Scholarly Statements | A Shop Update

My oh my, where did August go? August rushed on by in a flash, a wink, a moment. Autumn so near! The most recent shop update is very scholarly, don’t you think? This week so many of my friends sent off their little ones to school, some for the first time. What a sweet moment that must be for a mother.

Scholarly Statements | A Vintage Shop Update

I have always loved school. My mother told me that when I was younger, I would run to the gate of our house to watch the school aged children walk to school and would ask her why couldn’t I go?

My first school I went to was right on the ocean and my schoolmates and I used to go to this cliff and watch sea turtles wade around by the rocks below. Our walk to school took us along the beach and it was common to see jellyfish washed up on the shore. Sometimes we would poke them with sticks to see if they would glow. What a different life that was. Sometimes I can’t believe it was my childhood.

vintage 1950s white embroidered blouse bowtie

STITCHED YARROW BLOUSE | vintage 1950s white embroidered bowtie blouse

Vintage 1980s plaid skirt


GRAMERCY PLOT SKIRT | vintage 1980s bold plaid wool a-line skirt

Over on instagram I had asked “What was your major in college?” (if you attended) and I wasn’t that surprised that many of you had majored in something related to history. For the love of old things, yes?

I never finished school. University was not my cup of tea. I wanted to learn what I wanted to learn about, not be told what I had to learn. So I dropped out of school, moved to Europe, and never went back. Thank goodness for public libraries, Wikipedia, and the Internet. Knowledge is always at your fingertips!

Vintage Accessories

Some new vintage accessories in the shop…

NOTED NOVEL HEELS | vintage 1950s navy peep toe high heels

PEDIGREE GARDEN SCARF | vintage 1950s navy silk floral bouquet print scarf

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Again I Am in A Field, This Time Wearing Taylor Stitch

Taylor Stitch + Vintage

The other day my husband who owns the shop Orn Hansen asked if he wanted to go for a drive to see the sunset and consequently ALSO take pictures of a new denim jacket him and LC King Mfg are working on together. (Ha, there is a catch!)

I in turn asked him to take photos of me in my outfit because it was one of those days that I actually got dressed. (I am currently wearing black trousers with elastic waist and a ratty old grey tee. Disappointing, I KNOW.)

Outfit Details //

Top: Taylor Stitch Chambray shirt from Orn Hansen (I own many chambray shirts, they are an absolute must!)
Neckerchief: Fog Linen from Orn Hansen
Skirt: Vintage (borrowed from my shop, you can get it here)
Hat: Whisler Civilian from Orn Hansen
Belt: Vintage, thrifted
Handbag: Custom design from Portland leather maker One Man Made, a collaboration we did together with you guessed it, Orn Hansen.

Taylor Stitch + Vintage

Taylor Stitch + Vintage

So see, when I DO put in the effort to look presentable I must provide proof of my efforts if only to make myself not feel like such a slob on the days when I work from home and haven’t changed out of my nightgown all day.

Taylor Stitch + Vintage


Isn’t this such a peaceful scene? The water was so still. We walked a little ways where this inlet meets the river and watched the sun set over the hills. Magical. Oh Oregon, I do adore you.

Taylor Stitch + Vintage

Taylor Stitch + Vintage

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And the dream, once again is renewed

I am listening to Carole King. Did you know I love Carole King? Well now you do!

“My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue
An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view
A wondrous, woven magic in bits of blue and gold
A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold”

Vintage Atelier Inspiration

So I have been thinking lately of the future. Of plans, of dreams. So far 2015 has been a year full of doors open but with EVEN more uncertainty. I have been very hesitant to take certain steps regarding my shop because of this “unknown”. And truth be told a lack of heart.

Image Credits: 1. 1920 Autochrome, 2. Lomasi Wallpaper, 3. Jeanne D’Arc Living

Now, as you might very well have guessed I love that I get to do what I love. Gratitude never escapes me. Sometimes I think look how far this little island girl has come… and yet there is that unsettled feeling inside of wanting MORE. But MORE of WHAT?

So I have been going back and forth, back and forth, and BACK AND FORTH with the idea of opening up an Adored Vintage brick + mortar. I have spoken to so many friends who are also shopkeepers/small business owners, spoken with my husband, and most importantly have been doing a lot of self reflecting. It helps of course that for about 5 months I had the experience of running a shop on a daily basis (the shop I share with my husband, Orn Hansen).

May I be candid with you? We are friends, right?

I really DID NOT LIKE working at the shop.

*clutches heart and feigns shock*

For those that know me in real life, you will know I’m quite introverted. And if given the chance I would probably move to a farmhouse and be okay interacting with humans only on the internet and just having my close friends come and visit. (This is not far from the truth, except I do not live on an acreage)

Interacting with strangers is exhausting. It is not a matter of NOT LIKING talking to people, I have actually made a lot of new friends because I was an Orn Hansen shopgirl. However, after working at the shop I would get home and feel absolutely drained. No inspiration left to work on my shop, Adored Vintage. I found myself getting crabbier, more irritable.

Now the other part which I did not like about being a shopgirl was the large windows of time when no one would walk into the store. I had already dusted everything twice, taken photos for Instagram, pinned posts, scheduled twitter posts… and nothing. The minutes felt like hours. I was bored. I grew restless. I started watching horrible British reality tv shows (with a bit of shame, really enjoyed The Only Way is Essex).

Vintage Atelier InspirationThis past week I had breakfast with my friend Whitney who owns a darling boutique in Los Angeles called Myrtle and she sweetly but frankly said, “Rodellee, I don’t think you should open up a shop. You don’t like retail.” Well she said something like that, but I was picking up what she was putting down.

And so I go back to the drawing board. What IS the dream? And I think back of when I had my vintage studio in Los Angeles and when I had a studio in Long Beach. Yes, yes…THAT is what I want.

But now I know better. I know now not to make such hasty decisions. I know to plan a little better.

Image Credits: 5. Chinoiserie Wallpaper, 6. Beautiful Curtains, 7. Birch Flower Studio, 8. Vintage Inspired Dresses, 9. Parker Fitzgerald, 10. 18th Century Chair

The dream is renewed. I will have an atelier again. And this time my loves, oh it’s going to be all I imagine it to be. However, this time, I will be patient with turning my dream into reality. I will not settle for “OK, I’ll just make it work.”

I have a vision in my head for an Adored Vintage Atelier. I have a vision, albeit a bit blurry at the moment, of what the next 3-5 years will look for AV. It will become more clear to me as time passes.

At this moment my heart feels at ease. I feel lighter. Happier with this dream that is MINE. Not a dream that I think should be mine. Does that make sense at all? Maybe I will explain more later. But henceforth, I am just writing that in one year’s time, this atelier dream will come to fruition!

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