Thursday, 3 March 2011

ballerina moment

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I hear ballet looks are a bit of a trend this year? I'm not at all a follower of trends (wouldn't that mean getting loads of new clothes, and erm, expensive shoes every year)? But when I read that little snippet somewhere I thought, "excellent, I'll wear that new dress then." I kind of love the appearance of ballet, though my best friend was obsessed with ballet for enough years that I think anyone who pursues it must be kind of insane. There are some horrible individuals in that industry. When I saw Black Swan in January it struck me as a pretty accurate representation! I was a bit underwhelmed by the film, to be honest. I thought it was well made and creative, but a bit long and kind of a one-trick-pony. I'm happy Natalie Portman won the Oscar though; I've liked her for years (and V for Vendetta is one of my all-time favourite films).

Aaaand, I'm really happy Colin Firth won. My family used to watch the BBC Pride and Prejudice every year! : D

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On to the dress. I got a coupon for American Apparel (which is suuuper expensive in the UK) before Christmas for essentially 50% off, and after a bit of humming and hawing picked this lace and chiffon dress. I simply love it: it's soft and swishy, and surprisingly for a dress with a see-through lace bodice, remarkably versatile. It looks great with all my blouses. I do wish the skirt was a bit heavier, since it has a nasty habit of attaching to my tights and hiking up at the back--the other day a truck driver pulled over to me and indicated that maybe I should pull it down. Embarrassing, but at least he was a gent about it. I guess it'll be better in the summer, when there are no tights to get all static-y with...

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I won't be going en pointe any time soon, but I did feel that dancing around the park was necessary!

photos by Albert

dress: American Apparel
blouse: Oysho
shoes: Steve Madden via ebay

73 comments:

daisychain said...

I am utterly besotted with this outfit!

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

Oh gosh! I was a ballerina as a child and I felt the same way about Black Swan. It was an accurate representation.. but I heard so much hype about it that I had unrealistic expectations. And I've not seen V for Vendetta. I'll rent it this weekend!

You look gorgeous. I can relate on the tights/static thing. My FAVORITE-- ha.

Anyhow, I hope that this lovely day is as great as you are! xoxo

Closet Fashionista said...

I LOVE that dress!!!!! Sooo pretty
(eeew, I don't like the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, haha...but that's probably because I saw the Keira one first...)
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A said...

Beautiful pictures.

Ashley said...

that's a cute one :) it will be a great summer dress.

And I am SO GLAD the one and ONLY Mr. Darcy won an oscar!! :)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Closet Fashionista: I quite liked Matthew Macfadeyn as Mr. Darcy, and I liked the first half of the film, but thought the end sucked badly, and was going to throw something at Keira if she didn't stop being so annoying. Hehe, sorry.

@Ashley: YES!

GIRL AND CLOSET said...

Lovely, so ballerina ...I thought that prior to seeing the post tittle. Gorgeous dress + oxfords. I am always, without fail smitten with your charming style. xx veronika

Michal said...

:) That dress fits you like a glove & it's so soft & feminine. Awesome! I took ballet/pointe for many a year (from 5-19) but by the time I reached high school I realized that it definitely wasn't something I would ever pursue as a career. I still really love it though!

Also, BBC P&P is the best!! I love Colin Firth so I was glad he won even though I still have to see the King's Speech. Have you seen 'The Importance of Being Earnest' with him in it? I just watched that the other night... It's really funny.

Sarah J said...

SUCH a gorgeous dress!! I love the colour, and the style too. i haven't seen anything like it before. Much love.

Libby, Vintage Aplomb said...

Your dress is lovely! Nice choice! I think American Apparel is pretty expensive here in the states, too, but I'm a bit cheap haha. Also, I LOVE the BBC Pride & Prejudice...so long, but so good, every minute of it! :)

Catita said...

this dress is so pretty! very feminine indeed :)
xoxo
CAtita

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Libby: I definitely agree that AA is expensive everywhere, but I have to say that sometimes they are spot on! But yeah, if they took $20-$30 off everything they made, I would buy a lot more of it. I know it's ethical and everything, but sometimes an item of clothing only has one seam!

tanvii.com said...

Such a cute dress. Love the nude shade ... Love the poses too :)

Raquel said...

I had that dress in my hands just yesterday haha, but American Apparel is too expensive and I am in a shopping ban for a while. Anyway, I find it really pretty and especially in black!
Ballet do seems it is on trend now, and I have danced for two years in highschool and know that it can be crazy.
And I am also happy that Natalie Portman and Colin Firth won too!

I had a meeting today and had to do some errands yesterday, but I am free from tomorrow. I was thinking of asking you to meet me on Saturday but we can meet whenever you can since you have uni work.
I am freezing a little but nothing too unbearable so far, can't leave my scarf and beret at home though.
x

deppa said...

I LOVE! the dress, first because of the color, and second: because I love the ballerinas inspired dresses :)
Super cute!

See you :)

A Certain Vintage said...

didn't even realise there was a blouse underneath the dress, how much do you love oysho and wish it was in the UK!
you look gorgeous, I wish i could wear this blush colour without looking dead
xox

Xavi said...

El color carne te sienta fenomenal. Estás guapísima.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Michal: I think I saw The Importance of Being Earnest, though it's faded from my mind a bit. I had to study that play five different times, so I don't find it very funny any more! Not Colin Firth's fault though!

@A Certain Vintage: I always thought it made me look dead too, but I think the fact that the blouse is actually very pale pink worked for me. A bit of colour in the cheeks is always a good thing!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

graciès, xavi!

Lauren said...

Oh my gosh this is my favorite outfit! I am in love with neutrals right now!

Lauren
Sparrow & Urchin

Sophie said...

Oooooh this is such a beautiful dress!
Sophie
x

Terri said...

Emily--I love the color of this dress, as well as the way chiffon feels when you're wearing it. You probably made that truck driver's day!

gee said...

beautiful beautiful dress.
i have been wanting it for forever!
it looks wonderful on you.
xoox

ps. i am glad Colin won 2.. :P

sojourned in style said...

pure spendidness! the dress is beautiful and so light and airy. i took ballet for a year and it was the most intense thing ever, mind you i never got on pointe. i give them full credit and beyond with what they do to their bodies. I too am glad natalie portman won.

Gabriella said...

I love that dress, so pretty! :) Nice pictures too

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Rebeccak said...

Oh lovely! Such a pretty frock. AA is incredibly expensive here too - I don't really understand why?!

I have to say I looovveedd black swan - but sometimes movies are made better by the audience your with :) It felt like magic to me!

20 York Street said...

I have a major crush on Colin Firth! shh... please don't tell E!

When you get back to Canada, you can get all the AA for normal price!

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Monique said...

The color of this dress is perfect on you. I'm with you as far as trend following goes. I happen to keep things a really long time and find a way to make them work for the present. I absolutely love V for Vendetta. I wasn't a fan of Black Swan either. American Apparel is super expensive here too. I saw Giselle, the Russian ballet on a trip to St. Petersburgh with my family many years ago. Its still highlighted in my mind. You are lovely lovely lady! You truly have a wonderful spirit. Have a fabulous weekend.

dimi said...

The dress is adorable on you and where is that lovely square?? Very cute!! I agree that AA are a bit overpriced, but the 50% off sounds great (my idea for good shopping!! And I haven't watched the movie, but I have been a ballerina for a whole of 6 months before the teacher decided I was kind of a hopeless case!!Kisses

Lucy, Dear Fish said...

That dress is beautiful. It suits you so well! The lace, the color, everything is perfect. I still haven't seen Black Swan and I am desperate to see The King's Speech, I need to catch up on all of my Oscar movies!
That is hilarious about the truck driver...I've definitely had quite a few people tell me when I've had my skirt hiked up around my waist because of various wardrobe malfunctions!

Laura said...

i LOVE your dress! its gorgeous! and you look so beautiful!!

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Reg Rodriguez said...

beautiful dress! i love how soft and dainty it looks! good thing the truck driver told you!!! :)

xx
heyrocketgirl

Anthea said...

Such a pretty dress, good choice! I love your dancer poses as well :)

I agree with you about Black Swan. I liked it, but the beginning was too slow and then the end was great. So, it wasn't all there for me. I thought Natalie did a brilliant acting job though.

Anthea,
Embracing Style

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Carrie said...

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy is still a yearly event at our house. I read an interview with him where he was asked if he was sorry he took that role - and he answered that he was proud to be associated with it and was glad people still liked it. Made me all the happier that he (and "The Kings Speech") did so well. :-)

Carrie said...

P.S. I noticed your comment about "The Importance of Being Earnest" - forget the five times you studied it and try watching the film again - both Firth and Everett did smashing jobs and kept us laughing. :-)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Carrie: The Oscar Wilde film that I do really like is An Ideal Husband, also with Rupert Everett. I thought that one was hilarious and romantic!

The Daily Fashionista said...

I love the dress! I think what could work with your dress to keep it from hiking up is to wear a short slip underneath it. For my shorter dresses, I just cut the slip to a mid-thigh length and it usually does the trick:)

And I too was happy to see Colin Firth win the Oscar! I used to love watching Pride and Prejudice with my mom and when he would show up on the film I'd just melt:) I guess I find him to be a fox! hehehe..

Shanna Maren said...

You look really pretty!

And jumping in those heels wasn't as hard as it seems like :P

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Oh my goodness, this is one of my favorite outfits of yours Emily! That dress looks so delightful on you, and I love your oxfords as well :)
I actually haven't seen Black Swan yet, but I did just see the King's Speech, so hooray Colin Firth!

CAITLIN said...

what a gooooorgeous dress!! love it. and i've always loved ballerina style (probably since *ehem* that terrible-movie-that-i-love, center stage).

firstly, i also ADORE colin firth and i'm surprised that he hasn't already won an oscar for something already. my mom and i watch the BBC pride & prejudice every year and it never gets old (and never seems long, despite the six-hour run-time).

secondly, i also adore natalie portman (she's one of those actresses whose name on the marquis always gets to me to the theater, although this new nonsense movie with ashton kutcher has me scratching my head). i also had kind of mixed feelings about black swan but i think i appreciated the effort enough to say that i liked it.

i went to ballet lessons for a year until the instructer told me that my back was too curved to ever be a real ballerina. my mom got me out of there toute suite, and i'm glad she did. the world of ballet is so fascinating to me precisely because there is so much ugliness and pain beneath the perfect, pretty performance. i've watched a few documentaries about the ballet and an idea for a play based around the ballet (and quantam physics) has been marinating in my mind for some time.

and back to the dress. i'm going to have to hit american apparel and check it out. that store has changed so much in the past few years... i remember when it was literally just lots of stretchy fabric in multiple colors.

Velvet said...

You're amazingly beautiful in this outfit! American Apparel has nice things indeed.

Have a great weekend.

ana said...

that is such a gorgeous dress! and the shoes are really pretty!!!

specialsparklecarnival said...

Oh you look so beautiful!!! I love that dress!
You look so lovely in it..! I think I already told you in another comment how much I love Ballet.
And lucky you, we don't have any American Apparel shops in Germany...

I want to go to see Black Swan, too! But my friend said it's scary and cruel, because she hurts herself, so I was too scared to go...

Oh, My Darling said...

Love the dress! Totally would have pegged it as a fantastic vintage find -- kudos to American Apparel!

Closet Fashionista said...

Hehe, I don't even know if I have press passes yet (but I should since I got them last time), I def won't be invited to the actual premiere though, unless Matt (Neville) invites me as his date...haha
and yea, a coffee date would be fun if you're around! :D
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jessica said...

I actually cant believe that is american apparel. Its so cute and girly!! I want it!! I hate that its so expensive here... sigh.

Meg said...

You look like Rory Gilmore! :)
I love the outfit and the location!
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Jenni said...

I've seen a couple people wear this dress, but I like the way you styled it best--the blouse underneath is perfect!

Siubhan said...

Beautiful dress - very balletic indeed! I'm surprised something so delicate came out of Urban Outfitters.

I really enjoyed Black Swan - I thought there were lots of subtle moments that were so clever.

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Jennyboo said...

My favorite dress! I also got the dress with a 50% off coupon, which is probably the only reason I bought. I always love to see how other girls style the dress since it is really so versatile. I adore those little shoes with it. Yes for procrastinating on thesis! I am procrastinating by leaving this comment! xoxo Love your blog. Following!

Tashrin said...

I feel like I have seen you wearing these oxfords many times before and I still can't believe how incredible they are, the color is a perfect tan and the cut is classic. Love.

I always suffer from the static-y riding up thingy and sometimes a good long slip helps. Or static spray......that driver sounds like a nice guy what if it was some stupid perv!!!

Lastly......I really love the dress on you, nude is not my favorite shade but I can easily see the beauty of the dress and on you it literally blossoms.

Take care Emily and have a lovely weekend.

Tashrin

ana b. said...

The dress is perfect. I love the nude colour and the pretty details on the bodice. I was at Black Swan actually when a lady pulled me aside to tell me my skirt was hitched up at the back. So I feel for you :)

Anna Katrina said...

i love that you dont follow trends - even though you pull the ballerina look off well



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v a m p i r e said...

haha i try not to follow the trend too its so hard to keep up , but i do love the dress its so pretty !

as for the ballerina trend , i don't know how's the trend out there but in Malaysia , i do see some pieces which is inspired by tutus

and i have not watch the Black Swan yett i cant wait to watch it been reading a lot of good reviews of the movie

Leia said...

You make a lovely ballet dancer! I wish I could dance ballet.

Leia

Paper Heart Girl said...

OHHHH, I love this outfit! Lovely colours.. and those shoes and that location! Ahhh, beautiful photos! xxxxxxxxx

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Annebeth said...

I'm in love with these colors together, all the neutrals give off this incredibly sophisticated and chic vibe. The shoes <3 I'm going to post this on my tumblr! such an honor, haha

ladydazy said...

Luv the dress and those shoes are just so lovely!!!

Ria :) said...

i just looveee the dress :)

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leblogdalexou said...

Nice pictures :) I love your dress and your shoes^^

Stef / Diversions said...

What a beautiful dress you picked :) The detail on the body is brilliant and I love the soft colour. You look lovely :)

I find a slip helps a bit with static. What a pain

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Ah, at first I didn't realize you layered a blouse underneath the dress. Quite the perfect pairing. Can't wait to see how else you style this beauty! I'm always so paranoid about my dresses & skirts hiking up at the back. Even when I wear slips I'm always reaching back to smooth the fabric out - hehe!

I am so happy Colin Firth won the best actor Oscar. I was unnerved whenever they said the kid who played in The Social Network had a shot at winning. No offense to him or his performance (which I did not see), but seriously a movie about Facebook? COME ON. Mini rant over, back to Firth! Every few months I find it absolutely necessary to watch the BBC Pride and Prejudice. It's so enjoyable and... relaxing :)

I have never made it through a Dickens novel, though I've only attempted two - A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. The former didn't do anything for me when I was required to read it at 14/15 and the latter was a combination of it being too sad and me probably juggling 3 books at once. I always enjoy going to a play theater to see A Christmas Carol, though and have always wanted to actually read it. I have not seen the latest version of Little Dorrit yet, but have been meaning to add it to my library queue.

Oh, and the book was The People of the Abyss by Jack London. It's his social experiment/first hand account of living in London at the turn of the last century.

Bex said...

Gorgeous dress, love the bodice! I didn't realise you layered the shirt, but it looks fab!

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Meagan said...

Seriously this outfit is so pretty! You've inspired me to go to my closet and try on new pieces together :)

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Rachel said...

I love this outfit. So so pretty.

eliza said...

I'm in love with this dress, how gorgeous! I agree, AA is pretty expensive these days, I'm sure it never used be quite so extortionate!

(Sorry to have bombarded you with comments, I'm having a major blog catch up session tonight :D)

Jane said...

Wow I am in love with this dress. I its perfect for so many occassions.
Great blog! I will follow you!
Jane

Ramona Tabita said...

i love this outfit i follow you on bloglovin

Virginie's Cinema said...

I love this dress so much every time you wear it! So sweet and feminine!

I LOVE Collin Firth in Pride and Prejudice too (and in The Bridget Jones Diary!!!), such a fab actor!

Virginie ♥

Brian Robles said...

My favorite dress! I also got the dress with a 50% off coupon, which is probably the only reason I bought. I always love to see how other girls style the dress since it is really so versatile. I adore those little shoes with it. Yes for procrastinating on thesis! I am procrastinating by leaving this comment! xoxo Love your blog. Following!