Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Other Mother.

Jacket: H&M, Dress: Vintage, Sweater: Vintage, Tights: J. Crew, Shoes: J. Crew, Bag: Vintage, Pin: Vintage

I'm really struggling with this self timer thing. I sort of hate it a lot, but I've been wearing all sorts of outfits lately and have pictures of none of them, even though I dressed with intentions of documenting them. I'm trying to be better about it, honestly I am. I just need someone with  me to tell me to stand up straight, stop scrunching my shoulders, and for Pete's sake close my mouth! The above picture was the only one even close to acceptable of me with the trench on, and even then I start to feel it's really insipid the longer I look at it. 



I really had to do a post today though, not only because it's been so long, but because I've worn this dress about half-a-dozen times and it's never seen the light of blog. 

I got it three or so years ago at a vintage shop for a steal. It was was all wrinkled, having been balled up at some point, but it has nary a flaw on it! And the print! It's tiny buttons! So I call it my Other Mother dress, after Coraline. The sleeves are a little bit weird, and it was a bit too big for me so my genius mother took the waist up in the most clever way--not that you can see it, because of the sweater--but I really do love it. It was one of the dresses I brought with me to New York and didn't wear.


The sweater is one I snapped up while having a thrift date with Jess. She spotted it, and the poor thing had been sitting there on the rack for weeks. It's quite old but it's riddled with holes in the back and along one of the arms. I took it home, along with a skirt full of holes, because I get that thing that you have as a kid where you feel bad for stuffed animals that can't all fit in your bed at once, or the heels of bread that get left behind in the bag because no one wants them so you eat them even though you don't even like that part of the bread.

So I've rescued it, although I haven't entirely finished mending it before wearing. There are still a few holes that need some invisible mending or patching. I was pretty mad that I had to wear a sweater to begin with, I want spring and warmth so much, so I decided I would wear what I wanted and that's that. 


And my little mouse, another pin from etsy. 


40 comments:

  1. I know what you mean, self timers are so awkward. But you look lovely, and I can't tell you how much I'm in love with the pattern of the dress or the amazing name you've given it x

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  2. I'm so glad to see I'm not the only one who produces mildly akward pictures left to my own devices. Wait... I do that when my dear John takes pictures too. I'm just not that good in front of a camera!

    I love the sweater and belt over dress thing - I think that shall be my outfit tomorrow, provided it doesn't rain too much. In which case it's rainpants all the way.

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  3. I really love the colours you've paired here...and what a sweet little mouse!

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  4. WHAT?! You first picture is lovely. Seriously! Love your whimsical vintage outfit. Your button and trench jacket are really great pieces!

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  5. You do amazing things with colour. xx

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  6. I am loving your mroe frequent blog posts! And to be honest, I am busy looking at your pretty dresses/colour combinations to notice what is going on with your face :)
    awkward pictures are fun anyway.

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  7. Is there a more perfect vintage dress anywhere?! I think not. I absolutely adore this outfit and the colors are just wonderful :)

    thejoyfulfox.blogspot.com

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  8. i love mouse pin! oh my gosh! so cute.

    also, you look adorable in all these photos. and i'd highly suggest a remote!

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  9. It's *so* hard to take good photos of oneself! I have to do the same thing for my Etsy shop and in order to get about 50 reasonable pics of myself yesterday I snapped close to 1500. You still look adorable! I always forget about layering sweaters with my dresses.

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  10. that mouse pin is the cutest thing ever!! and i kind of love that you called yourself insipid....haha.

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  11. What a pretty dress, and I think it looks lovely with the sweater x

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  12. Button print dress?? So cute. I love Coraline too, how prefect that you topped the outfit with the mouse pin. Isn't there mice in the film? Its been awhile since I seen it.

    These pictures look very natural, I know its a pain running back and forth from the camera but you make it look effortless. :)

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  13. It's so funny that you call it the Other Mother dress -- what a perfect association. I love the button print.

    I know you struggle with the self-timer, but you still manage to come off as effortless in your photos :)

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  14. I love the look with a dress and a jumper over it, to make it look really nice but also practical and fit for everyday wear. Also, self timer is awkward!

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  15. I think the self-tiimer works GREAT. You look so cute and natural. The outit is as lovely as you are. x

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  16. Ditch the flats, pull on a pair of Wellies and you are ready to hunt banana slugs with Wybie!

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  17. self timers are definitely tricky. I have some many photos of myself mid blink. so annoying! In other news, your dress is lovely. Glad you were finally up to snap some pics of it.

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  18. The tiny mouse pin is terribly cute!

    http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/2012/02/friday-favorites.html

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  19. The print on the dress is so cute! and that mouse pin is so adorable.

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  20. looking good, as per usual. i'm a sucker for novelty prints.

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  21. That pin is amazing and so is the button print :)

    Good luck with mending the sweater, it does look really cute!

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  22. Beautiful dress. The mouse pin is so adorable.

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  23. oh my goodness! i've just found your blog through calivintage this week and i'm hooked. i love that little button print dress...i love things with cute and whimsical prints. and i love how you've worn it with a sweater and belt. i'm definitely a new follower!
    xo
    n

    http://imanorbyah.blogspot.com

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  24. I love that little tidbit about stuffed animals and bread heels! It's so true though. Your outfit is lovely, too. I love how you mix colors of similar hues. And that trench coat is absolutely perfect!

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  25. I am so thrilled you rescued that sweater. I actually have another one for you to love and fix and wear.

    Squeeeeeeak! (via your mouse brooch)

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  26. ahh that mouse pin! So cute. Also the print of that dress is awesome.

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  27. I love reading your words, you make everything sound so poetic. I have wanted a pair of electric blue cowboy boots ever since I saw Coraline, but alas, I am having no luck finding them.
    My self timer photos are so bad, but unfortunately I no longer have my best friend to take them for me, so they shall have to do!
    Also, I completely have that thing with cuddly toys too, despite now being 21.

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  28. That is an amazing skirt, beautiful look!

    http://isabellasfashion.blogspot.com

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  29. It's actually a little reassuring to know you struggle occasionally with pictures/poses too 'cause honestly these look so fun and effortless! You also sound like something of a hero to slightly damaged and ignored thriftstore items :)

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  30. You look so terrific! I love the little mouse pin especially.

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  31. Aw, yay! A mouse pin! Aren't they the best? My grandmother has the sweetest little painted ceramic one. I have a wooden mouse pin, but it hardly compares to hers.

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  32. i love your mouse pin! these colours paired together are amazing :)

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  33. Very nice! And I really love the little mouse<3

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  34. Such a gorgeous dress. I love your styling of it with the belt and brooch, simple but oh so beautiful.

    Jenn

    @ www.oohmadeyoulook.blogspot.com

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  35. I love love love this dress with the sweater over it! A pullover sweater over a dress is one of my favorite cool weather combinations, and I'm a little sad that I didn't get to use it too many times this winter!

    http://notyourgrandfathersbeautypageant.blogspot.com

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  36. Love this look, the colours work well together and the little button pattern is great, plus im sure i have a little mouse pin somewhere! Will have to go find it!
    Daisy Dayz

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  37. You're is sooo cute!!!

    http://www.afrenchinlosangeles.com/

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  38. i love your blog!!!!!
    i think it is BEAUTIFUL!!

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