Who the heck is Pepper Vintage , where did she come from and Why Pepper Vintage?
I get asked this question quite a bit I never really answer it because it’s such a long story and involves my life falling apart. So if your ready for story of a woman losing herself, hitting complete rock bottom , eventually dusting herself off and finding herself then keep reading. If not the short version is this. Pepper is me , she was created to represent me and my journey with bipolar but before that she was going to be a vintage store (see pictures way below)
Ok long story and kudos for you sticking around to read this.
Below is the doodle of Pepper and the first concept. Inspiration came from Madonna’s children book The English Roses.
Below are the early versions of Pepper Vintage circa 2009.
I always loved and enjoyed working in retail. What I loved most about retail was helping women find the perfect outfit. It wasn’t just clothes or shopping it was about helping women feel their best not matter what their age or shape.
In 2009 I wanted to start a vintage online shop. I had purchased a few dresses to get me started. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the dressed that inspired the logo. The most important thing that I can tell you was that IT HAD POCKETS, and it was adorable, oh and also it was from Montgomery Wards. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montgomery_Ward
Below is a collage of dresses I collected and then sold.
At the time I was suffering from depression. I had a pretty good melt down a few years before this and I my life was barely holding on for dear life. This dream meant the world to me and it gave me something to focus on other than my life falling apart and my inner demons. So I am a bit ADD so hang on because I am going to switch to my life crumbling to Pepper Vintage quite a bit.
2009 I gave birth to my 5th child and I was a wreck of a mess. If you know anything about my story I gave up my 5th kid for adoption. (another blog for another time)
I was sadness, despair and a little self destruction all wrapped in one.
To relieve some of that sadness we adopted a little black dog who we named ……. you guessed it, Pepper. She was a sweet rescue from the SPCA, she was part of a horrible puppy mill that was shut down and on the news. This sweet girl was over bred and was severely neglected. I knew she was in bad shape but I wanted to give her a home and show her a better life. Sadly a few days later she became very ill, and was diagnosed with distemper. She was laid to rest, we had her for only a week but I loved her so much. Losing Pepper crushed my soul. I can’t tell you how much I needed that dog, I needed to love and nurture after giving up a baby for adoption.
(Pepper and AJ)
After that devastating loss I still held on the idea of my Vintage Dress shop but it never went anywhere just remained a dream. Life started crumble around me pretty quickly. The depression was getting worse and so was my drinking (by the way I was misdiagnosed, I really had Bipolar ) Having Bipolar and being treated with antidepressants was the beginning of the end of life as I knew it.
The End of Part I …..
Part II is when I destroy my life. Yep there is more but I thought I would give everyone who stuck around to read this a break.
Part II will be ready in probably a week but most likely two weeks because I am always behind on everything I do.