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.
Recipe: Bundt Cake de Calabaza from La Cocina de Carolina.
‘Tis the season of bundt cakes, and we’ve been really loving them, each molding being so intricate and an art piece within itself. It’s so much fun seeing all the different designs of vintage bundt cake moldings, and their curves and dips being brought out by silky glaze.
Movie: Funny Face (1957) by Stanley Doden
A film featuring Audrey Hepburn (an AV muse) who is discovered as a bookshop employee to then go to France and be a fashion model, all in the 1960s. There is hardly anything more perfect! So many great outfits, and it features an incredible dance scene.
Song: Little Weaver Bird by Molly Drake
Oh, the lovely Molly Drake. If you’ve never heard of Molly Drake, she’s the mother of Nick Drake and never released any of her songs during her lifetime. It wasn’t until the death of Nick Drake that her music was then released and started gaining recognition! Which, is pretty unbelievable from how talented of a songwriter she was. Put on this tune and get lost in her sweet melody Sunday night as you relax and finish up your week.
This week we’ve been really liking romantic hues, lace and embroidered details, and comfortable yet girly fits with a nice flow.
vintage 1950s dusty rose tiered lace cocktail dress | antique 1910s cream silk embroidered camisole | vintage 1950s cream gold beaded cardigan sweater | vintage 1990s carnation print silk floral skirt | vintage 1920s black silk folk embroidered dress | vintage 1930s eyelet lace cream rayon blouse
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.
Floral by Wildwood Floral Studio
When the sun infuses everything around you with golden light and only the symphony of birds and breeze can be heard echoing against a seamless blue sky. In those moments the chaos of the world melts away.
We rose bright and early to make the short pilgrimage to one of my favorite places in Oregon, Sauvie Island. I can still recall my first time visiting the island. I will never forget the warm happiness that spread over me as we drove through the narrow road flocked on both sides by fields and farms, the sky a pristine summer blue.
Here the world is still, far away.
We stop along a trail to take photos with wildflowers and picked several bundles to take home to adorn our kitchen tables. A small group of hens clucking around a mint roofed barn compelled us to pull over the side of the road and see if we could get them to flock towards us. (Ahh, no luck, but they were in a couple of photos)
As the temperature rises, so do the frequency of our daydreams of lazying about a garden with the peak of summer blooms heavily perfuming the air.
It is no secret that we at Adored Vintage love all things soft, romantic, and just plain lovely so we’ve gathered some romantic summer garden inspired looks for you. When we think of a summer romance that takes place in a garden we envision ourselves dressed pretty lace dresses, delicate blouses, and colors that look like they’ve been faded by the balmy summer sun.
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1.] vintage 1920s sheer ivory dress with novelty embroidery from Adored Vintage
2.] Among the Lilacs | All This Happiness Blog via Pinterest
3.] Aerin Lauder in White Lace Dress | Habitually Chic via Pinterest
4.] 1930s Colored Photo by Wilhelm Tobien | Tales of a Madcap Heiress via Pinterest
5.] vintage 1950s pink Neiman Marcus floral beaded skirt from Adored Vintage
6.] Guinevere van Seenus photography by Tim Walker | via Pinterest
7.] vintage inspired pale rose bohemian top from Adored Vintage
8.] Conservatory | Anetteshus via Pinterest