Old Family Photos

Hello! I've been quite busy this week with stuff unrelated to the blog or shop - but never fear! I'm feeling inspired to get started on a dress next week, using some old patterns and trying out hand dyeing techniques.

You may have noticed that I've added category buttons in the sidebar (I recently changed the layout in order to have a sidebar, it just doesn't feel like a blog without one!), and I wanted to share a photo I used for the "personal" button, along with some other photos.

my dad with his mother and sisters (I'm guessing this was taken around 1958?)

my dad with his mother and sisters (I'm guessing this was taken around 1958?)

I love love love this picture! It's so real and I thinks it's really Swiss. I can't even say why exactly. But look at those socks my dad is wearing! SO CUTE! And my grandmother looking so stylish and understated with that scarf tied around her head. And the way my aunts are looking at the camera, like they're fascinated by it and don't quite understand that it's taking their picture that very moment. Their round little faces and the swiss countryside. It's just a small photo, but I'd love to print it out a lot bigger and hang it on my wall once I have my own place.

This photo also reminds me of a picture I found at a fleamarket in Paris a couple years ago:

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I found this one digging through a box of what must of been hundreds of photos. It was one of the first few I took out and I fell in love with it. I wonder who these people were.

I know it's kinda stupid in a way, but I really miss pictures like these. Nowadays it seems like everyone is constantly posing, or else the opposite - pretending they don't know someone's taking their picture. Is it still possible to take real candid photos?

my mom, at about 3 years old, rockin' that fascinator like Isabella Blow

my mom, at about 3 years old, rockin' that fascinator like Isabella Blow

Then again, posed pictures like this are adorable! These were my mom's first ballet shoes! She told me how disappointed she was when she got them and they were black and not pink like she'd imagined (but I think they're kinda cool!). What makes this picture extra special is that this little girl that dreamed of being a ballerina, did actually grow up to be one! She danced her way from NYC (she danced under George Balanchine in the New York City Ballet, and in Radio City too!) to Switzerland where she finally opened a ballet school earlier this year :)

my mom and my aunt, ready to party!

my mom and my aunt, ready to party!

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And I couldn't leave out the cat photos. I've kept my cat-obsession at bay on this blog, but what can I say, I friggin love cats. I mean, look at that beautiful creature! Look at those eyes!! I'm especially obsessed with siamese cats (ummm, have you met Mr. Minkleton?), so these pictures of my mom's cat Pasha are some of my favorites! I'm so jealous. I still secretly hope someone will just give me a friggin siamese cat for christmas or my birthday already! Come on! Pretty please?

Anyway, thanks for taking a look at some of my favorite old family photos. I love looking at old family photos, they inspire me! So let me know if you have any on your blog!

Posted on March 22, 2013 and filed under personal, inspiration.