Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Gypsy Photo Shoot

It all began one day when Marie and I were working in the store and an adorable little lady walked up and said, "I have an idea....."  The concept?  A gypsy photo shoot, featuring clothes and vintage homegoods from the store, and the talents of not only that adorable little photographer, Sara Kirk Sneider, but the skills of makeup artist Niki Robison and hair stylist Coley Myrmel.  The best part?  They actually wanted Marie and I to be the models!  To be honest, I thought they were a little crazy about that part!

We spent the weeks leading up to the shoot discussing general themes and ideas in Facebook messages.  We met one time to discuss concepts and one time to scout the location, Marie's parent's beautiful back yard. I spent a lot of time freaking out about what we were going to wear, the weather, what kind of model I would be, etc...  Marie, as usual, remained calm and easy going all the way up the day of the shoot.  

Back Yard of Marie's Parent's House.

The day of the shoot Marie, Sara and I met up at The Vintage Gypsy and started pulling things and stuffing them into the back of Marie's junkin' truck.  Next we went over to Marie's house and took things from her house and backyard.  Then we were off to the location where we spent a few hours setting up two different areas.

The Arbor Area

Cottage in the back yard.

We took a break for lunch, yes... these models actually ATE!  Then Coley and Niki came to my house to do our hair and makeup.  Both Marie and I had never had our makeup professionally done, so this was an unique experience for us both!  Nicole did a incredible job on our makeup!  

Niki touching up Mel's make up.

Coley made our hair look fabulous!  Marie doesn't curl her hair very often and I thought Coley made her look absolutely gorgeous!  I have been trying to talk her into curling her hair all the time!

Coley touching up Marie's hair.

Marie, Coley, Nicole and Mel

We all met back up at the location, and with the wine flowing, the magic began!

Sara made us feel so relaxed and comfortable we almost forgot she was taking our picture!

Adorable doggy not for sale.  :(

Time flew by and we were all having so much fun together, I didn't want it to end!

The jewelry I am wearing in the photos was made by our friend and fashion blogger, Cate Mezyk, who can be found on Facebook or check out her incredible fashion blog, Wild Ruffle.

Jewelry by Wild Ruffle
Dress at The Vintage Gypsy

It's over already?
This was the last shot of the day and you can just tell how relaxed and confident we were feeling.  

Niki Robison

Niki Robison can be found at Niki Robison Brow & Skin Studio at the The Hair District in Eden Prairie and also on Facebook.  I have never wore such dramatic makeup, but it look so good I felt super confident!  The makeup felt light and airy and I wished that it could have lasted for days.

Coley Myrmel
Coley Myrmel saved us by agreeing to style our hair at the last minute, after the original stylist backed out.  She made our hair look gorgeous and even took some down time between my hair and Marie's to style my daughter's hair.  You can find her at The Hair District in Eden Prairie, at their website and their Facebook page.

Sara Kirk Schneider
Sara is just about the nicest person you will ever meet, sweet and down to earth, she makes you feel like you are hanging out with an old friend.  A friend that just happens to also be able to take the most amazing pictures of yourself that you have ever seen.  She's a married mother of three and has been a photographer for over 12 years.  Her business is PhotoGazelle and  she is located in Prior Lake.  You can find her on at PhotoGazelle Photography, her Facebook page PhotoGazelle Photography llc or her blog PhotoGazelle@photoblog.  Marie and I highly recommend Sara if you are considering having your picture taken professionally.

Both of these dresses available at The Vintage Gypsy

Thanks again to Niki, Coley and Sara!  The Gypsy Photo Shoot was an incredible day!  

Thursday, March 21, 2013


A couple of times a year, Marie feels the urge for a change!
Not just a rearranging change, that changes like the weather at TVG... 
we are talking a full re-do of the back room! 
Marie starts researching and talking about ideas months in advance. 
She finds inspiration pictures, like these:

Then she picks her color palette.

Marie wanted the room to be brighter and beachy.   
The wall color changes often, but this Spring it was time for the floors to get new paint too!  Marie tests out a few colors before she finds what she wants.

Then painting begins!

The room went from dark gypsy glam green to warm brown tones.

Then the decorating begins!  

This is the fun part!

This yellow mantle mimics the one Marie found in the inspiration picture.

                                         Marie made the shell mirror!


There are subtle pops of the inspiration colors, like this adorable green side table that Marie painted.  (check out that vintage flower lamp!)

 Stop in The Vintage Gypsy today to see the back room's new look!

~ Mel

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Cash Mob!

Tomorrow is a big day at TVG, it's the day of our Cash Mob!  

Are you asking yourself, what is a cash mob?  So was I a few weeks ago when Marie showed me a business card she had picked up at Edelweiss bakery.  

Before I knew it, we were nominated and then entered into a vote on the Cash Mob South of the River Facebook page, and thanks to many of our friends, family and customers.... we actually won!

So, what is Cash Mob?  

It all started in the summer of 2012 with two friends, Matt Johnson of Prior Lake and Ryan Berkness of Savage.  They both work in related fields, Matt has experience with customer loyalty programs for merchants and Ryan advises businesses on the use of social media. A Cash Mob is a play off of Flash Mobs (those crazy events where people meet and break into seemingly spontaneous dances.) It is a way to generate revenue for local businesses.  Every month one merchant is chosen (through a nomination and voting process on the facebook page) A time and date is set for the Cash Mob and then people voluntarily commit to showing up and spending approximately $20.

In speaking with Matt, it became apparent that he really just loves his community and wanted a unique way to help support local small businesses.

The Flash Mob South of the River facebook page has almost 1,100 likes now and the group also has a email list that it works from.    

One of the greatest parts about winning the Cash Mob is the awareness it creates for The Vintage Gypsy.  We have the opportunity to create relationships with customers that, if not for Matt and Ryan, may have never set foot through our doors.

Can't wait for tomorrow!  Stay tuned for a full report on what it was like to be mobbed by cash!  Or join the mob, in the store or online!  It all starts Wednesday, March 6th, at 4:55pm!  

Special thanks to Matt and Ryan for giving TVG this great opportunity!  You can count on Marie and I to participate in next month's mob, can't wait to see who the next lucky winner may be!

~ Mel

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Gypsies are blogging!

We are all a little weird and
Life's a little weird,
And when we find someone whose
Weirdness is compatible with ours,
We join up with them and fall in
Mutual weirdness and call it Love.
                                                                    - Dr. Suess

Hi!  Welcome to The Gypsy blog!  

A lot of people stop into the store and comment on the work and creativity that goes into the ever changing appearance of The Vintage Gypsy boutique in downtown Prior Lake.  This blog will allow you to follow Marie (Owner of The Vintage Gypsy) and Mel (her Unicorn) (Unicorn means magical helper in our world) as we flip the store, shop for vintage items, go to fashion marts, order (and model!) clothes and complete projects for The Vintage Gypsy!

So, join us on this adventure, which is not just a job but a dream come true for both Marie and Mel.  We are hoping you will fall into love, and mutual weirdness, with The Vintage Gypsy!

~ Mel