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vintage quest

road vogue

longing for a break from the gray winter, beacon's blogger julia set off for a technicolor adventure in buenos aires, argentina, where she shopped vintage, watched tango, and wore a short skirt in december. follow her on her wanderings below.

in the colorful neighborhood of la boca.

destination: buenos aires, argentina

purpose of journey: i had been before and always wanted to return. i’m obsessed with the city and its gorgeousness. it’s nicknamed "the paris of south america," and you can definitely see the european influence. but it’s also kind of falling apart, giving it an edgy beauty. it’s very nostalgic. you really feel like you're at the end of the earth (and you are).

never travel without: an hermès scarf. i like to feel glamorous when i fly. no matter how tired or disheveled i am en route, i can always fashion a headscarf for a more jet-set than jet-lagged look.

favorite outfit you packed: an alexander wang aqua marine tech woven mini dress that i knew would go great with the colorful cityscape.

what are you listening to: the new ariel pink record came out just in time for this trip; also, carlos gardel, argentina's most beloved tango singer. you can see his image all over b.a.

favorite meal: I'm not lying when I say i ate grade "a" steak every day on the trip.

best shopping: i stayed in san telmo, a neighborhood famous for its world class antique and vintage shops. more notable is the mercado de san telmo, a central market choc-o-bloc with fabulous clothes and antique wares that are a fraction of what you'd pay anywhere else. i visited the market every day i was there!

favorite souvenir: i shopped so much, it’s hard to pick! probably a vintage seashell purse which i will never wear but will make a nice wall accent. i also really love my novelty hanger from the ‘60s that’s a plywood cutout of a girl’s face.

highlight of the trip: sipping 3-dollar-a-bottle champagne during a midnight milonga in a giant dilapidated warehouse. it was totally old world romanticism.

an antique oddity at the weekend market, feria de san pedro telmo.

antique mesh bags at feria de san pedro telmo.

feria de san pedro telmo.

antique phonographs at the mercado de san telmo.

vintage gucci at the mercado de san telmo.

my new seashell purse (or wall accent).

the mercado de san telmo.

closing time at the mercado de san telmo.

even the elevators in buenos aires are romantic.

a psychedelic vision.

beauty in everyday objects.

street style in alexander wang.

vintage & antiques storefront.

i don't knit but this colorful yarn shop tempted me to learn!

my vintage novelty hanger.

high tea at the posh alvear palace hotel, a buenos aires landmark.


photos by bruno davey and julia popescu.