June 4, 2015

Kicking off summer with my awesome new 1950s Egyptian novelty print patio set





Outfit details

Assorted hair flowers: Ardene
Pearl stud earrings: eBay or Claire's
1980s does 1950s green plastic necklace: Purchased from a fellow vintage seller
Grey cropped cardigan: Fairweather
1950s Egyptian Novelty print patio set c/o: The Best Vintage Clothing
Red lace trimmed crinoline: Petticoat Style
Green 1950s style stretch belt: Hell Bunny purchased from Retro Glam
Faux pearl stretch bracelets: Real Canadian Superstore
Mid-century vintage red purse: I Love Vintage Stuff
Black cork wedge sandals: Walmart
Lip Colour: MAC Russian Red
Nail polish colour on fingers: Sally Hansen Emerald City
Nail polish colour on toes: Essie Wicked


Photography by Tony Cangiano






























































Okay, first and foremost, I fully realize that it isn't quite summer yet, but we have reached the month that houses its beginning and that's as good as the same thing for me! :)

Secondly, and I really need to mention this off the bat for my own piece of mind, things look strangely bunchy around my waist here because I had a crinoline over a skirt with both a shirt and a cropped cardigan topped into said skirt, all further topped off with a stretch belt. That point was probably visually obvious, but I wanted to bring it up all the same.

Now on with the show!

This amazing 1950s Egyptian novelty print patio set. Oh...my...vintage fashion loving word!!! It is the be all to end all, and I have my wonderful longtime blog sponsor The Best Vintage Clothing, to thank for it.

Their offerings are always incredibly appealing and very stylish, so when Laura, the lovely woman in charge of that online vintage selling empire, offered me the chance to pick one of their beautiful garments to receive as a review gift, I felt like a kid in a candy store to say the least.

Originally I had planned to save debuting this fabulous vintage patio set - my first ever actually (I have a 1950s Southwestern style patio dress, but not a two piece play set/patio set like this novelty print stunner) - for my birthday in July, however there is a chance that Tony may be going to the US for work this summer. As such, given that he’s my usual photographer, that might mean that a shoot on the big day wouldn't happen and there was no way on earth I was going to let the season slip by without sharing this sensational set with you guys!

Boasting a short sleeve, button front blouse and matching full (though not quite circle width) skirt, this dark turquoise, red, pine green, grey and white is beyond awesome!

Made of high quality cotton (that is somewhat redolent of a texture percale), in good shape (there are a few small, faint stains here and there, which I was aware of from the get go and which you really can't see unless you're up close and looking for them), and very charming, this set is such a good representation of the kind of highly desire vintage and antique fashions that The Best Vintage Clothing houses on their standalone website, as well as their eBay store, and their ever-expanding Etsy shop.

Interestingly, these photos were taken fairly early (around 9 am) in the morning, not in the afternoon. This is noteworthy (to me at least :)) because it's the first morning shot I've ever done for my blog.

Though I can see now that I was squinting a bit more than I'd felt like I was at the time and there were some shadows at play in the location (the grassy side embankment of the running track at a school down the street from our house), I flat out loved shooting in the morning and said to Tony that we should definitely aim to do so more often, especially in the late spring, summer, and early fall, when the weather is conducive to it.

This is a bold fifties patio set, both in terms of the colour and the off-the-charts cool Egyptian themed novelty print (which is, itself, another first for me, as I didn't previously own anything with an Egyptian revival design/pattern to it), so I stuck with colours pulled from it for my accessories, which include a super fun 1980s does 1950s green plastic necklace, some classic pearls on my wrists, my beloved red vintage handbag, four hair flowers, emerald green nail polish on my fingers, a green stretch belt from Hell Bunny, a red crinoline underneath the skirt, and black vintage-y style wedge sandals (plus a thin knit grey cropped cardi up top).

I won't even beat around the bush, this is not only one of my favourite outfits of the year so far, but one of my favourites I've blogged about. I love the colours, the fullness of the skirt, the terrific Egyptian novelty print, the silhouette (save for the little bit of "bulk" above the belt), the delightful - and surprisingly handy - lower pockets on the skirt (they're great for tucking your hands into while sitting, which is often tricky with waist or hip height pockets), every last little thing, and I truly want to thank The Best Vintage Clothing for the wonderful gift of this 1950s set, which really does feel like an early birthday present and then some!

Whether I sport both pieces together or separately, you can bet that you'll most likely spot them again here as time goes on and I'm eager to see how many fun outfits I can come up with for both halves of this stellar patio set (I'm envisioning the top working well with jeans and the skirt with everything from sweaters to my black boat neck top).

While nothing is set in stone yet, if Tony does end up traveling for work this summer (he'll be gone for over two months solid, if does), I will be sure to post here and let you guys know. For now though, he's still home and we're both loving the return of (nearly) summer weather, grabbing photo shoots when we can, and celebrating all that is great about this time of the year - very much including that it's the season for charming vintage patio sets (which I'm more in love with now than ever, thanks to the fact that I finally have one of my own!).

84 comments:

  1. Such a lovely outfit but I must confess that I have never heard of a 'patio set' except in the context of furniture, hehe! Nevertheless it is very lovely and you look glorious ❤

    The weather is finally looking appropriate for June here which is a relief after the initial hiccup at the start so I can't wait to pull on lots of summery clothes and I look forward to seeing similar outfits in your posts xx

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Melanie! It could be termed a playset, too, but I tend to think of those as having either shorts, a swimsuit, a shorter length skirt, or a crop top, and this lacks (much to my delight, I should add, as I don't tend to wear such garments) any of those.

      Same here! After an unusually damp June, then a fabulous lightning and thunder storm at the start of the month, we're getting some glorious sunshine here and I feel like summer is just itching to burst forth with reckless abandon!

      Big hugs & many thanks again,
      ♥ Jessica

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  2. BEST DRESS EVERRRR!!!!!! That is all hehe, because this post is too wonderful for words :)

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    1. Zero argument there, my dear!!! :)

      Huge thanks & oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  3. I love the colours here so much - I can never wait to see what combination you will come up with next, and I'm never disappointed! Absolutely beautiful. And I agree about getting photoshoots done in the morning - I love the feeling of having one in the bag to feel pleased about the rest of the day :) I realise I have an email from you where you mentioned Tony's travels to reply to. It's on my list! x

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    1. You are as sweet as the summer sun is toasty, dear CiCi. Thank you very, very much!!! I enjoy coming up with new (as in I haven't worn them here before) combos and revisiting old favourites a great deal and sincerely appreciate that you're a fan as well.

      No worries at all, I love hearing from you anytime. Though we're still waiting to hear about his Visa, things are moving forward as though he was/is going and this is going to be a busy month for sure because of it.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  4. For the record I did not think you had too much going on at the waist and I had to go back and check and thought I'm not sure what bunching I'm supposed to see.
    This is such a beautiful outfit and that colour!! I can see why this is a favourite. I don't know why but emerald green nail polish is now on my have to have list.

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    1. Aww, thanks! I'm sure it's just me being my usual waaaaaaaay to self-conscious self. :)

      Thank you too regarding the outfit and colours here. I am ridiculously in love with them - like, I sort of want to wear this outfit everyday until fall returns level in love with them. :)

      Any shade of dark green, from lustrous emerald to the darkest pine is a perpetual favourite of mine and I must say, they're surprisingly versatile as cosmetics colours. I don't wear coloured eye shadows (aka, non-neutral tones) all that often these days, but when I do, at least half the time its either blue or green (greys, golds and purples make up the others as a general rule).

      Big hugs & many thanks again for your absolutely lovely comment,
      ♥ Jessica

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  5. Darling, I love this outfit. You're so right about the silhouette and the colors. You look fantastic.

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  6. Funny thing that the first thing you comment is that your waist looks bunchy and that the first thing I was going to say is that your waist looks so tiny and that I love how the layers work here: belt, skirt, cardi…. I guess we all do see things under a different prism. Hugs.

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    1. Hi sweet Lorena, so true! I know it's just me being my usual way too self-conscious self here and that I could have easily said nothing and I doubt anyone would have raised a peep about (my perceived?) bunchiness. Thanks! My waist is actually relatively slender at the narrowest spot (about 27", though I do usually go up anywhere from 1 to 4 inches in the waist and torso with my clothing sizing, as tight pieces with little or no stretch to it can be painful for some of my medical conditions), but sometimes because I'm short and quite curvy, it can get lost or at least not fully defined in clothing, so I love it when cinch style belts or other garments help to define its true shape/size better.

      Thanks again & tons of hugs right back to you!
      ♥ Jessica

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  7. Great outfit. It's very impressive the amount of effort you put into your ensembles. The multiple pieces, the accessories, the elegance and professionalism of the photography. As someone who does such posts, I know the high degree of work involved. Respect!

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    1. That's extremely kind of you to say, my fellow fashion blogger. I delight in the process to no end, really and truly (especially composing my outfits). Were my health to permit, I'd happy do an outfit shot every day of the year, even in the icy dead of the long Canadian winter. It doesn't though, so I just happily and gratefully take the days I can and try to get in as many shots when the sun is shining in particular as possible.

      Thanks again & have a fabulous end of the week!
      ♥ Jessica

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  8. LOVE! yup love it times a thousand..ohhhh it's wonderful :) Jessica I love blues on you, they go wonderfully with your complexion.

    Such a great find, the Best vintage clothing shop is a super store and I'm glad I discovered it thru you :)

    Have a wonderful day!

    Liz :)

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    1. Thank you super much, lovely Liz! You're so sweet! My mom says the same thing about me in blues and I'm not arguing with you kind ladies in the slightest.

      They really are a mega vintage store and I love their offerings to bits. A spin on their main site is like a virtual trip to vintage heaven! :) I really think that TBVC deserves to be a household name in our community and hope that my ongoing partnership with them can help to get them there.

      Big hugs & many thanks again!
      ♥ Jessica

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  9. HOLY SMOKES! Dear gal, you are STUNNING!!! What a great color on you! And that dress is divine, so much fun!

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    1. Thank you soooo much, lovely dear, you're the sweetest! :) Isn't this colour sublime! I could happily wear it everyday. I swoon just looking at this outfit hanging in my closet now, as it's the perfect mid shade blue in my books.

      Huge hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  10. Quite unsurprisingly, I LOVE THIS!!!

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    1. Yay! I had a strong feeling that you would, my dear! :)

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  11. Can I just say: "WOW! what a catch that Egyptian themed patio set is. It's adorable, and as you mention, each piece has lots of potential going out on their own too. That is my idea of the perfect wardrobe set. I also want to add that you are so super for noting the flaws, but going right ahead and wearing it with style. It's vintage after all, and should have a little history to show for it.

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    1. You most certainly can (say "WOW!") - thank you so much, lovely Jen! I'm with you there entirely. If a piece is still intact structurally and the stains or minor flaws aren't horrible visible, I'm all for continuing to wear and get the most out of vintage (or modern, for that matter) pieces. The longer a vintage piece can keep serving its purpose, the better in my books.

      Many thanks again & have a fantastic Friday!
      ♥ Jessica

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  12. What a glorious ensemble!!! Second thought: with POCKETS! Hehe. And I doubt I would have noted the bulk issue if you hadn't mentioned it- there are just so many other great details to look at that something as insignificant as what's tucked into what becomes completely irrelevant!
    I really love the added touch with the green polish as well. :D

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    1. True, true! I'm just a really self-conscious person and tend to feel like I have to mention things like that, even though honestly the bulk is less noticeable here than it felt in person. Thank you so much! I second your word "glorious" about this set and really, really feel honoured to have it my wardrobe now. It's my favourite vintage acquisition in ages!

      I hope that you're doing well and having a beautiful first week of June - big hugs!
      ♥ Jessica

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  13. Jessica, you look lovely in that vintage patio set! It couldn't have gone to a worthy-er wearer than yourself! You rock it! I love all the accessories too. Thanks for everything, by the way!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Laura! It was such a joy to partner up with The Best Vintage Clothing again. I truly love this awesome patio set, which is unlike anything I've owned before, and know that it will get tons and tons of wear. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for the awesome gift of it!

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  14. I can say that I never saw a more beautiful set, and it's so tru, it's simply fabulous! I am as impressed as I bet you are, from reading what you said about the set! It's amazing, colorful, feminine, you look stunning! I must confess I didn't notice anything bad about the cropped cardigan and then the set and petticoat and stretch belt, but I know what you mean - I think the photos look perfect! I hope you get to wear the set many other times and that you enjoy the time you have with Tony - but you know, time flies, so in case he has to travel, he will be back home soon! Hope you have a great rest of the week and weekend! Hugs and kisses!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. What an awesomely lovely compliment, dear Denise. Thank you so much!!! That's how we're looking at things, too, especially because if he does end up going, this will be the longest period (by far!) that we've been apart since trying the knot over 10.5 years ago. Thankfully we'll both be super busy with our respective daily lives and given that it's summer, often the season that feels like it goes by the fastest, I'm sure it won't be too hard to cope with, even though we will both miss each other something fierce!

      Tons of hugs & happy (slightly early) weekend wishes to you!
      ♥ Jessica

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  15. When I read the title and saw "patio set", I thought you had new patio furniture! I couldn't imagine what Egyptian patio furniture would look like. lol

    No wonder you love your new outfit so much. It is stunning and so fun with the Egyptian border print. Border prints are fab to begin with and now this! I love the flowers in your hair, too.

    Goodness, you have a tiny waist! I'm so envious. :-)

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    1. That's really cute, Dawn! :) I get that entirely! One could loosely extend the term playset to apply here, too, but as it lacks some of the more common elements of such (such a pair of shorts, a crop top, or a swimsuit), I refrained from calling it such and went with a term that was often used for this style back in the fifties themselves.

      Aww, you're too sweet! (Re: my waist.) Thank you! I'm short and very curvy, so my waist, which is relatively slender, can easily get hidden or "bulked up" to a degree by some outfits. I love it when cinch belts like this or other garments help its true size to shine through better.

      Many thanks again for your great comment. Have a fantastic Friday!
      ♥ Jessica

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  16. OMG, this is one of the best vintage outfits I've ever seen! I just love how it's taken something completely unrelated(The Ancient Egyptians) and yet it works so well in this context! Love your flowers too :)

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    1. That is awesomely nice of you to say, Laura, thank you so much!!! I adore how just about anything was fair game when it came to novelty prints in the 1940s, 50s, and early 60s, as this great patio set demonstrates. Long after the huge wave of earlier 20th century Egyptian Revivalism was over, fun pieces like this helped to keep its spirit alive and going strong a bit longer.

      Have a fabulous Friday,
      ♥ Jessica

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  17. Denise @BuyRVintageJunkJune 4, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    What a gorgeous look! The red purse really stands out, the wide belt makes the patio set look like a dress- and the way you put an ensemble together is the cat's meow. :)
    And honestly when the title said *50's patio set* I thought it was going to be vintage outdoor furniture too. Don't laugh!
    Looking forward to more vintage summer fashions and whatever your creative mind comes up with...


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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Denise. I love how a belt turns these sorts of sets into looking like a dress, too. Not that they aren't fab on their own, they certainly are, but belting just gives them yet another versatile styling option, which is always a win in my books (and my matchbox sized closet).

      Many thanks again & have a terrific Friday!
      ♥ Jessica

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  18. Oh my goodness what I wouldn't do for that dress to be mine!!!! That blue is the perfect shade, the deep yet light spotless blue of a crisp fall day or airy summer morning. have a wonderful summer, dear, I can see you are off to a great start already.

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    1. Thank you deeply, dear Abigail. It may prove to be a rather unique (so far in the course of our time together, I mean) summer if Tony does indeed go to the US for work, but hopefully it will be a fun, exciting one for both of us all the same.

      I sincerely hope that summer shines, on all fronts (not just the actual amber rays of delicious sunlight themselves), for you as well.

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  19. hello there,ciao...Oh...what a fabolous look!...super suoper super Fabolous Look indeed...Chapeau!
    You created a true charming work of Art...all is perfect:the blend of the colours...the accessories...the Shoes also are very Great...cheers!
    congrats!
    ciao ciao, greetings

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    1. Thank you very much, Aure, your shower of lovely compliments is always so kind and appreciated.

      Have a fabulous Friday,
      ♥ Jessica

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  20. I love, love, love anything and everything Egyptian Revival, but this takes the cake! I've never seen "novelty" print patio sets before, just the standard ric-rac-y striped ones. Amazing!

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    1. Thank you so much, darling gal!!! It's uniqueness is a huge part of what drew me to it as well. Not only did it offer a type of garment (patio set) that I didn't previously own, but a novelty print theme that was new to my closet as well. It's also very well made and extremely comfy, points I discovered fully once I had it on for the first time, so it's a win-win on all fronts. :)

      Big hugs & the happiest of Friday wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  21. Wow this is a fantastic color on you-- it really makes all your reds pop.
    The dress is strange and cute... and I like strange and cute!

    I am not much of a morning person, so 9 am is early to me-- but the photos of course are very lovely. The setting is perfect to showcase your beautiful ensemble.

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    1. Ooooh me neither in the slightest! Not only am a natural born night owl, but my sleep is perpetually on a wonky (unintentional) schedule due to the impact of my medical conditions on it (I've had severe painsomnia brought on by many of them for about 13 years now and rarely get much sleep as a result). But I don't mean to get all serious sounding there - I just bring that up to stress that I'm with you on the not being an AM person, and that that is no small part of the reason why this is my first morning outfit post in over six years of blogging. :)

      Thank you very much, sweet gal. Have a great Friday!
      ♥ Jessica

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  22. You look amazing as always. You have such a talent for accessorizing you outfits, each piece is totally on point. I'm in love with that necklace. We've had an early and wonderful spring this year and it seems to me that we are all ready in to summer as well. Go figure, Alaska! Our weather never seems to follow the rules of seasons.


    She Knits in Pearls

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    1. *Big time blush* That is one seriously fantastic - and very touching - compliment, dear Cherry. Thank you so much!!!

      I hope that the good weather continues for you guys clear on until September (at least), we should be getting into that stretch here (if we're lucky, it will eek out until early/mid-October) right about now and I am so happy about that. I love (!) the heat and am so looking forward to all the perks of the season. :)

      Huge thanks again & have a marvelous weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  23. Amazing! Egyptian revival is my favorite "trend" of the 20th century (both the 20's one, and the 50's/60's). I am not really one for modern trends, but novelty ones like Egyptian revival are right up my alley. This set if full of beautiful colors, I would have never thought to put dark green and turquoise together like this and the colors look so pretty together! It is interesting to see a revival piece in cool tones, as most of the pieces/fabrics I have seen before are more tan/gold/red based. Congrats on such a great addition to your wardrobe!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear! I love the palette here, too. It's very "me" (and not just because it includes hits of my signature colour: red) and includes so many hues that I flat out love. It's a great, unique, charming set and I'm just thrilled to have been able to enrich my wardrobe with it.

      Have a terrific weekend - big hugs!
      ♥ Jessica

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  24. That dress, ohh, what a lovely colour! Definitely a look to wear in a summer barbeque or piquenique. Our summer has not yet started properly either. It's just raining and chilly.

    Happy weekend! I hope the things will work out for you!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear.

      It really seems like a lot of the world has been getting drenched this spring (more so than usual I mean). Fingers firmly crossed that your corner warms up pronto!!!

      Many thanks again & have a fantastic Friday,
      ♥ Jessica

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  25. You look delightful! Those colours look so good on you! I hadn't heard the phase patio set in the Uk a patio set is the table and chairs that sit on the patio! It always makes me smile that we speak the same language but mean different things! I can't imagine what you would look like wearing a chair! lol

    You inspire me as ever! always upbeat and I know that you have your difficulties. x

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    1. That is such a cool thing indeed and it has long fascinated me as well (in fact, I even devoted a post to it in the context of the fashion world back in 2012; here's the link to it, if you want to check it out: http://www.chronicallyvintage.com/2012/05/one-of-my-best-tips-for-successful.html)

      That truly means a great deal to me, Susanna (I wish you could see how much your comment made me smile). Thank you deeply!

      Have a beautiful, fun filled weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  26. this is stunning!!! you look a million dollars!!! this is definitely your color - the turquoise i mean and that egyptian print is fabulous!!! plus your gorgeous accessoires - that nail polish!!!! aww aww aww!!!!
    2 month without tony? sounds not easy but i´m sure he will have great success - and sometimes a time spend apart can bring some fresh air in a long partnership :-)
    i wish you a wonderful start of summer my dear!! xxxxxxxx
    p.s.: i can see no bulk!!! your waist is teeny tiny :-)

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    1. Thank you very much, my darling friend. I love (!) these colours so much, too. They're pretty much my ideal palette all year round. This is by far one of the most charming and memorable vintage garments I've ever owned and I feel so lucky to have enriched my closest with it.

      It's not written in stone yet that Tony will be going, but if he does, it will be strange to be apart for that long for sure. I'll miss him fiercely of course, but I cope well on my own and the summer is always such a speedy time, so I'm sure it won't feel like too long until he's home once more. We should know in about a week or so if he'll be going or not and I'll mention that outcome here in a future post to let everyone know.

      Tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  27. Hi, Jessica! You might have answered this already, but what defines a 'patio set' from other shirt and skirt separates?

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    1. Wonderful question, Ally! While I'm not sure if there was ever a hard and fast definition written in stone, so to speak, a patio set (aka, patio dress, even though it's frequently two separate garments) is usually described as a blouse and skirt set that is akin to the Southwestern "squaw" (I use that word only in its historical garment context, not as the derogatory term that it is today), but often (though not always) less Southwestern inspired/looking. It's name, as I've read before, sprang up from the patio/bbqing culture that thrived in the 50s and early 60s, particularly on the American west coast.

      I personally opted for this term here because I didn't feel this was a play set per se (it doesn't have shorts, a shorter length skirt crop top, and/or swimsuit) and it wasn't Southwestern enough in my books to be deemed a "square dress/set", though some people might define it as such. Plus, I think it's a fun name that helps conjure up summery thoughts. :)

      Many thanks again & have a fantastic weekend,
      ♥ Jessica

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  28. Fabulously fun outfit!! I can see why this is your favorite! :-)

    And congratulations on the morning shoot! I had to smile when you mentioned it because I too tend towards afternoon/evening shoots. I can't abide the way my morning face looks in pictures. :-P ;-)

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear. Objectively, as Tony's workday starts at 6 am usually, morning shoots aren't likely to ever become that commonplace, regardless of if I was up and ready or not, but I would like to try and grab the occasional one like this on the weekends or if we're on holiday. The light then can be so sharp, pure and even gentle at that time of the day - it's a different creation to afternoon and evening light and I must say, I rather like it.

      Have a terrific weekend - big hugs!
      ♥ Jessica

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  29. Such a burst of colour!! Really stands out against a lot of other style blogs. I think that's part of why vintage appeals to me, there's so much colour and bold styles, it just looks so much more interesting against modern minimalism in shades of grey. Hope you're having a fab weekend Jessica x

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    1. For sure, I'm with you there to no end. There's plenty of colour in modern fashion (sometimes at least), but there isn't always a sense of cohesiveness and that can really put me off at times as I am a massive (!) fan of being well coordinated in the scope of one's ensemble.

      Thank you, sweet gal. I hope you have a terrific first weekend of June, too!

      ♥ Jessica

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  30. Just stunning. Such a unique novelty print. I love all the touches particularly the flower and nail polish shade
    Retro Rover

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  31. That is such a fun print and color! It's no wonder that it's one of your favorites.
    Happy weekend wishes to you!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear. I am beyond smitten with the colour palette here. It includes so many of my top favourite hues and I just love how harmoniously they all work together here. Fabric and fashion designers of the past were (often) so skilled in that area, and I respect them and their work for it to no end.

      Wishing you a splendid weekend, too!
      ♥ Jessica

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  32. That set is just beyond words! The print absolutely took my breath away, what an amazing find. You look gorgeous, as always - I love the way your accessories pick up that bit of green and red in the print, setting it off beautifully.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet gal! I've been champing at the bit to sport this necklace (which I picked up a few months ago) on camera, but was waiting for the right outfit and this was definitely it!

      Have a fantastic week!
      ♥ Jessica

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  33. Gosh , Beautiful ;) love the dress and the whole outfit ;) stunning :):)):

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  34. What a delightful patio set! I love how you were able to pull practically every single color from the Egyptian motif out and use it to choose your accessories! Positively lovely!

    Cheers!

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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    1. Thank you very much, lovely Brigid. That approach to colour coordination (basing accessories off of the hues in a print) is one of my "getting dressed" secrets. I flat out love it when outfit components match and when prints like this lend themselves easily to that happening, thanks to the fact that I already have accessories in the same hues.

      Wishing you and your sisters a terrific week!
      ♥ Jessica

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  35. Lovely dress. Love the colors you paired it with, looks great on you :)

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Akram. I am beyond in love with the colours at work here. They're each amongst my very favourites ever, so landing so many in the same vintage novelty print just made me adore this garment all the more.

      Big hugs & happy Monday wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  36. That dress looks amazing!! I don't think it looks bunched at the waist. I always love the colours that you use together - you are very clever at it.

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  37. You look so fresh, happy and lovely in these photos, so perhaps you should make more morning photo shoots. You are a very lucky gal to receive this set, I love the colour and I truly love how you have matched it with red and green. I would never have done so, but it looks SO great. And I love your green nails! :) I will mail you tomorrow when I have my weekly day off. Have a nice day, dear. :)

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    1. That's very sweet of you to say, dear Sanne. Thank you! While morning shots will not become the norm for us anytime soon, I think that - during the summer at least - we can aim for a few more indeed! :)

      I swear, I had a feeling that you'd love the green nails and I was thinking of you while we were doing this shoot.

      Lovely! I look forward to hearing more from you, my friend, and hope that you're having a terrific June.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. Green nail polish is my absolute favourite. I own way too many, but will still find room for a beautiful shade. :)

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    3. I hear you there!!! Space is of a true premium in our little house, but thankfully bottles of polish are so small that I can always squeeze in room for one more. :)

      Big hugs & happy end of spring wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  38. Love it ALL!!!!!!! Especially the print and the necklace :)

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    1. Thank you very much, my dear! I'm rather fond of this necklace, too. It's a relatively recent acquisition (picked up a few months ago) and I've been tucking it away for just the right outfit. This was it in my eyes, so out it came to play. :)

      Many thanks again & have a fabulous week!
      ♥ Jessica

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  39. Well, I was thinking what an absolutely tiny waist you have and that belt shows it off perfectly. I really didn't notice any bunching. I think this is a fabulous outfit and I love the way you have pulled out the different colours. It really does look great. That green nail varnish is a spot on finishing touch!

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    1. Thank you very much, my sweet friend - in reality, I know it was just me being my way too self-conscious usual (err...) self - especially since the "bunching" was more above my waistline in this garment or at least above the belt.

      Aww, thanks! Little known fact, but green was my favourite nail polish colour in high school. I used to do ombre with three shades on a near weekly basis for a while (in grade nine). :)

      Tons of hugs & happy Wednesday wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  40. A stunning shoot, and a stunning outfit dear Jessica! That shade of blue is really divine with your coloring and I love how your floral hair piece matches so well. ❤

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Thank you ever so sweetly, lovely Bonita. I love (underline that many times) the colours at work here, too. My mom has said numerous times that blues are my best colours and you know, I'm very inclined to agree with her, especially when they're turquoise/teal influenced shades like this.

      Many thanks again & have a stellar weekend!
      ♥ Jessica

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  41. Green nails?! They're amazing! I have this shimmery green China Glaze nail polish sitting on my vanity that I haven't been brave enough to try in a long time... time to whip it out, I think. You've inspired me <3

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    1. Would you believe it, I adore nail polish and own my fair share (and have had plenty more in total over the years), but I've never yet had a chance to try China Glaze's offerings? How can that be? I don't know - I'll have to try and pick up a bottle or two finally this year. I'm delighted to know that I've helped inspire you and look to seeing your pretty green nails, if you share them on your blog, dear gal.

      Oodles of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  42. This is so cute and how wonderful that your nails coordinate! I'd love to get a patio dress {skirt blouse} set one day as well. But my goodness they are expensive.

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet lady. I don't have a ton of outfits to wear green polish with (especially outside of the Christmas season), so when one comes up, I jump on it! :)

      I actually just painted my nails teal this morning to go with the scarf I'm wearing today. It's a lot of fun to use nail polish like another accessory.

      Have a terrific Thursday!
      ♥ Jessica

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