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ADORED VINTAGE  vintage + modern pour les filles feminin et romantique / worldwide shipping / sister shop @chaptermercantile


“I have a place, deep down inside
Where Northwest springtime blossoms blow.
I speak of them sometimes to those
Whom casually I’ve come to know.
But you can tenderly come in
To where I live, and these things grow.
You comprehend, and love them too.
You care and share and tell me so.”
- Julia Tomlinson Cook
/ Wearing the Bronte Dress. Pre-Sale link being sent out to newsletter subscribers at 4 PST.

This 1920s dress in the shop is really lovely! Sometimes I wish I had more time (and money!) so I could photograph all my products on dress forms AND models because I feel that when the clothes are worn it’s sometimes easier to visualize how it will look on you. Though I do think photos on models can backfire too. As an avid online shopper myself I sometimes won’t buy things because it’s noted the model is 5’11 and a size 2 and I’m like crap she’s about a foot taller than I am and we have the same measurements. But then sometimes having a model is really helpful! Arg, I don’t know, I think there are pros and cons to both. What are your thoughts on this?

All these beauties (some are as-is) are all packed up. The shop feels very bare bones at the moment and also cluttered because I have little piles of “sort and go through before move” everywhere. Thinking of having a temporary “Attic of Aveyron” section of the website. (Remember that, my as-is vintage Instagram account?) While I’ve been packing and sorting I’ve come across dozens and dozens of “project vintage” pieces that right now in my life I don’t have (or want to) make time for. Anyhow, just a thought. Wondering if this would interest any of you...

The shop is 50% packed and half of our fixtures have sold. I’m looking around at what’s left for the new office and I’m well on my way to the new minimal vibe I really hope to attain and maintain. (Haha are you sort of laughing at this lofty goal of mine? I kind of laugh too!) Anyhow, these lovely new #vintageinspired dresses will be in the shop soon! I’m hoping to squeeze in some product shoots over the weekend... The first black midi dress with patch pockets and buttons along the front... Jeez Louise I’m going to live in it Spring to Fall!

When you tissue wrap and delicately pack old flowers as if they’re antique silk gowns because you’re a crazy dried flower lady.

I wrote a blog post about feeling really overwhelmed right now (in my Shopkeeper Journal on the website) because of all the many moving parts regarding the brick + mortar closing, moving back to the old studio, and opening up my sister shop @chaptermercantile all in the same month. And also the buying trip in LA last week... oof! What was I thinking?! (Maybe because I’m a crazy overachiever...or have horrible concept of time...hmmm...both?) Ahhh also, do you gals like this new background color for AV? I think it feels warm and earthy but still very AV... I won’t be using it for all the product photos, but I’ve really been drawn to warmer muted tones as of late. And one more thing, I’m setting up Chapter Mercantile today @urbanitepdx so be sure to follow along on my stories!

I’m really into polka dots lately...actually I don’t think I’ve ever not been into them. Dotted prints are pretty timeless in my book! This very sweet layered wrap dress is coming to the shop soon! The inner layer is chiffon and peeks out in soft ruffles. A perfect dress for Spring, to wear to a wedding, wear to the beach, to brunch, really anywhere! Also, wouldn’t this be pretty for a bridesmaid dress? Bridesmaids in polka dots! How cute would that be!?

Heading back to Portland this morning and excited to get back into the studio to work on new arrivals and also start planning out the layout for @chaptermercantile, the sister home goods shop to AV which I’ll be setting up early next week! If you’ve watched my Sneak Peeks story highlights I’ll be sending out a note to newsletter subscribers on snapping up the Montgomery Dress and Wilder Dress before its live in the shop and at a special subscriber only price! So sign up before this afternoon!

In LA for a couple more days and I’m happily anticipating getting back into my work routine and also listing several new dresses for the shop! If you watched my stories (Sneak Peeks!), all those beauties will be arriving in the shop but not for a few more months... Sometimes I wonder if I share too much about the things I’ll be carrying in the shop especially now that I’m focusing on modern clothing equally as much as vintage. But then I shrug it off and just remember to focus on what I’m doing and what makes me happy (and sharing those previews makes me really happy because I love getting super excited DMs from you guys!) Tuesday I head back to Portland and a really busy few weeks are ahead of me. Setting up the AV home goods sister shop @chaptermercantile at @urbanitepdx next week, moving back into my old studio, moving out of the current shop/studio... building walls and painting walls and hauling furniture... oh goodness, it’s the calm before the storm...and I’m so ready for it!

New postcards have arrived and I’m catching up on all orders before I head out to L.A. tomorrow (a week before Market because I hate crowds)... Keep an eye on my stories tomorrow to get a sneak peek at some of the styles arriving in the shop for Spring/Summer and btw if you’re part of my mailing list you’ll receive pre-sale discounts and behind the scenes exclusives! Hooray!

Excited to get back into work mode today and going back to doing what I love and what I’m good at! Now that the brick + mortar is officially closed, the real planning begins and I’ll be honest, a tremendous weight lifted off my shoulders when I cleaned off the shop hours from the windows and pulled down the shades. I think I literally squealed with glee (just a little...) I’m glad I tried it. I’m glad I gave it a go, but in the end... well, you’ll just have to head on over to my Shopkeeper’s Journal to read more of my thoughts (the good and the bad) of running a brick + mortar especially if running your own shop is a dream of yours...

Last NYE a group of our friends gathered at our home and after dinner I had everyone write down intentions for 2017 and we threw them in a pile and each person grabbed one to read out loud. It was fun guessing who wrote what and also wonderful to say the intentions out loud. A couple of weeks ago during a little get together I gave everyone back their slips of paper (they didn’t realize I kept them all!) and we read them again. Most of us had actually done what we set out to do! I’m going to do this again today, though it might just be on my own since we didn’t make plans... Do you make NYE Resolutions? What do you hope to accomplish or achieve in 2018?

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