Hair flowers (both): Arden
Black rhinestone heart earrings: Claire's
1930s glass bead necklace: etsy seller Maejean Vintage
Grey dolman sleeve cardigan: Freddies of Pinewood
Pale pink camisole: From a shop in Scarborough, ON that shut down years ago
Black plastic floral carved bangle bracelet: Unknown (had for years)
Black vintage handbag: etsy seller A Vintage Revival
1950s flocked floral print circle skirt: eBay
Pink crinoline: Pettiskirt Style
Grey tights: (Bought new in pack from) Value Village
Black faux suede round toe pumps: Wal-Mart
Lip colour: Clinique Raspberry Glace
Nail colour: Pink Diamond from Essie
Photography by Tony Cangiano
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Almost nothing lasts long in my closet if I don't love it powerfully, so I'm always a little leery of dubbing any particular item a favourite, but if I had to in the skirt department, this enchantingly feminine 1950s number may very well take top billing. Boasting black flocking and a pink and green floral pattern on a solid black background, it epitomizes the spirit of my style - feminine, sweet, elegant, and fun - to a tee!
Purchased a number of years back on eBay, at the time, clocking in at around $100, it was the most I'd ever paid for a skirt in my life. Though that figure has since been topped, it still remains one of my pricier skirts. Then as now, I've never regretted what I paid for it and feel that it was (and is) reasonable for such a gorgeous vintage garment. This skirt is made from thick, warm, beautiful fabric and is in excellent shape. Once can scarcely tell it's around sixty years old, as it feels nearly as crisp and pristine as the day it was minted.
Like many people, I tend to gravitate towards darker hues when the temperatures start plummeting, and on the nippy November a few weeks ago when these photos were taken on a random, wonderfully charming tree and mid-century home lined street in Kelowna, that point was out in full force care of the abundance of grey and black at work in this fun fifties ensemble.
Even on the coldest, dreariest of winter days though, as much as I may reach for black, grey, dark brown, navy blue and other highly pigmented hues, I will still generally weave a bit of punchy colour into the mix. Here it was hints of gloriously feminine pink, care of the camisole, crinoline from Pettiskirt Style, a large hair flower (partnered with a smaller black one), and the lush blooms on my skirt, as well as my lipstick and nail polish colour choices. Much like the skirt itself, this whole outfit is a perfect representation of my personal style. It's neither immensely formal nor overtly casual, includes layers, embraces my curvy petite figure (but isn't skintight), and makes me smile whenever I sport it.
On the day when we shot these snaps in Kelowna, we were running errands and also scouting photo shoot locations, not for myself, but for a photography client that Tony was working with a few days later.
As you may recall from this post last October on how Tony and I do vintage outfit shoots, my darling husband has been an avid photography enthusiast for much of his life. More recently, he's invested in further equipment (including the awesome new Canon 6D DSLR camera he bought while in Calgary) and is has made the leap from hobbyist to part-time photographer (on top of his highly demanding day job, the various income generating blogs and websites, such as Any New Books, that we run together, and being the author of two terrific tech books).
This exciting chapter is new, fresh and still largely unwritten. It may always remain an on-the-side endeavour or might perhaps someday develop into more, only time will tell. Whatever the case, it's always great to have a site and a Facebook page for any business one runs and to that end, Tony has recently created both. We would be honoured and deeply appreciative if you want to like Tony Cangiano Photography on Facebook, where you'll get to see a sneak peak some of the photos from the shoots we do for the blog before they go live here, as well as work he does with models, clients and others who make their way in front of his lens.
And of course, should you ever happen to be in the Okanagan and would like to have Tony shot you, by all means, feel free to let one of us know! Tony is an old pro at doing vintage outfit shoots thanks to his work on behalf of my blog, and would be thrilled to help create the kind of shoot you're dreaming of (be it vintage related or otherwise).
Many heartfelt thanks from both of us to everyone who likes Tony Cangiano Photography on Facebook, as well as to each and every one of you for your support, encouragement and compliments regarding his photography work here over the years. I know that it has meant the world to him and certainly helped to foster his passion and drive for photography all the more.