Well, it is my birthday this month, so I thought it was a good oportunity to nab the Miss July title for myself !! Dont think me conceited or anything, as I mingle in various vintage circles people are always surprised to find out that I am 'Alice Jean's', so I thought it might be somewhat helpful to share a little about myself here, so that people know me and can say 'hi' when they meet me ( I am also partial to hugs and kisses !!!)........ (my apologies to those who read part of this interview on Queens of Vintage not long ago.....)
What does 'vintage' mean to you?
Anything pre 1965
What was it that first prompted your interest in vintage culture?
I also became OBSESSED with Anne of Green Gables (different era I know, but still vintage!!!) throughout my teenage years and completely felt like I had been born in the wrong decade. I yearned for the romance and culture of community that is so vividly depicted in the books. I guess those books had a big impact upon my love of history and historic culture too.
What is your favourite era, and do you 'live it' every day? In what ways?
Tell us about your favourite item of vintage clothing, kitchenalia, music, furniture or whatever !
Being an utterly sentimental girl, my favourite vintage items usually have some story to tell – my 1960's Beatles apron almost identical to the one worn by my Nanna, a roses print that belonged to my Nanna, two authentic vintage dresses given to my husband (but for me!!) by one of his many fans. A cute black velvet hat that belonged to my Grandma, and my collection of vintage magazines and dress patterns for oodles of inspiration ! Oooh yeah – and my 1951 Pontiac Cheifton convertible – my dream car !
Can you share with us why vintage culture continues to hold such appeal for you?
I love the whole culture – the feeling of belonging I get amongst like minded people who value history, creativity, artistry and beautiful aesthetics in life. It really is a wonderful community to be a part of – and the people I have met (and continue to meet) are all so warm and are being genuinely true to themselves, something I find completely inspiring ! After all, culture is nothing without kindred spirits to share it with.
Do you have any tips for anyone starting out in the vintage scene?
Now is your chance to provide us with an overview of who you are and what you do. Tell my readers as much or as little as you like !!!!
I am a stay at home Mum to three extremely busy little people, and wife to a very talented performer and all round great guy! I run this wonderful blogsite (named for my grandmothers) which I am totally addicted to doing, am studying my Masters degree in Community Planning and Development, and do the occasional garden design for my little hobby business, Eden Design. I also love to sing and perform, discover 'new' old music, garden, sew, laugh, dream and see my dreams fulfilled !
Finally, what or who inspires you and why?
I have already mentioned it, but people who are true to themselves, regardless of what others may think.
People who are creative, people who help others achieve their dreams, people with sensitive, caring, generous souls.
For her beauty, Grace Kelly
for her gorgeous heart, Audrey Hepburn
for his integrity Jimmy Stewart
for his class Gregory Peck
for his talent and achievement, Buddy Holly