Monday, 16 August 2010

on the roof


I don't tend to wear a lot of vintage clothing, but this isn't because I don't like it. In fact, I love it... when it fits properly and I don't have to do too much to it. However, living abroad, I haven't found much in the way of vintage, or even thrift stores/charity shops. Occasionally I'll make an Etsy order or buy something off Ebay, but in general, international shipping rates are a bit of a turn off as well. However, I made an exception for this dress, and I'm so glad I did. I love the creamy, crinkly fabric (so different from anything contemporary that I own) and the colourful embroidery at the collar and hem. I truly feel that I'm wearing something one of a kind in this dress... with some Irish dancer references thrown in!

As to why I'm wearing a belt on my head... well, I've been so jealous of all the wonderful milkmaid braids sported by practically every blogger this summer. My hair is much too short to make decent ones, but I thought a braided leather belt would pay homage to the look until I can grow my hair enough to try the real thing!

belt and earring detail

emily 1


cathedral backdrop

Shona, as usual, was looking pretty great that morning as well, so I thought she should share the limelight.




Shona cathedral-gazes


Dress: vintage, from decomposed tree on Etsy
Shoes: Fly London
Earrings: Lynn Fisher, Granville Island, Vancouver
Belt: Stolen from my mother

Dress: Lady Dutch
Shoes: Steve Madden


anna. said...

Wow wow wow wow! You guys should either be models, professional photographers or fashion magazine editors (if you are not any of them already) seriously loving the style

I'm following you :) (above it says to let you know and you'll follow me back :P)

Amber Rose said...

Both of these dresses are stunning!
And I'm so crazy jealous of the amazing background-- sigh. Someday I hope to be able to travel!! And if that day ever comes, you can bet-cher-bottom-dollar I'll be coming to you for recommendations. :)

I don't typically buy a lot of vintage either. There really aren't a ton of great places near home, and the goodies in Nashville are far too pricey for me.

Chaucee said...

I can't believe that's an actual belt on your head! I'm impressed that it stayed on!
You look lovely in these outfits : ) And It looks like you have a nice place to live.

Krystal said...

these photos are so cute and the VIEW is gorgeous:)

Rio said...

Love both of your dresses! Also, awesome idea with the belt headband! I have been wishing my hair was long enough to rock the milkmaid braids too! Love it! :)

Lulu and the Locket said...

what a view - fabulous clothes sweetie! I particularly like your shoes, your tan ones and those gorgeous red pumps! Ooh that white tunic style dress is gorge too, ok EVERYTHING is gorge!! xx

Indie.Tea said...

Your vintage dress is so pretty. I find it hard to buy vintage too...hard to say how it will fit, which is a problem for me 'cause I'm so small

Closet Fashionista said...

Wow you look great! Such a clever idea with the belt, I think you may start a new trend ! :D
Love Shona's dress too :D

Imogen said...

I love your dress so much. Its fabulous and you look very beautiful. I like the idea of wearing the belt as a headband.

les deux said...

I love the belt in the hair! When I first saw your outfit, my eyes immediately went to your hair, thinking, "I wonder where that headband is from." You pull it off so nicely.

Les Deux - Katie

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

I like both the dresses. Your vintage and the other bright sunny yellow. Belt in hair to give braided look is great idea. I like your shoes.

Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

And that Indian dress is called Lehenga or Ghaghra choli.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

What a lovely roof top! The view is fab, too. While I know next to nothing about architecture, I'm not one to pass up admiring a beautiful building.

Makeshift milkmaid braids - clever! My my, you selected the perfect dress to make an exception for. Everything about it just screams pretty. Your sister's dress is lovely, too. I really like the color and sweet detailing.

Ashley said...

Love the dress, lady! And what a rad idea with the belt!!

Now a question--I know you've lived quite a few places...where are you now, exactly? Mexico?

Anthea said...

You both look lovely.

I really your outfit here. You shoes and leather braided bands are awesome and the dress look great with it. Well done!

Embracing Style

Krystal said...

Ohh! It's viejitos I am thinking about! you can google danza de los viejitos :)
and yah - i was in mexico for 2 weeks where we couldn't the tap water touch our mouths! but we had big huge water jugs. i still love mexico - it's my favorite :)

Velvet said...

Both of you were gorgeous! Where were you? I'm looking forward to have my hair long enough to make some "milkmaid braids" (I love the way you name them) too.

Anonymous said...

Cute idea with this belt/braids!

Annebeth said...

both outfits are so totally my thing! cute and vintage and girly and retro and awesome dresses and WANT THE SHOES
It's hard for me too to find good vintage, I always stick to vintage-inspired clothing.

Btw thanks so much darling!! great great comment! You can still order the dress online I think in the sales department of H&M's online store!

Chubby-but-Lovely said...

wow you would never know you were wearing a belt on your head :D it looks great :D and i love the dresses also :D..and the red flats.

Molly said...

I'm so excited you found my blog so I can enjoy YOURS. That vintage dress, the stunning pics and most importantly the creativity of the belt as headband (LOVE.IT.) just earned you a brand new follower, girl.

p.s. I may steal your belt as headband idea. I hope you don't mind... I think you've got a trend on your hands.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

these are absolutely lovely!

Albert said...

OMG! That dress is fabulous!

Diana said...

so beautiful! you look gorgeous in these pictures!! and i must say that belt in hair idea is so innovative and it looks so chic! i might have to try this out now... :)

ViCreative said...

gorgeous pictures!!

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Laura said...

Lovely yellow dress :)

I love it !!