2010-04-13

Vintage Print

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Trench? Mackage, Winners
Pleated dress? thrifted
Shoes? Dumond, used a gift certificate
Belt? Roots, thrifted
Purse? thrifted
Bangle? thrifted

When I saw this printed purse from afar at the 50% off sale at the Salvation Army in Winnipeg (I told you I scored and my luggage came back twice as heavy...), I thought it was a 90's Liz Claiborne bag or something. I coveted it, so I pushed aside two ladies, a child and my friend, snatched the purse from the rack and upon closer inspection, discovered it's a couple decades older than I first thought. I love that; the purse has a modern vibe but it is most definitely vintage. It's in great condition too, it has a little nick in the cow hide but other than that it's a pretty piece of arm candy. Ok, it still has the sticker mark on it, which is not coming off nicely...my parents always said that a bit of peanut butter helps with that, apparently the oils loosen up the sticker residue?... I should try it. There are worse things than walking around smelling like Reese's Pieces.
I hand washed this silk dress instead of dry cleaning it, so I had to re-set the pleats afterwards. It also wrinkles easily... very annoying but I'll forgive the dress because it's so pretty. Just like I forgive my cats for shedding because they are so pretty...
EDIT: After reading your comments, I must add I handwashed the dress because I wasn't sure it was silk (no tags) at first. After it lost its pleats I figured it out pretty quickly.... The wiser thing would have been to get it drycleaned but I did my best to fix my mistake...

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(Yes, this is your work place 'S'.... I hope there are no security cameras? If there are... I waved.)

39 comments :

Julia said...

Sweet Jesus woman, your SHOES! Those are killing! I adore them. And perfect with your bright (and expensive looking!) spring dress. The whole outfit is tres chic, and you have such a talent for combining bags with clothes. This is a talent I sorely lack....

xx

Liz said...

a. how fantastic are those shoes?!!!
b. love how the trench and dress are the same length
c. you are just stunning :) seriously, you're blog is one of my top style inspiration blogs!

Amy said...

wait... you can handwash silk? I have a silk skirt and a silk shirt that have been languishing in my room since new years because I am too lazy to find a dry cleaner and also a very distrustful person... How do you handwash your silk?

Ps obviously this outfit is beyond gorgeous. Envy envy envy!

Leah said...

Your shoes... I totally love it. And I love your dress. xoxo

Destined For Now said...

That color is amazing on you!

piglet said...

Great find with the bag.
And I LOVE the shoes too! Plus that dress is very pretty, your're right!

Linda said...

The entire outfit is a WIN.
I just can't keep track of your clothes anymore. Those shoes...oh the shoes

Rachel said...

please give me your shoes. now. :)

Gorgeous as always!!!

La Historiadora de Moda said...

Haha! I just got the best mental picture of you shoving people out of the way to get to that purse. It is a fabulous piece and I love the dress, although I would never have the patience to reset the pleats like you did.

briannelee said...

I love that dress! Is it the same one you wore to the Valentine's dance with Linda? Red is a good color on you.

Kristin said...

those heels are SICK! They're a perfect punch of sexy with the otherwise sweet/conservative dress and trench. And, some serious snaps to you for resetting the pleats on the dress, I would have let it languish in my closet for ages until I was so bored it came down to resetting the pleats or cleaning out the garage to entertain myself.

Jenni said...

great outfit. I especially love the shoes and the dress! You have way more patience than I to hand wash that dress and reset the pleats. I would have sent that sucker off to te dry cleaners, but then again I'm way lazy. Especially about laundry.

orchidsinbuttonholes said...

Those shoes are gorgeous! I love the squared toe and mixed materials. And that dress is all sorts of divine. The color, the pleats... I'd forgive it's quick-wrinkles too!

Kelly @ blackdog finds said...

LOL- I also get the urge to push when I spot something I must have at the thrift store!

I love every aspect of this outfit- it's simply amazing!

cocojones said...

yes, the dress is REALLY pretty, such a great color. The bag is a real find & goes beautifully with the shoes.

futurelint said...

The dress looks amazing on you and that handbag is so cool! I love the shape and the two different leathers! Your shoes are so unique too! Okay, I just love it all I guess!

Celine said...

holy crap, those shoes. They're amazing. Really, really amazing. And I love that dress, wrinkles and all.

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Taylor Sterling said...

this whole look is so chic and glamorous! I love it all!!

Becky said...

Oh man, what an awesome thrift find! I wish I could carry around small purses like that, but NYC has turned me into a big bag lady. It's like I'm going on a 3-day trip every time I leave my apartment. Ok, not really, but I always have to have an extra pair of shoes just in case. I was traumatized by breaking a sandal in Union Square then having to commute back to queens barefoot because it was after all the stores had closed. Looking back, I guess I could've taken a cab, but that would've been the price of a new pair of shoes! Anyways, the point is, I envy your cute small bag! Gorgeous dress too :)

Fabulocity in Amish Country said...

You look uber sophisticated! I love the pleated detailing on the dress... and those shoes... are you kidding me with that right now!!?!? AWESOME! They're sooo interesting! :)

God's Favorite Shoes! said...

Oh. My. Goodness. That whole ensemble is perfection. From the trench to those delicious shoes! My heart literally fluttered when I saw those beautiful shoes!

merly k said...

SHOES: I NEADZ EM.


I thought I would appear more original gushing over your shoes versus the whole outfit, but too many yatches beat me to the punch. But woooowzers. It also should be noted that I really dislike you now, because I have the overwhelming urge to go find their sole (get it?) mate at one of my thrift stores, but I promised the M I wouldn't shop for the rest of the week. Something about paying two rents in june because our new lease and old ones overlap. Silly right?

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

whoa that dress is rad, and that reddish shade is definitely your color!
and i love a good shot on the railroad tracks...it's blogging magic.

PSUCoCo said...

I never miss wearing heels...until I see some that are amazing- like the ones you're sporting! :) Love, love, love the outfit! The dress is amazing too! I wish I could find things like that in the thrift stores around me...but it's all overalls and hootchy skirts...I need a road trip! :)

KayeStar said...

that color.. those shoes.. everything is divine!

I got my purse today.... thank you!

Sal said...

What a bag! Glad you did what you had to to nab it.

Clare said...

Amazing, beautiful, awesome, amazing. Those shoes are killlah, the purse is FABULOUS, and that dress looks totally stunning. LOVE IT.

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Christen said...

That dress is beautiful - the pleats, the color, the fabric, the shape. It looks amazing on you!

Dorky Medievalist said...

Your shoes are making me swoon, as is this whole outfit.

How do you reset pleats? With an iron and your eye? Urgh. And then a bottle of wine? This is a lovely, lovely dress. Wrinkles happen. That dress can take it.

Laura HH said...

This outfit is really pretty. Try using a norwex cloth on the sticky goo.

Katelyn Likes This said...

Those shoes are fantastic!

Work With What You've Got said...

I hardly ever dry clean anything, and the dress still looks absolutely STUNNING!~

Shauna said...

lol - there are cameras :-) Love the shoes - will have to borrow them

Kyla said...

Just another reason to not wash your clothes - resetting pleats sucks ass.

Keira said...

This look is so classic and pretty! And the color of that dress... I mean. Love it.

As for drycleaning, I've had good luck with Dryel and a new Woolite product that you also use in the dryer.

| Tex | Fashion Butter said...

This outfit it so chic. Love red and khaki together.

Lesley said...

Oh wow! That trench is siiick. Like the good 'sick' those young kids use nowadays.

That dress is also beautiful, however 'handwashing' and/or 'drycleaning' aren't in my vocabulary (or skills) so I have to admire these materials from afar so as not to destroy them if they happen to come into my possession.

five foot something said...

I love the blunt square shoes. The shape is unusual and shocking. I love it. I think I need to explore shapes a bit more. It is really easy to get stuck in the obvious shapes (especially for shoes)

Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

You look so feminine and beautiful here! love it!

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