Monday, 16 January 2012

and all of that jiving around

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

I don't generally subscribe to the idea of grunging up a pretty dress with a leather jacket and motorcycle boots... for one thing, I don't own a leather jacket and motorcycle boots look awful on me, and for another I tend to steer away from the lacier dresses that work with that look. But this particular dress is so creampuff (see here) that I thought it could use some playing down. I quite like the layered result, which is more casual and more comfortable.

I wore this outfit to Europe's largest music store in Cologne (probably more on that later) and then to a party. Albert and I cycled to the party; that is, he cycled and I perched on the back of the bike, cursing and moaning at even intervals. Most uncomfortable means of transportation ever! Although it was better on the way back when I sat on a cardigan. Anyway, yay for trying new things I guess!

Photobucket

Photobucket

Photobucket

P.S. I've had this sweater for fourteen years! Finally fixed the six moth-holes (though have discovered a seventh, grrr)

Photos by Albert, in Altstadt, Bonn

dress: See by ChloƩ via ebay, sweater: Ralph Lauren (sales, circa 1998), scarf: thrifted, hat: vintage, shoes: El Naturalista

Ruby Slipper Journeys on Twitter and Facebook

35 comments:

rose said...

Hola Emily, usted esta mui linda, me gusta su sueter, y a saia...
Besos rose jp

Zane said...

wonderful dress and perfect boots, love the cute scarf as well. and the riding on the back of the bike is quite terrible without something soft underneath :D

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

What an amazing dress, I love rather crazy prints like that. x

Rachel, Cold Knees said...

What an amazing dress, I love rather crazy prints like that. x

Nina the Little Nomad said...

Lovely outfit, I like how you've made the dress more casual.
xxx
Nina

Marja said...

Wonderful dress you look so lovely!


Marja
xoxo

http://marjalovely.blogspot.com/

Shybiker said...

Uncomfortable, perhaps, but exciting, no? I love to ride on two wheels.

You always have an air about you: with the beret, you look like an aristocrat.

Meli said...

I love this outfit! Gaaa too adorable for words

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

Love the jumping pictures!

Diana said...

i love how you dressed down this girly dress! perfect for winter xo


http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

Laura Go said...

That dress is beautiful. The print is just so lovable. and Hello! Those boots are just darling!

♥ laura
the blog of worldly delights

Franca said...

I'm actually quite partial to the 'dress and tough things' look! And I love your booties! I was hoping to find some el naturalisat shoes in the sales, but no luck!

Ashley said...

tre chic! It's be fun to bounce around in photos with you ;)

Amber said...

the sweater looks great over this dress and your boots are pretty darn rad. Your pics make me wanna try a jumping shot of my own.

Penny said...

ooh you look so happy!and seeing your nice casual outfit makes me loathe my "business casual" job!and look forward to the weekend :)

Cat said...

I love the addition of the beret, it really suits you! And I'm so jealous of your continental life...cycling in Cologne *sigh*

Cat xxx
http://www.takecourageblog.com/

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

I'm a big fan of roughing up girlier dress, so I love this look! And I'm jealous of how elegant you look in your jumping shots! :)

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE this outfit! It sounds like you had a pretty fun day! I've actually never been to a real music store (shame on me)
And that last jumping shot is awesomeeeeee :D
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

Teaka said...

I like the little peats and for lack of better word, scoops of fabric at the bottom of that dress! SO CUTE!

Rebecca said...

I am kind of all for roughing up the pretty so I really like this, the scarf is very pretty and also I like that your boots are a bit unusual, make it all look that bit more unique and you.

The Daily Fashionista said...

Well you look super cute in this look!!! I kind of like imagining you cursing on a bike through a city. hehe.. Hopefully the party made it all worth it.

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Such a chicly tied scarf! Love the jump.
Marie @
Lemondrop ViNtAge

Terri said...

This works--the sweater and the scarf and the boots give the dress an edge, even sophistication! Albert must have strong legs.

Lien Fashion said...

Beautyfull pics! You look beautyfull

Xoxoxo

Follow each other ?
www.liensfashion.blogspot.com

Monique said...

emily, the print of your dress matches your blog. i really liked the toned down version it makes for good contrast and sounds like you guys had fun times on one bicycle. my husband and i don't manage too well on one we've never ever gotten very far.

Caitlin of doverpeak said...

These are some wonderful photos, girl. Love the sweater over dress thing on you so much.

Che said...

I love the dress and sweater layering idea. Looks really cute.

maggie said...

That dress is so cute! And you definitely layered it really well, so cute without being too obnoxiously there (if that makes any sense.)

xx maggie
saltandleather.blogspot.com

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Oh, you do a beret well. I have one, but haven't ever worn it - though I do love the look. I will give it a try soon. Inspired!

x

D'Autre Temps said...

Oh... i love your style! And your beret ;)

anna said...

love the outfit! the dress is so dreamy!

xoxo,
anna.

http://annoulirulez.blogspot.com/

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I love this look! But you know I'm partial to grunging it up ;) The photos also look particularly awesome, high five to Albert for getting such great jump shots!

caitlin said...

i like. also, i need a beret.

you can come to my art club if you want :) mostly we just eat and drink and talk about whatever we want (and sometimes we do/share art if we feel inspired).

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

There's nothing like cozy-ing up a dress especially with a beloved sweater. I've always been partial to that particular shade of charcoal gray.

Raquel, Black Sheep said...

You look pretty much perfect to me here, comfortable yet cute and stylish outfit, plus the jumping shots are great! I wish I can do that soon haha.