2009-09-13

Looking Good in Your Grandmother's Curtains

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Dress? handmade, thrifted
Purse? Zara
Shoes? Derek Lam
Earrings? gifted
Sunglasses? vintage Steffi Graf, gifted

Hard to believe but I didn't really shop that much (by my standards) in Europe. Ok, I scoured and scored at the sale racks of several Zara's in London, but in Paris I refused to pay full price at any Zara and my credit card refused to pay full price at Dior. Apparently ,the sale season in Paris is July, so next time someone gets married in Europe, July would be great. Thanks.

The day I got home, I immediately went to Talize to soothe the shopping bug. Between Winners, Talize and Holt's LC I can always find something. I love travelling, but I've got shopping around here down to an exact science.

I got this handmade dress and it had to be worn immediately. I love the drape under the arm and the 'petal' effect of the skirt. I know the dress can easily be made more current by shortening it but that sounds like too much effort right now. So, I updated it with a studded bag and stacked heels. Besides, the length is rather ladylike and I'm faking it until I make it.

And I love how I recently talked about my annoyance at the crazy influx of studded items and then I go and wear a HUGE studded purse. Let me explain. I got this purse nearly two years ago (ahead of both the nude and studded trend because I'm a genius or because it's leather, pretty, very large and it was a decent price, whatever...) in Amsterdam. Before I even got home, I had already lost three studs and it has taken me that long to find studs that were similar enough to pass. Hence, I feel like because I got the bag before 'Stud Overkill 2009', it is exempted from my stud moratorium. Or I should just admit that I am a flake and I am making poor excuses. It seems studs are like Lays chips, because you can't have just one....

18 comments :

Linda said...

My grandmother doesn't have curtains like that.....UGH!
I love that dress, please don't shorten it.

Thanks!

Fell4fashion said...

I love it, it is fabulous!!

D said...

grandmother's curtains...funny title as you would look great in a potato sack! love the stud muffin bag:)

AsianCajuns said...

That dress is absolutely gorgeous on you! I like the fact that it's not trendy and short (says the girl who only has short dresses in her closet- I totally understand the stud thing ;).
When Cath and I lived in Europe we both agreed that Zara is worth buying in Spain (the clothes are slightly cheaper there- or at least they were in '03) and H&M is better in Britain than in the U.S. Or at least that's how we justified our expenditures to ourselves- haha!

Clare said...

That dress is delightful!! Love it!

briannelee said...

I love how you updated the dress.

I really like the size of that bag. I always try to carry small purses but I end up putting everything back into one of my larger totes.

Elaine said...

I LOVE your dress! It's gorgeous!!! And I totally get the stud thing.... I am OVER this trend. Something new please!!!
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Kansas Couture said...

That dress looks perfect on you! Don't change a thing. And I love the archway photographs.

briannelee said...

I put your package in the mail today so you should get it soon.

Amy said...

Please, please DON'T change this dress!! I love it just the way it is! It looks incredible on you!! Gorgeous pictures too!

xoxo
Amy
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Taylor Sterling said...

wooow gorgeous dress!

Orchid Grey said...

that first image is gorgeous! beautiful dress!

Sarah Clarke Gaudet said...

Lovely post. The dress is wonderful. I am new to your blog, so I look forward to reading more!

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God Made Me fuNky said...

love the dress! I think you should wear it like this a few times before hemming it. love the draping on it.

Christen said...

This dress is perfection! You look beautiful - the colors make your skin glow :)

yiqin; said...

OMG I love the colors + print of that dress! Totally amazing.

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

That is SUCH a fierce dress

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Okay, this dress is the reason why I am adding your blog to my blogroll! I love it!!