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Having Fun at Nordstrom Beauty Event

A new chapter in my life! As a Personal Stylist at Nordstrom, I have the entire store at my fingertips.  Today was the annual Beauty Trend Show and I took advantage!  My favorite counters Kiehls, Urban Decay and Mac all had fantastic gifts-with-purchase.  I’m going to have fun blogging about all the new lines that come into the entire store, stay tuned!

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1970s Treasure Trove

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Recently I came across a collection of 1970’s clothes from a woman who designed and made them herself back in the day. One of the tops, I had to adopt for myself, it seemed to be made for me. I received so many compliments on it that I have reproduced the pattern. Here I am wearing the original and the green top is the new one made out of vintage batik fabric.

For more information contact Lisa at lisa@vianhunter.com

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Do It Yourself

I’ve always liked photography even though in high school, dealing with f-stops in photography class was a little much for me.  Did you ever take a picture with a box with a hole in it?  That was pretty enlightening.  I remember there was a picture of my brother in the classroom from 8 years earlier.  I was always proud of that since he was sort of a hot-1970s-hippie-jock.  Anyway, things have progressed.  Years later I had the opportunity to photograph the Rolling Stones in concert.  Nevermind my battery almost died and I wasn’t smart enough to bring a back-up.  Fellow photographers helped me out.  Now I’m happy do my own photography for my vintage fashion collections.  Last might I made a trip to the Seattle Fashion Incubator in Renton where my equipment is set up.  I do photography for myself and other designers who need images for looks books or social media.  Here are some images from last night from my vintage collection–available at Vian Hunter in Seattle and etsy (www.etsy.com/shop/VianHunterVintage)  I’ll cough up that shot of Mick Jagger and Ronnie Wood.  It’s hanging in my house.

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What’s Old is New Again

Occasionally on my hunt for vintage I find something I can’t live without but it has some fairly major problems. Take for example this silver dress. The buttons alone were worth the purchase. The kick pleats in the back are so cute and the dress even has pockets! The problem…..a sailor collar with permanent stains and dry cleaning didn’t help. The solution…..take the collar off! In the future, I’ll have before-and-after photos. In this case, we have pictures of the finished product, a perfectly adorable dress! Most likely it didn’t even need the sailor collar. The label is “Jane Justin for Don Sophisticates”, so cute! The necklace is from Made in the Deep South out of Alabama, sold in our retail store. The dress is size 4/6 $175., the necklace is $245. made from vintage pieces. email lisa@vianhunter.com for more info.DSC_0071

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Throwing a Vintage Party

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Customers often say “where would I wear that?”. My answer “throw a party!”. And that is what we’re doing on January 30th at the shop. For our grand opening party we came up with a theme, Downton to Mad Men. You have to dress up somewhere in that time span. That’s a pretty big range folks, so it should be no problem finding something between 1930 and 1970. Our master stylist, Mary Lewis will be here dressing models in that time frame. So if you can stop by on the 30th dressed up for the occasion, please do! If not, throw a vintage part of your own and have fun with it. Vintage cocktails coming up!! lisa@vianhunter.com for more info.

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Moving Forward

Life is finally settling down around here.  The move from Madison Valley to Queen Anne is complete.  It was a tough time in my life knowing my lease was coming up and deciding where to take my business or even to continue my business.  Personal life changes came about at the same time which made life even more interesting.    After much soul searching, I decided to go with my heart and continue to do what I love.   I found a great space on Queen Anne which I knew could be transformed into an adorable boutique.  After 8 years of producing my own clothing line, I’ve decided to put that aside and focus on my vintage clothing passion.  The joy that I feel when I find vintage treasures and then the joy of watching the item come to life when  it finds a new home is unsurpassed.   Within the last few months  I have hand-picked vintage items from various cities around the country including Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco and of course Seattle.   I love learning about the former owners and their history, most are 60s fashionistas some of whom were shop owners, models or socialites.  Onward and upward!  Please join me at our grand opening cocktail/dress-up party on January 30th!  Lisa@vianhunter.com for more info.20141106_153919_resized_1 20141108_131234_resized 20141204_154600_resized_1

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Vintage Treasures have arrived!

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New vintage treasures arriving weekly! This dress is an Adele Simpson from the 1960s. Floor length dress with a beautiful fringe shawl. Mint condition!
Size 6 $275.

Contact the store for more details 206.860.5030

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