With days that are filled with scouting new locations, consulting couture brands, and researching timeless styles for my vintage-inspired blog, Rich in Love Fashion, downtime is clearly non-negotiable – welcome to my vintage life!
At 5:30 a.m. I awake with a burst of energy as I am a morning person by nature and on occasion, a night owl. Reaching over, I promptly grab my IPhone 6 and find myself out of bed, glancing over at a fresh selection of white roses in a crystal cut vase, sitting upon an antique, oak table, which was given to me by my grandmother. A moment of gratitude sets a positive mindset for the day. You might wonder how much you could possibly be thankful for in the first 8 minutes of your day; you’d be surprised! I don’t watch much, if any, television; instead I will turn on the vocals of iconic jazz musicals of yesteryear for white noise to start my morning off.
A quick, low-carb breakfast is prepared before I begin to beautify myself, with a 2 hour deadline to be on-location. It helps having my hair prepared, the evening prior, in pin-curls which I have become accustom to sleeping on, a traditional way women once did their hair. After hair and beauty has been completed, I begin to pack for travel as I never wear any of the garments I feature on my blog. I will openly say that I am quite a perfectionist when it comes to garments that are wrinkled. For particular shoots I will carry a portable steamer, if I sense the fabric may become wrinkled during transport. Departing the water-front resort community of Discovery Bay, which is sixty-two miles east of San Francisco, I always travel with my personal photographer, Rich. I am fairly pampered in the aspect that he always drives, which leaves me valuable time to catch up on my social media and client emails.
Upon arrival at a pre-scouted location, it’s the off-script events that occur, which create the memories that Rich and I welcome. For a production team of two, there are, from time-to-time, dressing room concerns; depending on the location chosen, I will utilize a restroom to change and freshen up, but if a restroom is not an option, well, the “peepshow” in the car begins. Because I mostly wear dresses, the garments changes are fairly easy; though at times, it can be quite comical and pleasing to the eyes of onlookers, if I am not quick enough.
A photo is worth a thousand words – Each week I positively bring my readers a recognized phrase combined with a story of an era gone-by; I find truth from each glamour editorial I conduct solely with Rich. From the start of the photo-shoot, usually during the mid-morning, Rich and I shoot until we have a wide variety of all images that the client has requested and that we feel are adequate. With five hours of travel, four hours of modeling, and an additional three hours of editing – not to mention countless hours prior to the glamour shoot that consist of on-location scouting, stylizing, test shoots, and written editorials – it has become a labor of love. In the late of hours of the evening, with a glass of pinot noir in hand, I find myself compiling images to edit in time for Monday’s blog post. As mentioned above, I am a perfectionist, so I prefer to take the role of photo editing, as I use it as a visual tool to assist me in the weeks ahead with product placement, styling, and garment choices.
After writing for a number of publications, modeling, and consulting luxury brands, I feel the time is right to continue my on-going passion – for both an era of premier fashion and 1940s historical landmarks – in the form of a style book. The initial goal is seen weekly on Rich in Love Fashion, which is tailored to connecting readers with a classic, feminine profile, and silhouette of an era gone by. Each post brings history to life, showcasing to a growing demographic the lost art of dressing up with a lady-like demure, styled after the classic women of 1940s. Creating such a book will be on the horizon for summer 2017; as for inspiring designers, brands, and milliners who are interested in having their garments featured, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
While I live such an enriched life as a vintage consultant and published writer, I must point out that the coined term “vintage” is a French word that was originally used for wine older than twenty years. The older a wine is, the higher in quality and respectable it becomes, and we all know – it only gets better with age.
Blue Velvet Cap sleeve Sheath, Vince Camuto // Crown Trifari Grand Parure Suite c/o Second Wind Vintage // 1930s Gene Doris Velvet Millinery Design // Vintage Fur Shrug, J.Colleen Boutique // Brian Atwood Patent Pumps (similar here) // Red Lipstick “Really Red” c/o Marykay