Quite some time ago I came across this photo of a very large straw hat that was traditionally worn by women who harvested lavender in Provence (here is the pic). And my heart just soared! You must know by now dear friend how much I adore hats and this was like the MOTHER of all straw hats. So then began my many months of searching for a large floppy straw hat with a black ribbon.
My search finally came to a fruitful end when my friends at Urban Americana (an antique mall in Long Beach, CA…please do visit them, they are so wonderful!) had just the sort of hat I was searching for! And how very fitting that next weekend (June 28th) I will be popping up at Shop Summer Camp in Ojai, California during the annual Ojai Lavender Festival! Isn’t this so serendipitous? Gosh, I love when things like this just work out without meaning to!
So here I am, wearing my very large straw hat for a promo picture for the vintage pop-up in Ojai!
I came across this photo of Montmartre Paris from 1952 and just loved so much about it. Aside from the obvious (it’s in France, there are painted shutters on the buildings, an old man is painting…) I quite love the outfits the young women are wearing, their plaid a-line skirts and little sweater tops.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to just traipse around this beautiful city with the streets dappled in sun. Ahh, to summer in France or anywhere pastoral really! That’s what this week’s vintage photos are all about. Images of an idyllic summer. Lots of plush green earth, scenes of farmland, lakes glimmering with dusk approaching…
“Hills and dales and of summer hills
green, green grass, on the vine
frolic through wildflowers
laughter fills the open sky
everlasting until autumn comes”
I’ll be your summer girl
If you’ll be my summer boy
Pluck the petals.
He loves me. He loves me not.
Montmartre Paris 1952
Way to St. Petersburg 1994
Girl in Summer
Handfull of Daisies
Somewhere in France back in time
Mademoiselle Chanel on the beach in Biarritz, 1920
Girl with Flowers
Oh, hello there new space on the internet. My, you’re looking brand spanking clean. Kind of empty though. But that’s ok because in just a matter of time I am quite sure you will be filled with thoughts of silly things, serious things, pretty things… whatever happens to be mingling around my brain.
So why a new blog? What was wrong with the old one?
Nothing really. But as I enter my 31st year of life I am becoming more and more aware of who I am, who I’d like to be, and where I see myself…and to be quite honest, I no longer felt connected to that old dusty blog. It just started to become this hodge podge mess of fashion, weddings, celebrities, I don’t know…I just didn’t get any joy out of it or maintaining it. Blogging there seemed like work and this production “of pleasing”. I hope that makes sense.
I wanted to start fresh. To begin again with my heart and head in the right place. And I’ll be honest..since the start of Adored Vintage… I’ve changed as a person. My life has changed. I’m more and less the same person. Or is that more OR less. Where does that term come from anyway?!
SO…WHAT will this blog be about you ask? I’m not quite sure yet to be honest. I’d rather not have an agenda. All I do know is that I want to write about what inspires me and hopefully in turn will inspire you. And this can be a number of very different things from the affairs of Marie Antoinette, the origin of the croissant, all the different types of lace there are out there, people’s apartments I want to rob…
What do you say? Want to come along in this journey of newness? Of inspiration? And please, pretty please, if I write something that strikes you or you feel a connection to…do leave a comment below! Sometimes it is quite a very wonderful thing to know we see things the same way, through rose colored vintage glasses of course!