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:
- Heirloom cherry tomatoes
- Yukon gold potatoes
- French baguette
- Yellow peaches
- 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.
1930’s Pale Pink Silk Ruffle Dress
1950’s Blue and Green Floral and Bow Dress
1950’s Garden Flowers Printed Full Skirt
1950’s White Sheer Collared Blouse
1950’s Lace and Sequin Blush Pink Party Dress
1940’s Mint Green Cotton Shirtwaist Dress
1950’s Pink and White Striped Crop Top
Late 1950’s Silk Taffeta Teal Sheath Dress – Ceil Chapman Pattern
Welcome summer! We are enjoying your sunshine and heat (even though I like the cold). New season, means new arrivals in the Heirloomen shop. All of these pieces are either in the shop or making their way into the shop over the next few weeks. I’m so in love with florals and pastels this summer – super feminine and light. What are you into this season?
I finally got a pair of white chunky sneakers to wear with some kind-of-ugly socks. Turns out this trend is comfy and I’m all for it. Bringing the 80’s back but with a 1950’s vintage dress and 1960’s white straw box bag. Socks are not vintage, if you were really wondering.
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.
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 🙂
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.