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Get Dressed: Vintage Embroidery and Saddle Shoes

January 2, 2012

It’s time for another Project: Get Dressed post.  I have really been trying to stick to my self imposed rule of really getting dressed up more than just on Sunday’s.  I hope that this year I can be a little more consistent with that goal.  I might completely fail, but at least I started it off right.  This is what I wore to church yesterday.

PGD full length

Shirt, belt and skirt are vintage, and thrifted.  Mustard cardigan and nude fishnets are from Macy’s, shoes are Rachel Antonoff for Bass, purse from Wilson’s Leather (a gift from my sister ages ago) and my turquoise necklace was handmade in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

PGD shoes

It all started with the shoes.  My dad gave me these pink patent saddle shoes for Christmas.  They are so comfortable, and the inside is made of the softest leather.  They came with some pink laces, but I kind of love having satin ribbons.  It makes me feel fancy.  And they look as cute with skirts as with dark jeans.  See, a perfect shoe.  On Saturday we had a family New Years Eve waffle party at my house and I told Heidi that more important than remembering the Coconut Cream syrup and Lignonberry jam she needed to help me figure out what to wear with these shoes.  We tried a few combos from my closet before we settled on this one.  And I love it.  And I love these shoes and I love my dad for giving them to me and Heidi for helping me wear them without looking like a little girl.  (I sometimes wear them around the house just for fun.  Because I’m a dork like that.)

PGD shirt detail

I found this amazing embroidered shirt at a thrift store at the beginning of October, but yesterday was the first time I’ve worn it.  It needed a little tailoring to fit me well and Lynette did a wonderful job.  I think it was probably someones cast off exotic vacation souvenir.  They just don’t make stuff like this in America.  It’s all hand embroidered and absolutely perfect.   I should have taken a picture without my sweater, because the sleeves on this shirt are just as beautiful as the rest.  Next time.  And there will be a next time.  It is one of my favorite tops I own and because it has a little bit of every color in it it practically goes with everything.  Big pink embroidered flowers are a neutral!  Who knew?  Actually, as far as I am concerned pink is the greatest neutral ever.  It goes with everything, is never boring and always makes me smile.

PGD full length 2

You can’t see the pattern in the skirt too well, but it is an awesome blue and dark gray herringbone.  It fit me perfectly when I bought it, but thanks to limiting my cookie consumption the past few months I need to take it to Lynette and have her take it in at the waist.  That is the happiest reason in the world to have something altered!

Also, it is ridiculously warm outside.  The grass is still greenish.  I mean, this pic was in the shade, but still…. that grass is green.  And the fact that I am standing on green grass in January is ridiculous.  We spent some time at the park today and Creamie was having so much fun that she shed her jacket and her shoes… and it was warm enough to do it.  I swear it was 50 degrees.  I really need some snow.  And some good freezing temperatures.  And some cloudy moody days.  Dear Winter, if you don’t come this year and we go from late fall right into early spring I am breaking up with you.  I mean it.

Previous Project: Get Dressed posts Pink Plaid, Vintage Plaid and Leather, 10 year Reunion.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. chameleonic permalink
    January 2, 2012 4:57 pm

    how lovely! adore your embroidered top!

  2. Gina permalink
    January 2, 2012 6:39 pm

    Wow! What a great outfit! I also have these shoes that I bought deeply discounted online for $29.99 ( they were the last pair-lucky for me). I think I am going to wear mine with gold tights, a brown pencil skirt and an orangish cardi–similar to yours. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. January 2, 2012 7:58 pm

    very pretty skirt! great thrifted find 🙂

  4. January 2, 2012 9:08 pm

    Obviously I need to check out our thrift stores more. I LOVE those shoes!! You look fabulous; great outfit!

  5. January 2, 2012 9:27 pm

    Your Dad so rocks. And you’re adorable. I’m still waiting for the reasons I cannot wear a white t-shirt under anything anymore. Until I hear otherwise, I am breaking this fashion cardinal rule almost every day. Heidi?

    • January 2, 2012 10:55 pm

      Heidi is getting married in a little under three weeks and after that she will have time to worry about my much more important issues, like a guest post 🙂 So, until then wear those white shirts with pride!

  6. January 3, 2012 6:23 am

    Love that outfit. How cool! And you aren’t too dorky. My daughter will often either wear her pink stilletos or her leopard print high heels around the house with her bathrobe! Just because. As for winter, it has finally gotten cold here. I don’t know how long it will last because it was 63 on Christmas. This is the weirdest weather we are having.

  7. January 3, 2012 10:07 am

    So cute. Love how this turned out! 🙂


  8. January 3, 2012 11:39 pm


    Dang! Those shoes are cute! I clickety-clicked on over and almost chocked at the price tag. Unfortunately, those will not be added to my shoe collection. Mostly because they don’t have my size.

    Super cute outfit! Like super cute! What a fun project.

    xo -E

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