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About Lady by Choice

Lady by Choice About Me


Lady by Choice is a vintage-inspired fashion and lifestyle blog chronicling the adventures of me, Patricia Lippert, a Los Angeles native. In a city known for its vintage charm, history, and social scene, Lady by Choice offers a modern twist, highlighting not only the architecture and urban renaissance of vintage L.A., but also the nostalgic culture, fashion, dining, and beauty of the era.  Most recently I began incorporating vintage into every day looks and embracing my emerging silver hair.


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’m venturing more in to exploring ways to incorporate vintage into my modern life and not saving it for just the weekends.  I am also transitioning to silver hair.  The charm of dying my hair every two weeks to hide my grays has died and I am embracing the new me.  Or the real me.

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 live 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.  I’m separated from my husband, but we’re still good friends. I’m 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?

We’ve used everything from our Nikon D750 and our Nikon D90.  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 has taken many of the pictures of me, as my arms just aren’t that long and I’m too lazy to set up a tripod.  However, being a single mom, I’m also hitting my teenager to help with photos a bit.

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 people interested in vintage Los Angeles?

Why yes, yes I do.


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