Of Picnics, Fields, & Finding Pleasure in Work

I have a new commute to mon atelier and it is so beautiful! So beautiful in fact that I stopped along the road, camera at the ready, and snapped photos along the way of fields & horses. (How many work commutes can you say THAT about? For me, it’s a first!) The drive to work inspired me to pack a simple picnic and treat myself yesterday afternoon to a little outing to Sauvie Island.

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I also needed to forage some flowers since I have a new way of packaging orders for the shop that I want to try out. Plain packing paper, some pretty brown tape I got awhile back (that I just recently found since tidying up a little more around the studio), and local blooms from my weekly excursions to the wonderful outdoors! So, as you can see…this little outing was not just for pleasure. It was W-O-R-K! Practically backbreaking…

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A Light Lunch for One

One small baguette

A slice of French brie cheese

Seasonal fruit (white nectarine and apricot today)

A cold pasta salad over mixed greens 

A chocolate chip cookie 

The cookie did not make it to the photo as I nibbled on it on the way to my picnic. Ah…well, dessert first I say! I also recommend bringing something to read while going on a solo picnic. I have just started Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.

After your light lunch, take a walk along the country roads and photograph as many wispy glades of grass and weeds you see along the way. I know there is nothing original about these photos, but I never tire of looking at grass gracefully bending in the breeze.

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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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1920s 1930s Prohibition Picnic at Historic Overlook House in Portland

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I have been looking forward to the New Deal Weekend Prohibition Picnic for quite some time here in Portland!

Before the picnic my friends Katie and Cari came over to my house and we had so much fun rummaging through the Adored Vintage stocks and trying on different hats. I was so incredibly indecisive as to what to wear, but finally settled on this late 1920s early 1930s floral chiffon number. Which surprised me a bit because I had been pretty set on wearing 1920s. But at the end of the day, my favorite era won over! Although honestly, early 30s isn’t very flattering on my figure as the mid to late 30s, but oh well.

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I had so much fun! This was my very first vintage themed event I have ever attended! It seems a bit surprising to me to say it out loud. I mean I LOVE ADORE vintage so much and I just never thought to go to an event where everyone is just as obsessed, (actually even MORE SO) than I am. I have so much, honestly SO MUCH respect for the vintage gals that can wear head to toe vintage and do it everyday and do their hair and makeup. I WISH I could do that. I’ve dabbled here and there, but for me it takes so much effort and I never look how I want to look so I just throw my hands up and give up.

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Anyhow, Cari and Katie packed a lovely lunch of cucumber tea sandwiches, Greek salad, fancy crackers, and I threw in some Vermont chocolates my Aunts just sent me from Burlington and some cherries. (Always dessert on the mind!)

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We giggled (A LOT). Freaked out over Vanessa’s (of Wanderlust Vintage in Portland) new puppy, Pearl. Took loads of photos. Admired all the dancers. Shimmied to the live music. And tried (albeit was unsuccessful) at keeping dry. You see it POURED this morning and the lawn was still wet. But you can’t have a 1920s Lawn Party and not be on the LAWN!

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I got to see some familiar vintage friends like Julie of Fab Gabs (who organized this event) and Solanah of Vintage Vixen. It was also really lovely to meet some vintage gals I just know through Instagram like Christine of Living Threads Vintage and Katie Scarlett who models for Fab Gabs (who I really hopes hosts a Wet Set pin curl class coz I would be there STAT).

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These last series of photos are my favorite we took today. The light was absolutely perfect, the mood just right. I adore my friends so much! Excited to attend future vintage events here in Portland!

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