Tuesday, 28 August 2012

farmers market

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The title here is a bit misleading... this was intended to be a trip to the Farmers market, but the one in question turned out to be only a couple of stalls selling raspberries and lettuce, both of which we had, so it morphed into a morning walk with a bagel for my sister and I.

This dress, made by my mom in the 70s, is one of the reasons I'm happy to have parents with an attic. It's not the sort of thing I would wear often enough to travel with it, but I love slipping it on once or twice a year in the height of August. The shoes are also handmade and date from around the same time as the dress I think, and my mom bought me both my necklace and bracelet... so this is pretty much all courtesy of Mom... whether she was thinking of me or not! My mom always had great taste, especially with regards to quality... the attic is full of boxes of heavy wool sweaters, often handmade, and wool berets, leather handbags and silk scarves. Things weren't necessarily expensive (I got dragged to more garage sales than I can think about as a kid), but there's always been a focus on workmanship. It's something I really aim to emulate... even if it means I'll have my own attic full of stuff I can't bear to get rid of at some point.

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Photos by Shona

17 comments:

Closet Fashionista said...

I love that dress!! And yay for moms! Mine is the same way but she didn't keep a lot of her clothes, unfortunately :(
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Q's Daydream said...

that dress is amazing! how special

Hannah said...

The dress is perfect for you! xx

Despina T. said...

really beautiful dress.
love floral prints!

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ZZ said...

Very charming and feminine.

chestnutmocha said...

so beautiful! your mom is great!

Rory said...

beautiful dress! love the floral print :)

Annebeth said...

your hair is getting so long! and I immediately recognized that beautiful dress as your mom's. I've loved it since the first time you posted it. I really want something similar!

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

Such a lovely look.

Terri said...

It's a perfect dress for going to a market...whether you purchased anything or not. It would be cool to dig up a photo of your mother in the same outfit.

I think how I recycle clothing...and I'm afraid that my children won't actually find much in the attic once I'm gone.

shay said...

what a beautiful dress! i love the length :)

just stumbled upon your blog and have completely fallen in love! you're so lucky to be able to travel so much, i hope someday to be able to do the same xx

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Laura said...

Your mom made that? That's awesome! Sometimes I wish we still lived in a time when everyone knew how to sew. I imagine it's quite rewarding to wear a garment you've sewn yourself.

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dusanabotswana said...

I was just commenting on how I want to focus more on the quality of items as well. Always love all the gems you find in your parents, and esp love this dress on you, everything about it is perfect. Hope you enjoy your time back home, can't wait to get caught up on your blog hopefully soon : )
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Eleni said...

How precious! I already have clothes which I will never get rid of, due to emotional attachments. When I finally have an attic of my very own to keep them in, then, only then, will I truly be an adult!

Anita said...

Your dress is beautiful!

Monique said...

The dress is so flattering and fits you perfectly! Way to go mom, I'm all about quality clothing that can last for decades.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

This dress is just as lovely as I remembered from its last blog appearance. From what you've shared here, I can clearly see that your mom has great taste. Often times I find myself looking at photos and wishing my mom saved the beautiful things she wore in the 70s. Was the basket purse your mom's, too? I zeroed right in on it as it's basically what I've been trying to track down for years!