Saturday, April 18, 2009

Black Flamingo - Vintage Flavor Explodes

Laguna Beach, Orange County
Boutique Pique
By: Erin Hall @ Boutiquing

One of my favorite memories as a little girl was playing in my Grandmothers gigantic jewelry chest full of gem tone necklaces, antique brooches, gaudy earrings, enormous rings and chiffon scarves. Walking into The Black Flamingo immediately took me back to those days but in this memory Betsey Johnson and Roberto Cavalli are my grandparents. The Black Flamingo is the perfect amount of vintage without feeling grandma-ish, in fact it is incredibly sexy vintage. Talk about color, daring sass and originality for the NOW.

Pastel glass trays lined with vintage rings, candy dishes overflowing with bracelets, racks hanging from the ceiling with blindingly bright colored clothes and skinny painted cupboards filled with vintage clutches had my eyes dancing with excitement. If you enjoy the hunt of uniqueness, flirty boho and scoring rare collectibles at flea markets you will go crazy at The Black Flamingo. It's obvious why they are labeled "Official Stylists of MTV's 'Laguna Beach - The Real OC'.

Located in Laguna across the street from the new Pottery Place (formerly the Pottery Shack) The Black Flamingo is set in a tiny house where the top floor displays the super sexy Lady Lux swimwear (see their fashion show at Club M), one of a kind bold patterned Black Flamingo Couture halter dresses (mini and maxi) designed by the owner Christy Pacella, floral silk blouses, DIY boho minis and unique jewelry from local designers. Walk down the narrow steps (I'm 5'8 and hit my head :) and you'll find the bottom floor has been turned into an adorable consignment boutique. Christy realized her customers still wanted to shop but needed an outlet to sell their splurges and get money for new clothes. (See her review in OCRegister) You'll find premium denim, jackets, dresses, vintage clothing, shoes and accessories at surprisingly affordable prices.

I found a dark pair of Seven for Mankind jeans for $49 and a black eyelet swing jacket lined with metallic gold for $45. And being the "A" I am, (take our quiz to see which style you are) I fell in love with a gold chain necklace with multi chain, painted tassel ends, that loops in the front of your neck like a scarf to clasp...I've never seen anything like it, nor will I ever again and it was only $19.outique

Boutique Slide Show HERE

The Black Flamingo
1257 South Coast Hwy.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

open everyday 10 - 7

consignment by private appointment

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1 comment:

  1. I love you guys so freakin much....when are we gonna play in the clothes...xoxoxoxoxo
    This site is the best idea I have seen in a long while
    The Black Flamingo
    Christy Pacella