key to the highway

40s the kid
(Outfit: 1940s dress; Edwardian corset cover; Stetson hat; unseen Stetson cowboy boots)

Here's a quick outfit post taken back home the other weekend. I have since sewn a hook-and-eye inside the dress bodice to close up the opening, as it's clearly pretty awkward having another shirt on underneath. It looks a lot better now, so I tacked an "after" picture at the end, but I like these pictures anyway 'cause we have the best wallpaper in our house!

I'm madly in love with this dress; it's perfectly 40s (rayon? check. shoulder pads? check. beautiful pleating too subtle to show up on film? check.) I've been wearing this guy like twice a week since I got it a month ago-- it's just too easy and perfect. I also feel obligated to mention it was a whopping $9.99 at my favorite antiques store. Seriously one of my best bargains ever!

portrait of an arabian

at my window

I love this song so so much; old country-western and early/proto punk bands are my favorite kinds of music, and this 80s/90s L.A. band was like the best of both genres.

ET VOILA! Dress as it is meant to be.



  1. gosh, i LOVE your pictures!!! so amazing. and your hair is to DIE for!!

  2. You look amazing! You seem to have the greatest collection of vintage dresses ever. I'd love to raid your closet. That wallpaper is a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

  3. you're killing me with your big country hair & stetson hat, and cute 40s dress. and I can't believe that you love the gun club too! you are divine. Are you wearing 50s cowboy boots? they kind of look like it from what I can see.

  4. I really love how you mix pretty vintage dresses with a cowgirl vibe. And you have inspired me to never cut my hair short again. :-)

  5. Love the maxi skirt, and you're incredibly beautiful.

    P.S. I love your blog! Following you. :) www.stylocrat.blogspot.com

  6. what an excellent find!! i love it. 1940s are my favourite clothing era.

  7. gratias amici!!

    Crystal Lee, they aren't the real deal, but they're Stetson's "heritage" line, which was kind of a redux of the classic styles. They have leather soles and sequins, so they're good enough for me : )

  8. Wow, what an amazing bargain!! That dress is beautiful, and you do have very nice wallpaper!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  9. Gun Club is seriously one of the best bands! Their song "Sex Beat" is so great! Great Blog, I would love to do a spotlight on you on my blog. Check it out and lets set something up:)


  10. Hi Dakota

    I love this Gun Club track. This particular stop on the adventure that is country music is quite new to me. With the exception of Dwight Yoakam, Freakwater, Uncle Tupelo, and a few others, my knowledge of country music post-1970's is fairly abysmal. But these guys sound brilliant. I like how he sounds a bit like Nick Cave, but also the singer from The Handsome Family. Could you recommend anything else in this vein?

    Many thanks


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