After spending way too much time watching Gordon Ramsay cooking videos on Youtube, we decided to get up early and go to the South of the James farmer’s market, here in Richmond’s Forest Hill Park. The vendors, and the produce did not disappoint. SOJ is an open air market with only local farmers, makers, and artisans. Our plan was to get the best ingredients to cook up a big breakfast, dinner, and have veggies to last through the beginning of the week.
Pro Tip: Get there when it opens at 8AM, because you are not going to feel like waiting 20 minutes for a donut in 85 degree, Richmond humidity at 11:00. This is especially true if you are 40 weeks pregnant. But, you may get to pet a 12 week old French bulldog puppy while you are waiting in line, so that’s a bonus.
What we ended up with:
- Heirloom cherry tomatoes
- Yukon gold potatoes
- French baguette
- Yellow peaches
- Mushroom ravioli
- A wooden cutting board
- Dog treats for Titan
What we made for breakfast:
- French style scrambled eggs (mostly butter!)
- Olive oil roasted heirloom tomatoes with chopped herbs
- Fresh blackberries with creme fraiche
We finished the entire carton of blackberries within an hour of being home. Well worth the trip, despite the temperature. Next time, I will make sure to get a donut.
I didn’t want to do an in-your-face, girly-themed nursery for our daughter. I adore pink, but I like dark colors better. I settled on Benjamin Moore’s Chrome Green (the name is a little deceiving), for two of the walls, and kept the window walls white. It was somewhat difficult to find curtains that were a decent enough match, but Target had a good, blackout drapery option in green, which saved me from having to get something custom-made. I really loved the white furniture from West Elm, and like how it contrasts with the dark paint. I couldn’t totally forego pink, so I opted for a blush, rose petal rug and some accents.
Vintage lithographs of flora and fauna has been a hoarding point for me. I am happy to finally have a good place to display the owl print I found at an estate sale, years and years ago (I love owls! Bonus: we have an owl family that lives in our trees). The set of bird prints are antiques and came from Chairish, though I did the framing myself, since custom framing is INSANELY expensive, which I had no idea! To keep our loose woodland theme going, my mother-in-law got me this beautiful handmade mobile from Pingivi on Etsy – all the way from Denmark.
I’m really grateful for all the gifts, books, cute, cuddly things, and general baby advice from all of my friends and family. I am so happy with the nursery, it may be my favorite room in the house. Now, we just wait for her to arrive!
1930’s Pale Pink Silk Ruffle Dress
1950’s Blue and Green Floral and Bow Dress
1950’s Garden Flowers Printed Full Skirt
1950’s White Sheer Collared Blouse
1950’s Lace and Sequin Blush Pink Party Dress
1940’s Mint Green Cotton Shirtwaist Dress
1950’s Pink and White Striped Crop Top
Late 1950’s Silk Taffeta Teal Sheath Dress – Ceil Chapman Pattern
Welcome summer! We are enjoying your sunshine and heat (even though I like the cold). New season, means new arrivals in the Heirloomen shop. All of these pieces are either in the shop or making their way into the shop over the next few weeks. I’m so in love with florals and pastels this summer – super feminine and light. What are you into this season?
I’m in the home stretch! 34 weeks down.. and I am pretty uncomfortable and immobile. Going up the stairs is a serious workout, and my meals are getting smaller.
As for this great dress, it belonged to my grandma! Who said vintage maternity clothes were ugly? (a lot of them were, though..) This dress dates back to the early 1950’s and is a beautiful rayon material, and includes matching belt and bolero. Shout out to my grandmother for hanging on to it! The strappy, braided sandals are from the 1970’s. I love their versatility for a range of summer looks.
Truth be told, finding clothing has been a challenge. Most of my vintage is hanging in the closet, awaiting me to shrink back to my normal size. I pretty much am stuck in maternity tank tops and light cotton pants to beat the Richmond heat. Investing in a lot of maternity clothes just doesn’t seem like a good use of money… I would much rather spend it on home decor 🙂
Vintage maternity clothing is notoriously blah. Luckily, clothing for pregnant women has improved drastically as of late, and we are no longer forced to wear frumpy tents that add even more girth to our expanding bodies (hey, thanks). I still want to wear vintage pieces when I can, and have been trying to fit separates into my highly limited wardrobe, or at least an accessory here or there. It will get more difficult over the next few months!
This 1950’s cotton blouse fits nicely through the chest, and while is not long enough to cover my belly, I was able to pair it with a modern skirt which has a nice elastic stretch (though, not vintage). I am also still able to squeeze my feet into my regular shoes, and these 1920’s crystal studded heels are to die for. Gold scarab earrings are from Etsy.
Overall, my pregnancy has been a good one. I am still running and getting to the gym 5 times a week, which my doctor has encouraged. I feel physically confident in my body’s strength and resilience. I am actually now in my third trimester (these photos are a few weeks old). Home stretch!
Look of the Day – from a recent snow day. I am keeping warm with a cute 1970’s/1980’s Virginia Slim Novelty Sweater. 1940’s sheared fur coat and vintage fedora that belonged to my grandpap. Boots and skin tight pants are modern.
I have to say, taking pictures when it’s nice and snowy is ideal. Why? No one is outside trying to walk in my shot or ogle at me and my tripod. Hi there, yes, I am taking pictures of myself. When is the next snow storm?
What’s in your wardrobe for fall, this year?
Plaid. Legwear. Bold Colors. Mix match prints. Blazers.
Finally, fashion is quirky and interesting again. Not that I don’t love my usual black leather, it’s just that I could use some color in my life. I’m also a huge fan of oversized blazers, because they are practical and conservative, while still giving off boss vibes.
I’ve noticed some seriously good legwear coming down the runways in Paris and New York fashion week. Sign me up. I nabbed these vintage deadstock socks on Instagram. My blazer was a lucky thirft shop score, and the kid’s sized Switzerland novelty tee is a lucky find that is staying in my closet, though once intended for the Heirloomen shop. Striped skirt from Zara.
Don’t forget, big jewelry. That’s a given.
Happy October! Fall is the best season of the year, let’s all remember that. The fashion is WAY better because coats, jackets, boots, scarves, hats, knits etc etc, you get it. While we’re still having some hot weather in Virginia, it’s time to bring out the stowed away clothes.
This late 1930’s novelty jacket is a very interesting piece. It is a collectable Ripley’s Believe It or Not linen fabric with some pretty cool fun facts (or not?) and pictures printed all over it. Truth be told, this will probably end up in the shop soon, because it’s not the best fit for me. Super rare and cool, so I wanted to show it off a little bit.
I’m also into the clunky block heels that are making a comeback this season. I enjoy wearing shoes I can actually walk in versus pencil thin stilettos, which do look sexy, but also are not great when living on a cobblestone street. So here are some square toed chunky vintage heels in a nice cream and mustard.
I’ve always hated wearing orange. I am not sure why, I really think the right shade matters, and maybe I was doing it all wrong.
This 1970’s bright orange velour sweatshirt was an inexpensive find, and something I wasn’t even sure I wanted or wanted to put in the shop. The magic happens when you try things on. As it turns out, this is soft, and cute, and contrasts with many other pieces in my closet, making it pretty versatile, and also good for fall.
Keep your eye out for things you might not initially love, but have interesting colors, patterns, or textures. Unique pieces make for unique outfits, and can work easily with a staple wardrobe.