SHOPPING & PARTIES: It’s My Birthday (sale) + @blackmarketsf Pop Up Night Market

Today is my birthday.  It’s so funny how sometimes you don’t feel like you are any different than the year before when your birthday comes.  But today I put that into perspective.

When I was eight, I remember how my brother and I would listen to Peter and the Wolf  or Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on cassette before we went to sleep, or how we used to play with our flashlights on the ceiling like they were spaceships fighting amongst the plastic glow-in-the-dark stars and the stubborn GAK residue from years past (does anyone remember that stuff?  It was disgusting and awesome all at the same time).  I also remember this was the year I had my first licorice jelly bean and almost called Ralph.  It was also the year I learned how to use the microwave; I asked my grandmother to put an already cooked hardboiled egg inside and entered our home phone number…and then watched it explode.  I was just a kid, and the world before me had endless possibilities.

When I was twenty, I had just come off the hardest summer of my life where I worked not one, not two, not three, but FOUR jobs and took off a quarter from school to work and save money for books, food and rent for my first apartment when I went back to school.  I was living in what was technically an office; a 9ft by 13ft single-windowed room where I had accounted for and planned the space down to the last inch to make it as efficient as possible– including a double folding futon FOR ONE (yes, they make those).  I even was working part time as a barista in between classes, waking up at 6am 4 days a week to open the cafe and bake enough scones to get the shop through the lunch hour rush; even when finals came I would take 20 minute naps and wake up and keep working (and I aced all of them).  I had grown up, gotten a thick skin, and I still knew the world before me had endless possibilities.

When I think of those points in my life, when I was at such vastly different stages and add them together, the space in between makes sense and I understand today what I am made of.  I’m a kid with tough skin, who grew up and I know the world before me has endless possibilities.  It’s kinda beautiful.

So today is a day of reflection for me, keeping those tender memories alive because that’s really the stuff we are made of.  But today is also a day to celebrate!  Another candle on the cake, another ring on the tree or whatever you want to call it- I have lived to see another day and that’s pretty fantastic.  I have lived in 4 states from the East to the West, found love and passion.  All great things to live for and tip you hat to.  And for that I am grateful.


So to celebrate, I’m announcing a pretty sweet sale for the shop (of course!).  Enter HBD2ME at checkout and get 15% off your total purchase.  The shop is already marked down 20%, so you’ll save 35%!  Heyyyooooo!

In other (awesome) news, I am participating in a new pop up night marketplace called Black Market SF which is an exclusive shopping event that happens at a mystery location every few months.  You have to register online to stay in the loop!  Black Market SF features a select group of local crafters, designers and small business owners to sell their goods all in a  night market atmosphere.  Enjoy live music, food and spirits and often times, there is a charitable cause involved.  Sign up ASAP to get the invite and get your tickets!  Presale tickets are available now for FREE until end of this week, $5 after they run out, and $8 at the door.

This month’s event is on Saturday February 15th from 7pm until 12am and will feature food and dessert vendors, craft vendors (and of course yours truly), pampering station, awesome DJs, a photobooth by SnappeaSF and tons more secret activities.  PLUS live performances by local folk band Whiskerman and indie band all the way from LA, AKW.
I will give away FREE tickets to three lucky folks!

Here’s how to enter:

1.  Follow me on Twitter

2. Follow Joules Jewels Vintage on Facebook

3. Pick an item you like in the shop and “heart” it!

4.  Leave a comment below with your name, e-mail address, and the link of the item you favorited from the shop!

Winners will be chosen and announced on Thursday February 13, 2014 and will be contacted by e-mail.

*All persons entering must live in the San Francisco Bay Area or must be willing to commute to the event.  Must be 21+

Good luck!

GIVEAWAY: @snaililla & @mumzymum Won The Kat Von D Giveaway!

29 fabulous ladies entered the giveaway and the decision has been made!

Thanks to, two winners have been chosen for the giveaway announced on!

Congrats Lyra D!  You are the grand prize winner!  You won…




Also, a big congrats to Tina M.  You are the second place winner who will take home…



Thanks to everyone who entered!  And if you didn’t win, don’t worry!  We will have more giveaways coming soon!

So stay tuned and tell your friends!

 Also, a little side note, remember our first double giveaway we had a few months back with Victoria from Our House Vintage & Design?

Well, Our House just released their new Fall 2012 line!

They were also on Monoco Japan!  So exciting!

If you missed the Monoco sale, head over to her Etsy Shop and scoop one up!

xoxo, Joules

PS Thank you HuffPost Style for the cute gif!  Follow them on Tumblr!


*No purchase necessary to enter.  All samples were gifts with purchase curtesy of Sephora.  

Kat Von D, Sephora or HuffPost Style did not endorse this giveaway or post. 

CELEBS: The Day I Met @TheKatVonD + GIVEAWAY!

A few months ago, I met Kat Von D at her art show at Sephora in Union Square.  First of all, after watching her story on LA Ink, I totally respect her first and foremost as an artist.  Not to mention, secondly, she is a fantastic business woman who is using her talent to nail down her niche and has gained the respect of hundreds of thousands across the nation.  I marvel at this, and hope to someday become just as successful as her.  It’s really like what those old-timey people in rocking chairs in the movies say, “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.”  Thanks old-timey folks, I think I’ll do just that.

But the most impressive thing to me when I met Kat is, she’s extraordinarily real.  Like, not “I’m a celebrity and I’m being nice to you because it’s my job” but a “hey I’m Kat, what’s up,” kind of way.  Pretty cool if you ask me.  It’s not my first time around the block meeting celebs at signings, but this encounter really struck me.  We actually had a conversation.  No- not “how are you, yeah?  That’s nice, cool- let’s take a picture.  Thanks for coming.”

We talked about her charity (what the art show was benefiting), The Art of Elysium, a really awesome registered non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1997, that unites working actors, artists and musicians with children who are battling serious medical conditions and encourages them to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to mentor them in the arts.  This is something I am really passionate about, I told her, as I have a BFA in Photography from Savannah College of Art & Design (I also used to teach art at the YWCA, but I didn’t mention that).  We got to talking about what I’m doing now, and I told her that I sell vintage on  She was so excited, “Oh!  I love Etsy! I got this from Etsy,” as she pointed to a well-crafted long hammered metal elongated cross earring (she told me the name of the shop but now I can’t remember for the life of me).  She then told me to tweet her my shop info so she could check it out.  She signed all eight of the prints I bought from the American Beauty Collection and we took a photo and gave me another hug and I left.

What a wonderful human being.

To celebrate this awesome encounter, I will be doing a little giveaway where I choose not one, but TWO winners!  Yay!

Grand Prize:

Five samples of Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light 48

One Tube of Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin

One Sample of Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair

Second Place:

Four samples of Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light 48

One Tube of Kat Von D High Voltage Eye Primer in Skin

The giveaway starts right now, and ends Thursday September 13, 2012 at 11:59 PST.  Winner will be announced the next day, just in time to brag to all your friends over the weekend!

Giveaway Rules:

1. Follow JJV on Bloglovin’

2. Follow JJV on Facebook

3. Follow JJV on Twitter

4. Comment below stating that you have done the three things above (don’t forget your e-mail)!

xoxo, Joules

*No purchase necessary.  All samples were gifts with purchase curtesy of Sephora.  

Kat Von D and Sephora did not endorse this giveaway or post. 

GIVEAWAY 2x: Feather Bow Tie by Our House Vintage & Design @stillwife @alice_olivia

Meet Victoria of Our House Vintage & Design!

Victoria is undeniably gorgeous and extremely talented.  And once I got wind of her latest feature on Alice + Olivia’s “4AM Finds…”

…and I just HAD to collab with her!  Turns out she lives right down the street from me and is also a former East Coaster (life is funny like that).

This weekend, we had so much fun hanging out and prepping for the little surprise that I gave you a sneak peek of on Saturday.  We had so much fun playing dress up and our photoshoot was fantastic!!!!  We enjoyed mimosas and fresh berries from the local market while putting our creativity to work!

Victoria makes the most darling feather accessories, like these drop earrings we are both sporting below.

And like this darling little number….

Mint Light Teal Father Bowtie with Vintage Chabocon

 Everything Victoria makes is handmade with painstakingly careful attention to detail.  Almost every feather that is incorporated in each design is hand-dyed to achieve the most beautiful, modern, fresh color possible.

And now for the sweet reveal!

We are giving away the coral feather bowtie featured in Alice + Olivia’s “4am Finds”!  One lucky winner will receive this exclusive gift thanks to Victoria from Our House Vintage & Design!

Here’s how to enter…

  1. Follow JJV on Twitter.
  2. Follow JJV on Facebook.
  3. Join the JJV Shop List or JJV Blog List (your choice- look in the right sidebar).
  4. Comment on this post that you have done these three things (and if any extra credit below).

For extra points…

  1. Follow Victoria on Twitter
  2. Follow Our House Vintage & Design on Facebook

But that’s not all!!!!


Check out Victoria’s blog for your chance to win this awesome double-sided pocket beaded purse from the JJV Shop!

Both giveaways will end Thursday, June 28th at Midnight PST!  So go on, what are you waiting for!?

The winners will be chosen and announced Friday, June 29th!

This is an international giveaway!

For your viewing and shopping pleasure, here are a few shots from our photoshoot this weekend!

These items are in the shop now and there is much more to come!

Vintage Albert Nipon Pure Silk Pleated Pink Dress

Vintage French Sky Blue Linen Nautical Skirt (Direct from Paris)

Vintage 60’s Mod Cotton Shift Dress/Boho Wedding Dress

Pretty in Pink 60’s Faux Pearl Cocktail Party Dress

Good luck!

xoxo, Joules