The boutique is independently owned that has many hand made pieces and beautiful vintage pieces from all over the world. Greatly inspired by the 20's era, it's the place for upcoming designers to showcase their work. I was so intrigued by the shop I had to chit-chat with the owner Nicoletta while shopping. When I asked her what inspired her to open her own business, I was very impressed by her response " I'm inspired by everything, I wanted to show that Boston isn't the worst dress city. It was a chance to discover artists and to show the people in Boston that you can find unique pieces. In Boston no one supports each other. I wanted to create other outlets to shop". After speaking briefly I found an amazing over sized suede jacket with leather patches and a funky fuzzy crop top. Lola's is the go to destination for vintage lovers in search of unique pieces, everything in there is hard to come by. Nicoletta has a great eye for fashion and exceptional taste in picking the finest vintage pieces.

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