Tuesday, 3 January 2012

in the shape of things to come

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It was a pretty quiet New Years Eve, as we're new to this city and really don't know anyone... but I'm a fan of dressing up, staying in, and playing Clue in any case.

The dress I'm wearing was bought seven years ago, when I went to the Glasgow University Scottish Country Dance Club 50th Anniversary Ball (I studied an exchange year in Glasgow). I fell in love with the twenties shape and elaborate beading of the dress, though it weighs a tonne and was pretty impractical for a night of dancing.

I hope this outfit really will be the shape of things to come as I'm hoping to work in a few more '20s style shapes and styles into my look this year. I also enjoy that my New Years outfit was partly old (I've also had the shawl for many years), partly new (the glittery flats were a Christmas present) and partly self-made--the sparkly crown was a Christmas day project. Shona made one too, to go with her new dress!

I am kind of missing my '20s bob circa 2005 however. Here's a snapshot, at the ball with my friend who yes, was wearing a kilt (I have no information on whether he was wearing troosers, though);)
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I miss my short hair!

Back in the present, we played with much hilarity:
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and the usual panicking from Bonnie
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I won! I'm wearing a handmade shawl from Maiwa, bought back when I worked on Granville Island in Vancouver, oh, a hundred years ago...
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(never mind the tripod)

dress: gift circa 2005, shawl: Maiwa, shoes: gift, crown: DIY

36 comments:

Terri said...

The dress is gorgeous. I know around the time of my daughter's wedding I had considered cutting my hair and adding a curly perm. I like your hair long, but it looks cute in the short version too.

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Love 'em!

Marja said...

Gorgeous dress!

Marja <3

Monique said...

i love your 20's haircut (back in the day) you and your sister are too cute together. you gals look lovely hooray for 2012!

Laura said...

What a great little dress! I didn't get the chance to dress up for New Year's (boyfriend was down with the flu) so I've been living vicariously through other people's outfit posts...I must say, yours is definitely my favorite so far!

April said...

Looks like a fun night! Happy 2012!

Valerie EnrĂ­quez said...

That dress is gorgeous! What a beautiful dress to keep through the years x

Hannah said...

Beautiful dress you both look cute! and the headbands are gorgeous, I always pine for a bob again x

CessOviedo said...

You looked so cute with short hair and that's one pretty dress! The glittery flats are just the cutest, happy 2012!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

caitlin said...

your dress is AMAAAAZING! so, so pretty. sometimes a low-key night in fancy eveningwear is just the thing :)

happy new year!

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

SO even after reading your post in still laughing at your "semi-hipster" comment on April, Maybe.
I loveeee you in a bob!!!!!! Its so elegant! And your dress is perfect. And your STARS ARE EVEN MORE PERFECT! Happy New Year!!! xo (ps my best buddy who I went to Turkey with is in Spain right now and he says I have to go...perhaps that will be my country I visit this year!!! :))

Allison said...

Can't even get over how fabulous you look. Loooove the dress, but especially on you!!!

Amber said...

that dress is a beauty and I am just head over heels in love with your star crown :) So cute. Oh and I will so be hitting you up for some Scotland traveling tips come fall!

Catita said...

you girls look lovely! and Scotland, woow, so cool!
xoxo
CAtita

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Emily, I don't know whether to call your dress gorgeous or exquisite... or both! I love how your glittery crown and shoes accent all the bead work. You wear this '20s silhouette very well. And, you look(ed) great with a bob! Have you given thought to bringing it back?

We spent a quiet evening in on New Year's Eve as well. Good company, good food - that's really all you need. Although, at one point my aunt did remark on how it would've been fun to play boardgames. I hadn't thought to bring any... perhaps next year!

SABINNA and DAVID said...

the stars in your hair look awesome!


xx, Sabinna and David

chantilly said...

your dress is just... indescribable. it's so pretty, i think you literally took my breath away!

Abigayel Bryce said...

Beautiful dresses! and adorable dog : )

Annebeth said...

beautiful flapper dress, it looks gorgeous on you. And I love your short bob! Don't you just hate how we can't snap our fingers and have a different haircut each day? POO

Celia said...

That has to be the best dress I've seen this holidays. Seriously gorgeous! And your star headbands are great too.
I hate going out in New Year's so your quiet plan sounds perfect to me :)

Zane said...

you both look wonderful

Kezzie said...

Hello there! I popped over from Tammy's blog (intrigued by the name!!!) and I'm so glad I did!!! What a wonderful dress!!!! You look beautiful. I love the headbands too- where do they come from????? I'd love to buy one like that!!!

Ashley said...

Love the flapper dress! Is your sister as interested in traveling as you are?

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Ashley: She's very interested in getting out of Vancouver!

lucia m said...

LOVE IT!

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Closet Fashionista said...

That dress is gorgeous! I looove it!
and woohooo Clue! Have you seen that movie starring Tim Curry? It is quite amusing, I highly recommend it
Bonnie is such a cutie, hehe
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Heather, 29 Skirts said...

That dress is amazing, and I love the star crowns! This looks like an excellent New Year's Eve to me. I need to get a Clue game. I used to play it all the time with my siblings, and I even made my own version with my family members as the suspects drawn in a horrible Napoleon Dynamite-esque style.

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Looks like such a good time! I'm totally in the mood to play Clue now. Board games are the best. I would love to play with you two, especially in such beautiful dresses!
XOXO

Imogen said...

Gorgeous look. The dress is so stunning.

rose said...

Emily hola, mui lindo, hermoso, su vestido...amei, amei mucho...
Besos rose jp

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Heather: Haha, that's awesome! Why did I never think to do that? : )

Cathryn said...

Beautiful dress! Is Bonnie an Irish Setter?? If so I have always had Irish Setters! :)

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Cathryn: She is! She's pretty old now, but Irish Setters are beautiful when they're young, aren't they? And such nice personalities. : )

Elyse (Give Me Bows) said...

Your dress is absolutely amazing! Perfect for NYE :)

Stef / Diversions said...

Such an amazing dress! You look gorgeous :)

Stef / Diversions said...

Such an amazing dress! You look gorgeous :)