Monday, August 5, 2013

The Brooklyn Flea-Philly

Happy Monday Everyone!  Last week was a little stressful for me so I was REALLY looking forward to going to the "Brooklyn Flea, Philly"  this past Sunday.  Saturday I spent the day grocery shopping, visiting my grandfather in the hospital (he is doing much better now!) and picking berries at Milburn Orchards.  I was a little irritated at the weather because as soon as it got sunny it would start going gray and rainy again, so it was hard to plan out the day, but it all worked out in the end.  And what a breath of fresh air Sunday's weather was, ahhh!! Anyone who lives in the Philly area can appreciate the lack of humidity and the near perfect temperatures we had; and not a rain cloud in sight!

So the Brooklyn Flea Philly- I am so glad I went!  I had a really great time par-oozing all of the vintage racks, jewelry, and knick-knacks, but all in all I only came out with one gem- a vintage flower power suitcase from the 60s.  I have to admit that even with all the fun I had looking around I was a little surprised at some of the prices.  The gorgeous dresses I am looking at above were just so fun and colorful but most of them ranged from $65-125!  Yeah...above my price range.  But I couldn't beat my suitcase bargain at 10 bucks- it was worth the trip just for that! It was also the weekend for ice cream at the Piazza- and being a non-dairy ice cream eater, I was ecstatic at some of the vegan ice cream options.  Daniel and I got absolutely delicious scoops from Alchemy Creamery (based in New York)- his was a raspberry chocolate chip cookie variety and mine was a salted almond Vanilla- YUM! 

While we were at the Flea Market we walked through "Once Worn Vintage" which is a charming boutique right off the main drag outside the Piazza and I found an adorable flower pin.  I really enjoyed browsing around the store- which was a mix of both old and new consignment clothing and shoes for men and women.  There were also some really cute little housewares and a small jewelry section.  We also went over to our usual haunt, South Street, and toured down fabric row (some of my favorite little independent shops are over that way) and Daniel and I found a bow-tie and cotton dress at a little vintage shop (whose name escapes me at the moment) before heading home. 
 Outfit Details:  Flower crown- Francesca's, Necklaces & pin- vintage, Dress- vintage, suitcase- vintage, Brooklyn Flea Phill! Shoes- TOMS. 

A special thanks to my friend Bridget from work who helped to bring my visions for this funky vintage polyester dress to reality!  It was a long maxi dress with a turtleneck before we devised to hem it and fix the neckline- she did an AWESOME job fixing the neckline for me- hopefully I'll be able to tackle altering necklines and etc.. after I get a little more experienced on my sewing machine.  Speaking of which- I am halfway done my sundae and polka dot print dress that I started constructing so long ago!  It should be done by the end of this week, wooohooo!
By the way- yesterday I was complimented by a gentleman on my "Diadem" I just smiled, shook my head, glanced at Daniel and said "Oh thank you so much!" I walked away and thought "what is a diadem?" Daniel had no clue either!  I got home and looked it up online and it's another word for "crown" (the definition actually said a crown worn as a sign of royalty, haha!)  Wow, I had no idea..I guess you learn something new everyday!  Are any of you already familiar of that term??  Maybe I'm just out of the vocab-loop!  Enjoy your day and thanks for reading!

xo, Alyssa


  1. That suitcase is adorable! Great find.
    Cannot wait to see the finished dress. That's gonna be a super cute piece I'm sure!
    I've never heard the word diadem being used in conversation but have heard the word. He must have been on fancy man! haha.

  2. Another beautiful dress! Your wardrobe is truly fantastic. And oh, how I love that suitcase! What a wonderful time. I've never heard the word diadem either, ha. That's wonderful your friend was able to help you alter your dress.
    Sounds like you had a really fun weekend! :)


  3. so glad you wrote about going to this flea market! my boyfriend just moved down to south jersey, so i've been spending a lot of time in and around the philly area on weekends. i am a sucker for flea markets, so i will definitely be checking this one out!

    love your flower crown, by the way :)

  4. your dress is absolutely GORGEOUS :)

    and i have heard the word 'diadem' before, it's in the seventh Harry Potter book, the lost diadem of Rowena Ravenclaw is one of the Horcruxes! (i'm...a little bit Harry Potter obsessed :P )

  5. ALYSSA! You find the cutest things at your flea markers. Man, I would love to go thrift shopping/flea market browsing with you one day... it seems like you always find places that are so neat to shop at! I would be digging through some of those shops for hours, I bet. Your suitcase is so CUTE and bright, of course, and I'm happy that you got it for such a good deal! $10, woohooooo! Yeah that's definitely a better price than something in the hundreds, hahaha.

    And I love your diadem as well LOL. Yours is so dainty and cute. Diadem... I love that term. I'm going to start using it more often now... just for fun. You learn something new every day!

    And duh, that dress is amazing! I'm glad your friend could help you take it in. The colors on it are stunning and I really love the length of those sleeves, too. You do look like a royal princess--a rainbow royal princess. :)

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  7. gosh, i always love the clothing you wear! i love this dress, it's such a perfect fit on you! also, i love how you are wearing toms here with this, i haven't seen that color!

    lindsey louise

  8. OMG, I absolutely love your outfit. You look like a doll. You have such a distinct personal style and it shines through. I love the color and print explosion going on here; it's so bold and vibrant. You just look like you're having so much fun with fashion, and that's what it should be about. Also, you sort of look like Zooey Deschanel, who is my ultimate girl crush.

    I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Would you like to follow each other?


  9. Hahaha, love your story sbout the diadem. Its the same word in german :)
    I just found your comment on my 'more about me' page yesterday and it made me smile so much! Thank you a lot for that one!!! We should go horseback riding together one day :)
    Good to see that you had a good time on the flea market after the stressfull week! I hope this one will be a little less stressy :)

    Lots of love!

  10. This dress is sooooo much fun, I love the colors! You look beautiful.

    Xo, Hannah

  11. I had never heard that term for it either! I really do love this floral crown though, it's so delicate and pretty. And this dress has such a cute shape! I love that you made it your own :) I just went to a vintage market over the weekend and was amazed at some of the prices as well!

  12. Such a beautiful dress, and that suitcase is wonderful! I'd definitely never heard of that word for a crown either!

    xox Sammi

  13. What a bold dress! You pull it off like a pro!

  14. I love this dress! AH!!! It's just perfect!

  15. I have no idea how you find such amazing dresses all the time. These colors always remind me of you. They're the perfect colors on you and the flea sounds like so much fun!

  16. Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!

    You are so gorgeous and your dress is so absolutely stunning! It just screams "You" and is perfect for you.

    Have the best day ever,

  17. Hattitude Style Blog

    love love love all your outfits. they are so bright and so fun. do you get snow where you are from? do you still wear brights in the winter. if so, i love you even more.

    i love the alterations you did on this dress. you should have done a before and after post!

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

  18. I think your dress is just amazing! I can't believe it was a maxi and had a turtleneck! It look fantastic and totally modern! I adore it! The flea market looks pretty cool, glad that you picked up that cute suitcase at such a deal! Glad to hear your grandpa is doing better!


  19. A diadem? Wow, I was wondering what that was too. Thanx for sharing with us. I learn a new word today.

    You find good stuff at the flea. How I wished to go to a flea market now. Sunny and rainy weather sure sounds like a pain but I'm glad everything worked out in the end.

    Thank you for coming here too. I really appreciate the 2-way communication and would be dropping by your blog more often too.

    I'm totally with you on this: "I think it's good to keep a balance of knowing without becoming obsessive about all the details- because sometimes knowing everything can be overwhelming". There are situations in which one or the other would work better and we have to discern when and how best to apply to the different situations. Intricacies are involved and it is better to tread carefully.

  20. I saw this dress on sale at Modcloth and it made me think of you (because of all the bright colors, of course!):

  21. Oh, that suitcase is right up your alley! It's so cute and bright and hippie-ish, I can't even handle it. I adore the dress you're wearing too. I love how you always have such fun with your outfits. Also, are those purple crochet Toms? They're cute as hell.

    May the Force be with you.

  22. Love this outfit! Retro and modern at the same time, my favorite :) I love that your style is so happy-making!

    <3 Megan