My 3 favorite vintage inspired stores!

Hello my loves!

So when i first started dressing vintage i had no idea where to start from. I was trying to find a good vintage store and to do that i had to see where my favorite vintage models were buying from.

So in this post i’ll be talking about my 3 favorite vintage inspired stores and hopefully you will like them too!

  1. Top Vintage Boutique

Top Vintage Boutique is actually my favorite store by far! It has so many vintage inspired brands, it is in Europe (The Netherlands) and the people who work in there are just AMAZING! They are the sweetest staff by far and the packages of the clothes are incredibly beautiful! 

 

 

Plus, they always send me a small gift with every order! Not to mention about the fast shipping! It takes around a week to receive each package and they are sent with the DHL courier so there is no fear of your package getting lost! I would totally recommend Top Vintage to everyone!

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Photo by V (https://www.instagram.com/valen__tiny/), clothing by Top Vintage Boutique.

        2. ASOS

Even though ASOS is not really a vintage store, it has some amazing vintage inspired clothing! I have shopped some of my favorite dresses from there and they also have some really beautiful vintage inspired jewelry. Moreover, for the ladies who love flower accessories they have some swell headpieces and floral designs! Their packages are always prepared with care and if you choose the fast shipping method you will have your item the next working day (with the DHL courier)! The only disadvantage is the expensive shipping rate. You can choose the free shipping as well but you will receive your item in more than 10 days.

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Dress by ASOS.

  3. Collectif Clothing

Collectif is another favorite store of mine! They have some really beautiful vintage inspired clothes and also some beautiful accessories! Their packages are well prepared and the shipping is pretty fast! It is free and it takes around a week to arrive (at least in Greece)! Also, if you are a color lover you will love Collectif! Their designs are so playful and cute that they will make you want to buy everything! I haven’t taken any photos with the products bought from Collectif yet, but i have used many Collectif items through Top Vintage Boutique.

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Hair clip by Collectif (taken from Top Vintage)

I really hope this post helped most of you! What is your favorite vintage or vintage inspired store?

Thank you so much for reading darlings! I’ll see you on my next post!

A Vintage Athenian💋 

P.S All of the thoughts stated above are completely personal and honest. I’m not advertising any of the stores at this post.

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There is good in this world.

Hello my loves!

I apologize for not being too active lately but if you follow my Instagram account you know how busy i am with college. However, i am finally done with classes so it’s time to start writing more here!

I wanted to talk to you about a specific incident that occured last week when i was leaving from college to go home. There is a convinience store a few steps away and the owner is an old man with his wife from what i know. I keep seeing him everyday since i started college and he always seems to have such a positive aura.

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To begin with, i was waiting at the corner of the street for my mother to come and pick me up and at first, a guy fell off his motorbike right in front of us. So the old man went out to ask him if he needed any help. The guy seemed to be a refugee and there is a big controversy over this in Greece (that’s another story). But i’m trying to make clear that even though he was a refugee and most of the people here feel awkward with this situation, this old man tried to help him.

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After that, and after i had been waiting for a while he made a motion to me asking me if i needed any help. I said no thank you but he said he could help me move with the wheelchair if i needed help. I still insisted and at that moment my mother arrived. However, i had seen him going back inside his store and grabbed a bottle of water. I immediately understood that it was for me. So he came across the street (even though he couldn’t walk easily) and gave the bottle to my mother. With tears in his eyes he said ”I see you two every day and i admire you so much!” and walked back to his store. 

The next day the store was closed.

There was a sign on the door saying that it will be sold and i truly got very sad about it. However, some days after that the old man was in there again and my mother went to thank him. He said that he had cried many times while watching us and this got me thinking that even though we were just two strangers for him, he cared more than people we know do.

So, don’t feel disappointed while thinking that there are no good people nowadays. No. There are many good people. We just have to search a bit more to find them and we unfortunately have to be a little careful with everyone.

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I really hope you liked my post darlings, even though it wasn’t vintage related! But i wanted to share it with you. Thank you so much for reading!

A Vintage Athenian💋

Can antiques be spooky?

Hello darlings!

If you follow my Instagram account you probably saw the poll i did some days ago about antiques and vintage items. I asked you whether you think antiques are spooky or not, after a conversation i had with my best friend about this. He thinks that old items, especially personal ones, can be pretty mysterious and creepy. 

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The poll.

 

So, 68% of you answered no while 32% answered yes! So there are actually people who think antiques and vintage stuff are creepy. I would like to talk about this a little more though. 

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Photo from my collection showing some sailors (Greek navy) and some citizens back in the 1930s in Greece. The compass is a reproduction antique.

 

To begin with, let me tell you that the only truly vintage things i collect are photographs from the 1900-1950s. I have some reproduction antiques and some true antiques too (i’ve told you about my family’s old antique shops) but i avoid buying really personal things that were once owned by other people. I’m even careful when it comes to buying photographs for my collection. I try not to buy family photos or ones with texts behind them, that are mostly written for other people who maybe didn’t even manage to read those texts. For instance, i once wanted to buy a photo of a young man in Greece near a small port back in the 40s, but i didn’t. There was a long personal letter for his mother, if i’m not mistaken, behind the photo and his words were really touching and moving. So the reason i don’t buy so personal old things is because i’m not the one who should have them. Those photos and letters were meant for some special people of those being shown in the pictures. I have nothing to do with them and it would be pretty sad to own something like that. That’s my opinion at least. 

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Athens War Museum.

 

It’s pretty much the same with vintage clothes, jewelry and other similar items. I truly believe that every item tranfers a specific energy either from the person wearing it or the era itself. I know there are so many people buying clothes and items from the 1940s and even earlier that were being worn before and i find it amazing as i might give it a try too sometime. But i really get that sad feeling when i think of owning a personal item that was once owned by someone else (we don’t even know what happened to them) and it probably meant something to them. 

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Antique furniture at Athens in the city center.

 

So, are they spooky or it’s just about their energy? 🤔 I suppose we all imagine ghost stories and haunted places when we think of antiques, war items and old houses. Well, if you believe in ghosts i suppose all those things can be really nicely connected with them. What’s a better connection than a soilder’s item with a ghost story about them haunting the item? 

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Athens War Museum.

 

Let me tell you though, that i haven’t seen any ghosts in the War Museum in Athens which has SO many things from the past, so even if they do exist, which i can’t doubt, there is truly nothing to worry about i assume! ❤️ 

We can see things the other way too though. What if you buy an antique and you restore it or clean it etc? The person who had that item would be truly proud and thankful if you took care of their items.

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Old house in Plaka, Athens.

 

So yes. Antiques can sometimes become ”spooky” but not in the frightening way in my opinion. However, if you have something about an old item to tell me that it might be connected to a personal story or a scary one, just email me at avintageathenian@gmail.com! If i recieve any, i’ll make sure to make a post about them!

Thank you so much for reading darlings! I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll see you all on my next post! 

A Vintage Athenian💋

Look vintage by being modern!

Hello darlings!

I know how hard it is for someone to change their entire style into a whole different one and especially in the vintage scene where the clothes are most of the times pretty expensive. It was very hard for me to start creating my wardrobe all over again, that’s why it’s taking a long time to have a huge vintage inspired collection. I started buying vintage inspired clothes last summer and now (after almost 8 months) i can finally say i’m satisfied by the number of vintage inspired clothes that are in my wardrobe.

That’s why i wanted to give you a couple of tips to help you look vintage in a really easy way! Let’s see! 🤔 

1.  It’s all about accessories!

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A great friend and also a very swell man, once told me that vintage is all about accessories! I was still pretty new to the vintage scene when he told me that, but after a while i started realizing he was right! You don’t have to wear a swing dress to look vintage! You can also look vintage with a pair of cat sunglasses, a scarf around your hair, a fascinating brooch for your shirt or even a flower on your hair!

2. Make your hair look vintage!

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You don’t have anything vintage related to wear? Make a vintage hairstyle! It’s pretty easy and it doesn’t need much accessories. You can even use no accessories at all. You will find plenty of vintage ispired hairstyles through the internet. Some of them are really complex but there are also some simple ones as well. When i don’t want to use much hairspray or heating i usually do some simple curls and wear a flower on the one side! Remember: a simple flower/hair accessory can make your hairstyle look really elegant!

3. Combine everything with a vintage inspired makeup!

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If we are talking about the 40s/50s we all have in mind nice eyeliners, pink cheekbones and red lips! That’s exactly what you have to do. Of course you can use eyeshadows etc. Furthermore, since i started having pretty much the same makeup routine, it started getting faster and easier. I just add a different eyeshadow or lipstick each time. The eyeliner though, remains the same. Also, keep in mind that if you are not good with the eyeliner (i was bad as well), practice makes you better!

Do you still think you can’t be vintage in modern clothes? Vintage is not just about clothing darlings. It’s about attitude, lifestyle and so many other things too! So, don’t worry about having to buy many vintage inspired dresses etc. You can be vintage without having to spend too much money if you can’t! Of course, having vintage clothes helps a lot but it’s not just about that. I really hope this helps! 

Thank you so much for reading lovelies! I hope you enjoyed it! I’ll see you all on my next post! ❤️

A Vintage Athenian💋 

 

Athens Retro Festival 2018!

Hello darlings!

If you’re following me on Instagram you have probably seen me talking about Athens Retro Festival a few times! In today’s post i’m overexcited to talk to you about this very beutiful convention taking place in Athens, this summer! 🎉 

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If you are following my blog from the beginning you probably know my love for the 1940s Ball in Colorado, US but when i found out about Athens Retro Festival i started having true hopes that we do have some nice vintage stuff happening in Greece! 

Athens Retro Festival took place in 2016 for the very first time and it keeps happening in Athens every year since then. If you get to visit it, you will be able to see some very fascinating vintage and retro stuff such as old cars, vintage clothes, antiques and so on.

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The fun doesn’t stop there though! If you’re attending the event, you will be able to dance to some oldies, listen to some really talented vintage-inspired musicians, buy vintage jewelry and collectible items, have your hair done by some vintage-inspired DSC0845-2-300x200hairdressers, meet some incredible barbers and so on! Of course, food and drinks will be also available!

If you are interested to visit Athens Retro Festival let me inform you that the tickets are already available and you can get them through Viva.gr.

The festival lasts for 4 days and it is also available on Facebook. It takes place at Gazi in Athens and if you want to find out more about it, visit their official website www.athensretrofestival.gr.

Let me tell you that i’ll be there as well (i’ll try to attend all of the days) so let me know if you’re coming! Come say hi if you see me and keep in touch through my Instagram page! 

Thank you so much for reading darlings! I hope you enjoed it! I will see you all on my next post! ❤️ 

A Vintage Athenian💋 

Diogenous 9, Plaka: my great grandfather’s antique shop!

Hello lovelies!

 

So my lovely grandma, is really cool herself, but has also some very cool relatives too! ❤️ Her one brother Vasilis, uncle of mine, was a famous dancer who was traveling all around the world and had an antique shop in the island of Paros, Greece! Her other brother, my uncle Takis, has a leather/fur shop in Varkiza, Athens and i can keep talking about all of her really cool siblings! However, in this post i’ll be talking about her father George Yakoumis, my great grandfather who used to have an antique shop in the neighborhood of Plaka, in Athens. ❤️

My great grandfather, my great grandmother and their family/friends!

To begin with, Plaka is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Athens and it has been inhabited since antiquity. It was developed around the Ancient Market (greek: Αρχαία Αγορά) under the Acropolis and there are so many houses from the 1950s and even earlier! It is also known for its labyrinth kind of streets and neoclassical but Cycladic architecture as well!

Now let’s talk about my great grandfather and his antique shop! My grandma and her entire family moved to Athens from the island of Mytilene around the 50s. My grandfather though, had been collecting antiques and vintage items many years before that and had been selling them with the help of his older sons back in the island. 

When they arrived in Athens, he opened his antique shop in the neighborhood of Plaka! The shop had also a yard and even though it wasn’t that big it was grand enough to attract guests! At the shop he was selling all of the items he had been collecting for so many years.

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My great grandfather died at the 1970s and at that time his family closed the antique shop. However, many of the items that he and my uncle (the famous dancer, Vasilis) had, are still in our warehouse.

Outside my great grandfather’s antique shop!

The building of the antique shop was owned by some people back then, but when we got to visit the closed antique shop after so many years, the door and the lockers were exactly as they had left them. Also, even though the owners were living upstairs, the house was now abandoned.

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The upstairs!

They might have died as well but what happened to the ownership of the building? Was it given to relatives or to the government? I will try to find more information the next days and with God giving us hope we will have some positive results. 

The tavern ”Platanos” which is there since 1932, is a few steps away from my great grandfather’s antique shop. My great grandfather used to buy refreshments and stuff from there.

I would really appreciate it if you could share this post so that more people can see it and maybe we can find the owners or someone who has information easier!

Thank you so much for the help and for reading my post lovelies! I hope you liked it! I will see you all on my next post!

A Vintage Athenian💋 

”Thank God the war is over.”

Hello darlings!

”Happy humans-utterly unable to check their emotions-laughed even while great tears rolled down their cheeks.” (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

I decided to make this post yesterday after i received an amazing early present from a great friend of mine. 

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The present

Who doesn’t recognize this so famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse? However, a few seem to truly know the whole story behind this photo and i realized it today when i received a comment about this being a non-consensual physical assault, under my post on Instagram about the gift. That’s why i deleted the post to make my research.

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The comment

So first of all let’s see what physical assault is. According to a sexual assault crisis center ”if someone has kissed you, fondled you, had sex with you without your consent, it is sexual assault. No sign of physical injury or abuse is required to charge someone with sexual assault.”.

But was this really a sexual assault? Let’s find out!

Let’s go back to 1945 during V-J day (Victory over Japan) in Times Square (i’m not going to talk about San Francisco events here). That day Japan surrendered (World War II), ending the war. At that point, a huge crowd was gathered at New York’s Time Square to celebrate. Boys and girls (strangers) were kissing and it was definitely the best day of their lives.

See 0:52-1:00. Girls don’t look that sad about a handsome sailor kissing them, do they?

 

Greta Zimmer Friedman was the famous nurse of our so popular photo. As she said, she got out of her office by the time the war was over to have a break.

Greta Zimmer Friedman in Times Square, NY
Greta Zimmer Friedman

She was standing in the street and she was suddenly grabbed by a sailor that happened to kiss her! The kiss lasted around ten seconds (a lot of seconds to push someone away or even slap them if you don’t want them to kiss you huh?) and as the sailor of the photo said, who is most likely George Mendonsa (there is a lot of controversy over the identity of the sailor) he was a little drunk because of the celebrations. So at that time, Alfred Eisenstaedt, the photographer of the photo, captured the moment!

Greta said ”that man was very strong. I wasn’t kissing him. He was kissing me.” Someone who still thinks it was a physical assault will say that he was strong and she couldn’t do anything about it. But after the kiss, George just walked away and Greta moved back to her office. When you feel like you have been physically assaulted, no matter the era, you don’t just walk back to your work without saying anything to anyone.

George Mendonsa who famously kissed Greta Zimmer Friedman in Times Square, NY
George Mendonsa

Or without even slapping that guy afterwards. Instead, she continued saying ”It wasn’t a romantic event. It was an event of ‘thank God the war is over’. It was a wonderful coincidence, a man in a sailor’s uniform and a woman in a white dress and a great photographer at the right time. The reason he grabbed somebody dressed like a nurse, was that he felt so very grateful to the nurses who took care of the wounded.” ❤️

This clearly shows how Greta used to see this event. She could understand how happy everyone was and it was all out of excitement! She thought it was a wonderful coincidence.

If you ask me, no i wouldn’t like a stranger kissing me. But it’s all about the circumstances. Do you realize how excited someone must be when they are told that the war is finally over? Let’s just not take every situation as it’s the same. No, it’s not the same.

Nowadays, if a stranger guy kisses a lady like that all of a sudden in the center of Athens let’s say, i myself will help that lady. Imagine grabbing and kissing someone you don’t know in 2018 without any reason. That is a physical assault. Now, imagine grabbing and kissing someone you don’t know in 1945 after you’ve been told that the war is over and everyone around you is celebrating and kissing each other. It might be a physical assault in a way because they were two strangers, but not as it would be in the first situation. You cannot compare two non similar stories. Plus, Greta didn’t seem to see it in a negative way either. But guys, before telling your opinion about such a controversial subject, make sure to have made a full research about it and have seen what the people who took place in the event believe.

In conclusion and in my perspective, this photo is a symbol of free love and joy after a terrifying and awful condition (war).

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”It is a luminous moment of spontaneous, collective free love.” historian Marshall Berman

 

Just for the record, Greta Friedman died at the age of 92 in 2016.

I know that after this post many people might feel like i’m taking the side of men and i’m not supporting women’s rights and all those stuff. But in the world we are living nowadays, whatever you say is wrong and whatever you believe, if it doesn’t suit with the modern ways, is inappropriate. Guess what? I’m not afraid to write down my opinion and i’ve learned to make full researches before i say anything.

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No, i’m not against women’s rights (man, i’m a woman too!) but i’m pretty sure ladies who are into the modern feminism community will not have the same opinion. I can’t go with the flow if i don’t agree with something though. We are free to express our thoughts and we shouldn’t be afraid of doing so. There will always ve people with different opinions anyways and they are all acceptable! ❤️

Thank you so much for reading lovelies! I’ll see you all on my next post!

A Vintage Athenian💋

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