Category Archives: Favorites

{vintage shops}

Springfield, MO has it’s share of flea markets & vintage stores, but these are my Favorites!red velvet art .

I’m quite lucky to live in the same town as Red Velvet Art & the special Elsie Flannigan.

She has the most adorable 60s’s style. Her cute shop brings so much excitement to downtown.  I simply want everything in it!


Funtiques is a store that makes me happy from head to toe!  Everything in it looks like it came off a set from a 70′s tv show. So funky & cute.

vintage vice

Vintage Vice is stylish & cool, but only if you can look past that fugly Christmas sweater in the store window!  haha

That is why I like to peek into vintage vice. Original ideas that seem to have a male influence.


Leola’s has been my favorite antique store for a long time. I pick up so many vintage props for my house & photo sessions here.

The ladies are so friendly and the displays.. Heavenly.  Each season brings new inspiring ideas.


Works of art imitate and provoke other works of art, the process is art itself.  -Edward Hirsch

copyright mandy lynne walking do

I was asked on my Facebook page what my influences are.. what inspires my photography?


Influences:  First I’ll take a look back.  When I was a young teenager my favorite magazine was Victoria.

Images of dreamy country scenes, women in hats & vintage picnics filled my imagination and I enjoyed reading about women

that stepped out and followed their bliss, turning their creative hobbies into a profitable business.

I hoped it would be me someday.  :-)

I also read alot of historical fiction and watched movies like The Sound of Music & Anne of Green Gables

soo many times that I could recite much of the script & songs by heart.

I’m sure in some way I was shaped by these things.

When I analyze what I have created as an artist, I feel nostalgia for a simpler time that I missed being a part of.

Unfortunately, I’m not a time traveler.. so photography will have to be my means of trasportaation! :D

It’s a rewarding process to create something from your imagination.

It only takes a spark… an image, a scene from a movie, song lyrics, a distant memory.. then something new & exciting evolves from it.

I want to explore vintage style until I have understood and felt part of it.

My favorite inspiration right now…  Mad Men cocktail dresses, Audrey Hepburn pearls, Taylor Swift style updos, Julie Blackmon photography

Favorite Style Periods…  classic Hollywood, 50′s housewife, old school retro, and a mad new crush on the 60′s!