Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

The History of Things to Come.

Vintage Pinup

Amanda Bloom is a triple threat. She’s known in Phnom Penh particularly for her music, composition, and stage presence along with her authentic, dress-up fabulous vintage pop-up sales she has been hosting for the past three years since she has lived in Cambodia, gorgeously titled “The History of Things to Come”, along with a compelling mind rich with knowledge on the projects she’s involved in. Amanda is passionate when the topic of vintage arises, as it truly is her lifeblood, an integral part of her personal history, and has been in a way methodically soothing to her in many ways which is apparent as she softly says in one part of our discussion, “I love the little details of vintage, the things that surprise you. The details in the buttons…the pleating… the garment…”

I had a chance to sit down with Amanda over a glass of white wine, raw almonds, and kittens to discuss why she conducts The History of Things to Come and what sparked her initial interest in vintage. One of my dear friends back home, Brooke Casanova, is a vintage connoisseur of sorts and loves a great find- so it was of particular interest to me in how Ms. Bloom runs her business, why she does it, and how she manages her product and client base with an increasing, sometimes fraudulent, vintage market growing in The Charming City.

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Cambodia, Fashion, Personal, Phnom Penh

7 Days: The History of Things to Come

This past week I had the pleasure of doing a quick photoshoot with 7 Days for the Vintage Sale “The History of Things to Come”, curated by Amanda Bloom and hosted at The Living Room Cafe. Poppy organized the shoot while Amanda styled, steamed, and assisted in covering up under things.

Ms. Bloom had literally dozens upon dozens of gorgeous pieces, ranging from Edwardian blouses and Mexican bridesmaid dresses to 80s swimwear which made it extra difficult to pick a few items to feature. Next time she puts on a sale, I highly recommend any fashion conscious or history curious individual to check it out.

From the event invitation on Facebook:

“There is a certain beauty to authentic vintage, a time tested glamour that adds depth and character. Although there will be cocktail dresses, gowns and winter pieces, the sale will have a focus on practical day to day summer items to compliment the weather and lifestyle of Phnom Penh. With a focus on natural fibre fabrics like cottons, silk, laces, linen and rayon the selection will be a refreshing change from synthetic fabrics.”

Anna says: The straw handbag with the chain strap and lightweight, whimsically printed sundress were playful and a fun change from the norm. I felt as if I should have melted icecream dripping from my hands on Balboa Island after a ride on the ferris wheel, snapping Polaroids on the sand

Stephanie says: Two things that drew me to this dress were the bright lime green sash and the deep pockets. The sash gave the otherwise basic dress an unexpected pop of color and the pockets, which were almost the length of my forearm, was an unusual but practical detail. No purse needed!

Anna says: This red evening gown takes me back to nights of being wined and dined properly on a rooftop bar, sipping a dirty martini. The open back bares enough but the length leaves  bit to the imagination and one can’t help but feeling like a vixen in crimson.