20.7.11

cool water


Here in Vermont, high summer has brought along its trademark muggy, hazy days. The air is so heavy with humidity and heat... I kinda like it, 'cause it's a nice excuse to while away my days eating ice cream in front of the fan, reading books and wearing gauzy slips, hehe. But actually getting dressed and going out into the world for a change can pose a slight challenge when most of your clothes are over fifty years old and of the fitted-waist variety. I have no great tips for staying cool on the city streets, I'm afraid; this here country girl can just nip down to the stream at the bottom of her backyard when the weather gets too hot. 

(The vegetable patch is coming along nicely!)
 

I wore a late 19th century cotton nightie under a 1950s square-dancing skirt on this particular summer afternoon. I suppose I have to find myself a peasant blouse sometime soon, for while this sweet nightgown has the right look, it's well over 100 years old and not really up to too frequent wearing. My thrifted white espadrilles I quickly slipped off when I decided to dip my feet in our brook!




Don't ya love this skirt?! It's so so full, a true circle skirt! It's not skimpy on the metallic ric-rac either; perfection.

Well, I hope all you Northern Hemispherians are having beautiful summer weather! 

21 comments:

  1. beautiful photos, so summery! these pics milieu remind me of a dream I saw about my dream house and it's environment!

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  2. I cant wait to feel the heat again Its too cool here for me.That outfit is ever so cute and I am jel of the area you live in my type of place.

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  3. I just cannot get over how beautiful you and all your outfits are!! Your blog is definitely one of my all-time favourites!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  4. So beautiful Dakota, that skirt is gorgeous and I love how you have worn it with the slip! I am so jealous of your brook, you lucky thing. x

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  5. Lovely post as ever. The first picture sums up, for me, what is great about this blog. Excellent composition in your photography, incredible outfits, the strong suggestion of nostalgia, and an old timey elegance.

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  6. Love this outfit! I've got peasant blouses on the mind as well, for their cuteness and comfortableness. That late 19th century nightie is adorable, how I wish I owned something from that era!
    - Emily

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  7. That skirt is simply perfect! I love the striking color and it's so full! The Victorian chemise is absolutely gorgeous, as well. You live in such a beautiful place - summer in Vermont seems so dreamy and lazy.

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  8. Such beautiful photographs! I wish I had a pretty little brook running though my backyard--I'd be in it all the time! Your full skirt is just darling. I love to swish them around when I wear one...doesn't get more girly than that!

    Love your blog. <3

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  9. Thank you, thank you, dear readers!! I'm so surprised y'all are actually impressed by my terrible pixely photographs, haha! Surprised but flattered :)

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  10. How i'd love to have a river at the end of the garden!

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  11. You have the best collection of clothes ever. Vermont sounds really nice. One day I hope to go there. I know loads of people who go skiing every year there. It's so big for that (is that something that you roll your eyes at because it is all people seem to do there)?

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  12. That skirt is so cute and matched with the top even cuter!!

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  13. This is so gorgeous! Makes me long for summer :)

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  14. You have a brook?!!!!!! I would just have to strip off and lie in it for hours on hot days - what a beautiful part of the world you live in!!! The nightgown is perfection and I know what you mean about wanting to keep it intact - such a dilemma when something is very old, yet so beautiful that it must be worn! As for the skirt - well, you look superb in in Dakota - such a beautiful blue and silver rick rack? eeeeeeeee!!! xoxoxoxo

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  15. Adorable, the skirt is god darn perfect. Love the shot of you sat with your feet in the stream gorgeous! x

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  16. ~ * ♥ * ~

    I love your skirt Dakota ~ it's such a lovely vintage piece and it looks darling with your nightgown-turned-peasant top. :D

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
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  17. Gorgeous little outfit and such beautiful photos too!

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  18. Looks like a fantasy summer!

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