At first glance I thought these antique and vintage photographs were doctored up in photoshop with modern technology, but after a quick reading over at Wikipedia, autochrome lumiere was the first color photography processing technique patented by the Lumiere brothers in 1903.
I love vintage and antique photos so much, but seeing these in color is even more magical and dear to me. They are even more alive and timeless, like memories and scenes from someone's life flashing up on a big screen.
So thrilled to share these beautiful moments captured in time and in color with you!
These next set of French antique autochrome photographs are images captured by the sea and the French coast. So absolutely beautiful!
And these antique autochromes are just beautiful French landscapes and scenes. Just beautiful, no?
Vegas was a blast and I have spent the past couple days catching up on work and recouping from 3 days at Magic Market Week. Yesterday I had to force myself to rest, I could barely keep my eyes open most of Friday and some of yesterday but when you're a one woman show it's no rest for the weary! I wanted to kind of track the progress of things going on around here as I feel more or less this is a journey we are traversing together...hehe...so here goes.
So...5 THINGS I'M WORKING ON for the VINTAGE SHOP
1.] WHAT KIND OF LIGHTS FOR THE SHOP? - solved
This morning I started to focus my attention again on the Brick + Mortar and went and looked at light options for the shop (finally decided on cool industrial pendants!) so that is ONE thing to check off the long list of "to-do" and "to-buy" for the shop.
BTW, I honestly thought opening up a shop would take like 2 weeks...put up a sign, get some lights, put in some racks...nuh-uh! Of course if you have unlimited funds and a team of helpers, then yes, it is absolutely possible! But with just me and my fella, well it's a lot slower of a process than I imagined.
2.] HOW TO SHOOT PRODUCTS IN SHOP SPACE - solved
Last week I spent some time shooting products for the shop with a new studio setup. So FINALLY resolved the product photography issue as I was having such a hard time working with the light available in the shop. It actually has TOO MUCH natural light. Never thought I'd say that!
3.] HOW TO ORGANIZE VINTAGE STOCK - working on it
So a couple of months ago I bought an entire vintage store that went out of business. I think I've acquired some 1500 pieces of clothing, jewelry, accessories... and well I wasn't anticipating how much ROOM all this stuff would take up! We now have two storage units and they're both full and the shop currently still houses a few more unopened boxes and several racks of clothing I have to still go through. I think this is going to be the biggest problem I have to solve.
4.] I NEED HELP - working on it - almost solved
Ahh I suppose it was going to be a lot sooner than later that I need some help around here... so next week I am interviewing for an assistant! At my old job I interviewed a fair number of girls that became my interns that I later trained and then eventually they took over what I did. I'm confident in my interviewing skills and actually very excited to meet the new prospects in person! Hooray!
5.] MANAGING PERSONAL TIME + WORK TIME - almost solved
Because I now have a live/work situation it has been very difficult for me to NOT work. Sometimes I'll stay up until 12-1 AM and just tinker away on the website or read up on new modules to add to the site or research costume jewelry... but lately I have been more firm with myself to work from 9-6 (UM, to be honest though I don't really stick to it as I still work until about 8 usually...) BUT, I am getting a lot better at taking little breaks, managing my time better, and being OK that there isn't enough time TODAY to do everything I want to do so there is always TOMORROW.
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I do wish things were progressing faster around here. But then again, I am just one person. For now anyway. :)
After some debate over wether or not I should go forth and add new clothing to Adored Vintage, the A|V Modern collection is now finally live with a sampling of 6 starter pieces! I wanted to stay very true to the AV aesthetic: feminine, classic & wearable. I often wear vintage and modern together and it has always been my style philosophy that vintage can be worn seamlessly with modern clothing. In choosing the first few pieces for the A|V Modern collection (and all the beautiful vintage inspired clothing that is to come...) I kept in mind the characteristics I look for when shopping for vintage.
Does it wear well? Is it timeless? Can it be worn in the next couple of years? The woman that wears the clothes from the vintage inspired collection has classic and feminine tastes with just a touch of bohemian. She's Anthropologie meets Madewell. She's the kind of woman that can throw on our classic Birkin grey tee with a novelty print 50s skirt and sandals and head to the farmer's market. She can slip into our blue jersey Shrimpton dress and go from brunch with girlfriends to a romantic date along the pier.
Every piece of garment (and soon accessories) hints at vintage or is inspired by our many vintage fashion icons and Hollywood stars such as Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, Lillian Gish, Lily Elsie, and Katherine Hepburn.
It's vintage meets modern and I hope you adore it as much as I do!
I am writing from (chilly) Las Vegas after attending DAY 2 of MAGIC Market Week (I posted a bunch of photos on Instagram: Adoredvintage) but if you don't follow AV on Instagram, there are some snaps below. I really had no idea what I was getting myself into and it was a sort of spontaneous decision to come to Vegas for a few days and check out what MAGIC was all about. And GOODNESS me... such an exciting, overwhelming, tiring, and all around fun experience!
I've thought about expanding Adored Vintage for awhile now to carry vintage inspired clothing but so far the access to labels I had in LA were too trendy and too fashion forward and that's not what Adored Vintage is all about. So glad we decided to come out to Vegas as I have now been properly introduced to about a dozen brands (some really beautiful London bases brands!) I am really excited to explore and possibly carry at Adored Vintage and the brick + mortar store!
Attending the show is like one gigantic window shopping experience. The booths are all set up like mini stores basically. Some are as simple as a few racks and tables and vases of flowers to really fully thought out and developed booths with music, snacks, sellers with iPads on the ready...
This afternoon while leaving the show, I felt like crying, and I know that sounds silly, but I am in disbelief sometimes that this is what I do for a living. I spoke with a few sales reps and I became privy to how much money some boutiques spend at the shows (one online store spent 10K in one booth alone!) and while I am nowhere near that league, it is kind of amazing that I've gotten even this far and still pushing forward on my own.
The past few months since I left my full time job has been full of incredible blessings and countless challenges and I've been able to get through the obstacles with a lot of support from my friends and my church family. So I suppose I can't claim that I've done all of this on my own.
Looking forward, I am planning on taking aboard some gals to join the Adored Vintage team. I have realized with all the plans I have for the upcoming months and all the projects I want to dip my hands into, I can't do everything on my own anymore. And that's such a scary thing when you're a one woman show. To let go of that control, that fear...to jump into the unknown, to put your trust into a stranger who you hope becomes a dear friend and member of your company's family.
I have really grand ideas for AV. After all, if your dreams don't scare you, you're not dreaming big enough, right? (I'm not sure who said that, I saw it on a Pinterest post).
Someday I am going to have a beautiful industrial warehouse and have a small team of vintage loving gals who possess great character and whom I will call family working alongside me. And the warehouse will have lots of big windows, racks and racks of beautiful exquisite vintage, a place to shoot gorgeous product photos, and there will be a garden, and we'll have dogs at the office, and we'll have great coffee and tea, and a well stocked employee pantry with croissants...
It is truly my belief that if you visualize your dreams down to the smallest details, they will come true because it doesn't seem like such a far fetched dream anymore. I can picture what our conference room will look like... big grand windows with antique lace curtains and a beautiful reclaimed wooden table and lots of fresh flowers in mercury glass vases...oh and rugs, lots of cozy Navajo rugs!
I am going to make this dream of mine come true. One little step at a time.
A quick vintage shop update before we head off to Vegas for our very first tradeshow! Tomorrow we'll be driving to Vegas to attend PROJECT/Magic tradeshow and we are super excited to experience the craziness! Along the way we'll be stopping by Calico, a desert ghost town...woooooo
This was quite possibly the most wonderful Valentine's Day I've ever had. My sweetheart surprised me this morning with a gift, a beautiful 1930s art deco necklace I had my eye on at the vintage expo. Then he made me pink eggs and heart shaped bacon (well, those didn't quite turn out...but I so appreciate the effort and thought) and my favorite (GIGANTIC) cinnamon bun from Sweet Jill's Bakery in Long Beach.
At first we thought about doing a coastal drive up to Solvang, a picturesque Dutch town about 2 hours north of us, but decided to stay closer to home to avoid traffic (seriously, when you live in LA you literally plan your days around traffic)
We had such a fantastic day of exploring the aquarium (me going crazy over the jellyfish!) and then walking around Rainbow Harbor and enjoying lunch on a sun drenched patio. Afterwards we caught the shuttle to the Queen Mary and had a blast exploring all the different decks, reading up the history of the ship, and also took the Queen Mary Legends & Ghosts tour. I won't tell you too much about it...but I do recommend doing the tour if you're into silly stuff like that. AND you get to go into the boiler room of the ship which you can't access by yourself...it is genuinely haunting down there.
Most importantly, today's date day was just a reminder that sometimes work has to be paused and put off to the side and I get to enjoy the day with my love. It was wonderful to "get away" even if it was just in Long Beach. If you and your fella are looking for fun date ideas, I highly recommend getting the DUO ticket for the Aquarium and Queen Mary (you save about $20!) and it can easily all be done in one day.