Author Archives: Heather Petrey

ACONAV Highlights Native American Fashion from the Southwest

Aconav, Native American designs, Native American fashion, Phoenix

I first met ACONAV designer Loren Aragon at Phoenix Fashion Week’s ‘Shop Garment District’ last year. The event was a teaser of emerging designers, in anticipation of PHXFW’s annual runway shows at Talking Stick Resort, which took place in October 2016. ACONAV was launched in 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona, by Loren and Valentina Aragon. Loren is […]

Emphatics Fashion Exhibit Opens at Phoenix Art Museum

empatics fashion exhibit, phoenix art museum, phoenix, fashion

A few weeks ago, eager fashionistas and museum-goers in the Phoenix area, as well as a large group from Pittsburgh, flocked to Phoenix Art Museum for the grand opening of the exhibition Emphatics. Emphatics was a high-end lifestyle boutique in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and owned by James and Karin Legato. In the early 1960s, James started the business […]

Spoonsen Forksen – Upcycled Jewelry from Vintage Silverware

Elefork Spoonsen Forksen

When I first moved to Phoenix and started exploring all the local boutiques and such, I kept seeing these fun necklaces with elephant pendants that were crafted from forks. There were also numerous rings, again, crafted from forks and such. The brand behind Elefork and other fascinating jewelry, handcrafted from old silverware, is called Spoonsen […]

Non-Profit Restaurant The Joy Bus Diner Opens in North Phoenix

Chicken in a Biscuit, The Joy Bus Diner, Phoenix eatery

* Chicken in a Biscuit with Fries * I first caught word of The Joy Bus Diner while watching ABC 15’s Sonoran Living one morning. The non-profit restaurant in North Phoenix recently opened, serving breakfast and lunch. 100% of the money from the diners goes directly to help fund the free programs that help homebound […]

How to Plan and Style Your Own Vintage Photo Shoot

photoshoot blogger photographer Sofia Emm

When it comes to vintage and styling a vintage photo shoot, I’ve come to know a thing or two about making it work for me and the time allotted for the shoot. Some shoots have been spontaneous, while most are usually planned ahead of time.     Before I even reach out to my photographer, […]

Eado Vintage Celebrates Grand Opening

Eado Vintage Celebrates Grand Opening

The neighborhood east of Downtown Houston (known as “Eado”) recently celebrated the grand opening of Eado Vintage. The shop is nestled on the corner of Polk and Dumble Streets, in a small strip mall that is slowly coming back alive with local businesses. The owner- Jennifer Rowland has always had a keen eye when it involves […]

Route 66 “Old Relics” Tour

Route 66 "Old Relics" Tour

Route 66 or the “Mother Road,” “Will Rodgers Highway,” and “America’s Mainstreet” as everyone refers to it nowadays has been America’s source for cross-country travel since 1926.  It originally ran from Chicago, IL through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona  and ended at the Santa Monica Pier in California. According to Wikipedia, the road played […]

Meet Dawn Bell: The ‘Belle’ of Houston’s Vintage Scene

Dawn Bell Vintage Collector and Host of Houston Vintage Event

Dawn Bell is a gal after my own heart, as we are both artists and creative in terms of fashion and vintage style. Her career is vast, ranging from styling glamorous campaigns for Elaine Turner to spearheading Fashion Camp and Houston Vintage, both of which are gaining a following throughout the community. She also owns a warehouse/classroom/vintage […]

Memorable Moments from New Mexico Fashion Week

Memorable Moments from New Mexico Fashion Week Fashion New Mexico

On my way back from California, the boy and I stopped in Albuquerque, NM for an overnight stay in a popular Route 66 motel and that it was the night of New Mexico Fashion Week‘s epic runway show. We ended up running a little behind schedule, so I arrived during intermission. I had only missed […]

The End: Vintage Shopping Oasis in the Heart of Joshua Tree

The End Vintage Shopping Joshua Tree Vintage Clothing

Located just about 27 miles north(ish) of the desert oasis of Palm Springs, lies the quaint little town of Yucca Valley- a gateway to Joshua Tree National Park. Yucca Valley is home to the famed Pioneer Town, as well as numerous little coffee shops and antique and vintage shops; one in particular being- The End. The […]

Late Night Vintage and Antique Shopping at The PLACE Upstairs

Laura and Mike Owners of The Place Upstairs Oddities Shop Antiques Houston

“Beautifully Bizarre” is the tagline for The PLACE Upstairs- Houston’s latest and greatest late night antique and vintage shopping experience. With a tagline and offbeat shop hours like that, you just have to wonder…’What DO they have up there?’ and ‘Who goes antique shopping at 11:30 at night?!’ The PLACE Upstairs is located well…as it’s […]

The Gemmes Collection – Cookie Jewelry

the gemmes collection houston cookie jewelry wearable cookie necklace pop shop america fashion blog

Doting Mother and Cookie Culinarian are the words that describe the owner of one of Houston’s latest local bakeries. Meet Cristal Ordonez, founder of Heaven on Earth Gourmet Affairs, an exclusive gourmet gifts and treats company that specializes in exquisitely delicious butter pressed cookies and now edible statement necklaces. Ordonez wasn’t always a professional patissier. […]

A Chat with NYC Paper Towel Milliner- Debra Rapoport

It wasn’t long ago when I first read about Debra Rapoport- a milliner who’s design aesthetic isn’t what you would call “average.” She was [and is still being] featured on Advanced Style for her incredibly unique style in her advanced age. She designs her own hats and accessories out of recycled items such as toilet […]

Rongrong Devoe and the Golden Art of Fashion Illustration

Rongrong Fashion Illustration Fashion Illustrator

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to draw. However nowadays, my focus has changed…but I do admire folks who are talented in the art of illustration…in all industries. I recently heard about Rongrong Devoe- a Houston based fashion illustrator- via Pop Shop Houston Festival and of course, Instagram. She has the gift […]