May 28, 2015

Alice's Pig (Gorgeous!) Coco's Crescent Dress Review





Outfit details

Carnation pink snood: eBay seller tina.g-2008
White plastic rose earrings: Claire's
Navy blue shrug: Sears
Coco's Crescent dress c/o Alice's Pig
Vintage gold flower brooch: Unknown (had for years)
Orange faux leather skinny belt: eBay
Gold tone metal bangles: Payless
1950s orange sheer gloves: (Probably) eBay
1950s/1960s pink handbag: Unknown (had for years)
Nude seamed nude stockings: eBay
Navy blue patent pumps: Payless
Lip colour: Clinique Raspberry Glace


Photography by Tony Cangiano


























































Even if you're a a huge Lewis Carroll fan, you might not instantly get the reference in the company Alice's Pig's name, but once you learn that it stems from none other than that most beloved of childhood tales, Alice in Wonderful, the moniker suddenly snaps into place and suits this (relatively) new fashion brand delightfully well.

Based out of Brixton, South London in the United Kingdom, Alice's Pig is a 21st century women’s clothing line that looks to the past for much for its inspiration, while also keeping an eye on the trends of today’s world.

It was launched two years ago in May of 2013, and while it is not a vintage reproduction company, nor, would I say, one that strictly aims to replicate styles from decades past, a lot of their pieces do certainly have distinct notes of yesteryear style and are apt to instantly appeal to vintage wearing ladies the world over, very much including yours truly!

That's why when I contacted by the lovely brother and sister team of Amanda and Nicolai who created Alice's Pig, I jumped at the chance to collaborate with this exciting brand. From their dynamic website that presents the brand's offerings in a fresh, fun, interactive way to the fact that they offer free global shipping, to the old school influenced products themselves, there is a lot to appreciate and adore about this brand and their thriving online shop.

If you're wondering about the name, besides the reference to Alice and Wonderful, Amanda and Nico opted for this reference, in their own words, because, "The brand image comes from our love for Alice in Wonderland, where crazy is normal. The name is a reminder that colliding styles and cultures can produce something interesting and that there can be beauty and surprise in anything; even in a pig."

While Alice Pig's inventory is not mammoth at present, it is well curated and highly appealing, and I won't lie, I spent the better part of day debating which of their beautiful, stylish, and very wearable looking items to select as as wonderfully nice complimentary review gift (thank you so much for it, Nico and Amanda).

With pieces that the duo defines as a "modern, urban take on vintage style", I was intrigued and tempted by a number of their offerings (some of which, it should be noted, take their inspiration keys from later 20th century decades, whereas others look back further to the 1940s - 60s for elements of their sartorial DNA), but ultimately opted for the gorgeous Coco's Crescent dress.

From the elegant floral and bird pattern (which, when my mom saw it, on the day that these photos were taken, she swooned over every bit as much as I did!) to the fact this dress is lined, to the seriously cool element that is the built short-sleeve bolero that can be removed, if so desired (it attaches with the row of buttons across the upper chest area of the dress), to the classic silhouette, I was thoroughly hooked (ooohh, and don't even get me started on the tremendously pretty "tail feather" style panels on the back, that lend this piece such a joyful sense of movement with each step - plus, it has pockets on the front!!!).

The dress arrived in a flash, was securely and attractively packaged, and was even lovelier, to my eyes, in person than it appeared on Alice's Pig's website. We've been getting a lot of rain here in recent weeks and so finding suitable days, or even dry hours, for photos, on those days when we're out and about has been tricky at times. Thankfully though, a recent weekend jaunt north of Penticton to the absolutely charming town of Peachland (that has to be one of the best names ever for a town!), provided a few rain-free, if still overcast, moments for a shoot featuring this sophisticated floral print frock.

I have to say, as someone who has a closet does a very good job of emulating a lush garden, I'm no stranger to pretty florals, but this one really blew me away. Not only is it stunning, but its colour palette is fresh, fun, and very wearable, especially since it offers one a wide range of hues to pick and pull from when it comes to styling the rest of your ensemble.

The quality of the fabric here (100% polyester for the body of the dress and 100% cotton for the lining) is lightweight, breathable, comfy, and nice quality. The colours of the design are even, crisp, and delightfully vibrant. This is really a great dress and just the kind of thing I'd reach for if I had a wedding, garden party, tea party (fittingly, given the brand's nod to all things Alice in Wonderland :) ), baby shower, gallery event, or cocktail shindig to attend in the near future.

Interestingly, much like this Voodoo Vixen dress that I reviewed here last summer, this tremendously lovely frock from Alice's Pig is devoid of any black or white in its design, which can potentially make styling such a garment a little bit tricky. Luckily the generous colour palette of the flower and bird design paired with the standout navy blue buttons (interestingly navy blue does not actually appear in the pattern of the dress itself, but it certainly compliments the colours of it and the combo is nothing short of striking!) eliminated that potential hurdle and gave me a lot to work with on that front.

Looking at this dress, one could easily see it being styled in a 1940s, 1950s, or 1960s direction, just depending on what other accessories, as well as your hair and makeup styles, you opted for. I was in a 40s mood that day, so I teamed it with a carnation pink snood, white plastic rose earrings, cropped knit shrug, vintage sheer orange gloves (which I love to bits!), orange skinny belt, vintage gold tone floral brooch, pink 1950s - 60s faux reptile skin handbag, gold tone bangle bracelets, classic navy blue patent pumps.

That is, I'm the first to admit, a lot of colour, but thanks to the bold beauty of the dress' pattern itself, I think it came together and worked really well. I definitely have ideas for how I'm going to style this dress the next time I wear it, and plan to pull from the both the green and the gray in the floral design.

One thing that surprised me about this dress, especially because I had selected it part because of the hemline that was shown online, is that it is a lot shorter than I expected it to be. I'm barely 5'2" and have a 28" inseam, so my legs are not exactly giving any supermodels a run for their money in the slightest. I had expected this dress to hit me at more of a mid-calf point, but as it is, it barely skims my knees. I'm very thankful that it does though, because I virtually never wear dresses, skirts or cropped pants that don't clear my knees, due to reasons of personal modesty that are very important to me.

To their credit though, Alice's Pig does list the length of their garments online, but I guess because in the photos, illustration, and video, it looked a bit longer (and it was listed as being 112.5 cm/44.2 inches long in the size that I selected), I was still surprised that it was so short on me. No worries though. This somewhat shorter length works great for the roasty-toasty days of summer, and I just wanted to point out this fact, in case you are thinking of purchasing this beautiful Coco's Crescent dress yourself and were curious as to where it might hit on you.

Objectively and without a speck of bias because this was a review product (you'll never get a biased review from me, doing so would go against my own integrity to no end), I love this dress. I would have no qualms paying its £66.00 price tag, especially if I was intentionally buying it for a special occasion like the ones I touched on above, and I say that as someone whose modest personal budget making purchasing items from the UK quite the rare and special occasion. The fact that Alice's Pig offers free worldwide shipping, would seal the deal for me all the more.

I really enjoyed wearing this lovely dress, as it suits spring and summer sublimely, and getting a chance to review one of a new-to-me brand's offerings here for all you. If you haven't checked out Alice's Pig's fun website and offerings yet, I highly encourage you to do so.

And if you're interested in adding some of Alice's Pig's truly delightful fashions to your own wardrobe, the fine folks there have very kindly provided me with an exclusive discount code for Chronically Vintage's readers. Please use Alicespig10 at checkout, to save 10% off on all purchases between now and June 8, 2015.

Thank you again to Alice Pig for this gorgeous, vintage influenced floral print dress. I adore it to bits and felt like my frock had been painted by a talented artist, as the florals are off-the-charts gorgeous and the whole piece is a vision of loveliness.

77 comments:

  1. I'm really surprised I've not heard of this brand - having had a look at their website their pieces are really lovely! Thanks for bringing them to my attention, I'll keep an eye on them from now on. This dress is absolutely made for you and I adore how you've styled it. No black is no challenge for you! Also, your eyebrows are perfect - I don't know how I've not noticed how perfect they are before! You look gorgeous xx

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    1. That is immensely sweet of you to say, dear CiCi, thank you so much! Much like the hair of my head, my eyebrows are very sparse at this point in my life (and naturally almost white blonde coloured - a holdover from my youth of being Nordic level blonde before puberty struck and turned my locks a dull dishwater, mousy light brown), so I pencil them on. It took me a few years to hit on a shape that I really liked and that looked somewhat natural, which I did around 2013 and I must say, I'm very happy with them at this point. Anytime I get a compliment on them, it really does mean all the more to because they're penciled in. All that to say, again, thank you so much!!!

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

      *PS* I'm delighted to have introduced you two Alice's Pig. I'd not caught wind of them before they contacted me either.

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  2. damn, damn damn! I love printed dresses and the spring and summer just calls for that! I'd love to wear gloves but right now in Portugal it's so hot!

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  3. Gorgeous and lovelyoutfit.

    Have a nice day.

    Merethe

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  4. Wow! What a seriously cool dress. Love the two in one aspect. These people are thinking!

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    1. They definitely are! That's not a design feature I've ever owned in a garment before and it will come in handy so much when the dog days of summer are here.

      Thank you very much for your lovely comment, dear Debra. I hope that you're doing well and having a terrific week!

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  5. Oh goodness, I just LOVE éverything about your outfit; such gorgeous color combination. What a stunning ensemble!

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    1. Thank you very much, honey! I love that this outfit let me bust out the colour orange for the first time (save for some recent peach) in ages. I tend to subconsciously reserve it for fall, but you know, it can look amazing in the summer, too - plus as it's Tony's favourite colour, I'm always glad when I can weave it into an outfit. :)

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  6. *furiously taking notes* I love how you dress. You accessorize better than anyone I know -- and it's those details that create a recognizable vintage style. Great gloves, super snood. I like how the word "snood" sounds when you pronounce it. And, of course, your makeup. I wish I could apply makeup as skillfully as you. Your eyebrows are amazing. Superb post, my dear.

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    1. Ooohh, me, too! Snood is one of the funnest words to say. How cool that we share that point in common.

      Thank you for your wildly kind and completely flattering compliments, Ally. I'm sincerely honoured to be able to help inspire you when it comes to accessorizing and fashion in general.

      Have a fantastic tail end of May!
      ♥ Jessica

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  7. I love the bird pattern on the dress my mom would have swooned over it to! I think you styled it very well sometime not wearing black or white is a good things the blue and orange are just so lovely. Another absolutely pintrest worthy outfit:0

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    1. You're so sweet, Daphne, thank you very much. Not only for your wonderfully nice comment and compliments, but for reminding me to pin more of my outfit posts again. I used to do it all the time, but got so busy with the shop from the start of 2014 onward, that I haven't done so in ages now. I'm going to try to set aside some time this summer to catch up, if possible, and in general to start doing so more often again going forward from here.

      Many thanks again & have a beautiful day!
      ♥ Jessica

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  8. Oh dear, that dress is too lovely. I've already been to Alice's Pig and coveted some of their floral offerings. I am concerned about the length, though, as I am on the tall side and also like dresses to clear my knees. I love that orange/navy combination on you!

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    1. Thank you very much, honey. As touched on here, I was surprised about the length. I haven't actually measured the dress I received, but I may, as garments that are the length states on their site for this dress, usually hit lower on me. If you're a sewer, one option might be to add a length of lace or a similar light, airy fabric to the hem here to help add a few inches and clear one's knees.

      Thanks again & have a terrific Thursday!
      ♥ Jessica

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  9. It's a lovely dress! I love the snood too!

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  10. Great colors! Very flattering! The pink is a great touch, too.
    -Krystle 1930slife.blogspot.com

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  11. That dress is soooo cute! Checked out their site. They have some really interesting styles and it is very cool that they can ship free from UK. May have to try them out! And I love your snood. Snoods are on my list to get. I love how they look and they'd be great for hiding my frizzies here in hot humid florida!

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    1. It really is cool - and not something I've encountered often at all from any kind of website in the UK (save for some book sellers like The Book Depository).

      Snoods are the best! I find they're like potato chips though, you can't stop at just one! Once you start wearing them and see how amazing they look on you, you'll like want to snap up a rainbow's worth! :)

      Thank you very much for your great comment, Theresa. Have a beautiful Thursday!

      ♥ Jessica

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  12. good looking woman with a fantastic style... ciao ciao and all the best... Christa

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    1. You're very sweet, Christa, thank you so much!

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  13. Wow, that dress really is a beauty! I love the orange details in your outfit!

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  14. The colors in this outfit are too amazing! The print of the dress is so ethereal and gorgeous, I am definitely swooning over those elegant birds! Just a stunning outfit overall, I wish I could get away with pairing orange and navy here, but in Denver that could easily come across to locals as Broncos football fan and I can't have that :p The combination is beautiful!

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    1. What an interesting point. I haven't refrained from wearing a colour combo before due to sports myself, but I could certainly see that eliciting the wrong kind of attention in an area that was fiercely loyal to a given team. Baby blue and orange can look sensational, too, would that be a safe pairing in your neck of the woods?

      Thank you very much for your splendidly nice compliments, my dear. I hope you're having a great last week of May!

      ♥ Jessica

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  15. You look stunning in this outfit, I love how you have picked out the navy and orange from the pattern. It looks so cheerful and sunny for summer! Even though the dress is not made with vintage in mind, you have styled it perfectly for a vintage look. Beautiful xx

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  16. I really have to visit this shop, because I liked their philosophy and this dress' style, totally sweet! I agree with "the name is a reminder that colliding styles and cultures can produce something interesting and that there can be beauty and surprise in anything; even in a pig." I really agree with that! I think you look very beautiful and that the pattern of the dress is very sweet and I liked with the gloves and jacket! Going to visit the shop now, thank you for that!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. It's my sincere pleasure. Denise. Thank you very much for your eloquent assessment of Alice's Pig's fashion philosophy, and lovely compliments about this outfit.

      Have a marvelous end of May!
      ♥ Jessica

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  17. I love the Orange touches you used particularly the gloves
    Retro rover

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  18. i squeeled with delight as the first pic appeared!! not only because of this fabulous dress - especially because of the colors of your accessoires!!! this is high end styling my dear! love it very much!!!
    you look stunning and very happy in this photos!!!!
    have a nice&sunny weekend! xxxxxx

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    1. Aww, thank you very much, sweet Beate. I know what you mean - there is an air of elegance and more formal style to this ensemble, which I just love. My daily life doesn't always call for more formal vintage attire, so any chance I can get to dress up a touch, I pounce on it.

      Big hugs & tons of sunny wishes to you as well!
      ♥ Jessica

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  19. I bought my first item from Alice's Pig a couple of months ago after coveting it for about a year. I don't normally spend quite so much on clothing, but it's so lovely it's worth every penny and I feel fabulous every time I put it on. I appreciated the complimentary canvas tote that arrived with it too, which has come in right handy for record shopping as it's the perfect size for LPs.

    I really love how you've brought out the orange tones in the print with your accessories, this is such a cheerful sunny look. I was quite surprised when you listed all of the colours involved in your accessories as it doesn't look that many at all, the pieces you've chosen compliment the print perfectly. I love that you haven't used any black or white either, a base I'm guilty of falling back on too often!

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    1. Hi lovely Freya, thank you very much for your terrific comment and for sharing about your own Alice's Pig experience with me/us. You're the first person I've connected with so far online who also owns a garment from them.

      I'm with you entirely regarding not usually spending so much (especially on new clothing), but their quality is worth the price and I was genuinely impressed with what a nice quality, lux looking dress I received from them. How awesome the you were able to find such a fun way to repurpose the handy free fabric bag that their items come packed in. I've tucked mine away to use a shoe or scarf bag in my suitcase, when I travel.

      Thank you again so much for your fantastic comment! Big hugs coming your way!
      ♥ Jessica

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  20. To die for dress and those gloves!!!!!! swoon

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Kim. Aren't those gloves sensational? I don't own a lot of orange (though I certainly like it), as it can be a tricky colour for me to pull off, but in small doses like that it usually works and is such an unexpectedly fun way (in glove form, I mean) to sport this cheerful hue.

      I hope that you're doing well and having a great end of May.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  21. What a great name for a clothing line! When I saw the post name in my blog roll I was expecting a dress with a print of the illustration of Alice holding the pig baby (highly influenced by pulling out my t-shirt with that illustration on it this morning), haha. :)

    You look stylishly lovely in this, as always! The blue, orange, and pink/peach color combo is divine!

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    1. Thank you very much, honey. I really played around with the colours of the accessories here that day before finalizing the selections that I did. At first I'd been thinking of going in more of a green direction, but with the navy shrug, I didn't feel it worked as well as pink and orange, so the latter was what I went with in the end. Plus, any time I get to bust out these super fun sheer orange 50s gloves, I'm a happy camper! :)

      Sending lots of hugs & happy end of May wishes your way!
      ♥ Jessica

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  22. What a truly beautiful dress! I love the colors and that print, and I think the pink, navy, and orange that you've paired with it make for a gorgeous late spring/early summer outfit.
    The length issue is always such a tricky thing. It can be difficult to take that measurement yourself, even if you're familiar with most of your other measurements, and what something looks like on a model might be worlds away from what it looks like on you! I think you've received a beautiful piece, though, so I'm glad that it works on you.
    <3 Jessica, Zella Maybe

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear. Agreed entirely. I haven't actually measured this dress, but I think that it has to be a bit shorter than the stated measurements (on their site), as I have other dresses in that length and they're longer on me. I wonder if they sent me a petite option without me knowing, as I did give them my height when providing my measurements? (Total guess there - I have no idea if they ever do things like that). Ultimately though, it does work well for summer and I can always sport it with tights, if I want a bit more or a sense of coverage.

      Have a fantastic Friday - big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  23. Hello there,Ciao Jessica...wow...Elegance is a great Art...as to create a charming Outfit...like this look...the choice of colours,the accessories...all make shine Your charisma...Elegant!
    cheers!

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    1. Thank you very much, Aure. You always so generously kind with your compliments.

      Have a fantastic weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  24. Okay, I totally didn't know that was called a snood! Such a funny word to say. Well now I know what those pretty crochet-like hat thingies are called :). And you pull it off so beautifully. Can I just say how much I love this whole outfit? The print on the dress is so pretty, and orange looks so lovely on you, especially those vintage gloves. The way you put outfits together is perfect; I love the color combination and all the details, such an inspiration! I hadn't heard of Alice's Pig before, but I checked out the link and I'm already loving the prints I'm seeing! Hope you're having a lovely week.

    xo, Serli
    www.lesoleilchic.blogspot.com

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    1. That's awesome! I'm delighted to have introduced you to the word snood. It's so much fun to say, I completely agree. They're equally enjoyable to wear too, and let me tell you, once you start (buying them), it's hard to stop. I have about 15 at this point and hope to grow my collection even more in the future.

      Thank you so much for your immensely lovely comment and compliments, sweet Serli. You're such a dear!!!

      Have a fantastic weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  25. Oh what a gorgeous dress, you look so lovely in it. I especially love the orange gloves that you have paired with it. Beautiful photos x

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    1. Thank you very much, darling gal! I love these gloves to bits, too. I've had them for quite a while now, but haven't sported them here - clearly I was waiting for an elegant frock like this to come along before they made their blogging debut. :)

      Wishing you an awesome weekend,
      ♥ Jessica

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  26. Lovely dress, I can't wait to see it with out the shrug on a warmer day :) Love the orange details you mixed with it.
    Alices' Pig - hadn't heard from them yet. The website is really fun. I will have an eye on them in the future.

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  27. Orange is my least favorite color but how you've styled it in this outfit is almost changing my mind! I love all the little details in your outfits, and the snood is making me want to start crocheting them again :)
    ~Theresa

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    1. Thank you very much, honey, that's an awesome compliment, especially for someone like me who loves and tries to dress from the full spectrum of the rainbow (not usually at once, just in general, I mean :)).

      Have a terrific weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

      *PS* I'd love to see any snoods that you make, if you do crochet some. Definitely feel free to share snaps! :)

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  28. You look magnificent! Perfect outfit for spring. Orange suits you beautifully and you have assessorized in such a fun way with orange gloves. Knocked it out of the park yet again lovely lady!

    P.S. the back drop is jaw dropping!

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    1. You are stupendously sweet, dear Christina, thank you very, very much!!! We really are fortunate to live in such a breathtaking part of country. It might not have all the bells and whistles of a big city, but goodness, is the landscape inspiringly gorgeous - especially between May and October.

      Many thanks again & have a marvelous weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  29. So gorgeous, and what a print! I love the sherbet orange color next to that gray-blue. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, honey. Orange and grey play so nicely together, it's surprising we don't see that combo more often, especially since (much like navy blue) grey and orange don't necessarily channel the same strong Halloween vibe (which is rarely desired outside of October) as orange and black do.

      I hope you're having a fantastic weekend!

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  30. Once again, you look adorable! I love that touch of orange :) And, I will definitely be heading over to 'Alice's Pig' to check out their stuff :)

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet gal! It's sooooo lovely to be able to do shoots again without freezing my tail off. Even overcast days this month are balmy compared to just a few weeks ago, when the last vestiges of winter were still lingers. The return of warm weather really calls for a cheerful palette like this, if you ask me.

      Have a beautiful Sunday & great week ahead!
      ♥ Jessica

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  31. You look so pretty! The colours suit you very well.

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    1. Thank you very much, lovely lady! I'm feeling this whole palette right now so much - it seems to echo the gorgeous blooms that are suddenly filling gardens everywhere again.

      Big hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  32. OMG the dress and the gloves are gorgeous! Love, love love it! The snood looks great on you! I love that you picked a red one and did not go with orange or blue!
    http://inkandlacedesigns.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet! It was so serendipitous that I happened to have a dark, carnation-like pink snood in my collection of them that matched the pink in the dress to a tee.

      I hope you're doing great and having a wonderful weekend - big hugs!
      ♥ Jessica

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  33. You look absolutely stunning in all of these photos and I love how you have styled this dress. You have made it such a joyful outfit with a great use of colour. Those hits of orange are absolutely gorgeous. Aldo, marvellous colour snood! Beautiful scenary in the background too!

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    1. *Blush* Thank you very much, my super sweet friend!!!

      Tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  34. Gosh how beautiful :) love love it :)

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear.

      Have a stellar start of June!
      ♥ Jessica

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  35. The colors are perfect. For spring, for life! The two in one idea is great!!! and once again your knack color and accessorizing shine through, as well as the wonderful shot locations. You're such a cutie!

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    1. *Blush* Thank you ever so much, sweet dear! I love this location, too. The blend of paving stones on the ground and the vast, sprawling lake + sage hued hills behind is such an apt representation of the duality of my country + city loving heart (and fashion sense, really, come to think of it).

      Have an awesome June,
      ♥ Jessica

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  36. Such a beautiful fabric print, and I think this dress looks so lovely on you Jessica. It's a perfect spring outfit. Your little orange ruffled gloves are so cute too! ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Thank you very much, my dear. I love these gloves sooo much, too! Orange was not an overly common accessory (or garment) colour in the 50s, so finding these quite some time ago now was a major delight! :)

      Big hugs & tons of happy start of June wishes!
      ♥ Jessica

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  37. i love the way you styled this dress, accentuating the small bits of orange in the pattern with your matching belt and gloves, it really makes it pop and it's the perfect way to wear this dress! and the soft pink matching with your handbag too - you look adorable, as you always do. :) x

    jessica - littlehenrylee.com

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    1. Thank you so very much, honey, that's so wonderfully sweet of you to say. No matter how old I get, there will never be a compliment about my appearance that enjoy getting more than being told I look cute/adorable. :)

      Have an awesome June - big hugs!
      ♥ Jessica

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  38. What a beautiful outfit! I adore the orange accents - it really suits you, this shade!

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  39. That shade of lipstick is the one I've been searching for!! I'll have to see if I can get hold of it.

    On to the rest of your look though, this is such a gorgeous ensemble. The dress is pretty enough on its own but you always are the queen of accessorizing, and this look is no exception.

    What a pretty spot for photos too xxx

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    1. Hi sweet Porcelina, thank you so much!!! (I will be blushing and smiling up a storm over your super lovely use of the term "queen of accessorizing" all week!) I love this shade of lippy, too. It's been my go-to pink for several years now (pink lipstick can be tricky for me, but deeper roses like this are usually safe) and though it's hard to get in my town, I can usually track it down in the nearby city of Kelowna. If you're not able to find any on your end or online for a good price, let me know and I can happily pick up one for you on this side of the pond.

      Big hugs & tons of happy start of June wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  40. I love it when you photograph near water. There are so many beautiful and interesting places we see through your blog:) Orange is such a pretty color for you. Your dress is so pretty:))) So, nice to see you out and about in these wonderful photographs:))

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    1. Thank you sweetly, dear Joanna. I love shooting near water, too, and spring is such an ideal time for it. Warm enough to not shake like a leaf, but at the same time, the beaches and such are not usually crowded wall-to-wall with throngs of tourists and locals alike. Up until about late May, depending on the weather, we can usually still get unencumbered shoots in like this. Knowing this area like the back of my hand though, I will confess though, all that said, that I can usually still find private spots in lesser known areas (such as Three Mile Beach in the neighbouring tiny community of Naramata) that are pretty uncrowded even in the summer. The perks of having spent so much time in one part of the world, eh! :)

      Big hugs & the happiest of wishes for June,
      ♥ Jessica

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  41. Wow, lady, you look really stunning here. You look so calm and happy in the photos. I really love the pattern and colours of your new dress, and I love your orange accessories. I have never been fond of orange, but more and more smaller orange things have begun sneaking into my life. Funny, how taste changes even when you think it wouldn't. I have to take a look at their page when I open my pc, they have a kind of mobile conversion which I think is not working very well. Congrats on your lovely new dress, dear. Have a great day. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, my sweet friend - that is such an insightful, lovely way to describe how I look. If memory serves me well, I was feeling precisely both of those things that day - especially happy, because we weren't freezing our tails off during a photo shoot for one of the first time in ages and also because of this elegantly gorgeous dress itself.

      Orange does not usually work with my colouring in large doses at all, but it's a colour I enjoy (and it's actually Tony's very favourite colour), so I like finding ways to inject hits of like this into the occasional outfit.

      Thinking of you and wishing you a truly splendid last week of spring, dear Sanne!
      ♥ Jessica

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  42. I love this look! I was looking at the sizing chart for Alice's Pig and it seems a whole size or two larger than normal- did you find you wear the same size as you normally do in this dress?

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    1. Thank you very much for your wonderfully nice comment and question. Yes, ma'am - albeit in UK sizing (here I'm wearing a UK size 10/US size 6), I did go with my usual and it worked fabulously. Save for the length being shorter than expected based on the photos of this dress being modeled on Alice's Pig's site, the fit was very true and I couldn't be more pleased with it (I belted to further define my waist, not because it was too big or otherwise ill fitting).

      Many thanks again & have a great week,
      ♥ Jessica

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  43. I thought they were flowers at first, but how cute that it is a bird print. Makes me think of Star Spangled Heart's feather babies. :)

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    1. So true - Stephanie's birds are completely darling! It's sweet that this print reminded you of them. I just adore it. It's like an elegant painting.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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