A Vintage Ode to My Mom for Mother’s Day

April 26th, 2013

my mom wearing 1970s outfit in 1974

My mother at age 19, wearing a classic ’70s style outfit in 1974. 

“When I was your age, my mom said to me a few years ago, when I was about 23, “I used to go to Salvation Army and find dresses from the 1930s.”

“Ugh, I hate you!!!” I replied, vehemently jealous that in the ’70s, access to ’30s fashion was the same as finding yet another ’80s frock or ’90s pair of jeans thrift store shopping today.

But I didn’t really hate her for saying that then. In fact, I loved her more for it – because it showed that the vintage gene descended from her side of the family!

As I type these words, I’m sitting at the dining room table of my childhood home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my mother asleep upstairs and reflecting on a few of our conversations these past few days. A trip home to see a doctor always results in these mini “life reflective pow wows” that initially upset me because like most moms do, she is brutally honest about “what she thinks.”

But in due time I let go of the need to feel right and I remember why my mom’s wisdom, experience and love are my greatest source of inspiration for the best way to live my life. Thank you for your honesty, advice and unconditional love, mom.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching on Sunday, May 12th, I teamed up with Coupons.com to offer you a chance to win a $50 gift card to Target to grab your own mamas a special treat for this ode-to-mom day.

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3 Things I’ve Learned About Life from Vintage

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3 Things I’ve Learned About Life from Vintage

The vintage industry has taught me those lessons in life I never anticipated needing to learn and when the time was necessary, re-learn once again. These are lessons applicable to all aspects of our lives – not just working in the vintage industry. I hope I do these lessons justice, and that one (or all three) resonate with you, whether you’re a vintage buyer, seller or evangelist of #vintagelove like me.

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Seizing the Day Wearing 1950s Crinoline

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Seizing the Day Wearing 1950s Crinoline

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7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Vintage Sizing

April 22nd, 2013
7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Vintage Sizing

“How do I know my vintage size?” is one of the most common questions I hear. After releasing my e-book, the 100 Best Vintage Shops Online, reader Xia said to me, “My only critique [of the e-book] is I think there needed to be something in there for plus-size girls, and how they can also buy beautiful vintage, as I find that a big issue when buying vintage clothes … nothing ever fits.”

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The Perfect Vintage Wardrobe: Statement Items

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Followers of vintage fashion usually incorporate ‘statement’ items into their capsule wardrobe. These pieces can be used to spice up modern clothes or as the main focus of a complete vintage outfit, and might include anything from a bright floral print dress to an eye-catching piece of vintage jewellery. Planning your wardrobe in advance, and resisting the urge […]

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Why I Struggle with Slowing Down

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Vintage Bridesmaid Dresses I Love!

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Vintage Bridesmaid Dresses I Love!

I’ve written a ton about vintage wedding dresses in the past! I’ve even offered content on how to date vintage wedding dresses and how to dress in vintage to a wedding. Oh … and remember Kate Middleton’s vintage lookalike dress? ;-) But I’ve never shared information on how to buy a vintage wedding bridesmaid dress before.

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5 Misconceptions About Shopping Vintage Online

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5 Misconceptions About Shopping Vintage Online

Vintage fashion is for every woman – especially you. That’s why I decided to write an e-book demystifying the stereotypes behind vintage by proving just how easy shopping vintage online truly is. The 100 Best Vintage Shops Online is my e-book illustrating why vintage fashion is accessible for every single woman to enjoy thanks to its wide range of styles, trends, sizes and excellent quality.

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