Thursday, October 30, 2014

Traveling Vintage Dress, a Stop in New England

Thank you all for your wonderful and sweet comments on my wedding photos post. I'm astonished at the amount of feedback I have received here and on Facebook. Over night my blog post has become my number 2 most viewed post ever!! I just can't believe it. :) I'm really happy to have been able to share a little bit of my special day with all of you and will be sharing more soon. Thank you all again for being such an amazing, encouraging, and supportive online community! You guys rock! :)

Today I have something special as well.

When Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments first announced her idea for a traveling vintage dress, I knew this was something I wanted to take part in. I think this is such a fantastic way to get to know other bloggers and to see each lovely lady's unique take on vintage fashion. Clothing is such a personal thing and is one of the best ways to express yourself. This beautiful 1940s dress will continue to travel around the United States and Canada before crossing the ocean to Australia. It's already visited few places here in the States so be sure to check out the links below.


I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to style this dress. Did I want to style it in an authentic 1940s way? Or mix and match with modern items? I really couldn't decide but finally opted to let the dress  - and the weather - tell me what to do. :) We recently moved into our new house and are still very much in the process of unpacking and settling in. So some of the items I thought I might use have yet to surface. (Some words of wisdom, don't buy and move into a new house two weeks before your wedding!! So much extra stress lol!) I did find my shell belts though which made me really happy. They are from the 70s but are a perfect match for the dress. I wore one with the dress itself and the other over my sweater.

As you can see, the dress is a little big for me. It's also I bit longer then what I would normally like for a dress. Fortunately though, this dress is constructed in a way that allows it to be worn and styled to suit a variety of body types. :)



The sunshine didn't last very long! It was also rather windy and getting chilly the day we took these photos so some extra layers were needed. That's often the case during this time of year in New England. My plum colored wool sweater seemed just the thing! It was a nice complement to the purple and gold print of the dress.


To complete my outfit I wore a small crinoline to add a bit of fluff to the skirt, some tights, (I can remember the last time I wore tights!) and my depression era leather lace up boots. I LOVE these boots!! They are incredibly comfortable and so much fun to wear. (You've seen them once before as part of my aviatrix costume.) I think every gal needs a pair.


Our property, like many places in New England, is bordered by stone walls. They make a great backdrop don't you think?

This beautiful stone marks part of the boarder on our property. It makes a great backdrop for photos. :)
A fall photo shoot in New England would not be complete without stone walls, old cemeteries, and a covered bridge. After taking pictures at home, Cori and I hoped in the car for a short road trip. I can think of at least a dozen covered bridges and old cemeteries within a 30 minute drive of our house but by the time we finished taking pictures at the cemetery I was too cold to do any more. So the covered bridges will have to wait for another day.

The building seen below was constructed in the 1780s and was originally used for both Congregational church meetings as well as civic and governmental meetings. Church services ceased in 1839 but town meetings continued to be held in it until 1869. The building and cemetery were added to the list of National Historic Landmarks in 2000. Today visitors can tour the historic building during the spring and summer months. The grounds are open during daylight hours. Some of the headstones in the cemetery date to the 1770s or earlier and are extremely beautiful. I should really do a blog post about early headstones because they really are fascinating.

Sitting on the steps of the old meeting house.
 I had to jump in the leaves!


To keep warm I added a jacket over the dress and sweater. The jacket is modern, something I picked up at a second hand shop, but has a nice vintage feel to it and is something I wear on a regular basis.



A year or so ago I started wearing pins on my fall and winter jackets and I'm still amazed at the amount of complements I get. Lately I've been wearing this kitty pin.



So there you have it. Way more picture then you needed, I'm sure. ;)

Outfit details
Jacket, sweater, crinoline, and kitty pin - Thrift store finds
Tights - Gift
Scarf - Vermont Country Store
Belts - Yards sale finds
Boots - Ebay (I have a very similar pair for sale.
Please feel free to contact me for pictures and details.)
Lipstick - Chocolate Kiss by Bésame Cosmetics

Below, from left to right are Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments, Kristen of Verity Vintage Studio, Whitney of LittleHeapVintage, Stephanie of The Girl With A Star- Spangled Heart, and Laura of Paper Mothball Vintage.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wedding Photos - Part 1

So here they are at last! The wedding photos. :) A huge thank you to Kris Jarrett Photography and Media Production for taking these. In another post I'll give a more detailed break down of our planning, costs, and where to find some great DIY tips and downloads in the hopes that it will be helpful to others. But today's post is mainly pictures so sit back and enjoy! :)

Wedding party and guests! Most everyone came dressed in vintage or vintage inspired attire. :)
Our theme was 1930s/40s vintage. (I first wrote about our wedding plans in this post.) Cori and I wanted something fun, a little different, and most importantly something that reflected both of us and our interests in life. We didn't want things to be super match-y and I think we accomplished that rather well. :) Our Save the Date cards, invitations, programs, and menus were all DIY. And all the decorations where either things we already had on hand, borrowed, or where DIY. We had lots help from family and friends. Thank you everyone!!


Our venue was the Historic Park McCullough House. (They now have a new wedding site. Take a look at the gallery and you will find a few of my pictures!) The ceremony, preformed my Cori's dad, was held outside in the gardens and the reception took place in the beautifully restored Carriage Barn. The girls and I had an area in the main house to get ready in. So much fun even though the morning was SUPER crazy. Plans with the hair stylist fell through (still annoyed about that!) so I styled ALL the bridesmaids' hair plus my own. I managed to get through it with only one minor melt down so I'd say it was successful.


Yes Cori and his dad really are that short, but also the best man is really tall! :)
One of my favorites of the guys!

Most everyone in the bridal party, our parents, and guests wore vintage or vintage inspired attire. The bridesmaids' dresses were purchased on Etsy and Ebay, and one was made using a vintage pattern. We loaned a bunch of stuff to people too! :) Two of the groomsmen, my brother and the best man, both wore WWII Army paratrooper dress uniforms. Oh, and I made my dress for the ceremony and a second, short dress for the reception. Blog posts coming soon for those!

Corsages by 1940s Style for You
So happy we still had some fall color!
The bouquets I made myself from felt and vintage buttons. (Yes, I hope to have a tutorial at some point.) The corsages were made by the fabulous Lucy of the blog and etsy shop, 1940s Style for You. (I blogged about them here when they arrived.) The colors really look great in the pictures. The hair flowers were made by my friend Monica. (Check out her Facebook page Cutie Clips and more.) I keep telling her she needs to open an Etsy shop. :)


Pretty sure this is the shot when I heard the photographer say "Holy Sh**, that's gorgeous!"
I love this one of the girls and I!
We gave vintage tea cups and tea bags as wedding favors. In the back on the room we set up a table with family photos and had our mothers' and Cori's grandmother's wedding dresses on display. The large gold mirror we borrowed from my parent's living room wall! There will be a second post with more photo details of our decorations and some how tos.

A very personal touch to the decor. My mom's wedding dress on the left, the one on the right belongs to Cori's mom.


My bridesmaids were my best friend Erin (also the maid of honor) three of my college roommates, and one of my sisters (in the middle of the group.) These same girls put together a fantastic vintage themed bridal shower and bachelorette party for me during the summer.

It was a little chilly so we huddled together for this picture! :)
After the ceremony and group photos we changed for the reception. My reception dress was a little last minute sewing project (yup tottaly finished the week of the wedding!) but I was so much happier in a shorter dress that I could dance in.




All photos are by Kris Jarrett. I would rather these photos not show up on Pinterest or other places around the web so I kindly ask that you not copy or re-post without permission. If you would like to link back to this post in order share I'm OK with that. :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wedding Photos Soon, But First...

Hello all, I'm back! So much blogging to catch up on! And so many wedding photos to look through! :) But neither of those are bad things.

Everything went smoothly for the big day last Friday with only a few minor hiccups, which of course, in the grander scheme of things are hardly worth mentioning. I would like to say for the record that although we started 10 minutes late, it was not my fault! The girls and I were ready to go with plenty of time to spare. But the guys lined up without their boutonnieres and had to send someone to get them from the car. Anyway, pictures soon I promise. And there are lots of them!

So Friday was the wedding, Saturday was spent with family and friends. But on Sunday we managed to escape for the day and drive to the Collings Foundation for their annual WWII event, Battle for the Airfield. (We went last year as well, you can find that post here.) Due to a lack of funds and vacation time, we are not going on a honeymoon until sometime next spring/summer.


I like my airplanes and tanks to color coordinate with my outfits. :) I actually didn't plan that. We just thought it was funny the yellow matched my sweater.







Outfit details:
Skirt - US Navy WAVE uniform skirt from ebay 
Shoes and stockings - Etsy
Sweater - Fab Gabs
Hair Flowers - Made by my friend Monica at Cutie Clips (and more)
Lipstick color - Red Velvet by Bésame

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1920s Bachelorette Party on Star Island

This will likely be my last post for a couple weeks. As some of you may know, Cori and I closed on our new house and are in the process of moving in. Also our wedding is coming up in two weeks and I need to get my act together and make sure everything is in order. Last minute things to coordinate and lots of stuff to pack for decorating the reception area. I'm looking forward to the day itself but I'll be glad to have all the planning, coordinating, stress, etc. behind me. I'm ready to move on to other things.

Today's post will be short on text but full of pictures! Back in August my friends surprised me with tickets for Gatsby on the Isles for my bachelorette party. We joined some fellow vintage fans from the GBVS, hopped on a ferry boat and headed out to Star Island for a 1920s themed adventure.

The history of the island, the second largest of nine rocky islands ten miles southeast of the mouth of the Piscataqua River, goes back hundreds of years. The Star Island Corporation has owned and operated Star Island since 1916. The Oceanic House is the largest structure on Star Island and has long served as a place of retreat.

Jill looks said because we told her we ate all the chocolate. Don't worry, we saved her some! :)
After a 2 hour ferry ride which included a narrated history of Portsmouth harbor, the Isles of Shoals and the New Hampshire Seacoast, we arrived and were ready for lunch. The girls and I set up our picnic blanket, listened to some live music, and relaxed. Then we explored the island.





Warning. Silly things happen when these girls and I get together!





I wore the dress I made for the 1920s Downton Abby event last year. It's the dress I got engaged in so it seemed fitting to wear again for the bachelorette party.



Erin borrowed the same dress my friend Jen wore for the Roaring 20s Lawn Party.


At the end of the day we boarded the ferry once more. A few people stayed behind at the hotel but they came to the dock to see us off.


The ferry ride back. It was much warmer then the ride to the island in the morning!
After arriving back in Portsmouth we changed and went out for dinner. My hair was an absolute mess by the end of the day. But look, I got new sunglasses! Our waiter said that even though it wasn't my birthday it was a special occasion so he put a candle in our brownie sundae!



It was a wonderful day!

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