Personal & Interior Style

It’s been a busy week finalizing the details of a vintage shopping event, re: COLLECTION, that I’m co-producing here in Cleveland the first weekend of December.  We’re super excited to have an awesome group of vintage dealers and a beautiful space lined up in Little Italy.

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 10.15.36 PMFor those of you in Cleveland (or with Cleveland connections), I’d be super grateful if you could help spread the word!  You can find more information at all the usual locations.  Thank you!


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Hey Cleveland friends!  I’m heading down to Ohio City on Sunday and setting up shop at The Cleveland Flea’s Sunday Market!  The market is a brunch & shop event held once a month in Hingetown (W. 29th Street and Detroit) and I’m thrilled to be taking part in it.  I’ve started to update the online shop with some of my new finds but I have a whole slew I’m holding onto just for the in-person markets, so come on Sunday and take a look!

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Today, tomorrow and Thursday, The Disco Emporium will be holding a sidewalk sale at a miLES pop-up space on New York’s Lower East Side.  If you’re in the neighborhood, come by and check out the summer vintage collection!


Tuesday, June 16th 3-9pm
Wednesday, June 17th, 3-9pm
Thursday, June 18th, 5-9 pm


103 Allen Street
(between Delancey and Broome)


About the space

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photo via LIFE Magazine

I’m so excited to be heading back to NYC this week to check in on my apartment, catch up with friends and set up Disco Emporium shop at the Hester Street Fair and Artists & Fleas Williamsburg market this coming weekend!  I’ve been gone from New York for almost five months, just shy of the six month hiatus I took to India in 2005.  I remember being so anxious to get back into my life at that time; and I was shocked at how little things seemed to have changed in the city while I was away.  I feel a bit like I gave up the concept of home when I started Airbnb-ing my apartment last fall and moving around every few weeks/months, so I’m curious to see how it feels to be back in New York and in my apartment this time around.  I don’t have that same longing to dive-in, head first to the fast-paced New York lifestyle that I did when I was 25.  But then again, I am returning this time at a very different phase of life and New York is nothing if not full of endless possibility.

If you are in NYC and around this weekend, come say hello!

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I’m busy getting myself ready for The Disco Emporium‘s weekend at the LA Artists & Fleas market at the end of this week.  I’ve spent many past afternoons wandering around the Williamsburg and Chelsea Artists & Fleas in NYC so it feels particularly exciting to be participating here this weekend in Los Angeles.

I’m having a great time developing this shop and I so appreciate all the positive feedback and support it’s been getting.  If you’re reading in California, come by this weekend!  If not, how about a weekend getaway?!



Today is our grandmother’s 98th birthday! And to celebrate this truly incredible woman, we are reposting one of our favorite posts from way back on Sister Disco, Conversation Tips from Our Grandma, Mommom.

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December 1, 2011 – Our grandmother is 94 years old. She is the queen of getting herself out of tough conversations and giving responses that say everything and nothing at all. These are her best responses that have become invaluable to us and have turned into life lessons and tips throughout the years. We wanted to share them with you:

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“Why not?”

It doesn’t matter if I am ordering an ice cream cone at 8 a.m. or trying on a ball gown just for the fun of it, her first response to me is most often, “Why not?”  On occasion, “Why not” is replaced with “Might as well.”  I could not count how many times this phrase has come to mind whenever I have nothing to say.

“Fouled up”

This is a lady’s way of using the F word. When we want to be a lady but also want to say F word, just say that the situation is “fouled up,” just sayin. This works to describe pretty much any messy situation: untangle-able jewelry, a broken kitchen disposal, or a complicated family dynamic. All of these things can be categorized as “fouled up.”

“I thought so”

This response comes in handy when, frankly, you don’t want to look like an ass. After every question you ask but feel like you should already know the answer, make sure to respond with, “I thought so.”  You will forever seem like you knew what you were talking about.

“tricky trick”

This is the favorite and most commonly replicated in our family. Usually after someone brings up a tough situation and you aren’t sure what to say, “tricky trick” is always in your back pocket. The hard part is not using it too many times in one conversation. This is why there are many variations on the phrase. For example, when a situation is too “fouled up” to talk about any more, you can say, “On to the next trick!”  This both ends the conversation and provides the wisdom that there will always be another “tricky trick” down the road, so don’t get too bogged down on the one right in front of you. “Tricky trick” can also serve as a boiler plate for similarly worded phrases such as “funny fun,” “spooky spook,” “nifty nift,” “rainy rain” and so on. You get the idea.

So those are just a few conversation tools that will help you along this holiday season filled with fouled up conversations! Feel free to give ‘em a try and let us know how they went over.


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