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Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sometimes, fate happens. Just like when I went to the Beacon’s Closet Greenpoint location for my bi-annual closet clean out. If you aren’t familiar with Beacon’s, it’s an awesome secondhand store with various loactions in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There, you may sell clothes and accessories that you’ve kept in good condition and are looking to get rid of. If the buyers like your stuff, in return they will give you 35% of their tagged price in cash and/or 55% in store credit. It’s rather affordable and you are very likely to find everything from big name designers to unique vintage pieces.

So, while I waited my turn for the hip buyers to sift through my offerings, I meandered through the store and perused the racks upon racks of clothing, shoes and accessories. I was hoping not to find anything because the whole point of the purge is to rid, not accumulate. But, there it was! Hidden between this jacket and that jacket – THE jacket!

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This incredibly warm and Funfetti (best cupcakes in a box EVER) colored sweater, obviously handmade to perfection with contrasting black paneling TOTALLY brings me back to high school days and letterman jackets. I was a cheerleader during that era, albeit an admittedly mediocre member of the varsity team. Come to think of it, I now think I really didn’t give it my all because I didn’t give a shit if the football team scored, won, or even showed up. Maybe, if my heart was into it, I would’ve kicked a little higher and shouted a little louder.

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One team that I could totally get behind is COLOR – the uninhibited, with a vivacious, in-your-face neon punch, color! An immediate urge to perform chants and do cartwheels overcame me as I deeply wanted to express my adulation for my newfound sweater coat treasure. I dreamt up picking up my dusty pom-poms and cheering my team to victory!

Color always brightens up the muggiest of days and awakens the spirit, even when paired with the darkest of blacks. I guess if you are going to cheer for something, it should certainly be something you care about. And, I will forever and always be the greatest advocate for living colorfully. I’m about to organize a pep rally in hopes of drumming up support in this movement! In life, we can choose to live in darkness, but it’s so much more fun to choose vibrant, kaleidoscopic light!

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I got a little crafty with riches from the Dollar Tree, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and my garbage bag pom-poms!
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In the words of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Give me my coat. My amazing colored coat.” And Beacon’s did! With my trade, I not only walked off with this masterpiece, but cash as well to make up the difference. I’d call that a fashion win! Goooo Team!

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Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/11/17 7:02 PM No Comments
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Diva Behavior, T&A, Bison and THE Skirt

This past Sunday, my day started with my usual drive into the New York City. When I’m in my vehicle alone for a long period of time, I love to partake in intense sessions of what I like to call car karaoke. It’s basically me singing along to whatever is on the radio, at the very top of my lungs, usually with powerful, wavering diva hand motions à la Mariah Carey and Christina Aguliera. The display is, quite frankly, disgusting. BUT, for those moments of gusto within my mobile sound studio/vortex, I feel like the ultimate rockstar. Most times, I forget I am not invisible and/or mute, and am unintentionally amusing the shit out of my fellow road warriors. I think it’s my public service (disservice) to the people of New Jersey and New York.

Anyhow, once my car concert was over, and the obligatory encore, I made it to the big city. Since it was the last day, I made sure to pay a visit to Team Gallery for Ryan McGinley’s much talked about “Yearbook”. Believe it or not, though every square inch of the gallery was plastered with photographs of many naked strangers, it was rather inviting. The warmth of familiar pop art colors and the happiness strewn across their beautiful faces lent to the welcoming ambiance. You could stare for hours and still not see everyone’s junk. I momentarily became a sort of voyeur, and not in regard to the nude individuals on the ceilings, alcoves, hallways and stairwells – but towards the reactions of the visitors. Some were shocked, others confused and some were, without humiliation, comedic. Postcards of select models were available for sale as well, and the selection process of potential buyers also provided unintentional entertainment.

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I’m rocking an all leather vintage dress from my aunt and vintage waistpack, old Forever 21 shoes with H&M leg warmers underneath. Feeling a little overdressed in this room 🙂
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Afterwards, I moseyed on over to Brooklyn to toast the girl of the day, Miss Julie Mollo, on her new collection “Hopeless Romantic,” at her launch at Slapback Brooklyn. The hostess with the most cutie pie outfit was throwing the ultimate girly bash to celebrate in true Julie style, complete with champagne, a temporary tattoo bar, chocolates, music and shopping!

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If you don’t know Julie, get to know her! Meeting her only once prior, she’s a naturally sweet and talented gal who I’m convinced is my soul sister. Her aesthetic is so retro and vintage inspired, and yet, so innovative. Many of her quality and uber cute tops and bottoms are reversible, or rather “retroversible,” creating the possibility of four outfits in a single purchase. What a fabulous soirée it was meeting other fun gals, chatting away and playing dress up!

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How super SWEET is this vintage waistpack?! Perfectly fits my gigantic Galaxy phone and credit cards – two hands free for champagne and to browse racks of super cute clothes! (Vintage Studded Waistpack – found long ago at Mint in Englewood, NJ) Thank you, Miss Bianca, for the pic! 🙂DSC07416

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Here with the diva herself, Julie Mollo. Both of us are rocking her latest collection, available on her website here, or at Slapback Brooklyn! My shoes are very old Forever 21.

Before calling it a night, I paid a long overdue visit to my good friend James, the Beverage Director of David Burke Kitchen. I always love catching up with friends and he let me in on a little appetizer secret at Kitchen called the Bison Tartare. I indulged into the dish that was prepared tableside, complete with a quail egg herb emulsion, porcini mushrooms, capers, shallots, toasted garlic, and served with grilled sourdough. I wouldn’t lean towards while perusing a menu EVER, but it certainly was above and beyond delicious.

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Whether it comes to karaoke, art, fashion or food, I like it raw. And calm down with your dirty minds, perverts. I am simply referring to “raw” in the sense of no limitations and without filtration, which to me is the ultimate depiction of hopeless romanticism. Giving everything you’ve got for your passion and boundless imagination to revolt against the norm and evoke emotion will definitely lead you to the best adventures! 🙂

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/10/17 8:46 PM No Comments
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