Sunday, May 10, 2015

Vintage For Beginners: One Dress Three Ways!

So... I got a haircut.
Hey guys and gals! It's been a long, long time since I last posted, and I realize I have some 'splainin to do.  Things have changed a ton in the last six months: I live in a new city, I have a new job, and for the first time in a long while, I'm feeling really good about where I'm headed.

So, to 'splain.  There are a number of reasons I took a hiatus from blogging, which I'll get into more deeply over the next couple posts, but long story short, I took a break because blogging had become something I wasn't looking forward to, and that, in fact, I sort of dreaded.

Why? Well, one major reason is that when I started Little Heap, my original idea had been that I'd be sharing with you all real outfits I was really wearing.  The thought was to show how vintage can be truly wearable, which was, I suppose, something I was proving to myself as much as to anyone else.  That's all well and good, but the trouble started this summer when I was no longer able to wear vintage on a daily basis.  I adapted my blogging concept to show you guys clothing I was finding through my job in wardrobe (the "Decades" project), but since that was a short-term job by design, I was soon faced with a problem.  Not only was I having to work at a job that made wearing delicate/older pieces impossible (hey there retail gig), I also didn't have any alternatives to show you all.  Since I wasn't actually wearing vintage anymore, it felt inauthentic to dress up in it, photograph it, and then change back into black, modern, work-appropriate clothing. Inauthentic and sad, actually.  So instead, I stopped altogether.

I would love to have been one of those types of people who can keep her chin up and persevere until good times roll back around, but I didn't want to put up uninspired posts, or feel jealous by peeking into the lives of people who were able to keep on chuggin' along.  So this, combined with some other factors I'll get into later, is why I pretty much dropped off the face of the blogging planet.

But! The past couple months have pretty much turned things rightside-up again: since March, Kate and I moved to Philly (well, very close to Philly anyway), we've both landed new jobs, we've signed on a new apartment (it has a clawfoot tub!), and by and large, things are lining up for old Liz Lemon.

So with new energy floating around thanks to all the change in the air, I'm hoping to get Little Heap back up and running. First up, a post idea that had been rattling around in my head for a while-- a sort of "Vintage For Beginners" post, taking a vintage dress and styling it three very different, totally wearable ways.