One Overcast Afternoon

It's been years since I've picked up a camera and shot for fun. I used to do it all the time for the shop when it was a hobby, but about five years ago I stopped. When I took the shop full time, that aspect of Dalena Vintage was put on the back burner and never really reappeared.

There are a number of reasons why this happened, most of which are good! For example, I get to work with so many amazing photographers that shooting on my own has kind of become unnecessary. I'm also still my only employee and because there is a lot to do (maybe a slight understatement) I flat out don't have time for it.

Lately though, I've been missing it so I asked a new friend if she would be interested in getting out with me. Like me, she loves a good day trip, exploring, photography and, of course, vintage clothing so I was thrilled when she said yes. The only stipulation being that I get in front of the camera for her too which I happily agreed to as I'm a fan of her photography. 

So last Sunday I picked her up and we headed just out of town with a car filled with vintage, a few random items and our cameras. Here are a few of what I took! It's going to take me a while to get back into the swing of things but I'm happy to be on the road back. Stay tuned over the next few days as I share the other three sets! 

Andrea in a 1970s dress from Dalena Vintage. 
Andrea in a 1970's dress from Dalena Vintage.
Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.
Antique quilts and vintage dresses. Yes, please!
Lavender fields forever. Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.
Lavender fields forever. Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.
Lavender fields forever. Andrea in a 1970's maxi dress from Dalena Vintage.

 

P.S. Love the dress?

It's up in the shop!!!

Florette Orméa through the Eyes of Lartigue

Many know him from his work as a painter. However, Jacques Henri Lartigue had a second set of eyes, a pair that saw the world through his camera lens. In this world, he took around 120,000 photos, both under a professional and personal umbrella. Of those photographs, only about 40% were in color, most documenting his life and loves. Today it's the ones of his last love, Florette Ormea, that I'm drawn to.

 "I have never taken a picture for any other reason than that at that moment it made me happy to do so," Lartigue once said. A statement that shows in the lightness and beauty in his personal photography.

Florette, Piozzo, 1960. Photography by J.H. Lartigue
Florette Orméa through the Eyes of Lartigue
Florette, Vence, May 1954. Photography by J.H. Lartigue
Florette Ormea through the eyes of Jacque Henri Lartigue.
Florette Orméa through the Eyes of Lartigue
Les mains de Florette Brie le Neflier, 1961. Photography by J.H. Lartigue
Florette, Megève, 1965. Photography by J.H. Lartigue
Florette dans le Morgan, Provence, May 1954
Florette Ormea through the Eyes of Lartigue
Florette Ormea through the Eyes of Lartigue
Florette Opio, April 1960. Photographed by J. H. Lartigue.

DV Field Trip | Wildseed Farms

Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 

HOW TO GET THERE FROM AUSTIN

  • Take US-290 W toward Dripping Springs
  • Turn right onto S US Highway 281
  • At Johnson City, turn left onto E Main St. (290)
  • Drive about 23 miles and you'll spot the farm on right!

WHAT TO SEE NEARBY

  • Definitely take the time to travel to Albert Dance Hall. It's a little off the beaten path but well worth the extra mileage! A Texas Dance Hall with an outdoor restaurant and bar next door, beer garden style!
  • Visit the LBJ Ranch. Even if you don't have time to tour the Texas White House, I would recommend at least driving through the grounds. It's an easy going drive with slight rolling hills filled with scenic views of the Pedernales River.

WHERE TO EAT ALONG THE WAY

  • The Hill Country Cupboard has been a stopping place on drives I've taken out to Big Bend, Colorado and Fredericksburg for years. They boast a mighty fine chicken fried steak but forewarning for all you veggie lovers, the vegetarian selection is quite limited.
  • There is actually a restaurant right on the premises of Wildseed Farms called the Brewbonnet Biergarten. I've never tried it but they serve up snacks and small plates with a variety of wines and beer. 
Leslie of Dalena Vintage at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. 

All Photos by Nicole Mlakar

DV Field Trips is a mini series featuring the places I explore around Texas, both as part of the DV vintage hunt and for my own personal pleasure. While I'm hoping it'll be a place where folks can get inspired to get out and explore this great state, it's mostly just an outlet for me to share my passion for history, travel and small town Texas. Follow along here or if you're on Instagram travel with us by searching #DVFieldTrip. Is there a place in Texas you love or would like to know more about? Send us an email - we're always looking for places to explore! In the meantime, enjoy!