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Lorraine is a style obsessed mama to two young kids, a wife to a supportive husband and a family photographer. Lorraine graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2006, with a degree in advertising photography. She enjoys quiet moments, silly kids, clothes, shoes, coffee and a little wine too. Can't get enough of her here on FredParent? Check out her personal blog: Rain in Style.

 



Rain in Style

Do you all know that I have a very special love affair with pretty much all things vintage and retro? I do. I love retro, vintage, antique... if it's old, well loved, filled with character and beautiful in its uniqueness, I probably would love it and have to have it. Which is weird because my husband is younger than me, and yet I still love him. LOL

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No but seriously. Our house is filled with vintage pieces - things that aren't necessarily brand new from the factory (although we do have those things too). I've tried to incorporate a mix of old pieces, vintage pieces and new pieces. The eclectic mix makes my artsy side happy. Hunting for antiques and vintage things takes us to a lot of neat stores and places, which my kids HATE. Now I know how my parents felt when I was little. They used to drag us into every antique store, which I hated, and I'm sure I let my feelings be known. My siblings and I had to suffer through it until one day I got smart and when my parents asked if a store looked open or if I could read the sign... I'd say “nope it's closed, sorry!” It wasn't closed. LOL.

Paybacks, I guess. Because now my kids do the same to me. Here they are, at an antique store downtown, pretending to be a type of Pokemon that needs to lay in the sun to survive. Apparently, they were unable to move or they risked not surviving.  Well played, kids...well played.

 

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Anyway, while on vacation in Lancaster, PA, recently (if you missed my post about it, catch that here) I found lots of new treasures. But this...this vintage 1970’s bag (they called it a cosmetic case) is my favorite.

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When I first saw it, I stood in the booth at the antique mall we were in, ignored the protests from my kids, and stared at it for awhile. It was cute, unique and in good condition. But, as with anything, I had to have an idea of how I would use it in an outfit or be able to repurpose it. So I debated for a long time. Eventually, though, I knew if I didn't get it, I'd regret it. So now it's mine and I adore it.

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And because I'm Style Obsessed, I set about figuring out how to style an outfit around this bag. I decided on this black romper (from Francesca's) and my black bootie sandal things (from Target). Keeping everything one color, and jewelry to a minimum (I am wearing big gold earrings) allows the focus to be kept on my adorable vintage bag.

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It's also a great way to demostrate picking a statement piece and making a statement with it. This bag is bright, bold and colorful, it has a unique shape and material.  Pieces like this need to be center stage and made the focus of your outfit.  I also loved pairing it with a simple white dress. This one is from H&M and it gets a lot of use.  I no longer see it online, though, so if you see it in store, buy it!

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While this bag is a welcome addition to my closet, it already has me searching for more! My love for vintage pieces also extends to jewelry.  Most of what I have has come from my mom and grandma.  I love it when your accessories...or even household stuff, holds memories and stories.  These pieces are dear to my heart..

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The diamond ring, was, I believe, my great grandma's engagement ring? Help me out here, mom.  LOL.  The shape of it is so unique and beautiful.  Do you have any special vintage peices? Or just vintage things that you have found while exploring antique stores?  I'd love to see them!

 

As always, don't forget to follow me over at my blog www.raininstyle.com

 

-xo 

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