Sunday, 12 December 2010

vintage newness

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This is my new-old velvet dress! Back in August, I was attached to Etsy as to an intravenous drip, searching for a vintage velvet dress with sleeves and some kind of interesting collar, and after several sweltering afternoons this dress popped up. Gorgeous, good quality (Saks Fifth Avenue, ahem), from the 1960s, swingy skirt, peter pan collar... and $33! I bought it within 15 minutes, and then had to wait two months until I had moved country, found an apartment, and finally had an address to send for it. So you can imagine my squeaks of joy when it arrived!

I was going to save it until Christmas to show you, but then remembered that the whole reason I didn't buy a red velvet dress was so that it would have more wearability than just Christmas. But anyway, weather permitting you'll get a Christmas photoshoot of this too! Speaking of weather, I saw snow when I woke up the other day, and accordingly rushed out to take these pictures. But in retrospect, it isn't snow at all, it's just a heavy frost. Oops.

Sorry for the absolute verbal nonsense coming out of me today. My Social Sciences Research Methodologies paper is doing my head in. And if you don't know what that is, count yourself fortunate.

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dress: croatiavintage
hat: Topshop
necklace: Les Jumelles
tights: boots
shoes: Fly London

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52 comments:

Jan said...

Weeeee! Super dress and the red beret is deadly with it!!! Worth the wait!

Shallow Mallow said...

Yay! There is nothing quite like a long awaited parcel :) especially when it contains a gorgeous dress like this! Love your beret and those shoes too

Heavy frost counts as snow round here, doesn't it? ;)

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE IT!! You look amazing :D
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Velvet said...

It's gorgeous! I love velvet, it's elegant and a bit old fashioned I guess.

I think I have an approximate idea what your paper is about and totally understand you. Social Sciences require lots of work and study.

Have a great week!

NRIGirl said...

Love it too...

Alicia said...

Gah, you look adorable! I LOVE the whole look! And that hat suits you so well!

Kenziefaith said...

I have to say - this outfit is gorgeous! Great tights, great shoes, great dress & great hat! I love it all :)

KF x

Fleur-de-Lis said...

That dress is true perfection!
so elegant! I find it very versatile too, perhaps with different shoes, and accessories****
The hat looks so lovely!

CessOviedo said...

Great buy! Definitely vintage pretty!... so unique, loved it! ... Can't wait to see red one!

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Kerri @ OldLadyChic said...

You look beautiful in these pictures!! I love love love that hat. And congrats on finding that dress, it always feels like a special accomplishment when you find the item you've been searching for for so long!

Sewon said...

Aw, it's adorable! I love your red hat, as well. :]

Amber Blue Bird said...

thats a darling dress and your hat is too cute, love this whole look

Hanna C. said...

i didn't ate everything at once:D that would be way too much.hahah
just posted luch & dinner pictures on one post. but it was really hard work to prepare all this food alone!

btw, totally love your dress:D

xxxHanna

atelier said...

I'm really loving your red hat! it suits you;)

Anything but Bland said...

oh my goooooosh! I love that hat!!! :):)

Don't worry, dear, you'll learn to sew! It's hard to conceptualize how you can achieve your result, but after you learn to think in that way there is no stopping you! Take some lessons! You'll love it! (if you're a tedious person, that is :D)

tanvii.com said...

Loving the hat and the cute pendant! :)

SMASH said...

This dress is perfect for traipsing around England in. It fits you beautifully :) also, I love your little rocking horse charm!

xx

A said...

Nice pictures :)) Seems like winter...an understatement.

Virginie Lavallée Bélanger said...

This dress is lovely, you can wear it any occasion you want! It looks great the way you style it and it will surely offer a great deal of styling possibilities (hello remix!).

Terri said...

The dress is BEAUTIFUL! You do better planning ahead than I, but yesterday I snagged a Saks wool skirt in a tiny accordion pleat for $$3. Don't have a clue how I'll style it.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Gorgeous velvet dress, Emily! It looks fabulous with your red hat. I actually bought a red velvet dress to wear for Christmas and I'm determined to give it more than that one wear this winter. I'm in the process of scheming up ways to style it that don't scream ''holiday party!''

Darling necklace, btw.

P.S. I'm glad the link I shared was useful to you! Man, I could go for a cup of Yorkshire tea right now, but it's currently midnight here and I'm far too lazy even for tea.

Jazzy E (hivennn) said...

You're so beautiful. x

Anthea said...

That is such a beautiful dress. I can imagine how excited you must have been to receive it! You look gorgeous in it as well.

daisychain said...

You look utterly gorgeous x

Noelle Chantal said...

Loving the colors in this outfit. The pop of red hat with bow, the cement stockings and the camel shoes, very nice mix! Have a great week! :)

Shannon said...

what a buy, it looks so lovely on!

Your hat is so cute too

Catita said...

Looking good hun! I just love grey tights for these cold days, and its perfectly paired with an all black outfit and a cute hat!
xoxo
CAtita

Ashley said...

I am SO IN LOVE with that hat. SO IN LOVE. If I knew you in person I would attempt to steal it from you!!!! hahaha. But really. ha.

You look freakin' adorable!!

A Little Brighter said...

Oh wow wow wow! This dress is PERFECT! Velvet in all forms is just the prettiest! I can see why you would be so excited to find it! Oh that fake snow excitement always gets me too! Darnn frosts...

Ayesha x

Brittany said...

This is just the cutest beret, and it looks lovely on you!

Imogen said...

I love the dress. For a long time I have wanted to have something velvet in my wardrobe. I love the additions of colour to your outfit.

ching said...

your overall look is so cute! i am in love with the beret.

Aqeelah said...

such a cute look! love the accent of the hat, we all need some brightness in winter! I see you've been in South Africa! my country, im from cape town :)
Definitely becoming a follower, your blog has such lovely quirk!

<3
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veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

that hat is so ridiculously adorable. i love the bow!

FASHION ICE said...

thats the cutest beanie & i love the color!

Jenna Maree-Kipling said...

lovely dress :)
come and follow me :)
x jenna
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Krystal said...

You are so cute, I love your dress:)

Anything but Bland said...

hahah that'd be funny to put the vagina in the bathroom facing you when you're sitting on the toilet. Totally something I would do! hahaha

Jenny Morris said...

eee! i love that hat!! it looks like something off of etsy :)
ive never been in a top shop before! i want to go.

FASHIONMADEMEFUNKY
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Michal said...

AHH your dress is AMAZING. It's PERFECT. Well worth the wait. :D I love your rocking horse necklace too.

Amber Rose said...

Your beauty never ceases to amaze me. And I did a double take when I saw the hat-- I used to have one just like it as a child!

Anyhow, I'd really like for you to be my January featured blogger! Please email me, darling!

Diana said...

i recently bought a velvet dress for myself too! i think you should wear yours all the time -- its gorgeous and so chic :) definitely perfect for christmas and cold weather especially with that adorable hat! xo

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Marisa Noelle said...

Your hat is simply adorable. And I adore the dress!!! You are quite lovely:)

Lisa said...

cute dress i love the hat too!

nicoline :) said...

gosh!
ur soooo gorgeous!

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Raquel said...

Oh I am really jealous of you velvet dress! It's so pretty! And you look so pretty. I also love the way you styled it with the grey tights, beige shoes and red hat, those are colours that look so nice together. And also that hat is gorgeous! I want a colourful beret too because I have black, dark grey, light grey and navy blue ones but none in a bright colour so I'm trying to get a red and a mustard hats ;) that I'll leave for when I'm in England though since my luggage is already too heavy!

Jess said...

That dress is gorgeous!! Great find!

CAITLIN said...

you look lovely--what a steal! i've been scouring the interwebs for a velvet dress but haven't purchased one yet (it's getting down to the wire!). you have the absolute best accessories ever--that hat is adorable and that necklace is so precious :)

ana said...

You look sooo cute! Love the hat!!! actually the hole outfit is perfect ;)

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

This dress is perfect! I love your hat as well, too cute!

xx, Katrina
http://sparkleisacolor.blogspot.com

eliza said...

this is such a pretty outfit, your red beret is the perfect accessory!

Anonymous said...

Holy sh... you can make a man's heart stop you look so good in that velvet dress