Major wish fulfillment happened earlier this month when I finally visited the town (and of course the National Park) known as Joshua Tree. I stayed at a very cool Air BnB a couple of miles from the park entrance. It was a small, pale green homesteader cabin outfitted for a visitor on the go. Being out in the hot sun, among very foreign-looking vegetation and rock formations, played tricks on my mind. I felt slightly off-kilter, like I was on another continent altogether, instead of just the southern part of California. Every day, after coming back from the park, the quiet surroundings of this tiny home, coupled with what felt like the world’s most comfortable bed, were the perfect welcome back into high-desert civilization. It was four whole days away from the shop, and it’s great to be back and getting ready for spring inventory.
A recent long weekend gave way to an adventure at Pinnacles National Park. A fourteen-mile hike through the forest, caves and rock formations lead to a very chill walk along the coastline the following day. Day trips like these make me feel very lucky to live in California, with huge variations in geography and landscape usually just a few hours’ drive away in any direction.
I’ve been adding new pieces to the shop at a fairly steady rate. Here’s the very latest! As always, titles click through.
a super cute 1950s cotton skirt with a vibrant novelty print
a classic beret that’s perfect for every head
a sweet early 1960s day dress in a pink paisley print
an ice blue 1960s coat with super cool sparkly buttons
an interesting 1940s straw hat
Last week a reporter and photographer from Curbed came by and shot my apartment. I think the photos are gorgeous and they also do a nice job of showing how my place looks when all the vintage is tucked away. Many of you know that my business is run out of my home, but what you may not know is how small my home is; about 430 square feet. I feel this is a great peek behind the curtain as to how I am able to run Dronning out of my cozy apartment.
Go here for the full report. Photos via Patricia Chang for Curbed.
Happy 2015, one and all! Here’s a nice shop update for you all. As always, descriptions click through to the actual items.