Life as the kid of a vintage blogger


This morning, Olivia and I popped out into the alley for some outfit pictures. I let her press the shutter release button on my camera remote, which is something my kids always fight over! I often wonder what it will be like for the kids as they get older, having a fashion blogger mom, always dressing up, taking pictures in weird places and such.

vintage plus size 60s style beehive and pyrex brooch

When I was a kid, my mom was a housewife too but she was also an artist, often working for local 90s rock bands, which was kind of odd. We spent a lot of week day afternoons in empty nightclubs while mom painted murals and the bar tender served all of the orange soda and bar snacks that my sister and I could handle. We got home a few hours before my dad came home from work and mom would whip up dinner and clean her brushes.  On weekends, one of the bands would practice in our basement and my sister and I loved hanging out with their girlfriends. They were all skinny 20 somethings with huge blond hair, tiny mini skirts and impossibly high heels.

My kids will have memories of me digging through basements at estate sales while their dad holds their hands saying "no running! You have to stick with me!" and letting them pick out little trinkets from some box of odds and ends if they behave. They'll remember that I always wore an apron with some wonderful print while I washed dishes. I hope they remember all of the vintage shops and antique shops with old lady shop owners giving them candy.  If they don't, they will always have mom's blog to go back and read, watching themselves grow up in my archives.

pyrex graphic novelty brooch from wacky tuna on etsy

60s dress- thrifted
pink bow belt- gift from a blog reader
carved fish shoes- bought on our honeymoon in Florida


  1. Such happy pictures. Thank you for sharing.

  2. It sounds like your childhood is what every kid dreams about!! :)

    xo Rachael / The Paraders

  3. That sounds beautiful!!! So many wonderful memories you are creating now!

  4. I swear, reading this post sent a shiver - of the good sort - through me. It's absolutely beautiful that you've given your children such rich, wonderful memories and such a clear snapshot - quite literally - of who you are as a person. So often I think many of grow up and don't fully know are parents, even though we just spent 18-ish years with them. It's awesome, and no doubt beneficial to them, that you kids will know you so well and I'm sure that some of your interests will shape their own, in wholly positive ways, as they continue to grow up.

    Thank you for sharing this. It's one of the loveliest blog posts I've read in a long time.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. What a lovely post, such happy thoughts. :)

  6. Aw, this is great. I am nowhere near the point of having kids, but I hope they'll have good memories too. Until then I'll just have to reminisce about teaching my husband all of this vintage lifestyle knowledge. :)
    Also, OW OW!!! You look fantastic! This outfit is so gorgeous on you, and you rock a beehive like nobody's business!

  7. Love how cute you and Olivia look in these photos! Not only do your outfits look super, you both look like you are having such a great time. :) I sometimes wonder if my children will wonder what on earth is Mama doing taking all these photos/isn't she weird, but then I remember they've grown up with it, and probably won't care... I hope!

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  9. Olivia looks like she stepped right out of a sixties children's pattern illustration. No doubt she'll be as into vintage as you are someday! Lovely post, and lovely daughter too. It's so wonderful that they'll have those memories. :)

  10. This was a truly touching post, and I loved reading about your childhood and your mother! She sounds like such an interesting woman!! That is not an average childhood at all! But certainly sounds swell!



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