Monday, June 21, 2010

Tennessee Waltz

Dress: Handmade by my aunt
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell ($60 sale)
Necklace: UO (anniversary gift from Chris from 2 yrs ago)
Bag: Thrifted ($10)
Photos by Chris
This dress is one of the more special things in my wardrobe, I've had it since I was in 7th grade. It was passed down to me after my late-aunt passed away from Leukemia, and I'm assuming it was handmade by her. Unfortunately, she passed away before Google came into existence, and my searches for information have turned up nothing, I DO know she played the Sugarplum Fairy in the Boston Ballet's rendition of the Nutcracker, and also enjoyed swing and contra dancing (Mom, if I'm wrong about any of this it's because you didn't get my fact-checking phone call). Anyways, I remember playing dress-up with this dress when I was younger (yes, I still played dress up in 7th grade...and I still do now), and honestly had forgotten about it until last summer when I found it at my mom's. I have miraculously grown into it! It's not one that I wear often, for fear of ruining it but Friday was a special occasion: My last full day of work for The College! Actually, I shouldn't say full day, as I got out at 1pm. Chris made plans for us to go into Boston, so we caught the 2:30 train and spent the afternoon and evening exploring Harvard Square, Newbury Street, and the Public Gardens. I felt extremely pretty.
We both wore our red shoes:
This dress was also perfect for debuting my new Jeffrey Campbell Splendid Clogs. You may remember them from this post, well I went ahead and ordered them. I can tell you one thing, it will be my last sorta-splurge for awhile, but I love them. My feet held up for most of the night, but I did get a couple of blisters.

I loved hearing your thoughts on my last post, I feel similarly to most of you in that, lately F21 and H&M just haven't been worth visiting. Maybe it's due to the backlash F21 has been receiving in regards to copyright infringement, I know I would be livid if I was a designer and saw my work cheaply copied by a mass-retailer. Perhaps they're reacting to that and cutting back on how blatantly they copy designers and popular fashion. Who knows, I admit to still going in there occasionally, if only to re-stock my collection of metal cross rings.

How was your weekend?

98 comments:

Purple Deer said...

Your aunt needs to start an Etsy shop...becasue I want to buy that dress!

The Boob Nazi said...

What a great dress!

Rosie said...

Oh! That dress combined with those shoes is just sheer perfection!

I can't wait for my trip into Boston coming up in the next few weeks!

Nicole said...

What a lovely dress! I love finding unique clothing that older ladies in my family, like my mom or grandmother, have worn that I can wear now too :)

Caitlin said...

So pretty!

Becca said...

I've always been a fan of playing dress up, and I firmly believe it's something you are never too old to do. I love this dress, and it's such a lovely keepsake to have of your aunt (who sounds like quite a happening lady by the way!).

Congratulations on your last day at the college! I'm sure there are many exciting things in store for you in the weeks and months to come.

Vanessa said...

This dress is stunning! I wish I had special pieces from my mother, as she passed away from cancer several years ago. Unfortunately, it was before I really appreciated clothing. Either way, this dress is one of a kind, and very striking on you.

Keira said...

I love special pieces with a story! You look beautiful in this dress, and I love that it has so many memories for you. Those JC platforms are a-mazing... Definitely worth the splurge. Good luck in your new adventures!

Lemondrop Marie said...

What a special, gorgeous dress. Love it! And it looks smashing with that pretty red shoe accent!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

sayablack said...

Your dress is really cuuuute!!!
I love the silhouette and floral pattern.
XX

Katherine said...

That dress is so beautiful, and made even better by hearing that it was made by your aunt. So special!

AndiPants said...

What a beautiful dress! You're lucky that it fits so well. It's a real treasure. I love it with the chunky shoes. Very playful.

Tiffany said...

This dress makes your waist look so tiny and it's freaking adorable! Oh, and I love the letter necklace, so cute.

Lauren said...

What a beautiful dress and beautiful story that goes with it! I am also in awe of how you style your fabulous hair - I wish I had a tenth of your hair styling skills!

Liz said...

You look beautiful! The shoes really make the color in the dress pop!

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

You look so pretty! Both the dress and the shoes are gorgeous!

Congratulations on your last day, how exciting!

Natasha said...

Your shoes are amazing!!! Definatly worth the "sorta-splurge"...
And that dress is soo cute...I love all the details (the red bottons, the lapels and the sleeves)...it looks stunning on your hour-glass figure!

leeleetea said...

Gorgeous! Gotta love those hand made clothes...

realistic-squid said...

lovely dress!
I was actually in my F21 today, and there was a sign that said they're improving their fit and materials soon. maybe they've gotten complaints!
I've bought a few things recently that were fine, but I try to check for quality since I've bought some dresses that didn't even make it out of the washing machine before.

Hannah said...

Gahh, that's such a pretty outfit. It's absolute perfection with those gorgeous red shoes.
No wonder you felt pretty. You definitely are.

sallyannie☆ said...

A beautiful dress and an even more lovely story. Your aunt sounds like she was an amazing person.

thinkoutloud1996 said...

I can't deny it, I've always been skeptical of anything homemade from relatives, but that dress has completely changed my mind.

Archives said...

OH i am in LOOOOVE with those clogs!!! congrats on your last day - enjoy some much-deserved freedom!!!


xo

Ashley said...

I don't know what I love more - the dress or the sentiment behind it! So sweet!

ashley
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Christine said...

That dress looks beautiful on you!! Love, love, love your shoes. I just bought some sandal clogs and I will not be shopping for a while so I know how you feel. Why do shoes have to be so darn cute?!

Diya said...

such a sentimental dress... and you wear it beautifully. Your late aunt sounds like a very interesting (and of course, fashionable) lady.

"the college" wouldn't happen to be wellesley is it? I totally applied/visited that one when I was applying to colleges a couples years back.

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Mariel said...

oh my!!!!!!! :) just stunning!

M. said...

oh my that dress is gorgeous, and with those red shoes it looks even better! I am in love!

lovelove, M.
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Jill said...

That dress is absolutely positively gorgeous, and when I read the story of where it came from, it made it that much more amazing. What an excellent story. Hang on to that dress!!

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megannielsen said...

Oh my gosh that dress.... it's amazing. I was scrolling frantically to see where you bought it and at first my heart sank when I saw it was made by your aunt - but then I was soooo impressed. She must have been an amazing seamstress - it looks perfect!

Brianna said...

I am in love with your clogs. I've been contemplating the black ones because I don't wear super high heels often so they would be most practical.

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Dip-tea said...

I love your dress my dear gorgeousness. Its so beautiful!

Lucy, Dear Fish said...

That dress is so beautiful! Your aunt was obviously awesome!

Alyssa said...

You look SO Adorable. Your dress reminds me of a sort of 1940s or 50s style and what a special keepsake to have! It fits you just perfectly—how did your aunt know? ;) Love your shoesies, too.

Meg said...

Pret-ty darn amazing.

Elaine said...

I love that dress!!! So adorable....especially with that envelope necklace and red clogs!

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Birta said...

That is the most amazing dress I have ever seen. And the necklace is pure awesomeness.

cb said...

love love love this dress! you look amazing! congrats on your last day! hears to a bright future!

cheers!!
xo,
cb

kelly ann said...

i've been wanting those splendid clogs so bad! they're gorgeous - that red colour is amazing. and i lovelove your dress. :) <3

enSTYLEpedia said...

this dress is amazing- you look beautiful in it. i love the flowers...i'm a sucker for all things floral. and those shoes...the red is gorgeous.

closet365 said...

Amazing dress. And I love that it comes with a history. Thanks for sharing it with us!

I'm also in awe of the shoes. Those are badass.

BARGAIN BEX said...

that is literally one of the most beautiful dresses i have ever seen. a vision, really.

~bb

Becca Jane said...

A beautiful dress made so much more special being from a loved one.

Jen said...

the floral pattern on your dress is gorgeous and those jeffrey campbell clogs go perfectly with them. i love seeing how all your bloggers are styling these shoes and i love that you ordered the red ones :)

Fia said...

This dress is so beautiful and even more so knowing the source.

Midwest Mayhem said...

This dress is so precious! It looks gorgeous on you.

ladyvanished said...

Oh my god! I love your look! cute dress *__________*

Anna said...

Very cute look, gorgeous dress! You look great!

/Anna
http://infashionwetrustblog.blogspot.com

Chloe Trayner said...

This dress is amazing! I love dresses with a story behind them and it really looks stunning on you.

northwest is best said...

Your aunt must have been really talented, because it's such a beautiful dress. It's also wonderful that you can keep it in the family, and I'm sure your relatives must be proud to see you wearing it.

Also, congratulations on leaving your job!

Skyline Eyes said...

Beautiful dress and cute necklace.
x

♥Lola said...

Love love this dress :) I just purchased a sewing machine and would love to be able to sew something like this one day.

Rūta said...

The dress is amazing, wow! Love the pattern and love how you styled it with red sandals. And it fits you so well!

The Daily Fashionista said...

You are so lucky to have such a beautiful heirloom. It's a spectacular dress and fits you great! And with those shoes, just perfect! It sounds like a new chapter will be starting for you soon, so I can't wait to see what you'll be doing next!

Lindsay said...

This dress is amazing; looks like it was made for you (not passed down). You look like a dream in this dress. And those shoes? Wow!

Adele said...

oh. my god. that dress is so beautiful, I don't even know what to say.

and I kind of think my boyfriend needs shoes like the ones chris is wearing, pronto; any idea where they're from?

jennifer said...

I LOVE THIS OUTFIT! you look amazing :) and it's super special that it was passed down to you...

Wangari M. said...

What a gorgeous dress.
Those shoes are lovely (totally splurge worthy) and work so well with the dress. Congrats on closing a chapter in your life!

number the first said...

hoe totally adorable is that dress <3 I love the sentimental aspect of it too. Definitely something to hold onto.

eatsleepwear said...

how cute are UU!!! and ur aunt made that?!?!? IM IMPRESSED!!!

xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

meena meena said...

Your hair is gorgeous and your waist is like the size of my pinkie in this dress! foxy lady.. ooh la la!

Destrehan's Daughter said...

What goes around comes around. This outfit reminds me so much of what Janeane Garofalo wore in Reality Bites like 10+ years ago. it still feels fresh and you look so pretty.

fashion_player said...

You look so lovely in this dress...:)

sparkle is a color said...

I've had my eye on those shoes in that color for awhile now and now that I have seen them on a real live person I need to order them! So cute!

Michal said...

Wow, your aunt must of been a very talented individual (and she sounds fun too (: ). That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you!

Camilla said...

woah.
I LOVE the clogs, It's so amazing that you bought them in red, instead of black or brown. I love them, espesh with the dress.

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Smile, Bernice said...

That dress is so pretty! I love the Public Garden.

revital said...

you look amazing as always! that dress is perfect and the location is magnificent!

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Orchid Grey said...

Adele, Chris shoes were thrifted and he had them re-soled by a cobler

Clare said...

Gorgeous dress, it's so nice to have items that mean a lot to you, I have a keyring passed down from my late great aunt that goes with me everywhere, I love it.

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x

Helen said...

i love that dress too! i was thinking gosh it fits her perfectly but obv. that's because it was tailor made! i'm jealous.

Aline Aimée said...

what a perfect dress!
seriously! i'd build an altar and start a religion for it if i could!
=P
so pretty!
the hair and location are very special too!

xoxo

Aline

SWEATshirtDRESSshirt said...

i love this outfit! it has some sort of a vintage feel. the picture of you and your boyfriend is really cute btw. :)

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Lexie, Little Boat said...

what a gorgeous dress! and it has such a sweet story with it .. that's the best kind of vintage!

MOUSEVOX VINTAGE said...

it's a beautiful dress with a lovely story, to boot.

minxinblack said...

love the dress!

Rebecca said...

How lovely to have something with such a back stroy in your wardrobe! Your aunt sounds like a very interesting lady. The dress is beautiful, and perfect with those red shoes.

electricsbubbles said...

Awwwwwww *_*
I love this dress
Is so lovely

Kisses

Eunice said...

this has got to be one of the most beautiful vintage dresses I've ever seen! truly amazing!


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Mascara or Motoroil said...

You look AMAZING! Your aunt did a spectacular job on the dress! You're so lucky to have someone who can do that.

Congrats on the Weardrobe feature too!!!

Alleyo said...

Where in Massachusetts do you live? Because I go to a local thrift shop and NEVER Find anything good! ):

Rebecca, The Clothes Horse said...

Ooh, this dress is so stunning!

the lovely birds said...

oh girl, that dress fits you like a glove. you look real good. is this one christopher's favorite?
love,
meg

Bostonista said...

Amazing amazing dress! Fashion with a history and a story is so much more inspiring than anything from the fast-fashion chains!
I love the red shoes too! I might have to find myself a pair!
xo

Q's Daydream said...

That dress is amazing! Love the clogs to pieces too!

Angie D said...

Your aunt was VERY talented, and sounds like quite a grand lady indeed :) How wonderful that you get to cherish her memory by dressing up so fancy!

I honestly think that this is the most gorgeous you've ever looked!

So beautiful!

Congratulations!!

Zeeluh said...

thats probably the most amazing dress ive ever seen.
:)

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I absolutely love this dress, so much! And your shoes, of course! Red are so darling!! Four out of twelve of the DD have these shoes! Hehe! :)

Candycane said...

Whata stunning dress .. and made all the more better by the history behind it!

Sal xXx

zoë biggs said...

woweeeee this dress is such a treasure! those clogs are also lovely. such great photos as usual. congrats on finishing your job! i just got out of a course counseling sesh at my new college and i thought of you... can't wait to see where your life heads next.

... hopefully you'll happen upon more gorgeous, handmade vintage dresses. :)

Danielle said...

If your aunt made that, I'm pretty impressed!

piglet said...

This dress is so darling, and it looks amazing on you! Even better that it has sentimental value.

Passport Smiles said...

I absolutely ADORE that dress. It's literally one of my favorites that I've seen...then add the sentimental value. BAM.

Just found your blog. I heart your style, as many many others do as well.

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Erika said...

Genial Dress with big D.

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myownlittleuniverse said...

"hand made by my aunt"...shut up!!! are you serious?! amazingness...wow...such a great dress. i need to get an aunt like that :)

Spring Smith said...

I think I have memories of this dress from days gone by... any chance you still have that huge blue prom dress we used to play dress up in? That should totally make a blog appearance!!!

Beckerman Girls said...

Hi There!
You look so fab in that dress! The colors are delish!!! And your necklace is adorable too :) Great style! xoxoxo
Beckerman Girls

Blue Iris Rivera said...

i cannot emphasize enough how pretty you are!

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