Vintage Valentine’s Day | Antique Fraktur Love Letters


Do you still give away Valentines? I haven’t in a long time. And mostly because, I haven’t made any since I was little! I typically just give away flowers. I was looking through (trusty ol’) Pinterest for vintage Valentine inspirations and came across these beauties. They’re actually antique Valentines, from the 17th and early to mid 18th century!

These Valentines are Fraktur folk art Valentine love letters created by German-speaking immigrants who lived in Pennsylvania. Hallmark, shmallmark, right? They’re so intricate! All water color painted and written with calligraphy.

They’re folding cards, also “Puzzle Purses”, and typically have words of affection and love written throughout that get discovered with each unfold. There are a bunch of editorials on making these online! Maybe we’ll find one to post on our Facebook before Valentine’s Day. Some even put confetti or little treats inside!


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Vintage Shop Update | Path To Soubise

It’s 60 degrees fahrenheit here in Portland, and we had a hard time coming in the studio to work instead of frolicking around in fields. Instead, we had a short picnic at the park next to the studio, so we can give you a shop update! Filled with some lingerie, both vintage and modern, and dresses!


Sympathetic Sighs CapeTour En L’Air Step InDeauville Society Dress


antique 1890s victorian black mourning cape


vintage inspired white sheer crochet lace dress


vintage 1960s cream silk mod bowtie dress


vintage 1950s red pink panel rose print dress


vintage 1950s pale green tulle prom dress


vintage 1950s emma domb tiered eyelet dress


vintage 1950s black curled wooled shawl


vintage 1940s black sheer lace separates set


vintage 1940s black embroidered scallop slip


vintage 1930s peach pink chiffon embroidered tap shorts


vintage 1930s pale pink lace trimmed tap shorts


vintage 1930s black sheer bias cut night gown


vintage 1920s rose pink ecru lace stepin


Tour En L’Air Step In / Blush Choise Tap Shorts / Deauville Society Dress


vintage 1920s brown silk pleat school dress


vintage inspired rose lilac pink bralette


vintage inspired pale pink silk lingerie camisole


vintage inspired classic black cotton triangle bra


antique 1910s brown velvet evening jacket

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Vintage Inspiration | Paintings in Color

When looking at an 18th century painting the other day, I realized the flower sash it featured had all of Pantone’s 2016 colors in it. Somewhat inspired by Movies in Color, we decided to put together a little graphic showing the color palettes from 17th-19th century paintings of ladies and flowers.

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I find it amazing that after all these hundreds of years, art such as this is still so relevant. We as a society are still able to pull so much inspiration from these paintings. I know I do.

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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.

“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


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.

greysocksgreysocks-3greysocks-18greysocks-11greysocks-21antique 1910s edwardian cream striped sheer gown

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

greysocks-28vintage 1930s dark orange silk velvet gown


Floral by Wildwood Floral Studio

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