The Musings of It All

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Typewriter- Grandmothers (Granny Minnie's)
         Don't you just wish every day that you could open a door and step back in time? I am constantly wishing this every single second of the day. That is probably because I am an old fashioned girl at heart and ever since I was little  I wished that I could live in the time periods of all my favorite stories. However, here I am, caught in the 21st century of short shorts, tight tops, dresses that honestly could be considered a top, skirts that will never allow you to bend over, and clothes that have no story or adventure associated with them. I might as well come out and be honest that I have a high standard of modesty. Nevertheless, that is not why I choose to wear vintage or invintaged (modern clothes with a vintage style). I am a daydreamer. I love stories (especially fairy tales) and I love adventures. All in all I am a right brain creative person who never stops contemplating stories and scenarios in my head. I think this is one of the reasons I dress the way I do? Wearing vintage, I never know where those clothes have been, who they belonged to, or what adventures they have been on. I feel that when I step into a piece from a different era I am stepping back in history and into a garment that has the ability to take me on adventures. Nevertheless, I do have to say that there is one defining inspiration and Muse for it all. My Granny Minnie (my Dad's Mom).
Dress- "A Blast From The Past" 30's tiered ruffle dress
   When I was younger I discovered that my Granny Minnie never got rid of anything, and that she had storage sheds full of old clothes, furniture, and knickknacks. Now, at that young age I loved to go treasure searching in all of the sheds, but I never really paid attention to all of the overabundance of old clothes. While I would sometimes take a piece here and there for dress up, I never thought they were that special until I was older and realized all of the years I had missed of wearing my grandmothers treasures. Thus began the process of collecting trash bags full of clothes every time I went up to my dads home town, bringing them home and tending to their delicate needs of refurbishing, mending, and emergency attention. However, after a number of treasure searching adventures I amassed a reasonable collection of my grandmothers (and some of my aunt's) old clothes to wear on a regular basis.
         If you are anything like me, you know that when people see a "vintage soul" they are apt to stare at the strange creature before them who defies the trends of fashion around them. That is another reason I LOVE to wear vintage and dress old fashioned. I like to be different. I have never been about blending in. I am all about standing out as who you are. I want people to see me and let my clothes speak for themselves as to the person that I truly am. The best days are when people stop me at school or work and ask "Do you always dress like this?" and I am able to reply "Yes, every day." Then sometimes they might continue and ask "Where do you find your clothes or do you make them?" to which I happily reply "I do make some of them, but  most of them are thrifted or my grandmothers." Ti's the life of the old fashioned!
Sunglasses- Sam Moon
Dress- Thrifted
Sweater- Handmedown
Shoes- Saddle Shoes (Payless)
Socks- Old Navy
         Now, I must say that apart from the generous supply of clothes supplied by my Granny Minnie, I do dearly love to go thrift shopping. Sometimes I might love it a little to much as I am known to get very excited and sometimes start squealing when I find an amazing treasure or bargain. Then if I happen to try it on I might just start dancing around the dressing room in ecstatic joy at my marvelous find! I am a collector of clothes, shoes, hats, sunglasses, and purses, as most every "vintage soul" is apt to be. I mean, I started out with a regular two row closet and had to add two more clothing racks to house my treasures:) I practically live in my closet (though I do have a small room). My mom always gets overwhelmed when she comes into my room, but I just smile and look on in amusement. However, as a vintage enthusiast one can not get rid of pieces all that often, for they are one of a kind rare treasures, each special in their own way and come with a story of their heritage. 
Shot taken at Granny Minnie's House
Top- Minnie Muse
Skirt- Minnie Muse

   Minnie Muse, was inspired by my Granny Minnie, who if it were not for her storage shed treasures, I would have never been inspired to wear vintage. Thanks to her clothes and her own inspirational style, and ere of always looking fabulous in the 40's and 50's, am I the Vintage lover I am today. Though she is no longer with us, she will always live on in the clothes I wear and in the vintage world I live in. So here's to a new chapter in my book and the starts to a grand new adventure in the "Terrifical" world of VINTAGE! This is the "Musings" of it all.


  1. Oh! Oh! Oh! Madison, can we be friends? Please?! You are perfection!! What you said about standing out from the crowd, high modesty standards, and the stories that come with vintage clothing: yes! yes! yes! And how absolutely special that you have the ability to re-wear what your grandmother sported so many years ago!

    I am a new devoted follower! <3


    1. Oh my, how thrilling!!! Absolutely we can be friends:) I just discovered your blog this week and fell in love, I am now a devoted follower of the Boyer Family Singers!!! Thank you so very, very much for your amazing comment!

  2. Madison, I've just discovered down your blog & I am so very exciting to read all your posts!
    I too have a deep love for vintage which has been largely influenced by a grandmother {actually a great-grandmother in my case}.
    I often think had she not lost her home to a fire in the late '60s {sniff :( } I would have SUCH a treasure trove of vintage goodness. {She too liked to save everything.}
    Grandma Lou had such style. I love looking at old photos of her - especially the late '30s through '50s. I usually have at least one {sometimes more} framed photo of her on display in my room.

    Well, I'm off to read more of your lovely posts.
    ~Michelle ^_^
    Delightful Handwork

    1. Oh thrilled you happened to discover my lil ole blog :) That is so wonderful that you have been influenced by your great grandmother (so sad about her losing her home :( )! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of the comments you left, thanks so much:)