Engagement Photo Inspiration from the Past

It is the month of L-O-V-E and originally I was going to post several vintage photos of couples being all lovey dovey. And I thought, hey, why not mix in some modern day engagement photos?

Ok, don’t hate me wedding photographers, but most engagement photos nowadays are just so… meh? They look staged, too bright, too forced. So, now this post has become an inspiration source for engagement photos that I hope become the new norm!

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And goodness, don’t get me started on the outfits most couples wear for their engagements! LADIES! PLEASE put on a dress! I beseech you to wear a skirt with a blouse! I’ve seen too many engagement sessions where gals wear jeans, a button up shirt, and boots.

I get it, you want to be comfy. I’m sure jeans and boots are your daily mojo. But these are your engagement photos! Don’t you want to be a vision of feminine loveliness?!

I know. Not everyone is into that…although if you’re reading my blog, YOU probably are!

I just think if you’re going to make the effort to schlep your way to a hillside dotted in the most amazing wildflowers nature has to offer and a sunset that makes blind children cry… don’t you think you should wear something other than leggings and a sweater?

We think so! And hope you do too!

All images sourced from Pinterest via our LOVE board

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At last! Pinstripe Overalls for Spring/Summer!

YOU GUYS! My collaboration design piece with Jill Yee is finally here! So naturally as soon as I received the sample I channeled my inner Land Girl and we shot photos out in a field (because where ELSE would I shoot photos…)

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I present to you the Adored Vintage x Jill Yee FIELD OVERALLS!

So about A YEAR ago…yes, that long ago, I was chatting with my super cool L.A. based designer friend Jill Aiko Yee about collaborating on a design together. This has been a slow process since in the midst of this collaborating LIFE happened. Ahh, that sounds like an excuse, I know, but C’est La Vie and all that so the project got put on the back burner.

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About a month ago we got back on the train again to get our collaborating design ready to go! We talked about fit, fabrics, function…

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OK, can I just tell you how much I LOVE these pants? (And not just because I helped design them) They are so cute, so comfy, and can be worn a lot of different ways!

click here to PRE-ORDER your FIELD OVERALLS!

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Through the design process I had told Jill I really wanted to be able to cuff the hems but not have so much fabric that the cuffs pool around my ankles. It was also important that the straps be not only adjustable, but removable. I have always appreciated when vintage garments had adjustable AND removable straps, so this was an important design element. You have the option to wear as overalls or as just classic pinstriped trousers.

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The next bit was the waist band! Why an elastic waist band in front? Because it’s comfortable! And I like to eat! I normally wear all defined waistbands with skirts and dresses, but truth be told, sometimes you just want to be COMFY. The back of the waist band is defined though, which is great because then you don’t get that weird gap when you bend down or something. Also, it’s more flattering on the tush.

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These pants are also in super soft pinstriped cotton. So perfect for spring. And they have POCKETS! So good!! Now, before you pre-order yours (they’ll be ready in about 2 weeks!) I leave you with this beautiful last picture which I am sure if you haven’t been convinced that you need these adorable pants in your life, this picture will be what SEALS THE DEAL!

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You can PRE-ORDER them HERE!

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Vintage Shop Update | Path To Soubise

It’s 60 degrees fahrenheit here in Portland, and we had a hard time coming in the studio to work instead of frolicking around in fields. Instead, we had a short picnic at the park next to the studio, so we can give you a shop update! Filled with some lingerie, both vintage and modern, and dresses!

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Sympathetic Sighs CapeTour En L’Air Step InDeauville Society Dress

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antique 1890s victorian black mourning cape

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vintage inspired white sheer crochet lace dress

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vintage 1960s cream silk mod bowtie dress

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vintage 1950s red pink panel rose print dress

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vintage 1950s pale green tulle prom dress

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vintage 1950s emma domb tiered eyelet dress

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vintage 1950s black curled wooled shawl

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vintage 1940s black sheer lace separates set

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vintage 1940s black embroidered scallop slip

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vintage 1930s peach pink chiffon embroidered tap shorts

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vintage 1930s pale pink lace trimmed tap shorts

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vintage 1930s black sheer bias cut night gown

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vintage 1920s rose pink ecru lace stepin

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Tour En L’Air Step In / Blush Choise Tap Shorts / Deauville Society Dress

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vintage 1920s brown silk pleat school dress

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vintage inspired rose lilac pink bralette

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vintage inspired pale pink silk lingerie camisole

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vintage inspired classic black cotton triangle bra

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antique 1910s brown velvet evening jacket

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Vintage Style Notes | Land Girls

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During World War One and Two, as men were sent to war, women were needed to help out in factories and farms. Today’s vintage style notes is inspired by the Land Girls! The ladies who ended up working on farms. Their clothes were often neutrals, browns and greens, colors we at Adored Vintage love!

We put together a little list of things you need to be a Land Girl:

  • overalls or trousers
  • hair twisted up with a scarf
  • waist belts
  • baskets
  • collared shirts underneath sweaters
  • knee high socks
  • brimmed hat
  • leather boots

There you have it! Tag us in your Land Girl photos on Instagram! If you don’t follow us yet, our moniker is @adoredvintage.

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In Which I Have An Instagram Revelation

Confession… I have had a love/hate relationship with Instagram for about a year now. In the beginning of it all, Instagram functioned as a mini blog or little snippets into my life. It was fun. It was in the moment. Candid. Real. #authentic (I say this with a bit of sarcasm)

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Then the Adored Vintage Instagram blew up into mostly about vintage and vintage shop updates. And to be quite honest… it grew old FAST (for me anyway). I remember two summers ago, I was chatting with a friend and telling her how bored I was of instagram. Everyone was posting the same curated beautiful images. I would scroll through my feed and just feel so uninspired. My feed included.

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Last Friday I was chatting with my friend Katie of Ponderosa and Thyme and I shared with her how I actually was hating Instagram. I was so tired of trying to balance pictures I actually loved and also posting pictures of vintage shop updates so people knew Adored Vintage got new arrivals in.

So Katie simply said “So why post things you don’t like?” And I started thinking about that. Like really thinking about it.

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I’ve been posting images that I think OTHER people will like. I was trying to figure out some magic formula. Trying to please all 60,000+ followers (seriously, I didn’t type out that number to be all big headed, more for emphasis that I’ve been driving myself round the bend trying to guess what all these people will like.)

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And so, about a week ago, I posted I was going to try an experiment. I’m only going to post stuff I like, stuff I actually want to share. I stopped posting shop updates, unless I really want to.

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Now Instagram is fun again! It’s inspiring again! Now the Adored Vintage is less about selling and shop updates. It’s more about inspiring. I do hope our instagram is a source of inspiration for you!

If you would like to follow along on Instagram, my moniker is Adored Vintage

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