I have a soft spot

Antique Botanical Print // Adored Vintage

There’s a little piece of me that jumps with glee whenever I come across vintage and antique botanical prints. I wish I had multiples of these beautiful pages to make a wallpaper of them in the new house. Aren’t these just lovely?! And I think I adore them more so because it’s photographed on a dark background and I really love contrast like this.

These botanical prints are from Antique Foliage on Pinterest and originally from this amazing website called Bio Diversity which has a whole lotta of antique botanical and biology books available to peruse online! Which means I’ve been on this site for hours…

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Antique Botanical Print // Adored Vintage

Antique Botanical Print // Adored Vintage

Antique Botanical Print // Adored Vintage Antique Botanical Print // Adored Vintage

Antique Botanical Print // Adored Vintage

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Country Mouse in Chippewa Boots

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It has almost been TWO full weeks of living in Portland and guess how many people I have visited/met up with?!

Did you guess ZERO?

Then cookies for you because you’re right!

I’m not exactly “shy” nor am I really the “quiet” sort. However, when I meet new people I get really nervous and anxious therefore I end up chattering about a whole lot of nonsense giving off the impression that I am extroverted and enjoy being around people.

Ahh sorry that makes me sound kind of rude. It’s not that I don’t ENJOY being around people. It’s just being around people (especially new people) makes me kind of fret and I overcompensate with really stupid jokes (THANK YOU in advance for laughing at them when we DO meet up by the way), asking you banal things like “Did you enjoy yesterday’s weather?” and goodness knows what else.

Any of you other gals like me? Talkative introverted types? The sort that once you DO get me in my comfy zone (you’ll know I’m in “comfy mode” because I sit indian style in public *gasp*) I just DON’T SHUT UP.

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Anyhow, I don’t know where ALL THAT came from, I was going to focus this post mostly on my beautiful new Chippewa boots! Aren’t they just the most gorgeous pair of boots you have ever seen?!

OK, back story.

I have been in search for a pair of vintage lace up leather boots from the 1900s, maybe late 1800s for FOREVER and a day. Do you know how often I go to flea markets? How often I go to antique shops? How often I troll Etsy and Ebay for these magnificent boots?

I haven’t been able to find them! And if I do find a pair they are either WAY too narrow (seriously, what kind of feet did women at the turn of the century have?! So skinny!) or the leather is cracked, or they’re super gorgeous but also super expensive. Or, the boots are so damn skinny I can’t fit my calves into them and I don’t even have FAT calves! They’re quite normal sized!

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So when we (my fiancé and I) found out Chippewa was releasing a women’s line of boots based on antique and vintage ropers I about peed my pants when I saw the line up. This was LAST WINTER you guys! I’ve been waiting for these damn boots for almost 3 THREE seasons!!!

Now these babies are all mine. If you want to get yourself a pair, my fiancé’s shop ORN HANSEN has a few pairs left! Isn’t it snazzy that his shop is the only retail shop in America to carry these!? That’s like VIP STATUS, right? Or VIB…Very Important Boots. The only other place you can get them is a few retail shops in Japan. So… 

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OOO GAaahhh…isn’t the color just so gorgeous? And these are going to break in so so so beautifully! I’ve actually been wearing them around the house and around the yard to break em in a bit more before it’s really boot season in Portland. They’re sitting right next to me. I keep looking at them.

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Hello boots. Yes, yes, you’re very pretty. Yes, of course, of course… you’re my favorite.

| outfit details |

Vintage 90s Button up knit top | Thrifted
Vintage 90s Skirt | Consignment Shop
Vintage 1930s Necklace | Antique Shop
Socks | Richer Poorer from Orn Hansen
Chippewa 8″ Lace Up Roper Boots | Orn Hansen

*** I kept thinking this outfit was missing something… a HAT! But since I wear hats in nearly every outfit photo, I went without and just added it in my snazzy still life shot.

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I’m Shirley Temple + Solo Dinner Thoughts

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As a gal who operates an online vintage shop, work never really stops. Take today for example. I woke up around 7:30 (that’s PRACTICALLY sleeping in you guys!) and laid in bed thinking what I should do today. It’s Monday, it IS a work day.

There is this past week’s vintage finds and Saturday’s estate sale to launder. Oh but before I do that I HAVE to go get a clothesline! But before I do that I HAVE to go get coffee! And before I do that I HAVE to take Redford out for a walk. And then water the plants. It’s going to be hot as heck today!

After I run morning errands I get to laundering! Now, I have to tell you, I really quite enjoy hand laundering vintage. It’s like the grosser the water gets the more gleeful I am about it! I swear it’s only a feeling vintage sellers get! It’s an odd HIGH that just rushes to your brain…like “Ooooo my Gawwwwwd look how nasty the water is!!!” And it makes you feel totally triumphant! Huzzah! I am amazzzing at laundry!

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By the way, these outfit pics are from yesterday. I wanted to dress up because it was Sunday and I was going to the Montavilla Farmers Market for the first time. I don’t know WHY I wanted to dress up for my first farmers market in the neighborhood, but hey, sometimes I invent special occasions to wear kinda dressy 1930s dresses. I can’t just wait for people to have parties, and I never get invited to parties anyway!

That evening I treated myself to a dinner at Tasty & Alder in downtown Portland. BTW. Are you the kind of gal that will go out to a super popular restaurant and dine by yourself? (If so, join the club!) And people kind of just look at you and wonder why you’re all alone. During solo dinner time my iPhone is my best friend and everything on it is VERY fascinating (like level 63 in Candy Crush!)

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I think the gal next to me pitied me a bit. She kept offering her and her boyfriend’s food for me to try. Which was very kind of her and it’s also something I would totally do if a lonely looking gal was sitting right next to me and my fiancé. But, really, I don’t want to try the green beans. Thank you!

She also tried to start a conversation a couple of times. Which is finnne but I kind of just wanted to play Candy Crush and also eavesdrop on their conversation because it was VERY entertaining.

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Remember that Dane Cook bit about the couples “nothing fight” Well this couple was having a “nothing passive aggressive fight” and I was trying NOT to grin about it! It was just so silly and funny! Something about the red wine and then the bill and dessert and who got to pick the movie last time.

And then the table next to me was a group of two couples visiting Portland and they were chattering on about how rad Portland is. And I wanted to lean in and slip in something like “Oh yes yes isn’t it great…AND also I live here.”

If you ever see a gal (or a guy) dining out by himself, she/he is probably making up all sorts of things about you and trying to listen in on your conversation. Because when you solo dine there’s no one to entertain you or converse with you, so one must entertain oneself!

| outfit details |

Vintage 1930s polka dot dress | antique shop
Vintage Stetson hat | can’t remember, probably from a thrift store in Arizona
Vintage bag | Buffalo Exchange (I think)
Vintage locket | antique shop
Vintage 1930s silk slip | buying appointment
Vintage Salvatore Ferregamo shoes | my friend’s airstream vintage shop, Blossom Vintage

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First Portland Estate Sale

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This morning I woke up bright and early to attend an estate sale. I had to map out all the different places I was going to because if you read in the last blog post, I am AWFUL at using my phone to navigate. I made it to the estate sale with 15 minutes till the doors opened and I was number 61! SIXTY ONE… I never get my hopes up at estate sales though. If I find treasure, then hooray, if not, well at least I got to poke around someone’s old house and old stuff.

I was quite sure I wouldn’t find much after the SIXTY people went ahead of me…however, the estate sale Gods must have been on my side because NO ONE was looking at the clothes. Except for this one lady who had grabbed all the fur coats. Not really my thing. I wandered into the bedroom and HOLY VINTAGE SMOKES a 1920s navy blue dress was just hanging on a peg. I was thinking “HEELllloooo don’t you people know what’s that RIGHT there?!” In about 3 seconds I had skipped over to the back corner and snatched that baby up.

Did I squeal a little and do a little shoulder dance? Damn right I did. An older lady looked over at me, amused, I think. Or jealous. Or both! Haha!

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Afterwards I hopped on upstairs and found a few more pretty dresses hanging on the walls. These had to be the special beauties that were cherry picked from her closet! And they weren’t pennies cheap so I knew these had to be special. I didn’t even check the condition. I just grabbed and stuck them in my cardboard box my heart racing madly.

The attic closet was around the corner and my heart sank a bit because another girl was already in there. OH BUT Hooray, she’s going for the 80s stuff! OMG She’s picking up a silk and lace 1930s blouse…please put it down…put it down. You don’t want that! You want that black and pink neon snazzy drapey thing made of polyester. She drops it back on the pile. And SNAP it’s mine! (She DOES pick up the 80s dress!)

I’m in a state of euphoria I’m humming made up songs. La la la ti dah. This was so worth waking up at 6 AM. La di dahhh this was worth missing breakfast at Sweedeedee. La la li la ti dahhhh I’m keeping all these for myself.

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After I paid for my loot, I dropped it all in my trunk and went back for seconds. Not for clothes though. I needed stuff for my house! I think I bought… 5 or maybe six pressed flowers in frames. You know I’m kind of obsessed with those right? In fact when I got rung up again the cashier called me “Oh it’s the flower girl!”

As I was checking out a much older lady started picking up the things in my little cardboard box.

“Oh! This is nice! What are you going to do with this?”

“Hang it.”

“You have a lot of these.” (pressed flowers)

“I know. I love them.” (stop touching my stuff!!)

“Well it sure looks like it.”

(smiling) “Yes ma’am!”

By the way, today is my one week anniversary of moving to Portland. Are y’all sick of me telling you how much I adore Portland yet? No? Good! Because I’ll probably babble on about how awesome it is until the clouds and rain crush my spirits!

| outfit details |
Vintage 1950s silk top + skirt set | a birthday gift from my friend Cari
Vintage Hat | antique mall
Vintage Cardigan | antique mall
Sandals | Madewell

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A Shop Update | A Bit Like Spring

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antique Victorian white lace high collar blouse

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vintage 1920s yellow sheer crepe lace flapper dress

I’ve been in Portland for almost a whole week! And may I just say, I am in LOVE with her. This morning I walked to Bipartisan Cafe and spent a good long while admiring the tree lined streets, the abundance and variety of flowers in my neighbors’ yards, how blue the sky was. I snapped photos to send to some of my friends back in California and I really wanted to write “Aren’t you so super jealous that I am walking around here?!”

Last night I tried to go see Mood Indigo in downtown Portland. I am talented at very many things, but using my iPhone to navigate is not one of my best skills. In fact I’m still old school and look up directions to places before I go so I have some sort of idea as to where I am going. I don’t know WHAT was happening downtown, but it was MADNESS and I missed the movie because I spent 25 minutes driving around trying to find a parking spot.

But I didn’t even get annoyed! I was just like OH WELL, I guess I’ll drive around and get lost a bit and maybe will discover new places to try. See what I mean? I wasn’t even mad at Portland for not having any parking to go see a movie at the dinner theater. If this were in Los Angeles a stream of obscenities would have flowed out of my mouth as I shook my fist at the sky shrieking “DAMN YOU LA! Damn you!!”

I warmed myself up a biscuit from Bob’s Red Mill, set out some butter and honey, and read a couple chapters of Louisa May Alcott’s “Eight Cousins.” The curtains were lightly dancing with the morning breeze, Redford was curled up by my feet…life is good.

This is one of the things I absolutely looked forward to the most about getting out of California… a slower paced life, taking time to enjoy the little things. After breakfast I did a bit of unpacking then started the work day. Then did more unpacking… this will probably be what my days will be like for the next few weeks.

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antique 1910s white cotton lace over jacket

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vintage 1920s yellow green celluloid deco necklace

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vintage 1930s celluloid yellow bow brooch

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vintage 1930s cream plastic floral cluster brooch

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vintage 1950s blue blossoms pleat sundress

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vintage 1970s lace crochet button up blouse

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vintage 1970s muted pastel floral wrap dress

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vintage 1970s yellow indian cotton boho blouse

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vintage 1980s silk dolman sleeve lingerie robe

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