Rainy Day on South Congress

I had a great time in Austin with my aunt and my mom these past two days..we stayed at the San Jose Hotel.


Maybe all of these plants liked the rain we experienced on Monday, but not me. We didn't let the crappy weather ruin our short trip though.

A slice of apple pie at the Woodland Cafe, my favorite food on South Congress. It reminds me of Twin Peaks. As Agent Cooper would say, "This must be where pies go when they die".

Right down the street was Uncommon Objects at 1512 South Congress Ave. You can spend hours in this store..and I think we did.


A trip to Austin isn't complete without a trip to Feathers-I love this store. The owners Emily and Masha are so sweet. It is extremely well edited and they're always getting new stuff! Mom and I came home with some things we love.

Eventually the sun came out, and I was able to debut one of my purchases-a little 70's navajo-style vest I picked up at New Bohemia.

These pants are 'new' too. I got them a week or two ago in New York at What Goes Around Comes Around. I am obsessed with vintage Yves Saint Laurent bloomers and I finally found myself a good pair! I was totally stressed out when I got to New York, but then I found these and the trip was all worth it. I love them. 



These Pradas were the only shoes I brought on the trip-they are from fall 2006. These are some great shoes. Prada Fall 06 was one of my favorite seasons for Prada ever!

Coming up next…my favorite store in Austin! Expect a post soon.

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  1. monica wrote:

    woow! your shoes are amazing!!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  2. Lauren wrote:

    The vest is so unique and the Prada shoes set it off perfectly!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  3. Carole wrote:

    Love the pants. Thanks for the addresses :)

    10.28.09 · Reply
  4. Carole wrote:

    and i LOVE the shoes.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  5. love the vest and shoes! Great photos!
    Check out all my designer shoes at http://www.fashionsnag.com!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  6. Eleanor wrote:

    Totally coveting your pants right now.
    What a find!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  7. Wow, I adore the bloomers! And the shoes, obviously, as you have impeccable taste in shoes.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  8. Brooke wrote:

    That hotel looks amazing. Also, I love your outfit. You look so pretty :)

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  9. Ella wrote:

    The hotel is just beautiful! & your outfit is simply stunning! Only you could pull off this look. Ahh you are a beautiful girl! :)

    10.28.09 · Reply
  10. Lisa wrote:

    oh my gosh i am dying..gorgeous photos!!!! what camera do you use?!!?

    10.28.09 · Reply
  11. Valncami wrote:

    Wow, I must say your trip looks like it was wonderful! The hotel looks so quaint and I loved your apple pie post about Twin Peaks and all. I bet it tasted amazing.I want to see what you got at that boutique Feathers, it looks like they have great stuff.Maybe some day I’ll get to Austin:)

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  12. Ava wrote:

    I totally agree about Fall 2006– that is probably the singular season that made me fall in LOVE with fashion. I mean… Prada? Balenciaga? Just about everything was SO yummy back then!!
    You look gorgeous as always!!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  13. deb wrote:

    LOVE Uncommon Objects. Got a fabulous chair there a few years ago. Actually, I love everything about SoCo.
    You and the bloomers are a sight to behold. Well done, again, Ms. Aldridge.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  14. Lovely Fall colours. It makes me want to visit Austin. I love your Pradas! XOXO

    10.28.09 · Reply
  15. kate from dallas wrote:

    hmmm toy joy?

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  16. oh my gosh that hotel looks absolutely amazing. its making me want to drop everything and take a vacation, like right now.
    can’t wait to see all your shopping finds! that navajo vest is exactly what my fall wardrobe is craving. :)

    10.28.09 · Reply
  17. Loving the bloomers and the uncommon objects shop looks awesome, defiantly could spend hours in there too.

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  18. Wow . . . when you give us a post, you really give us a post. This was a great one. I love that you wear your older shoes. I remember those Pradas and agree that they are just an attrative shoe.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  19. Brigadeiro wrote:

    LOVE your cute pants! Where are they from? :)
    And that pie *drool* sure looks like a slice from heaven…

    10.28.09 · Reply
  20. you are so adorable! Love the pants on you. You have such style!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  21. That apple pie looks SO GOOD. The plants at the hotel are lovely!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  22. yummy apple pie! and you’ve prob mentioned this before but what sort of camera are you using? your shots are unbelievable!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  23. nice pictures taken. the pie looks so delicious.
    anyway, i love your pants. so cool!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  24. Shannon wrote:

    Wow that vest is gorgeous, I love the print on it. Your outfit is flawless!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  25. you look stunning! your figure is awesome and i love the shoes. the hotel looks very cozy and so does that slice of pie.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  26. amy wrote:

    gosh! those pictures are really lovely :)

    10.28.09 · Reply
  27. Julia wrote:

    The shirt is beautiful against your skin. Truly stunning.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  28. Jennifer wrote:

    Oh I love all the shops on South Congress ESPECIALLY Uncommon Objects! I’ve always wanted to stay at the San Jose! Mr. B and I should really do that some time!

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  29. loveeee it! the shoes are to die for!

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  30. Kelly wrote:

    Looks like a beautiful place, too bad it was rainy!
    I love the southwest style top you are wearing!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  31. Evangeline wrote:

    Seems like such a fun little trip! I loved Austin when I visited there!!
    I love Twin Peaks!! It’s good to see another fan out there!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  32. helene wrote:

    austin is one of the raddest cities out there. i can (and have) spend hours on end in lucy in disguise with diamonds or feathers! and TOY JOY! thats my favorite part of town, that little spot near toy joy and that really cool place.. just love austin!

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  33. Vie wrote:

    those bloomers are amazeballs

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  34. the YSL bloomers…what a beautiful find! any idea what year they’re from? the silhouette is very similar to a velvet pair i had in the 80s in high school (they certainly weren’t YSL, though). so if i had to guess, i’d say yours are early to mid 80s….

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  35. kat wrote:

    amazing pictures! what a pretty hotel! cool outfit, too!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  36. You pull things off so well! Those bloomers look fantastic on you, as do all your other outfits.

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  37. Taler wrote:

    The boutique looks fabulous. :D

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  38. Michelle wrote:

    reminds me of those bloomer styles . except that it’s a modern twist on the style !
    the first picture blew me off . the composition and the warms colors are just too perfect to be true ..
    lastly, i always love ur shoe collection .
    these pradas are a classic .

    10.28.09 · Reply
  39. Kim wrote:

    wow, amazing illusion of proportions in this outfit! when looking at you straight on, I can’t tell how big you are until you see your waist! Love the outfit!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  40. Sarah wrote:

    Oh this post make me feel like painting with all that lovely art work!
    Nice :)

    10.28.09 · Reply
  41. Rosa wrote:

    I really love your outfit. Where did you get that shirt? So cute!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  42. Rosa wrote:

    BTW, how tall are you?

    10.28.09 · Reply
  43. Murr KKK wrote:

    those shoes look like they came out of the wardrobe of She’s All That.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  44. Emily wrote:

    amazing pictures, what type of camera do you use? your pictures make me really want one sooner than later! i’m not buying anymore clothes/shoes until I have enough for a DSLR

    10.28.09 · Reply
  45. alamode wrote:

    i love San Jose it is my favorite hotel i stay there every time I’m in Austin its nice to see that someone else likes it just as much as i do

    10.28.09 · Reply
  46. criss goo wrote:

    you are going to appear at THE CITY eppisode next tuesday! i saw you at the preview yesterday

    10.28.09 · Reply
  47. tate wrote:

    I LOVE Uncommon Objects. I always go in it every time I visit Austin from Louisiana. If I could, I’d buy so much and have it all shipped home in an 18 wheeler! I have done a few photo shoots at the San Jose Hotel – it’s such a stunning tiny motel area. Gorgeous design.

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  48. Tayler wrote:

    that boutique looks amazing! and you can actually pull off any look, stunning <3

    10.28.09 · Reply
  49. Olivia wrote:

    That shop looks gorgeous! I love well put together vintage stores, they just seem so much nicer to shop in than op-shops that have things that will never sell.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  50. CC wrote:

    I love feathers too!!! My dream would be to open a vintage store like theirs!!!
    I see you two made it to Uncommon Objects..another one of my favorite vintage/antique stores in Austin!!!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  51. Emily Rose wrote:

    What Goes Around Comes Around is such a great store…. many of my dollars have gone towards clothing from there haha. They have really good sales every so often, if you get on their mailing list they’ll email in advance for the warehouse sales. It’ll give you yet another good reason to fly to NY or LA!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  52. Mel wrote:

    I love your vest! Sounds like you had fun in Austin!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  53. Mel wrote:

    Wow I love your vest! Sounds like you had a great time in Austin!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  54. Erin wrote:

    the bloomers are great! and the shoes were a good purchase!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  55. Jane! I just saw you on the preview for next week’s The City! :) You look great in that .25 seconds your face came up. Tell me, how was Olivia Palermo? :) So exciting. Can’t wait to see it next week!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  56. Kristin wrote:

    TOY JOY has to be your favorite store!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  57. oh it looks so gorgeous there, thanks for sharing the pics!
    + i love the new top it is so unique!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  58. Midge wrote:

    I was gonna say that the exposed skin at the sides is too much for me, but I can’t! I absolutely LOVE this getup! Work it.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  59. fawn wrote:

    If oyu’re a twin peaks fan you should come to WA, we’ve got the actual Twin Peaks diner, hiking and some excellent milkshakes out in North Bend.
    Not much fashion though, unless you’re into fleece.

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  60. bijou wrote:

    great pics! love this look.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  61. Jayde wrote:

    aww, beautiful images as always..crazy over your top!

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  62. Sam wrote:
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  63. Jen wrote:

    That place looks amazing.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  64. carla wrote:

    I can’t wait till next week’s episode of the CITY! i’ll be wondering what gorgeous outfit you will be wearing for a week!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  65. georgina wrote:

    i love your bloomers, they’re so cute and your pradas…magnificent!

    10.28.09 · Reply
  66. anastassia wrote:

    Those are some sick bloomers. Love the length.

    10.28.09 · Reply
  67. carolyn wrote:

    Did Norma serve you that pie ?
    San Jose Hotel looks divine.

    10.29.09 · Reply
  68. Minus the second to last picture, these are the best pictures I’ve seen of you to date. I don’t know what it is inside of me that wishes you were a few inches taller…maybe it is what you wear. Oh and I don’t know if I’m the only one who noticed but you’ll be on next week’s episode of MTV’s favorite travesty called “The City.” Vogue is one thing, but no more playing in the mud with MTV!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  69. Cate wrote:

    Love It. PS. You are going to be on next week’s episode of The City? Sweet!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  70. Jyun wrote:

    That is one hell of a pie. Must eat it once before I perish.
    P.S. The frilly bottom of the pants make them look like two blooming onions.

    10.29.09 · Reply
  71. Emilie wrote:

    Oh this hotel is so cute, like your outfit!

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  72. Phils wrote:

    It’s crazy how you change the image people had on texas (well at least mine!) and it’s a compliment!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  73. Cecylia wrote:

    Love your outfit, once again. Not many can pull off those bloomers…

    10.29.09 · Reply
  74. mary wrote:

    does anyone know the exact label of the jeans from this post:
    im desperateeeee to find them ….

    10.29.09 · Reply
  75. Aline wrote:

    I’m French and I went to Texas when I was 14 and I had the worst time ever. But now that I see all your pics, I just want to go back there and visit some more.

    10.29.09 · Reply
  76. Great vintage finds, the vest really reminds me of the Miu Miu mosaic collection! Looks like ur having fun x

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  77. Carola wrote:

    Beautiful pictures! They seem to be taken out of a travel magazine! And the feathers boutique looks like TREASURE ISLAND!!! The first pic of you is very geisha-like ;-).
    Check out our latest obsessions here:

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  78. wow!
    i love everything your wearing!!!
    that top is soo cute!

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  79. Maja wrote:

    You’re featured in the danish COVER magazine.

    10.29.09 · Reply
  80. kelly wrote:

    are you on the next episode of the City??? I think that was you who I saw!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  81. Louise wrote:

    OMG! you’re featured in The City in the next episode! btw love your pics!

    10.29.09 · Reply
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    go to http://www.difitaacessorios.blogspot.com
    Hope see u soon.
    Melissa Malard

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  83. Johanna wrote:

    First off : super cute outfit! I am swooning over the shops you visited…I could probably get lost in them for days looking at all the treasures!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  84. CarolineLindsey wrote:

    Hee, I totally came to comment on the “City” sighting and realized someone already had, of course:) You have to give us the dish on Olivia and if she’s really as horrible in real life as they paint her on the show! Cause I just don’t want to believe that she is because she’s so pretty and I love how she dresses…sigh, so shallow.

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  85. Pen wrote:

    LOVE your pants! And those Pradas are just so classy!(:

    10.29.09 · Reply
  86. ray wrote:

    TAMPA NUGGET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    hells yeah Jane – this is a really great look with the bloomers and vest. approved and waiting to borrow ;]
    still love watching you blow up! so crazy… the city??? are they all really that bitchy???????

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  87. Kate wrote:

    wow, looks like quite teh cultural adventure! and i agree, those bloomers are obsess-worthy (:

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  88. I love those bloomers!!

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  89. sioux wrote:

    I love this look, I like the idea of combining a so stylish pair of trousers, to a rustic top with ethnic jacquard, you always manage to create strong contrasts with impressive results, a true fashion stylist!

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  90. dea wrote:

    wow! The pool and the garden! Looks amazing! An you are sooo pritty with your heels in those pics!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  91. Daniella wrote:

    mmmm… i might have to go to austin, if only for the pie.
    and that vest is incredibly adorable.

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  92. the top is beautiful.

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  93. One of my fave outfits!! The bloomers are perfect and the ethnic touch and texture complements them so well.

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  94. Daniela wrote:

    I love this pants!!
    And the outifit is great!!

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  95. Jess wrote:

    fantastic silhouette. now I want some bloomers!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  96. The Navajo vest is such a unique piece! You put together outfits no one else would..so amazing!

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  97. Laura wrote:

    I LOOOOOVEEEEE these Prada shoes so much <3

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  98. Ista wrote:

    Feathers is a awesome store! And those shoes are amazing!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  99. Kwil wrote:

    I am loving that vest so much! Such a great find!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  100. Sarah wrote:

    Beautiful shots as usual! Those bloomers are amazing- you look fantastic! <3

    10.29.09 · Reply
  101. Ha Ha love the last image, it’s fab!!!
    Rianna Bethany xxxxxxxxxx

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  102. breanne wrote:

    this has nothing to do with this post, but are on ‘the city’ next week? the previews showed someone quickly and it looks just like you!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  103. Chelsea wrote:

    Glad you liked Feathers! That place is the greatest.

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  104. Dominika wrote:

    You look awesome as always ^^!
    Great photographs!

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  105. juliet wrote:

    Looks so beautiful!
    juliet xxx

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  106. aalh wrote:

    I have those shoes in tortoise shell! I still wear them ALL the time. I love them!!!!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  107. mar wrote:

    I just saw u on T h e C i t y !!!!!
    beautiful pitures here!!

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  108. Hey !! I visit your blog everyday and i love iiiitttt,and i think ive seen you in the preview of the city ! im french so i dont really read American Elle’s magazine, but did u gave an interview for the magazine? and how is olivia palermo in live? is she that beautiful?

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  109. Hi dear, I totally love this, more posts wanted! ^^
    Come check out the new posts ;)
    With love, MC
    Link me, follow me
    @ MaisonChaplin.blogspot.com

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  110. Gorgeous.

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  111. Angeliska wrote:

    Wow, these photographs are so lush – fantastic colors!
    It’s always exciting to see Uncommon Objects
    through different people’s lenses – it’s always changing,
    so I love trying to capture the little worlds we create in the
    different areas of the shop. We have a flickr group for the shop,
    for people to add their images:
    Sorry I kept missing you, miss! I have a little goodie for you –
    maybe I can send it your way, or just save it until the next time you visit.

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  112. these shoes are amazing….
    the line is perfect!

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  113. gaelle wrote:

    The hotel is gorgeous. Love your pants

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  114. NLH wrote:

    Ahhhh can’t wait to see you on The City!

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  115. Pattinka wrote:

    wooooow u’re on The City!!! :)))) that’s sooo cool^^

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  116. Nata wrote:

    Gorgeous hotel, it’s got character.
    And those antique/vintage stores look lovely.
    – Nata

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  117. Nata wrote:

    oh and please visit my blog. (:

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  118. J. wrote:

    South Congress is a place I never get tired of…too bad I line in North Austin, but getting down there really is a treat!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  119. Thank you so much for this post!!
    I’m planning my first trip to Austin to see friends soon and I loved seeing photos and hearing of great shops to go to.

    10.29.09 · Reply
  120. keren wrote:

    Beautiful, beautiful photos !

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  121. Olivia wrote:

    TOY JOYYYYY!!! The eraser section is the best!!

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  122. you should stay at http://www.hotelsaintcecilia.com/ the next time you’re in town. also would love you interview you for the iheartcomix blog the next time you are here. hit me up.

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  123. gleopatra wrote:

    wow the pictures of the hotel are wonderful. not to mention your outfit.

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  124. x x wrote:

    OOHH MMYY GOODD! That is the most gorgeous outfit ever!!! Those bloomers are to die for!! And you look amazing!

    10.29.09 · Reply
  125. TD wrote:

    Hi Jane,
    I live in Austin, and I love Uncommon Objects and Feathers. South Congress is rather fun. Next time you’re in Austin, you should try to come to First Thursday: http://www.firstthursday.info/
    I really adore your blog. Thanks for sharing. Can I ask what kind of camera you usually use? I’ve been looking for a great camera. Thanks.

    10.29.09 · Reply
  126. Eline wrote:

    Aw, I love the Twin Peaks reference! Every time I see a pie I think of Agent Cooper :D

    10.30.09 · Reply
  127. that vest is so cute! but i love the pants so much!!!!!

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  128. Michelle wrote:

    Funny…I was back in my hometown of Austin, wandering down S Congress on that rainy day too…and I bought a navajo print dress at Feathers…glad to see I’m keeping up with the cool kids! Love the blog! and the shoes!

    10.30.09 · Reply
  129. Michelle wrote:

    ps – I think we were in Feathers at the same time…did your mom buy that gorgeous full skirt coat??

    10.30.09 · Reply
  130. joce wrote:

    i love your outfit!! and the photos taken are all so niceee

    10.30.09 · Reply
  131. Those pants are well match with the shoes! You have great taste!

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  132. e wrote:

    Next time you’re in NY you should try Amarcord vintage in Soho- they get lots of great YSL stuff.

    10.30.09 · Reply
  133. Hello Jane (or Jane afficianados)-
    What sort of camera do you (does she) use?

    10.30.09 · Reply
  134. This looks really nice!

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  135. Becca wrote:

    I am dying over those bloomers – ridiculously great.
    Also, that store looks like such a fun place to browse.

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  136. missghesquiere wrote:

    love the hotel. stores look amazing. but i think that your vest would look better with longer, “flou” pants. they would set off the shape, graphics and color of the top much more impressively. the personality of the bloomers and their soft but noticeable shape as opposed to the vest’s slight element of hardness lessen the impact of your outfit. and the bottom of longer, wide silk pants would balance out the width of the top better.

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  137. fit flop wrote:

    She is so so gorgeous that she looks beautiful in any dress. And the place is excellent which are in photos. Keep posting such beautiful photographs.

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  138. Totally adore your outfit, esp. that unique vest!
    x ws x

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  139. Therese wrote:

    I love these shoes, they are the most perfect I’ve every seen!

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  140. Rosanna wrote:

    OMG. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the last outfit!!!

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  141. sarah wrote:

    and to think that 11 years ago the san jose was a giant crack den.

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  142. Annie wrote:

    I applaud your ability to capture everyday life and make it outstanding. I could taste the apple pie in the Twin Peaks reference – looks like a good time!

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  143. my GAWD I need to go there now, so epic
    love the top too, incredible work there

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  144. Mary wrote:

    I was in NY this past summer and went to What Goes Around Comes Around and fell in love with those pants…but unfortunatly didn’t get them

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  145. Betsey wrote:

    that is the most beautiful, fabulous hotel ever.

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  146. jd. wrote:

    your pants are classic!

    11.12.09 · Reply
  147. This place looks amazing! I loved!!! the design of the hotel- so authentic and real- you don’t get that in new modern over designed hotels! And YEAH the shoes are CRAZY! Prada? WAY TO GO!

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  148. this hotels so great!!! i love that pictures!!! i love that close!!! a love all!!! its fantactic :)

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  151. wool suits wrote:

    Austin this is the my favorite place everytime i want to relax i always book a flight to Austin. And Oh San Jose Hotel is my hotel I always check in they have a great customer service.

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