Oh goodness, it’s only 2 weeks until Christmas! Christmas is my favorite holiday. The decorations, the movies, the music, and all the cookies! So many holiday cookies! When I was younger, my grandmother would send all of her children a tin of homemade cookies with the Christmas presents. We looked forward to this parcel every December.
Grandma would make oatmeal cookies, shortbread cookies with jam in the center, chocolate chip cookies, pinwheels, peanut butter cookies, sugar cookies… so many cookies. My Grandmother passed away over 10 years ago, and this once a year tradition passed away with her. Which, honestly breaks my heart. So during the holidays I tend to bake only cookies and take a lot of joy sharing them with my friends and family.
Favorite Holiday Cookie Recipe: Shortbread with jam, Cookie Assortment Gift Box
Favorite Holiday Song: Judy Garland Riding A Sleigh, Judy Garland Singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Favorite Holiday Movies: A Christmas Story and It’s A Wonderful Life are two of our favorite vintage Christmas movies we like to watch while wrapping presents or drinking hot cocoa and freshly baked cookies.
A couple weeks ago during one of my vintage haunts, I chanced upon a book titled “Tasha Tudor’s Garden.” Immediately as I rifled through the pages of beautiful images, I fell in love with Tasha Tudor and the world she created for herself and lived in. It is a world I want to dive into and never leave.
image credits: Flower Roof | Phoebe Wahl Illustration | Holding Chickens | Child With Basket
Just a few days before I found this book I had been musing about ideas for wintry editorials for the shop, a theme for my vintage booth at Grand Marketplace, and folkore inspired colors, prints, and textures.
So, how wonderful it was to stumble upon Tasha Tudor and her all antique ensembles of rustic and simple clothing. Something so cozy, so homespun, so absolutely comforting about the clothes she wears and the life she lived.
Of course after a bit of search on ye olde Pinterest I discovered a contemporary artist, Phoebe Wahl and my heart started skipping with glee over all the colors, mix of prints and patterns, and all the flora of her illustrations.
In all but 3 seconds I started making a mental list in my head of necessary wardrobe additions I must procure for the winter so I can channel Tasha Tudor and Phoebe Wahl’s illustrations.
image credits: Tasha Tudor images | Phoebe Wahl illustration | cozy sweaters | mustard sweater | Latvian mitten patterns
A couple weeks ago we got together with our friend Megan Jacob, owner and designer of Wildwood Floral Studio, and photographed her wearing some of our edwardian style pieces and a floral arrangement she designed. Collaborating with friends is always such a treat. We get to catch up amongst doing work we love to do. There is truly nothing better.
Inspired by Dutch still life paintings, it was so serendipitous that the day we decided on, Portland delivered the soft and moody light we love so much. It brings the exact lighting and rich color that is so perfect in Dutch paintings. The prior few days we kept having clear skied, sunny days. I know I can’t complain about a beautiful blue sky, but it doesn’t translate the same as an overcast day.
We did get a late start, and as we raced the sunset, buttoning the millions of buttons and clasping the millions of clasps on a couple of these beautiful Edwardian pieces, we found that the light just got better and better. Did you know that the more difficult it is to get in a dress, the more wealthier the gal who originally owned it was? It means she had to be wealthy enough to have help in order to get dressed in the morning. Can you imagine that? However, although difficult to get on, the look of clasps and buttons are so much more elegant than a zipper.
antique 1910s edwardian cream striped sheer gown
vintage 1970s light cream knit shawl with fringe
vintage 1930s dark orange silk velvet gown
Floral by Wildwood Floral Studio
French photographer Constant Puyo is one of my favorite of the “antiquarian” photographers. All those dreamy Victorian and Edwardian girls walking through fields with flowing clothes and flowing hair. Ahh to be one of these ethereal ladies.
Before Saria joined the Adored Vintage team, she had approached me about borrowing wardrobe for a Constant Puyo inspired photoshoot for her friend’s new floral company here in Portland. I was already smitten with the concept of the shoot, but what really sealed the deal was the words “floral sash.”
Um, YES PLEASE! I don’t know why more brides aren’t wearing sashes of flowers on their big day! I really do hope I see this become one of those wedding trends like chalkboard signs, mason jars, and flower crowns.
My heart skipped a beat when Saria sent these images to me. One can get lost in the dream like quality about them.
Constance Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Florals in Portland, Oregon. Photographed by Saria Dy. Wardrobe from Adored Vintage.
With slightly heavy hearts we bid farewell to October. Our favorite month of the year. The last kisses of Autumn. The days are growing ever shorter.
It has been a wonderful month of change for Adored Vintage. New studio space and the Adored Vintage team has grown by one other person. (I will formally introduce you to her soon!) Here are a few of my favorite images from our Instagram feed. So perfectly Autumnal. Follow us on Instagram, our moniker is @adoredvintage.
We have so many things to look forward to for November! We are very excited to release our upcoming lookbook and also a lot more vintage inspired clothes will be arriving in the shop.
It has warmed my heart so much that the response to the vintage inspired clothing I am selecting for the shop have been so well received!
Though we are a little sad to say goodbye to October, we have a pep in our step knowing there is so much goodness to look forward to!