Sunday, June 20, 2010

simple pleasures

there is nothing more nostalgic or comforting than a batch of cookies from my mommas oven.
on her way out of town my mom dropped off a bag of her infamous cookie dough, a container of soup, and a loaf of bread.
how did she know that I was going to wake up the next morning sick as a dog and craving all three? 
the cup of coffee in my new favorite mug was the perfect touch.

cookies and pie server~ gifted
old diner mug~ $2.99 (G.W.)

Friday, June 18, 2010

out of the house dress

i have an unrequited love with the label Chloe, and this dress seemed like it could have been the inspiration for then designer Melim Anderson's fall 2008 show.
the thin whispy fabric, the dusty grey/purple and gold buttons, the long billowy sleeves and the perfect little collar. 
all of these details are what attracted me to this pretty frock.
shoes, not so cheap...but a find on Zappos for a recent styling job. I fell in love with them and ended up wearing them to set everyday. oops! 
dress~ $6.99 (value village)
shoes~$120.00 (zappos) 

chloe fall 2008

Thursday, June 17, 2010

frenchie chic

this beautiful washed silk dress is so buttery soft, with a dainty tulip skirt, a self belt and a silk lining.
the sleeves are a nice length and hit right at the wrist, but I always feel a bit too stuffy wearing dresses with long sleeves and will inevitably end up messily rolling them up.
the shoes....
i stalked these pretty tri-toned chie mihara's at nordstrom rack until they went on clearance.
while they aren't technically my size (they are an 81/2 and i'm a pretty true 9) they are far to pretty not to worn about. 
the shoes give this very demure dress just the bit of oomph it needed.
dress~ $12.00
shoes~ $50.00

blue bells

this pretty blue floral dress fell off the hanger and onto my feet. 
i mean, practically begging me to take it home...
i slipped a simple black slip under it, and tied a dusty grey/blue silk ribbon round the waist to give it some shape. 
the shoes are from a goodwill boutique and are just over 4" tall, which makes me just over 6' tall...
totally worth the gargantuan height and towering over my sweet husband. 
dress~ $8.99
slip~ $12.00
shoes~ 19.99

first things first

summer is almost here in Oregon and it leaves me craving all things light, flowey and airy.
this dress was snatched from the goodwill as soon as I glimpsed the beautiful striped silk fabric.
Originally the hem was much longer, but I cut it right above the knee and hand-sewed a new hem into it to give it that soft, rumpled look.
the buttons were made of blue shell and I replaced them immediatly.
the sleeves are batwing, and were at an awkward length so I cuffed them and moved the buttons to the other side.
lastly, the pockets had button closures that hung too flat so I sewed in a bit of elastic to give them a soft pouchy look.
The shoes are from goodwill as well and
 are made of a beautiful brown linen with a chunky wooden sole. 
I'm not too sure what era they would have been from. any ideas? 
dress~ $8.99
shoes~ 4.99