Posts tagged Vintage
Shop Talk: Why I love/shop Vintage!
I have always loved vintage. My grandma gave me a pink polka-dot poodle dress when I was 12 years old.  I remember asking her for it and she was surprised that I wanted it.  I mean, it was the 90s, the 50s was most definitely not in! I was so delighted to have a real 50s dress.  I wore it around the house often, I didn't have any chest to actually fill it out.  But I loved imagining my Grandma looking just fabulous in it. 




Vintage clothing tells a story. The story may be known like my Grandma's 50s dress, or it may not be.  But either way it speaks of another time.  Imaging the person that wore it, or the type of person that would, gives the piece of clothing a much different feel than the new mass-produced clothes that are found in stores today.

One great thing about vintage clothing is that it is already there!  Vintage clothing doesn't have to be made, we don't need to waste materials and energy.  It is already here on earth and there is a lot of it.  Instead of these beautiful pieces of clothing being thrown away and filling a landfills we can treasure them and style them daily.  We can give the pieces a new life. 

I want to give handmade and vintage more of a chance in my wardrobe.  It's a bit unsettling thinking and learning more about what conditions clothes are being made in these days.  Everything is made so cheaply it is sad to think about the people who are making them.  Mass-Produced clothing is overtaking the clothing market. We are choosing to buy the cheap clothes, in turn supporting businesses which have poor conditions for their factory workers. Some fair trade clothing designers and handmade fashion designers are creating great clothes in good working conditions and with a good wage.  But they don't have much of a chance against 10Euro dresses from chain stores. 


Vintage is one of a kind. Chain store shoppers cannot say this about their clothing.  I love wearing something that I have never seen in any other store or on any other human.  When buying vintage dresses there is no "Same Dress" fear when going to parties/prom.  I have always been a person that wanted to dress apart from the mainstream. This is one of my favorite things about vintage.  It is one of the aspects that got me turned on to vintage in the first place. 

I forgot to even mention quality.  Many vintage pieces were made in a time when quality trumped quantity, this is not the case any longer.  Many of my new garments last 2 years if I don't wear them frequently.  If I wear them often they are likely to only last 6 months.  Vintage items on the other hand have lasted over 20 years and that speaks often to their quality.  





These are not only reasons "I love Vintage" but also great reasons to buy/inherit vintage clothing.  I would like to encourage you this year to give handmade and vintage clothing a chance in your wardrobe. 



Thank you for reading lovelies.

Cheers,
Anna
It's been snowing!
In Heidelberg it doesn't snow much but the past few days it has been snowing on and off, consistently.  Nothing is really sticking, but it is gorgeous as it falls.



Dominik snapped these pictures of my old man sweater outfit on our way to a restaurant.  This weekend we went on a brunch date because we couldn't squeeze an evening date during the week.  As I always say, date night is one of our/my main priorities.

Though it is such a priority, it is hard to keep it that way sometimes.  It is easy to overlook its importance.  If I don't get my date time, I don't feel close to Dominik.  Which then effects many other things...



 I assume it will get harder and harder to keep it a priority.  Especially once kids come.  But that's why I really want to keep it a part of our habit and keep it #1 in planning the week.

Thanks for reading lovelies.

Are you sick of me taking about how important date night is?  I think I have probably mentioned it once a week.

Anna
I wish I lived in the 70s
Sometimes vintage pieces put me right into the decade.  It's amazing how some clothing can set such a mood.

Here are a few pieces in my shop that just emanate a 70s vibe!


 Red Midi Skirt/ Charlie's Angels


Patterned 70s Jumpsuitshe wears it with such confidence.

Skate tricks/ Beige cut off  high waisted shorts

I recently had a local customer come by my studio and find an outfit for her 70s themed birthday party. She found a great combo that fit her beautifully!

I was then inspired by so many pieces in my shop.

Other common 70s trends include:
-Maxi Skirts
-Gouchos-mid length trousers
-Kaftans- loose fitted evening wear, similar to kimonos.
-Flares-started as a slight flare and then by around 1975 the full bell bottom was super hot!
-Hotpants- early 70s trend, often worn under maxis or midis with big slits to show a lot of leg.
-Disco Fashions-shiny and glittery danceware.
-Patterns GAZORE!

What is your favorite decade?

I just can't decide!

Cheers,

Anna

Favorite Christmas Present!
My sister-in-law was in charge of getting me a gift this year.  She did a great job!  She bought me a rice cooker. Which is super wicked.  I have been wanting one for a long time.  We have already used it and it works wonders.

In addition to the rice cooker, she bought me this book!
It is a great little book with summaries of decades from 1900-1990s.  It describes the decades and what was happening in fashion during that time.  I have yet to read through the whole thing just I have found my self flipping through it  over and over just to look at the great styles.




What was your favorite gift from this year?

Thanks for reading,

Anna
stuff does matter





This "Stuff Does Matter" manifesto really challenges me. I love things so very much.  I am a person who really treasures stuff.  I like to be surrounded by beautiful and meaningful things. I am a collector and I delight in many physical things in this world.


I know that these things will not last forever and at any moment they may be ruined, lost or stolen, however I delight in them, I enjoy them.

Sometimes, I feel guilty for enjoying stuff so much.  I then feel bad about my many trinkets and treasures.  I am not a '"mindless consumer," I do not purchase for the sake of buying something new.  I buy things because I need them or because the objects bring me delight.  Many things I buy (and sell for that matter) are beautiful and have a strong connection to the past.

Likewise, I want my customers not to buy for the thrill of buying, but out of the delight in the objects that I sell.



I grew up being surrounded by beautiful old things. My mama is a huge antique fan.  She has an amazing collection of old missionary traveling chests that she uses as side tables in the living room.  She appreciates the aesthetics and the stories connected with those pieces. I grew up in a christian home, and the bible says not to "store up your treasures on earth." I have always felt a bit of guilt for delighting in the beauty of the earth and the things that we humans have created.  I struggle to make sense of these feelings, but,

I want to "choose gratitude over guilt." 

Thanks for reading lovelies,

anna

I would love to hear your thoughts and experiences with stuff.  Please share in the comments below.

If you have 30 minutes, as you are walking, sewing, or taking a bath, I would recommend listening to this podcast.  Megan Auman and Grace Bonny talk about why stuff matters click below.

"After the Jump"