WORN: The Freedom of Minimalist Travel

The time of over packing has come and gone. If you're still in your early twenties, it's time. Shake off the illusion of quantity in favor of quality, sanity, and heaven forbid, serenity. Everyone else, it's not cute anymore, get it together.

In summary, you are not Jackson Pollock. Few people can make method out of the madness.

If I was still working that way I would be sitting on the floor with a bottle of wine in hand (no glass), mascara dripping, and a pair of underwear on my head. If you don't feel great in EVERYTHING you've brought, and can't combine with ease, we've got work to do.

I am still evolving, and honing in on these skills, but I want those hours of my life back. So here's to all of us, turning over a new leaf, or at least a step in the right direction (aka maybe don't pack that fourth pair of jeans).

Here are some crazy beautiful pictures by Haley Harned. I'd like to think they demonstrate how happy you can look with a couple of key pieces. You still have room for creativity -- don't worry -- and less room for error.

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WORN: Around-The-House Looks

Meet Hana. She's our shop girl, model, and all-around cool ladyfriend who we so lovingly refer to as "The Intern" since that's how her time at Stash began. Hana's got kick-ass style and the ability to mix and match like no other, so it should come as no surprise that we begged her to share some of her style secrets with the rest of us. In this series, Worn, Hana will explore many facets of personal style. 

Disclosure: Versatility is one of the things I value most in my closet apart from straight-up good pieces. The ability to mix and match with ease gives me a lot of much needed room for creativity. While this might make it seem like my closet is positively bursting, I do think I manage to keep things qualitative over quantitive. 

Some of my few and favorite looks can be attributed to the vintage pieces I have accumulated through time spent at Stash Collective. Needless to say, these staples are now over fifty percent of my wardrobe.

I came upon vintage when I was at the peak of some serious mainstream retail frustration and aggression. I typically don't revisit the halls of the mall because the shopping experience is pretty disappointing, exhausting, and over-stimulating. So when I am working, or browsing the vintage at my favorite collective (yes, that's right), and I overhear the devastating phrase,  "I love this but I don't know how to wear it," I die a little inside. 

I thought maybe I could demonstrate how to incorporate vintage in your day-to-day wear, whether that means it is interspersed with your modern pieces or an entirely vintage ensemble. Whatever the case, I hope this inspires you find the vintage look that is right for you. 

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FRAMED: A Conversation with Featured Artist Elena Jasic

Elena Jasic has an eye for beauty -- often the unconventional, strong, bold kind. For years, her artistic vision has manifested itself in fashion and beauty photography, yet it comes as no surprise that her landscape photography shares some of those same qualities.

And even less surprising is that she couldn't not create breathtaking images, even while she's supposed to be relaxing on vacation. She lives and breathes photography.

And my, do we love her for that.

Elena is a friend, an inspiration, and a creative wonderlady -- as well as this month's featured artist. 

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Terrarium Talk with Haley

Perhaps you have noticed that Stash likes plants. Okay, so maybe we love plants, or even obsess over them, talk to them, and play them only the illest beats while we are in the shop. It's just our way of saying, "Thank you for staying alive and providing us with oxygen to breathe."

Both Haley and Anela have been dabbling in terrarium and container gardening for years, and Haley wanted to share some information about her process and what she's learned. Let's have her start from the beginning...

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Going Back To Cali: Vintage Travels

Anela Bence Selkowitz -- one of our owners, as well as a real kick-ass photographer, graphic designer, and mother -- was born and raised outside of Los Angeles, and for the past few weeks, she's been back in California visiting family and friends and soaking up the sunshine. A winter hiatus at its finest!

But the vintage itch is very real, so of course she's done some shopping for Stash while she's on the other side of the country.

Here's a sneak peek at just a few of the West Coast finds she'll be bringing back East. 

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Feelin' The Love

We get it. Valentine's Day is super cheesy and commercialized and lame, and you're all too cool for it. Even Leslie Knope's Galentine's Day is going mainstream!

But let's be honest: we can all actually use a reminder to slow down and appreciate those around us.

And we can do so without being total sell-outs. 

We're wishing you more than just a day full of chocolates and flowers and teddy bears holding hearts embroidered with "BE MINE" (but knock yourself out if that's what you're into). Use this Valentine's Day as a chance to remember the things that fill your soul and make you happy. 

Because we're no good to anyone else until we're good to ourselves. 

Carve out some time for those you love -- whether it's your partner, your friends, your family, or your pets -- but don't forget to do the very same for yourself. We're busy dishing out care and compassion each and every day, but it's also so dang vital to conserve some of that for the (wo)man in the mirror. 

Whether you're looking to pamper yourself or your loved ones (or hopefully both), we've got a handful of ideas that are sure to please -- as well as a Valentine's Day-inspired playlist to get you groovin'! 

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FRAMED: A Conversation With Featured Artist Holly Farrell

Holly is a 25-year-old artist currently living in her hometown of Lancaster, Pa., and for the past year and half, she's been spending her time making pottery and ceramic sculpture at the Lancaster Clay Studios in Landisville, Pa. In 2012, she graduated from Tyler School of Art with a BFA in painting and drawing. And through all of that, she never touched clay. She found herself often dismissing 3-D disciplines since, in her mind, painting was really her strong suit. 

Let us just go on the record saying we sure are glad that she gave ceramics a try. Her pieces feel so relatable and accessible, like a modern day folk art. The ladies are a little lumpy, a little left-of-center, a little bit just like how we see ourselves -- and we absolutely love that about them.

We caught up with Holly about her background, her process, and why she draws a whole bunch of inspiration from spring break culture.

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Stash Gift Guide: Cosmetics

Let us guess: at this point, the bulk of your holiday shopping is done, but there are just a few more little things you need to round it all out and finish up -- and to fill the stockings. Wait, shit. The stockings. Dang it. 

Don't worry, we've got you covered with a whole bunch of cosmetics that are as good for your body as they are for the Earth. And many of them are made right here in Central Pa.! 

So as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

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Sparkle & Shine: Holiday Looks

Whether you are searching for a professional look for your work party, a cozy little something for that family gathering or a whole lot of shimmer for your New Year's Eve out on the town, we have got you covered with some one-of-a-kind vintage pieces that are sure to add a little glam to your look. 

Take a cue from Hana and Jen and celebrate your stand-out style this holiday season!

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Stash Gift Guide: Accessories

We're continuing the celebration of handmade goods by showcasing our accessory makers!

And as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

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Stash Gift Guide: Housewares + Stationery

Sure, we're known for our curated selection of kick-ass vintage, but we also carry some one-of-a-kind, handmade products from American-based artisans. Some of them are friends, and some are family members. Some of them are people whose work we've had in our own homes and closets for years, and some are artists we've recently stumbled upon -- whether by running into them in Central Pa. or discovering them by clicking our way down an Instagram rabbit hole (come on, we've all been there). 

And as we find ourselves deep in the trenches of the season of excess and mass-production, we'd like to take a minute to recognize these little guys. By supporting them (and heck, us, too!), you're putting your money right back into the American economy, encouraging a culture of creativity, and offering meaningful gifts that each come with their own special story: the story of the people behind the product. 

This week, we're all about the artists that create stationary and housewares.

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FRAMED: A Conversation with Featured Artist Lisa Bennett

Our featured artist this month is the mega-talented Lisa Bennett, whose work we've all been fans of for quite some time. Lisa's one of those people who seems to always be making something new and magical -- from photography to textilesdrawings to videos, and heck, even stuffed weaponry

Lisa resides right here in Central Pennsylvania. She received her BFA in Photography from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an AA in Photography from Harrisburg Area Community College. She has exhibited her artwork in various galleries, craft shows and arts institutions in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York, Chicago and Boston. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the photography department at Harrisburg Area Community College.  

We talked to Lisa about her techniques, he inspiration, and what keeps her creating. 

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Our Personal Stash: Hana's Picks

Sure, we spend a lot of our time digging up treasures for all of you to enjoy, but we also have some favorite vintage pieces of our own -- they're hung in our closets, decorating our homes, piling up on our bookshelves and mixed in amongst our record collections. And every now and then, we can't help but show them off. 

We love the style of our intern and good friend Hana Grosh, so naturally we wanted her to participate in our blog series, too! Here are some of her favorite vintage finds of the moment:

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Our Personal Stash: Jen's Picks

Sure, the three of us spend a lot of our time digging up treasures for all of you to enjoy, but we also have some favorite vintage pieces of our own -- they're hung in our closets, decorating our homes, piling up on our bookshelves and mixed in amongst our record collections. And every now and then, we can't help but show them off. 

Here are Jen's picks, including a tiger's eye necklace, a silk patterned robe, and a 1945 Esquire Varga Girl Calendar:

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Our Personal Stash: Haley's Picks

Sure, the three of us spend a lot of our time digging up treasures for all of you to enjoy, but we also have some favorite vintage pieces of our own -- they're hung in our closets, decorating our homes, piling up on our bookshelves and mixed in amongst our record collections. And every now and then, we can't help but show them off. 

Here are some of Haley's current vintage obsessions, including a patterned midi skirt, a Moroccan belt, and some fabulous, fabulous jewelrry:

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Our Personal Stash: Anela's Picks

Sure, the three of us spend a lot of our time digging up treasures for all of you to enjoy, but we also have some favorite vintage pieces of our own -- they're hung in our closets, decorating our homes, piling up on our bookshelves and mixed in amongst our record collections. And every now and then, we can't help but show them off. 

Here are some of Anela's current vintage obsessions:

There are a handful of vintage pieces in my bedroom that I absolutely love but just never get around to wearing. I could blame baby-wrangling, but I'm probably just getting old and lazy. Sometimes I think you people should feel lucky that I don't hang out at Stash in my sweats...

These three items are still in my wearable wardrobe. 

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