Begin, Summer

Summer arrived swift, hot, and absolutely hell bent on making sure it doesn’t go unnoticed. The past couple of weeks in Portland have been absolute misery for me. I absolutely detest hot weather and even more so when most of my time is spent cooped up where there is no air conditioning.

Begin, Summer Adored VintageThankfully, it seems the heat wave in Portland is over and now our regularly scheduled weather of 75-85F is back on track.

Life shifts, yet again! I suppose I ought to get used to it. But you see, I’m kind of a curmudgeon about schedules and such and I hate when things just get added on to my life to-do list that I wasn’t planning for. It seems once I get into a smooth groove, life is all “HAHA, relaxation is OVER!”

I digress, it HAS been a pretty wonderful summer so far, although I am looking forward to Autumn already…

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Al these photos are from the Adored Vintage Instagram, so you can follow me over there for more summer-centric photos!

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Vintage lingerie & Morning Coffee

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I’ll be quite honest, I’ve been stressed lately. And it’s OK. I actually don’t stress out about things that often, but recently, even for me, I’m feeling a lot on my plate.

So, naturally, I retreat into pretty beautiful things. It relaxes me. It calms me down. It allows me to make sense of chaos I can’t quite grapple right now.

A desire to minimize, clean, and organize is bubbling up within me. And Spring still seems so far away but it will be here very soon (but not soon enough!)

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Of Busy Nothingness

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I just looked and saw that I haven’t written in this blog since August 28th. I realize that is kind of a long time in “ONLINE SHOPKEEPER” world, but well, this is my blog, and I’ll write whenever I want to.

And besides, if I’m not writing anything, it probably means there’s nothing EXCITING going on in my life.

So while there isn’t any exciting SHOP STUFF happening…you know, it’s same old same old…a vintage shop update here, a vintage shop update there, going out on mini buying trips…yadda yadda.

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So lately…nothing exciting or really of note has happened. But, you know what?! I LIKE THAT!

One of the things I really looked forward to about moving to Portland was the sloooowing down of everything in my life.

As Fanny Price from Mansfield Park said “Life seems nothing more than a quick succession of busy nothings.

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And this very much describes life currently and how I’m very much enjoying this new slowness of busy of nothingness.

I wake up, walk to get coffee or go out and get breakfast with either my fella or my dear friend, Cari. Then I go about the house watering the plants, doing little chores, prepping stuff for work. Weekends and some afternoons have been spent exploring what nature has to offer around Portland or exploring new shops and new restaurants.

My house is still in a state of “I JUST MOVED” and I’ll be honest, the sight of piles of random crap all about does give me small heart palpitations.

In fact, this morning, after breakfast at Sweedeedee, I arrived back home and IMMEDIATELY had to rake all the leaves that started to gather in pockets and corners around the front lawn. Last Thursday we had a rather windy day (which was LOVELY and I opened all the windows in the house and aired the whole place out), and this windy day caused piles upon piles of leaves to drift down from the trees in the front yard.

It really does feel so damn good to do physical work in the gLately | Adored Vintagearden. I have YET to plant anything. CONFESSION. I DID purchase several plants from the Portland Nursery when I first moved being overly ambitious that my green thumb would SURELY start to show itself now that I lived in Oregon…and guess what.

They all DIED. All 12 of them. It’s awful. They’re sitting right below my office window, a row of dead little things. Unfortunately the compost bin is stuffed full with grass clippings and my manic raking of leaves from this morning, but I will get these all thrown out soon. I just KNOW it’s throwing off my feng shui!

Oh, also currently, I’m into feng shui. Last night I spent about an hour researching what different quadrants of my house meant and which walls I need to paint. I have deduced that the chi in my bedroom is COMPLETELY OFF and I must purchase new items AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to fix all that is wrong in the bedroom.

Really, feng shui is my excuse to go buy MORE house stuff. Haha!

I WILL say since moving the full length mirror away from my bed I felt I rested much better last night. You know, mirrors facing you while you’re sleeping DRAW OUT your energy into the mirror. Or is it reflecting the energy so therefore you cannot sleep since energy is constantly being pointed at you. I can’t remember, I’m so new to all this.

So my little chickens, what busy nothingness have you been up to?

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Adored Vintage Gets Engaged (and some other news)

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Where do I even begin? The past seven days have been the happiest, most stressful, joyous, tiring, and exciting week thus far of my life. I went on a crazy roller coaster and I know it ain’t over yet. Not by far.

It would take way too long to recap everything in one post and I’m quite honestly a bit (ok a lot bit) overwhelmed with how much is going on right now.

The first thing though… I AM ENGAGED!!!  I AM GETTING MARRIED!!!

I will share the proposal story at a later date (as there are photos to accompany it!) but I will just say I cried and basically fell to the floor (NOT JOKING, I literally buckled at the knees) then after more tears and trying to summon up “Yessssss” I laughed with my dear friends who were there with me. Then I cried some more. Then laughed some more. Then cried a lot more.

And the other big news is…I AM MOVING!!! TO PORTLAND!!! There are many (many) factors that lead to this decision and it has been something that has been on our minds for a few years now. My fiancé (still getting used to calling Robby that!) and I always knew Portland is where we wanted to settle down eventually (he was born and raised there). We always called it our 5 year plan. However, things in life change, and that 5 year plan turned into a 5 week plan.

So, after my birthday weekend and engagement, the very next day we flew to Portland to begin the house hunt, shop hunt, office hunt, wedding venue hunt, and get a wee little time exploring the Oregon coast by Tillamook. We are exhausted. And the fun hasn’t even really begun! I have less than 5 weeks to pack up my entire life and move it over 800 miles north into an adorable craftsman home with a motherfrickin claw foot tub!

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