Monthly Archives: August 2016

Harpers Bazaar Article Opening Shot 8.16

My Vintage Loves, I am so very excited to share with you this article that was published today in Harper’s Bazaar Online. It is a comprehensive article about the New York City vintage community that was written by my wonderfully talented friend, Zoë Beery, and features photos of myself and some of my dear friends from the vintage scene, Gretchen Fenston, Vanessa Gualdron and Voon Chew. It covers not just the dressing aspect of the scene, but also the size, race and gender politics (as well as the occasional snark) of the scene as well.  If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the vintage world in NYC this is the article that will fill you in! It’s already been shared more the 5,000 times from the Harper’s Bazaar site, so if you enjoy it, please share!  Hopefully this will be the first of many articles of this size and scope about the vintage scene.  A huge thank you to Zoë and Harper’s Bazaar for having all of us be part of this story. I hope it inspires readers around the world!

Harper's Bazaar Article 1

I’m wearing a 1940’s dress from Emily’s Vintage Visions.

Harper's Bazaar Article 2

Gretchen Fenston

Harpers Bazaar Voon

Voon Chew

Harpers Bazaar Zoe

Zoë Beery

Harpers Bazaar Vanessa

Vanessa Gualdron

Beautiful photos by Tyler Joe.

 

I’m so excited to bring you one of our favorite videos so far, this one covering the Greater Boston Vintage Society’s Roaring 20’s Lawn Party! This has become one of my favorite events of the entire summer, because of the truly beautiful location, the Crane Estate.  It’s absolutely the most perfect venue, with a gorgeous mansion, rolling lawn and manicured garden and arcade. We also lucked out with nearly perfect weather; after some rain in the morning, the skies cleared up and we got a wonderful, cool day. (By contrast, the Jazz Age Lawn Party in NYC took place during the hottest, most humid weekend this year.)

As you’ll see from the video, the vendors were wonderful, there was room for a beautiful picnic, a leisurely stroll down the lawn to a view of the ocean, and a few dances.  All in all it was a perfect day. If you’re in Boston during the summer, I strongly suggest you attend! You can find out more about this event and lots of other fun events at Greater Boston Vintage Society’s website.

We hope you enjoy this video and there will be more posted soon!

 

On a very hot day in July, Matthew and I, with a small group of well dressed friends, braved the heat and went row boating in Central Park. It was a lovely day, and the lake was surprisingly full of fellow boaters. After about an hour of boating, with a small respite in the shade, we came ashore and walked over to EJ’s Luncheonette for a very refreshing break with lots of milkshakes and air conditioning.

This video is short and sweet but one of my favorites so far, and we hope you enjoy! Stay tuned for more!

 

bill-cunningham smile

On June 25th, we lost one of the pioneers of street photography and one of the gentlest and kindest souls to ever live, Mr. Bill Cunningham. He was 87 years old. We were lucky enough to know Bill (or Uncle Bill as we liked to call him) not just as fans who were hoping to have Bill’s lens on us for a moment, but as someone we saw at smaller gatherings where we were able to chat and get to know him better. He was always smiling and kind, and seemed to be happy wherever he was, as long as there were interesting people around to photograph.

He was also one of the most upbeat and positive people I’ve ever met.  The best story to illustrate this happened last summer, on our way to the Jazz Age Lawn Party when we chatted with Bill on the ferry ride over. He would normally be standing, taking pictures of the attendees on their way to the Lawn Party, but this time he was sitting, due to a recent knee injury which occurred during a fall from his bicycle that he rode virtually everyday. He had a knee brace and was using a cane, and when I told him how sorry we were to see that he was injured he responded brightly, “Oh, it’s ok! It just gives me different angles to take pictures from!” I will never forget that moment. What a wonderful way to look at an injury that would stop some people in their tracks (especially at his age), and cause most people to complain. For Bill it was just another way to do his job that he loved so very much. He was the embodiment of the saying, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I don’t think Bill ever worked a day in his life because he loved – truly loved – what he did. By doing what he loved he brought joy to thousands and thousands of people. As an artist I can’t think of a better way to spend your life.