All posts by Chi Diem Chau

I'm a fashion writer with a great love for shoes — and kale. You can learn more about me at I can be found on Twitter (@tweetle_chi)

the Find

We’re currently in the middle of a home remodel so I’ve been looking for off-the-cuff items to spruce up our space. Luckily, I’ve found a hidden gem where I could find vintage one-of-a-kind items on the cheap – the local thrift store. So far, I’ve picked up a vintage army cot (for an upcoming DIY project), a leather trunk, and other cool decor items.

the Find - episode 1 - Vintage Full Grain Leather Camera Bag
Vintage Full Grain Leather Camera Bag – on DIY refinished  barn wood floors.

On my latest trip I came across this vintage structured tobacco leather bag. It’s over 30 years old, but the full grain leather still looks brand new. I love the boxy silhouette and the classic buckle detailing. I’ll use it as a camera bag when I’m out and about and as a decor piece when it’s not in use. It cost me $25, more than I usually spend at this place, but totally worth it.

The New Essential:

Phillip Lim Fall 2013 Fashion ShowA leather jacket has always been on my wardrobe essentials list, but finding the one (that will end my search once and for all),  has been quite the challenge. The ones I love are way over my budget and the more affordable options just aren’t good enough. The changing season offers opportunities to set sale alerts on such pieces, and while prices do drop, it’s never been tempting enough for me to make the move. eBay to the rescue! I’ve found many gems on eBay and this one tops my list of major scores. It’s still a splurge piece, but well worth the investment. The leather is buttery soft and the silhouette is the perfect harmony of edgy and just a little whimsical thanks to the subtle peplum details. Spring is already on my mind, providing inspiration for the outfit below. Cool, yet unbelievably comfortable.Spring-Outfit-Ideas

3.1 Phillip Lim leather jacket | Rachel Comey denim pants | Topshop Shell Top | Tibi Bee Heel Mules