End of Summer Fun: Brooklyn Flea & AfroPunk

We took a mental break over the weekend for a little end of the summer fun at the Brooklyn Flea & AfroPunk in Brooklyn!  I spent a few hours at the Brooklyn Flea on Sunday and scored so many fabulous finds.  The flea market is held every Sunday in Dumbo and features quality vendors of furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques.  A few of my favorite vintage vendors who exhibit at the Manhattan Vintage Show exhibit at the Sunday Flea Market as well.  One in particular, had the most amazing vintage wide leg pantsuit that I scored for $40.  The pantsuit reminds me of something Willona Woods would have rocked on Good Times, yaaaas!

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The highlight of my NYC solo weekend trip was finding these three vintage albums at the Brooklyn Flea. Jazz music, in particular John Coltrane soothes the soul.  Thrifting and vintage shopping in New York is our favorite pastime, and we are currently finalizing the logistics for the Modage Style Holiday Inspired Fashion Bus Tour right before Christmas!

While in Brooklyn, I was able to reserve the most immaculate brownstone compliments of Airbnb and my hostess Ms. Verna was the absolute best.

Prior to stopping by AfroPunk, I visited SoCo in Brooklyn for a quick bite and the food was delicious.  I opted for the Clinton Hill Omelette with White Cheddar Grits and a Hibiscus Margarita.  The vibe was chill, the music was amazing and the service was stellar.

This was my first Afro Punk experience and I definitely plan to return next year.  The personal style was truly on another level.

Fun times with my sister-in-fashion Selina Howard of Vainglorious Brides.

My entire look was snagged while resale shopping (except my sandals).

I adore my custom Ankh and Cowrie Shell rings by Enoch The Jeweler of Those Brothers Jewelry at AfroPunk.

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Such an epic weekend and Janelle Monáe had the crowd groovin’.  This was the perfect end of summer fun and Brooklyn was such a great host.

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Happy Holidays From MODAGE!

Happy Holidays From MODAGE!

During the holiday season, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who helped us shape our business. It is in this spirit that we say thank you and best wishes for the holidays and New Year. Thanks for a great year, and we wish you all the best as you embark on 2016.

Love from the Higgins family

May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy!

Stay tuned because we have several new projects and style collaborations that we look forward to sharing with you in 2016!

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Happy Haute Holidays!

Happy Haute Holidays to our fabulous clients and friends who have assisted with making 2014 a huge success!  We extend our warmest wishes for the Holiday Season.  May the sparkle of the holidays shine for you all year long. We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

HOLIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT

Our offices will be closed beginning Wednesday, December 24, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 10 a.m.

Best wishes from all of us at MODAGE :: Where Modern Meets Vintage!

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Sunday Inspired Quote

I always love finding Sunday inspired quotes that set the tone for a productive week.  The quote “Bloom Where You Are Planted,” speaks volumes and confirms that we must understand, appreciate and continue to flourish in own current space.  We are all destined for greatness; however, we should remember to respect our journey and never stop striving to reach our full potential.

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Do you have a quote that speaks to your soul and fuels your passion?  If so, please share.

Remembering Maya Angelou | April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

With heavy hearts, we were sad to hear of the passing of a phenomenal woman: Dr. Maya Angelou.  Dr. Angelou was an American author and poet. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.  We lost an amazing woman today and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to her words of wisdom and apply them to my personal journey.
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Two of my favorite quotes from Dr. Angelou are, “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Photos compliments of Getty

I’m Thankful | Gratitude

I had a quiet moment to journal this morning while listening to “Duo Gadjo” and in random order; I’ve listed 40 things that I am thankful for today.   I hope that you will have a moment to reflect and journal a few of your own profound thoughts.  It definitely puts things into perspective and I felt compelled to share my thoughts with you.

  1. A peaceful home
  2. A good book
  3. Being an entrepreneur
  4. Celebrations of Life – Good Parties
  5. Chocolate and cocktails
  6. Balance {well sort of}
  7. Coconut ice cream from Busboy & Poets
  8. Black and White Flicks
  9. Creativity/passion
  10. Dancing and singing off tune/beat
  11. Determination
  12. Discovering new hair products {I’m sure you understand, right}?
  13. Downy Fabric Softener/Perfume
  14. Fashion & Home Décor Blogs
  15. Foot Rubs/Reflexology
  16. Giving To Others
  17. GOD/Faith
  18. Great conversation
  19. Hot Green Tea or a Flavored Mocha/Latte
  20. Health
  21. Indie flicks – The Red Box
  22. Italian & Thai Food
  23. Pink peonies
  24. My family, including the fat cat Scarlett Johansen Tidball
  25. Thankful for those reading this blog post
  26. Netflix/My DVR
  27. Rosetta Stone {my French game is improving}
  28. Photography
  29. French jazz
  30. Quiet moments
  31. Scenic drives/walks
  32. Shoes
  33. Soft chenille throws
  34. Sunrises/Sunsets
  35. Supportive & sincere friends
  36. Technology
  37. The Color Yellow
  38. Traveling
  39. Vintage Anything!
  40. Yoga
Feel free to share a few of your “thankful” moments with me.

Easter Sunday | Chocolate Tour of Washington DC

I hope that your Easter Sunday was great and surrounded by friends and family.  As for me, I enjoyed a delightful stroll through some of Washington’s most decadent dessert boutiques and chocolatiers in the charming neighborhood of Georgetown with my daughter.  Below are a few highlights from the Chocolate Tour of DC.

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Hats

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As our tour approached Olivia Macaron, we spotted a hat vendor and couldn’t resist picking up these hot proper toppers for the Summer.  My daughter has great negotiation skills.  Two hats for $30, winning!

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Here is a list of the yummy spots we visited yesterday afternoon:

  • Sprinkles:  Progenitor of the gourmet cupcake craze, Candace Nelson’s chocolate cupcakes are, as you’d expect, delicious!
  • Thomas Sweet:  Homemade in small batches with a focus on quality, equals amazing ice cream
  • Marvelous Market:  Chocolate Bobka anyone?!
  • Dean & Deluca:   Synonymous with quality, the gourmet selection of chocolate here is mind blowing
  • Olivia Macaron:   Olivia Macaron is the second such shop to open in Georgetown last year, just up Wisconsin Avenue NW.  The pastry chef and co-owner Michel Giaon isn’t just chasing a trend but creating decadent mouth-watering treats.  I loved the vanilla macaron!

Interested in attending an upcoming chocotate tour?  If so, check out their featured GROUPON, so worth the calories.  xo

Go Red For Women | Fight Heart Disease In Women

 It’s time to take a stand against heart disease in women.  Join Go Red For Women to come together and fight the number one killer of women, which is heart disease.  Instead of wearing red on only one day, I’ve decided to add this vibrant pop of color into my wardrobe the entire month of February.  Fight Heart Disease in Women this month and beyond.

Go Red

To learn more about the “Go Red For Women” movement, click here.