TRAVEL & NEW IN SHOP: Chicago’s Finest + New Vintage Goodies for Shop

Chicago is always so much fun and it will always have a huge place in my heart. To me, Chicago is one of the most chic places next to New York and Paris. I was reading an article in Suitcase Mag where Nicole Blaje described Chicago as being “forced into modesty” because of the weather. And it’s true. Where and when you have brutal winds, snow and rain you have…LAYERS. Scarves, coats, blazers, hats and gloves. And when there are layers, you have a recipe for styled realness.

The other incredible thing I love about Chicago is the food. I have been in San Francisco for two years now and I still can’t fully understand why simple eats like pizza and hot dogs cost upwards of $5-$6. And if you want fries with it, it’s extra…huh? Chicago has so much good food for super cheap prices it’s almost like a food fairy tale. My fiancé and I both ate great food at a walk-up diner for $11. Taxes included. We got fries and a drink at no extra charge. Where else are you gonna get a deal like that (Hint: South Side, Pilsen and Logan Square)?! There are also so many great places to try where food and creativity collide. For instance, The Peasantry in Lakeview gets a huge 5 stars for their elevated street food and mind bending desserts. Late night, you can look forward to Telegraph in Logan Square for their très magnifique selection of French cheeses and wine and the most succulent Spanish olives you swear you’ve ever had in your life. Lucky Platter, in Evanston has some of THE best eggs benedicts around where lump crab cakes or fried green tomatoes are served up on a crispy slice of cornbread instead of an English muffin. Yeah, you heard me.

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You can pretty much bet that when I come to Chicago, I go shopping for the store (and myself). It makes me feel good knowing I can scoop up union-made goods from people back in the day who actually cared about the goods they made instead of solely focusing on the dollars they got in their paychecks. Let’s face it- if you spend your hard-earned money on clothing you love, it should last you a long time.

I literally picked up POUNDS of vintage! I also dug up a few designer duds for the label lovers out there. Hermès, Diane Von Furstenburg, Jordache, Samsonite, Enid Collins and a few Italian artisan designs. I got lots of luggage and hand bags, 1930’s and 40’s hats and blushers for you Downton Abbey loving brides. And the topper on it all, faux fur coats. Yummy, oh so yummy.
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So excited to share with you guys all the new goodies I picked up here in Chicago! They will be in the shop in the next few days, since, as you are reading this, I am a mile in the sky on the way back to the west coast. As you may have seen on Instagram, I did a little photoshoot in my in-laws’ back yard to show you all the sweet vintage you can get your hands on! I am so in love with everything, and I hope you love it as much as I do!


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LA EVENTS: JJV Selling At Vintage Clothing & Textile Show in Burbank, CA [01.29.12]!!!!!!

My first show near LA will be this weekend!  I’m so excited!  I will have an extra large space, so you will get to see mostly everything that I have!  Designer clothing and accessories, mens, kids, and duh…stuff for the ladies!  I’ll also be bringing a ridiculous amount of jewelry- some will be from The Ruby Collection.  There will be lots and lots of valentine’s dresses, perfect for date night with your honey.

You are going to love this!

Vintage Clothing & Textile Show

Sunday January 29, 2012 | 8am-3pm

Pickwick Gardens- 1001 Riverside Drive Burbank, CA

$7 Admission

POSTMORTEM: Show & Sell @bettiono Gallery in Oakland California [12.16-18.11]

The Show & Sell was so much fun!  I met so many fun people and my fellow vendors, with their high spirits and excellent goods really took the season of giving to another level!  It was three days of cider sippin’, jingle bell rockin’ and selling all kinds of goodies all the while Ozi Mangana’s solo Mythology art made for a colorful and breath-taking backdrop at the Betti Ono Gallery & Shop in Oakland.  Here is a slideshow of some photos I took of all three days as well as two links to the Facebook performances by two of the guest singers on Saturday and Sunday!  Enjoy and thanks for coming out! And if you weren’t there, then make sure you come to the next one in March!  I’ll be there!

By the way, if you want to know more about shows and events that I will be selling vintage goodies, make sure you add your name to the mailing list HERE.  Or, you can click the link on the right side under the heading “JJV SHOP LIST.”  Simple as pie (or cake- whatever you prefer).

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Facebook videos (You Tube to come later):

Saturday December  17, 2011: Kara Alexis Young sings “Glycerin” cover by Bush.

Sunday December 18, 2011: Emily Moldy sings and plays the kazoo!

SF EVENTS: JJV at Storefront @freegoldwatch hosted by @designersartist and @soutmob [12.10-11.11]

This sale was so much fun to participate in!  I met so many fabulous people and the talent and passion for their craft and livelihoods were palpable.  Here are some photos I took of the sale.  Enjoy!

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SF EVENTS: STOREFRONT a Holiday Pop-Up Shop by DNA @designersartist

SO excited to be doing this pop up shop this weekend!  This holiday pop-up shop is curated and hosted by DNA and Free Gold Watch.  Enjoy a weekend of shopping, art, music, good eats, and festive libations at STOREFRONT:  A Holiday Pop-Up Shop featuring local designers and artists!  This weekend is sponsored by Scoutmob.

I will be bringing all the best holiday wear and great gifts!  Vintage housewares, jewelry and (duh) lots of vintage clothing for the ladies and gents!  It is right off Golden Gate Park and one block from Haight street.  The 33 bus stops right on the corner of Stanyan and Haight.  Other buses in the area are 37, 43, 71 and the N-OWL.  You can’t miss it!

Where:
Free Gold Watch Studio
1767 Waller Street (x Stanyan) SF

When: Saturday, December 10th 12-6pm | Sunday, December 11th 12-5pm

See you there!!!!!

xoxo, Joules

UPDATE: #CyberMonday Shopping Sales & DIY Furniture

Okay so you know that the Cyber Monday sale ends at 11pm on Tuesday 11.29.11!  You will automatically get 10% off and free shipping by using the code CYMON11 at checkout on ETSY or JJVSHOP.COM!

Also, after going on a few thrifting trips, I have a few haul and DIY progress photos to share with you!

First, I got this super cute bookshelf, German-made mod tea cup set, and a mid century goose neck brass lamp.  I love them!  I’m going to do a little rehab on the shelf and I’ll show you guys later.

My favorite part about this set is the cup rest in the saucer is off-center.

Isn't this lamp awesome!?

Also, I’ve been working on some good ‘ol diy projects around here.  I recently came across 6 America-made plywood dining chairs.  They needed some TLC and a little handy fix it know-how.  Here are some progress photos!

I love how aerodynamic and sleek these look now. Talk about gorgeous.

No- it's not still wet. It's just THAT shiny!

Okay, well- I’m off to list more items in the shop!  Happy holidays and happy shopping!

x0x0x – Joules