It has been raining here for weeks. It’s been nearly impossible to get any good photos, let alone go for a walk, wear anything cute, or explore. I’ve been holed up! The rain stopped for about an hour, and I wanted to get some pictures of my latest look.
I recently found a lot of vintage basics, including plain tops, skirts, and dresses. This is perfect for me, since I like to mix and match vintage. I’m wearing a 1960’s white linen tank top, 80’s cotton skirt, and 80’s vintage Saks Fifth Avenue black shoes. This 50’s straw hat is one of my favorites.
Rain, rain, go away…
When will the weather clear? I don’t mind the clouds or the cold, but the rain really puts a damper on my creativity.
Looking for something to do on a Saturday in Richmond, VA? I recently went to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens for the first time on Saturday (yes, it was HOT!). I’ve been to Phipps conservatory in Pittsburgh many times but really enjoyed the gardens and greenhouse, here. It was also quite large, with plenty of walking and exploration area.
The butterfly room is probably the coolest part of our visit. I’ve never seen so many vivid and lively creatures fluttering around. I must admit, they kind of creeped me out when they flew too close by. I was able to get some nice photos of them when they would land on a leaf or flower but, the prettiest ones seemed to be moving too fast for me to snap.
I’m wearing a jean jumper I found at a yard sale for $1.00 and a 90’s lace blouse underneath. My bag is a boho beaded satchel from the 1970’s. Sometimes in the south, it’s just too damn hot for too much fashion.
And just like that, we find ourselves in mid-July. Time is going exceptionally fast since we were traveling the majority of June for our honeymoon. It’s nice for things to slow down a little. There are also some very pretty pink flowers blooming this time of year. I love the deep pinks.
I found this 1960’s powder blue dress a few weekends ago. It was in need of some major cleaning and repairs, but I was able to bring it back to life. To my delight, this dress was a perfect fit on me and also something I could wear to work. So, naturally, I kept it.
About 5 minutes after taking these pictures, it started to rain. Then, it started to storm, and of course, my umbrella is Missing in Action. I waited out the storm in my car. Richmond thunderstorms are fleeting. An hour later, you would have never known it even sprinkled except the fact that my freshly pressed dress will need cleaned, once again.
What is this, sunshine? We went from winter to summer, with just about no days of spring. Richmond is 95 degrees this weekend. A little hot!
But, how good is this 1950’s orange, cotton, dress? It’s the perfect color for summer, especially since adopting a “wear less black” policy, a few months ago. I put this floral chenille hat into my person collection as soon as I saw it. My loafers are 1970’s vintage and give me Alessandro Michele Gucci feels without the $1000 price tag. The white beaded bag is a vintage find, as well.
I’m in love with this look because of colors and fit of the dress. It’s great that a few vintage pieces, mixed together, create a surprisingly modern and wearable look.
In Pittsburgh for the weekend? You better visit the strip district (before the city demolishes this charming, gritty area of town to make way for 750k one bedroom condos). My girlfriend and I went out for an afternoon of overcast weather and exploration.
Like brick warehouses with back alleys? The strip has those. Like graffiti walls and half shelled out buildings? The strip has those. Like really good food, donuts and coffee? The strip has all those things, too. While the strip does have a peculiar fishy, garbage smell, it is fun to explore with plenty to photograph for those looking for interesting places to shoot. Did I mention the food? Check out Smallman Galley for a food hall style selection of gourmet fare.
I’m wearing a mash-up of vintage styles. My lace blouse was once an Edwardian dress. I paired this with an 80’s denim pencil skirt. The slouch beaded bag is vintage from the 1970’s, which is nice and easy to carry. Also, I got my 1940’s style turban from Rona Handmade Turbans.
Spring is fast approaching, but I’m still clutching to my furs and coats (go away, sun!). It’s still a little chilly here in the morning, but the warm weather comes fast in the south. Summer is my least favorite month, I don’t like the sun and I don’t like the “fashion” or shorts and flip flop sandals…
This 1960’s peach and mink trim top has been hanging out in my closet for years. I could never figure out a good way to style it. It looks great with high waist skinny jeans, and boots or can be worn with a skirt (for another post!). Do you ever find pieces you love, but have trouble fitting them into daily wear?
Spring is officially here, but most days haven’t quite felt like it. I love the wintertime and the snow, but spring is the battery recharger I am longing for. With spring, comes energy, creativity, drive, and new beginnings. I am ready to tackle some new creative projects this year, including getting better with portrait photography, and working harder to make positive changes and additions to Heirloomen.
It’s easy to get in a creative slump when you run a business that relies heavily on artistic vision and visual content. It’s also hard because I am a one woman show with little support to help create. I’d like to do better about collaborating and networking with other small business owners or photographers so we can learn and grow together. I currently take all of my photos on a tripod after staging the shot. I need some models!
As for the look in these photos, I paired an Edwardian blouse with a 1970’s sun hat, vintage metal necklace and 1990’s Ferragamo flats. These vintage pieces together look great with a comfy pair of modern blue jeans.
It’s been a chilly January! I wore this out to watch the Steeler’s playoff game (they lost), so I wanted to be in color. This is a mostly modern outfit paired with a cute vintage hat. I love to incorporate one or two vintage items into an outfit, especially for going to work. You know.. dress codes.. *eye roll*.
Black Jeans : Frame Denim
Black and Gold Sweater : Philip Lim 3.1
Black Beret : Vintage
Black Boots : Rebecca Minkoff
1950’s Cashmere and Mink Sweater
1970’s Plaid Wool Skirt
1950’s Brown/Red Leather Clutch
Modern Forest Green Tights
Modern Brown Leather Boots
Vintage Locket Necklace
It’s the first weekend of December. Virginia sure stays warmer than what I’m used to. I’ve only lived in cities farther north, all the way into the snow belt. The fall/winter season is probably my favorite time of year, now, though I can’t say it always was. It’s the best season for fashion: coats, boots, wools, fur hats. There will not be many very chilly days in Richmond, as there never is, but I look forward to the inevitable snow and a big, heavy coat.
The season changes keep me moving, keep me creative, keep me looking at things differently. I change with the seasons.
I am also adding new winter and formal items to the Heirloomen shop, daily. Be sure to keep checking, as some items go quickly with people on the hunt for the perfect gift for loved ones or themselves.
These 1970’s red pants belonged to my mom. I am lucky she and my grandmother both saved plenty of clothing, hats, and photos. I am also lucky they fit me! Good vintage clothes are becoming harder and harder to source – we must hold on and take care of the pieces we have!