Thursday, January 2, 2014

Flakes for Days


It has definitely been reaching winter wonderland status here lately. Gorgeous snowfalls with huge flakes pouring out of the sky. The only thing hampering it are the sub-zero temperatures. Right now it's a mighty -23 degrees according to the windchill. The other day while taking photos my arms turned a bit purple...but it's worth it for snowy photos, right?! Hmmm...perhaps I'm just a crazy.

This dress of my grandmother's is one of the top five in my closet (the other four being ones which also belonged to her). I have never worn it on the blog before for a few reasons. The first being that it is completely sheer and I hadn't found a proper petticoat to wear underneath it yet. Secondly, it is very fitted and the seams are set to pop at any time, so it is definitely a special occasion dress. I have loved it ever since I was a little girl and we'd wear this dress to play dress up while running around my grandparents' farm. The fancy collar, sweet sleeves, and bright, sunny hue have always taken my breath away. Not to mention that last time  I visited my grandmother she helped me to find the matching belt that had been missing! All of her dresses had matching belts that she made herself, so it was a special treat to find them and reunite them with their dresses which had missed them so.



I wanted to try doing my makeup a little differently as well. I put just a touch of liner on my eyes and then focused on my cheeks and lips to give them the focus. Instead of my light pink powder blush I chose a lipstick, this one is Revlon Cream Lipstick in Black Cherry. I swiped a bit of the lipstick with my finger and blended it into my cheeks, giving them this wonderful wind-kissed look that matched my lips! I really loved the effect and think it's perfect for  those winter days when I'm as pale as a sheet from having no sun exposure. Even if you think your lipstick is too dark, all you need to do is blend until it is the shade you want. Give it a try! :)


This cape was given to me a few Christmases ago by my sister. At the time I didn't have anything nearly this exquisite in my collection of vintage and I didn't quite know what to do when I opened the package. It is in perfect condition and is the warmest, softest thing I own. I am always looking for fancy occasions to wear it to because something this lovely shouldn't be shut away in a closet. Maybe I should just start wearing it to the grocery store, it certainly would make things more interesting!


Have a splendid day!
God Bless

KJA


Psalm 92:1-2
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night.


Wearing:
Dress, Gloves- Grandmother's, SaveSpend, Splurge
Cape- Vintage, Gift from sister, Similar
Hat- Vintage, Gift from a friend
Cardigan- Vintage, Thrifted
Petticoat- Vintage, Thrifted
Shoes- Vera Wang via Kohl's- Similar
Lips and Cheeks- Revlon Cream Lipstick in Black Cherry, Similar

15 comments:

JennaStevie said...

This dress is absolutely stunning!! Not only is the colour perfect but the way it fits and is a bit sheer. I love that it's your grandmothers, that makes it even more special. Gorgeous!
The high here for Sunday is -25 plus windchill, ugh, NOT excited
xJennaD

Laura Whitman said...

You look so wonderful! That dress is certainly a dream! What a treasure from your grandma!

Hope that you had a wonderful holiday season, lady!

Also, stay warm. -23 is mighty cold!

xoxo,
Laura
http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

Linda B said...

I love all the vintage pieces you wear Katie, and this dress from your grandmother is a dream! Your makeup is done so beautifully too, I love the darker shade of lipstick <3

The Dragonfruit Diaries

Cathy said...

Love this dress so much, and it looks amazing on you! I love how you have such fond memories of the dress from childhood.

I tried to find you on Twitter but couldn't, are you on Twitter?

Xoxo
Cathy

www.bayareafashionista.com

Keit said...

Oh my, those cherry lips look dazzling O_O And your Grandma's dress is in my top five now, too :D It's impecable, the lemon color is a favorite of mine!!!! Perfection ^_^

ModernVintageStyle said...

I love the dress and the colour - not sure it would suit me but it looks amazing on you. I cannot believe you braved those temperatures with nothing more on! Happy New Year, Kx

Ali Hval said...

Oh my gosh... it's HOW cold?!?!? And I thought we had it bad this morning because it's 21 degrees... I obviously don't know anything about the cold. You are a brave soul, Katie!

Your lips look absolutey beautiful! I love the red on them. And the sheer, gauziness of that dress is absolutely gorgeous. What a pretty yellow color, too! *___*

Suzanne Amlin said...

How could you stand it being so cold outside? I'm freezing wearing a huge parka! Lovely photos though. That dress a dream. I'm impressed you were able to find a patch of grass!

Suzanne
"A Coin For the Well"

Alyssa Marie said...

Katie!!! Long time no comment, sorry about that, life has been quite busy! But I was so happy to click over to this post and see you in my favorite color and wow does it compliment you! You look so gorgeous in yellow and that cape is to die for! I hope that you have had a wonderful holiday season and that your January is going just as well. Much love and hugs!

xo, Alyssa
www.butterfliesonmars.blogspot.com

SomeoneLikeYou said...

You.are.perfect. Oh my gosh! You, girl have the best collection of vintage I've ever seen. It is literally phenomenal! You inspire me to thrift and buy vintage more to get my collection up to yours some day. You look spectacular in your grandmother's dress. I'm sure she would be so proud of you in it! x

esosandraUTD said...

Wow! Your grandma has such great style,you look preety. And you make me wish I live in a snow country. Happy neW year dear. Great verse.

Samantha said...

Dang, I wish my grandmother had saved her clothes for me. Katie, you look so beautiful, like a winter princess! I always think yellow is a blah colour for blondes, but this dress is really a stunner on you. And you did a wonderful job with your makeup! Again, I would have thought that shade of lipstick too dark for a pale complexion, but it looks great on you!

Have a wonderful day :)

Elliementary, My Dear said...

Kudos to you for bearing the cold and taking these gorgeous photos. I can't even fathom how cold -23 degrees must feel. This dress is is so lovely. I look really bad in yellow so I'm jealous of people who can pull it off haha. And it's so cool that the dress has a back story and came from your grandmother.

Dus of Cuddly Cacti said...

i'm amazed you could even take off your coat and sweater for a minute w/ those temps. the snowflakes really are beautiful though, i esp love the shot of them falling on your cinderella hair. and that dress! wow, it's gorgeous. your granny must have been quite the fashionista back in the day! and the cape is so beautiful and such a nice gift from your sister. have u just recently began wearing vintage?

lisa said...

This dress is gorgeous! Your grandmother had great taste! I love your makeup- I really need to learn some more interesting makeup tips besides just put on mascara ;)