Hey everyone! I'm a little behind on this week's post--with the weather lately, early mornings have gotten a little harder. I'm definitely ready to fall back this weekend, though mornings will start getting dark soon, regardless.
In any case, I wanted to take advantage of the fall weather with a fall-themed outfit, and I had the perfect occasion this past weekend--tickets to Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty. It's subtitled, "A Gothic Romance," and with vampire fairies and a tattooed rival suitor, Bourne didn't take his inspiration lightly. It was beautiful, if odd, and I was happy to see both the ballet and the Q&A afterwards with the director. I've moderated my fair share of talkbacks, and I've never in my life seen an artist just walk on stage, take a seat, and start taking questions, sans moderator. It was refreshingly unpretentious.
So, since I knew the ballet is an occasion for dressing up, I was really happy for the chance to wear my new dress! I got this dress at, if not a steal, then close to a steal, because when I bought it, it had a number of pink blotches across the neck, and some on the belt. I had a Shout wipe with me, so as I browsed, I furiously rubbed it in to see if the stain might lift. It brightened a little, so I decided to go ahead and take a chance, and after a few OxiClean baths, I think I'm pretty close to winning the day. If I'd thought ahead, I'd've taken a couple photos for a Before and After, but I was so anxious to see if I'd made a bad investment, I threw it into the tub as soon as I got home.
|See? Only a little pink, on the bottom right of the photo, and a little out of sight on the top right.|
So, now that it's wearable, I was able to create an outfit that mirrored the changing leaves, or what I hope will soon be the changing leaves. Global warming, am I right?
I paired the dress with one of my favorite hats and elbow-length gloves, and with what you'll all soon realize is my ever-present purse and, for the moment, ever-present trench coat. I really love the golden colors in the leaves, and look, it even matches my orange petticoat! Nothing matches my orange petticoat!
I will say, this shoot's taught me I really need to work on different poses, and hopefully eek out a little more time with my
sister photographer to get lighting and angles right-- I'm a little embarrassed at how similar all of my photos have been! Front shot, head shot, detail shot, done. Whoops.
|But hey, it's a hat worth getting a close-up of, right?|
|A little more detail on the hat itself...|
I also love these shoes, which are 1940s pumps I've had resoled at my cobbler's. The construction is a lot different than modern shoes-- I'm forced to put more weight on the ball of my foot, rather than the heel. I wonder if that's common with vintage shoes, or whether it's an idiosyncrasy of this particular pair?
Dress: Avenue Antiques, Baltimore
Hat: Antique fair in Livingston, TX
Gloves: Antique fair in Fayetteville, PA
Crinoline: Vintage store in Baltimore (I forget!)
Shoes: Etsy seller To Be Determined
Purse: Michael Kors
Trenchcoat: Banana Republic