Sunday, November 17, 2013

The Sunday Snag – A Garden's Last Light

My 1940s Garden Party #1940s #fashion #vintage #style

I am tremendously lucky to be living in such a temperate area of the country. It is November and we still actually have a few flowers clinging to their last mildly warm days. We have had the temps dip a few times overnight, but daytime temps are still in the 50s which is wonderful. I don't do well in the cold. My body just doesn't quite function as it should once it falls below the 50 degree mark. Which is why I'm lucky to live here!

My Vintage Stroll #vintage #dress #1940s #style

These photos were taken on one of the last truly lovely days in early November. I didn't even need a jacket! The hubs and I wanted to get out and enjoy the remaining warmth, so we headed to a beautiful garden in a neighboring town to walk, snap some pics, and see which plants were holding steady against the coming cold. 

This dress was ideal for just such an outing! It is a heavier woven fabric (almost knit weight) in a dark blue with teeny tiny red dots throughout. This dress is coooomfy too. Soft and easy to wear with an easy tailored quality to it (structure is there, but not constrictive structure). It is a 1940s piece that I picked up in June from 1919Vintage during a summer sale. I knew this would be perfect for fall and the dress didn't need a lick of alterations when it came. Bonus! It has its original belt! 

Wearing Vintage Today #vintage #fashion #styling

Vintage Hat Detail #vintage #hat #1950s #1960s

My hat was a coincidental purchase just one day later. I was attending a dance event in Cleveland at this time (All Balboa Weekend). I had been browsing Etsy during a break in the schedule at night and bought the dress. The next day, one of the vendors for the dance event, Flower Child Vintage, had this hat at their booth. It was perfect for the dress I had just purchased! What wonderful timing! This hat is so much fun! It is a 1950s/60s straw with red velvet edging, thin red veiling and the cutest velvet star shaped flowers across the top. This isn't a tilt hat but I tilted it anyway (I can't help myself).

My 1940s Garden Stroll #40s #fashion #vintage #style

I stuck with classic accessories including nude seamed stockings and my 1930s/40s reproduction oxfords. Those shoes are stable you guys! I don't tend to want to do a lot of walking in heels, but these puppies are comfy and wide heeled, making them a safe park/garden walking shoe. My sole piece of jewelry is a ring coming soon to my shop. It is so sweet. It is an antique button with a couple of young lovers sitting on a fence under an umbrella. Many items have been "coming soon to shop" because I've been soooo busy with local craft fairs and events that these beauties are ready, but just haven't been photographed yet. If you ever see something you love but can't find it in my shop, just write me. I probably have it and can give you the info, price, etc. Don't hesitate to ask.

Vintage Detailing #vintage #fashion #detail #1940s #1950s #antique

1940s Stroll in the Park #vintage #clothing #40s #dress

Photoshoot Notes: Unusual experience during this one. We were taking photos and there were hardly any people in the garden (it had been raining off and on). However, a young man approached us and said that he was doing a photo documentary of things that happen in the garden for a school project. He wanted to know if he could take photos of us taking photos. Unusual, but sure! I must admit, it was really weird to have my husband taking my photo and this boy in the background taking both our photos!

My Vintage Garden Party #1940s #garden #party #fashion

Outfit Details
Dress: 1940s from 1919Vintage
Hat: 1950s/60s Straw & Velvet from Flower Child Vintage
Shoes: Gramercy from ReMix Vintage Shoes
Ring: Antique Lovers, coming soon to my shop ChatterBlossom

1950s Hat Detail #vintage #hat #1950s #1960s #accessory


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33 comments:

  1. My goodness this outfit is super cute. Navy and red are perfect together - and such a classic combo as well! I love the "tilted" hat too - don't worry I'm guilty of tilting a non-tilt hat anyway :p I love that hat, really! The flowers are just too cute and indeed the perfect topper for your dress. Perfection - this really brings a smile to my face!

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    1. So glad to hear to tilt anyway too!! ;-)

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  2. What a lovely outfit! And the hat is just so cute! navy blue and red will never bore as a color combo. So classic and stylish

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  3. The hat is so cute!

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  4. That hat is the cutest! And I bet it was really weird to be photographed by your husband and the guy doing the project.

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  5. Ooh, this outfit is on point. You look amazing!

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  6. Another winner! You've got a great eye for styling!

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  7. Wow..love your dress :)

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  8. Your dress looks beautiful but that hat is just amazing. I love it tilted! You look lovely. Enjoy the nice weather!

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  9. Another magazine perfect shoot.

    The hat really makes it.

    I envy your weather. I know winter is coming and although it's not here yet it is depressing just knowing it is around the corner.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  10. I LOVE that hat!! it reminds me almost of a proper Fascinator. and the dress is lovely, gorgeous colour set off perfectly by the touch of red.

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  11. Such a pretty ensemble! I adore navy and red together and your hat coupled with the red buttons on the dress is adorable.

    xo

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  12. How charming! I love the hat :)

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  13. Amazing and that little hat is divine. I'm with you about the cold New York always has me shivering I'd much rather reside in warmer climes
    Kate

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  14. Stunning dress, love the fit of it on you :) I wish it was warmer here for me. Have a great week x

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  15. such a classic outfit, you look gorgeous, especially with the extra touch of your nude seamed stockings. and of course that hat is adorable! i love the velvet touches, what a find!

    little henry lee

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  16. I love all the little red buttons! And I wish I lived in a warmer climate! I do not handle cold well but it gets very cold here for many months! I'm still hoping to move to a warmer place one of these days....

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  17. Lovely dress! Navy and red, aperfect match!!!

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  18. Wonderful color combination and I'm sure all those grand buttons attracted you to this dress:) I love it when I see buttons used as decorations on dresses. Your camera takes some fabulous pictures!

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  19. It is gorgeous, actually they are gorgeos. I like the dress, the hat, and the shoes!
    I don't do well in the winter either, but we've moved up north, and it's definitely coming. :)

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  20. It's the hat, it's almost like a toy yet so perfect for this dress. The red buttons are decorative and graphic. I love that you paired it with light colored oxfords. Amazing pictures!

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    1. It is like a toy! Ha! What a great way to look at it! As soon as I read that, I was like "yeah, that is a spot on description!".

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  21. Ha! I begins to seem a bit Escher- people taking pictures of people taking pictures of people.

    You look fabulous in this- everything just comes together so perfectly. It is like you walked out of that decade but also not because it doesn't seem like a costume. You and your clothes all seem very natural and lived in and alive.

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    1. Thank you for that Kristian! Looking natural and lived in and alive is exactly how I would want to be and I'm so glad you think so and took the time to let me know. :-)

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  22. Splendidly beautiful red and navy blue ensemble! You really look smashing, dear Jamie - and that, ohhhh, let's just say my vintage chapeau loving heart skipped a few beats! :)

    ♥ Jessica

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  23. great dress! loving your vintage style!

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  24. I love this outfit! I have such a soft spot for navy, red and white. Your hat is adorable.

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  25. A huge thank you to all of you lovely commenters! I really do love reading all of your nice words and getting a glimpse of what you see when you view my posts. You are all so generous to take the time to chat with me!!

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  26. That would have felt odd. Someone photographing me being photograph! I can totally relate.
    Your dress is beautiful, you look like a vintage ad coming to life.

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