Vintage Monday Muse | Women of Art

The largest inspirations for Adored Vintage shoots and Lookbooks come from old paintings and drawings of women. I can spend hours upon hours browsing through these old paintings. Not only were their lives and garments so romantic, they have such a special essence to the way they sit, stand, or just do things. I love how graceful and lovely they look even while sitting upon rocks, gathering hay, or tossing a salad. These are our ultimate style/hair/squad/life goals here at AV.

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“A Garden Party”, Gari Melchers

3bdb13155c80f52a3e7ea333b5705533Portrait of Madame F.”Edouard Dubufe

2f194409cfef924a0fd1394156d98184“Zwei Sitzende”Egon Schiele

8f4c68c4cde03840b07d5558aefe6db9“Portrait of Olga Konstantinovna Lancere”, Zinaida Serebriakova

877931d1a9cf3e37efa08d09689d2be2The Glen Walker Sisters”, John da Costa

98b68e8864e62d154341fed3ff5c53f6The Lady of the House”, William Henry Margetson

7103f9d7dbc2a814ad5dc9de145f26b7“Caprice”, Sir William Russell Flint

92769d08c5158c15c6cd72f3d0943ba0“The Sevres Vase”, James Jebusa Shannon

dfb62dee8f3f107f4ec73cdaa6b643d3“Reflections”, Ethel Porter Bailey

2ecd720be488654d0e436ad5e0e6c654“The Boulder”, Charles Courtney Curran

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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.

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

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Floral by Wildwood Floral Studio

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Monday Muse | Evelyn Nesbit

Close your eyes and think of the most beautiful girl from the early 1900s. Chances are, you imagine a girl who looks just like our Monday Muse, Evelyn Nesbit. Nesbit is the most classic of classic beauties.

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Nesbit’s life contains every piece of a good story. There’s hardship, romance, a love triangle, scandal, and *gasp* murder! What else do you need?

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Evelyn Nesbit is believe to have been born on December 25, 1884 in Pennsylvania. Her actual year of birth is unknown, because her mother had added several years to her age to get around child labor laws. Nesbit grew up penniless. Her father passed suddenly when she was only eleven years old and left her, her brother, and her mother unable to support themselves and without a home. They watched their house and possessions get auctioned off to pay debts. Over time, Nesbit’s mother worked at a department store, where Evelyn was first discovered. A stranger asked if he could paint her, and she made a dollar for posing for five hours.

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When Nesbit’s mother moved her and her brother to New York City in June of 1900s, Evelyn’s career was started. She soon became one of the most wanted models of New York City. She was on the cover of Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and many other women’s magazines. She later became known as the “Gibson Girl” and “The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing”.

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In 1901, when she was a Broadway girl, Evelyn met Stanford White. At the time he was 47 year old, and Evelyn was 16. One night Evelyn and her friend, Edna Goodrich, joined White to have lunch at his apartment. It is said to have been extremely extravagant. Within this rendezvous Evelyn had one glass of champagne, and the three innocently played a game where White pushed Evelyn on a red velvet swing as Goodrich held a parasol for Evelyn to shred with her foot. Several nights later, Evelyn and White were together in his apartment. Evelyn had many glasses of champagne to drink that night. The same room that had the velvet swing now had a green sofa and walls covered with mirrors. Her last memory of that night was that she changed into a yellow satin kimono. She woke up the next morning fully undressed in bed with White.

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The next year Evelyn met John Barrymore, “Jack” from The Wild Rose. A romance blossomed between the two of them, and Barrymore proposed to Evelyn. She did not accept the proposal. There is suspicion that later Evelyn had two abortions from a baby she would have had with Barrymore.  Barrymore was not the only person Evelyn had a relationship with, she also was seeing Harry Kendall Thaw. Throughout her relationship with these two, White still kept a presence in Evelyn’s life. After some time, Thaw wanted Evelyn to be his wife. Knowing his opinion about chastity, Evelyn told Thaw about the night she had with White. At that time she exposed every detail about her secret relationship with White and of that night.

Evelyn later married Harry Thaw. The scandal between Evelyn and White eventually lead to Thaw murdering Stanford White on stage during the finale of “I Could Love a Million Girls”. It was reported that right before Thaw shot White he proclaimed “You ruined my life!”, but others say he yelled, “You ruined my wife!”. The trial for this case became known as “The Trial of the Century”.

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Evelyn lived a long life. On top of everything she accomplished in the early 1900s, she had an eventful later life. She had a child, divorced Thaw, remarried, was a proprietor of a tearoom in Manhattan, and inherited a large amount of money from Thaw when he passed. Around World War II she moved to Los Angeles, where she taught ceramics and sculpting at the Grant Beach School of Arts and Crafts. At the age of 82 she died at a nursing home in Santa Monica, California.

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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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In Which I Time Traveled to 1912

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

Last week a friend came to visit from Ohio and it was his first time in Oregon so naturally we took him to some of our favorite places. Brent had never been to the Oregon coast so my husband and I were anxious to show off Astoria and Cannon Beach.

I was particularly excited because I knew exactly what I was going to wear that day! I’ve had this 1910s (perhaps early 1920s) navy knit cardigan with the attached lace collar for months now and I just completed the mending about 2 weeks ago although it hasn’t been cold enough to wear it. The forecast called for rain, clouds, and fog and this antique sweater needed no invitation to accompany me to the coast on such a moody day.

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast
Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

I never tire of these grey skies. I love when the sky and sea are almost the same color and the horizon blurs in this hazy fog of silver. I adore this very much. I am hypnotized and transfixed watching the waves rush to shore with soft peals of white.

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast
Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

I found this delightful photo of a woman in an antique shop in Astoria called Astoria Hardware and I ended up chatting with the owner, Becky, who coincidentally follows me on Instagram! What a small world!

Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast
Adored Vintage | A Day at the Coast

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