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Have You Seen This Locket?!!?!?

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Not sure if it was a slow news day or I underestimated the power of the internet but this whole thing got real wild, real quick. 

With the mind-boggling number of responses, retweets and support from famous Irish celebrities and public figures-I am forever grateful. At this time, my tweet has been viewed 282,210 times, with over 2.5k likes/retweets (!!) I truly want to find the owner and for this story to have a happy ending. I have no leads so far. 

While I have a *~ GLiMMeR ~* of spotlight, I do want to explain why I was in this charity shop where I found this dress to begin with. I was looking for a birthday outfit!! And I was onto my 4th charity shop of the day. Thrift shopping, buying secondhand clothing has become standard to me. One reason being that I actually dread running into someone who is wearing the same thing as me. I actually have anxiety even thinking about it. 

But besides my personal reasons, I do want to resonate a topic that's always on my mind. The fashion industry is the second-leading cause of pollution in the world. The age of fast fashion and disposable clothing is here: cheap manufacturing overseas, mass producing of synthetic fabrics, pesticides in cotton farming, toxic chemical wastes from dyes etc.

I don't have a solution on how to end the problem. We're all guilty of it. Including myself. I think it'll only get worse. Learning about this while studying fashion in college, it made me second guess walking into a Forever 21 or Zara.

Buying used clothing is a small start. I know that it doesn't sound very glamorous but I promise when you find a good find, because you eventually will, you will be very pleased with yourself. 

My vintage 'digging' has become a fixation. You should of seen how many thrift stores I dragged my dad into when we did our Northwest road trip. Or that the highlight of my Berlin trip last month was finding a suede skirt for 10 euro. I have become obsessive over fabric content, apparel construction, country in which the garment was made, and imagining what type of person owned it before me. 

I am determined to find the owner of the locket, I hope that with reading this that maybe next time you need a new outfit, that you'll go to your local charity shop and find a garment that you're in love with. And check the pockets. 

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Dress from Oxfam on George’s Street

Sweater/Jumper from Tasty Threads (one of my favorite secondhand clothing stores in Dublin!!)

Boots- Shakuhachi (now out of business so LOL)

Sunglasses- Karen Walker

Read more about my story here:

Do You Know Who Owns This Locket? -BBC

Do You Know Who Owns This Locket? Woman Looks to Reunite Jewellery Found in Charity Shop Dress with It’s Owner -Independent.ie

Can You Help Solve The Mystery of This Locket Found In Charity Shop Dress? -Extra.ie

Interview on-air with Jenny Greene-RTE FM 2

Living Room Chic

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My newest project has been to put my vintage hoarding to use, and give my living room a makeover. Every piece in this space was a result of an impulse purchase that was hand-picked, hand-carried (except the couch, I needed like 7 people's help to get it in here), and curated by me. I have absolutely no formal training in interior design; I always wanted to take a class in college but those were the classes that always had extreme wait lists and had no beneficial graduating credits. So here I am: self-taught by Pinterest and inspired by Tumblr. The first piece I purchased was the 12 foot long couch. One piece, solid wood, from the 1970's. She was hoisted thru my 3rd story balcony. Then everything else from coffee table books to vintage barware, was added to compliment her piece-by-piece. 

Where did I find all this stuff? I dig. Thrift stores, flea markets, estate sales, Craigslist, selling apps. I have mastered it all. Every piece I find is a treasure and has a good story. I bought all my plants off a man moving to Portland on Letgo for $25. I named all the plants after characters on Big Little Lies; Ronada is now on my balcony because she got too tall. I carried my magazine stand after purchasing half a mile to my car that I left in a free parking lot. My red goblets I found in a Goodwill and bargained with a man who also wanted the set, so I let him have half. I only have 6 glasses instead of 12. Later I realized the glasses were numbered for the set, I have glasses 1, 2, 4, 8, 9 and 11. 

My inspiration behind this room: 1970's Los Angeles, my interest in *wanting* to believe in crystal healing and a romantic charm. 

Enjoy photos below! I hope you love it as much as I do. For questions about redecorating, feedback or consultation on how to revamp your space. Feel free to email me fiona@tealkitty.com, I'd love that. 

xx