Tuesday, April 7, 2015

༺ The Dress & The Kirk Yard ༻

The Dress from the Sisterhood of the Vintage Dress visits Australia | Lavender & Twill

Authentic 1940's vintage fashions and style | Lavender & Twill

BAIT Footwear Harrow Oxfords have a lovely 1940s look | Lavender & Twill

All you need is some red lipstick and a great purse | Lavender & Twill

A complete 1940s look from head to toe | Lavender & Twill

A polished 1940s make up look with a neat curled updo | Lavender & Twill

There’s a story behind every piece of vintage that finds its way into our lives, but today I wore a vintage dress that is creating it’s own tale ~ an memoir of adventure around the world as it is donned by vintage loving ladies of many different nationalities.

I am delighted to present to you ‘The Dress’ from the Sisterhood of the Vintage Dress

Words cannot express how spectacular The Dress is. As soon as I slipped it on, its silky fabric settled on my frame, and I felt like it was made for me. The skirt swirls around you with a delicious satin swing, and the button detail on the bodice front works beautifully in conjunction with the dusty rose, goldenrod, and buttercup abstract floral print.

I paired it with pale pink accessories in shades of peach and cotton candy, and picked out my favourite wicker purse with woven pastel ribbons on the front to finish off my ensemble. We were ready for our own small part in this grand adventure!  ( ^ _ ^)∠☆

I decided to take The Dress out on a road trip along an old, half forgotten highway to visit an equally old, but not forgotten Anglican church ~ St Paul’s.

The grounds to this charming building are immaculately kept, and the ancient oak trees that tower aloft keep watch over the little sanctuary that is hidden away. I am reminded of the churches all over the world that I visited on my very own once-in-a-lifetime adventure ~ a trip to Europe with my sister.

We often laugh over the memories of how we would be wandering around these magnificent and stately European cities that were a million worlds apart from where we had spent our lives growing up ~ cities with amazing sights and a thousand different places to explore, yet we’d most likely end up hanging out in some rare, venerable graveyard, or in the grounds of a silent, peaceful kirk {which is Scots Gaelic for church}. 

I like to think that I’m passing on a tradition of my travels by visiting St Paul’s, because now The Dress has it’s own story of hanging out in a churchyard! ✿ ♡ ✿

Afterwards The Dress made an appearance at a local cafe for sushi, tea and a date with the Mister, then it was found nursing a seven week old baby girl, and then who knows ~ because The Dress will be off on the next leg of it’s adventure around the world!



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Candy Bow Ring Hat | eBay
The Dress | Joanna of Dividing Vintage Moments
Peach Ric-rac Rose Brooch & Earring Set | Me Made, tutorial here
Golden Gate Belt | eBay
Pink Bloom Vintage Gloves | Love Vintage Fair, 2011
Rainbow Be-Ribboned Handbag | Forever New, 2012
Harrow Oxford in Nude | B.A.I.T. Footwear, No longer available

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  1. What a pretty look, the dress looks great on you! I am amazed at how different it looks when on different people and styled different ways, I didn't recognise it at first! x

  2. Beautiful!! I'm loving this series by all the different ladies - but I think wow wow you've done really really well! I love your styling here - pairing it with pale pink is just stunning and I am in love with your hair and makeup here!!

  3. That dress looks like it was made for you! It fits perfectly with the setting you chose for these photos, too. I can only imagine how difficult it will be to part from this glorious garment, although it must be fun to be part of its adventure, too.

  4. Me too ~ the different styling of the dress have all been so unique and I think that's a great reflection on just how personal this whole fashion thing is! You *can* really show who you are through your style. :D

  5. Thank you so much Nora! Your comment has totally put the biggest smile on my face! :DDD I tried really hard do justice to the dress with my outfit co-ordination, and I'm so pleased with how it turned out, but I'm also so happy you like it too!

    Pale pink is one of my most favorite colors, and I am chuffed about being able to pull it in with this dress. Ugh, this dress is sooo fabulous! xoxox

  6. *cries* Seriously Katie, you've hit the crux of the problem! I am absolutely smitten with The Dress and I am going to be so sad to see it go. I never thought I'd find a garment that just suits me so well! It really is like magic!

    *le sigh* Oh well. I'll pass it on and just hope that it is as appreciated on the way around as it is with me. I'm so glad I did this though, because "'tis better to have loved and lost, than to never love at all".... (>_<)

  7. You look STUNNING. This dress is so perfect for you and I love every photo :) I think it's extra lovely that your little baby had her part in the dress story too.

  8. Very beautiful! You've accessorised it perfectly and your location is stunning too. Adore these photos - shame you can't keep the dress!! CC x

  9. One of your best shoots yet! Stunning location, perfect hair, divine shoes, and no way do you look like you just gave birth a little while ago. :)

  10. That's so wonderful! The dress looks amazing on you! I really love how you've styled it - the belt does a great job defining your waist, and the hat, purse, and gloves are so sweetly vintage. You look absolutely gorgeous.

  11. Yes, I wanted to get some extra photos of The Dress's adventures but then I sort of forgot... :P

  12. I know right?? If there was anyway... I so would! I adore it!!

  13. Aw, thank you Charlotte ~ I really appreciate your sweet comment. It made me so happy! :)))

  14. Thank you Hannah! It's definitely my number one favorite photo series, I am just was so happy with how it all worked out! ♡

  15. Thank you so much Jessica, I really did have a great time in The Dress for this shoot. It's so fun doing head-to-toe authentic looks when I get the chance!

  16. What absolutely eloquent ode to this most beautiful and well traveled dress. It looks radiantly gorgeous on you, dear Bonita.

    ♥ Jessica

  17. Thank you Jessica, it certainly is a beautiful dress! xx

  18. You look so lovely Bonita! That dress seems like it was made for you.

  19. I love how you've styled the dress and it fits you so well!

  20. The church is a great back drop for the dress, the colours are really complimentary. I like how you have styled your outfit, it looks fabulous.

  21. Thank you Kate-Em. I struck it a bit lucky with the church backdrop; I knew it'd be picturesque, but I hadn't realize how beautifully the colors would co-ordinate!

  22. I love the way you styled it! your hat and bag are just beautiful! I just received the dress myself so im doing a quick review to make sure i keep in theme - though with a 60s/70s edge thrown it :)

  23. Hi! I'm catching up the travels of the dress, and just found your post. I LOVE how you styled the dress! That pale pink looks lovely. It was hard for me to let go of the dress also, but it is so exciting seeing all the different looks and sharing in this adventure!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  24. Looking forwards to seeing how you choose to style the dress Catherine ~ it's been so fun to see everyone's different takes! :)

  25. I was so sad when I had to pass it on, but I'm glad that you've enjoyed it just as much. It really is fabulous how we all get a chance to wear the same dress!



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