Modern Minimal Vintage

I’m obsessed with a trend I’ve noticed on Instagram that I’m going to call Modern Minimal Vintage or MMV for short (pronounced like envy but with an M sound in the front. Let’s see if that sticks.) Below are some of the instashops I’m following. The best part of this trend is that these pieces are pretty easy to find in your local secondhand stores. You just need to be confident in the styling.

My favorite shop is Iamthat_shop out of Portland, Oregon. I love how she styles her looks. She’s made me aware that when vintage shopping I need to look for simple turtlenecks, sleeveless velvet tops, elastic waist pants, and unusual colors — like salmon.iamthattwosweaters iamthat-salmon-wool-pants i-am-that-tan-pantsi-am-that-pink-shirtiam-that-elastic-waist

Persephone Vintage also has great styling inspiration. She has reminded me to look at two-piece suits, jewel tones, and belted coats.

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Mirth is great too. Their collection of images reminded me to look for drop earrings, midi-skirts, and chunky heels.

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What do you look for when you are shopping secondhand?

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Aurora James

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Fashion Bomb Daily / Refinery 29 /  Nordstrom Blog

I recently finished watching season three of the Fashion Fund on Amazon. I love Aurora James‘ style. It’s a mix of global + vintage + basics. So relaxed but also very chic.   I browsed through Etsy and created an Aurora James inspired outfit. As I write this all these items are still available.

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Kimono Jacket ($66) / Jeans ($42) / Vintage T-shirt ($26) / Clogs ($64)

If you like this style check out my curated Etsy board — 72 and Sunny.

Skowhegan Quality Goods

I recently visited Skowhegan Quality Goods in downtown Portsmouth. Have you been? This is the couple that owns the place; Katie and Todd. Cute, right.

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This photo is from their Instagram page.

skowhegan1The place is chock-full of stuff. If you visit, take your time and ask about the products. Many of the items have a good story behind them.

skowhegan2They have novelty socks which I’m kinda obsessed with right now.

Skowhegan4They carry beauty products. I bought a charcoal cleansing sponge.

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skowhegan7They’ve got some good old fashioned toys for kids.

skowhegan6My favorite products in the store are the cleaning products. Not sexy, I know. They carry The Simply Co. detergent, dry mops and dusters by Sladust (not pictured), and Bog Berry dryer balls.

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Good solid stuff. You should check them out.

xo jam