There's nothing quite like the feeling of cozying up with a good book on a cool Autumn day. A block from my apartment is a beautiful old library made of white stone with large trees in the front and white columns leading up to the steps. The doors are dark wood and heavy and when you open them and step inside, your entire world becomes still, quiet.
One of my favorite pastimes on a weekday afternoon is to go to the library and revisit old classics and peruse through books on history, vintage fashion, and hollywood icons.
This vintage inspired outfit takes its cues from the late 20s and early 1930s when Ernest Hemingway, the great American author, released many of his most well known novels such as "A Farewell to Arms" (1929) and "The Sun Also Rises" (1926). Many other great authors and writers published books during the time period after World War I and before World War II such as F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby, 1925) and Upton Sinclair (Roman Holiday, 1931... and yes THAT Roman Holiday later made into a movie making Audrey Hepburn an icon!) so I was not only inspired by literary works, but fashion itself during these times.
What is your favorite classic novel and who are your favorite authors?
1. "NDG" Glasses by Oliver Peoples, 2. Blouse by CHLOE, 3. Cloche by Dickens & Jones, 4. Vintage revival satchel from Fossil, 5. Woven skirt from Debenhams, 6. Jeffrey Campbell peep toe pumps, 7. Essie nail polish in "Vanity Fairest"
I'm not familiar with Jessica Barenfeld's jewelry designs, but I am quite smitten with their apartment tour featured on Freunde Von Freunden and just loved her work station in their light and plant filled loft that I had to share this portion of it for the Atelier feature.
I love all the natural light in their loft! And all of those plants! Someday I would love to be in a live/work loft filled with lots of light, lots of plants and flowers, and lots of pretty vintage all around. Their home looks cozy, lived in, and filled with random little knick knacks that I'm sure each have a story to tell.
And isn't her at home jewelry studio so well organized? Little bins and boxes for everything! How I admire a well organized woman!
More vintage clothing and some vintage jewelry has been added to the shop! I am so in love with this 1950s silk party dress with the bright green sash and giant bow in the back, it has it's small issues, but I always thought I would add a little chiffon overlay over the skirt. Well, never got around to it so it was time to let it go "as is". Don't you think it would make for a perfect party dress for the holidays?
If you are a fan on Facebook you've already seen the previews for the other goodies... so if something has caught your eye, feel free to send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to send you more info and measurements! All the items below are linked!
When the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to turn into different shades of gold, auburn, and crimson...my heart always longs for the Autumn days I spent in New England.
Fall is the perfect season for layering and experimenting with mixing prints and patterns together. The trick of it is to stay within the same color family. The basis of this outfit inspiration was this vintage 1950s dress which features red and blues. Technically it's a summer dress, but by adding in more Autumn inspired colors and textures, your summer dress can be transitioned to Fall.
It's Monday and that means new vintage has been stocked at ADORED VINTAGE! I debated on listing everything at once but have decided to do this shop update in three parts. So look for more vintage goodies to be added in the shop on Wednesday and then on Friday! If you are a fan on Facebook you've already seen the previews for the other goodies... so if something has caught your eye, feel free to send me an email email@example.com and I would be happy to send you more info and measurements!
Below you'll find the links to shop each of the items posted above... just click on the name link!
This year I attended vintage fashion expo in Santa Monica for both the days it was held. The first day my girlfriends and I attended it together and I was very happy to introduce them to "my vintage world" as they both work more with contemporary fashion. I am always so happy to share the world of vintage with my friends and love talking to the booth vendors and sellers. I will admit that buying vintage clothing is much more fun than selling vintage clothing which can be quite problematic when one owns a vintage shop...
As I perused through the racks of 1950s party dresses, squealed over the beaded 1920s flapper gowns, and nearly fainted over Edwardian dresses, I started to wonder why do I buy vintage. Why were these women around me buying vintage? As having been on both ends of the spectrum at these shows I have learned to recognize who is there to buy for their shop and who is their to buy for themselves (and maybe it will end up in their shop someday...that would include me) and who is there simply because they just can't get enough of vintage clothing and everything that encompasses the wearing and the collecting of vintage.
If you're reading my vintage blog chances are you adore vintage. You can relate to that feeling you get inside when "she" catches your eye. That cream colored flapper dress with tiny rosettes at the neck and the smocking along the drop waist with pale pink and blue ribbons cascading down along the hips. She speaks to you in that soft sing-songy voice of hers "I have a story to tell, would you like to hear it?" And you walk in a daze towards this glowy ethereal garment many many years your senior... "ooo yes, do tell!"
But then heartbreak... her story is $595 and the saddest moment of truth comes that you cannot afford her story. Not now anyway.
As I floated around the vintage expo (because when I am at these vintage events I am almost always in a happy daze of oblivion, vintage is my drug y'all!) I came to a sad realization that many, I mean nearly 80% of the clothes at the show were too far out of my price range.
I should point out I don't use credit cards. I'm fairly frugal when it comes to money and have heard one too many horror stories of credit card hell. So I just avoid it like I avoid the snake room at zoos. So, no buying dresses I can't really afford.
We have a quick little dance these vintage dresses and I, and then I must say a tearful goodbye and hope that perhaps our paths will meet again (and perhaps by then I will be many pennies richer).
If you've never been to the Vintage Expo in Santa Monica (and it is held in San Francisco as well) let me share a bit of my knowledge with you...
It is by no means cheap or even "affordable". Now I tend to view my prices as fairly fair for the vintage world. And perhaps you will not agree, but if you shopped for vintage where I shop for vintage, I'd be on the cheaper end of the spectrum.
1920s Dresses START at $180-$220 and the $180 flapper dress was a plain sheer off white linen dress with hardly any embellishments. For a velvet or beaded gorgeous number expect to pay between $295 (not as elaborate) to $2200. Average price for a 1920s dress is around $350.
One woman I spoke to spent SIX MONTHS restoring a STUNNING black velvet number with metallic gold threading and very intricate beading. This was one of those $2200 flapper dresses I was talking about. Can I afford a $2200 dress? Absolutely not. Do I think her labor and love and the dress are worth $2200? Yes, absolutely I do.
Sure you can find dresses for $75-$85 dollars. But I'll be straight up honest, it's dresses you can get on Etsy for about the same and usually less.
Let's move on to hats. Because the vintage expo has many, many gorgeous vintage hats! Hat prices vary. You can get a cute 60s felt hat for $38-$48 or really spend the cash on a stunning sequined cloche from 1920s Paris and spend $595. It goes the same for the jewelry. Most of it is expensive, but you can find the odd whimsical brooch here and there from the 1950s or 1960s for $18-$28.
Going to the vintage expo for me is like living out my vintage fantasies for a little. I always leave so inspired and even more in love with vintage than before I arrived. If you are ever in Los Angeles during the weekends it is held here, I highly recommend on attending even if it's just to browse. I'd bring $500-$1,000 if you're looking to buy and that's on a decent budget. You could get a couple dresses and some accessories with that amount of money.
If you're a vintage buyer looking to supply your shop, this wouldn't be the place for it, unless of course your clients can pay double what you paid for something... *hehe*
Oh...and one last note... the prices reflected are of course only items I looked at which as you can see from my instagrammed photos tend to be dresses from the 1920s, 1930s, and Edwardian dresses. If the 40s, 50s, 60s is more your thing or more new age 80s... prices do vary. A 50s day dress would cost anywhere from $128 (on the low end) to $328 on the higher end with party dresses around $195-$595. And of course some dealers will work with you on prices, but having sold vintage myself, please don't try to negotiate us to 50% off the listed price. It just plain hurts our feelings!
Halloween is fast approaching and I am still undecided as to what or who I will be this year. I've always wanted to try a Ziegfeld Follies girl costume with the risque costumes (albeit very, very beautiful), vampy makeup and finger waves in my hair. I happened across all of these vintage photos on pinterest highlighting many of the stunning Ziegfeld Follies costumes and bright young stars. Most of these I've never seen before so I am really happy to share them. Maybe it will inspire a costume for you?
Wouldn't it have been amazing to have been part of these shows or even to be in the audience and marvel at all of the beautiful women and the fantasy costumes?