January 16, 2014

My very favourite 1950s skirt that I own & Tony launches a Facebook page for his photography




Outfit details

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
  
 












































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.

70 comments:

  1. Paying extra dime for an extra lovely skirt - never a wrong thing; and never should we regret it. And this skirt you wore (and Tony shoot) is worth every cent, Jessica.
    Now, you well know I'm a picky-detail person; therefore I must say I like how you combined the roses on the skirt with roses in your hair.
    Conservative in me says: Matchy-matchy shoes, bag and jewels are the way to go. When we say "vintage" that is the first thing in my mind - perfectly polished, everything-matches, elegant lady... and you are one.

    Hug
    Marija

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  2. Congrats to Tony! :D My hubby is a full time professional photographer so I know how much work goes into getting started.

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    1. Thank you very much, honey. It's awesome that both of our hubbies are so keen on photography (I am actually as well myself and have done some pro product/commercial/stock photography work, primarily when we were living in Toronto, over the years - I'd happily do it 24/7 if my health would permit).

      ♥ Jessica

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  3. Ooooohhhh..... Looking lovely, Miss Jessica. Beautiful skirt.

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  4. You look so adorable, I love the colors together and I can see why you love that skirt ;)
    Lots of support to your Tony, his work is fab!

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  5. Sigh .... So dreamy and divine. I love how your hair flowers accent the flowers in your skirt. And is that a heart-shaped engagement ring I see (with your wedding band, of course)? I love it! I, of course, liked Tony's page. The man is quite a talent!!! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you very much, darling gal! You have a great eagle eye, that is indeed a heart shaped white gold and diamond engagement ring. I'd wanted one my whole life and amazing, Tony found one (the last that that particular jewelry store had in stock). I love it beyond measure.

      ♥ Jessica

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  6. gorgeous!
    love that you partnered the skirt with gray - thats really elegant!
    congrats to tony to the new adventure!!!!!!
    i´m not on facebook, but will ask my hubby if he can push the button....
    <3

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  7. I'm not at all surprised that Tony is developing his talent for photography further. There are some fantastic testaments to his work on your blog :) I wish him all the best in his new venture!

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    1. That is wonderfully sweet of you to say, thank you very much, dear Philippa.

      ♥ Jessica

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  8. I can see why you love this skirt. How feminine. Off to check out that FB page : )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  9. Stunning outfit! This skirt is really lovely.
    I'd just liked the page on facebook!

    Nella Fragola

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  10. fantastic outfit, a super great model and the the photographer couldn't do better...
    all the best from Switzerland,
    Christa

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  11. No wonder that skirt is your favorite! It's gorgeous and just the type of skirt I love. That necklace is fantastic, too. And I was so interested to see that you guys run some other sites, too. I had no idea! I just checked out Any New Books and it's a great concept!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Amanda. This necklace is new to my wardrobe and will have the spotlight shone on it even more in an upcoming post that features it along with two other immensely lovely pieces that I was sent to review from etsy seller Maejean Vintage.

      I'm delighted to know that you like Any New Books. We, two life long bookworms, founded it in 2010 and it's been going strong ever since.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  12. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I love all shades of pink and most of my wardrobe is pink, red, black, and white. However, since I am trying to dress more vintage and have had an excuse to go shopping, I have hit the thrift stores hard the past couple of weeks and, on Tuesday, scored a 1980s does 1950s kelly green with white polka dots shirtwaist dress WITH the matching belt for.... drum roll please.... FIFTY CENTS! Yep, it came home with me and I am wearing it today!!!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet ladye. I am absolutely mad about pink as well. It's my all-time favourite colour and, as one might expect then, one of the most frequently occurring in my wardrobe and home decor alike.

      What an awesome thrift store find! Goodness, I can't remember the last time (if ever) I found a dress for fifty cents. That is an incredible bargain! Kelly green and pink go together swimmingly (as I blogged about in this post last summer: http://www.chronicallyvintage.com/2013/07/flickr-favourites-july-20-2013.html) and so one or more shades of the latter is likely what I'd use to accessorize such a frock with myself.

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. You are so right! I had already went on Pinterest to look at green and pink combinations before replying to your post and then I went and looked at the post you are referring to in your reply. They do look great together and I plan to wear that color combo this spring/summer with this dress. I wore it yesterday with a black cardigan, tights, and black flats with a white flower on my cardigan. It went together nicely but the pink will give it a wonderful spring/summer look.

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  13. You look great! I love the print of the skirt; so classic. Congrats to Tony for starting his own photography page. I hope things continue to go well for both of you.

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  14. What a splendidly elegant outfit! I can see why that skirt is your favorite; it's a show-stopper. Also, I liked Tony's page! Congrats to him!

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  15. I love your pose in that last shot, and I agree with The Professor your ring is gorgeous! Clothing that makes you feel great is priceless, the right outfit really can make all the difference. I really love your attention to detail with your accessories.

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  16. Congrats on your hubby's new endeavour! That's so exciting. I truly hope he gets some amazing new clients and excels in his new part time career. :)

    And that skirt…so great. It would be my favourite too! I often think about dropping $100 on a vintage circle skirt, but haven't made the plunge yet - they're so expensive aren't they?

    Lisa.

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    1. Thank you very much, honey! It really is exciting! Hopefully he'll be able to carve out time in his already insanely busy work schedule to focus on this passion that he enjoys so very much throughout 2014 and beyond.

      I hear you loud and clear! I can count on one hand the number of skirts I've bought over the years that were in the $100 range (with a finger or two left over). I have to love a piece and sense that it will get a massive amount of wear in my wardrobe for me to spend anywhere near that on any one garment. Even with the continually skyrocketing prices of vintage fashion, I still try to find deals on skirts (and other fashions) that are a fair bit easier on the ol' pocketbook. Sometimes though, especially if it's a special treat (say a Christmas present to yourself or for a big event), if you absolutely love a piece and doubt you'll find one like it your size again anytime soon, making a big investment like that is well worth it in the long run (which is exactly how I feel about this skirt).

      ♥ Jessica

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  17. Ohh you must have the most amazing collection of accessories.. Awesome! That skirt is truly divine, so romantic !:)

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Sarah! Your compliment means all the more to me because at times over the years I've really felt like my accessories collection, which is hammered by my nickel allergy (which means I need to avoid most items containing metal unless I know for sure that they're made from/with a nickel-free kind of metal), pales in comparison to that of many others in our lovely circle. I suppose though, if we factor gloves, hats, hair accessories, scarves, belts, and bags in though, instead of just focusing on jewelry, then it isn't too shabby at all. :)))

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  18. Oh, I can see why it's your favourite! The flocking and florals are gorgeous.
    xo

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  19. That is such a sweet skirt! Pairing with the blue/grey top really works, I would not have thought of that. The photographs on your blog are always beautiful, I think its fantastic that Tony is making the most of his talent.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet lady! Isn't the colour of this top smashing? It makes me think of the hue the sky takes over the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver when a spring thunder storm is rolling in.

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  20. a gorgeous outfit, as always! I love the pattern of the skirt ♥

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  21. What a stunning skirt! Good luck to you both on your new venture, I'm guessing you will be photographer's assistant.....

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  22. Very good investment indeed !
    Love the last pic, haha :)

    Ill go and Like Tony then ;D

    Xoxo from Paris,
    Lorna

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  23. The skirt is divinely gorgeous. Your husband is super talented and its a great idea for him to have a page for his photography
    retro rover

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  24. I am not surprised that this is your favourite skirt, it is totally gorgeous. What beautiful fabric. I love the outfit that you have created, it really suits you. That is great news about Tony, his photos are so very good. I hope it goes well for him.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Kate. It really is a gorgeous fabric, I agree - and so very warm, to boot (so much so, that I rarely sport this skirt in the summer).

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. How nice that it is beautiful and warm. Make the most of wearing it this winter, it is so fabulous!

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  25. Your looks is gorgeous! Love it head to toe :)
    http://balearaitzart.blogspot.com.au/

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  26. What a gorgeous outfit—I can see why you love it so, and it really does fit your personality well. The skirt may have made you wince at the time, but if you've kept it this long (and again, it really is 'you'!), it was well worth it.

    Best of luck to your husband! Running a photography business is a lot of work, but he is obviously quite good and I'm sure he'll do well. :)

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  27. Yes, probably justified $$ for a skirt that fabulous! Plus to make yourself feel much better, you can always say that it is only ever going to go UP in price....and the more you wear the less the cost per wear is! It's all good dear Jessica!

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    1. Wise advice all around, my dear, thank you very much. I've never felt bad about what I paid for this skirt, as I feel it was worth it's (at the time) high price tag, but for someone like me who tends to try and bargain shop like there's no tomorrow, it certainly did feel like quite the investment - which is it.

      It's definitely all good! :)

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  28. Yes, this is a fabulous skrit! I love the print on it! And thank you for inviting me to Tony's Facebook page, I followed it with joy! :) I wish you a darling Friday, my dear gal!

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  29. How perfectly lovely you look! I love pops, of color in the dead of winter, too, and pink looks gorgeous on you. Your skirt makes me want to feel it with all that flocking, lol. I love that your pettiskirt matches you outfit, too. It's like frosting on a perfect cupcake.
    And congratulations on your husband's new business! Hoping you both are well, and much success, dear!

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  30. The pattern on your skirt is gorgeous!

    I'm checking out Tony's Facebook as we speak, his images of you are always so lovely. I'd love to have him shoot me if only I was in the area.

    Also your eyebrows are looking excellent on these photos!

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  31. You've done it again! Remember how I keep saying that this or that is my favourite outfit and photo shoot you've shared? Well .... now this one really really is IT! That skirt is just too wonderful and it suits you very well. As always you have brought out the best in it by matching the top and tights. Well worth every penny.

    Have not mentioned it before, but your photographs are very very good! Wish you were nearer so you could do a session with me and the cats. Off to Like that facebook page. x

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    1. What a splendidly lovely comment and compliment, dear lady, thank you so very much. My own favourite outfit changes over time, so fear not if you feel the same way when I post new looks here. It's great to routinely have new faves actually, as it means you're in love with your wardrobe (or at least most of it) and that is a very key element of wonderful personal style, IMO.

      I wish we lived nearby and could do a shoot. If you're ever in the Okanagan, please know that you have a standing invitation and date with Tony's camera. :)

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  32. I wish Tony all the best in his new venture, the pictures that he takes of you are stunning so I'm sure he will go far! x

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  33. What a lovely skirt, indeed, Jessica; I just love it! If I owned one like that, I think I would be wearing it for many holiday occasions.

    The location of this shoot is so pretty. The trees make a perfect backdrop.

    How wonderful that you and Tony work so much together and he has so much experience because of his work with your blog. I wish him well.

    I am so happy that it is Friday!
    Have a great one!
    :)Hope

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  34. Dear Jessica, you are gorgeous! Look at these beautiful photos. Your skirt is a treasure, so feminine with a wonderful colours selection. Everything in your outfit is perfected matched. I love each detail! The necklace and your engagement ring are candy to my eyes. I'm very happy for your dear husband, he's a very smart men and incredibly talented photographer... on the contrary, mine is a terrible photographer and I end up many times with my head cut off :o) .

    I want to felicitate you both!
    And my best wishes are on the way!

    Miss Beta

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    1. Hello sweet Miss Beta, thank you deeply for your splendidly lovely comment and compliments. Oh dear! I'm sorry that your husband isn't terribly skilled with a camera. I'm sure he has many wonderful talents all his own though. If you lived nearby, Tony would be pleased as punch to photograph you anytime - and indeed, if you're ever in our part of the world, we'd love to do just that.

      Have a marvelous, fun filled weekend,
      ♥ Jessica

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  35. Considering you have had it so long and it is obviously your favorite, I see it has an investment piece. I plan on seeking some of those out this summer. I do love that skirt. Looks well worth it.

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  36. wonderful skirt! i really love it.

    ... tony's facebook looks great! awesome pictures, he is really talented ...

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  37. You and Tony always doing a flawless job! Wish I could have this kind of photographer sticking with me everyday *.*

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  38. I love this post. Your skirt is just heavenly. It photographs beautifully. I am such a sucker for floral 50s skirt that I think this is the major theme of skirts for the 50s I have. A wonderful set of images. So happy to hear that Tony will be getting into the photography business he always does such a lovely job with your photographs. It is interesting how you sometimes think you overpay for an item and then realize it was a good investment.

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  39. What a gloriously pretty skirt! I adore it on you. I am always scared of buying things so pricey, especially if I can't try it on beforehand. I try to hold out for things I might find one day at the thrift store for 3 bucks hahaha. Hope you are staying warm up there! :)

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    1. Hello sweet Abi Jane, thank you very much! I've been eagerly to share this skirt for ages now and love that the early days of the new year gave me just such as chance to do so. Interestingly, for me concerns about fit usually aren't a big deal (worst case, I'll resell an item), it's more that I need to stick to a very strict budget and am always trying to max it out as best I can so, investing a lot (of what I view as a lot in relation to that budget) in one item isn't something I do terribly often - though, that said, I have been doing it a little more often in the past couple of years. I love to wait and try and find a great bargain myself, too, whether online or off.

      The past week has been relatively mind by Canadian winter standards (some days have gotten above freezing even) so we've been keeping nice and toasty, fear not! :)

      Big hugs & tons of happy weekend wishes.
      ♥ Jessica

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  40. such a beautiful skirt and it was it totally worth as you will love it forever. i love the roses on your skirt and in your hair! and amazing. i just popped over to your husbands Facebook page his photos are really brilliant! wish him all the best!

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  41. love that skirt! so cute! :) you have a great sense of style! And i love your blog! and can't wait to read more! I also followed you on GFC!

    Also I'm new to blogging and i'm trying to meet some fellow bloggers so I'd love if you had some time if you could check out my blog and let me know what you think! it'd be greatly appreciated! And maybe even follow me on bloglovin or gfc if you like and want to!

    thanks so much xoxo Randa
    http://pandaraige.blogspot.com/

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  42. LOVE that skirt! the whole look actually you have alot of my Fave colours on! I have also "liked" Tony Cangiano Photography <3

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    1. Thank you very much across the board, dear gal. This palette includes many of my favourite colours (pink! green! grey!) as well. It's a great way to blend the dark hues of winter with more upbeat, cheerful spring and summer inspired ones.

      Many thanks again & have a terrific weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  43. Hey Jessica!
    Just found your blog and have been looking around at all of the wonderful clothing and photograph and I have to say I'm so excited!!!!! I just love your style and Tony's pictures are awesome. what a great team. I am in love with all of your work and can't wait to see more. You have gained another follower.
    Keep up the great work and stay gorgeous! :)
    ~Abigail

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  44. You look beautiful! I can certainly see why that's one of your favorite skirts. :)

    Congratulations to Tony, I wish him the best! The photos he takes of you always look outstanding!

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  45. Wonderful skirt, and so weird to read you bought the camisole in Scarborough, so close to me!!

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  46. Not only you are wearing a gorgeous floral skirt, but have also combined it with the most beautiful accessories! The roses in your hair are lovable!
    Congratulations to Tony! He always takes wonderful photos of you!!

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  47. lucky you having a part-time photographer for a husband, it means you've always got someone around who is happy to help you with outfit photos, it's a bloggers dream, really! also that's a beautiful skirt. sometimes you find something and even though it's expensive you just know it's perfect and completely worth the money. i don't tend to buy expensive clothes very often (i mostly op-shop) so when i do invest in something pricey i know it's because i love it to death and i won't regret it.

    little henry lee

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  48. What a fabulous skirt, I truly understand why you love it. I also choose darker colours during winter, but I also pair it with brighter coloured accessories, so it never looks dull. And I have grey as my basic colour instead of black. I LOVE how your cardigan matches your stockings perfectly. It's really a perfect detail. And thank you for writing which lipstick and nail colour you are wearing. I notice such things and now I don't have to ask. :) I went to Copenhagen with DH yesterday and again this year he gave me unexpected money to buy vintage reproduction dresses for, they are coming up on my blog. I bought a lovely red pencil skirt (on my wish list for long), a grey skirt with pleats at the bottom, a grey lambswools (very fluffy) cardigan with lots of different coloured rhinestone (in fact DH found it for me), and a fabulous tight gingham dress in black, white, grey and brown. I cannot wait to wear it all, and have a hard time deciding what to start with. Wishing you a lovely Sunday. :)

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  49. I can totally see why this skirt is a favorite -it fits you soo well. I have to admit that i have never paid 100 or more for a skirt.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Lorena. It's a massive rarity for me as well. In fact, regardless of the type of garment, it's super rare for me to cross the $100 mark on a single garment or accessory either. The bargain hunter and vintage gal on a budget in me has quite a hard time doing so, no matter how much I adore a piece. That said, the small number of times that I have, this skirt very much included, I've never regretted it and have always gotten a lot of wear out my investment pieces.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  50. Jessica, as usual. you've done it again! Gorgeous outfit. I totally covet that skirt. If you saw my closet, it would be quite obvious to you how fond I am of vintage prints on black backgrounds! The colors, with your hair and the autumn background, are a splendid combination. Will be sure to like Tony's Photography page on FB:)

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    1. Thank you, sweet Theresa! I love back backgrounds as well, especially when florals are set against them. I have a 1980s does 40s day dress that features pink florals on a black background and which I've probably worn a hundred or more times. I'm sure it will end up on the blog at some point, too.

      I (we) sincerely appreciate your like on FB - thank you so very much!

      ♥ Jessica

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  51. Congratulations to Tony! And whistles for you in that hot little number! That last photo… Jessica! Come hither! ;) You look gorgeous as always!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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