Farmer’s Market Saturday

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:

  • Blackberries
  • Heirloom cherry tomatoes
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • French baguette
  • Yellow peaches
  • Lettuces
  • Eggs
  • 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.

Vintage for a Snow Day

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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?

 

Believe It Or Not

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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.

Velour & Floral

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.

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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.ย  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