Thursday, September 10, 2009

One More Post

Okay, so I couldn't resist posting one more outfit before we leave! Its getting cooler here and really starting to feel more like fall. Today while I was running some last minute errands, I decided to wear this silk jacket that my mother's best friend gave to me. Her mother was a wealthy socialite who traveled to Hong Kong in the 60's and had several garments made there. This jacket was one of them and Barbara was nice enough to entrust it to me along with a teal silk dress and a blue cocktail dress. Its the first time I've worn the jacket and also the first time I've worn this J-Crew wool skirt that a friend gave me the other night. I have a feeling they're both going to be autumnal staples now:)

I'm sorry about the quality of the photos. These aren't the best ones I've ever taken by a long shot, but I didn't have much time. If you wish to enlarge them, please click on the photos.

Silk Jacket: Handmade Vintage
Wool Skirt: J-Crew (Hand-Me-Down)
Tights: CVS
Shoes: Clark's
Pearls: Gift

Oh, and on a different note altogether, today Blogger said that I wasn't following any blogs when I logged in. Then I logged out and back in a few minutes later and my list had reappeared somehow. Has this happened to anyone else?

I'll write more when we return and hope the next two weeks are great for everyone!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Oh Little Rosebud

I found this pretty little dress a few weeks ago in one of my favorite vintage stores in New England. After considering it once I got it home, I realized that it needed some hemming to be perfect. I've never owned a dress with such an impressive collar...and that, combined with the delicate floral print and cotton fabric, were what sold me. Its definitely twirl-worthy!

In other news, I'm leaving for a two week vacation in Italy on Friday afternoon. Now that I think of it, I'm really surprised that I haven't written about it here yet! I suppose with everything that's been going on lately, the trip really snuck up and just did not seem real until this afternoon when I started packing. We're going to take lots of pictures (I think we took almost 400 between the two of us on our last international trip...eek!), so I'll post a few when we return. If I don't post again before Friday afternoon, I look forward to catching up on everyone's blogs when we return.

Dress: Vintage
Belt: Target
Necklace: Gift
Shoes: I Love Comfort
Sun Glasses: Forever 21

Monday, September 7, 2009

Wild Horses and One Little Butterfly

Yesterday I decided to go to a park in the town where Dan and I used to live. Its lovely and I've been thinking about taking outfit photos there for a while. The big highlight is an old bridge (with a very scenic New England view) that leads to nature trails. It was a beautiful day and my husband was out of town with his brother, so I decided to drive over and go for it.

The temperatures dipped into the 60's yesterday so it felt like the right time to break out my new 'wild horses' dress. I have a few vintage polyester dresses in this style and really like the way that they fit and when I found this one with the huge horse print, I couldn't help but buy it a few months back. I grew up on a horse farm, and although I'm not a huge fan of equestrian themed clothes, this one just called out to me from the rack.

When I had finished taking the photos and was packing up my things, I noticed a butterfly flying around me. I think it was actually following me as I walked so I pulled out my camera to take a few snaps of it. This might be the first time one has let me get so close. I ended up taking about ten photos, but chose three of my favorites to share here. It was a sweet end to a lovely afternoon in the park. I hope everyone else had a nice holiday weekend!

(Please Click on Any of the Photos If You Wish to Enlarge Them:)

Belt: Target
Dress: Vintage
Shoes: Anthropologie
Pearl Earrings: Gift
Purse: Thrifted

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Precious in Pale Yellow

I love this dress. The best word for it is probably precious. The peter pan collar, lacy details and little buttons decorated with gold swirls...along with the color....have made it one of my recent favorite finds. I wasn't sure if the color suited me or not, but couldn't help but snap it up a few weeks ago when I spotted it in one of my favorite vintage stores. Today was the first time I've worn it, and I initially thought about pairing it with white t-straps and a white bag, but decided instead to go with the dark brown shoes and belt. I guess I wasn't feeling all that precious this morning:)

The breezy, breathable cotton fabric of this frock was perfect for a warm afternoon of thrifting and walking around the city, then coming home for some cooking, photos and hemming while I finished An American in Paris. I hope everyone else is having a wonderful holiday weekend as well!

(Please click on any of the photos if you wish to enlarge them:)

Dress: Handmade Vintage
Shoes: I love Comfort
Belt: Thrifted
Pearls: Gift

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Movie Inspiration: An American In Paris


Lately I've realized something...I have forgotten about so many movies that I watched while growing up and loved. I guess Turner Classic Movies was on all of the time and I viewed so many that a great deal of them have just slipped from my current thoughts. Today, between running errands all day and then meeting my husband and friends for dinner in the town where he works, I made time to sit on the couch and watch the majority of a An American in Paris...and fall in love all over again.

Immediately I was flooded with old emotions...namely my young infatuation with Gene Kelly. Oh the man was amazing: he could sing, he could dance and he looked amazing doing it all. I also remember really enjoying the Parisian neighborhood scenes and did again today, singing along to the majority of the songs (to the chagrin, I think, of my neighbors downstairs:), reveling in the technicolor, the costumes, the various dance numbers and the romantic love between Lisa and Jerry. Lisa's various full and pencil skirts, her nipped waist dresses, wide belts, and perfect bow tie and vest (see the second to last pic) inspired me so very much. I had to share a few stills with you all from the film. I hope you enjoy them as much as I always do!