I was on the hunt for a fun read at my local public library and discovered Astor Place Vintage by Stephanie Lehmann, which follows my preferred style of past and present stories weaved together with bits of history here and there.
The story includes Olivia Westcott, who recently moved to New York in 1907, and Amanda Rosenbloom, a vintage clothing store owner closer to present day, also in New York. When Amanda discovers an old trunk of clothing and Olivia’s journal, Amanda learns more about the history of the city she calls home, and learns the two are connected despite being a century apart.
Lehmann’s historical fiction story is perfect for lovers of PBS’ Mr. Selfridge. It explores the world of women trying to make an independent living for themselves while being frowned upon by society.
My husband and I travel often to the University District in Seattle for University of Washington football games. For the last few years we have walked past Red Light Vintage and Costume, but never had an interest to peek inside.
Recently, the window display (again, reminding me of Mr. Selfridge) caught our eyes because of the vintage UW attire. Red Light’s clothing spans decades and includes everything from vintage and retro attire to costume pieces. Red Light has been around since 1996 and is a locally-owned small business. Fun fact: it’s a location included in Macklemore’s Thrift Shop video.
We had limited time during our visit but luckily during the rush I spotted a 1920s-era flapper-style hat (think Louise Brooks). At just $12 and a Nordstrom tag, I couldn’t say no. The purchase was also inspired by the book I’m currently reading, but more on that later.
Now, what to wear this to?