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It is of no secret how much I love vintage photographs. I think most vintage sellers share my love for old photos. We obviously like old things to begin with. It’s so much more than that though. It’s the story behind the photo. Or rather the mystery as to what the story is. I have a board on Pinterest entitled “As She Was” where I pin found vintage photos of women from the past. Sometimes they’re famous (you’ll definitely see many photos of Audrey Hepburn for example), but most of the time they are photos of women with no names. Just faces and a story that only very select few know or no one knows at all.

A beautiful group of WWII War Brides, 1943.

1940s women in dresses

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“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.” – Ava Gardner

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An outing 1910s

1922 summer dress hat at the shore

1940s Paris Women on Bicycles

1950s Babe

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Vintage Dress forms Adored Vintage

The time has gone by so quickly that I just remembered that it’s officially been TWO YEARS since I went FULL TIME with Adored Vintage. And goodness, has it been a journey! 3 studios, 3 apartments, a dog, a fiancé, an out of state move. So much has happened in two years!

When I left my job at a clothing production company in LA I never really thought about where I wanted to go with all of this. I just knew I wanted to do it. (I’m STILL trying to figure it out!) All I know is that it’s MOSTLY all been fun.

There’s been some financial hiccups which I’m pretty sure could have been better worked out IF I had finished getting my degree in business! BUT, the offer to live in Europe was FAR TOO TEMPTING and I chose that instead of finishing college.

Live and learn my friends. Every day.

I think the most exciting thing for me right now is the possibility of evolving. I always want to be growing, to be learning, to be a little bit better today than yesterday.

I get asked sometimes for business advice. Young women ask how to start their own vintage shops. How do I do it. What’s my secret. I don’t have any. Ok, maybe a couple. But mostly…

I’ve learned almost everything on my own through lots of trial and error. I’ve had the support of loved ones. I have a background in web development and graphic design (which has been very handy). I truly believe in the power of Google and Youtube tutorials (it’s pretty much how I learned Photoshop). I sometimes work non stop for days then don’t work for the rest of the week (learn to enjoy days off so you don’t get burn out). I have lots and lots and lots of ideas.

Where will Adored Vintage be in two years. Where will I go, where will I be? It’ll be fun to go back and read this entry when it’s been 4 years and maybe I’ll be sitting in my office about to enjoy a cup of coffee and guess who walks through that office door…

Maybe my vision will be right. I see a glimmer of it. And it makes me so very, very happy.

 

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It’s finally happening… I’m opening up a brick + mortar shop!

HOWEVER… it’s probably not what you’re expecting.

HECK, it’s not even what I MYSELF was expecting. And I’m GREAT with that. (It took me awhile to get around this, believe me!)

Maybe you know, but maybe you don’t, but my fiancé also owns a shop called Orn Hansen. It’s an all American made men’s and women’s shop with home goods, vintage, and apothecary… good stuff.

For the past couple of months we have been discussing the future of BOTH our shops. Certain passions have come and go. We both feel slightly pulled in different directions but have a common goal. Just different pathways of getting there.

Am I opening up an Adored Vintage shop? No. No, I’m not.

Portland already has too many vintage shops. And most of them are absolutely wonderful. Portland DOES NOT need ANOTHER vintage shop.

Instead my fiancé handed the reins of Orn Hansen to me and the feel and look of that shop will now have traces of Adored Vintage.

But it’s probably going to have a different name. Maybe. I really like the name Orn Hansen. Mostly because it doesn’t define what KIND of shop it should be. It’s a name that belongs to one of my fiancé’s ancestors. It has strength, history, and a pretty damn awesome story behind it.

I’ll get to those details and stuff later.

Really right now I’m in the midst of flushing out what the future shop is going to look like. How it will feel. What it will evoke in you when you walk in.

Will I sell vintage? You bet your ass I will. I’ll be selling a highly curated selection of vintage in the shop.

But I’ll also be selling modern day clothing and accessories from independent designers mostly all American Made. There are a couple brands from Japan I really want to bring in, but hey… I can’t get too over my head yet.

My store will be the kind of store I want my style icons to shop in. Audrey Hepburn, Diana Vreeland, Georgia O’Keefe, Jane Birkin, and any Ziegfeld girl from the 1920s.

It will be clean. Clean simple lines. Clean white walls. Or grey. Probably grey. Raw cement floors. And some touches of antique salvaged architectural pieces. And plants. I’ll have lots of plants.

It will be a warm and welcoming space. A space that feels familiar, there will be bits of nostalgia. I want you to feel like you’ve been here before. Maybe in your dreams. *HEHEHEHE* I have to giggle about that because I’m NOT KIDDING. I seriously want you to walk in and feel like you’ve been here before. I’m not trying to be creepy, promise.

Oh, and the shop will also be housing my small capsule clothing collection I’m currently working on. (Name to be revealed as soon as it all becomes official!)

We’ll be selling menswear still too! Great classic American made basics like selvedge denim, classic white and grey tees, oxford shirts, leather boots, canvas rucksacks and packs.

In addition to clothing and accessories, we will be stocking bitters, salts, honey, beeswax candles, linens, ceramics, apothecary, literature…

I’ll also be in the lookout for any florists who would like a small space in the shop. We’ve been told that it’s probable a bakery/cafe/biergarten will be our next door neighbors… perfect pairing if you ask me.

I’m dreaming big these days. And they’re not scaring me yet. And what’s that silly quote about if your dreams don’t scare you then you need to dream bigger?

NAHHhh… I’m calling BS on that. Your dreams SHOULDN’T scare you (those are nightmares, duh). Your dreams should INSPIRE you, should MOTIVATE you. Your dreams should IGNITE hope inside your very core and make light spill out of your pores like sunbeams through a cloud.

And that’s about how I feel like now! I know there will be challenges. Problems. Troubles. I’m NOT just a dreamer. I can get real, I can get DOWN. LOL. It’s just more fun to function on dreams than on worries.

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Adored Vintage Shop Update

I am thoroughly enjoying the change of seasons. The other day I was so excited to go rake leaves! Am I aware the novelty of THAT will wear off…yes, of course! But how fun is it to be excited about doing something so trivial!

To say the adjustment to living in Oregon has been good is the smallest of it. I drive around the city thinking to myself “I can’t believe I GET to live here!” I can honestly say I never felt like that about any other place I’ve lived in. Contrary to my Instagram account, it’s not a perfect city. I have some annoying neighbors that like to yell at each other at 2 in the morning and there’s literally a throng of children who run around shrieking outside across the street. I know, I know… they’re just BEING KIDS but pipe it down you young whipper snappers!

Vintage sweaters at Adored Vintage

Vintage 1950s coat from Adored Vintage

Vintage 1950s dress from Adored Vintage

Vintage hats at Adored Vintage

Anyway… last week/this week’s shop update is a little bit of summer, a little bit of fall, and a wee bit of winter. Oh, by the way, the fur collared 1930s coat caused a lot of heads to boil over on Instagram! I couldn’t believe how much hate I was getting for posting this! It’s VINTAGE. Oh, also, I don’t know if you’re aware, but I didn’t KILL it myself. Also, it’s called recycling. Also, if you have NOTHING NICE to say then don’t say it.

Apparently posting this coat warranted a follower (who I am assuming no longer follows Adored Vintage) to tell me It’s sad/disappointing I posted this and therefore she will no longer follow me. Another person said it was revolting. A few others said they were disgusted I posted it. Someone else said I was disrespecting the environment.

I tried not to take any of this PERSONALLY, but come on… I was really quite hurt by some of the comments. I do take it personally because this is my job. And it’s not just my job. It’s my heart. I LOVE what I do and pour a lot of work, time, effort, and love into what I do. And when people write mean comments, I can’t help but take it personally. Adored Vintage is ME.

I’ll have to write a longer blog post about mean Instagram comments later on (because I get them sometimes…and sometimes people write something nasty then instantly delete it so I just get a glance! WHAT!? That’s just cowardly.) I understand some things get misread so I try to take most things with a grain of salt but hey, I’m a sensitive gal and when my feelings get hurt it’s hard not to get over it.

Oh man, this blog post is turning into a downer. QUICK!! Look at the pretty clothes!! Look at the pretty clothes!

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SHOP all the VINTAGE NEW ARRIVALS

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Oh, one last little post! Don’t you think these would be so lovely all together?

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I’m in one of those house moods. Where I hate half of everything in my house and the other half I’m like “Ok, I guess you’re fine.”

It’s so difficult not to dislike so much about your living quarters when you have a website like Pinterest that constantly reminds you that your house just ISN’T. And to add on to this current feeling of “Augh I don’t like anything…(whine whine whine)” I also can’t decide what style I’m into right now.

Because I LIKE PRACTICALLY EVERYTHING.

French Antiques. YES. Yes please. Is it velvet? Is it tufted? Does it make me think for a millisecond I might be Marie Antoinette? Then DUH of course I love it.

Primitive. Rural. Country. Yesss. Chippy chippy furniture and dark oaks, yes. Can I picture myself wearing fog linen apron dresses? Obviously.

Mid century modern clean lines teak gorgeousness. I’ll Take It! Will I for a smidgen of a second feel like I’m in Don Draper’s office? Cool. But stay away man. I’m spoken for!

Woven baskets, kilim rugs, 1970s pottery. Um, duh! Can I just play my Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell records now?

I must be going through the early stages of your 30s that older women told me about when I was in my early 20s. That your 30s is when you REALLY start figuring yourself out. Well, I’m 31. I’ve pretty much figured out this much:

I don’t like bright colors.

Grey linen or any linen really, I will always find beautiful.

Also, I don’t like bright colors.

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Vintage 1920s Fashion, Non Florals

Ahh just kidding, I love florals! However, today’s blog post is decidedly UNFLORAL (my floral loving heart just heaved the biggest saddest sigh…).

OK, first a QUICK CONFESSION!

I adore the 1920s, really I do, but it’s probably one of the most unflattering periods of fashion EVER. Unless you’re a waif and have no breasts. (I belong in the latter group) But dropped waist, straight cut throughout silhouettes just really doesn’t do anything for anyone. Oh, except Olive Oyl! Her little ensemble is very 20s to me. And BTW…Olive Oyl is suppose to be a flapper! Did I just blow your mind or WHAT!

Anyhow, I’ve collected a bunch of lovely fashion and style inspirations from the 1920s that feature stripes, plaids, and all sorts of geometric prints. Not necessarily art deco, but patterns (in my opinion) that transcends all eras. Ok, some of this IS art deco.

Vintage 1920s Fashion, Non Florals

 

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I really love Autumn. It is probably my favorite season out of the year and I’ve not really experienced a true Autumn since I was a wee thing living in New England.

I think one of my Instagram followers, Hansen Downes had the loveliest thing to say about the Autumn season and I wanted to share her words…

There’s a certain inspiration found in outlasting the overcast. In the process, let it slow you down and be a source of introspection.

All the vintage clothes above are currently in the shop in the AUTUMN VINTAGE section which has some of my favorite pieces for Fall! The inspiration images are all from Pinterest in my … the spirit of autumn board!

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Well my darling little muffins, the arrival of Fall seems to be rather official in Portland according to weather.com! Apparently it is to be nothing but clouds and rain for the remainder of the week and I could not be HAPPIER. OH, I am QUITE positive in a few weeks I will absolutely HATE the rain.

Well, maybe. I think I have enough YEARS of nothing but sunshine and hot weather stored up in my head to really truly enjoy the rain this season.

So, because I was quite elated by the weather report, I decided to compile this list of 21 THINGS to DO THIS AUTUMN… if you want to that is.

Of course this list came from my own things I would like to do this FALL… but you know, REAL LIFE still has to happen and I can’t just be gallivanting through autumn leaves with a vintage pail of freshly picked apples in hand and my perfect Autumn outfit of tweedy plaids…I mean I CAN do that. But not ALL THE TIME.

Also, my hair is too short to wear in Heidi braids. OH crap, why did I put that one in there?! Ok, just cross out Heidi and wear braids. I always think of Heidi when I think of Fall because I imagine being in a little mountain cabin with a little cozy fire and wearing my 100% virgin Irish wool hand knitted sweater with a full length skirt and knit tights and little boots…and … you get the picture. HEIDI = AUTUMN (in my mind).

So, I hope you will join me in doing SOME if not ALL the things on this list. And if you do, take a photo (on INSTAGRAM…haha even though the list says take OTHER photos not JUST on Instagram…) and use hashtag #21autumnchallenge

If you do everything on this list, then I can only assume you work at KINFOLK or/and you’re Martha Stewart. And we should be friends.

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Adored Vintage | Vintage inspired outfit

I just looked and saw that I haven’t written in this blog since August 28th. I realize that is kind of a long time in “ONLINE SHOPKEEPER” world, but well, this is my blog, and I’ll write whenever I want to.

And besides, if I’m not writing anything, it probably means there’s nothing EXCITING going on in my life.

So while there isn’t any exciting SHOP STUFF happening…you know, it’s same old same old…a vintage shop update here, a vintage shop update there, going out on mini buying trips…yadda yadda.

Adored Vintage | Vintage Outfit

So lately…nothing exciting or really of note has happened. But, you know what?! I LIKE THAT!

One of the things I really looked forward to about moving to Portland was the sloooowing down of everything in my life.

As Fanny Price from Mansfield Park said “Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings.

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And this very much describes life currently and how I’m very much enjoying this new slowness of busy of nothingness.

I wake up, walk to get coffee or go out and get breakfast with either my fella or my dear friend, Cari. Then I go about the house watering the plants, doing little chores, prepping stuff for work. Weekends and some afternoons have been spent exploring what nature has to offer around Portland or exploring new shops and new restaurants.

My house is still in a state of “I JUST MOVED” and I’ll be honest, the sight of piles of random crap all about does give me small heart palpitations.

In fact, this morning, after breakfast at Sweedeedee, I arrived back home and IMMEDIATELY had to rake all the leaves that started to gather in pockets and corners around the front lawn. Last Thursday we had a rather windy day (which was LOVELY and I opened all the windows in the house and aired the whole place out), and this windy day caused piles upon piles of leaves to drift down from the trees in the front yard.

It really does feel so damn good to do physical work in the gLately | Adored Vintagearden. I have YET to plant anything. CONFESSION. I DID purchase several plants from the Portland Nursery when I first moved being overly ambitious that my green thumb would SURELY start to show itself now that I lived in Oregon…and guess what.

They all DIED. All 12 of them. It’s awful. They’re sitting right below my office window, a row of dead little things. Unfortunately the compost bin is stuffed full with grass clippings and my manic raking of leaves from this morning, but I will get these all thrown out soon. I just KNOW it’s throwing off my feng shui!

Oh, also currently, I’m into feng shui. Last night I spent about an hour researching what different quadrants of my house meant and which walls I need to paint. I have deduced that the chi in my bedroom is COMPLETELY OFF and I must purchase new items AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to fix all that is wrong in the bedroom.

Really, feng shui is my excuse to go buy MORE house stuff. Haha!

I WILL say since moving the full length mirror away from my bed I felt I rested much better last night. You know, mirrors facing you while you’re sleeping DRAW OUT your energy into the mirror. Or is it reflecting the energy so therefore you cannot sleep since energy is constantly being pointed at you. I can’t remember, I’m so new to all this.

So my little chickens, what busy nothingness have you been up to?

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Vintage Lingerie PreviewHere’s a little preview of vintage lingerie and loungewear arriving in the shop soon! There are a few kimonos in this bunch which are so glamorous to lounge around your home in. I’ll be honest, I am no kimono expert. But, I sort of figure you’re probably not either and you just like kimonos because, well, they’re so pretty!

Actually, I was informed by my friend Ashleigh who lived in Japan for a few years, that kimonos are always made of silk and any “kimono” made of cotton is called a YUKATA which is usually worn in the summer and is considered casual wear.

 

You know, I have to say, I don’t ever consider myself an expert in vintage clothing. I was actually thinking about this while I photographed this rack of vintage this afternoon. I don’t think anyone could be an EXPERT on VINTAGE clothes. There is just SO DAMN MUCH to know!

Every single day I learn something new about vintage and I get so excited about being able to store away that knowledge. Does it always stick, noooo… but then I relearn them. And sometimes relearn AGAIN.

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Do I know more about vintage than the average gal, obviously. This IS what I do for a living. Do I know as much as say, Doris Raymond owner of The Way We Wore? No, not at all. Would I like to know how much she knows, HELL TO THE YEAH I do. But, I am also aware she’s been doing this for many decades longer than I have.

I am also quite aware that the best way for me to learn is to TEACH. So, I think I’ll probably start posting some things on this blog all about the things I am learning about vintage so you can learn along with me. Or better yet, TEACH ME something. Also, I am open to being corrected. Just don’t be a dick about it. :)

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Which HAS happened and thou shall not be named. But COME ON, we can all learn a little something new everyday and NO ONE knows EVERYTHING, and if you claim you do, then good for you!

OH, and if you are curious: Learn more about the different types of Japanese Kimonos. I know I will be referencing this page when writing my product descriptions for the vintage kimonos available in the shop soon!

 

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