Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Special.


Happy holidays to everyone! I can't fathom that Christmas, along with everything else, is here and has gone by so fast. There is something really strange about this year in particular that seems to have gone by in the blink of an eye, and I'm totally bewildered at the whole thing. But I suppose that's what happens, and in the meantime I'll look for, and gladly participate in, any excuse to dress up.

Dress: Vintage, Tights: J. Crew, Shoes: Nine West circa 2007, Hair jewels: Vintage


I haven't had a proper Christmas dress in years, but this year when I was shopping for some extra goodies to wrap up for the holiday, I had a particular dress in mind at my favorite vintage/antique store. The dress was mustard colored, a kind of brocade almost, with a full skirt and velvet bow at the waist. I remember it was there last January, but I didn't buy it because I wasn't entirely sure if I needed it, and it had a really funny crinoline inside. It had been there all summer long, just waiting, and finally I decided it would be a perfect holiday dress--I would just sever the damaged and uncomfortable crinoline from it's shell and deal with the rest that way. But of course, it was nowhere to be found. No matter how much I pawed in the piles of dresses and suits did I find it. I did however, head to the dressing room with an armload of other dresses to  try on, and this was among them.

It's pretty much a perfect Christmas dress, and I have every intention of dousing the whole thing with pink accessories to make it a Valentine's day frock. The downside is that I tore a hole in the arm while reaching to arrange one of my tulle bows, but these things can always be mended, and as any lover of vintage garments knows, there is no use crying over a split seam.



And anyway, it was a really exciting chance to wear my favorite little hair decorations. I've had these little jewels for ages, and they are always just the thing to stick in when earrings or necklaces seem like too much. And of course I feel weird and naked without something on my head, so this hugely ephemeral black bow had to go on, if only to make things ever-so-slightly more theatrical!

If you follow me on twitter or instagram you have seen all my various wardrobe changes and adventures, but this is one of four outfits I ended up in today. One of them involved a dish towel. 

A big thanks to my mom for taking pictures today, so I didn't have to freeze alone with my tripod!
Now I'm going to get tucked into my PJs as fast as I can, and see if I can't squeeze in enough time to watch the Downton Abbey Christmas Special! I've already been spoiled for it, but I still can't wait!

49 comments:

  1. Hi ,Beautiful dress...
    Kisses rose jp

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  2. oh my word what a perfect, PERFECT christmas dress. i have serious dress envy going on. i love the deep scarlet colour, the bow at the waist, the perfect neckline and the fact that its velvet! the bow compliments it perfectly! i love your hair jewels - where did you get them from? i haven't seen them around since 2002, but they add the most delicate touch of festive glitz to this PERFECT outfit. merry xmas xx

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  3. Merry Christmas!
    Whilst today I didn't rock the house in the most charming dress, we did make it a fun goal to find the snazziest Christmas jammies to wear the morning of.

    You look so beautiful; that first photo of you is breath-taking.

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  4. Beautiful beautiful! The colour, the hair and ornaments, the tights... Merry Christmas!

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  5. Merry Christmas!!!

    It is such a gorgeous dress, this is my favourite Christmas outfit that I've seen so far.
    The way you've styled your hair really reminds me of Mary Grantham's hair. I'm sitting here waiting for the Christmas special of Downton Abbey to download and just want to scream from impatience! I want to know what happens to Sybil and Branson next...

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  6. That really is a perfect Christmas dress, you look so pretty! I love the tie on it & great hair accessories, so seasonal. Sad you never found that dress but this one def makes up for it, get bow waistline. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, albeit quick : )

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  7. This is the most perfect Christmas dress ever! Merry Christmas to you!

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  8. this christmas dress is perfect perfect. i love your hair jewels! and the big bow!
    cutie kater.

    that mustard dress sounds divine. maybe a twin will pop up somewhere for you.

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  9. You look so glamourous! Loved the dress, red is absolutely your color. You should wear it more often. Merry Christmas! xx

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  10. Oh my, it looks like you came out of the movies! So beautiful!

    Merry Christmas!

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  11. wow, you look absolutely breathtaking =D

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  12. that dress makes for a perfect Christmas get up. The color is beautiful and looks great with your skin tone. Beautiful!

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  13. I have been looking for a dress like that for ages! I love this outfit, and you look so pretty! Has anyone ever told you that you look really like Michelle Dockery (I don't know if she's famous where you live, but she looks just like you).
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  15. Oh, your dress is fantastic! I am a big fan of anything velvety! And your hair looks lovely, too! It's so much fun getting dressed up for the holidays!
    -Katie

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  16. Beautiful!

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  17. oh you are such a classic beauty. merry belated christmas!

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  18. Oh my goodness... you are absolutely gorgeous! I can't give high enough praise for your look here... everything is so vivid and beautiful! :D

    I need to not disappear from the blogosphere for a month or two any more, things like this are not to be missed!

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  19. You are a picture of pretty!

    I just LOVE this look - my favourite of yours yet!

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

    xx
    L

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  20. As you say - the perfect christmas dress! You look incredible! Happy holidays :)

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  21. So adorable! I'm usually not a fan of velvet dresses, but you make me want one. A lot. Hope your Christmas was wonderful!

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  22. You look so beautiful! And your skin is like porcelain. Whoa. Happy Holidays to you! A lot of my vintage clothes have holes, because the material is fragile, but as you said, they can be mended. This dress would totally work as a V-day dress too. Yay!

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  23. When these days I didn't mountain the home in the most wonderful attire, we did make it a fun objective to find the snazziest Xmas jammies to use the day of.

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  24. oh, beautiful. happy holidays! :)

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  25. you are the prettiest and that dress is beyond perfect.

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  26. That has to be the best christmas dress ever. You look gorgeous in it and I love your hair.

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  27. You look so lovely!! The red suits you so well!

    ~Sara

    sarastrauss.blogspot.com

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  28. I adore this dress. The velvet, the bow, the color, all things that I love right now. I never thought about recycling Christmas reds as Valentine's Day outfits, that's genius! I'm very glad I stumbled across your blog, I adore your style.

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  29. The way you've designed your locks really tells me of Betty Grantham's locks. I'm relaxing here awaiting the Xmas unique of Downton Abbey to obtain and just want to shout from impatience!

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  30. Darling little holiday outfit! Adoring the bow belt - its fabulous. You have great style <3

    Tasia
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  31. Ohh, this truly is the dreamiest Christmas outfit I've seen! <3 I love love love the wine red velvet colour against your pale skin! So gorgeous!

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  32. What kind of curlers did you use on your hair?

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  33. Oh my, I think that's the best Christmas outfit I have seen so far. You are gorgeous.

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  34. So so pretty! Glad I found your blog, so much inspiration!

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  35. what a find! you look absolutely gorgeous! have a happy new year :)

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  36. That dress is stunning!!!!!

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  37. Absolutely fabulous dress!!!

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  38. Such a lovely dress! And your hair looks absolutely gorgeous!

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  39. The way you have designed your locks really tells me of Betty Grantham's locks. I'm relaxing here awaiting the Xmas unique of Downton Abbey to obtain and just want to shout from impatience! I want to know what happens to Sybil and Branson next.
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  40. PERFECT xmas outfit. i have serious outfit jealousy going on. i love the deeply scarlet color, the bow at the hips, the best neck-line and the truth that its velvet! the bow flatters it perfectly!
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  41. That really is a perfect Christmas dress, you look so pretty! I love the tie on it & great hair accessories, so seasonal. Sad you never found that dress but this one def makes up for it, get bow waistline. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, albeit quick.
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  42. I really like this outfit. The purple velvety, the bow, large, all things that I love right now. I never thought about recycle Xmas whites as Valentine Day clothing, that's genius! I'm very grateful I came across your site, I really like your design.

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