Inspiration Du Jour / The Art of Knitting

The Art of Knitting

I noticed a recent theme of paintings I’ve been coming across lately on the good ole interwebs… ladies knitting! Maybe it’s because Autumn is just around the corner and I am very excited to start wearing sweaters and shawls and layers again… Anyhow, I adore what these women are wearing while they’re knitting. I am enamored by the everyday clothes women wore while doing everyday things as depicted in these paintings.

The Art of Knitting

The Art of Knitting

The Art of Knitting

Ok, can we just talk about how cute her little basket is? I want this! And her antique locket on a velvet ribbon!

The Art of Knitting

The Art of Knitting

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Vintage Victoria Magazine | The Spirit of Katherine Hepburn

Vintage Victoria Magazine | August 1991

Apologies for my long absence from this blog. I wonder sometimes if anyone still reads this thing or blogs in general. Well, little old blogs like mine anyway that are never updated. So perhaps not. Anyhow, I’ve returned with another ode to my love for vintage Victoria magazine! I thought maybe I will do this every month and feature that month’s issue from a different year. So, since we are in August, this is the August 1991 issue featuring the most lovely editorial “A Toast to the Spirit of Katharine Hepburn”…

Vintage Victoria Magazine | August 1991

This beautiful story is photographed by Tom Hooper and features actual antique clothing in the photographs. I love that in so many of Victoria’s editorials they use authentic vintage clothing to tell a tale. Isn’t the Edwardian chemise and petticoat featured in these photos just lovely?

Vintage Victoria Magazine | August 1991 Vintage Victoria Magazine | August 1991

Vintage Victoria Magazine | August 1991

There are so many more photos in this editorial including Katharine Hepburn’s recollections from filming The African Queen with Humphrey Bogart. But you’ll just have to go find yourself this issue to see all the beautiful imagery! This August vintage issue of Victoria Magazine also has other delightful stories about sisters who started a flower farm, a feature on Louis Vuitton luggage and a bit of the history behind them, and a very sweet story (and beautiful photos!) of gardens shared by friends.

Oh, vintage Victoria…you never fail to make my heart go all a flutter. You’re so wonderful!

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Chapter Mercantile | A Pop-Up Shop Update!

Chapter Mercantile by Adored Vintage in Portland, Oregon

Oh my goodness, this past week has been a whirlwind! In a good way though! Oh, I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but two weeks ago I dislocated my ribs. Super fun! And then I got a cold on top of that.

So this week has not only been very productive, it has also been a week of healing. Staying put and still to allow my body to heal has been difficult. My ribs still are not healed all the way, it takes a full 6 weeks I suppose, but I’m just over 2 weeks and I’m already off my heavy painkillers, so to me, that’s great progress!

Anyhow, let me get back on topic! I’m sure you don’t want to hear me moan about my aches and pains!

Ch-ch-ch-CHAPTER!

This photo above is a photo I took two days before our soft opening. Hmm…where do I even begin about CHAPTER and the inspiration behind it?

Firstly I wouldn’t describe CHAPTER as a vintage shop. In fact on the A-frame we have to put outside the store, I purposely didn’t put “VINTAGE” as one of the shop descriptors. I think the word vintage has been too misused now.

In Portland VINTAGE means two things.

1.] A shop that sells old/thrifted clothes mostly from the 90s, price points between $25-$50.

2.] A shop that sells authentic vintage clothing that carries eras from the 1900s to the 1980s, usually bright colorful with lots to look at.

These are two big generalizations of course, but for the most part, those two genres is what a Vintage Shop in Portland is.

And Chapter is neither. While I do have vintage in the shop, I wanted the vintage in the shop to both accent and also fit in harmoniously into everything else. And because I adore neutral colors so much, all the vintage in the shop fits into that color palette.

I was so tickled yesterday when a few girls were surprised that my mannequins were wearing vintage and antique pieces. They thought they were all new clothes! (I mixed vintage and modern together.) When I get this reaction I know I’ve hit the nail on the head. The Adored Vintage/Chapter woman is someone who appreciates vintage clothing and recognizes the significance of these storied garments, but she also is someone that reinvents the story of the garment. She wears the garment, it doesn’t wear her.

Chapter Mercantile by Adored Vintage in Portland, Oregon

I’m going to take actual camera photos soon, but for now, here are some snaps I took with my phone. It’s a bit more filled out now as we have lots more plants!

Originally I wanted to be a vintage shop meets a general store meets a florist, but I think that last part is going to be meets a plant shop. Most, if not all, of the flowers I’m going to sell will be dried ones (I just prefer them…hehe…as YOU KNOW if you’ve been following my shop for awhile). Also I thought with the addition of live flowers, the shop just became way too girly-girl and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get too cutesy in the shop.

I am really looking forward to how the shop will take place in the future. For years now I have been asked if I would ever open up an Adored Vintage brick & mortar store and I always said, “no, probably not…” because opening a vintage shop just isn’t where my heart is at and while I adore vintage (hence my shop’s name!) I am also passionate about interiors, home decorating, and plants/flowers.

CHAPTER  is more in line with who I am at my core. Eventually I’ll be adding more modern clothes with a slightly more masculine feel. I love the tailoring of men’s clothing. However, all in due time 🙂

Stay tuned for more Chapter pop-up shop updates and news!

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An Edwardian Courtship

These early 1900s stereogram cards depicting an Edwardian courtship are sweet and very hokey. But I like corny things like this, so I thought I’d share them. Also, I adore all their dresses and blouses as the Edwardian era holds a dear place in my heart.

I adore this one. Mostly because it reminds me of my husband and I. He loves to rest his head on my lap and if he had hair, I’d run my fingers through it, but since he doesn’t, I just trace circles on his head.

This one was titled something along the lines of “Carving Their Names for Memory’s Sake” and the lady just looks like she’s not into this idea.

I think this was was titled “Between the News”. It’s so silly. Why are they tangled up in newspapers? Aren’t they afraid of paper cuts? I would be!

Haha this one is so funny and a little creepy. Why is the fella just leering at her from a bush with that creepy look on his face. Haha, oh silly Edwardians!

This one is rather comical too. I wonder what the fuss was all about. Perhaps he insulted her feathered hat. Or is that a shawl? Actually, on closer glance, it must be a shawl. Isn’t her blouse so lovely? And that locket around her neck, perhaps the fuss is all about whose portrait is in that locket…hmm…one does wonder.

image credits: all stereogram image cards from The Library of Congress Stereocard online collection

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Shops to Adore: iGigi General Store in Brighton UK

I have been having so much fun finding inspiration for my pop-up shop, CHAPTER! One of my favorite instagram accounts, The Shopkeepers, recently featured a shop I have been admiring  from a far for so very long, I Gigi General Store. I’m not sure why I’ve never thought to share other people’s shops I admire, perhaps because this blog was so closely tied to my vintage shop. However as the days go on by, it’s becoming more of a journal of thoughts, inspirations, and personal recollections.

Shops to Adored: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image credit: @luciemcadams/Instagram

What is so wonderful about Instagram is the ability to “visit” shops around the world I may not ever get to visit in real life. Through other people’s lenses, I can get a glimpse into wondrous little places that I’m sure if I were there in person, I’d probably give a little yelp of happiness and skip about “tra-la-la-la-laaaa” and be just as happy as bees in a field of dandelions.

Shops to Adored: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image source: The Shopkeepers via @catherine_frawley /Instagram
Shops to Adore: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image credit: @carrie_thecottage/instagram
Shops to Adore: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image credit: @katya.aga/instagram

CHAPTER Mercantile (my pop-ups official name) is Adored Vintage mixed with a General Store and a Florist. So you can see why I Gigi General Store holds so much inspiration for me. I love how neutral it is and yet so textural and cozy. That’s the sort of shop I want…a shop that makes people smile and a place where they feel like they can linger. Kind of like a library. I love going to libraries. I just wander around for hours.

Shops to Adore: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image credit: @theannaedit/instagram
Shops to Adore: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image credit: @teawithruby/instagram
Shops to Adore: IGigi General Store, Brighton UK
image credit: @zebster101/instagram
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