So last month I took a solo trip to the lands of my people: Norway and Sweden! Right off the bat, I need to say that because of time constraints (I had about two full days in each place) I can’t really say with confidence that I experienced the countries in full; it was much more like intensive city living and a lot of time spent on trains and in airports. Urban Nordic tourism. I only brought my iPhone to take photos with, and I’m sharing my favorites here on the blog. After all, my Norwegian and Swedish heritage played a huge part in the naming of the shop – ‘Dronning’ means ‘queen’ in both languages.
I’ve wanted to do a Mission photowalk for a long time, and I set about doing so this past Sunday morning. I quickly realized, though, that the neighborhood is so big and so full of visually interesting things, that there was no way I could do it justice in a couple of hours. So I stuck close to Dolores Park (I was meeting my friend Mai there later that morning) and only ventured out into the surrounding blocks. But the Mission district is so big, so beautiful and colorful, that I have to return and go down many other streets. Not sure when that will happen, but I’m already looking forward to it.
I especially love showing accessories on the blog, because no matter your shape or size, they are your size! (Well, except for shoes). Here’s a sneak peek at some shoes, bags, and other adornments that will be hitting the shop soon.
1940s platform shoes, USA size 10
1960s Joseph Magnin bag
1940s tilt hat
1940s red Bakelite brooch
1940s Whiting and Davis metal mesh bag with celluloid closure and chain handle
vintage late 1960s red shoes, size USA 9
1930s art deco brooch
1940s cloth bag with lucite closure
I am so thankful for you. Yeah, you. If you’re reading this blog, if you’ve visited the shop, even if you’ve never ever bought anything. I’m feeling a lot of gratitude these days. Having Dronning Vintage in my life for the past three years has been so fantastic, and things get better all the time. It’s not all rainbows and roses, it can definitely be stressful sometimes, but overall, things are good. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, which is this Thursday, I’m having a giveaway for the first time ever on this blog. And it’s all about saying thank you. One person will win a six-piece gift box filled with everything in the photo above.
Interested? There are so many ways you can enter. You can leave a comment on this blog post. You can tweet about it and use the tag #dronninggivesthanks. You can ‘like’ Dronning Vintage on Facebook. Each time you do one of those things, that’s a notch next to your name. This giveaway contest will run until midnight PST on Wednesday, November 27th. The winner will be announced on Thanksgiving Day. Oh, and anyone can enter, no matter where you live in the world.
Here’s a closer look at the prizes. Trust me, everything is your size.
1940s/50s beaded formal bag.
red felt wool beret with rosette detail
Ceil Chapman brooch (signed)
1940s black velvet evening bag
1950s sweater clip
mid-century soft beret with tiny metal detailing
Good luck, everyone!