Sunday, 30 October 2011

Stylish Old Lady

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Dress: vintage//Belt: vintage//Shoes and Bag: Topshop//Cape: H&M

I bought this dress in France from the huge thrift warehouse Emmaus, for about €6. It's an awful length normally- too long for midi, not long enough for maxi, but due to the elasticated waistband (no doubt formerly accommodating an old woman's formidable bosom) I've managed to fold it underneath itself- easy altering, no sewing required. Anyway, the formidable old lady who no doubt owned this dress beforehand was clearly bang on trend with the lovely burgundy colour, and the collar detailing. Of course I snapped it up.

I've just got back from a huge meal with D's family.
My mum is home for a week so I hope to see a lot of her, in between all her social engagements and hospital appointments.

Nothing Halloween-ish going on here, to make up for it here are a couple of photos of D's brother's girlfriend's (phew) art exhibition, happening at 5 Fournier Street (near Brick Lane).

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74 comments:

  1. €6?? Jealous. Love the colour and the collar and the collages! So many excellent Cs. x

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  2. You always look so pretty, Rachel. Nothing going on here for hallowing either.
    Love the colour of the dress and the white bib.
    Mil besos.
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  3. Fab outfit and I'm loving your make up - gorgeous!

    www.gawgusthings.com
    @gawgusthings

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  4. This dress is amazing!! I love the colour and it's so flowy, beautiful
    xJennaD

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  5. Elasticated waistband = essential for a formidable bosom! Looks lovely and what a bargain as well.

    victoriasprocrastinationproject.blogspot.com

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  6. Love the dress, and how the kept the accessories simple ♥

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  7. Thank you for your lovely comments Rachel!! They always make me smile! I bleeding love your dress, the collar detail is lovely. I hope you and your mum have a lovely week together!! Lots of love xxx

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  8. oh wow I love that dress, the colour really suits you :) what a bargain as well! I love finding things like that cos you know you won't see anyone else wearing it :)
    I love your hair so much, seriously wish I could get mine long but it takes forever to grow and I always get bored with it!
    That art exhibition looks brilliant :)
    Take care, <3 Holz oxo

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  9. You look beautiful,lovely outfits.
    xx

    forevermissvanity.com

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  10. hope your meal was good. :) you always look fab rach, makes me sick with jealousy how you seem to thrift lovely items all the time. i'm not entirely sure liverpool's city centre is quite cut out for cheap vintagey shopping i'm afraid.

    xx

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  11. i love your dress! i find it so hard finding a vintage dress thats a good fit, and i loove the neckline detail!!
    xx

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  12. You look gorgeous! I love it, and love that you made it work for you. :)

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  13. Dress is beautiful! I love the collar - and that old folding under the elasticated waistband trick always works like a charm :)

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  14. You look stunning, this colour really suits you.
    Sophie
    x

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  15. LOVE the dress, great find! I recently came across a lovely lace lilac coloured dress in an antique barn for about $15.00. I love it, even though it is rather springy I am determined to make it work for winter. Happy Halloween dearest! Try to have some fun, even if it is just giving out candy like me :D

    xx

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  16. Lovely dress, lovely cape, lovely bag & I LOVE your shoes! :)
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  17. gutted that dress is vintage, I love it so much! x

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  18. Goodness, you are so gorgeous! <3 I love your red dress (the neck detail especially) and what a truly beautiful cape!

    x
    Lost in the Haze

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  19. gorgeous! i love the collar detail on the dress.

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  20. These photos are so beautiful, you are so elegant!
    The dress is very striking too and brings out your lovely lippie.
    xoxo
    Maria
    www.avenuemaria.blogspot.com

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  21. LOVE that dress, esp the collar. you are one good looking lady!

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  22. I need to get to France and go vintage shopping! This dress is gorgeous, really on trend right now and such a bargain. You look lovely in it too and your H&M cape is gorgeous, I had my eye on it for a while.
    Hope you have a lovely time with your mum. xx

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  23. Love the colour of the dress, great bargain!! xx

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  24. This whole outfit is just perfect! The dress is stunning - what an absolute bargain for 6 euros. I love your shoes too :)

    xo Samantha Grace

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  25. really loving the collar detail on this dress- glad you snapped it up seeing its potential! :)

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  26. 6 euros?! That's amazing, it's such a gorgeous dress! The art exhibition looks really interesting too x

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  27. What a find! That dress is lovely, thank goodness for a forgiving and generous elastic gathering! Hope you're getting to spend lots of quality time with your ma.

    Penny x

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  28. I love it, the colour & style is gorgeous. :)

    Glad you had a nice meal xx

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  29. Love a good thrift store score. Family wouldn't be family without a dose of dysfunction or drama. It gives us character. Hope you have a happy halloween night even if you're not doing anything special for it.

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  30. Love this dress, especially the neckline of it!

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  31. Love your dress, and how you styled it!
    Freesia

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  32. Great shoes!!!*

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  33. such a pretty dress - i absolutely love the vintagey vibe of this outfit!

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  34. Amazing dress I can't believe it was only 6 eurous it's truly lovely, vintage and french! Love the colour and the detail in the front :) Do you speak spanih? :)

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  35. Love whole this look! Especially I love the dress! :)
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  36. I'm so excited to be following your blog...you've got some chic and lovely style, lady! Stop by and say hello, I'd love to get acquainted.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  37. I did nothing interesting for halloween either, I just stayed in and watched tv. Quite dysfunctional qith regards to your boyfriend's parents and his mum's new man, but I guess that's families for you! I love the colour of your dress, burgandy suits you!

    Sarah
    xo

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  38. I love the last & your beautiful shoes. x hivenn

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  39. That dress is gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous, and you can say "it's French vintage," which gets instant brownie points, right? : )

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  40. beautiful collar and beautiful coloured dress! x

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  41. Ohh that dress is so cute! You're such a babe. Ah ha i love dresses with secret mega elastic waistbands! Makes for easy altering.

    I hope your mum is ok! xx

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  42. I have the same shoes ^^ i love the cape btw !

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  43. So jealous - that is a very pretty red dress, Rachel. Have fun times with your mum, love mum and daughter days! x

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  44. What a gorgeous dress, and I love your shoes. I am also embarrassed that I sniggered at 'formidable bosom'.xxx

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  45. this dress is super cute! also love the cape :) very cute header as well :) xoxo, saskia
    http://www.lovemins.com

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  46. I love what you did with this dress, it looks great! Yes I did get your package thank you very much I love it! I will be doing a post on it as soon as possible too xxx

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  47. Cute vintage dress. Hi! I am new to your blog. Loved it! Have a Cupcake week;) http://gonchagoncha.blogspot.com/

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  48. I love your dress, and the cape too! Lovely outfit :) xx

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  49. I want to meet this old lady and raid her wardrobe!
    xx

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  50. Old lady? You mean young lady! You look so stylish and charming! The red colour of the dress is wonderful.

    xx,

    Sam

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  51. The color of the dress is gorge on you and that cape is bitchin' ! x

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  52. More like "gorgeous lady in red". :) What a great find! The collar and colour are sooo perfect.

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  53. that is such pretty dress, and i think i've said it before but this colour really really suits you
    WEMAKEPLANS

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  54. That dress is gorgeous, and what a bargain! The colour really suits you and something about it with those shoes really screams Peter Pan (in a good way!) - love it. x

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  55. Very stylish! Have fun with your mom.
    It's strange that they still live under the same roof! It's almost inspiring to know that people still get along after hurting each other.



    LOVE!

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  57. Red is such a lovely color on you! The detailing truly makes this outfit so special. And your jacket...swoon. Such the perfect color for the Fall.

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  58. Love the dress, what a bargain!

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  59. i was pretty much going to say what jen said! But add that thats awesome the alteration was such a quick fix :) xx

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  60. i'm loving that red dress!
    it looks lovely on you! what a great find!!
    :)

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  61. Love how you've synched in the dress with a belt.
    L x

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  62. (Wow, I'm loving that cap lock comment :P those are my fave.)
    And that dress is an actual find! Amazing! It look so on trend!

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  63. Wow that dress is such as find! I love dysfunctional families they make life more interesting x x

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  65. I love your dress! I would never have thought to fold it under.

    Laura
    whitewinters.blogspot.com

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  66. seriously it's such a lovely dress, the color, the details and all, one lucky lady :)

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  67. What a beautiful dress! Love it :)

    Angela
    http://angeladissected.blogspot.com/

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