An Antique Blouse with Blue Jeans

I love Edwardian pieces so much, especially blouses. They are full of fine details, little laced edges, intricate structuring and/or flattering and complicated seams. They just don’t make them like they used to..

Edwardian cottons are also versatile and can be worn with a modern wardrobe. This is great for people who feel weird in vintage – No, you won’t feel like you’re in a costume. Antique tops look good with skirts, over dresses, or even with denim. Interested in Edwardian cottons? There are some items available in my shop, here.

I’m wearing this Edwardian blouse with a pair of Frame Denim jeans and a vintage leather clutch. The wooden and leather heels are from the 1970’s and they are too cute for me to part with, but maybe too high for me to wear often. Such a dilemma. Check out the cute details on this blouse that make it so special. It’s also in such great shape for being 100 years old.

How to Modernize A 1940’s Blouse

Do you ever see vintage stores full of beautiful garments but wonder how you can make them fit into your pretty modern wardrobe? It’s a challenge to your creativity, but if you see something you love, why pass it up or let it hang in your closet? Mixing vintage pieces into a relatively modernized closet, isn’t as difficult as it feels. You just have to find versatile pieces, embrace separates, and leverage with accessories.Take a look at this

A 1940’s rayon blouse

I found this at a garage sale and instantly fell in love with the print. Blouses and shirts are a good way to get started incorporating vintage into your style, because they are easy to pair with jeans, skirts, or things you probably already own (like these camel colored skinny pants). I’m also thinking of trying this blouse with a high waisted mustard, knit skirt, next.  This blouse also might work under a slip dress, which would really emphasize the amazing pattern on the collar.

Layer Layer Layer

It’s a lot easier to do this in the fall and winter than the hot summer, depending on where you live. I was able to use another vintage piece from my closet, to add to this outfit. This 1960’s cardigan is super versatile but also extremely detailed, which brings life to any basic look. The brown embroidered edge worked well with the browns in my pants and shoes.

Vintage cardigans are a great first addition to a vintage wardrobe, but beware of moth holes, as critters love to snack on these old natural fibers. Also be sure to clean thoroughly before inviting a vintage wool piece into your closet space. Unfortunately, many vintage stores and sellers don’t properly clean their products before selling (Heirloomen does!).

Layering can also be done with coats, sweaters, shawls, and scarves.

 

1940's rayon print blouse

Accessorize right!

Vintage shoes can be difficult to wear and style. In my opinion, wearing vintage heels with a vintage dress makes me feel like I’m in costume, and sometimes I get weird looks at the office (hi haters!). These brown loafers are from the late 1970’s and have Gucci vibes written all over them. Vintage jewelry is another great starting point for working in your new style. Try a long 70’s pendant necklace, or a 40’s metal animal brooch.

A mix of vintage pieces from various time periods, or a mix of vintage and modern, can be a good first step to feeling comfortable wearing vintage. Also, this prevents you from throwing away your whole wardrobe and starting from scratch.

Do you want to see more looks with mixed and matched vintage pieces? Check out my styling post for a winter day look. Want to see another way I styled these shoes? See my Tangerine Dreaming post.

-Courtney

5 Ways To Start Your Day with Creative Energy

5 ways to start a creative day

Are you a creative, looking to make the most out of your day? It can be difficult to get the energy for a focused, structured working day. Whether you are a business owner, creator, marketer, or artist, you need to take some time to prepare yourself for a day full of making what you make. Aimlessly going about your day with no direction is a an easy way to burn finite energy on tasks that don’t push you over the goal line. How can you set yourself up for a day full or creative energy?

1. Wake up with a little extra time.

Wake up 10 minutes before you normally would. Think about how you slept, what dreams you had, and how you feel about the day. This is a small moment where you can have some reflection time. Once the day starts, life sure makes it hard to carve out small moments and by then, your brain will be buzzing with to-do lists and life stress. Pause while you are free from worry.

2. Write down your goals, tasks, and intentions for the day

Keep a journal by your bed or somewhere peaceful that you can take a few moments to sit down and write. Make an aim for the day and a long-term goal that will take more than just a day. Most importantly, jot down some to-do tasks that will help you achieve your daily goal, as well as move you toward your long-term goal. Also, reflect on something you are grateful for, and write it down. These will be nice to look back on in the future.

3. Focus on your surroundings

Inspiration is hiding in our immediate surroundings. Why do you think so many artists and poets throughout history focused their craft around natural forms, landscapes, and the living earth? Look at the colors of the grass, the light reflecting through the trees, or  city birds navigating their way through the alleys. You are part of a big, complex world, and focusing on a simple piece of it will do wonders for your mind.

Your surroundings also include your home. Unwanted clutter, piles of unclassified junk, and small messes can really affect your mood, subconsciously.  Keep your spaces tidy, and organized. Get rid of things that don’t have a place, aren’t needed, or don’t bring you joy. There is no need to spend an entire day in a room that makes you feel overwhelmed. Set your surroundings straight to avoid mornings of immediate stress on arrival. Your home or studio should be your refuge.

4. Don’t touch your phone

Avoid your phone and social media for the first 20 minutes of your morning (at least!). Checking in and mindlessly scrolling will set your day in a fog. Do you ever give yourself a headache from overloading your eyes with up-and-down fidget motions to keep up with a scrolling feed? This will set your day of for failure physically, and emotionally. Enjoy life without technology for a bit. The constant need for stimuli is a habit that can be overcome with practice. We’ve been getting along without social media for quite a while.. don’t forget that.

5. Learn something or listen to something inspiring

Queue up a podcasts, motivational talk, or mood-setting music. Get yourself ready to take on the day with a little encouragement or new idea. Sometimes, 15 minutes in the shower is the only time to listen to an audiobook or podcast. While short, this time can be enough to learn something new that may be applicable in your artistic or business process. Continue to learn and build your foundation, you never know where your knowledge base might take you. Not feeling a book today? Try some jazz or classical music to set the tone and mood for the rest of the day.


Follow along with me on Pinterest to see more ideas on creative visuals and how they can set you up for success.

Windblown Hair, Vintage, and A Goose Pond

What is it about Edwardian cottons? They are full or details and romance and remind me of times I never experienced myself. Alas, I have this Edwardian blouse to cover my shoulders on a sunny day. The wind is kicking up and I am blowing in the breeze.

My vintage 80’s skirt is a beautiful shade of sea foam blue. My locket was a gift to me that belonged to my husband’s great-grandmother. It is truly beautiful and I enjoy wearing pieces with meaning. My shoes Stuart Weitzman found second-hand (the best deals on shoes are one season old on consignment).

Mixing and matching vintage eras has been the most fun for me. It keeps me from feeling like I’m in strict period costume, and allows me to think outside the box. It is also better for people who work in an environment with a more professional dress code. Corporate life can only kill creativity so much.

As for the geese, there were too many. Who is feeding these things? They are aggressive as all hell. Don’t worry, I was not attacked while taking these photos.

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.