Vintage Contessa Times Past Living The Authentic Life Podcast


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The Chramostas have built their international reputation utilizing their buying expertise, value, honesty, and integrity. They scour the globe in the quest to purchase the finest curated collection of authentic, timeless, luxury pieces. Each item they sell has been purchased personally and/or vetted by the couple, rather than offering products on a consignment model like many other sites. They offer a 100% authentic with an authenticity promise.

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The Vintage Contessa & Times Past

The Vintage Contessa & Times Past, an internationally recognized showroom based in Houston, is a one-stop, family run shop for high-end vintage and estate pieces. Dynamic husband and wife duo, Rob and Donae Cangelosi Chramosta, travel the world sourcing the finest estate jewelry, watches, designer handbags and accessories, GIA certified diamonds, rare coins, and antiquities that appeal to collectors around the globe.

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What an incredibly special day recording a live podcast from @shespacehtx to celebrate our 100th episode!! 🎉🍾 Every podcast guest has shared a unique quality - they've found something that makes them come alive. ❤️‍🔥 It's such a testament that when you reflect to discover your purpose 🧘‍♀️, connect with yourself & others🫂, and commit to do the work 💯—there's no stopping what you can do. Cheers🥂 to “Living the Authentic Life” and another 100 podcasts‼️ ...

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Tis the season for pumpkin-spice everything, so how bout a pumpkin spiced Rolex?? 🎃 It's #wackywatchwednesday and today we're picking some of the rarest #rolexwatches from the patch featuring a #pumpkindial 🧡 One of the most interesting evolutions in #vintagewatch collecting has been the desire to move away from #watches that have been restored & polished to look ‘like new’✨ in favor of watches in original condition with honest patina. 💯 From a #rolexpepsi to a #rolexsubmariner - these are the icons when looking for a truly rare and coveted #vintageRolex ⌚️ ...

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DIOR FLASH SALE! 🚨 French women have a certain "je ne sais quoi" when it comes to style, and with #ParisFashionWeek ending today, we're feeling inspired by their effortlessly chic way of dressing. 🇫🇷 What better way to celebrate classic French style than a #diorsale! 💸 If you're looking to step up your fashion game with Dior - with a #diorsaddle, #ladybag, #bobbybag or a #vintagedior - set an appointment to come see us before they're gone! 🛍️ ...

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Cloudy with a chance of Dior! 👜🌥️ We had so much fun visiting with Houston's favorite meteorologist 🌬️ @chita_craft at the shop today that we decided to forecast a little storm of our own with a #Dior #flashsale!!🚨 Join us tomorrow for our deepest discounts 💸 on #christiandiorbags 🛍️ in celebration of #parisfashionweek 🎉 ...

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I was trying to find my inner peace through 7:30 Sunday morning yoga 🧘‍♀️but apparently it wasn’t “in the plan”.

Some days we have to be more creative about self-care🛁… so why not buy the bag👜, wear the new shoes🥿, dress your way out of your mood💃 or just simply rest on the couch 🛋️binge watching a new show. Rob & I are loving Lioness 🦁on Paramount. 📺@specialopslioness

#SundayVibes #Yoga #LuxuryLifestyle #selfcare #buythebag #newshoes #bingewatching #livingtheauthenticlife

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From Football 🏈to Friendship🫂 to Philanthropy🎗️ to fashion💃- our week was fast 🏁and furious🏎️ !
This Aggie👍 loved supporting her husband’s Buffs 💛🖤, my fabulous 💫philanthropic friends at the Women of Substance✨ kickoff and driving the dynamic🔥 new Porsche Cayenne🛞 @shespacehtx

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It’s been a dream come true to create a platform where I'm able to unite and host friends and clients at fashionable events with meaningful conversation and a great cause. As guests soaked in the fabulous style of H town native designer Amir Taghi and enjoyed an exceptional lunch at Turners, UNICEF’s local leaders Dr Sippi Khurana & Amy Pierce shared their passion for this worthy cause with a mission to make sure every child has the right to grow up in a safe and inclusive environment.
Tune into “Living the Authentic Life Podcast” on all major podcast platforms to learn more about the exceptional work UNICEF conducts in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.
We all can come together to make a difference by committing to doing the work, promoting inclusive policies and expanding access to services that protect all children.

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Girls just wanna have FASHION! 💃🛍️ What a fabulous day pairing up with #houston native designer Amir Taghi for the very first collaborative fashion show luncheon 📸 for charity 🙏 hosted at #BenBerg’s @TurnersHouston. 🤩 While they dined, our most fashionable & philanthropic gal pals & clients were captivated by a mixture of color, texture, volume and shine from Amir’s fabrics✨ styled with an assortment of preowned authentic #luxuryhandbags 👜,#watches ⌚️, and #diamondjewelry 💎 from our carefully curated inventory. Cheers🥂 to @unicefusa and to bringing our community together to connect for such an important cause 🫶 ...

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CARTIER GIVEAWAY! 🐆 Who wants to WIN an authentic Cartier watch?! 🙋🏼‍♀️🤩 In celebration of #wackywatchwednesday, we're collaborating with @papercityhouston to gift 1 lucky follower:
* 1 Cartier 'Must de' Ronde Vendôme Vintage Luxury Watch  ⌚️   


1️⃣ FOLLOW @papercityhouston and us (@thevintagecontessa)

2️⃣ TAG 2 friends in the comments below! (Multiple entries allowed so go wild!)

Entrants must be 18+. Giveaway will close on 10/4/2023 at 11:59 PST. Winner announced within 48hrs of giveaway closing. This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram. No purchase necessary.

#houstongiveaway #fashiongiveaway #texasgiveaway #giveawaytime #luxurygiveaway #cartierlover #cartierwatch #vintagecartier

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In celebration of the last day of #milanfashionweek & all things Italian 🇮🇹, today we're dropping prices on #guccibags for the ultimate #Guccisale 💚🤍❤️ From #guccimarmont to #ophidia, this is the week to snag a killer #guccibag at a great value💯 Sound off below on when you think the #Guccibamboo bags made their introduction! 🔊 (Hint - Gucci first launched #bamboohandles as a solution to leather shortages after a war...🎋) We were way off!! 🤣 ...

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A whirlwind week from empowering women at lunch @Tonyshouston for @thewomensfund to a heartwarming girls' night with two of my favorite girlfriends in Houston. The secret to resiliency? Cherishing friendship, sharing stories, and savoring the moments including an amazing dinner at @BennyChows. Here's to strong women and even stronger bonds! 🌟👭🌆🍽️

#EmpowerWomen #GirlsNight #HoustonNights #FriendshipGoals #Resilience

#livingauthentically #liveauthentic #livingtheauthenticlife #livingbestlife #purposedriven #dothework #makeadifference #livingyourbestlife #authenticlife #authenticlifestyle

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Sell Your Luxury Handbags and Jewelry Today for Top Dollar

Our growing family of satisfied customers across the globe know that at Vintage Contessa & Times Past, we buy designer handbags and jewelry in pristine condition. We not only offer clients the ability to get cash out of their initial investments, but also offer in-store credit for individuals looking to trade in an item and upgrade to a new style or designer. Vintage Contessa & Times Past team has discerning taste and features a full array of gorgeous and tasteful handbags from designers such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Hermes and many others.

Clients love to buy and sell high-end luxury handbags and jewelry with us because they know we offer:

  •     Guaranteed authenticity on all items we sell
  •     A rigorous inspection process to ensure you receive a top quality item
  •     An extensive selection of world-class designer products
  •     A collection full of limited edition, one-of-a-kind and hard-to-find items
  •     Fair pricing, deep discounts and more

We buy designer jewelry, including watches, from a full range of world-class manufacturers including, but not limited to : Audemars Piguet, Breitling, Bvlgari, Cartier, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Omega, Panerai, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Tag Heuer, Tiffany & Co, Tudor, and Van Cleef & Arpels.

Shop a Premium Selection of Luxury Watches

Attracting customers from around the world, The Vintage Contessa & Times Past is known as the premium designer watch store in Houston, TX. We offer a truly unique and ever-changing selection of vintage as well as newer pre-owned timepieces for men and women from names like:

And more. Our pre-owned luxury watches, all come with our Authenticity Guarantee and a warranty. Vintage Contessa is proud of the reputation we’ve earned around the world over more four decades with both buyers and sellers for honesty, integrity and value. That’s why many of our clients do business with us again and again.