Day at the San Jose Flea Market

The friendship bracelets stand

Wore an amazingly comfortable James Perse cotton racerback maxi (that obviously need a little trimming) and my Juicy Couture fedora who always come to the rescue for those bad hair days!

[Photos by NR]
Dress: James Perse maxi cotton dress (sold here, here and here)
Purse: Rebecca Minkoff Swing Black Shoulder Bag
Shoes: DV by Dolce Vita Archer Sandals
Hat: Juicy Couture Perforated Fedora / Glasses: Gucci
Bracelets: spikes from Ebay, friendship bracelets from Flea Market / DIY wrap bracelets

About a month ago I was on the hunt for more friendship bracelets and decided to check out the San Jose flea market. My little brother (who’s now a New Yorker) came to visit and was conveniently dragged along for the ride. I’m sure he was super thrilled!

I can’t believe I have been living in CA for half of my life but I have never been to a flea market. “What the heck is a flea market and do they sell fleas?” That was a questions I used to ask when I was little… Flea market was a term used for street markets that sold mainly secondhand merchandise, which would be the type of items that might be infested with fleas. The first few flea markets were in Paris in 1922 and they were called marché aux puces which translates to ‘market with fleas’.

Of course that has changed over the years and we know/hope flea markets no longer sell items infested with fleas. Actually everything we saw seems new and they have everything from furniture to car parts to under garments to haircuts to food. You name it, they got it. It was pretty cool, but I think we enjoyed the snacks the most. My favorite was the mangos with chilli powder and fresh coconut that the nice man behind the food stand chopped up for us.

We did had a bit of a snafu with a furniture vendor (well, it was actually a bit of a nightmare) and my only advice to you is: if you ever decide to purchase furniture from a flea market (or any place in general), check your items carefully when it arrived at your home. I didn’t and I got the wrong item, the wrong brand and wrong color (lol). Oh well, problem eventually was solved and now we’re all happy with our purchase from a store. :)

Readers: What’s your best and worst flea market experience?



“Happiness is like a butterfly.The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau 

[Photos by NR]
Top: Rubbish sleeveless shirt
Skirt: Floral front pleated Bebe skirt with pockets (old) (similar here)
Shoes: Zara
Purse: Z Spoke ZAC POSEN Get Happy Studded Clutch
Collar Necklace/Cuff Bracelets: Bloomingdales
Glasses: Gucci

The best thing about cleaning out your closet is:

1) the new found space (for your new additions)

2) money in forgotten pockets, and

3) something that was purchased years ago but happened to be trendy right now

This silky Bebe floral skirt was probably one of my all time favorite in 2010. It’s high-waisted (anyone who knows me know I love high-waisted anything), it’s floral (which I’m obsessed with), it has ruffles, drapes, pockets but best of all…it doesn’t “look” outdated one bit….I love to shop and buy new things but what’s important to me is being able to wear something more then once or twice, unique pieces that will last a long time.

Livin’ on Love

“Dance like no one’s watching, sing like no one is listening, and love like you’ve never been hurt.” -William W. Purkey

[Photos by NR]
Dress:  Patterson J. Kincaid ruffled dress (sold out, similar here)
Jacket: Tweed Arden B jacket (old)
Top: Joie Lace Fanny Top
Shoes: Christian Louboutin Very Prive
Glasses: Gucci
Pearls: Nordstrom Rack
Bracelet: Bracelets: Kate Spade beverly boulevard / Spikes from Ebay

What I love about this dress is the versatility of going from one occasion to another just by what it’s paired with. Switch from flats to pumps and you’ll instantly shift from day to night. Paired with a jacket or sweater and you’re back to day.

I love seeing the layered look in general and I especially like this look when it was paired with this delicately laced Joie top and a multi-colored pastel tweed jacket. The only thing is I get really claustrophobic and sweat like a maniac when I have layers of clothes on….so off they goooo…

Readers: Do you ever feel claustrophobic when you’ve layered on clothes or is it just me?