Thursday, December 6, 2012

Thursday Thrill - Early Winter Outing

photo of the woods in late fall in the upper peninsula
Photo by Lina Blair Photography
I don't know about you, but the late fall and early winter days call me outside. The air is crisper, dying, but still wide awake. The sun is in a perpetual glow casting position and all the plants that remain are soaking up what they can of its shortening rays. Blankets of leaves crunch beneath my feet and I feel my own presence in the space with each step I rustle and disturb. It isn't so cold to be uncomfortable and honestly, here in North Carolina, the temperature hovers in the 50's for most of December. That creates the perfect chance to have a leisurely walk and observe the forests and typically green spaces around me. 

1940s crochet knit dress with metallic thread and decorative metal buttons in beigeBecause you don't need to be too bundled up to leave the house in this mild climate, I would slip on a knit that is comfy, cozy, and breathable. This lovely 1940's knit dress in beige would do just the trick. Longer sleeve, warm, but not hot, loose skirt and open neckline so that you don't get too claustrophobic (I always feel like I'm being strangled with closed necklines, especially when I get warm). This vintage knitwear has beautiful little details including pointelle stripes, gold metallic thread woven throughout, and swirly decorative buttons. This little beauty is right here in Raleigh, NC with me too! Super tempting ya'll! I'm actually featuring two local vintage dealers today and the second is coming up shortly. This lovely piece comes from Raleigh Vintage. I've actually met the owners (at a local dance event) and they are lovely people and were so helpful with my innumerable questions. 

cream and gold knit dress vintage with decorative metal buttonsIf we took a hike (however leisurely) we would want a pair of boots that could transition well and still look pretty with a dress. These black and brown vintage Italian leather riding boots (whew! that is a mouthful) are exactly what I would love to have in my own closet for just such an occasion. They are durable, versatile (double color), and quite pretty. I always find it hard to locate boots because they either seem too clunky, too feminine, or too "country". Not that those are bad, but I just prefer a pair that easily goes with my whole wardrobe. These look so soft too! With just the right amount of heel to look casual, chic, and stable (those romantic woodland paths don't walk themselves, people!).
Italian leather riding boots for women in chocolate brown and blackNow let's just say that you aren't quite as fortunate as I and it is a bit nippier in your part of the world at the beginning of December. Well, in that case, you will need a warm coat and hat!  Don't change that dress though. No reason you should overheat by putting on too many layers. Maybe just pull on a pair of lace patterned leggings to keep the pegs warm and let the outwear do its business. 
I came upon the most delightful coat and hat while browsing the vast vintage findings on Etsy. 

1960's Breton style women's hat with brown beaver fur and upturned brimThis hat is a vintage Christian Dior and is currently being sold by my second North Carolina vintage dealer showcased today, Poppycock Vintage. NC for the win! This particular seller deals ONLY in vintage hats, people!! If you were wanting a great little chapeau and didn't know where to go, here is the mother load, my lovelies. You. are. welcome. 
vintage fur hat for women from Christian DiorThe specific hat that I choose to top the beautiful woman of my imagination on today's thrill is a 1960's Breton style creation with an upturned brim and beaver fur in a dark nutmeg brown. The model for this shop has the best job ever! She is perfect for it though with her pretty face shape and rusty curls, so I guess I'll let her keep it. 

Now for the toasty portion of this thrill, let me introduce one of the prettier coats I've seen. This is a Polish made piece from the 1960's or 1970's and is made with genuine shearling sheepskin in a rich chocolate brown. I love neutrals so much because they allow details like the ones on this coat to stand out easily. Embroidered detailing is one of the my loves. I like running my fingertips over the stitches and feeling like I stepped out of a Hansel and Gretel storybook. 

I hope you all enjoyed taking an early winter outing with me!


brown sheepskin genuine shearling coat from 1960s with embroidered flowers

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130 comments:

  1. Incredible! Love this dress and coat! Its truly vintage!!! Dress is like from movie about Coco Chanel!

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  2. Very nice post and pics. Great job. Have a nice day.

    http://www.fashiondenis.com/

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  3. love this! especially the boots..

    x robin
    http://kissokill.net/

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  4. Love the boots, they look comfortable and warm ^^ xx

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    1. And would match so many outfits with the double color!

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  5. That coat is gorgeous.

    I am so jealous of your weather.

    Bisous
    Suzanne

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  6. I love the dress from Raleigh Vintage. Seems warm and comfy.

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  7. Thank you for the love;y walk! The coat is AMAZING! Love it!

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    1. You're welcome friend! That coat would be the best thing in my closet if I owned it. I would be pulling this thing out in the summer, just to walk around my house in it! ;-)

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  8. i can see the lovely blue sky and white clouds on the first photo ;-)



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  9. you make me want to look pretty and go for a walk!!

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    1. Good! We should both do that! My legs need stretching this morning. ;-)

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  10. i love how descriptive your writing is, and the outfit you picked out is perfect for fall! i love those boots!

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  11. Thanks Jaime! How great are these photos???? Such great fall colors :)

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  12. I love that coat, it's absolutely gorgeous!!

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  13. what a beautiful vintage dress!!! :) gorgeous!

    Meghan
    citrusrefreshingfashion.blogspot.com

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  14. Thank you so much for your comment! I looove the dress: so beautiful! :)

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  15. Ahhh, a late fall walk sounds about perfect!

    I particularly LOVE that vintage knit piece--I'm such a sucker for anything knit/crochet :)

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    1. I think you may be biased there girly! ;-)

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  16. love these pieces! you have flawless taste as always! your blog is too darling!! also, we are hosting a great giveaway over on our blog today..come enter! xo chaseandem.blogspot.com

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  17. Beautiful pieces! Absolutely adore the dress and boots! And those photos of nature are just gorgeous! x

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    1. Yep, that dress and boot combo is a big crush of mine.

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  18. You have the best eye I have seen for vintage clothing! I want to be just like you ~ Amazing ensemble.

    Lanaya
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  19. Vintage hats!!! I just found my new favourite store. Woohoo! The coat makes me smile, so many great memories. I grew up wearing and seeing similar pieces, I guess maybe it's because I'm from Poland....
    xo
    girlintheyellowdress.com

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    1. Polish made, so probably huh? I love it!
      Glad to introduce to that hat shop. It is so fun!

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  20. I love the vintage dress and coat ^^

    Caroline
    http://missoline.blogspot.com

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  21. I love the black & brown vintage riding boots!!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  22. Oh neat, we're neighbors! I'm just outside of Charlotte and you're right, it's the perfect time of year for a nice walk in beautiful clothes!

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    1. Very cool! Nice to meet another Carolinian!

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  23. What a cute little dress! Before I scrolled down I was thinking that dress would look great with a pair of boots--then I saw the boots lol. Great minds huh?

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  24. Wow, amazing dress and boots.
    Lona
    http://twig-in-pink.blogspot.ca

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  25. All the pictures are amazing and the coat so lovely! :D


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  26. Bonitas fotos, el abrigo es precioso. Besos

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  27. I think all this is pretty amazing

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  28. This post was spectacular!I enjoyed especially the words you chose to describe an autumn outing, conjuring up vivid sensations. I love those boots, which I spotted online at the beginning on the season.They look so soft!kisses!Coco

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  29. The dress is so cute! Very nice for fall days ;-)!!

    Following you!!

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  30. Wow love this photos, nice coat...Following you!! Hope you following me too :) xo!

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  31. That hat is gorgeous!!! <3

    XxX
    http://fabulousstylews.blogspot.com

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  32. Beautiful dress and coat!!! Its wonderful to find such pretty items nowadays!

    beautyofheworld.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, they are becoming more and more rare.

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  33. The dress is amazing!!! As is the coat, hat and beautiful photos. :)

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  34. such pretty pictures, love the dress and coat!!

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  35. omgosh the vintage knit dress is soo so pretty!! i love it! i adore the buttons too!

    hahaha you said that my latest post was the cooler you've seen in awhile.. do you mean in the entire blogsphere or just on my page?? HAHAHA.

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    1. In the whole of the blogosphere lady!!! That restaurant alone is completely worth a whole post!!

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  36. Love the entire ensemble but I'd love to have that dress and the boots and a plane ticket to somewhere that I could wear this!

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    1. haaha! sorry Jayne. If you get the outfit, you can come visit me. ;-)

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  37. Love the look you put together :) Vintage finds are such treasures, and the hat definitely looks like it has been around for quite a while, what a find!
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  38. Great pics.
    Lovin' the blog. Would u like to follow each other ?

    xoxo

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  39. Hi Jamie! New follower here through the blog hop :)) Hope you'll stop by and say hi!

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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  40. Such beautiful pieces! I adore that fantastic coat and you know I love the hat! I am in vintage heaven!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  41. Wow gorgeou pictures. I've been really embracing the cooler weather this year! Besides, i think 'cold weather' outfits are so much cuter anyway! xoxo

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    1. I am right in the middle with that. I love little dresses, so I prefer the weather where I can wear both seasons clothing (65 degrees please). ;-)

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  42. I'm not a huge fan of the colder weather, but having a fabulous coat to wear is a small consolation.
    Chic on the Cheap

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  43. oh I love that sweater dress. "the air is crisper, dying, but still wide awake"-- I could swim through your poetry and eat it all up. love.

    Thank you so very much for joining us for An Aloha Affair last week. How sweet it was to end the month together.

    Our beautiful December team has gathered and we are so excited to invite you to join us for... An Aloha Affair. Come mingle and grow with us, you are always welcome. Always.

    Cheers,
    Nicole
    localsugarhawaii.com

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    1. You are too nice Nicole! I'm glad you liked that line. Makes my heart happy.

      Thank you for the invite too, headed there now!

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  44. this is so beautiful! I'm not into cold by heart but as I often get to stay in cold I totally love it.
    very cool finds and blog in general.
    I'm your newest follower as you provide truely unique content

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog
    P.S. I'm hosting a glasses giveaway on my blog here check it out!

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  45. Wow those photos are so lovely!! I love the bokeh and the colors. Utterly beautiful!

    Thanks again for linking up to last week's aloha friday blog hop. Can you believe a whole week has passed (almost) but we're hopping again! Come visit our Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you will!! It's a great and easy way to get followers to your lovely blog/website or to your Twitter/Facebook, etc...
    Link up your website and pages too! Aloha Friday Blog Hop {HERE}

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them! They really are lovely!

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  46. Love the off white dress! beautiful!

    Would you like to follow each other? Come and see my blog, and leave a massage if you want.
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  47. Thank you for joining the link up party! I need those boots in my life.

    Have a great weekend!

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    1. They are still up for grabs lady, get yourself over there! ;-)

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  48. Lovely photos and styling. Have a great week!

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  49. I love the sweater dress and the coat! Dressing up in the winter is so much fun-so many different little things to consider!

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    Sophisticated Lace

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    1. Love it! You get to add so many new layers!

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  50. I love everything you've featured here, especially the boots! I wish it were colder here so I could wear something like this <3

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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    1. Me too. It is still just a bit too balmy for the coat and hat here. But I could definitely do the dress and boots!

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  51. Those boots are amazing! I was born & raised in Raleigh so I love discovering local shops/stores there. Thanks for featuring them! Also checked out your etsy - gorgeous pieces! :) Found you via the Aloha Friday Blog hop!
    xoxo,
    Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

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    1. How cool that you were born and raised here! Happy to "meet" you lady! And thank you for your sweet compliment on my shop too. So nice of you! ;-)

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  52. I constantly have so many of Poppycock Vintage's gorgeous hats "hearted" on etsy, and just love that you included one of her stunning yesteryear toppers in this terrific post.

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I'm the same way. I feel like I could really just "heart" her whole shop. She has quite the collection on her hands!

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  53. Wow. I Love it! You have so so great blog! <3

    Would You like to follow each other? :)
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  54. Hey! Stopping by from "What Jean Likes" blog hop...glad I found your blog, now following you! :)

    Lolalucy09.blogspot.com

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  55. Oh how much I LOVE this outfit!!! :) I wear things like this all the time...and usually look very out of place in this world of ours, but I really don't care. They are beautiful and elegant and I love it!!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

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    1. This world of ours needs more people like you then! ;-)

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  56. These pictures looked so beautiful that I almost wanted to go out for a walk in the woods. Then I looked out the window at our dreary grey sky, remembered it's -1 celsius and decided to stay inside. I'll just live vicariously through your lovely post :)

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    1. Aww, too bad eh? I'm glad you can at least take my hand for an imaginary one! I would love to have you join me. ;-)

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