If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit now, it will not be new news to you that I adore Victoria magazine. Vintage Victoria magazine when the magazine was under the leadership of Nancy Lindemeyer. The two issues I am featuring are two vintage July issues.
The July 1990 Victoria issue is one of my favorites! This issue has so many beautiful things to look at and it features an editorial about the Art Deco Society in California hosting their 1920s event, “A Gatsby Summer Affair” which is still running! Gatsby Summer Afternoon is hosted every year, and this year is the 32nd year the party has been raging on.
Last year, my friends and I attended the New Deal Weekend hosted by Julie of Fab Gabs Vintage and we had such enormous fun! This year the party is being hosted in Seattle which I am so sad to be missing. Perhaps next year! You can see our photos from last year’s event in this blog post: 1920s & 1930s Prohibition Picnic at Historic Overlook House
The other July issue featured is July 1993. I’ll say it isn’t one of my favorite issues since there aren’t a lot of fashions in it. But there is a wonderful feature on Margaret Howell (photo above) and the style and branding looks slightly different than the current look. I love seeing how brands grow and change.
Now, I know it’s from the 1990s… but you cannot deny how absolutely beautiful this magazine is!
The wonderful world of social media has us (at times) believing that peoples’ lives are always so picture perfect. Of course we know this is far from the truth, however, instead of spreading haterade, let us appreciate the great lengths to which some people go to create their own piece of Heaven. And I mean this in a very loving way. I love seeing the beautiful worlds people make for themselves. It is in some small way getting a peek into their hearts true desires.
Not to say there aren’t Instagram accounts that are nothing but smoke and mirrors and peppered with fluffy words. Those exist too. What is quite wonderful about my own Instagram (@adoredvintage if you care to follow me) is that it isn’t a far stretch from the truth. Of course there is sometimes a mess just off to the side.
But…”Who wants to look at something ugly and mundane when you can instead linger upon something beautiful?”
Ahh.. yes, I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder… but this is my blog, so obviously my definition is beauty is what will be shown here. And my definition of beauty and loveliness this week are from these accounts…
Top Row: RueAnafel, JennChezDesign, JasmineTartine
Middle Row: TheBurntToast, MademoisellePoirot
Bottom Row: Mari_Strenghielm, EstherJeanDesigns, Glebovaanastasia
Last week I picked up several packets of seeds to germinate this summer (see my summer project lest in the sidebar?) and it made me realize how absolutely delightful I find seed packet design. I have a particular fondness for seed packet designs that have varied little since their first conception. These vintage seed packets are so lovely, aren’t they? My favorite is probably the Verbena design. So beautiful!
While we were in France I purchased a couple seed packets from a little village that boasted a most magnificent herb garden. The village had been around since the 1300s I believe! C’est merveilleux! The seeds I got to germinate for planting later this summer season (or I may pot them before I transfer them next Spring…) include Bachelor Buttons, Savory, Larkspur, Dill, English Thyme, and a Peony Poppy. I’ve never germinated seeds before, so hopefully it all goes well!
After a short hiatus from social media and the internet, I am inspired and invigorated again to create, to share, to dream. Interestingly enough, the spark of inspiration came in the form of those vintage Victoria magazines I found la semaine dernière (last week). Particularly the March and April 1995 issues. (I will photograph some of my favorite bits of these issues in a later post!)
- A vintage dress from the House of Lanvin dating to 1927 courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I am particularly fond of the shade of blue grey of this dress and the silhouette. Something very modern about it./ image source
- Imagine yourself walking barefoot through this sunny doorway, your skin a golden brown kissed by sunshine while picking all these fruits. So wonderfully idyllic. Photographed by Cécile Molinié who has une trop belle Instagram.
- A found photo of an unknown Victorian beauty. Makes me think of French photographer Constant Puyo and I am almost willing to bet this is one of his photographs! / image source
- A New England salt box house photographed by Leslie Kobrin on instagram. I am so happy to know this style of architecture! I am infinitely charmed by this little house! / image source
- Christy Turlington for Vogue UK, 1987. Further proof that not all fashion in the 80s was horrendous. *will recreate this look soon / image source
If you are interested in downloading the photoshop brushes I used for this collage, you may download them here: Paint Stroke Brushes
I often look to paintings from the 19th century depicting pastoral, peasant, and farm life for outfit inspiration. I love the muted tones, the worn in cloth, and the simple patterns. Most of the ideas I get for my Autumn and Winter wardrobe are borrowed from paintings of shepherd and farm girls by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (French).
The wonderful thing about these looks are they are very easy to recreate and they are forever classics! A long a-line skirt, a simple blouse, a shawl, and (HUZZAH) bare feet!