Nothing makes Seattleite Sara Wood go weak in the knees quite like a great vintage find, especially one that saves her some greenbacks. That delightful, dizzying shopping sensation is familiar to Wood, the always spiffy and togged-to-the-bricks brainchild of Lilies and Remains, a vintage fashion blog showcasing classic 1930s and 1940s style. Thanks to her distinct ensembles, Wood has made a name for herself in the blogosphere, as well as in her favorite vintage and thrift stores across Seattle, including Red Light, Goodwill, and Lucky Vintage on University Way. She has a closet full of thrifted finds—OK, she admits it’s more like a “clothes-bomb bedroom of vintage”—and she’s an eager beaver when it comes to sharing her finds with readers. So, we caught up with Wood and asked, “What’s your story, morning glory?”
WWW: Your personal geography, please. Where were you born and raised, and where are you currently living?
Wood: I’m a born and raised Pacific Northwesterner. I was born in Portland, raised in Vancouver, WA, and moved to Seattle in 2004. I’ve tried to "escape" the drizzle several times, but keep gravitating back here. I currently live on Capitol Hill.
Your personal style in three words:
1940s Femme Fatale
Assuming your blog doesn’t pay the bills, what do you do in order to pay the wireless bill and buy new clothes?
Usually I work at least three jobs. A blend of retail, restaurants, independent contracting, and occasional seamstressing allows me to live on the Hill and buy all the vintage hats a gal could dream of. Sadly, I had a bit of a klutzy incident last week, and will be stuck on crutches for the next month! Unexpected immobile "vacation!"
Your blogging timeline: Is this your first? What, if anything, came before?
Lilies & Remains is my first blog, I started it a month and a half ago. I’ve had a vintage inspiration/history tumblr going for a while, but tumblr is a whole different kind of online entity!
What was the voice inside your head saying as you were first imagining this blog?
It took me a while to overcome my busy schedule and get this blog started. A little voice kept harassing me to just get it over with—it seems the first post was the hardest. It truly needed to happen, though; my wardrobe is an entity unto itself, and should be shared. There is such a solid vintage blogging community out there, it’s fun to share outfits, tips, and knowledge with other lovely ladies worldwide.
What’s the hardest thing in terms of blogging about style in Seattle?
There have definitely been some difficult aspects of blogging in Seattle, however I would lay most of the responsibility on myself, not my city. Mostly, it’s a matter of logistics and light. I tend to look my most fabulous when I go out at night, plus I wear a lot of black, so lighting is my perpetual problem. There are endless numbers of flash-lit club photos on my computer that will never meet the light of day.
What’s the best thing in terms of blogging about style in Seattle?
The response from my group of friends and the local vintage places I haunt. My friends have been fantastically gung-ho about taking outfit pics for me and promoting me in every way they can. Love my friends! The local vintage-store circuit has also been endlessly supportive, whether they directly promote my blog or not. I can walk into any of my favorite vintage stores and have a familiar face show me all the recent arrivals I might be into—how cool is that? Not only do I get first dibs on some amazing treasures, but I can do it while supporting local businesses, both monetarily and on the blogosphere. It’s a perfectly symbiotic relationship, and I’m thankful we have such an enthusiastic, if small, vintage community here.
One blog that no one knows about that everyone should read:
Bright Young Twins. These gals run my absolute favorite vintage fashion blog. Not only are they enviable style inspirations, but they’re smart, quirky, and down to earth. Always a plus!
What do you want to do more of on your blog? What’s keeping you from doing it?
In the future, I want to revamp the graphics and layout of my blog. I have yet to perfect such things, as I basically know zilch about HTML coding. Until now, I’ve had literally no time to invest in figuring it out; however, with my recent injury, it seems I will have a bit more time on my hands! Blessing in disguise? Perhaps.
What would you like to see more of in Seattle in terms of style?
I would kill to see more genuine vintage out and about. I don’t mean "vintage inspired" style, I mean true-blue pre-1950s vintage. I mean women and men who know what they are looking for, know what they have, and love to share it with the world. It would be fun to have more people to nerd out with! I do have some friends here in Seattle who fit the bill, but the majority of the time I am the odd one out. No complaints though—less wardrobe competition!