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The Adventues of PortlandiAnna

Because everyone wears Bettie Page t-strap slingbacks when they go to Smith Rock, right?

Hey, readers! Long time no see, eh? I’ve been enjoying my new home in Portland immensely, although I haven’t started growing my own vegetables or biking everywhere (I’m working on it, the cars just drive so fast!). I did, however, see a bit of the new season of Portlandia being filmed, which included Fred Armisen in a dress. Readers, there are some things you can’t un-see, and this is definitely one of them . . .

Anyways, I’ve been up to a ton of fun stuff (my social life has never been this busy!) and, unfortunately, can’t blog about all of it. I would like to share some of the highlights with you, though:


I had my 1920s housewarming party!



I love, love, love my new place, and it was so great to celebrate with friends both in and out of town, even if I was frantically making food and mixing together Speakeasy Champagne punch (which is delicious, by the way!).


Sadly, the 1920s dress I wanted to wear kept falling apart the more I tried to repair it (this is possibly vintage clothing karma, right?) and so I wore a fabulous 1920s silk kimono I got from AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium instead, as well as a 20s headdress that I cobbled together myself out of some really neat braided cording, feathers, and a jewelry pendant. Tutorial, anyone?

Speaking of AlexSandra, I’ve been modeling more for her shop, and also did my first fashion show with her! Readers, it’s so much fun being a 5’4″ model, and I’m so grateful to her for letting me do so. And, if you’re close to my size, you’re in luck because the swimsuit I modeled is still available!

Finally, a huge “thank you!” to all of you that have stuck around. I know two months is a long time with no posts, and I have some big plans to make the blog spectacular. I *finally* got a new laptop (I’m thinking I’ll use the old HP as a paperweight) so I have big plans to post more and do some awesome video tutorials. Alright, off to go put a bird on something and call it art. 😉

* All photos courtesy of Duane Bolland of Flexible Light Photography.

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What I’ve been up to over the past month

Well, what I've been up to besides this . . .
Well, what I’ve been up to besides this . . .

So, I’m not dead.

Great way to start a blog post, huh? 😉

Anyways, I certainly never intended to take a month off from blogging. That’s just what happened with how crazy my personal life has been lately, and my laptop is on the fritz (seriously, I will never buy an HP ever again, and I don’t recommend the brand to anyone, unless you enjoy constant frustration coupled with drinking). Nevertheless, the past month has been quite eventful, and I’ve been documenting with the iPhone. For those interested, here is what I’ve been up to:


  • Finally bought a dresssform! I went antiquing with a friend a couple weeks back and there it was, standing outside. The best part was that I only paid $50, which I consider a steal, as most of the similar dressforms I was finding online were at least $175. Now my only problem (besides getting a cat so I can finally be a real seamstress) is coming up with a name for her. I’m thinking Lucy or Daphne, but I’m open to suggestions.
  • My best friend got married and I was a bridesmaid!!! This involved a new look for me:


  • I also just had my first shoot for AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium, the vintage shop I’m modeling for. I got to wear some really fabulous shoes . . .


  . . .  got my hair did in an amazing 60s bouffant by Kristen Behlings,  . . .


and tried on AlexSandra’s neat glasses.


Anyways, summer is finally here! I have some really neat vintage events occuring over the next month, and I’m hoping to finally get some more sewing done with the wedding over. I promise you it will not be another month before I post again, ok? Ok.

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Vintage Hairstyling Workshop!


Last night, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a vintage hairstyle workshop taught the lovely Kristen Behlings and hosted at AlexSandra’s Vintage Emporium in Portland. It was definitely worth the 2-hour drive from Western Washington, as Kristen really knows her stuff and just looks like she walked out of the 40s, I’m totally mesmerized by her vintage look.

The workshop was divided into two parts, the first part being curling . . .


. . . and the second part styling.

I don’t know what’s up with the expression on my face here, I wasn’t in pain . . .

I have to say that the workshop was particularily beneficial to me in learning what *not* to do. Which seems counter-intuitive (I mean, you go to a workshop to learn what to do, and I did learn some stuff that I should be doing with my hair), but I learned some stuff I should not be doing with my hair! Kristen is a big advocate of the sponge rollers, which I used to use, but had problems with as I toss and turn a lot during the night, and wake up with bedhead. I’m definitele sold on the idea of a hooded dryer now, and luckily AlexSandra had some for sale.


I finally accomplished a Victory Roll (not without help, although my joke of the night was that I did my hair all by myself, when in reality, I probably did like one of the rolls), which I’ve never been able to do with my hair before. I *love* this look, and will definitely need to practice with my own hair some more.

Oh, iPhone, why have you failed me!?

I also met some more fabulous Portland vintage gals, and after we got our hair did, headed downtown to the Hotel deLuxe for cocktails!

Kady gettin’ her hair did

Of course, it was too late to drive back, so I stayed with my lovely friend, Kady, and we watched Breakfast at Tiffany’s this morning, as we are hosting a Breatkfast at Tiffany’s-themed tea party next month!!!! So excited about this, as I’m a huge Audrey fangirl. Kady also has an orange kitty named Lucy that looks surprisingly like the cat in Breakfast, so of course a pic was in order. 😉


Oh! And I actually stopped by AlexSandra’s earlier that afternoon to try on a bunch of fabulous vintage clothing, as I’m going to be a model for her shop! I’m very excited about this, although I find it rather amusing that after pursuing an academic path (I got two Bachelor’s in 3 years), I’m now becoming a vintage model and singer (I also just started voice lessons). I sorta feel like a floozy Vaudeville performer, even though I’m so not . . .


Of course, I must show you my fabulous purchase of the trip, a 1950s pink Swirl wrap dress. I kept seeing it on the mannequin as I was trying things on for AlexSandra, and finally asked her to take it down to I could try it on, as it was just too cute. Readers, I had no idea what a Swirl dress was up until this point (and you may not, either, so you can read more about them here), but then I did, and I couldn’t leave it there. I paid a pretty penny for it, but it was worth it, don’t ya think? 😉