|Typewriter- Grandmothers (Granny Minnie's)|
Don't you just wish every day that you could open a door and step back in time? I am constantly wishing this every single second of the day. That is probably because I am an old fashioned girl at heart and ever since I was little I wished that I could live in the time periods of all my favorite stories. However, here I am, caught in the 21st century of short shorts, tight tops, dresses that honestly could be considered a top, skirts that will never allow you to bend over, and clothes that have no story or adventure associated with them. I might as well come out and be honest that I have a high standard of modesty. Nevertheless, that is not why I choose to wear vintage or invintaged (modern clothes with a vintage style). I am a daydreamer. I love stories (especially fairy tales) and I love adventures. All in all I am a right brain creative person who never stops contemplating stories and scenarios in my head. I think this is one of the reasons I dress the way I do? Wearing vintage, I never know where those clothes have been, who they belonged to, or what adventures they have been on. I feel that when I step into a piece from a different era I am stepping back in history and into a garment that has the ability to take me on adventures. Nevertheless, I do have to say that there is one defining inspiration and Muse for it all. My Granny Minnie (my Dad's Mom).
|Dress- "A Blast From The Past" 30's tiered ruffle dress|
When I was younger I discovered that my Granny Minnie never got rid of anything, and that she had storage sheds full of old clothes, furniture, and knickknacks. Now, at that young age I loved to go treasure searching in all of the sheds, but I never really paid attention to all of the overabundance of old clothes. While I would sometimes take a piece here and there for dress up, I never thought they were that special until I was older and realized all of the years I had missed of wearing my grandmothers treasures. Thus began the process of collecting trash bags full of clothes every time I went up to my dads home town, bringing them home and tending to their delicate needs of refurbishing, mending, and emergency attention. However, after a number of treasure searching adventures I amassed a reasonable collection of my grandmothers (and some of my aunt's) old clothes to wear on a regular basis.
If you are anything like me, you know that when people see a "vintage soul" they are apt to stare at the strange creature before them who defies the trends of fashion around them. That is another reason I LOVE to wear vintage and dress old fashioned. I like to be different. I have never been about blending in. I am all about standing out as who you are. I want people to see me and let my clothes speak for themselves as to the person that I truly am. The best days are when people stop me at school or work and ask "Do you always dress like this?" and I am able to reply "Yes, every day." Then sometimes they might continue and ask "Where do you find your clothes or do you make them?" to which I happily reply "I do make some of them, but most of them are thrifted or my grandmothers." Ti's the life of the old fashioned!
|Sunglasses- Sam Moon|
Shoes- Saddle Shoes (Payless)
Socks- Old Navy
Now, I must say that apart from the generous supply of clothes supplied by my Granny Minnie, I do dearly love to go thrift shopping. Sometimes I might love it a little to much as I am known to get very excited and sometimes start squealing when I find an amazing treasure or bargain. Then if I happen to try it on I might just start dancing around the dressing room in ecstatic joy at my marvelous find! I am a collector of clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses, and purses, as most every "vintage soul" is apt to be. I mean, I started out with a regular two row closet and had to add two more clothing racks to house my treasures:) I practically live in my closet (though I do have a small room). My mom always gets overwhelmed when she comes into my room, but I just smile and look on in amusement. However, as a vintage enthusiast one can not get rid of pieces all that often, for they are one of a kind rare treasures, each special in their own way and come with a story of their heritage.
|Shot taken at Granny Minnie's House|
|Top- Minnie Muse|
Skirt- Minnie Muse
Minnie Muse, was inspired by my Granny Minnie, who if it were not for her storage shed treasures, I would have never been inspired to wear vintage. Thanks to her clothes and her own inspirational style, and ere of always looking fabulous in the 40's and 50's, am I the Vintage lover I am today. Though she is no longer with us, she will always live on in the clothes I wear and in the vintage world I live in. So here's to a new chapter in my book and the starts to a grand new adventure in the "Terrifical" world of VINTAGE! This is the "Musings" of it all.