In Search of Beauty

I am not (yet) as well traveled as I would like to be, but someday I will. All the while I am collecting ideas, moments, thoughts, bits of beauty here and there because someday it will all be good for something. Some grander ideas that perhaps someday I’ll rifle through and go “Hmm, let’s give this a try…” (and of course by then I will have boat loads of money so all my little creative entrepreneur endeavors can be easy peasy)

Currently I am visiting friends in Vancouver, B.C. and while I know the city can be inspiring to some, it hasn’t sparked any inspiration for me. I am disappointed because I was so looking forward to visiting shops I had followed on Instagram for some time and in all honesty, my expectations far exceeded the reality.

Maybe the problem is social media has made us believe in the hype of beauty so much that when we actually experience a place in real life, we’re just setting ourselves up to be disappointed. Maybe I have seen these places too often through a VSCO filtered i-phone photo with the perfect accompanying hashtags that when I am standing there in person, the entire place just falls flat because my eyeballs don’t have filters and I can’t hide a messy corner or a person wearing a bright neon parka just out of frame.

But then I think…NO. I have been in places where I will try and try to capture the ESSENCE of the place in a photo, and there is just no way any technical device could capture that moment. That ephemeral beauty. So many times while we were visiting France I thought, “Oh my GOD, this corner, THIS CORNER needs to be shared with the world… with this antique chair and these wildflowers, and the window here and the way light looks…” and my photos just fall flat of the real time beauty of the space.

I mean, I could just be a really shit photographer. I never claimed to be a good photographer, but I have a definite idea of what is beautiful (in my own definition) and I know how to frame a good photo.

I worry sometimes if I ever open up a shop, that it will always fall short of someone’s expectations. OK, actually, that is a bit of a lie. Because the most important expectation I don’t want to fall short of is the expectations I have for myself. And I place that bar really, really up there.

Perhaps I am afraid I will never achieve that idealized beauty I have built up in my mind of what my dream shop should be…therefore I won’t do it, because reality will never meet my fantasy.

I went to a shop here in Vancouver and this was a trendy place. One of those cool shops I found out about on Instagram. And I get there and I’m like “What the heck?! Do people actually BUY this stuff?! These ill fitting clothes in these God awful colors with this ridiculous price tag?

But you know, I’m sure someone could look at vintage clothes and go “AUGH someone actually would pay $200 for some ratty old dress with stains?!

I get it, to each their own. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and all that jazz… and again I am aware my idea of beauty is not everyone’s cup of tea…but jeez louise, I just wish my idea of beauty was what was normal and popular. It WAS at one point. 100 years ago!

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Vintage Shop Update | Lady of Marissel

We have some new pretty things in the shop for all you darlings! This week’s collection, Lady of Marissel, features whites, creams, and blues. We have a beautiful beige 1920s tulle dress that would be a perfect a wedding or wedding reception dress, a teal 1940s floral day dress perfect for the warmer days we’ve been having, and even some vintage accessories to add to out any outfit, whether you have vintage or modern pieces.

  1. Starling Dress | vintage 1930s silk blue dress with pleated cuffs and waist
  2. Harvest Gold Dress | vintage 1920s tulle beige dress
  3. Starlit Velvet Dress | vintage 1920s black velvet flapper dress with brooch and lace
  4. Champagne Elegance Dress | vintage 1920s silk ivory dress bows detail
  5. Fondness of June Dress | vintage 1940s teal floral button-up day dress
  6. Seafolly Top | vintage 1950s sky blue linen embroidered blouse
  7. Whisper of Summer Top | antique 1900s pin-striped corset cover with ribbon and lace detail
  8. Lady of Marissel Slip | vintage 1950s foundation slip with organdy layer

  1. Garden Social Scarf | vintage rose patterned neck scarf
  2. Evening Falls Heels | vintage 1930s black suede cutout oxford heels
  3. Lovely Merits Brooch | antique 1920s carved floral glass brooch
  4. Heritage Gala Necklace | vintage 1930s art deco silver enamel choker necklace

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Vintage Style Inspiration | Artfully Knitted

Have you noticed how many paintings there are of ladies knitting? I hadn’t until recently. Knitting is one of my favorite winter pass times for me. Whenever I sit down to knit, I like to make an event out of it. Light candles, put on a good podcast, and make a fire in my fireplace. Anyway, I was looking through paintings of women knitting that date back to the early 1900s, and of course, I loved all their outfits.

 

 

Whenever I knit, I feel like I’m taking part of a lady ritual dating back to so many generations before me. It’s an action that is so closely connected to matrilineal lineage. I’m not saying men don’t knit or can’t knit, but it’s undeniable that traditionally knitting has been a feminine past time.

 

It’ also still amazing to me that humans would make everything of theirs by hand. My father told me stories of his mother making him and his siblings underwear. She was a seamstress, so luckily she could probably do it fairly easily. I like to think about all socks being knitted by hand back then.

For a while I would get together with my girlfriends to sit in a circle, knit, and talk. I love to think of how this is an activity ladies have been doing for more than a century.

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Antique dresses and flowers, a match made in heaven.

Ah, antique dresses and flowers. A match made in heaven. There are some really lovely antique pieces in the shop right now, and we really feel that nothing brings an antique dress to life more than flowers. With spring and summer coming, that means that flower picking, wedding, and all things flower season are coming up. So, we paired together five dresses from our shop and some flower arrangements from florists we adore.

Our Hearken to Elegance Gown, in its rich, burgundy looks perfect with this moody, sculptural flower arrangement from Putnam & Putnam. We love how the color of this dress looks with these deep purples and hints of yellow.

The sweet Gentle Motion Dress  is made of the softest pink and softest silk. They’re actually separates, so the top can be worn separately from the bottom. We thought the sweetness of this pair looked perfect with this ruffly cream and pink RUE ANAFEL arrangement. It has a bit of whimsy, like it was plucked straight from an english garden.

Our Modern Enchantments Dress is an Edwardian lawn dress. Its soft cotton is perfect for wearing on a warm day either lounging around the house or taking walks through nature. We paired it with this Sarah Winward arrangement, a bit wild and unruly which looks like it was foraged from a meadow in the mountains.

Our romantic Bronte Parsonage Dress is made of beautiful antique lace. This would be a perfect wedding dress, so refined with its high neckline and fitted waist. We paired it with this arrangement by Amy Merrick. The pair both look straight out of a classic painting of a girl with flowers.

We imagine a girl who lives in the country and love going on walks along the stream owning our Gossamer Whisper Dress. Her perfect day would be clipping flora sand foliage from around her home all day to come home right as the sun sets and place them in an antique vase she found at a local antique shop. We paired this dress with an arrangement from Foxglove Botanicals, because its the exact arrangement we’d imagine her making.

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The Language of Flowers | Guest Post from RUE ANAFEL

Hello AV ladies! Saria from RUE ANAFEL here making a Valentine’s Day guest post. I have to be honest, in my adolescent years I disliked Valentine’s Day. The rebellious side of thought, “A consumer holiday created by Hallmark exploiting people to make a buck off the idea of romance.” But you know, Valentine’s Day has become one of my favorite holidays now. And really only because of flowers.

Valentine’s Day to me now isn’t about romance or consumerism, it’s about flowers. It’s the only day in the year (in the States, at least) when you step out, you see people carrying flowers, be it in their arms walking down the street, in their backpack riding their bicycle, or sitting on their car dash board. I mean, I wish every day or at least week were more filled with people bringing flowers home, but hey, at least there’s one day out of the year.

I feel like flowers have been somewhat forgotten in American culture. When I was in Europe, everyone had flowers in their home. Looking around the streets of Holland, so many people are riding their bicycles with flowers. In the 19th century, flowers played such a crucial role in culture, that they were even used as a type of language. People would use flower bouquets to send coded messages that were not allowed to be spoken aloud in Victorian society.

If you plan to buy some flowers this year for yourself or a partner and want to send a coded message, here’s a mini reference guide of 6 flowers and their meanings:

Lilac –

“First emotions of love. Oh, Lilac.” The sweet smell of early spring and sign of hope for warmer months to come, just the same as feelings of a newfound sprouting love.

Iris –

“I have a message for you.” An iris starts off closed and, what seems like overnight, falls open like a book. An air of mystery soon followed by exposing one’s intimate inside.

Bachelor Buttons, also known as Cornflower –

“Delicacy, Purity of Feelings, and Good Fortune.” Some of my favorite summer memories involve bachelor buttons.I see myself with my eyes squinting from the brightness of the summer sun then looking over at my partner in the driver seat. Riding down country roads and seeing blue speckles scattered about the side of the highway, along wood and wire fences containing horses and cows. It’s was a moment of presence for me, of pure happiness and joy.

Larkspur –

“Lightness and Desire for Laughter.” Larkspur is the ultimate garden meadow flower to me. I imagine them perfectly situation in the most perfect meadow style English garden. They bloom in the spring and summer, a time filled with laughter and feeling light hearted.

Pink Rose –

“Admiration.” Oh, a pink garden rose. Like the ethereal princess of all the flowers. So lovely and ethereal in every sense of the words.

White Camellia –

“Faithfulness and Longevity.” Also one of the first spring bloomers, when I see camellia blooming I know spring has come. Year after year, at the end of winter I always keep my eye out for camellia, for the coming of spring.

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