11 August 2008

hala at yo grl (...screw you, blayne.)


So this is where we got the tutu dress. Hala Vintage is really conveniently located near my lunch spot for school so me and Abigail have decided once we have jobs / semblance of a life we'll probably have scones and a vintage 50's dress for lunch. How delicious would that be?


I actually came across the store early last year on my way back from my lunch spot with Jaime. It's not exactly visible if you're not looking for it -- it's between a row of houses on a side street, with a tree nearly obscuring the single sign that shows it's a store in the first place. But that makes it's discovery all the more pleasant.


In my post on where to shop in NJ, I mentioned Hala fleetingly, mostly on their accessories. And oh, they are epic. Floor to ceiling shoes, hats, bags, brooches, necklaces... probably the most organized shoe collection I've seen in the stores I go to in NJ. Hands down, the best bag collection.


Whoever has 6.5 feet, I truly loathe you. How sweet are these?


So close to buying these, $25. Gorgeous color and I like the design.



Ugh, my photos of the hats don't do them justice. Dita would probably buy up the entire store's collection... they're incredible.




I want that.


Gorgeous, impeccably kept dreses of all fabrics and textures. I particularly liked the one at the left end, it was a maxi dress with a Prada fairy tale print capelet. The purple was really lovely too.


Gingham, Plaid, and Checkered dresses and skirts were in abundance here and I just couldn't get this particular one out of my head. They have a wicked dress collection though.



Damn you and your epic embroidery.




Ignoring Abigail's obvious attempt at camwhoring.... the brooches = epic win. If I was not a stingy d-bag and have an aversion to buying accessories (I think I've spent a whopping $1 on accessories in my life) I'd buy the whole table.


You know I love the big, out of control orange flower brooch.

Hala also presents fashion & lingerie shows annually, which are awesome and the people are great AND a great deal of the models are from my school. Oh yeah. 'Nerdia Pride people.

The prices range from $20 to the hundreds-- think NYC -- but it's because the clothes are so superbly kept and a great deal of them are designer as well. Betsy Johnson Pink Label, Westwood, etc, etc. Background research is on the tags for everything, so you know the decade of the dress which is more than I can say for other stores. If you're looking for a statement piece you will find it here for a price better than any SoHo boutique, with better service and most likely come out with the dress you never knew you wanted.

Wow, that sounded really cheesy. Oh well, it's true.


Wendy said...

Holy Moly, thats probably the coolest vintage shop I have ever seen. (though I haven't actually seen it)

Fashion Slacker said...

holy fuck. those shoes. those bags. those clothes. I wish something as cool as that store would open up near me!

Ben said...

That's it, I'm becoming a cross dresser, everything in that store is fantastic, and your friend is the whoriest of all camera whores. You can just feel her trying to get in front of it. Do they have men's? (not that it matters since I'm currently a cross dresser)

Arabelle said...

yeah, they have a wall of racks (stacked on top of each other) dedicated to mens stuff, and they have pretty cool ties and bowties. jaime bought a navy lace skinny tie for $10, epic condition.

Ben said...

Is Jaime a girl or a boy? I'd love to go to that store, that's where you should go for the blogger outing.

Arabelle said...

AHAHAHAHAHA i'm going to tell him that.

s'a boy. *points to boy in post on iPhone*

Adiel said...

Wow that shop looks awesome. I wish they had places like that around me. :(

That handbag chandelier was awesome!

keira antoia rose said...

It's really cool that they put the background on the tags of the clothing. I love the embroidered dress. And the purple lace up shoes are sick. What a cool store. I need one of those :)

xoxo Isabella Clarisse xoxo

keira antoia rose said...

It's really cool that they put the background on the tags of the clothing. I love the embroidered dress. And the purple lace up shoes are sick. What a cool store. I need one of those :)

xoxo Isabella Clarisse xoxo

LEESH said...

wow wow wowwwwza! what an incredible boutique! please tell me that you are planning on purchasing those shoes! if i'm ever close by, i shall certainly hit that place up like no uthhhaaa.

Alex said...

Hey! i just found your blog today and I love it! that vintage store is crazy, it looks like a lot of fun to shop in... where in jersey is it? I don't have any money to shop but the idea of knowing about it is comforting :)

Amelia said...

Wow, that store looks amazing. The whole place looks epic win. I'm so envious. Even if you can't afford it, the fact that you even get to go loo at it / drool over it is enviable. We just do not have anything that cool where I live. I have one vintage store that I haunt and it's a lot cheaper, but the shoe selection is lame.

Arabelle said...

it's in jersey city, like every other store in NJ I go to. I am transportation retarded that way.

liiiz said...

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Ben said...

NO NO NO! That guy looks like a guy, I got him mixed up with the camera whore. screw it actually I'm lying, I was like " that's one ugly chick"

Farren said...

ugh! that store has some amazing shoes! =)

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

such fabulous options...i love the scalloped edges on the clutches and the brightly colored brooches.

City Chic Please said...

ahhhh, if only i lived in jersey city. i have 6.5 feet, and those shoes are GORGEOUS.

and those brooches are amazing. i would buy the whole entire table if it was necessary. ;D

kimvee said...

awww when did you stop by the store? That would have been awesome if you stopped by this weekend when I was working hehe :) Love the pictures you took ;) Also, I posted a link to the blog you wrote about Hala Vintage on my recent blog that I just wrote :)

kimvee said...

awww i remember that vintage tutu dress. you look so cute in it hehe :)

Fashion Tidbits said...

oh wow, you could so get lost in there and spend hours on hours looking at stuff

The Clothes Horse said...

Sa-weet! I want to go. The shoes are making me drool and don't get me started on the dresses...

susie_bubble said...

The ruffled front shoes are quite amazing....

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