2010-01-17

This Tomboy

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Lace dress? h&m, old...
Jacket? Old Navy...$13!
Booties? Maxstudio, Winners
Cashmere gloves? gifted from
Linda
Hard plastic purse? thrifted vintage goodness...


Hard to believe but many, many years ago I was a hardcore tomboy. In fact, I remember a sweet Dutch lady who sent a care package to us, the Dutch family living in Korea (my father was there on a ten year contract), that included something special for the kids. I received a doll but I hated it and I was completely jealous of my brothers, who received pencils and pencil cases with awesome English words on them... like 'college'. I did not play with that doll for a good two years.
And how times change....now I'm all over hair styling, make-up and shopping. I'm sure my mom looks at me and wonders what happened. If it wasn't for the fact that both of us burst into tears over sad animal stories, I'd wonder too about how I came to be the daughter of such a practical woman.

In this outfit I felt fantastic. I've been in a bit of a January slump (blah, blah, blah, who hasn't?) but I banished the blues when I put this on. It's taken three years but I finally took in this dress. It was originally an awkward tent shape on me but when I belted it, the dress would hike up and this dress really shouldn't be any shorter... So, I took it in; I even released the lace hem and hand sewed it back up. I might as well do it right...

The hard shell purse is a recent thrift find. Judging by the interior it's an oldie... It's the perfect size for some Bath and Body Works lipglosses (yes, another addiction) and some candy. It makes me nervous to use this purse because it's in excellent condition and I'm terrified I'll drop and shatter it or scratch it... and then I would cry and my feelings of outfit fantasticness would be crushed. But it needed to be shown off, so I was extra careful and stayed away from icy patches and any juice spills on gym floors.


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37 comments :

Christen said...

Your posts always make me laugh. I would have NEVER guessed that you were a tomboy growing up. You are just so good at being a girl now :) Love this outfit - especially the coat. It's so chic paired with the gloves!

Julia said...

1) I, on the other hand, can see how you might've been a tomboy, but that ROCKS. Tough chicks = chicks I love. See Miranda Lambert.

2) You always look SO classy. You and District of Chic. Man, jealous. I think it's partly being blond and statuesque, but still. I'm about to have a fit over that little camel-colored number you've got going on here. Paired with tiny hardshell purse, it literally looks like it cost a million bucks. Awesome! I love your blog.

Julia said...

ooh when did you get that jacket at old navy? do you think they might still have it? i love it!

Dylana said...

That dress is beautiful, but that jacket is just amazing!

neen said...

Nice job getting the jacket for $13!! I first bought it in black when it was $90, then returned it and got it for $35..now I'm jealous :)

Liz said...

Perfect outfit I love the white dress/black tights combo!

piglet said...

That little purse is darling and deserves to be shown off!
You look very elegant, that jacket is lovely.

世界 said...

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Linda said...

Holy fantastic old navy jacket! Did they have alot? Was this a purchase from Saturday?
We need to hit up Over the Rainbow soonish...like early Feb.
You know what I realized? I buy you alot of good gifts! You are the easiest person for me to shop for...hmm weird isn't it?

anne charlotte said...

love it! you have inspired me to rethink my general dislike of tiny hard-shell bags...because that one looks unique and elegant. thanks!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

That purse is the most awesome thing ever! I am seriously envious!

briannelee said...

Can I please have that purse? Thanks :)

Love the dress! So cute!

Fashion Therapist said...

I'm speechless - I totally love this outfit and I can't believe that the coat is Old Navy. I swear, you take an item out of the store and it looks like a completely different piece.

Love love love this look from head to toe.

hellojellogoodbyepudding said...

I really like that dress with the tights.

Work With What You've Got said...

Love the jacket and that little purse!~ So CUTE.

Amy said...

Whenever I read your posts, I instantly want to book a trip to Canada and go thrift shopping at all the wonderful places you visit because you always find the BEST things!

Love that coat... and for $13, I am in awe!

Much love,
Amy

http://thebargainhunterextraordinaire.blogspot.com

Amandromeda said...

omg. you look gorgeous! your dress is so lovely! and so is the coat, the gloves, and the purse! so you know, all of it is lovely.

Tiny Quirks said...

i love the whole look, especially the jacket!

thanks for commenting on my blog :)

Tieka, Selective Potential said...

Oh, I love that coat! And you styled it perfectly, of course. I giggled when you said you and your mom cry over sad animal stories. One time my goldfish was dying from that ick disease and we just sat and bawled as he struggled to stay alive! Hahah!

Elaine said...

I think you look absolutely GORGEOUS! I love the dress and I don't know how it looked before but it looks like it fits you like a glove now!!! And now the purse... what a great find! Seriously, you have the best thrifty luck!

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The Village Idiot said...

you look so elegant!
love the jacket! and the bag!
great finds!

Clare said...

I just adore that lacy dress. Winter whites are my favorite! I love your tomboy anecdote, too. I was never much of a tomboy growing up, but I think I'm more of a tomman (doesn't really work when you scale it up to adults, does it?) now than I was then. Though I do love shoes... :)

andrea k said...

I absolutely love this outfit. In love with the purse and the jacket!

Leproust Vintage said...

Ah! I was a HUGE tomboy too! True story: after the third grade I did not wear a dress until my eight grade graduation!

I LOVE that lace dress...I just bought a very similar lace top today! I can't believe that it is old!

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

Umm I'm pretty sure this outfit couldn't be more awesome!! I love that you tied the gloves in with the tights and shoes... and that jacket $13?!?! Seriously??!? Love it!! This whole look is fabulous!! Oh and p.s. I know F21 can be super overwhelming sometimes... however, in Lancaster, it's a fairly new store so it's a bit more structured than some other ones I've been in. I kinda feel that overwhelmed sense when I go into H&M though... But I think this dress is gorgeous! Ok, enough of my rambling.... fab fab fab! :)

Taylor Sterling said...

such a beautiful outfit!! Love the necklace!!

Kendi Lea said...

I love love love white dresses or skirts with black in the winter time. It's hard to pull of but you do it effortlessly! Such a great outfit :)

The Closet of Kim (ShopKim) said...

Great job on the dress!! I love how you paired it with the black and tan jacket.

Christina said...

What a great dress. And I of course love that awesome purse.

H to the izzo said...

Ooh, this is nice. Love the cut of that coat, and for so cheap! Fun little unusual vintage purse. I used to be a tomboy too and no one would ever guess it now!

Sabrina said...

Love it all!!! So classy!

John R. Tate said...

Lace I like

I thought the Boss (I call ‘em that ‘cause he’s got the charge card, wheels, tells me when to get out of his chair, and mangles Springsteen in the shower) said he was takin’ me to the day spa yesterday. Turned out I went to the vet instead and had to wait all day in a cage to be seen by some cold-fingered, SOB stickin’ all sorts of things in me in various places. Sort of pissed me off at the Boss until he gave me a couple of licks of ice cream cone when he picked me up. All is forgiven.

This outfit is slammin’. Jacket complements the hair tones, the lace is always feminine and shoes are the shit. I’d like to see the dress taper a bit to the thighs, but you can’t have your comfort cake and eat it, too. That stuff in the boatyard, ho hum, not so much.

Any way, me and the Boss are keepin’ it cool. Chio!

The Chewster and the Boss

stylefyles said...

love this look...very cute!!! that trench is absolutely adorable and it's great how you've softened it with your lace dress

Chelsea said...

stunning! i adore everything about this ensemble... and that purse is exquisite.

Jessica said...

I love everything about this outfit. The jacket looks much more expensive! I would never have guessed that it was from Old Navy. And the purse! I'm drooling.

wardrobeexperience said...

great outfit! you look so amazing wearing this dress!

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An Affair With Fashion said...

Absolutely love this outfit! (testing my new google account so that I can comment on your blog, finally!)