Living in a dream

“… Her own  native Heaven
More clearly she mirror’d , as life’s troubled dream
Wore away; and love sigh’d into rest, like a stream
That breaks its heart over wild rocks toward the shore
Of the great sea which hushes it up evermore
With its little wild wailing.” — Owen Meredith, Lucille 


I might not be able to blog tomorrow, so I thought I’d show you the beauty I found at the thrift store for a whopping $6.50. I have to say, this dress makes me want even more to live in the bygone age of corsets and gowns and masquerade evenings. Seriously. Why don’t we do that any more?

Also, not to ruin the dreamy mood of this post, but when I first tried on this dress, it reminded me of an old western brothel. In a good way. If there is such a thing.  But then I styled it this way and I feel more like a lady.

A lady who really needs to do the dishes so she can go watch a movie with a certain charming Irishman in it. Because that’s important.

I hope you all have a lovely Thursday, and happy weekend!

(details: Dreas ($6.50) and shoes ($4.99), thrifted; necklace, inherited from grandma; flowers, old.

  • Oh my God! That outfit is perfect!

    • Thank you! I really love this dress. Like, I would wear it every day and everywhere if not for the fact that it’s a little big on top and falls too low unless I’m careful, and also it would get pretty dirty at work. 😀 But yes. I want more things like this!

      • It’s not very practical, is it? 🙂 But it’s so pretty!
        I don’t think there is a woman in the world that doesn’t want more things like that dress.

  • You look so beautiful! I am sooo jealous! You find the most amazing things at thrift stores.

    I seriously don’t know what to say other than gush over your amazing-ness! You look very beautiful. May a Mr Rochester ride your way swiftly 😉 (preferably without the mad wife locked in the North Tower XD)

    • hehe, thank you! One day when we meet, we’ll have to go thrift store shopping. I’ve become a pro at finding things hidden away. 😉

      *sigh* Oh, I would love Rochester to ride my way swiftly. But yes, preferably without the crazy wife. 😀

  • One word: amazing! 🙂 You are so skilled with creating atmospheres in photographs… First pic, with the lighting effect, I wasn’t sure it was you! It looked so professional. Not that your photos don’t usually, but I mean artistic professional, which you don’t do that much of.

    Great dress, great hair, great makeup!

    • Thank you! I used to do artistic lighting/effects all the time back before I did outfit shots, and then I noticed that all the fashion bloggers seem to keep it as natural and untouched by effects so I don’t… but I love doing artistic editing. I might start doing that again. It’s more fun, and more “me.”

  • Kelly

    You look so pretty! Also there are probably balls where you live. I just went to a Pride and Prejudice ball where everyone was dressed in Regency era clothes and all the dancing was from that period too. It was really fun! I’m going to another ball, this one a Victorian age Christmas ball. The group who hosts it here is called We Make History but I bet if you search a bit you’ll find a group who does the same sort of thing! =)

    • That sounds like SO much fun! AH! I have to research this. I have been thinking I need to host a tea party with my female friends and require that we all dress up like this. Because it would be WAY too fun to pass up!

  • Aw you’re so pretty in these pictures!

    • Thank you, dear. 🙂

  • Wow! These are stunning! I love the second to the last one. Just amazing!!!!

  • Girl you could make money taking shots like this of people. These things are seriously gorgeous! If I had extra I would buy one. So so pretty.

    • That would be so very much fun, I think! I love photographing people. I’m really bad at directing, though. I sort of just tell them “Uh… go over there and… do… stuff.” 😉 Thank you!

  • Oops I meant if I had extra money. 🙂

  • Demy

    OH MY GOSH!!! Seriously breathtaking!! You’re so pretty. WOW!!! I’ mouthed! You’re a beauty! WOW! And the dress omg, it’s gorgeous!
    The second to last picture could be in Vogue. And I would tear the page and stick it to my wall. You’re stunning!!! See? You managed to make me speechless!! That IS an achievement!!

    • Thank you, dear!
      That IS an achievement! Hehe!

  • Yes! Why don’t we wear more ballgowns and corsets (not too tight of course) and stuff? 😉 I love all the flower details!
    When I saw the title, I thought you had tuned into my literature. We are reading Eliot’s “The Wasteland” at the moment, and apparently I’m thinking too much about it, because I’m starting to link it to blog posts! 😛

    • I wish people wore this stuff every day! Ah well.
      I haven’t ever read that. I should! I do that, too, though. Whatever I’m reading sort of inserts itself into my thought process as I read or write blogs. 😀

  • Love the dress!!! And the photos are so dreamy!

    Sparrow & Urchin

  • Gorgeous. Love the dress, love the styling, LOVE the dreamy tones of these photos. Aaah! You look so lovely.

    • Thank you. 😀

  • These images should be in a magazine… The outfit, the pictures, the colours… I LOVE it all!