Summer Shop

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Summer? You’re here? How, how, how, how, how!??

I think the most enduring thing about childhood that absolutely no one ever quite gets over is the loss of summer vaca. Perhaps that’s why people return to school again and again for advanced degrees because we really just can’t get over that feeling of the last bell, the last final, the last class period completion, and the three months stretched out before you of complete and utter timelessness. Because, for some reason, though our lives from birth to death are summed up, surrounded in, and made up of time, we spend our lives fighting time, wanting more, wanting it to rush by faster, sometimes slower, sometimes stopping, sometimes jumping ahead, sometimes leaping back yet always, always struggling against what no one has managed to triumph over.

If you look up the word “insanity,” of course the first thing that comes up is “the state of being seriously mentally ill; madness” BUT, the second thing that comes up is “extreme foolishness or irrationality.” Isn’t there a bit of insanity then in all of us? Isn’t it irrational to fight against a system no one has managed to beat? Isn’t it foolish to wish for things that can’t happen? To pine for things that won’t come sooner, won’t happen slower, and won’t slip by faster? And, don’t we all know this and plough ahead anyway? Wishing, hoping, watching that clock, crossing off calendars, counting, counting, counting?

At the heart of all of this time-insanity I think lies the love for vintage: in vintage clothes, style, and furniture there is a tangible moment of a past time. We can’t go back, we can’t be born sooner, and we can’t reverse our own timeline, but we can put on the facade of a different time and within that facade I think we feel removed from a present we at times don’t much care for. In that time-capsule it feels so wonderfully cozy and we are (for that moment we wear a vintage piece or for the time we rest in a vintage-inspired space), so wonderfully not ourselves.

Elle magazine did a sort of coast to coast vintage store roundup last week just in time for the summer season of road-trippin’. Check out their article here and if you’re near any of these vintage meccas, go check them out! I have my own local love but I would so like to visit all of these gems, you know, if I had the time….

– <3 A.  

Vintage Finds

I was working a bit of overtime this weekend. I had hoped that I would be able to show you a new idea I’m working on for The Linen Closet but the prototypes didn’t turn out exactly as I wanted so the full reveal will have to wait.

Something I can reveal though is a few recent finds from my favorite vintage store. Vintage stores can be a little scary, but combing through some seriously hideous, 70’s beaded apparel, and some 80’s suits that I don’t think will ever be vintage enough to become attractive again, is usually well worth the effort. More often than not, they are usually full of hidden gems.

vintage plaid and wool skirt

This wool, plaid skirt was perfect for entering the winter months. The best part about vintage stores is the clothing from the 50’s and 60’s was made so well that you can’t even tell the skirt is decades old. I will say though, the women must have been miniatures of modern women because, goodness, the waists are so tiny! A wool skirt in perfect condition for $12.00 was quite the find.

vintage ascot blouseI thought this polka-dot ascot blouse would look lovely with a black pencil skirt. Besides, there’s something about polka dots that I just can’t put back, so it came home with me.

And, at last, my fav:

vintage doris day inspired coat

I fell in love with this coat the moment I saw it. After my first round of glee was over though, I was a bit hesitant to buy it. The color is not enhanced at all, it’s really truly THAT green. I’m definitely not one for neon colors, and usually don’t buy green that often, but I couldn’t get past the tailoring of it and I had to take the plunge:

vintage coat

vintage doris day inspired coatWhat finally convinced me was thinking of Doris Day and her film-wardrobes, always chock-full of brightly colored coats that matched almost any outfit imaginable.

When shopping for outerwear it seems silly to get anything that you can’t wear with everything. So, I usually settle on brown, black, navy blue, or grey. Sometimes though, it’s just fun to be a little outrageous.

It did actually come with a matching dress, but the zipper needs a bit of help from a tailor and (don’t worry) I definitely won’t be wearing them together. Doris Day might be able to pull it off but I’ll stick to making my statements separately.

– <3 A.