How Do You Do “Vintage”?

by Lydia Poblano

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When I tell people that I write about vintage motherhood and living, one of the first things they ask is where I like to shop for vintage clothes. Of course dressing up vintage could be one way to “do vintage”, but there are SO MANY other ways that mama’s do vintage.

Now what I want to know is…how do you do “vintage”?

Perhaps you have your home decorated in “vintage”? Is it farmhouse, shabby chic, earthy, 50′s pink, Victorian, retro or another take on vintage decorating?

Maybe you like to treat your family to old fashioned Betty Crocker meal? Or bake your own bread like grandma? Or can your homegrown tomatoes?

Or buy fruits and veggies from local farmers? Or add a touch of cinnamon to the pancake batter like your mama did?

Perhaps you love yourself some classic books like Jane Eyre, Catcher in the Rye, Little House on the Prairie, Winnie the Pooh and Little Bear?

Or maybe its vintage music that moves you? Mozart? The Monkees?  Harry Connick Jr.? Sinatra? Frankie Avalon?

Is your fashion sense a vintage? Maybe you like to dress up head to toe vintage, sew your own vintage inspired clothing (or reproductions!), or just add a touch of nostalgia to your everyday look

Are your kids “vintage” too? Have you named them after a beloved family member or hero from history?

Do they point out anything that looks old because they know you would find it interesting? Do they love looking at old family photos and hearing stories about what life was life back then?

Do you visit historical places? Love going to classic car shows? Ever take the family to re-enactments of history or to learn how to basket weave?

We interpret vintage in so many ways, don’t we mama?

But there are somethings that are true between them all…

Like the desire to cherish the moment.

And remember the details.

And experience history.

And pass on traditions.

How do you do “vintage”?


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Annabella Freeman January 29, 2012 at 12:05 am

Well considering the amount of tomatoes I eat on a weekly basis I wish I could grow my own. I don’t have a garden – maybe I should try growing them on the windowsill in the kitchen?

I’d love to dress more vintage but I don’t have the confidence to do it. There is quite a big vintage scene here in the UK – maybe when I’ve lost a bit of weight I’ll feel more comfortable to wear dresses!

I do cook all our meals from scratch – breakfast/lunch/dinner. We are doing low-carb now so you have to make everything!
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Lydia Poblano January 29, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I tried growing my own tomatoes (again!) this year. I got one mini tomato in about a year. lol

I don’t think the gardening part of vintage living is going to happen for me. =)


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