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.

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

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