Trending at The Wagon: ACL Festival Style

ACL Music Festival is the musical rhythm in the heart beat of Austin. The city gets a new high about it, extra good vibes are felt, and even more magic heads to the Capitol of Texas. Not to mention the city's street style amps up it's game. We here at The Wagon love festival fashion. In it's best form it is freeing, honest, happy, bohemian, and fun.

Stay tuned for all the ACL happenings from our Austin store. We have so much to announce as we get closer to festival time! Visit the Dallas and Austin locations for any and all your festival style needs. 

Posted on September 12, 2016 .

Dallas Local Fav: Local Press + Brew

With new restaurants and coffee shops opening every other day it is hard to stand out among the pack in Dallas. But Local Press + Brew does just that. It stands out, and makes you want to make it your new weekend chill spot.

With new restaurants and coffee shops opening every other day it is hard to stand out among the pack in Dallas. But Local Press + Brew does just that. It stands out, and makes you want to make it your new weekend chill spot.

Local Press + Brew is the first juice and coffee parlor in Dallas devoted to quality and local support. Located in trending Oak Cliff, LP+B has a major following. Their Instagram is filled with foodie pics, art, happy customers enjoying their day, cacti, and juices about town. Stesha Gearner and I (having heard the buzz they were making) made our way over on a late Sunday morning for a dream session & meeting of the minds. We could not have chosen a more inspiring venue.

Just walking into the building had us obsessed. The space is bright with natural light, minimally styled with a mid-century feel. Vintage mirrors and wire sculptures hang on the walls. Touches of plant life are spread around to make you feel at home.

Let us be real--We did not just come here to be inspired...We came to EAT. We came to drink juice. We came to caffeine up. And we were blown away by the menu! There are so many options. LP+B is organic and fresh, vegan friendly, and as they say "farm to bottle". (LOVE THAT!) We started with juice, and opted for the juice flight, which is tastings of 8 juices. We both loved getting to see what our favorites were and the ability to try so many. Most of the juices are named after nearby neighborhoods in the city - We loved The OC, Kessler Park, Bishop Arts, and Winnetka Heights. They were all deliciously refreshing, and super pretty.

Next came the coffee order. One vanilla latte and one matcha latte with almond milk. Their almond milk is made in house with organic almonds and lightly sweetened by organic dates. Yes please & thank you! The food. Guys... Simple and amazing. We shared Toast 4 which was a whole wheat piece of toast with almond butter, organic banana, and "Texas Honey Bee" honey. Decedent and perfect. We also split Toast 5 which was another slice of whole wheat toast with organic avocado, olive oil, red pepper, and salt. We cleaned up every dish we were served with smiling faces. "That was the bomb dot com." -Stesha

Now it is our goal to become regulars at Local Press + Brew. We left ready to come back! Be sure to add this to your must try list, Dallas! It is casual and easy, and filled with good vibes.

-Julia Soniat & Stesha Gearner

Posted on September 6, 2016 .

Daisy Natives Meets The Wagon

There is not much we love more than some serious girl power. A girl who creates her own path and her own set of rules, a girl with confidence and individuality, a girl with imagination and sparkle, a girl with heart, a girl boss through and through. This girl is Sarah Lapp. And we are obsessed.

Sarah is owner and designer of Daisy Natives, a lifestyle brand geared to "confetti throwers, champagne clinkers, and sassy kittens". At The Wagon, WE ARE ALL THESE THINGS! Her t-shirts make us feel as if she has peered into our souls. With mantras like Tacos & Champagne and Donuts & Rosé (what better combos are there?) to Dreamers Never Sleep and our all time favorite Girls Support Girls, we feel right at home.

Upon meeting Sarah, and having a major fan girl moment, we quickly realized we had to get Daisy Natives into The Wagon, so we invited her to host her first-ever pop up shop in our Austin store. Sunday, August 28, from 12-4 Sarah will be in store for you to meet, or in her words "experience her awkwardness", and shop till you drop! Every girl needs a few (or a lot) of cute, comfy tees to run around town in right?

Read on to get to know Sarah before the show, and get a glimpse of how she meshes her tees in with our new fall styles.

What inspired you to start Daisy Natives? I needed an escape from my everyday routine. I always found myself looking for a graphic tee or accessory that didn't exist yet so with $75 worth of fabric and a sewing machine I got as a Christmas gift, Daisy Natives was born. A few days later, I listed five handmade headwraps on Etsy, and the rest is history! Obviously, Daisy Natives has encountered some big changes over the past year and a half but that's what makes it so fun!

Where did the name come from? I wish I could tell you a cool story about how the name came to be, but honestly, I just remember waking up with it in my head one night and wrote it down. I'm thinking the thought process went a little something like this: Daisies are my favorite flower- care free, the kind of flower you'd just pick and stick in your hair. I think the word "Natives" came from not wanting to forget where I came from and who I am. It's easy to get sucked into the blackhole that is social media and obsessing over becoming someone you're not. Be true to yourself and you'll be much happier. I knew I wanted to create a brand around that. 

Where do you draw inspiration? Oh gosh, EVERYWHERE! Old movies, new music, changing seasons, pop culture, exploring unfamiliar places, FOOD, color schemes, funny things my husband says, and unexpected late night heart to hearts with my best friends over a bottle of wine, to name a few. There is literally inspiration everywhere!

What are your favorite spots in Austin? I've only been here for a little over two months BUT, The Gypsy Wagon (because, duh), Blue Velvet Vintage, Alamo Drafthouse, Jo's for coffee, Freedmen's for BBQ, Snooze for brunch, Torchy's or Tacodeli for tacos, Hillside Farmacy for happy hour! I just sound like a hungry tourist so suggestions are always welcome! 

What is your favorite thing to do when you aren’t working? I'm such an introvert so I LOVE binging on Netflix shows, trying new recipes, and discovering new music. But when I'm not being a hermit, I love driving with no real destination, thrifting, meeting new friends for happy hour, finding the best Bloody Mary, and going to see the weirdest documentary playing at Alamo Drafthouse with my husband. 

What are your biggest guilty pleasures? I love all things late '90s, early '00s. Movies, music, fashion, celebrities, you name it. I LOVE IT ALL! Two movies I will NEVER get tired of (and watch at least once a week) are The Parent Trap and Princess Diaries. And, sometimes I go through these phases where I'll only listen to Sugar Ray or Blink 182. Also, I have to get a cup of nacho cheese with my popcorn at the movies. Don't knock it till ya try it!

What are your dreams for Daisy Natives? I just want to keep making things that people love! It is the best feeling in the world to read or hear that Daisy Natives is someone's favorite brand! That's all I can ask for. But, if I'm being honest, I'd love to one day have a little studio space outside of my apartment and a team of badass creatives to join me on this crazy ride! 

Daisy Natives X The Gypsy Wagon

Sunday, August 28 from 12-4

The Gypsy Wagon Austin

Posted on August 22, 2016 .

Havana Nights with Cleobella

We are endlessly inspired by Cleobella. Their bohemian style and vibe speaks to the wanderer deep in our souls. Their latest collection Searching for Hemingway is no different. Their lookbook has us ready to pack our bags and head to Cuba with their 1970's feels, turkish rug inspired prints, vintage denim, beat up boots, and delicate gold gems. Cuba. "The forbidden fruit of travel. A place where time stands still." We cannot get enough of the effortless silhouettes, beautiful textures, and dark moody shades.

Since we cannot jet off (just yet!) we are bringing Havana Nights to The Wagon. We have invited Cleobella to showcase their latest collection in a pop up shop this Friday (along side a fab happy hour from 4-6) and Saturday at our Dallas store. Join us for drinks, bites, and Cleobella's Fall 2016 Collection.

Posted on August 14, 2016 .

Let's Get Lost

Alika Ray in Let's Get Lost (Our Pre-Fall Collection 2016)

Styling by Molly McBride & Julia Soniat

Photography by Julia Soniat

We kicked off our pre-fall collection in Crested Butte, Colorado. Crested Butte holds a special place in the hearts of our Wagoneers. Time seems to slow down, the air is sweet, the colors are magic, it seems like there is a new place to explore at every turn. We must take adventures in order to know where we belong. We loved putting our favorite muse, Alika Ray, into nature. She fit into the setting as if she were a columbine on the side of a mountain.

You belong among the wildflowers. You belong somewhere you feel free.

Shop our newest collection now.

XOXO, The Gypsy Wagon

Posted on July 31, 2016 .

Get Outside with Wild Arrow

We choose to get our energy straight from Mother Nature. We are breathing in her fresh air and taking it for all it has got. Time to get outside, soak up the sun, and work on centering ourselves with good vibes around us.

We choose to get our energy straight from Mother Nature. We are breathing in her fresh air and taking it for all it has got. Time to get outside, soak up the sun, and work on centering ourselves with good vibes around us.

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. -James M. Barrie

We are getting outdoors with Wild Arrow this week for a zen session in the park. It is a major bonus when we can work on our yoga and show off some style at the same time.

Wild Arrow is an Austin, Texas based fitness brand specializing in printed yoga mats. All of their mats are printed locally in Austin. We are obsessed with these mats. For our yogis they are comfortable, non-slip, and durable. For the non-yogi--more lounge type--they are stylish and perfect for outdoor concerts and picnics. (They even get the puppy approval.) From cactus prints to Moroccan rug feels, we want them all! 

Wild Arrow is an Austin, Texas based fitness brand specializing in printed yoga mats. All of their mats are printed locally in Austin. We are obsessed with these mats. For our yogis they are comfortable, non-slip, and durable. For the non-yogi--more lounge type--they are stylish and perfect for outdoor concerts and picnics. (They even get the puppy approval.) From cactus prints to Moroccan rug feels, we want them all! 

Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch. -Walt Whitman

Shop the mats & looks here.

Posted on July 21, 2016 .

Rifle Paper Co. Takes The Wagon

Rifle Paper Company has become a Wagon staple during the last 5 years and we have been hooked ever since the first delivery! The folksy and whimsical illustrations always send our hearts a flutter. Anna's joyfully, hand-painted designs have cultivated a major following through the years, they are almost irresistible. A scroll down Anna Bond's Instagram will quickly have you hooked on their vibe. From the vintage-inspired wall papers, stacks of brightly colored planners and pencils, black and white family photos, to the perfectly executed over-head layouts....we dig it!

Nathan and Anna Bond started Rifle Paper Co. back in 2009. The idea for the lifestyle and stationary brand came to them as they worked on their own wedding invitations where she painted a little cartoon version of herself and Nathan. They started doing a few friends' invitations that wedding blogs went crazy for and success started quickly from there. Soon after, Rifle Paper Co. hit the web with their playfully illustrated stationary. What began as a small business out of their garage apartment has quickly become a major international brand. In 2014 they were named to Inc 500's list of fastest growing companies, and in 2015 Nathan was named to Forbes magazine's 30 under 30 list.

This Thursday, July 21st, we will be welcoming Anna Bond for her first Dallas meet and greet at The Wagon. Anna will be releasing her latest creation, the 'Texas' print which will be available for purchase that night. While you are shopping the cute new print you can enjoy macarons by We the Birds and watermelon margaritas provided by Casamigos.

The Gypsy Wagon X Rifle Paper Co. - Thursday, July 21st - 5:00 to 7:00

Meet and Greet with Anna Bond

2928 N. Henderson Ave. - Dallas, Texas

Valet will be available.

Posted on July 18, 2016 .

Trending at The Wagon

What are we loving this week?

We are all about staying cool in the summer swelter, but that does not mean that we have to give up great style to beat the heat. We need light fabrics and easy silhouettes. In that, we add in funky patterns, embroidered details, and touches of neon for charm. Summer style should be playful, fun and freeing. "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair should be messy and your eyes sparkling." -Shanti

Visit any of our three locations for more great summer style tips.

Posted on July 8, 2016 .

Model Off Duty with Alika Ray

We classify Alika Ray as a true, original gypsy. If you do not recognize her face, then you have not been keeping up with The Wagon. She has been a shop girl at our Dallas location for over 5 years, she has been shining on our Instagram feed as far back as you can scroll, spotted on our billboards, website, you name it...she has done it. She is not just big time for us, Alika has been in the acting and modeling business since she was 15. She spent time out in Los Angeles, but was drawn back to Dallas when she turned 30, she was missing the feeling of home. Last year she was chosen to be one of 10 women for Dallas' Most Beautiful. We feel that honor came to her not only because she is stunning, but because she has one of the most open and beautiful spirits that we know.

Her soft, curly hair and big smile invite you in, and her vivacious energy and warm heart keep you locked. Any time spent with Alika will have you laughing until your stomach hurts, she is a true performer. Her knack for story telling keeps you hanging on every word she says. She can be your therapist at any moment needed. She is ready for any adventure thrown her way, always looking for a new experience to impact her world.

"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." 

Read on to learn a little bit more about what makes Alika Ray so special.

Where do you find inspirations for your style? You know, these days, there are so many outlets to find inspiration. Especially with social media. I feel lucky to be in an industry where there are so many creative people with impeccable style that inspire me. But traveling is my favorite way to find inspiration. I take everything in when I'm traveling...being mindful. I think that helps bring an authenticity to anyones style. And then there is Molly McBride. ;)

"Don't worry if you're making waves simply by being yourself. The moon does it all the time."

Who are your icons? I think there is no one that embodies the word Icon more than Jane Goodall. As far as fashion icon, love me some Diana Ross! I mean, SLAY before anyone said it....and I wanna dress like Iris Apfel when I grow up. My personal icon - PRINCE. He has been my greatest influence of my life.

What is your ideal day "off duty"? I take it to The King Spa if I've a day off! I will spend a whole day there. I live for the foot massages. For the weekends, David (the boyfriend) and I cruise to The Hill Country with Bella ( our 12 yr old Denton farm dog) in the back seat. I love the vineyards in HYE, TX. Calais Winery, William Chris Vineyards. This whole area has completely changed the way I thought about Texas. If we aren't road tripping, we like to nest in our loft, sometimes entertain.

Do you have any guilty pleasures? Amazon Prime, Gilt.com and Halo Top Ice Cream. Actually, Halo Top is guilt free so I guess I need to specify...buying cases at a time of Halo Top Ice Cream. Also - wine.

What's on your current playlist? Leon Bridges, Khruangbin, Radiohead. When I'm on set I like to get it going with Pandora Station HipHop BBQ!

What is your favorite thing about Summer? The evenings! I feel like my senses are heightened in the summer evenings. 8:30pm sunsets and a nice glass of Rose.

What are your dreams for the future? It will sound cheesy but a future that continues with a lot of LOVE! I've so much to be grateful for. I do not take a day for granted. 


Shop Alika's current fav things:

Stop by The Wagon to get styled by Alika, and keep a close watch for her on our Instagram. Follow along with what is going on in her world here: @alikaray.

Posted on July 5, 2016 .

ATX Local Fav: Friends & Neighbors

My idea of the perfect Sunday in Austin includes coffee sipping, vintage shopping, and some good patio hangs. I found the perfect, cozy spot to do all that and more! Friends & Neighbors in East Austin fulfills all of my Sunday good feels. This charming little bungalow is located off East Ceasar Chavez, one of Austin's most buzz worthy, up-and-coming hoods.

Friends & Neighbors owner, Jill Bradshaw, opened the doors to a new retail experience two years ago. Jill converted this East Austin home into a shop with rooms dedicated to unique goods, including a cafe, and a curated selection of vintage clothing hand chosen by Jill herself, along with specially chosen gifts from local vendors. She wanted a place for locals to come in regularly, hang out with friends, and feel at home. Thus the name.

Each room is like walking into a different scene. A record player is turning in the coffee shop blasting obscure indie rock, creating the perfect vibe for their vintage-furniture-clad lounge. The former bathroom is now filled with dreamy beauty products displayed as if they could be on your own counter. Racks of vintage clothing adorn the walls of a Moroccan themed room set with pattern rugs and a peacock chair in the corner. Textiles and linens fill the hallway leading to the tent-like, bohemian dressing rooms that make you feel as if you have stepped into a fantasy land. The back yard patio is an oasis with mismatched iron tables and chairs. Another part I love about this outdoor space is the stationed food truck, Cool Beans. Cool Beans serves up the finest of vegan Mexican cuisine by truck. Major plus for this Texas vegan.

Add Friends & Neighbors to your to-do list whether you are from Austin or making a trip soon. It is not a place to just pop-in to, it is a place to sit and stay a while. A place to make you fall back in love with Austin. I would recommend shopping on a Sunday to partake in their Sangria Sunday from 2-8...right when you need a break from the summer heat wave.

Visit Friends & Neighbors @ 2614 E. Ceasar Chavez Street in Austin, Tx. Get to know them ahead of time online here.

-Julia Soniat

Posted on June 28, 2016 .

Designer Spotlight - Richard Schmidt Jewelry Design

This weekend is Richard Schmidt’s 9th trunk show at The Gypsy Wagon.  I discovered my love for Richard Schmidt Jewelry Designs while searching for artists to feature in my first store in 2007. I met Richard and his wife, Janet, at their booth in Round Top at Texas Antiques Week. His work captivated me; it had an alluring quality, something hard to put in words, but I could feel, touch, and see the story behind each piece. Enchanted by my findings, I asked Richard and Janet if I could sell his work at my new, unheard of, store in Dallas. They said yes. This was my first clue that the Schmidts were the nicest people of the planet. 

What happened next is a business relationship that would fast become a friendship. As The Gypsy Wagon grew and evolved, the Schmidts became my cheerleaders, my support system, and my sounding board.  But at the core of it all was a love and appreciation of Richard's work. 

Still to this day, when a new piece is revealed or a collection is created, it is like seeing his jewelry for the first time again. That has got to be the ultimate reward for an artist and the hardest thing to pull off: to stay ahead of your customer’s dreams. He is gifted. 

I can unequivocally say that I would not be where I am today without the guidance, the support, and the friendship of Richard and Janet Schmidt. When I walked into that booth in Round Top, there was no way to know that I was meeting people who would change my life. -Carley Seale

Read on to learn more about Richard Schmidt's inspirations and how he got his start.

How did you get into the jewelry business? My minor was art so that is when I really started making jewelry. Our family had a jewelry store so that kind of led me to it. The materials were easily accessible. I made some jewelry in college but didn’t make it again for about 15-20 years. I got married and Janet and I had small children. I wanted to raise his kids in a small town and give them the life I had. My parents, Milton and Betty Schmidt, owned the jewelry store. It was a regular jewelry store when we bought it then we brought in other artisans. My dad taught me and refreshed a lot of my basic knowledge to be able to start.

How do you come up with your designs? From inspiration and that’s from everything like the landscape the colors of the sky and the sunset.

Does your childhood play a role in your jewelry? My grandparents came over from Germany, I am a fourth generation Texan. The roughness and the rawness in the look of my design come from my Texas Heritage.

Do any celebrities wear your jewelry? Mary Emmerling, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Mike Wolfe from American Pickers, Domenico Dolce of Dolce and Gabbana, and Sheryl Crow are a few of them.

How would you describe your lifestyle? I don’t like things really structured but I do like a good routine. With my work I like to have a place to go at a round about certain time. I like to have one space to live my life and one space to do my work.

What are your values? God is very important to me, my family is important to me and the things that I collect. I have collected the same things all my life. Each item holds a memory. I love the memories that are attached to those things. A chair that we bought somewhere… Native American pottery. I know the time and the effort it takes to make something. A lot of it is done by artisans. The doors of our home are from Europe and Mexico. The design and the house everything in it has been collected over time.

What are your life long goals? To be comfortable and happy in life. You want to have a well-balanced life in everything.

What is your greatest accomplishment in life? It's not a material thing for me. Being happy with your friends and family and where you are. The path of life is always changing.

Have you encountered any hard times in your life? Sometimes life is awful and you just have to not be so serious because no matter what you will get through it. It depends on what time of my life and which obstacle. My family and God help me through those things.

Do you consider yourself successful? Yes, but there is that part of you that always wants to do something better and different. When someone is happy they are successful. I love what I do every day. I am so blessed to be able to do what I love.

(Interview done by guest contributor Allison Frerichs)

Be sure to stop by our Dallas location (2928 N Henderson Ave.) this weekend for the show. It is a special experience to see the entire collection under one roof. The Richard Schmidt pieces featured in this post can be purchased online: http://www.the-gypsy-wagon.com/richard-schmidt

Be sure to stop by our Dallas location (2928 N Henderson Ave.) this weekend for the show. It is a special experience to see the entire collection under one roof.

The Richard Schmidt pieces featured in this post can be purchased online: http://www.the-gypsy-wagon.com/richard-schmidt

Posted on June 22, 2016 .

Good Feels for the Summer

It is not quite summer but somehow summer has found us. Our days are long, the sun is high, and we are looking for any excuse to spend all of our time with Mother Nature. Whether you are lounging by the pool, hiking, biking, or hitting the best neighborhood patio you have to protect yourself this season! Our top ways of taking care this summer are simple: hydrate, shield the ojos, and lather up with the SPF.


Bring on the H2O! Our Wagoneer girls have been racking in the benefits of water lately with the Gallon a Day Water Challenge. This trend has been all over the blogosphere with it's health benefits and we were dying to try it out. The hype is real, folks. There are many perks to doing this challenge. 

1) Water majorly improves your skin. 2) Water flushes out toxins and improves colon health. 3) Drinking a gallon of water a day burns calories! Hello? Talk about the easiest way to burn calories ever. 4) It helps prevent overeating. 5) Decreases headaches. 6) Water can banish dark circles under your eyes. Yes please!

These 16 ounce bottles from Natural Life make hydrating cute. You'll need to fill this bottle up 8 times throughout the day to reach a gallon.


Do not leave home without sunglasses! Wearing sunglasses protects your eyes from cancers, degeneration, and irritants floating around in the breeze. You have so many brand choices when picking out sunglasses, one of our favorites is Quay. They come in many styles and colors, plus they have 100% UV protection. The rad factor is a major bonus.


Sunscreen is the most important thing you can put on your body this summer. At The Wagon, "We Trust the Bum". Sun Bum products have become our new go-to for sun care. "We're just like you. We love to play in the sun. The bad news is, one in five of us will get skin cancer due to sun exposure. One in five! That's more than all other cancers combined. The good news is, we can reduce the risk by 80% simply by regularly using approved sun care products." -Sun Bum Pros

We love this product because it works. Plus, they smell amazing, they are 100% cruelty free, and the majority of their products are vegan.


Get out there are enjoy the dog days of summer! We are prepared for any adventures ahead of us. "The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience." -Eleanor Roosevelt

Like what you see? Give our store a call to place an order - 512.887.8010

Posted on June 19, 2016 .

Father's Day the Wagon Way.

Skip the "World's Best Dad" mug this year and give dad something he can actually enjoy while he is kicking back on the weekends! Sure, he would never make a fuss about another tacky tie, but how great would it be to give him something unique?

We have rounded up the gifts every padre will love.

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived and let me watch him do it." -Clarence Kelland

Visit any of our locations this week for more Father's Day gift help. Like something you see here? Give our store a call to place an order - 512.887.8010

Posted on June 12, 2016 .

Memorial Day Vintage Market

Staying in town this Memorial Day weekend? Lucky you! Our Dallas location is hosting a Memorial Day Vintage Market this Saturday with a few of our friends from the antiques world: Caitlin Brax of Alex & Afton Vintedge, Bailey Rohlfing of Green Acres, and Molly Gibbons of Amazing Vintage Boots. If you have shopped our antique vendors at Swap and Flea you will recognize these faces. We invited these three fabulously-retro ladies to showcase their best findings for a one day pop-up shop.

Caitlin, Bailey and Molly have cultivated some seriously lust-worthy styles in their vintage shops. Each shop holds their own unique selection of goods from one-of-kind caftans to loads of macrame, to mid-century furniture. Wait until you see the Great Wall of Boots that Molly creates outside our store! Jaws will drop. 

What inspires these local ladies and how did they get their start? Read on to get to know these gals and get a few sneak peaks of what is to come this Saturday!

Alex & Afton Vintedge (Instagram: @aavintedge / Website: www.aavintedge.com)

Our passion is vintage everything. From the clothing we collect, to the heirloom pieces in our homes, to the pastimes we enjoy. Give us a hammock and a mint julep over standing in line at the Apple store any day. We strive to provide vintage clothing that can blend in with a modern lifestyle. We do not do costume-y vintage.

Nonchalant. Undone. Cool. Those are the 3 words we think best describe the AAVintedge client.

How did you know this is what you wanted to be doing?

I worked in Los Angeles for 7 years in the fashion industry. My time out there was imperative in building my work ethic and nurturing my love for this business. I was bit, and it's never going away. 

Where did your love of vintage come from?

My mom always bought us cool vintage tee shirts when we were in high school. I carried that love for vintage to LA when I worked there. In my fancy boutique, clients always wanted what I was wearing instead of the DVF I was bringing to their fittings. I began to realize I had a knack for buying cool vintage clothing for the modern girl. Mom has been instrumental in all of this. She sews all of our peasant tops, jumpsuits, caftans, and more. She uses vintage fabrics and patterns. Our clients go crazy for them! Go mom!

How do you decide what your style of vintage clothing and antiques will be?

Our clients are the cool kids. They love the 1970s disco rock and roll hippie grunge magic 90s minimal look. Basically they are flexible and rad and we are lucky they love our vibe so we get to sell what we love. Which is basically the gamut of vintage style. 

What is your favorite thing you have ever found thrifting? 

This stunning metallic gold vintage gown that would blow your mind. Jen Auerbach (Black Keys frontman Dan Auerebach's wife) actually wore it on the Grammy red carpet when the Black Keys were nominated in 2015. She looked like goddess and our business really increased after her photos came out. So grateful for that magic moment! 

What are your biggest inspirations currently?

Our clients. Cher in the 1970s. Allison Mosshart always. Llolita. Virgin Suicides. And my number one obsession forever is the aesthetic in the film Urban Cowboy. Bodysuits and Wranglers and Debra Winger on the bull. 


Green Acres (Instagram: @greenacres0619 / Everyday home: Lula B's Antique Mall)

How did you know the antiquing game was for you?

I always enjoyed finding vintage housewares. The opportunity opened up for a booth at Lula B's and I took it! It was a little bit of good timing and fate. I've always loved the thrill of the hunt. Going out to flea markets and garage sales, not knowing what treasures are waiting for you...It's so fun. I love that being a part of my job.

How do you decide what style of antiques you want to go for?

I base it on my own style and what I see trending on Instagram. I love that my favorite things are so on trend right now. The 70s bungalow has everyone vibing.

What is your favorite thing you've ever found thrifting?

Franciscan Starburst china, circa 1964. It reminds me of the excitement of waiting 6+ hours with my mom out front of estate sales. 

Where did your love of vintage come from?

My mom has great style and LOVES a bargain--She taught me all I know.

What are your biggest inspirations currently?

Justina Blakeney from The Jungalow, and Grace Bonney from Design Sponge.


Amazing Vintage Boots (Instagram: @amazing_vintage_boots / Everyday home: Lula B's Antique Mall)

"Life is mostly attitude and timing." Jerry Jeff Walker

How did you get started in the antique business?

It was a fluke! I cleaned out my closet one day and decided to sell an old pair of boots I had on Ebay. They sold immediately! It just clicked for me that this could be a job, and a really fun one at that.

Where did your love of vintage come from?

My mother would take me antique shopping when I was a child, and it is one of my most treasured memories. 

What is your favorite thing you have ever found thrifting?

My purple Liberty boots!

Come by The Wagon this Saturday from 10-6 to shop and meet our friends in person! They'll be here rain or shine.

Posted on May 24, 2016 .

Wagoneer Style: Sandal Love

The season of the sun is finally here! Time to travel and be adventurous, run through the wildflowers and sleep under the stars. 

Summer is our favorite season to play up footwear. Open toe everything, ankle booties, and sandals are flooding our wishlists. From platforms with flowing maxi skirts, tall gladiators with vintage cutoffs, and cutout booties with sun dresses---our feet are feeling free to be. 

A few Wagoneers want to walk us through their favorite soles for the golden season. "And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy and your eyes sparkling." -Shanti

Stesha Gearner, Dallas - Farrah Clog by Free People Why do you love this shoe? SG: Being 5'4" a platform is a must have for me. It gives the height I want without the pain of a heel. Paired with bell bottoms or a maxi, platforms are my go-to Summer sandal. What is your favorite thing about Summer? SG: Call me crazy but I love the Texas heat. Give me a pool and a margarita and I'm golden.

Stesha Gearner, Dallas - Farrah Clog by Free People

Why do you love this shoe?

SG: Being 5'4" a platform is a must have for me. It gives the height I want without the pain of a heel. Paired with bell bottoms or a maxi, platforms are my go-to Summer sandal.

What is your favorite thing about Summer?

SG: Call me crazy but I love the Texas heat. Give me a pool and a margarita and I'm golden.

Colleen Wright, Dallas - Zoe Terracotta Wedge by Howsty Why do you love this shoe? CW: I love this pair for an easy go-to. It's just the right amount of sass to spice up any outfit. The style is perfect for our wavering Texas weather. This is a Spring to Summer to Fall type shoe, one for all "seasons". What is your favorite thing about Summer? CW: I'm a total hippie at heart. I love painted toes and bare feet. Sticky faces from popsicles with me and my kiddo and the sun on my face.

Colleen Wright, Dallas - Zoe Terracotta Wedge by Howsty

Why do you love this shoe?

CW: I love this pair for an easy go-to. It's just the right amount of sass to spice up any outfit. The style is perfect for our wavering Texas weather. This is a Spring to Summer to Fall type shoe, one for all "seasons".

What is your favorite thing about Summer?

CW: I'm a total hippie at heart. I love painted toes and bare feet. Sticky faces from popsicles with me and my kiddo and the sun on my face.

Maegan Lewis, Dallas - Mesa Verde Gladiator Sandal by Free People Why do you love this shoe? ML: These shoes are essential for your everyday Summer outfit! They add spice! Outfit the gladiator with a dress or shorts and you can never go wrong. What is your favorite thing about Summer? ML: There is nothing better than the Summer heat on your feet after a fresh pedicure.

Maegan Lewis, Dallas - Mesa Verde Gladiator Sandal by Free People

Why do you love this shoe?

ML: These shoes are essential for your everyday Summer outfit! They add spice! Outfit the gladiator with a dress or shorts and you can never go wrong.

What is your favorite thing about Summer?

ML: There is nothing better than the Summer heat on your feet after a fresh pedicure.

Brittnee Lingo, Dallas - Pom Pom Medallion Gladiator by Z&L Why do you love this shoe? BL: It's so fun and easy to style! The pops of color make me happy, plus they're comfy so I can wear them all Summer long! What is your favorite thing about Summer? BL: Summer is my favorite time of year. I get to bask in the sun, be in or near water 95% of the time, and it usually means VACATION! What's not to love?

Brittnee Lingo, Dallas - Pom Pom Medallion Gladiator by Z&L

Why do you love this shoe?

BL: It's so fun and easy to style! The pops of color make me happy, plus they're comfy so I can wear them all Summer long!

What is your favorite thing about Summer?

BL: Summer is my favorite time of year. I get to bask in the sun, be in or near water 95% of the time, and it usually means VACATION! What's not to love?

Stop by any of our locations to shop our selection of sweet Summer sandals.

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Posted on May 14, 2016 .

A Mother We Admire: Paula Minnis, GAIA

We are shining a light on Paula Minnis this Mother's Day: Fab mamacita and founder of GAIA for Women. GAIA makes uber-cool handbags, home goods, and jewelry that are handmade by resettled refugee women in Dallas using vintage, artisan-made, and sustainable materials. Their mission is to empower the women through employment, encouragement, and dedication to their long-term success in the local community. Through providing a living wage plus training and development, GAIA's goal is to lead the women to financial independence and self-sufficiency. What a noble cause!

On top of creating jobs and running a successful business Paula is the mother of 2 step children and 4 year old twins. The ever mounting demanding hustle in her household only seems to fuel her creativity and determination. GAIA started out with cloth napkins and has quickly grown into an entire line of accessories from babies, women to home. Paula wants her children to grow up with an understanding of Dallas' diverse communities, awareness of the needs of those less fortunate and struggles of impoverished in the world, and a desire to use their gifts and passions to serve others. 

We are inspired by the amazing mother in many ways. Read on to learn more about Paula and how she manages motherhood and her ever growing charitable empire.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Watching them transform into little people right before my eyes.  It’s fascinating to observe how they process new things, to see them stop and concentrate on a ladybug or an oddly shaped leaf.  It’s helped me pause as well, and become a more patient, in-the-moment person.  

What is the biggest lesson you wish to teach your children?

 My hope is that they grow up with a broad global perspective, with an awareness of need in the world, and the desire to use their own gifts and passions to help others.  

How has motherhood inspired you at GAIA?

Becoming a mom has definitely put the mission of GAIA into a new perspective for me, and gave me a renewed focus on taking GAIA to the next level in order to employ more refugee women.  Reconciling my time away from the kids in order to accomplish that is definitely challenging…..but I hope they look back on their childhood with a busy working mamma, and will recognize the value of meaningful work, and how gratifying and fulfilling it can be to be part of something bigger than yourself.

How do you manage work and home life?

Honestly, it’s a constant struggle, as I often feel guilty about taking time away from my kiddos while I try to grow this business.  I’ve determined that my life as a working mother is essentially about ‘allocation of resources’;  right now my resources and energy are dedicated to my family and my work. There just isn’t much time for anything else. And within that, I always feel like I should be spending twice as much time as I am in each area!  But ultimately, family is the most important, and I’m fortunate to have flexibility and a support staff at GAIA and at home that allows me to integrate the two. 

How has GAIA affected you as a mom?

Working with refugee women and learning their stories definitely helps me not sweat the small stuff.  The second I hear myself complain about juggling 2 preschoolers at the grocery store, I try to think of what the refugee women have endured — fleeing their homes in the middle of the night with whatever belongings they could carry, spending days on a crowded bus, then crowded together in a refugee camp to sleep under a tent.  Yep, I think a trip to Target isn’t going to kill me.

What are your aspirations for GAIA in the future?

Our ultimate mission with GAIA is to provide more opportunity for women in need, so my hope is that in 5 years I’m employing 5 times as many women as I am now, and in 10 years, 10 times as many!  There are still numerous employable women in Dallas, and an endless amount in cities across the country.  My goal is to streamline our production and operations so that what we’ve created here in Dallas can be replicated in markets throughout the country!

The name GAIA (meaning Goddess of the Earth) was chosen to honor all women, from the ones who hand make the products to those who purchase/receive them. GAIA leaves us with ultimate good feels and chic style. How it's made matters.

Want more info on things you see on the blog? Give our store a call! We'll be happy to help ya out. 214-370-8010

 

Posted on May 6, 2016 .

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is quickly approaching! We believe all of our fab mamas out there should be celebrated everyday, but we are thankful for a day totally dedicated to spoiling them. Below we've gathered up our favorite gifts for Mom to give them all the good feels this Mother's Day. 

Like something you see or would like more gift suggestions? Give our store a call! Our team will be happy to help. 214.370.8010

Posted on April 29, 2016 .

Wagoneer Style: The Bodysuit

Bodysuits were huge back in the 90s. I have flashbacks to our favorite model-off-duty-mega-babes rocking them with 501 Levis and moto boots. The bodysuit is reappearing as everyone’s new favorite layer. Street-style bloggers and celebrities are making them look super rad whether it is with high-waisted flares walking down the streets of NYC or worn with a kimono tied effortlessly for Coachella. Katie Randle is showing us how to style the bodysuit with ease, giving us all the wants.

Shop the bodysuit: Ribbed Henley Bodysuit.

Posted on April 21, 2016 .

Festival Feels

I am sadly not attending Coachella this year but I am infinitely inspired by the fashion happening around the festival. I want every outfit I put on this week to look as if I am stepping up to stage 1 to hear Major Lazer and Beach House. Thankfully I work for The Gypsy Wagon, where the bohemian look is second nature to us. Whether you are heading out to California for weekend 2 or just hitting up your favorite patio spot this week, get inspired and shop our favorite looks for the season of free spirits and music.

"It’s okay to lose yourself for a little while, in books, in music, in art. Let yourself get lost.”

-Julia Soniat, Social Media & Marketing Chief

Free your wild spirit.

Shop looks here. Festival Feels

Posted on April 19, 2016 .

A Whimsical Wonderland: Rancho Pillow

"Rancho Pillow reflects who I am and what I love. It was born from the idea of duende: a term rooted in the art of flamenco that is best explained in English as having soul. There is a beautiful and mysterious power that we hold when we listen to what's around us here at the Rancho. We connect more deeply to art, nature, ourselves and to those around us. I invite you to open your hearts and listen with me. This place was built on Love. Come reclaim your sense of wonder, find the music of your own heart and stay awhile." -Shelia Youngblood, Owner & Designer

Rancho Pillow was the talk of this year's Texas Antiques Week in crowd. Shelia Youngblood started Rancho Pillow as a place where her family could retreat and come together as a tribe. She is now opening the 20 acre compound to the masses for get-aways, family reunions and any momentous occasion that needs to be celebrated. 

Rancho Pillow was the talk of this year's Texas Antiques Week in crowd. Shelia Youngblood started Rancho Pillow as a place where her family could retreat and come together as a tribe. She is now opening the 20 acre compound to the masses for get-aways, family reunions and any momentous occasion that needs to be celebrated. 

We just so happened to be shopping in Round Top during Rancho Pillow's opening weekend. Rancho Pillow went big for the occasion, playing host to Chef Monica Pope with pop-up farm table dinners, buffet style lunches, an open bar, and The Rancho Mercado pop-up shop. It only took one Google search to see that we had to make time for a detour. We decided a quick lunch break trip would do the trick. 

We just so happened to be shopping in Round Top during Rancho Pillow's opening weekend. Rancho Pillow went big for the occasion, playing host to Chef Monica Pope with pop-up farm table dinners, buffet style lunches, an open bar, and The Rancho Mercado pop-up shop. It only took one Google search to see that we had to make time for a detour. We decided a quick lunch break trip would do the trick. 

As we pulled up to the ranch we were awestruck. Our jaws dropped and smiles spread across our faces as we took it all in. It is was festival girl's dream land. We realized that what we thought would be a fast lunch was going to take a bit longer. I eagerly jumped out of our truck camera in hand, ready to explore.

It was as if we had stepped into a Wes Anderson movie. Everything was perfectly in theme from the pastel tasseled camping tents and oversized guest teepee, to the ranch styled guest houses and bohemian lounges spread through out the property. Even the guests and staff were characters to be seen, dressed in elaborate bohemian garb. Cozy campfires were burning close to a vintage Indian-inspired tent where Aussie natives The Heart Collectors, were playing sweet tunes. Lunch was set as a family style buffet, playful and happy with colorful vintage chairs (some of which were draped with Persian rugs), candles and vases of peonies and ranunculus. We felt as if we were experiencing something rare and intimate.

There are 4 unique places to choose to stay in Rancho Pillow. First is The Barn, a place to gather, and dance, a place to dine and connect. The Barn is an 18th century Dutch barn originally built in upstate New York and disassembled and rebuilt into its current home. It also has a few bedrooms to get cozied up in. Next is The Red House, a warm space with decor bringing together a country bohemian feel. Equipped with two porches perfect for morning coffee or late night cocktails. Then there is The Love Shack, my favorite. What use to be an old storage space is now the most beautiful oasis. Otomi throws drape over the end of the queen-sized bed. A vintage porcelain bath tub lies atop a folk tiled floor. The walls are finished with old barn wood for the homiest of feels. There are influences from so many cultures: African, Mexican, Persian and Asian. It's a beautiful mixture. The Tower House is an open style loft filled with every color of the rainbow, completely rebuilt from reclaimed materials. The Teepee houses a king-sized bed comfy enough to host the dreamiest of dreams. The entire inside of the teepee is painted with a scene of the night sky. Let's talk about the shared, outdoor bathroom. It may seem weird to say that a bathroom gave us good vibes, but trust us, it was super cool. The open roof top let the wind blow all the way through the rough wood walls. One stall homes a large claw foot tub. We dreamed of long steamy baths on Summer nights. Yes please! The turquoise and coral tile was a perfect backdrop to vases of Indian paintbrushes and bluebonnets. We wanted to stay on the ranch forever.

After exploring and sipping on Bloody Marys it was time to shop Rancho Mercado. Rancho Mercado was a trunk show of amazing artists: Sam Robertson Hats, Gold Dust Dresses, Michele Quan, Anvil and Aura Jewelry, Museum of Wonder and The Sabah Dealer to name a few. All of the designers were on deck and eager to talk about their brand, their inspirations and learn about why we were there.

"You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams in your imagination." Shelia as clearly given Rancho Pillow her heart and dreams. She has created a place where you can retreat and be inspired. We are busy coming up with all the reasons we can come back! You should be looking for your call to the Ranch.

Posted on April 15, 2016 .