Friday, 10 September 2010

gingham dreaming

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This summer was the summer I became consumed with finding the perfect gingham dress. I don't know if it was my feeling of kinship with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz or pictures that were circulating in the spring of Brigitte Bardot in her pink gingham wedding dress, but somehow the concept got stuck in my head and simply wouldn't leave. I'm always amazed, but when things are supposedly "in style" they aren't necessarily any easier to find. I tore apart the English high street shops in July, and skulked all over ebay and etsy, but the perfect one wasn't presenting itself. In the end I did get this one though. It's almost perfect, just a little big. When I get that sewing machine I'll take care of it!

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This was also my first time experimenting with Carrie's vintage photo finishing technique, and I spent much of the morning being neurotic about how much yellow is too yellow! Nonetheless it was lots of fun, and I'll certainly be playing around with it in the future!

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Though unlike Dorothy I may not have cyclones and ruby slippers to transport me...
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A good book can still take me to another world
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...And I do have ruby toes! Does that count?
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Outfit:
dress: decomposed tree on etsy
shoes: Steve Madden via ebay
bag and belt: stolen from my mother

36 comments:

Closet Fashionista said...

CUTE! I love the dress! :D
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anna. said...

Cute pictures - a perfect outfit for a picnic

anna
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Meg! said...

Looove your blog! Following stat.

Amber Rose said...

I love the shot of you under the tree reading! :)
I also really like the vintage feel for the photos. I tried to do the same, only I have a silly PC instead of a MAC.

Velvet said...

I love the first photo of the ones with the book! The dress is very cute and girly, I love it.

Editing photos may be really enjoyable. I like the result you've obtained.

Have a nice weekend!

Closet Fashionista said...

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Elaine said...

This is absolutely DARLING! I love the gingham dress. It reminds me of spring and flowers!!

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Chaucee said...

What is this photo technique that you are talking about? Is it with photoshop?

Ps - Love the dress and shoes!

SMASH said...

you're killing me smalls, love the dress love the trees love errthang! i'm assuming your layover is at LAX? I'm bummed, if I still lived in LA I would totally hang out with you and show you around!! I think you can definitely see some of LA in 7 hours for sure, what time do you arrive and what time do you have to board??

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Darling photos! I'm convinced that blue gingham is one of the sweetest things in the world. Your lovely shoes and brown accessories top it off beautifully. You said my latest post is one of your favorites, well this is one of mine :)

Oh yes, I went to town AND back with the critter jewelry from H&M! Surprisingly, it's good all of a sudden. I loved buying funky rings there while in high school, but for quite a few years I've found their selection rather disappointing. I hope you're able to track down the animal rings when you land down in London!

Diana said...

you look so sweet in these pictures! i think this might be one of my favorite posts of yours :) amazingly perfect gingham dress and i love your antiqued technique on your photos - they look great! something i will have to try as well. also, i really adore how fairy tale-esque everything is fabulous job girl!! :)

Rio said...

I say ruby toenails work just as well as slippers haha! I love all things gingham, including this dress! I also love the tree trunk in these shots and your vintage photo techniques! :)

Kerri @ OldLadyChic said...

Cute dress. I am also loving your shoes. Alas, I have yet to find the perfect gingham.

Lisa said...

lovely photos. I love your dress!

SG said...

Excellent pics. Love your dress.

GiaKate said...

Really cute! I definitely share your gingham obsession too (nicely styled with tan) and also a blogging newbie x

20 York Street said...

You actually look more like Alice in Wonderland, you know, before she fell off the rabbit hole!

xoxo,

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Talia said...

your style is really amazing. I like the dress and its combination with brown color.

Ashley said...

I really like this dress on you. Blue is definitely one of your colors :)

And the vintage photos look GREAT! Love that you mentioned Bridget Bardot ♥

Ashley said...

P.S. I read York St.'s comment, and I was thinking you look like Alice too!! It's the fact that you are sitting by a tree with a book :)

Siubhan said...

I love gingham – there's just something about it! It goes so well with your various brown leather accessories and makes a great outfit.

I'm constantly on the lookout for a swishy gingham skirt – it hasn't found me yet, but I'm looking forward to wearing it with brogues like yours when it does.

Arielle said...

a gingham fantasy!

that dress is darling, as are you ;)

L. said...

That is the most gorgeous dress, simplicity is beauty! I love the outfit with the brogues too, I must wear mine more often. I also enjoyed your sweet monologue on Dorothy et al. :) Ruby slippers, cyclones and gingham dresses, that's my kind of vocabulary! :)

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

I SO LOVE THESE PHOTOS. I feel like they belong in another era, inside a vintage photo album or something.

And Dorothy's the best, no?! I was in her play, back in grade 6 haha. I played the gatekeeper.

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A said...

Beautiful pictures. Obviously there is a photographer here...can you post his/her pictures too )

Narda Rafaela said...

Really lovely look.
I'm looking foward to buy oxford shoes, but I didn't find the perfect one yet.
xoxo

QueenDesi said...

Whoa.. love the view of ur photoshoots background!!
ur dress looks so cute in u.

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Gorgeous Clara said...

las fotos son super bonitas, me encantan el bolso y los zapatitos.

iheartcocoon.com said...

That dress is absolute summer perfection

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Anything but Bland said...

gorgeous photos! I love them; and your bangs! Just great!

love, polly :D

Noelle Chantal said...

aww this dress is to cute on you. i love the color and the cut. plus, love the simple styling you did. the bag is so nice too. and the photos are way too beautiful! :)

Fablefairy said...

Hi. fable fairy from cape town south africa. I love your blog and will follow from now on. Wish I could take it in for you - the dress - LOVE it and the shoes and the belt and the vintage photo look! http://fablefairy.blogspot.com

Molly said...

Your dress is adorable and I love that the shoes are a picture perfect addition to the outfit.

Lenne said...

You remind me of Dorothy and Alice as well! :D
The photos are really cute! ♥

Orchid Grey said...

love these pictures! such a pretty outfit!

dusanabotswana said...

how fun to see back one of your older posts! That dress is great on you as well. were you living in England then? you always find the prettiest parks for pictures.
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