Richmond Rooftop Escape @ The Graduate

Hi there! It’s just me, overlooking the city of Richmond, with a cocktail in hand. Looking to catch a summer sunset? The Byrd House at the Graduate Richmond is high above the pollen, which makes it a refuge for allergy sufferers, like myself. Also, the view is great.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend 🙂

A Rainy Summer Day Look

A Vintage Look for a rainy day by Heirloomen

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.

A Look at My Studio

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I spent the weekend re-organizing my studio for Heirloomen Vintage. I often feel like I amass so much stuff that never gets a proper place, I eventually reach a breaking point and must re-shuffle my design to accommodate the constant influx of new vintage, and the vacancy of sold items. Space is tight in my apartment, but I do the best I can.

Most of the clutter was accessories, such as hats, shoes, and jewelry. The clothing is all on racks or in my closet. I went through each hat box and grouped everything by for-sale, or not-for-sale, and then by color. I find old hat boxes so charming and useful for storage.

My filing cabinet from Class & Trash RVA was made into a keeper for old photographs, costume jewelry, and vintage clutches. It’s also a great display shelf for some of my collected treasures. One row of the cabinet is missing the drawers. I’ve lined this row with lace (found at a yard sale), and will use it to store small purses.

Now.. I am tasked with getting all these hats listed in the shop!

 

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A July Shop Update

It’s already the last week of July.. how did that happen so fast? Here are the latest Heirloomen Vintage shop updates. All items either recently listed or coming soon in the Heirloomen Etsy Shop within the week.

I try to update and add new items weekly. Every vintage piece is one-of-a-kind, of course. So, don’t miss something if you really love it.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

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.

Under the Summer Blooms

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.

Tangerine Dreaming

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.

Afternoon Trip to DC

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I took a half-day off of work to go up and visit my friend Thomas (follow him on Instagram @jt_womack) in DC to photograph the gorgeous buildings and scenery of the nation’s capitol while the spring greens and blooms are lush.

Friday afternoon in May means, few tourists, blue skies, and decent weather, though it was a little hot. For expensive as it is to live int DC, there is so much to do that is free of charge. We took full advantage of the museums and attractions. I also walked 7 miles and deserved a bowl of pasta when I got back to Richmond.

Like my little bird tee-shirt? It’s one of my summer favorites – a vintage 1970’s top, I found it a few years back. Paired with my trusty combat boots – because, being practical is important when walking 7 miles in an afternoon!

Pittsburgh’s Strip District

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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.

 

The Last Cold Days

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?