Dutch Masters Inspired Shoot with Wildwood Floral

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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.

greysocksgreysocks-3greysocks-18greysocks-11greysocks-21antique 1910s edwardian cream striped sheer gown

greysocks-38greysocks-34vintage 1970s light cream knit shawl with fringe

greysocks-28vintage 1930s dark orange silk velvet gown

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Floral by Wildwood Floral Studio

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Adored Vintage is Having an Open House!

We’ve been wanting to host an open house since we moved into the studio space last month, and a date was finally set! Saturday, December 5th from 11-4!

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December is coming quick, and we have already started prepping.We have so many ideas! Last week we went out and foraged some greens and dried hydrangea to make a garland for a photo booth area.

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We’re giving away a little gift for the first amount of people who show up (more specifics on that coming soon), are going to have a little shop area, desserts, and some other special things! Follow AV on Instagram if you want to stay more in tune for more details, our moniker is @adoredvintage.

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We are so excited and can not wait to meet all of you!

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Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot

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.

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

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.”

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

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.

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

Constance Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Florals in Portland, Oregon. Photographed by Saria Dy. Wardrobe from Adored Vintage.

Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.
Constant Puyo Inspired Shoot for Wildwood Floral shot by Saria Dy. Wardrobe by Adored Vintage.

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The Quiet Before the Storm

Adored Vintage | The Quiet Before the Storm

Only a few more days until we move into the new studio space. A storm of ideas have been brewing inside of my head.

So. Many. Ideas. 

On Sunday my husband and I (and Redford) headed out to my place of solace, Sauvie Island. It was a perfect grey and cool Autumn morning. On the drive to Sauvie we past by my soon to be studio. The anticipation, it’s half agony half joy!

I look so large in this photo. Larger than life!. You know I stand only 5 feet tall in real life, right? But in this picture I look quite formidable. Like, HEY CORN YOU BETTER NOT MESS!

I am so excited you guys! So excited! There is a part of me that’s just like “UNLEASH THE KRAKEN!!!” (i.e. ALL THE THINGS I want to do)

But for now, it is quiet. Me quietly making little plans. Me quietly packing. Me quietly planning my dominion over all the pretty things. Just kidding. I got a little dark there on you, didn’t I? I HAVE been rewatching (like 3 times now) all the LOTR movies, ring of power, dominion of all things… Can you guess who my favorite character is?

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Working From Home and The Latest Going Ons

Adored Vintage Atelier Inspiration

As slow as August seemed to past (or did it pass quickly? I don’t even know?) September is chugging through like a mad train. This past year that I have reverted back to working from home and running Adored Vintage from my house has given me newfound knowledge that I simply just cannot work from home.

Adored Vintage Atelier InspirationWhile there are perks of working from home (wearing vintage slips as workwear attire), I found there were more cons. Or actually distractions while working at home.

For one I was always reminded of OTHER things I could/should be doing. Dishes in the sink. Laundry. Work in the yard. Sweep the floor. Vacuum. Watch episode of The Bachelorette… (p.s. this moody image  the dress forms literally makes me want to cry, I wish I knew the original source, someone uploaded it on Pinterest)

Work Life and Home Life have been smashed into one messy circle where there was no clear end for one thing and no clear beginning for the other. As you know I had a separate work studio back in California so I’ve had the experience of having work and personal life be separate. The biggest con I can think of for having a separate work/home environment was I barely left my workspace.

When I’m “IN THE ZONE” I am fully entrenched, elbows deep in whatever project I was wanting to do.

Adored Vintage Atelier Inspiration

Working from home I’ve gotten a little lazier. My productivity levels plummeted. It is difficult to be motivated to photograph pictures of dresses when it is sunny outside and when you know you could be tending to the rosemary and hydrangea in the backyard. Also my house is a wreck of clothes almost all the time. It’s taking over most of the rooms.

And so the decision has been made that I will be getting a new workspace again soon (which I alluded to in THIS POST). Work and Life will be separate again. I tried working from home for a year and my business barely grew. Instead I feel it became stagnant, stale. And who the heck wants stale vintage?!

Not this gal!

I am looking at a couple of spaces on Tuesday and hopefully a few more the rest of the week. Wish me luck ladies (and gents? Do guys even read my girly vintage blog?) I will be sharing the journey of finding a creative studio/atelier for Adored Vintage in the city that I love, Portland here in this blog!

All images in this post are from Pinterest which I’ve gathered into this board: Adored Vintage Atelier Inspiration (lots more ideas there… which will actually come to fruition?)

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