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RetroSpective Exhibit at The Museum at FIT

The Museum at FIT is currently showing an exhibition that examines the relationship between fashion and its own history. The exhibit is called RetroSpective, and it is on view at The Museum of FIT in New York City until November 16, 2013.

RetroSpective features examples from revivals of 1940s fashion, particularly from the 1970s, as well as designer adaptions of the styles popular in the 1950s and 1960s. The exhibition concludes with fashions that reference the last two decades of the twentieth century.


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Olive Goil: Chelsey Bingham, Founder of is a vintage shopper’s go-to-source for heritage-worthy clothing and uncommon accessories, gathering up some of the best boutiques on and offline to curate beautiful collections of heritage-worthy clothing and accessories. They specialize in authentic, high-quality pieces sold by knowledgeable boutique owners who take great care in the their art.

I had the pleasure of being introduced to Chelsey Bingham, a life-long vintage enthusiast and founder of Wiseling. Chelsey herself grew up shopping at consignment stores, thrift shops and flea markets in search of one-of-a-kind pieces. In our interview, Chelsey shares her best vintage shopping and styling tips and her favorite vintage boutiques.

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Olive Loves: Michelle Vale Handbags

New York City handbag designer, Michelle Vale, is a busy woman. Her mission to change the way women experience luxury handbags is a full-time pursuit and passion. Most recently, Michelle Vale Inc. unveiled its “Michelle Vale for Audi Leather Tote Collection.” Custom-made for Audi, these beautiful black and silver leather totes were designed and made in New York like all of her handbags. I caught up with Michelle and she shared with me what she loves most about living and building a brand in New York, how to “Make It in Manhattan” and the two Kates who are fans of her handbags. Count me among her loyal fans!



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Meet Yoga Instructor Stephanie Anne Sirico, Owner of The Karma Vault

Since September is National Yoga Month, the focus of this month’s blog posts on will be interviews with several certified yoga instructors and personal trainers. Meet Stephanie Anne Sirico, a professional Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500 Yoga Instructor, Budokon Yoga, Pilates Instructor and Holistic Nutrition Coach.


She is the owner of The Karma Vault, a yoga and fitness studio where certified instructors and trainers lead a variety of yoga classes for individuals of all ages and profiency levels.

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