Monday, November 15, 2010

--CLOSED--VINTAGE Feature/Giveaway: A Wild Tonic

So it's pretty obvious that both Amanda and I have got babies on the brain (her being a mama to an 8 month old and me being 8 months into my first pregnancy).   But let's not forget our other obsession...VINTAGE.  This week we're featuring a super lovely vintage shop: A Wild Tonic.

An artfully chosen selection of vintage clothes, accessories and housewares.  The curator/owner, Lauren, has a keen eye for detail--collecting vintage shoes with unique details, quirky vintage goods for your home, classic hats with oversized accents and much much more.  With my growing baby bump in mind, I went window shopping for my faves:

LAVENDER FIELDS Purple Floral Carpet Bag:  Love the oversized button and suede flap on this ultra-pretty bag.                         
CLASSIC GRUNGE Black and Orange Floral Dress :  Add some Doc Martens and you have grunge revival perfection.  (And roomy enough for a baby belly!)
FOXY LADY 1960s Brown Cut Out WedgesI have never seen anything like these shoes!  The cut out wedge (lined in gold!) and chain detail speak for themselves.

Let's get to know Lauren of A Wild Tonic:

What does your life outside of Etsy/blogging look like?
I live in central New Jersey with my folks and my sister. I sometimes feel like a freeloader but my family is awesome and it works out really well. My boyfriend and I have been together for about a year and a half. He’s really very supportive of my Etsy endeavors and is always encouraging me, helping with photography, taking trips with me to shop, and way more. I’m really thankful to have him around. I work full-time at a photography company, which is way more stressful that you’d think (seriously). I enjoy my job although it’s hectic—how could you not love looking at pictures of smiling kids all day? It’s impossible.

Describe yourself (or ask someone else to do it!) in three words.
Genial, spirited, hungry. First two from my boyfriend, last one from me. ;)

Fall piece you can’t live without: Leather boots, without a doubt! I’ve been searching for the perfect pair of tall riding boots for seemingly ever. Hopefully, I’ll find a pair soon.

Most recent fashion-related purchase“The Handmade Marketplace” by Kari Chapin—an amazing read.

Any pet peeves?
I hate when people talk in superlatives. Like, “Oh, you ALWAYS say things like that,” or “He NEVER does that.” You are technically lying, if you think about it.

Bad habits?
Talking in superlatives. Haha!

Desert-island food?
Pizza, hands down.

Three bands/singers you can’t get enough of:
Neko Case, Nicki Minaj, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. I’m weird.

Another blog you follow regularly:
I love Huzzah Vintage’s blog because there’s always amazing content.

What made you decide to start a shop?
After I graduated college, I realized that I had a lot of “things” that I didn’t necessarily use anymore. I started to sell some of it at yard sales and on eBay. One day it hit me that I should sell my thrift store finds on Etsy. I started shooting and listing, created a blog and a Twitter account, and before I knew it, some of my old favorites became new favorites to my buyers! It was a win-win!

Significance of your shop name?
A Wild Tonic comes from a line in “The Great Gatsby.” I thought it would make an interesting name for a vintage shop.

The exhilarating ripple of her voice was a wild tonic in the rain."

Favorite item in your shop right now?
Probably the Vintage GEOMETRIC Grey and Brown Heels ( I love them but they are just a little bit too small on me.  : (

*To get to know more about Lauren, check out her blog:
or to get quick links to her shop, blog, and twitter:

Loving what you're seeing?  Well readers, it's your lucky day!  Lauren is offering 15% off your purchase at her shop for all our readers!  Just use the code "MISKABELLY" and you will be refunded via paypal once you make your purchase.
AND  there is a $20 gift certificate to A Wild Tonic up for grabs, to one lucky Miskabelly reader!

Here's how to enter:
1. Follow our blog! Once you become a follower, just leave a comment below, telling what your favorite item from A Wild Tonic is.
2. Follow Miskabelly (@miskabelly) on twitter…and again, just a quick comment to let us know you did (with your twitter user name) and share
 what your favorite item from 
A Wild Tonic is.
3. If you’re already following the blog and our twitter—simply leave a comment, telling us what your favorite item from A Wild Tonic is!
4. Once we tweet about the giveaway, you can re-tweet to gain an extra entry!

Multiple entries are allowed (if you want to follow the blog, AND our twitter AND re-tweet  go for it!).  This contest will run through next Sunday, November 21st.  The winner will be chosen through a random number generator.

Good Luck!!
Manda & Jayme 


Chandler said...

I'm a follower :)
I would definitely get the Classic Grunge Black and Orange Floral Dress. Anddd possibly indulge on the Cowgirl reddish brown leather ankle boots :) Yummm.

Brooke said...

I'm a follower!
I love the red floral scarf and the navy polka dot dress!

eviandesign said...


Jenny said...

My favorite is the vintage everyday blue cotton mini dress! I follow your blog too!

AmyLee said...

i'm a follower of your blog on GFC :)

AmyLee said...

i follow ya on the tweeter too!

AmyLee said...

i would pick one of those super cute pairs of vintage shoes or a hat. i love the checker board one!

Marija said...

I'm a follower, and I love the Barnum and Bailey wall pennant.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Marija said...

following miskabelly on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Rachel @ A Cupcake for Moose said...

Total follower. Gotta love the sidesaddle straw hat! Super vintage hip!

five stones said...

Hello! I am a blog follower and I really like this dress

five stones said...

I twitter follow as @missyfivestones and this is my next favorite because it's such a great print!

five stones said...

I re-tweeted!!/miskabelly/status/4575944551432192

Anonymous said...

I follow you via GFC as malkatz.


Anonymous said...

I am following you on Twitter- @giveawaygirlie.

Anonymous said...

My favorite item is the Vintage OUI OUI Blue Leather Purse.


jhitomi said...

Love the Dueling Swans poncho, very unique and pretty.
following your blog as jhb.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Kara said...

I just love the Vintage OUI OUI Blue Leather Purse.


Kara said...

I follow on twitter as KJHenry88

I also love the navy dark-blue striped dress.


Rowdy, Christine and Isabella said...

I would totally get Vintage LITTLE GOLD BOW Cream Clutch, so cute! Or one of those adorable dresses, I can't decide which one yet!

penelope stitch stop said...

I follow the blog on google friend connect.

penelope stitch stop said...

I like the .Vintage HORIZONTAL Burgundy Leather Etienne Aigner Purse

Liz, love. said...


I love the poncho and the set of the three gold necklaces.


Mandah said...

I would love these shoes if they were my size!

damn.precious.etsy at gmail dot com

Fellow Rover said...

hi. blog follower via gfc as khrista porcadilla. my favorite item is the blue cotton mini dress!

khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

Fellow Rover said...

following on twitter as bellekhris. favorite item is the blue cotton mini dress.

khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

Fellow Rover said...

blue cotton mini dress!

khrisocubillo at yahoo dot com

trisha too said...

following you . . . I'm liking that taupe Neverland hat . . .
trishatoo at hotmail dot com

Huzzah! Vintage said...

aahh! thanks for the blog shout-out!

There's lots to love, but my favorite item is the dressy white blouse, which is perfect for work.

ps: your sale prices are crazy low!!

Marlowe said...

Im a follower on GFC!
marloweopat at gmail dot com

Marlowe said...

Im a follower on twitter (mropat29)
marloweopat at gmail dot com

Marlowe said...

Im in love with the blue everyday cotton dress!
marloweopat at gmail dot com

k@tie said...

im a follower and i LOVE the MASSIVE SALE - HALF OFF Vintage CHAIN LINK Pink Silk Scarf

katmckid at aol dot com

k@tie said...

following on twitter


katmckid at aol dot com

k@tie said...

retweeted your post as katiebmcp

katmckid at aol dot com

Jenny Garza said...

Following your blog via GFC!

My fave item is:

Jenny Garza said...

Following you on twitter via @sweepinjenny

Jenny Garza said...

My favorite item is:

LOVE IT! Super cute!

Susanmeep said...

I follow your blog and I like the Vintage SNOW WHITE Dressy Blouse suelee1998 @

Salleefur/Jesslyn/Jesster said...

I am a Public Follower (Salleefur/Jesslyn) and I'm sorry but I don't do Twitter/Tweet!) But I do REALLY like "A Wild Tonic" and had already Etsy "favorited/hearted" the marvelous shop and MANY MANY of the items too. (Etsy name: Salleefur)

Among my most favorite favorites are the lovely "Vintage CHOCOLATE BLUES Beaded Chain Necklace in Blues and Browns" and the adorable "Diamond Burnt Orange Alfred Dunner Sweater."


TZel said...

I am a follower.
I love the Vintage MAY DAY Spring Silk Green and Grey Floral Scarf. Thank you.