October 22, 2013

Walking around town in my birthday suit



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Outfit details

1950s taupe umbrella: etsy seller Theresa's Tresures, Etc.
1950s cream lace platter hat: eBay
Golden brown hair net: eBay
Faux pearl stud earrings: Claire's
Pearl necklace: Birthday gift from Tony ♥
1950s coral skirt suit: etsy seller
Mystery Mister
Gold toned and faux pearl antique inspired brooch: eBay
1940s/50s saffron yellow gloves: gloves
Mid-century vintage embroidered handbag: etsy seller
Kitty Adventures
Nude on nude seamed stockings: eBay
Brown round toe pumps:
Pipsqueaks and Damsel's Consignment Store
Lip colour: Clinique Raspberry Glace


Photography by
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Not literally of course - though I'm sure that might be worthy of mention unto itself, if it did happen! No, the kind of birthday suit I'm talking about was, quite literally, a suit that I received as a birthday present this year. My wonderful mom and step-dad very sweetly allot a certain amount for my birthday each year and then, if I so desire, leave it up to me to pick what I want.

This year, as my birthday rolled into sight, my thoughts were (despite, or perhaps because of the warm weather - off season shopping often lands one better deals!) planted squarely on vintage suits. Of which, previously, I owned at the time, just two.

A large part of the reason for this is that, I find, vintage suits rarely fit me well. They'll be too big, too small, too long, too bulky (for my petite frame), or any combination of those things in the same suit. Alterations done by skilled seamstress or tailor can certainly help of course, but some fit issues (especially if a garment is lined) can be trickier to remedy with suits than, say, a dress or pair of pants, and can also set you back a few clams. Ideally one always wants to aim to find garments that fit as well as possibly from the get-go, and that was not something I'd experienced over the years.

A very dear online friend and I had been discussing suits throughout much of the winter and spring, and as the year progressed, I knew that it was high time I did something about the shortage of suits in my closet. Though one might luck out and find a great bargain from time-to-time, typically a good vintage suit is a wardrobe investment item, and something that you'll want to try and make sure, at least on paper, sounds like it should fit you well.

I'd been scouring etsy and eBay quite extensively for suits for a few weeks when I hit upon the coral gem you see here. It was love at first sight. I forgot about all the other suits (and there had been hundreds) that I'd seen in previous weeks. This was the one. Reasonably priced as it was, its price tag did still make it an investment and a splurge, so I very happily opted to select it as my birthday present from my parents this year.

I waited excitedly for it to wing its way through the mail up here to Canada, and couldn't throw open the box quickly enough when it did. Other than being a tad darker coloured than I'd thought (the seller's photos were a tiny bit overexposed), it was precisely as pictured, and much to my immense delight, fit like a glove. Better than a glove, I'd say, it fit as though it had been tailor made for me - a rarity indeed, no matter the garment.

This suit is a dream. It's warm (really warm!), expertly constructed, in terrific shape, and a seriously gorgeous colour, to boot. I love the nubby, classic tweed; the glistening gold sparkle filled buttons, the shape of the lapel, where the jacket hits, the skirt length, every last, magnificent detail. This is one of the pieces that a person holds onto for a lifetime and treasures dearly, wearing it a thousand times, in an ever-so-slightly different way nearly each, throughout the rest of their days.

To model it, on a day that was both warm and rainy, we took these shots on a wee bridge in downtown Penticton. The location wasn't planned. We didn't know that there would be nearly matching flowers peppering the background, it was merely a wonderfully well (colour) coordinated moment of happenstance.

There are saffron hued threads in this tweed, so I used them as the jumping off point for my glove colour choice, as well as my gold hued brooch and vintage embroidered handbag (which was very, very kindly given to me as a gift by fellow blogger Carolynn Markey, from her lovely etsy vintage shop, Kitty Adventures, and which had once belonged to her dear grandmother; Carolynn also has another etsy shop in which she sells her delightful handmade wares called Moon of Silver, that's well worth checking out, too).

A suit like this, in such a vivid colour, is the star of the show for sure, but that doesn't mean it can't be accessorized with classic pieces such a pearl jewelry, a 1950s umbrella and lace platter hat, and my beloved brown round toe pumps. It was plenty toasty out that day, so there was no need for a blouse, sweater, or scarf underneath, just a vintage lace trimmed full slip and a pair of classic nude seamed stockings.

I love this gorgeous vintage suit to no end. It's one of the best birthday presents I've ever received and helped fill a nagging gap in my wardrobe big time. Almost unbelievably, it's actually the second suit I received as a present this year. The other though, my dears, will just have to wait for a post unto itself another day. :)




116 comments:

  1. You look wonderful, Jess!!!!! This suit fits you like a dream, and is such a lovely bright colour - and I really like the little flecks of blue when you see it close-up. The hat is the cherry on the cake, and I can't help but think it looks like a halo above angelic Jessica's pretty face! :)

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    1. What an awesomely lovely compliment, honey, thank you so much! I will be smiling to myself and feel warmed all day because of it.

      ♥ Jessica

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  2. It certainly does look like it was made for you! What a find! :D

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  3. wonderful as always, it just does my heart good to see you, pretty as a picture and the hat and bag to die for. Having spent the morning wrestling with Etsy so to speak, I was just about to turn off when I spied your post, and it did wonders for revitalising me, but I'm off to sew now with my mind full of suits, but I've some berets to finish and I haven't forgotten your hat, huge hugs ally x x

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    1. Sweet Alison, I am truly happy to know that this post helped perked up your day (I'm really sorry that etsy has been driving you around the bend today; I've only ever bought there - much to my wallet's chagrin, no doubt :D - so I can't offer too much firsthand knowledge on the back end side of things, I've afraid). Every blog comment from you lately as been doing precisely the same thing for me as well.

      I'm so very touched (and honoured) that you're creating a hat for me. Please take all the time in the world that you need with it.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  4. Oh my! You look just divine my lovely lady! This suit is just amazing and suits you so beautifully. I have been hunting and hunting with no avail...I just can't find a suit big enough for me in the right silhouette.

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  5. Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. The only thing better than your clothes are your feminine poses and radiant smile.

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  6. This suit is absolutely lovely! I lvoe this color! I think this suit is very versatile when it comes to styling. Now you have a more summery/springy look, but with different accesories/colors it would be perfect for the colder seasons as well!

    Oh, and I love your hair this way!

    You've done it again Jessica!

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  7. That bag! I want it! So lovely!

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  8. Ok, new favorite outfit post!! There is just something about a well fitted suit, and this dear lady seem to fit you like a dream. A very happy belated birthday and a big congrats on an awesome vintage find! I never would have thought about pairing the suit with yellow gloves, it's different but very pleasantly so.
    The colors say spring but how wonderful for fall! It's a rainy, dull kind of day hear in Vermont with very little color left on the trees. So this colorful post totally makes my day. :)
    -Emily

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  9. Jessica! I just love your suit! You wear pink so beautifully! You are so right this suit very much looks like it was made for you. I love the a-line skirt and the fabulous details in the jacket. Oh, you just hit the jackpot. I'd certainly pick this outfit for one of the "Jessica paper dolls". The hat is so fabulous with this suit. I just love this suit on you! I also really like the shoulder detail of this suit. A rare gem indeed:) This suit reminds me of pink cotton candy and happy days:) You wear it marvelously dear friend! I just can't get over how well you wear pink:))

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    1. My dearest Joanna, I swear, you've got my cheeks blushing a deeper shade of pink that this elegant fifties suit! :) Thank you so much for the beautiful compliments. I've never had a pink suit before and can't get over how much I love this one. It encompasses my personal style in one single garment so incredible well. It's feminine, sweet, sophisticated, and endlessly classic all in the same go - plus, it's my favourite colour (pink), which is a fabulous added bonus. I'm really looking forward to sporting it this winter. It's warm enough to practically let me go without an overcoat if I wanted! :)

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  10. This outfit is just perfection--that pink is so pretty with your coloring! I also love the shoes--so lovely.

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  11. I love everything here... these pictures are pure perfection... and yet so charming and natural... you are phenomenal, Jessica... really!

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    1. That is an absolutely beautiful compliment, dear Jannie, thank you deeply.

      ♥ Jessica

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  12. Oh wow Jessica! You look aaamaaaazing in light red, that suit is marvellous :)

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  13. My dear, this suit looks like it was made for you! The whole outfit is absolutely picture perfect!

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  14. I did chuckle and do a double take when I read the title of your post! That colour is just GORGEOUS on you, really "suits" you if you'll excuse the pun. And the hat is just incredible, I always try on that style but they don't really suit my face shape so they just get left in the shop.

    Thank you by the way for your long comment on my thoughts about interest in modern fashion, I'm glad I wasn't the only one thinking it and was pleased to hear from a few vintage bloggers that also dabble in the modern. Hurrah for fashion, from whatever era, that's the bottom line for me!

    Can't wait to see the second suit, you're a lucky girl indeed.

    Porcelina xx

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    1. Thank you very much, honey! I love (and frequently make) puns, so by all means, bring them on! :) I think that this style of hat really needs the lines of a late 40s - early 60s suit or dress to work in most cases. It's not the easiest style to sport, but it sure is a pretty, ladylike one. I often think of a wedding when I wear this specific cream hat and would happily sport it to one, if the occasion arose.

      You're very welcome. I really did enjoy, and completely agree with, that post.

      Tons of thanks & happy Tuesday wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  15. It does fit like it was made for you dear Jessica.
    I also admire how you have styled it.. the hat, the pearl necklace and brooch. Even the umbrella ! I had no idea that there were vintage umbrellas on sale... i've had at least 6 umbrellas in a year and they fall apart so quicky that i just feel terribly bad when i throw them out. Well, i dont throw the out, all broken ones are still in my car, the rest i have misplaced....

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  16. This suit is really fabulous! What a lovely birthday gift. And I just adore the hat! Happy Tuesday darling!

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  17. You look so incredibly lady-like!! Oh! And the colour of that suit. Perfect on you. What an amazing birthday gift.

    Lisa.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Lisa! It's the most coral I think I've ever owned in one garment and I am beyond in love with it, too. It really was an amazing birthday gift. I wonder if perhaps I should start a tradition of using my parents' thoughtful birthday gift funds to buy a new suit each year? (Or at least some years.)

      ♥ Jessica

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  18. Sweet pictures and an amazing outfit! :)
    Love
    Tabea

    http://wolkedrei.blogspot.de/

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  19. What a beautiful suit! I simply adore the shape of it... and those buttons!! I too have issues with fitting these. They are nearly all too small or too short because I am so tall. I am always scouring the antique malls and vintage shops in my area for one in my size, but they have all been fruitless thus far. I look online too, but am wary of ordering such a (usually) pricey garment via the internet.I may just have to sew myself one!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweetheart. Believe me, I completely understand what you mean. I usually don't hesitate to order a dress even when it has a hefty price tag, because I know it's very likely to fit if the measurements are indeed as stated, but with a suit, I am a million times more cautious, as there's so many different fit points that you need to get just right (or at least, which a seamstress can easily help make fit perfectly). I've bought a couple of suits online of the years that just didn't work in the end, and which I sold on to ladies for whom I hope that they did. Every now and then I see a vintage suit online that specifies it's for a taller figure. I'll be sure to let you know the next time I encounter one, in case you think it might work well for you.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  20. Well what do I need to say, just like always: You look fabulous in that suit and the hat is perfect with it! I think everyone wants a vintage collecting like you have...

    xoxo Emma ~

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  21. You look ravishing & I believe that cute little bag had been in my favourites' list on Etsy.....We share similar tastes.....

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  22. I can fully understand why you are so pleased with it. I was actually expecting you to say it had been made just for you, because it really is the perfect fit. The material is gorgeous, the buttons divine, and I like everything you have teamed it with. Definitely top marks for this outfit, Jessica.

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  23. May I say, you and your new ‘Birthday Suit’ (hehee) look A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! And that colour.... Wow! You very much remind me of the super gorgeous Maureen O’Hara in this suit too! And a big “Yaaay” to the suit fitting. :) I know from experience how hard it is to find a suit that fits properly- I have such an awkward frame to fit… long arms, small waist, fairly wide shoulders, no bust…. Oh the list is endless! ;) Anyway, you look wonderful…
    ♥♥♥ Tupps xxx

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    1. Why, thank you, my sweet gal! That is a compliment of no small magnitude, I assure you. Maureen has long been one of my favourite mid-century actresses, as well as a Hollywood style icon, so being compared to her really means all the more to me.

      Tons thanks & the happiest of Tuesday wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  24. I just adore the colour of this, it's beautiful! Can't wait to see the other one :)

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  25. You look gorgeous! That suit is such a pretty color and so feminine. I think this would be a perfect Easter outfit.

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    1. Thank you very much, Dawn, that's so wonderfully nice of you to say. I agree, it would be perfect for Easter, as well as for a Mother's Day event, like a fancy brunch or afternoon tea.

      ♥ Jessica

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  26. absolute perfection! The yellow gloves and embroidered purse are 100% my style. The hat and your hair are magazine worthy. I have yet to try and order vintage online although I have many things bookmarked. I may have to try my luck soon your vintage outfits are inspiring to me:)

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    1. Thank you so very much, sweet Daphne. It is an incredibly touchingly thing to be told that I've helped inspire you on the vintage fashion front (that's so cool!). I really hope that you love anything that you order from the web (I'd love to see/hear more about the items you pick, if you do).

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  27. I love this outfit, the suit and hat are perfect, you look amazing.

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  28. I love this outfit + photos! you & your umbrella are super cute :)

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  29. I adore this suit and think you look smashing in it!

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  30. What a delightful gift! And super cute title, I might add! Just as cute as you are in the suit!!

    I love this type of weaving that was done in the late 40s and 50s. It allows for a lot of play with accessories.

    Happy Birthday too!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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  31. ABSOLUTELY stunning! I love everything...from the fabulous suit to the hat, the gloves, the umbrella!! Happy belated birthday too:-)

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    1. Thank you so very much, sweet Debi. My goodness, you know, it's been three months (and twelve days) since my birthday already. Wherever does the time go?

      ♥ Jessica

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  32. Beautiful! Coral suits you well. (Pun not intended, but well-placed nonetheless, if I do say so myself.)

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  33. you look stunning my friend!
    the suit is sooo beautiful and elegant - and this color! gorgeous!
    i love wool suits for the cooler seasons, it is so easy to get dressed and look different every time. but i have never found a original midcentury one - i always have to make them. sewing the jackets costs my last nerves.....
    cant wait to see this lovely pink treasure in the snow!

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  34. What a perfectly, perfectly pretty suit! A definite classic, and certainly a special birthday treat. It does fit you perfectly and I love the way you've styled it. I have two vintage suits but am definitely on the look out for more, especially as one of those I have is a rather boldy coloured dress suit which, although I absolutely love it, might be a tad too bold and out there for certain meetings... I want to feel confident and chic and glamorous in a suit in a work context, but not too attention grabbing! But you're absolutely right, you need to be willing to search and search to find a well fitted one, and they are certainly investment pieces so you want to get it right.

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  35. What a beautiful suit Jessica! I LOVE that colour- possibly because I love pink (it suits me LOL)! And the styling! They sure knew how to make a power suit back then, didn't they?!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Rachel! That they most certainly did! IMO, women's suits were at their best and most beautiful during the 30s-very early 60s. The 80s may have had shoulder pads and mini pencil skirts, but the mid-twentieth century decades had incredible tailoring, darling details, and more elegance than you could shake a stick pin at.

      ♥ Jessica

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  36. AMAZING suit!!! Love the color and the cut... I love suit but don't wear them often because I don't feel comfy when I wear them...
    I like to see all your accessories, such lovely outfit on you.

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  37. every time you come up with a new outfit, I think you cant possibly top it and then you do. This suit is a dream

    kate the old fashioned way

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  38. Wow. Just gorgeous! This outfit is beautiful and it looks fantastic on you. The color is perfect and it fits like a glove. I love the accessories too, especially the handbag. The colors and detail are exquisite.

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  39. Absolutely perfect my dear! How wonderful to find such a treasure and it looks fabulous on you.

    I often have trouble finding two-pieces to fit me too because of my small torso but… it just makes the eventual find (like yours) even better!

    xo

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  40. That is a stunning suit indeed—and you are right, they're difficult to find, but it seems you've a doppelgänger in the past! It really suits you wonderfully (so to speak).

    Also, great shoes. I love them. No offense, but after the suit, that's what caught my attention next!

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  41. GASP! A vision in vintage gloriousness! The color is divine on you and the suit fits like a dream! Congrats for finding a perfect vintage outfit. x

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  42. What a positively wonderful present! It certainly does look like it was made for you!
    I just picked up some nice wool from the thrift shop (of all places), of which I am contemplating turning into a suit, if I can eek out enough fabric from it. :)

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  43. zomg, DAT HAT. Love it. The snood, the purse, the whole outfit has me swooning. You lucky devil! :-) Clearly, I need more suits in my life.

    ~MacStabby J

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  44. This is a glorious outfit! What a good find and how fabulous that it fits so well. It makes a lovely birthday present. I really like the handbag and the touch of yellow too. You are always so wonderfully well co-ordinated!

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  45. My dear ladies (and gents) you are sweeping me off my feet with your terrifically lovely comments and compliments on today's vintage outfit post. Thank you all so much! I've been so excited for months now to share this suit with you for the first time and love knowing that you've all enjoyed seeing it as much as I did (do!) wearing it.

    Joyful Tuesday wishes to one and all!
    ♥ Jessica

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  46. Oh Jessica! You are fabulous! I'm grinning from ear to ear. :) I love the color of your suit. It's marvelous and looks so lovely with your skin tone and hair. Perfection! Your gloves are perfect too, and the hat.. well.. the hat i seriously covet as i peruse this beautiful post!

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  47. You look fantastic!! Just like you stepped out of the 1940's-1950's!! <3

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  48. Oh wow what a beautiful suit!!! Gorgeous! I love the handbag too!!! :D

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  49. Love it! The buttons alone are sublime, and the suit very much "suits" you. I think it WAS made for you, only in an earlier decade to await your arrival into the world!

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  50. I cannot not it more! Congratulations on your birthday - hope it was an awesome one!

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    1. Thank you very much, honey! It was a really nice one - laid back, but fun. It's hard to believe actually that more than three months have already passed since my birthday back in July. With everything (good, bad and otherwise) that's been happening in or lives lately, I'm only just getting the chance now to post pics (which were taken in the summer) of this incredible present from my parents.

      ♥ Jessica

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  51. You look so beautiful! The color of the suit is perfect against your skin tone and that lipstick matches wonderfully! I'm happy for you that it was perfect, you are such an amazing person you deserve all those wonderful things!

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    1. What an incredibly touching, beautiful thing to be told. Thank you deeply, Tosha.

      ♥ Jessica

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  52. Just beautiful! It makes me think of Easter. <3

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Kim. It would definitely be a great choice for an Easter (or Mother's Day) outfit, especially because that time of the year is often still on the chilly side around these parts.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  53. Oh Jess, this is absolutely your color. You look really lovely. :)

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  54. Just lovely. This made me smile.

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Tess. I'm happy to know this post brought a smile you're way. You're comment certainly delivered one to me as well.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  55. Goodness me, this is divine.
    The color suits you so well, it helps illuminate your face. The brooch is a dream come true (so lovely, and I'm sure it'll match a lot of outfits). Mustard gloves and the details on the bag.. Ah! I must congradulate you on having an amazing eye for details, darling!

    Hugs.
    Marija

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  56. Dearest Jessica, what a lovely suit and you wear it so beautifully. I love the color and how wonderful that the little flowers in your photos match. Your hat is beyond adorable and I love both your handbag and your parasol. As always you look amazing. What a wonderful Birthday Gift!!!! Gentle Hugs, Beverly

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  57. OMG Jess. I'm speechless. This has gotta be my fave outfit of yours. Every little details... perfection! What a great suit! I've been trying to find an occasion to wear my 60s green suit a la Hepburn but I think I'm just gonna have to create an occasion after seeing this post!

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  58. dear jessica! can you please! send me the recipe of your grandpa´s chicken stroganoff with mushrooms?
    (beate@beate-richter-mode.de) if you like.
    hugs beate :-*

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    1. Hello dear Beate, you bet, I'm touched to know that you're interested in Grandpa's stroganoff recipe. I will email it you either asap either today or tomorrow.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  59. this gorgeous 40s to 50s suit is a fantastic buy! it must be made for you, gal! it's cut and colour suits you perfectly ... and you did a great job with mixing it with the lace hat and other accessories. wonderful!!!!

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  60. Smashing, as usual! I have been looking for an umbrella like that for some time, but all I find at estate sales are massive rainbow golf umbrellas! Where do you get your seamed stockings?
    Cheers,
    L A

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  61. You look stunning in that suit! Pink is your color and that hat is to die for! And it looks like such a picture perfect day!
    xx
    http://thescreensiren.com

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  62. This is such a beautiful suit and it fits you perfectly! It certainly seems like it was made for you, you look lovely in it.

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  63. What a darling outfit, the colours are so femine and fun, I adore!! xx

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  64. Ownnnn...Only one word: PERFECT!!!
    And you look gorgeous in pink :)

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    1. *Blush* Thank you very much, honey!

      ♥ Jessica

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  65. What a gorgeous, pink suit! And I love the yellow gloves with it. The shot of the back of your hair (with the hat) is so dreamy!! Beautiful, as always. :)

    xox Sammi
    www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

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  66. Happy Birthday! The suit looks lovely on you. The purse is beautiful! Gone are the days of feminine handbags, the bags of today are very large and have too much bling,lol. Thank goodness for vintage. I also wear Raspberry Glace, it's a pretty shade, and speaking of lipstick, Revlon is coming out with five vintage shades in 2014...Fifth Avenue Red from 1958 is one of the colors. There is a violet shade from 1946, two peach shades from 1956 and 1963 and the last is not all that vintage from 1999. They are limited edition.

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    1. Thank you very much, dear April! How cool that we're both fans of Raspberry Glaze. Having pink undertones in my skin (I like to refer to my complexion as strawberries and cream), pink (and coral) lippies can be hard for me to sport sometimes, but (IMO) such is not the case with this lovely shade from Clinique. It's pretty much the only pink lipstick I've worn for years now.

      Revlon's collection sounds wonderful! I love that they're bringing some of their classic hues back for a new generation to enjoy. I'll definitely be looking into those more and if they're gluten-free (anything I put on or near my lips has to be), I'll most likely give one or more hues a try. Violet sounds like it could be a lot of fun - especially a 40s violet.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  67. My favorite outfit of your, evah!! The color, the accessories, your sweet smile and A's lovely photos! Heaven! I'm on the road but sending love and a hug to you two!

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  68. What a fantastic birthday present! You look picture perfect!!!!! xox

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    1. Thank you so much, darling gal!

      ♥ Jessica

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  69. So very lovely, as usual. It fits you to a 'T' from top to bottom. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Kim. I'm still in awe of how well this suit fit me right off the (vintage) rack. That's a usually a massive rarity!

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  70. Wow! You look wonderful, dear Jessica. This suit is a great treasure and you can enjoy it and walk around wearing your best smile. You are like a ray of sunshine in the morning, so original and authentic!

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  71. Hilariously misleading title!!! This suit is such a delicious shade of raspberry macaroon pink - and it looks like it would be so soft to touch too. It looks absolutely beautiful on your figure and creates the most gorgeous silhouette! I do love your hat too :)

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  72. Congratulations on your beautiful gift. You look like a dream. :) You should have added "No nuditity" in the subject. :) I think the colour is great, if it had been paler, it would have been Barbie pink, not good. Yes, I'm behind with your blog again, I will read backwards, thanks to Bloglovin. I'm having a weeks autumn holiday and yesterday spent all day filling new items into my Etsy shop. So many things to do when having a holiday. :)

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  73. This looks perfect on you! Oh to have your quite enviable wardrobe!

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  74. HOLY SMOKES!!! That suit fits you like a glove. CURVY! *insert wolf whistle here* And that color makes you simply glow. Sooooo pretty and dreamy.

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  75. Love the details - the pin is so classic and beautiful!

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  76. so elegant and very pretty Jessica !

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    1. Thank you so very much, my darling friend.

      Tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  77. Wow, my dear! You look more than just beautiful wearing your gorgeous suit! The colour is so cute on you. . .and have chosen the perfect accessories for it! I am in love with your purse!!
    P.s.
    Ebay is the source of many presents I make to myself, they really have a huge selection of everything a woman can dasire!!

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  78. You are the best poem ever written, and more so in pink, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You kill me with joy, dear Jessica.
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  79. You look simply divine in this beautiful rose pink suit. I absolute love those heels of yours. They are just the right height and thickness of heel that I just love!!!

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  80. You look beautiful as always! I really admire your ability to match all your accessories so perfectly!

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    1. That is such an awesomely lovely comment, honey, thank you very much.

      ♥ Jessica

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  81. The rosy hue of that suit is divine. You look sensational sweetheart (as usual!).

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    1. Thank you very much, darling gal!

      ♥ Jessica

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  82. it's beautiful! I have a vintage suit that my uncles mum wore to register her marriage. The skirt is very tight though so i'm scared to try it on. Should maybe try it though, it might fit!

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  83. Why oh why do we not wear suits anymore.... you have just proven to society we should dear! Great detailing!

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    1. Thank you very much, honey. f I had a dollar for every time I'd had that thought, I could probably buy an original Dior Bar Suit! :) It's a sincere shame that most ladies don't still wear suits, especially outside of the office, any more. It's so often seen as matronly and/or overly formal, but I don't feel such is the case at all, especially if the suit happens to be a classically tailored vintage one. They're elegant, warm, versatile, and often flat out gorgeous? Why wouldn't any lady not want at least one in her wardrobe?

      Many thanks again for your comment - big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  84. What a terrific birthday gift! You look absolutely radiant in it too! The pink, the shape, the wonderful accessories (those gloves!). So glad you opted for a suit for a bday present. It "suits" you quite well my dear!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  85. What a perfectly amazing suit!! And it fits you so perfectly!! Amazing x

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  86. WOW I am speechless ( and that is hard to do) i have never seen to so radiant! the out fit is perfection!

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    1. That is an exceedingly wonderful (and very self-confidence boosting!) compliment, thank you deeply, dear lady.

      ♥ Jessica

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  87. How special to receive a beautiful vintage piece that fits like a dream! And I just noticed your mention of your lipstick – Raspberry Glace is my favorite color lipstick (which reminds me that I am almost out!).

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    1. Hello sweet gal, thank you very much both of your wonderfully nice comments today. That's awesome! I have a pale complexion with pink undertones (I call it "strawberries and cream" :)) and often have a tricky time with pink (and coral) lipsticks, but that particular shade, unlike most pinks, doesn't highlight the rosiness in my skin. I hit upon it probably three or four years ago, and it's the only pink I've used since.

      ♥ Jessica

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  88. I was going through your October posts looking for Thanksgiving, and I saw this post - only I miss read it as "Walking Around Town in My Bathing Suit. So I was scrolling down, looking at all the photos and wondering where the photo of your photo of you in your bathing suit (in October!) Not seeing any such photo, I reread the title...
    Lovely pink suit!
    :) Hope

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  89. Gorgeous! You just reminded me how much I love suit, and well, that I need more suits in my wardrobe. You are perfection!

    Nella Fragola

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