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7 Modern TV Shows for Vintage Style Inspiration

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I grew up on Nick At Nite. Mostly because my parents were super protective of what our developing little minds consumed and they could really only vouch for the shows they grew up watching. We were strictly a G-rated household and that meant I was totally out of the loop on all the hit 90s shows my friends were talking about: Friends, Buffy, Dawson’s Creek- I had no flipping clue! The plus side though was the vintage fashion schooling I gained at a very young age which has influenced me to this day. I can thank the Bradys, Lucille Ball and Mary Tyler Moore for much of my own sense of style. And I suppose I really have my parents to thank for that. 

While I still watch old movies and tv shows for inspiration, the last few years of modern television have been an incredible time for period-based storytelling and the amazing wardrobe that comes with it. Below are my top seven new(ish) shows for vintage fashion inspiration (in no particular order). These also happen to be some of the greatest productions featuring strong female leads and for that reason too they are some of my all time favs <3


1. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (1958)

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2. GLOW (1980s)

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3. The Crown (1947-1964) 

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4. Mad Men (March 1960-November 1970)

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5. Downton Abby (1912-1926)

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6. Stranger Things (1980s) 

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7. Godless (1880s)  

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NEON BONEYARD, LAS VEGAS

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My husband and I visited The Neon Museum while in Las Vegas this weekend. Besides my vintage shopping excursion, it was the highlight of the trip for me! Located near old town Vegas, it’s a great excuse to get out of the madness of the strip and learn about the history of Sin City and the science & art behind neon signs. They have a pretty strict "photo-shoot" policy but we managed to get a few shots. When you visit the museum for yourself be sure to book your tickets in advance and don’t forget to tip your tour guide! 

The 1980s floral dress featured in these photos, along with other fab vintage from the VEE VINTAGE VEGAS COLLECTION, will be available soon at a POPUP SHOP near you!

Photos of me by Nate Watters (all others by me)

Happy Earth Day!!!

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Happy Earth Day, Friends! We made it yet another year without destroying the planet. Congratulations....I guess

Those of you who know me personally know that I recently made a switch with my "day job" that has allowed me to work less (more time for Vee Vintage, YAY!!!) and has physically moved me from a cubicle on the 56th floor of the 2nd tallest building downtown Seattle to working literally and figuratively on the ground at the most beautiful park in the City, Discovery Park.  For the last two years I'd been feeling what I suspected were the impacts of the daily urban grind and it wasn't until my first day on the job at Discovery a few weeks ago that I realized just how much of an impact downtown cubicle life was having on me. When I arrived at the park that first day, I got out of my car, excited to begin this new chapter, and low-and-behold I heard nothing but birds, smelled nothing but fresh forest air and took a long deep breath, almost bursting into tears at how in touch with the earth I felt. And now, the 2.5 days that I'm there each week feel like such an incredible gift. Every sense of me feels more whole. I can think clearly, my body feels lighter, brilliant ideas seem to come easier, and I just feel good. 

You guys, natural environments and real life experiences in nature are critical, for humans and animals alike***. In a society that is increasingly more logged-in than ever we cannot take Earth (in real life) for granted. You can read more of my thoughts on sustainability related to vintage fashion on my homepage. But for now.....turn off your computer, phone or whatever futuristic device you're using to read this and go outside, even if for only a minute. Breath deep. Listen hard. Just be.

Photo by Wild Rosemarie <3 

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***Have you seen Planet Earth II yet? It's pretty amazing I just might watch it again today. My fav part is where the bird steals the heart. The ending is really great too! 

 

Five Ways to Mix Vintage into Your Wardrobe

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If you haven't yet watched the segment I did for New Day Northwest, check it out here. The tips below are an elaborated version of my talking points from my conversation on the show. 

  1. Trend reversal. While I always encourage moving away from fly by night fashion trends, a good place to start incorporating vintage to your closet is to look at what’s trendy now and get the true vintage version of that. After all, today’s trends are usually just a re-run or spinoff from the past. The 70s are currently in, so start there. 
  2. Accessories! Add a vintage necklace, handbag, scarf, hat, necktie, etc. Mix it with something simple and modern and you’ve just added a little fun (and piece history) to your look. 
  3. Modernize the vintage piece. For example, remove those god forsaken monster size shoulder pads from that dress or shirt from the 80s. And, don’t wear both pieces of a two-piece suit at once. Wear them separately and pair them with something modern on the top or bottom.
  4. Fit is key to any look, vintage or modern. Vintage fit can be tricky though. Learn what decades of style fit with your body type. You can always have something altered if you need to.  I don’t recommend buying vintage clothing online to start. Go into a shop to get a feel for what eras fit you best. When you have a real sense of what styles you love on your body, take your measurements and have them handy so that you can compare them to the measurements listed for items in online vintage shops. 
  5. Get inspired! Follow bloggers or instagrammers (like yours truly). Watch old TV shows or movies- I loved watching Downton Abby for inspiration (so sad it's over!). Nerd out over vintage fashion magazines. Most of all, keep your eyes/mind open, inspiration is everywhere!

The photos above feature the outfit modeled in the New Day Northwest segment by model #3, the most beautiful Nhi Tran.  I ran out of time to talk about the entire outfit so I thought I'd feature it in this post. Nhi is wearing this beautiful rust colored 1970s trench from Life Long Thrift Store in Capitol Hill where all proceeds support services to people living with HIV/Aids and other chronic illness. Under the jacket, I paired a modern fitted tee with a pleated skirt from the 70s, boots inspired by the early 1900s, and a 1960s gold necklace. A perfect way to add some vintage style to your wardrobe.  

Behind the scenes at King 5 New Day Northwest.

Behind the scenes at King 5 New Day Northwest.

 

 

 

The Great vintage road trip

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I’m back in Seattle after nine days of the great #vintageroadtrip. If you’ve been following me on social media, you’re aware of this fun little adventure I’ve been on, but I’m here to tell you a bit more of the intimate details.

Nothing helps clear my head more than driving on the open road. I always find a sense of clarity and new perspective on long road trips. Living in an ever-growing city and working in the hustle & bustle of its downtown slowly wears on me. The funny thing is that I truly do love big city life, yet the minute I start to drive away with that skyline in my rearview, I feel a huge weight beginning to lift. The further down the road I go, I feel like the truest version of myself.

Here’s the complete list of all the little (and big) towns I stopped in.

Washington: Roslyn, Thorp, Moses Lake, Spokane

Idaho: Coeur d’Alene, Kellogg, Wallace,

Montana: Missoula, Bozeman, Livingston, Red Lodge, Bridger, Fromburg, Joliet, Billings

I took four days getting to my “basecamp” in Bridger, Montana and then spent another four days exploring the area there. Just about everyday I scouted inventory, doing my best to shop at small non-profit thrift stores that put the dollars spent back into the local community. I’m also a sucker for yard/garage sales as I love learning a bit about the people putting them on. One old sun-worn hippy guy in Billings was managing the sale of his “lady friend’s” eclectic collection of stuff to help her out while dealing with a “nasty divorce”. He was quite a character and I walked away with some great finds!

A few observations and highlights from my trip:

  1. I have the best travel buddy in the world! My dog, Maddie, was just so awesome and fun to travel with. Because of her I explored more parks than I would have and that’s pretty cool.
  2. I listened to a lot of Dear Sugar Radio. Do yourself a favor and check it out if you haven’t already!
  3. You guys, there are far too many Trump Campaign signs in Eastern Washington. Living in our little liberal bubble of Seattle we tend to forget about the rest of the state.
  4. The best roadtunes are: Lucero, Robyn, Blitzen Trapper, Creedance Clear Water Revival, Daft Punk, Frank Ocean, Jenny Lewis, Rocky Votolato, Sylvan Esso….to name a few J
  5. Yard sales were the absolute best I’ve ever witnessed in Billings, MT. Every intersection of every street had 3-4 signs pointing in all different directions. And they all had pretty sweet stuff!
  6. I spent some quality time with my future mother-in-law, Jean. How did I get so lucky in that department?! She’s just so great in so many ways! Not only did she raise an amazing son she’s an incredible artist and photographer. We did a super fun photoshoot one evening which I can't wait to share with you all soon!
  7. Oh and two other highlights: I read a great book, Brain On Fire, which I highly recommend!! Also, I made a cherry pie. From scratch! With cherries from our yard in Seattle that traveled with me all the way to MT. It was beautiful (with fancy lattice crust top) and delicious!!

Flying home yesterday (thank God I didn’t have to drive another 14 hours home!), I felt like I was ready to tackle the world again. I’ve got big exciting things coming up and it feels good to sort of start with a fresh perspective on things.

As far as all the STUFF goes: Seattle area friends, come to my First Thursday Pop-Up in North Beacon Hill on July 7th for first dibs on some of the most amazing vintage finds from my #roadtripcollection!

Support the Troops

Virginia Frances

As a kid I had always wanted to be a girl scout. I dreamt of wearing the cute little brown uniform, earning the cool looking badges and making friendship bracelets with the other girls at camp. Even selling cookies in front of the store in our little town seemed like a novel ambition!

So finally, in my thirties, I earned my first uniform. I spotted this 1960s gem at an early morning Estate Sale in South Seattle and immediately snatched it up.

The Girl Scouts are an amazing organization that is so much more than I even could have understood as a young girl. Their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Heck yes!

There are 2.7 million girls and women involved nationwide (1.9 million girls and 800,000 adult volunteers) who believe girls can change the world. Girl Scouts began over 100 years ago with one woman, founder Juliette Gordon “Daisy” Low, who organized the first Girl Scout troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia. Every year since, Girl Scouts has made her vision a reality, helping girls discover their strengths, passions, and talents. Today, Girl Scouts goes above and beyond camps and cookies offering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Arts, Culture, World Travel, Leadership and Social Justice programming.

Be sure to buy some cookies from your local girl scout or donate today to support their amazing mission!