Vintage Sourcing Fun

As you all know, vintage is a huge aspect of Blue Jean Baby, for inspiration and as a part of our collection. Whenever we get to go out sourcing vintage, we leave on a high! We source our vintage from all over the place, from flea markets to estate sales and even little shops we find when we’re vacationing! However, forming strong relationships with our larger wholesale vintage suppliers is extremely important to us- especially when it comes to the products we need on a consistent basis, like our denim.

Of course, every time we think it will be a “quick pick up” of the essentials, we end up finding a ton of gems strewn throughout the mountains of new arrivals and never ending racks of old school letterman jackets, bombers, tee’s and dresses. You name it- they’ve got it! We can’t get enough! That’s the point it every sourcing journey that we have to get back to the bones of this operation and remember what we’re curating for and how each item will pair with our aesthetic.

We take such pride in our curating process and being able to bring our vision to all of you. So check out what we have in the meantime and we’ll get back to bringing you all the vintage goodness that we find!!

Introducing, Gunnar Lee Gwizdowski!

We welcomed our sweet bundle on November 15, and have been loving every minute!! Sorry it took so long to make the formal introduction 😉

Gunnar was born at 3PM at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, CA. He weighed 7 pounds 3 oz and was a looker right from the start!! I can’t wait to share more of our journey that has just begun! I’ll be sure to share his cute outfits and all the fun milestones as we get there.

Road Trip To Round Top

We’ve grown up with the belief that perfection is boring and that everything is better with a few flaws.  That belief goes hand in hand with the adoration for things of the past. The more rusted, chipped, and faded – the better.
Our momma has always decorated with a high-low mix.  Our home was full of shabby pieces, floral prints, and fluffy bedding.  So it’s safe to say that my sister, brother, and I have known the word “shabby chic” for most of our lives. 
She’s passed on that love of vintage charm to us and we’ve all incorporated that aesthetic when decorating our own homes. 
I believe that homes get better the longer you live in them – it becomes layered with memories and things you love. I’m constantly tweaking and adding; and when I want to find some inspiration, I love looking to Shabby Chic founder, Rachel Ashwell’s creations. She has that ability to make homes feel like charming cottages from years past. Her designs feel vintage and rustic without being too kitschy or country. 
I had been planning a buying trip to the Round Top Antiques Fair when I discovered that Rachel had a B&B there.  It was a last minute thing, and come to find out – chances of booking a room there are slim to none.  It’s booked out months in advance; but somehow, there was 1 night available for the weekend I’d be there. I was so excited to experience this dreamy place!
The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell consists of 46 acres of beautiful farm land dating back to the mid 1800s.  There are 5 cottages on the property that were restored and decorated with Rachel’s signature style while still preserving the rustic, primitive history of the property’s past.
When the weekend rolled around, my boyfriend and I set out on our 4 hour road trip to Round Top.  We listened to 80s country the whole way and had the best time singing our faves on repeat. 
Listen to:
  • The Corvette Song by George Jones 
  • Tight Fittin Jeans by Conway Twitty
  • Deeper Than the Holler by Randy Travis
  • Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  •  Unwound by George Strait
The next morning we got up super early, grabbed coffee and headed to the antique fair.  We were so overwhelmed – the fair is so expansive it would take days to see it all. We quickly learned that the nearby town of Warrenton was the place to be. I got tons of amazing pieces for the site- vintage French slips, silk dusters, and vintage Indian-made jewelry. The whole market was heavenly; there were so many beautiful antique pieces – furniture, art, architectural salvage and clothing. It’s hard to stay on task with so much to look at, but the corn dog, taco, and beer stands made getting down to business a lot easier.
After our first night at the good ‘ol Holiday Inn, The Prairie was extra special. We stayed in the Shabby Shack, a restored 1900s farmhouse. It felt like a trip back in time with its quaint front porch swing and screen door.  It was so dreamy – vintage wallpaper, big ruffled chandeliers, lace curtains, and cozy slipcovered couches. They think of everything at The Prairie; hand towels and water bottles are customized with the B&B’s logo, and there are even specific towels for makeup removal, tied together with delicate pink ribbons.
After hours of hunting for treasure and being on our feet all day, we couldn’t wait to plop onto that mushy white bed and take a nap.
That night we went back into town to grab some drinks + watch a local band play.  We ate pizza, made friends with an elderly couple, and bought a bottle of wine to take home. 
We woke up the next morning not wanting to leave. We packed up and walked to the Ranger’s Lounge to eat prairie keeper Danny’s famous breakfast.  You would never guess it’s a “lobby” – as soon as walking in it’s “Mornin!’ Grab some food, make yourselves at home.” The food is laid out on delicate vintage plates, and the milk is in a beautiful glass pitcher. Glasses are replaced by jam jars and the deer on the walls wear flower crowns. We ate on the back porch and took in the beautiful view; there were no cars passing by, no dogs barking, just the sounds of nature. Being in the country is so addicting for this very reason.  It’s so nice to truly be able to think and to get away from technology for a bit. 
Our stay at The Prairie was such a refreshing and magical experience. It’s one of those spots that you just don’t come across very often, if ever, and that’s what makes it so special. I can’t wait to go back for more shopping and a longer stay.

Tay’s State Fair Style

October is one of the best months – there’s the crisp, fresh fall air, pumpkin patches, and the STATE FAIR!

I am obsessed with the traditions of the State Fair of Texas – fried foods, neon lights, Big Tex, corny dogs, and people watching.  I love seeing people walking around with giant stuffed animals that their sweetheart won for them.

When my boyfriend and I went last weekend, I just wanted to be cozy so I wore my overalls and fluffy Chloe slippers.

I didn’t realize til now that my look was a little Big Tex and a little scarecrow…how perfect?

Outfit details:

Overalls: My mom found these Ralph Lauren Overalls for me at Macy’s – they’re a perfect take on beat up vintage workwear – super soft and worn in with beautiful brass buttons, rips, paint spots, and red stitch detailing. 

Thermal – Blue Jean Baby vintage ‘Harley Davidson Rendezvous Thermal‘. This thermal is so rad! I love how 80s it is. The harley dudes’ mustaches are spot on. 

Shoes – Shearling Slippers by Chloe

Bandana – Blue Jean Baby vintage ‘Paisleys + Polka Dots Embroidered Bandana

Lola’s Workday to Date Night Style

October! Finally! I can’t tell you how excited I am to finally feel some fresh fall air here in LA. Although it has been short lived and yet another heat wave has hit this week, ugh. I made sure to take advantage of the days we did have perfect weather and rocked one of our vintage slip dresses for a day of meetings downtown!

I styled it two ways to show y’all how it can be dressed up or down depending on how casual you’re feeling or the type of event you’re attending. 

Oh and SURPRISE! I’m pregnant! Ready to pop actually, LOL. One of the reasons Tay has been single-handedly maintaining our blog so far is because of how busy I’ve been cookin’ a baby 😉 (Shout out to her for holdin’ it down! She’s the best!) I promise there’s some awesome stuff in the works on my end and I can’t wait to share soon! 

Outfit details:

Look #1- Casual 90’s Vibes

Slip Dress: Vintage 70’s Blue Jean Baby ‘Pink Hawaii Gown’ by Halston III ILGWU Union Made, available for purchase on our website now! 

Jacket: Vintage 70’s Denim by Lee. I live for beat up classics like this one with the perfect faded and washed out look! You can’t go wrong throwing a denim jacket on over almost anything for those added casual cool vibes. This is one from my personal collection but we have plenty like it available here

Shoes: Camel faux-suede peep toe ankle boots from Steve Madden. These are go-to for me because they give me a little lift but have a chunky wooden block heel that makes them super comfy (especially while pregs!). I also love the slouchy ankle style, it’s super flattering on the legs! The ones I’m wearing are an older style but there are some similar options available on SM now, here, here and here

Bag: Chevron Flap Bag by Chanel

Sunnies: Cinema Sunglasses by Prada

Choker: DIY Vintage Denim Hem Choker 🙂 

Look #2: Add Some Chic

To dress the look up a little bit for date night, I swapped out my vintage denim jacket for Blue Jean Baby’s ‘The Sage Blazer’. Something about a white jacket is super high fashion to me, and I love that this one is still a little casual because it’s not too structured and has the contrast silky bottom half!

Tour De West

The desolate, sun-blistered town of Marfa, TX is like nothing I’ve experienced before.  It’s a town where leathery skinned ranchers coexist with bohemian nomad types, where a faux Prada store stands in the middle of the desert and mysterious, unexplained lights pop up in the sky ever so often. There’s contemporary art + people riding horses through town. It’s offbeat in the best type of way.
My best friend of 10+ years, Talbot and I decided to go on a whim. We had some time off, so we made the decision, packed up, and were on the road to Marfa all in a matter of 24 hours. Being Texans, we know how big our state is, but this road trip really confirmed it. From where we live it’s about an 8-hour drive. We drove and drove – through Fort Worth, Abilene, the oil towns of Odessa and Midland…and finally made it to our destination.

Marfa, the Cosmos, and the infamous Prada

We arrived late that night at El Cosmico, the stellar 18-acre trailer, tent, and teepee hotel + campground. We grabbed the keys along with a wagon to haul our stuff and walked the trail to our trailer, the Kozy Coach – a super cute renovated 1951 trailer. We were greeted with a dry mini-bar box full of campy must haves – beef jerky, playing cards, and an herbal smoking blend equipped with personalized rolling papers. In the fridge was Topo Chico (a Texan fave) + Mexican coke. I adored the little details they put into this place – the minimal, colorful decor, the Mexican blanket inspired robes and a mushy bedspread. El Cosmico’s mantra is to “tune in, drop out, and be here now,” and that’s just what we came to do. We had no TV and hardly any cell service…so we walked around, drank beer, and made friends with strangers.
The next morning we woke up, took our showers outside, and drank Tejas while getting ready to Ryan Bingham. We ate at Squeeze, a sweet little BYOB sandwich shop + juicery, then headed to see Donald Judd’s art at The Chinati Foundation. Judd, an Army vet turned major NY contemporary artist, set the tone for what Marfa has become. He moved to Marfa from New York in 1971 after becoming frustrated with New York’s small gallery spaces. He wanted his art displayed in clean settings, with no interruption. He bought 40,000 acres and 16 decaying buildings, including an old Army artillery shed that he turned into a modern art cathedral.
That night, we watched a metal band play at the Lost Horse Saloon, where dogs are allowed to run free and horses are parked outside.
Of course, we had to see Prada, Marfa, the “pop architectural land art project” by Elmgreen + Dragset. Boyd Elder, the caretaker of Prada Marfa and Valentine local says it best – “You think about all the morales, all the immigrants who’ve walked across the desert in huaraches and tennis shoes and cactus stalks woven into sandals … and carrying a bag. Then you walk by the Prada store and you see these shoes and these Prada bags on the immigrant, drug-dealing path into the North. So it’s got a great ironic factor to it, you know what I mean? I hate it, but then in another way, it’s so outrageous, you’ve got to love it.”

Big Bend National Park: The magical mountain range in Far West Texas

We hit the road once more, driving the hour and 30 minutes to the park and stopping to stay in Lajitas at the Badlands Hotel. The community looks and feels like something out of the old west. It’s the kind of town where you check in to your hotel and 30 minutes later you see the front desk clerk riding on horseback through town with her husband and their dog. We ate dinner at the resort’s Thirsty Goat Saloon while listening to an old man play throwback western songs.
Later that night, we went to The Ghost Town in Terlingua and stopped at the Starlight Theatre Restaurant and Saloon, which opened in the 30s as a movie house but was then shut down in the 40s. We hit the jackpot because that night there was a “live art performance” which consisted of a woman writhing around on stage to a strobe light and a full band behind her creating dramatic background noise. I can’t describe it no matter how hard I try. There were families eating as if this strange thing wasn’t happening right in front of them. We felt like we were on an acid trip. After that ended, we sat at the bar and struck up a conversation with a local cowboy + painter named Steve. He became our buddy and we bar hopped through Terlingua with him the rest of the night. It was a full moon, so we stopped on our way back to Lajitas and took pictures.
Fun fact: Once a thriving mercury mining town, Ghost Town is now home to the Chisos mining company – a real world museum where you can explore miners’ abandoned homes and search for fossils, free of charge.
The last day was dedicated to being adventurous and experiencing Big Bend’s beauty. We stopped at Blackjack’s Crossing golf course to ask about the best hiking trails, but instead were offered a golf cart to drive around the course and take in the scenes, free of charge! We owe that sweet man working in the shop. Blackjack’s was designed by PGA Hall of Fame golfer Lanny Wadkins and is absolutely pristine.
We were told we HAD to do the “sunset drive” through Big Bend during magic hour. I’m so glad we did. We stopped so many times to take in the beauty. I loved looking at the ancient limestone of the Chisos Mountains up close and listening to our voices echo as we talked. It was the perfect end to our unforgettable trip.