September 21, 2016

Taking part in the Sisterhood of the Travelling Vintage Dress




Outfit details

1950s cream lace platter hat: eBay
Mauve hued pearl stud earrings: Claire's
Pearl necklace: Birthday gift from Tony ♥
Vintage gold tone metal fountain pen shaped brooch: Unknown, had for years (probably thrifted or from eBay)
Mid-century leaf print dress: The Sisterhood of the Travelling Dress launched by Joanna from Dividing Vintage Moments
Gold tone faux leather skinny belt: eBay
Brown fitted cotton blazer: Thrifted (Value Village)
Faux pearl stretch bracelets: Real Canadian Superstore
C. 1940s yellow-green hued gloves: Unknown, had for years
C. 1950s/1960s woven straw clutch handbag: Unknown, had for years (likely Value Village)
Nude seamed nude stockings: eBay
1940s style round toe brown faux leather pumps: Walmart
Lipstick: Clinique Raspberry Glace


Photography by Tony Cangiano

























































Several months ago now, when 2016 was a young, fresh faced new year, I had the great pleasure of taking part in Australian milliner + vintage blogger Tanith Rowan's exciting Travelling Hat project. More recently, I've equally enjoyed getting to spend some time with The Travelling Dress.

For those who may not have heard about the Sisterhood of the Travelling Dress yet, this was a similar project that my dear online friend Joanna from the blog Dividing Vintage Moments launched back in 2014.

The premise being that a genuine mid-century vintage dress would hop around the world from one vintage blogger/social media user to another before, ultimately, being part of a raffle giveaway that Joanna plans to hold for it in the near future.

It is my understanding that I'm the last participant to spend time with the dress and I must say, I feel really touched about that fact. This dress traversed the globe, visiting wearers in numerous countries on at least three continents.

Each woman put her own unique, wonderful sartorial spin on the garment, with looks spanning the more casual to the deeply sophisticated. Some ensembles suited daytime and others were ready for even the most swanky of cocktail parties.

Every one of the looks, I believe, reflected the woman beneath the dress and was a beautiful way to witness not only the participants' sense of style, but the also their personalities as well.

Just as I did with the Travelling Hat, I bonded with the Travelling Dress big time. When it reached my doorstep, it was in need of some freshening up, so (after getting Joanna's okay to do so) I gave it a gentle hand washing and air drying.

I thought long and hard about the outfit that I wanted to sculpt around it, ultimately letting both the dress itself and the current season dictate the stylistic direction that I took it in.

The photos that you see here were captured very shortly before our recent trip to Edmonton (and, indeed, were the most recent outfit snaps we grabbed before heading off on holiday). They were taken at one of just a teeny, tiny handful of publicly accessible historical houses/buildings in the Southern Okanagan: The Leir House, which is located just a stone's throw away from our home here in Penticton.

In late August, when we did this shoot, the seasons were just starting to change hands. The days were growing a little cooler (though, after the uber rainy summer that we experienced this time around, such wasn't quite as stark a change as usual) and the ability to layer clothing without melting faster than a Popsicle dropped on a hot sidewalk in July was immerging once again.

A true vintage frock like this - with its eye-catchingly pretty leaf/fan print - felt as though it needed an equally classic ensemble to go with it, so for my time with the Travelling Dress, I chose to take things in a direction that would have been nicely at home throughout much of both of the 1940s and 1950s.

Out came a mid-century stiffened lace platter hat, a vintage appropriate fitted brown blazer, a vintage straw clutch, a great pair of c. 1940s greeny-yellow hued gloves, a small assortment of jewelry, and a pair of 1940s style contemporary brown faux leather pumps.

The dress, as well as the setting itself, were the stars of the show this time around and I didn't want other elements of my look competing with them. Instead, much like the natural process of summer melding into autumn, I wanted things to be harmonious and appealing.

Pined to the collar of both the dress and the blazer, you'll notice a gold tone metal vintage brooch in the shape of a classic fountain pen. I gave particular thought to the brooch that I wanted to team with this dream, and ultimately selected this one because I felt that it was a very apt representation for the fact that I, like all those who have spent time with this dress, have had the joy of writing a chapter in the history of this garment's life.

Projects like the Travelling Hat and Joanna's beautiful Sisterhood of the Travelling Dress not only connect fellow vintage fashionistas with one another, but tie us all to the life of a given accessory or garment. We share a mutual love of style, but put our own unique stamp on an item before it moves on to keep seeing the world and adding chapters to its story along the way.

As a nostalgic soul who adores preserving the past, I can think of few things more worthwhile or important on the fashion front for anyone to be a part of.

I want to wholeheartedly thank Joanna for creating this project, enriching the lives of many vintage fans the world over in the process, and for letting the dress wrap up its jet setting tour in Penticton, before moving on to its next home.

Though I will most definitely miss this elegant vintage frock, thankfully, I too have new memories (of it) now and photos to match, and I will carry both with me in my heart for the rest of time.

68 comments:

  1. I've watched this dress go round the world, and seen many variations on styling, and I must say, your iteration is wonderful! The colors suit you so well, and I really like that jacket with the dress--it definitely has a New Look vibe to it. Perfect styling, gorgeous photos, well done!!

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    1. That is a very high compliment, Juliana, thank you so much. I honestly mean it when I say that you made my day and then some.

      Tons of hugs & happy start of autumn wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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    1. Thank you sweetly, my dear. This is one of my favourite looks of 2016 so far. I'll treasure the memories of my time with the Travelling Dress for ages to come.

      Wishing you a splendid weekend,
      ♥ Jessica

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  3. Beautiful outfit and the dress is rightly the star of the show! Your accessories, of course, are spot on and such a great reflection of your own unique style. It's such a fun project and I love that you closed it - quite right too :) xx

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    1. What an awesomely lovely compliment, sweet CiCi. Thank you deeply. I felt really honoured to be the last blogger to post about this wonderful project. It will be really exciting to see who the lucky winner (amongst those who wore it) of Joanna's upcoming draw will get to give this beautiful dress its next home.

      Big hugs & joyful weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  4. How fun to see this dress in yet another incarnation. You look wonderful Jessica, these pictured have that early Autumn feel, not only from your top-notch styling but from the more muted light. The archway photo is my favourite. Hope you're having a super week xx

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    1. Thank you so much, my lovely friend. Tony and I both really enjoyed the archway snaps as well. That's not something I get to pose with often and seemed like an extra special setting for this marvelous Travelling Dress.

      Oodles of hugs & happy start of fall wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  5. What a lovely dress. It's great you were able to participate in such a fun project. I like the straw clutch, I think it is a nice transition to early fall. The scenery is beautiful in your photographs.

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    1. Thank you sweetly, dear April. Great eye! That is precisely what I was going for (I even mentioned as much to Tony that day) by including a straw clutch in this early autumn ensemble. Love that you picked on the "bridging of the seasons" element it brought to the table. :)

      Sending big hugs & joyful weekend wishes your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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  6. How wonderful to be part of this, it is a gorgeous dress and I love how you have styled it. I love the blazer with it, what a perfect pairing. That hat and those gloves, swoon! Beautiful Jessica x

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    1. That's so sweet of you to say, Kayla honey, thank you very much! Aren't those gloves fabulous? I so adore a glove with some drama (like a gauntlet wrist) like these beauties have.

      Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  7. I love the picture of you sat with your hands in your lap, so elegant!

    Such a pretty dress and you wear it so well and I absolutely adore the setting xxx

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    1. Aww, thank you very much, sweet dear. That was a standout photo from this shoot for me, too.

      Many hugs & joyful start of fall wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  8. Love to see this dress again!! You made a great outfit with this dress!

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    1. Thank you sweetly, my dear. This dress was a joy to style and its thin/lightweight fabric made it a breeze to layer without bulk.

      Tons of hugs coming your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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  9. I love this outfit! You always have all the accessorizing down pat and have really put-together looks. I aspire to such complete, polished outfits!

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    1. That's incredibly kind and touching of you to say, Emileigh. Thank you very, very much. I think that you do a stellar job with accessorizing your beautiful ensembles as well.

      Many hugs & joyful weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  10. You've done that pretty dress proud, I love how you've styled it and the magnificent setting you chose to photograph it in.
    What a wonderful project. xxx

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    1. Thank you so very much, lovely Vix. I'm so grateful that we have this beautiful early 20th century house turned public arts building a stone's throw away from our own home. It's one of just an uber handful of such in quite a wide radius around us.

      Oodles of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  11. Wow, what a great thing to be part of! It is a lovely dress - very fitting for the season too and I just love your brooch!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet dear. It's lovely to know that you're a fan of this elegant vintage pen shaped brooch, too. As a lifelong writer, it's one of the most poignant pieces in my jewelry box.

      Big hugs & joyful start of fall wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  12. Dear Jessica, The outfit you put together with the Travelling Dress is wonderful!!! I admire the harmony of colours, the textures, lines...the yellow gloves are a delightful pop of colour picking up the yellow in the dress. Pearls are so classy! The make-up too with the darker berry lipstick. To me, it all shouts (in a elegant tone): WELCOME AUTUMN

    Very inspiring :) The location is beautiful also. Thank you for sharing!

    Best wishes,
    Dee

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    1. Thank you sweetly, dear Dee. You're the sweetest! I adore that this outfit gave you such a strong impression of fall's return. Yay! That's exactly what I was aiming to convey, while also celebrating my time with this magnificent Travelling Dress.

      I hope that you're doing well and enjoying a fun filled, beautiful start of autumn.

      xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  13. Such a beautiful dress, you look a picture. If I hadn't known better I would have thought you had stepped right out of the early fifties. You ooze charm and serenity in these photos and once again Tony's skills behind the lens are immense. The thoughtfulness you give to your outfits is a joy. It is such a giving thing to do, as we are the ones who who see you full on and get such a benefit from it. I'm so so happy and relieved that you and Tony are ok, you are such a perfect couple, and you make my heart swell each time I think of you two. I am thinking of you and always available to you, my wonderful inspiration xx

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    1. Thank you ever so much for absolutely everyhing, sweet Emily (from both Tony and I).

      I really appreciate that you touched on that part. We can't truly see ourselves (at least not 100%) though someone else's eyes and knowing that you derive a great deal from viewing my ensemble posts means the world to me.

      Many hugs & bliss first week of fall wishes!
      ♥ Jessica

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  14. Such a wonderful idea and a fun thing to participate in! I love the way you've styled it so classically and I love the fountain pen brooch you've paired with it. Like you said, it goes so well with the recent history of this dress <3 Such a perfect outfit too to usher in the new Fall season!

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    1. What awesomely lovely compliments, sweet dear. Thank you so much! I gave a lot of thought to the brooch I wanted to pair with this dress and kept coming back to this elegant fountain pen shaped one. The symbolism of it spoke to me so strongly. I'm really happy to know that feel the same way about it, too.

      Many thanks again & have a fantastic weekend,
      ♥ Jessica

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  15. I love that dress, and how well it goes with the brown blazer! The fountain pen brooch is so unique, and such a fun touch. The Leir House also looks like a lovely place to visit.

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    1. Thank you very much across the board, dear gal. It really is a special slice of history in a town that, sadly, doesn't have all that many older big sized houses (let alone publicly accessible ones) any longer. This is the second time we've shot there over the years and chances are, it won't be the last.

      Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  16. What a lovely idea, and you wear the dress so well! Such a wonderful look for early fall days.

    Many hugs,
    Sandra <3

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    1. Thank you sweetly, darling gal. Dressing for these still somewhat warm/sunny days of autumn is the biggest joy for a huge fan of this season like me. I'm feel so blessed to be able to share it here with all of my wonderful readers.

      Oodles of hugs coming right back at you,
      ♥ Jessica

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  17. Jessica, you've done a magnificient job of incorporating that adorable travelling dress into a perfectly feminine, classy fall look. Love the color combination and the beautiful surroundings. And now that I know about the background of the dress, I'll have to go and check out the blogs of all the other ladies who had the pleasure of styling it.Lots of inspiration there for the lucky gal who wins it in the raffle!

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    1. Isn't there though? I'm on the edge of my seat with anticipation to see who the lucky raffle winner will be. :)

      Thank you very much for the awesomely lovely compliments, dear Theresa. You're always so sweet to me.

      Scores of hugs & happy start of fall wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  18. As always, you do a wonderful job styling your outfits. That is a beautiful dress, and your accessories coordinate wonderfully. I can definitely take lessons from you on styling!

    Sarah
    www.sewcharacteristicallyyou.com/blog

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    1. That's immensely sweet of you to say, Sarah honey. Thank you to the moon and back. I'm sincerely honoured to help inspire your own vintage styling.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  19. Absolutely beautiful outfit. I love this! The jacket is a perfect choice and, as always, your accessories are spot on! I haven't seen any other installations of the travelling dress, as I just recently became aware of it, so I'll have to go and check out some of the other pairings :)
    The Artyologist

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    1. Ooohh, how fun that you're able to see all of the previous Travelling Dress wearers now as the project wraps up. I so enjoyed revisiting them myself in the course of penning this post.

      Thank you very much for your awesomely lovely compliments. I hope that your weekend (the first one the fall - yay!) is going splendidly.

      Scores of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  20. What a nice idea that travelling dress is, and I think you've styled it beautifully, and in keeping with the time of year. I love the chocolate-y colour of your blazer and again you are proving to be the Queen of glove-wearing, with those amazingly coloured gloves. I also love the location and the autumn tints of those photographs. Your husband truly is a very gifted photographer! Many hugs, Ann xxx

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    1. Sweet Ann, what an awesomely lovely series of compliments. Thank you so very much for every kind, touching word. I will pass your praise on to Tony immediately and I know that it will make his day.

      Tons of heartfelt hugs coming your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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  21. I just love this wonderful idea and would've been amazing to be part off! This dress is so beautiful on you! Your styling is always so on point with your gorgeous accessories! xo

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Camilla. I'm certain that you would have styled this dress gorgeously, too. Hopefully another travelling garment or accessory will make the rounds and we'll both be able to take part in spending time with it.

      Tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  22. Jessica I literally gasped when I saw the first photo! I've been looking forward to seeing your take on this dress and I'm so impressed with it. Just perfect.

    I have loved watching this project and wish I could have taken part (I would have if it would have fit me!) and it was the inspiration for the travelling hat, of course. I hope once these two are over something else will come along to fill the gap!

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    1. So do! I've been brainstorming some ideas for a travelling project of my (CV's) own, but really don't feel like I've hit on a clear cut winner yet. As we've had a vintage garment and your stunning hat traverse the world, my mind keeps coming back to something jewelry related. I'm definitely going to keep thinking and will be sure to let you know if I hit upon that seems really plausible.

      Thank you so much for your fabulously lovely compliments, my dear friend.

      Tons of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  23. These autumnal colours look so lovely on you! Kx

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    1. Thank you so very much, my dear. Fall's colour palette is my favourite of any of the seasons and I truly feel like I'm in my style element when I get to wear it while this time of the year is out in full force all around us.

      Scores of hugs coming your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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  24. I loved the project, dear Jessica, and the Leir House place as well! I noticed the background, was going to ask, but then you "answered" :) What for a nice location! The Sisterhood of the Travelling dress is really super sweet, what for a nice project! I loved your dress as usual, and hat, gloves, clutch, all so sweet and the tones! Proper to autumn, I really loved the pictures and you look always amazing! I hope you have a lovely day! Hugs and regards!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Denise. That is such a splendidly kind, touching series of compliments. This dress was an absolute pleasure to style and spend time with. I'm really grateful to Joanna for launching this project and for letting me the last temporary wearer to spend time with it.

      Tons of hugs coming right back at you,
      ♥ Jessica

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  25. I love what you did with it! And the backdrop of the historic house is just perfect! It makes me want to go there. :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie. I really agree. I honestly couldn't think of a better suited backdrop in our area for this elegant vintage dress. I'm very grateful that we still have this gorgeous house in our town. This is the second shoot we've done at the Leir House and I'd venture to guess it won't be the last.

      Big hugs & happy first weekend of fall wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  26. Oh wow and what an honor to participate and to sport this vintage frock..
    I think its such a great idea, like when Ally did the pink boxing gloves.
    Whenever I buy a vintage or used item I am most intrigued by its origins. Who and when they bought it, what they had in mind, how much they paid, how they wore it, if they took it on trips with them, spill anything on it ? How many times they wore it, why they chose lo let go....I know I may be bonkers but YES all those things cross my mind. This dress certainly has a story to tell ! or many :)

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    1. Definitely! I'm huge on projects that bring members of the blogging world together. Ally's pink boxing gloves are another fantastic example of this. I didn't wear them myself, but have really enjoyed seeing others rocking them on Ally's blog.

      That's not "bonkers" in the slightest. It's really beautiful and touching actually. I share those very same kinds of thoughts with you, my sweet friend, and even wrote a post on that very topic back in 2011: http://www.chronicallyvintage.com/2011/05/lives-of-vintage-items-before-they.html

      Thank you so much for your stellar comment. I hope you're having a terrific weekend.

      xoxo ♥ Jessica

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  27. Stunning the blazer is a divine touch

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet Kate. As much as I would enjoy a few more weeks of summer (especially since we scarcely had and warm, sunny weather here this year due to all the rain), I am secretly (or not so secretely :D) delighted that layering weather is upon us again. :)

      Many hugs coming your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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  28. So exited to see this dress again! I wondered where is had ended up. I really enjoyed being able to participate in the wearing of this traveling dress. It's been so exciting to see how each of us have styled it! I love how you paired it with yellow and brown, so perfect for fall!
    -Emily

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    1. The way you styled it was so immensely lovely, too, sweet Emily. I adore that both of us (and numerous other ladies) got to spend a spot of time with this elegant dress. Joanna really did something special with this project. It will be exciting to see who (the lucky raffle winner) gets to give the Travelling Dress its next longer term home.

      Many hugs & thanks for your wonderfully nice comment/compliments,
      ♥ Jessica

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  29. Hi Jessica, you look gorgeous in the travelling dress and blazer! I love the setting, I have been trying to spend more time in nature myself, and these photographs capture how beautiful nature really is. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day. Xxx

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Jess. That is such a meaningful compliment. Nature is everything in my books (as I hope my Instagram account attests to). We grabbed some really spectacular outdoor shoots in various spots on our recent travels to Edmonton, Alberta and I'm so looking forward to sharing them here in the coming weeks and months.

      Scores of hugs & happy weekend wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  30. what a fun idea!!! and what a beautiful dress!! <3
    you styled it totally chic and there is an air of ingrid bergmann in this shoots. fabulous!!!!
    happy fall my dear! xxxxx

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    1. Thank you so very much, dear Beate. I'm really touched by the comparison to Bergmann, she has always been one of my favourite actresses and a great sartorial inspiration as well.

      And to you as well! Three gigantic cheers for the return of autumn and all of the gifts and beauty that it brings into our lives.

      Tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  31. All I could think was "oh wow". The jacket and the dress are so perfectly matched!! I just love this outfit and the color choices complement you so beautifully. You really brought out the beauty in this dress and captured the spirit of the event perfectly. I'm so thrilled you could be apart of the vintage dress travels:) This dress has seen so many great places. Beautiful lady:)

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    1. Thank you so very much, sweet Joanna. Not only for your beautiful words, but for starting this fantastic project. It has brought a lot of joy to each participant and, I'm sure, to many of their readers/fans as well. Thank you for using a garment to unite so many of us from around the world and remind us that even if we're the vintage lone wolf in our area, we have many kindred spirit vintage adoring peers the globe over.

      Huge hugs & the biggest of heartfelt thanks,
      ♥ Jessica

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  32. Hi Jessica, As I mentioned in replying to your recent post re The Travelling Dress, I am new to this and just love it. I do hope there is another Travelling Dress, I'd love to follow it like this one. Tony has absolutely excelled in his photography with capturing beautiful lighting to compliment the colours of the dress, gloves and clutch bag. Soft, golden, beautiful. I love the jacket, both buttoned up and then undone so that the belt and dress is visible. You look gorgeous, hope you're feeling gorgeous and well now, too. xx

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    1. It would be really exciting if there was a second Travelling Dress (or hat). I've been brainstorming what I might be able to send out into the world on that front that would work for a lot of people of all different shapes, sizes and walks of life. My mind keeps coming back to something jewelry related, but I haven't hit on a clear cut winner yet. I'll share (and launch it) here if I do.

      Thank you very much for your immensely lovely comment and compliments, dear Elizabeth.

      Many hugs & joyful tail end of September wishes,
      ♥ Jessica

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  33. That dress looks perfect on you - it must be a wrench to send it on its way.

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    1. Thank you sweetly, dear Mim. I adored this dress and parting ways with it, won't be easy at all - though I'm sure most, if not all, of the other folks who spent time with it felt the same way, too. If only we could clone it and all get a copy to keep for our very own. That would be so cool! :)

      Big hugs & many happy wishes for the tail end of September,
      ♥ Jessica

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  34. What a special dress! You have done it great justice with this look you have put together. Very elegant and romantic! The small print is very sweet indeed. It is a shame that a lot of vintage girls have been left out with this traveling dress due to size, so as you mentioned above, a piece of jewellery would be lovely and could be included in so many looks.

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    1. That's such a lovely compliment, honey, thank you very much. Indeed, most garments are a lot harder to have make the rounds amongst a large group of wearers simply because we're not all (roughly) the same size in the slightest. Another thought (aside from jewelry or another accessory, such as a handbag) that I just had this morning is a traveling vintage cookbook, from which each person could prepare and share one or more dishes. There too though, we're each different and even when greatly altering recipes, a single book might not be able to accommodate everyone's own unique needs. I really would like to launch a travelling item out into the world though and will definitely keep thinking about what might work there.

      Oodles of hugs coming your way,
      ♥ Jessica

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