Under the Rails

Under the Rails

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.

A Vintage Beret

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

 

Welcoming December

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Outfit:
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.

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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.

 

James River Pipeline Walk

 

What I’m Wearing:
1910’s Edwardian Blouse
1950’s Black Sun Hat
Modern Black Shorts
Modern Bathing Suit Top
Modern Army Boots

The Richmond Canal Walk and James River Pipeline are located right in the heart of downtown Richmond, VA. Belle Isle and Brown’s Island offer beautiful recreation space and shore banks, perfect for cooling off in the hot summer. The river water was quite high in these photos, but usually there is more beach and exposed rocks to lay on. The river and canal walks make for a fun afternoon.

1970’s Wide Leg Trousers

 

What I’m Wearing:
1970’s Wide Leg Red Pants
1950’s Gray and Trimmed Zip Up Cardigan
Modern Leather Platforms
Topshop Nude Ribbed Tank

I’m so happy that wide legged pants are on trend, right now. These 70’s red pants belonged to my mother, and now they are mine! I adore any “high-waisted” or natural-waist anything. The low rise fad of my younger years was terribly unflattering and uncomfortable. This short, knit zip-up from the 50’s was sourced locally in Richmond, Virginia.

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