Inspiration for Photographing Vintage Shoes

There are a few things I dislike photographing for the shop.

VELVET Especially black velvet. (no matter what it always looks flatttt) 

HATS Mostly because I can’t decide how I want to shoot them. Mannequin head, by itself, on a hat stand. I go back and forth.

and last and probably my least favorite to photograph…

SHOES (as if you didn’t guess from the blog title)

I love how vintage shoe advertisements look so I’m using them as inspiration for photographing vintage shoes in the future. These look a bit like they’re doing a little dance step. J’adore!

1939-41 shoe ads

1939-41 shoe ads

These are charming standing poses. It reminds me of when I was on Drill Team (back in good ole Texas) and we would have to stand like this when we were in “relaxed” position.

1939-41 shoe ads

These are great sitting poses. I tried to do this but my feet just do not look as elegant when in this position which is such a shame because this is one of my favorites. They’re feet look like they’re wearing point shoes….pooooint.

1939-41 shoe ads

These are my absolute favorite. Pointed and posed with just a little flick of the heel. I feel like if I stand like this I would have to say “Ta-Da!” when I snap the photo. Or “Oh-la-LA!”

Image credits for above pictures from American Duchess

I love this sitting one too… but how to make it modern and relevant to now? (source)

Vintage Shoe Advertisement

Continue Reading

As She Was | The truth is honey…

2c2af1b0a07c63e6e565b41951b9c249

It is of no secret how much I love vintage photographs. I think most vintage sellers share my love for old photos. We obviously like old things to begin with. It’s so much more than that though. It’s the story behind the photo. Or rather the mystery as to what the story is. I have a board on Pinterest entitled “As She Was” where I pin found vintage photos of women from the past. Sometimes they’re famous (you’ll definitely see many photos of Audrey Hepburn for example), but most of the time they are photos of women with no names. Just faces and a story that only very select few know or no one knows at all.

A beautiful group of WWII War Brides, 1943.

1940s women in dresses

July 20, 1939

“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.” – Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
An outing 1910s

1922 summer dress hat at the shore

1940s Paris Women on Bicycles

1950s Babe

Continue Reading

Of Lingerie & Learning

Vintage Lingerie PreviewHere’s a little preview of vintage lingerie and loungewear arriving in the shop soon! There are a few kimonos in this bunch which are so glamorous to lounge around your home in. I’ll be honest, I am no kimono expert. But, I sort of figure you’re probably not either and you just like kimonos because, well, they’re so pretty!

Actually, I was informed by my friend Ashleigh who lived in Japan for a few years, that kimonos are always made of silk and any “kimono” made of cotton is called a YUKATA which is usually worn in the summer and is considered casual wear.

 

You know, I have to say, I don’t ever consider myself an expert in vintage clothing. I was actually thinking about this while I photographed this rack of vintage this afternoon. I don’t think anyone could be an EXPERT on VINTAGE clothes. There is just SO DAMN MUCH to know!

Every single day I learn something new about vintage and I get so excited about being able to store away that knowledge. Does it always stick, noooo… but then I relearn them. And sometimes relearn AGAIN.

adoredvintage-vintagekimonos-1

adoredvintage-vintagekimonos-2

vintagelingerie-preview

adoredvintage-1920s1930slingerie

Do I know more about vintage than the average gal, obviously. This IS what I do for a living. Do I know as much as say, Doris Raymond owner of The Way We Wore? No, not at all. Would I like to know how much she knows, HELL TO THE YEAH I do. But, I am also aware she’s been doing this for many decades longer than I have.

I am also quite aware that the best way for me to learn is to TEACH. So, I think I’ll probably start posting some things on this blog all about the things I am learning about vintage so you can learn along with me. Or better yet, TEACH ME something. Also, I am open to being corrected. Just don’t be a dick about it. 🙂

adoredvintage-1930svintagelingeriedetail

vintagelingerielingeriefloral

Which HAS happened and thou shall not be named. But COME ON, we can all learn a little something new everyday and NO ONE knows EVERYTHING, and if you claim you do, then good for you!

OH, and if you are curious: Learn more about the different types of Japanese Kimonos. I know I will be referencing this page when writing my product descriptions for the vintage kimonos available in the shop soon!

 

Continue Reading

A recurring love affair with the 1930s

In love with the 1930s

In love with the 1930s

In love with the 1930s

27c2136d700424deb35a66b88fe0f43d

ARGDLFNSKFD!#* This sweater!!!

be64502792c3f8f4d252ffc8145895b6 e38a0ca66b739e76cb77f505bda3d074

I usually take the opportunity to reconsider my wardrobe and my hair when the change of season is just around the corner. I tend to find imagery or latch on to a certain era and play around with it until I move on to something else. While my wardrobe will never have a drastic overhaul (been there, done that), it is nice to adopt new styles and new ways of wearing things or just try something new for the hell of it.

Lately I have been incredibly enamored with the 1930s again. Or rather the late 1920s to the late 1930s. This is possibly my favorite era for dressing and I just find the clothing, style, and imagery from this era just so damn beautiful and I know I shall never tire of it.

Just looking through all these 1930s style inspirations just aches my heart. I just adore it so much! I have a feeling I am going to be living in bias cut dresses and skirts, puffy sleeve blouses, and long cardigans for the remainder of the year. And lots more hats! You know I love me lots of hats!

1930s Fashion Inspiration 1930s Fashion Inspiration

1930s Style Inspiration 1930s Style Inspiration 1930s Style Inspiration

Continue Reading

On the Set: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding isn’t all that great of a movie to be honest, but I’m not a huge movie buff and I’ll totally watch a horrible movie just for the gorgeous clothes. Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is one of those movies. All right, it’s not horrible. In fact I rewatch it time and time again because it is just SO BEAUTIFUL to look at! Oh, if I could have any movie’s wardrobe right now, it would have to be this movie!

And the house! And that blue wall! And that greenhouse. I feel like I’m in this movie lingering around in spirit.

Every single one of Felicity Jones’ outfits I just tingle a bit inside over. In fact, last summer I spent a good 2 months searching for 1930s shorts just like hers in the movie. I haven’t even worn them yet, but find them I did! Now if only I could her 30s floral bias cut gown. Gah!!!

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

I read on A Bloomsbury Life that this outfit above is all authentic vintage pieces from the 1930s. In fact many of the clothes were actually! Her wedding gown was made for the film though. The floral gown is also vintage. Don’t you just dance a little inside knowing these old garments got another shot at life and in such a gorgeous movie no less?

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

008-cheerful-weather-for-the-wedding CWfW_108

The striped blouse and shorts outfit I covet so much!

05587770b42cf53480b9a9b3f8b4e366 433c08c6e7a25b537be07ef8a61dd963 0edd338c27b8d1e135bef06cab2c9088

5ed39769103c1cd829033f29470300c9 5adc2eb9edda5048ef5c8ff4fc7127f4

Continue Reading