LADY BY CHOICE
Lady by Choice is a fashion and lifestyle blog chronicling the adventures of Patricia Lynn, a Los Angeles native with a love of vintage, particularly the 1920s through the 1940s. In a city known for its vintage charm, history, and social scene, Lady by Choice highlights not only the architecture and urban renaissance of vintage L.A., but also the nostalgic culture, fashion, dining, and beauty of the era.
I began blogging in 2010 to be a diary of sorts for myself - to track my exploits and projects, and give myself a chance to share with whomever cared to read a little bit of my love for vintage and the deco era, especially in Los Angeles. I needed a place to say the words moderne and girdle and not have anyone look at me with a groomed, raised eyebrow (though if they were really well-groomed, I’d probably ask about their waxer.)
You know those times when you experience something great, turn to the person next to you, look at them, and hope they experienced the same thing you did? Well, that is what I’m talking about. I want to share my experiences. So I’m sharing with you.
I’ve been interested in vintage since high school, and have on occasion, taken it a bit more seriously than others. My love is especially of the 20s and 30s, but 40s and 50s are swell too. It helps that my son is older and I don’t have to deal with vintage clothes and leaking diapers anymore. Nothing as sexy as a snot line right around your knees to squash that vintage allure.
I live in a sweet little '20s storybook cottage in a historic neighborhood and enjoy enhancing my little abode to honor its 90-year old past.
TELL ME ABOUT YOUR LIFE. YOU SEEM TO LEAD SUCH A SWELL LIFESTYLE.
The majority of the time I’m an average gal leading an average life. I have one child, a son, who keeps me busy most days of the week. My husband is in the entertainment industry as a visual effects supervisor. We’ve been married for 18 years. We’re fortunate we live in the Los Angeles area and have the ability to visit so many interesting vintage locations and meet some awesome individuals.
I LOVE YOUR PICTURES. WHAT KIND OF CAMERA DO YOU USE?
Usually we use our Nikon D750. However, I’m also a fan of iphonography and use my Iphone 6 plus a great deal as well. The best camera to use is often the one on you. My husband takes most of the pictures of me, as my arms just aren’t that long and I’m too lazy to set up a tripod.
DO YOU WEAR VINTAGE EVERY DAY?
Oh no. My head to toe/inside out-style of vintage wouldn’t work for my day job. However, I do like to incorporate little vintage elements into my everyday ensembles. I wear original vintage, modern vintage-inspired, and home sewn items. When it comes to original vintage, Etsy is my friend.
DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SOMEONE INTERESTED IN VINTAGE LOS ANGELES?
Why yes, yes I do.
These are a few posts that my readers have enjoyed.
- Besame Cosmetics
- Middy Mission
- Grauman's Chinese Theater
- Queen Mary Art Deco Festival
- Packing for the Queen Mary Art Deco Festival
- The Nethercutt Collection
- Peanut Butter Cookies
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