To start off my first time blog I want to introduce myself!
My name is Amanda Crawford, I’m married to my best friend and we have a 3 year old little girl and 3 furbabies! We currently live in Virginia where my husband is stationed with the US Navy. I love being a stay at home mom, and my passions other than clothing are photography, painting, and writing short stories.
Growing up everyone called me “Amanda Panda” and as I grew into myself as an adult I am now Amanda Von Panda! You can call me Panda for short, thanks to my brother! My siblings and I grew up in the military over seas in Japan. There I first found my love and passion for fashion (rhyme intended!). Our mother had us watching classics like Doris Day’s “Pillow Talk” and “Carousel”, as well as “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with Audrey Hepburn. I fell in love with their timeless style! They were perfection personified in my eyes. But as I grew older I felt I could never be as beautiful since I was too busty and my features were not as delicate looking. I went through a time where I felt I didn’t fit in with any style which was a huge blow to someone near obsessed with clothing! Like many, I found myself torn between trying to be happy and confident with myself but also struggling with comparing myself to other’s. It wasn’t until my mid 20s that I realized how unique and special we all are, and the only one we truly need to please is ourselves. As selfish as that may sound, I truly believe once I found my happiness with myself I was finally able to spread that happiness genuinely to others! I was able to find my love for fashion again, and realized how the style I always was drawn to was actually a perfect match for me! The silhouettes of the 1940s-60s enhanced and celebrated the female form, romanticizing it in a way. It’s what drew me in even as a young girl, dreaming of fairytales. I am no delicate flower though, so I love how vintage inspired fashion can make me feel more feminine and softer. Each week I’ll share an little more about myself and how I was introduced into the world of modern day pinups! I hope you enjoy getting to know me and my fashion obsession!