Monday, July 19, 2010

An Abundance of Beauty

It's July, so I have at hand every past July Victoria Magazine issue to peruse.

Now that I've been posting about Victoria, I've come to appreciate how FULL the old magazine was.

Page after page had so many beautiful pictures and such rich content that never before or since has a magazine equaled its bounty.

Every issue was a surprise. Always something you had never seen. An abundance of gorgeous amazement. It's no wonder that that kind of opulence could not survive.

I also realized how much we are all still influenced by the model. My love for white did not come from the Shabby Chic movement--it came from Victoria.

Beauty was there only for beauty's sake. And with very few ads. It was a fantasy made real, and can never be done quite the same again.

I recently posted about my inspiration notebooks and, again, realized that I have next to none of the tear sheets from Victoria. That's because there was no waste. Every bit of it was good and wonderful, worthy of saving intact.

That kind of excellence is so hard to achieve. And what a little miracle it was month after month.

I'm sure I'll also keep wearing out my Victoria pages, month after month, for a long time to come.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the world! Ciao! for now!


I'm linking up with A Delightsome Life for the Victoria Blog Party!
And A Stroll Thru Life for
Table Top Tuesday!


Kathy said...

This is a beautiful post! You are right! Victoria introduced us to the many styles people love today. Whites, blue and white, chintz, feminine, rustic, country, not to mention enjoying and celebrating tea!
Just love what you've shared!
I truly appreciate you!

Lavender Cottage said...

You are so right to say that a whole issue of Victoria is worth saving to look at over and over again. There have been a few that didn't actually catch my fancy but they still go into my basket where I collect them.
The older ones had more sources for buying Victorian inspired decor and dishes, I do miss that aspect.

Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline... Your post is a beauty, I see snapdragons now too:-)
I was too late to join the Victoria party, But I was looking through a couple old issues (I wish I had them all.. color me jealous!)
Anyway in April 93 page 45 & 93 are sweet young girls dresses in beautiful white dresses... I though of your girls:-)

Donna said...

Hi Jacqueline,
I loved the old issues of Victoria better than the current ones, too! And the same goes for Romantic Homes Magazine! I no longer subscribe to Victoria, but I do to Romantic Homes, and with each issue,I get so excited thinking this will be THE issue. Sadly, I still like the old ones the best!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

I love the older issues of Victoria and still dream through pages of them.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. laurie

Anonymous said...

What beautiful photos! I love all the beautiful roses, and whites. I look through my victoria issues all the time.Such beauty...Kathy

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful post. So true everything you said as the lovely ladies pointed out before me :)

Kay said...

So beautiful! Again--all the linens are exquisite. The ones with the roses are just so sweet! I called Steve in to see this post and he said, "Her photography is great!" So thought I'd pass that compliment on. Your photography and writing are really wonderful. I love coming to your blog everyday for my boost. Kay

Olive Cooper said...

You said it so well. I have a huge container of Victoria magazines that I have kept from the 90's that I cannot let go of. olive♥

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your white ironstone vignette and the stunning roses are breathtaking. The linens are so delicate and lovely too. Such beautiful pictures. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Debbie said...

LOVE all of your white linens!!! Great post. It's so true what you said about Victoria inspiring the shabby chic look. I cannot part with my old mags. I still find joy in looking at the beautiful pages.

Cindy in Albuquerque said...

Beautiful post. I'll confess that I loved the entry about the inspiration books but my first thought when reading it was "I should do this! But....not with the Victorias!" Couldn't possibly cut them up!
You site just gets better and better!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

You know what? You were born to blog, because you're so good at it! I remember years ago, clipping the pretties out of this magazine and saving them for decoupage projects. I can scarcely believe now that Victoria actually went away for awhile! It is indeed one of the most worthy of publications.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Just beautiful! I say it all the time "white is a color-enjoy!".

Kimberly said...

The old Victorias were the best, weren't they? I still have all my copies, too!

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