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And You Will Always Look Lovely...

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

And You Will Always Look Lovely...

One of my favorite quotes is by Roald Dahl and it goes like this: "A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." As a rather awkward looking kid, I never thought of myself as pretty and to this day I'm still kind of surprised when someone tells me I'm pretty or beautiful. I can't help but think "Don't you see...

How AV Launch Day Went Down

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

How AV Launch Day Went Down

One of the reasons I started selling vintage modern clothing in my shop is because Portland really lacks women's clothing stores that share my same love for feminine and romantic aesthetics. Shopping for me in the city of Portland means going to at least 5 different stores and usually not finding anything I like. There is nothing wrong with the shops in Portland (many of the gals that own these stores are my friends!) but I don't know of a shop where I can get the "Adored Vintage look."  Then let's talk about online shopping...it's sort of the same story. I would...

Still learning new things everyday as an entrepreneur...

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

Still learning new things everyday as an entrepreneur...

I'm part of a couple small business groups in Portland and in one of them I get weekly assignments I have to turn in. I also recently started my own small business group that caters to introverts...haha, it's called Kindred Plum. It may not seem like it, but I am an introvert, big time.  Anyhow, the point of this journal entry is for me to pen down my homework for the week and it's all about Time Blocking. Except here's the thing... I don't even know WHAT time blocking is! The concept of time blocking is new to me, so...

A Typical Adored Vintage Work Day

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

A Typical Adored Vintage Work Day

Hate to burst the bubble, but a typical work day at Adored Vintage doesn't take place in a dreamy field in England. Le sigh, if only! As a small business owner and wearer of all hats (preferably the straw ones) for my shop, I do a lot of little things to keep myself motivated to work. I love my job! So often I can't believe this is what I GET to do. But there are a lot of boring bits too and I'm sure if you keep up with my shopkeeper journal, you'll know I've gotten burned out by things,...

Hey Mojo, is that you?

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

Hey Mojo, is that you?

Ok, you guys! Turns out releasing the feelings I've had inside in yesterday's blog post DID make me feel better. And also a FULL day of rest with intermittent stretching has done wonders for my back. Also, copious amounts of laying around with a heating pad while rewatching old episodes of Friends...  Actually, I wasn't super unproductive yesterday. I DID take it very easy and had a very SLOW day because frankly, I couldn't move around very quickly. But, I did accomplish several things involving REAL life. (Taxes, groceries, car washed...etc) Anyhow, this morning I feel a bit more renewed. Maybe...

Checking In

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

Adored Vintage / The Shopkeeper's Journal

Can I be real with you for a minute? Of course I can, we're friends right? I'm not even sure to begin so I am going to set a timer on my phone and just write for a solid 10 minutes. Maybe. *sets timer* *sigh* Ok...as you may or may not know, I closed down a brick and mortar in January. Well, I suppose February was when we moved out. January I spent most of the time packing up an entire shop on my own.  For over 3 years I have been so used to running my shop and then...

The Final Week

Posted by RODELLEE BAS

The Final Week

I have just a little over a week left on Clinton. Half of the store fixtures have already sold at our sister shop, Chapter Mercantile. Some of the store fixtures sold to the new tenant taking over our shop space here in SE Portland. I will be moving back into the old AV HQ with bare bones as far as furniture goes. Moving back gives me some mixed feelings. Sometimes the energy of a space can really affect me and lately as I've imagined myself in the old AV office, I get waves of loneliness.  Not exactly sure where it's coming...

Feeling Overwhelmed...It's Temporary

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Feeling Overwhelmed...It's Temporary

I don't get overwhelmed very easily and I usually keep my cool and wits about me under pressure. I haven't gotten to the tipping point yet, but I am aware of it all rising up from the pit of my stomach and sneaking into my chest, and bubbling out from my throat...and ugh...possibly leaking out of my eyes. I hate crying when I'm under pressure. It's only happened to me twice. One of those times was when I was working for a fashion company in L.A. before I left to pursue Adored Vintage full time.  It was kind of humiliating to be...

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