Vanity + Vintage #10

Floral Days:
It's been a pause or three since the last installment of V+V, but here it is my dears! This week is about impressional floral prints. One of my favourite colours (of an inspiring several) is blue, specifically the variances of light blues, shades and tones.

This vintage day dress exudes the lifestyle mongrel of say... a Susie Homemaker or floral loving teacher from the countryside, or Sunday school girl, yet in the print it offers its common sensibility to us all. Blue illustrates many things, faithfulness, loyalty, but also sadness, and tranquility amongst other meanings.

When I wear this little dress a soothing effect happens, a calming spirit, but also an uplifting one, probably because of the power of blue. For me the blue in this print embodies the confidence and peace needed for the changes on the road ahead. It's providing a subtle, but powerful display of a feminine wildflower.

I also love this dress because of the deep functional pockets, nothing's hidden; everything from the zipper to the lace trim is pretty much exposed. The refining qualities are in the options of how to wear the dress.  I chose to add a modern belt.

Lastly, I am preparing for a short holiday coming up in a week or so, however I will still be visiting your lovely blogs when I get the chance. Stay updated next week on Twitter if you like. Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

The goods:  Vintage dress-Somewhere in SF, Wedge sandals-Anthropologie, Silver pendant/necklace-Nordstroms, Necklace-vintage, Belt-Gestalt Collection/Ladyofashion, Bracelet worn here-handmade from grandmother, Bangles-Dorothy Perkins, Earrings-Aldo
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Further reading: Feng-Shui-Blue
*Special Thanks to Nefferth of Mode-Plus for her "Denim It Up" feature this week. See it here!

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  1. "For me the blue in this print embodies the confidence and peace needed for the changes on the road ahead. It's providing a subtle, but powerful display of a feminine wildflower.."

    Such an uplifting quote Madisson... and I very much agree. Blue for me symbolizes balance and peace.. confidence exuding from the "balance" in life.. great outfit. You look like a susie home maker. :)

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  2. Wonderful dress. I love your earrings very much, too, My dear madiso.
    I will have a 4 weeks break. I am off to Englad. I will elaborate in a post.
    Enjoy your holliday.
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  3. Such a sweet dress--- sometimes it is nice to feel like a girl!

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  4. it looks great!


    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

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  5. Thanks for your comment on my blog : ) I love this dress. and I love pockets too! makes the dress more functional!

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  6. You look beautiful in this dress!  I really like the contrast between the old school, country-ish dress and your more modern hair style.  Your words are beautifully written, too.

    Have fun on your getaway!  And, most importantly, be safe!

    P.S.  Thank you so much for your comment!!

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  7. You look absolutely beautiful, classy, and like a vintage lady! Blue is one of my favorite colors, it is so relaxing and soothing. 

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  8. Oh Thanks Lauren! So grateful for your kind comment,  yes blue does symbolise peace and balance, which is what I have needed this week from work, but the count down has begun, Yay! :) Enjoy your weekend babe! 

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  9. I agree and love the romanticised look very much. :)

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  10. You look beautiful Madison!! I will describe you as tranquil. Love the different moods of blue that you have described. Goes to prove, blue is always not blue!!! Have loads of fun on your vacation, we'll chat on twitter!

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  11. I ADORE your dress, soo great. You're super lovely!

    xo,
     Em

    http://fiercestlilliputian.blogspot.com/

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  12. Very summery and fresh looking outfit. As always I love how you accessorized it.
    Enjoy your upcoming holiday and take lots of picture to share with us.

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  13. aw this looks amazing on you. I love vintage so much. Mainly jewls though 

    XX!
    YvonnaLivianna
    YvonnaLivianna.blogspot.com

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  14. Hi Ashley, Thank you!

    Yes, we will be safe and looking forward to having some time off. -xo

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  15. Thank you Emma! Hope that you enjoy your weekend dear! :)

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  16. Oh I love blue as well. I will take the soothing effect any day! Thanks Kirsten. :)

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  17. Oh how nice, I was just there for work stuff. I hope that you have an amazing holiday dear. Thanks, I like this dress very much. -xxoo 

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  18. Thanks Ofelia! Have a lovely weekend. :-)

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  19. Hello dear you are the sweetest! Yes, I will have some twitter days. haha! Just going to relax nothing big. :)

    I love blue & I will take the tranquil elements.  Enjoy your week. 

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  20. Thanks Yvonna! Vintage is one of my favourites to wear. xxoo

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  21. Oh wow! You look beautiful! I love everything about your amazing dress, and how you styled it! :) <3

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  22. Oh to Be a Muse09 July, 2011

    i definitely see the susie homemaker, but you definitely dressed it up with the great accessories like the belt and the earrings! have fun on your holiday!

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  23. I feel the same way about blue. I love to lay outside and just stare at an amazing blue sky sometimes. So peaceful. Very cute floral dress! I love susie homemaker inspired looks!



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  24. Wishing you a happy vaca already!

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  25. Blue is one of my favorite colors in clothes. You styled this dress brilliantly!!
    Have fun on your holidays! Mine are not coming up till August :(
    By the way: I've given you the One Lovely Bolg Award. Details here: http://designedbyann.wordpress.com/2011/07/10/one-lovely-blog-award/

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  26. Awww that dress looks looks fab on you. Have a lovely break :)

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  27. love the dress - i love these vintage style prints - have a good break x

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  28. Thanks so much lovely. I love belts and felt that it needed a special one for this dress. -xx

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  29. Thank you! yes, I'm an accessories fanatic, this needed a few good ones... glad that you liked it too! :)

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  30. Hooray for blue gals! Thanks Shasie. -xo

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  31. Thank you Nefferth, I'm certain we will even though it's a short time, but much needed. :-)

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  32. Oh my dear how nice of you, Thanks for giving me an award. 

    I love blue! xxoo

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  33. Thanks doll! always really appreciate your visit. xo

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  34. I'm with you on the vintage styled prints, gotta love them. Thanks so much Claire! :)

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  35. Hey Girl! Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am so excited to know yours now. It is great!!

    www.clarabelleblog.com

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  36. you really took the vintage look and made it your own and slightly modern! Love this outfit!

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  37. this dress is very pretty on you :) i hope you had a great w/e!

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  38. Madison, That blue looks so pretty on you.  I love the detail at the neckline.  Have a great holiday!  Debbie  http://thriftygirlvintage.com

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  39. MeanzChan10 July, 2011

    I love  the floral pattern and colors of this dress, it's so pretty. You look so great in it as well! :)



    Meanz (Koi Story)

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  40. Hello Clare!
     Thank you for visiting my blog and for the sweet comment. Hope to see you again soon. :)

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  41. Thanks meanz! Hope that you enjoy your day! -xxoo

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  42. Debbie!! hi dear, thank you so much! I agree, the lace trim at the neck is  a great addition.  :-)

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  43. Hi Krystal!
    Thanks.  -xo

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  44. Thanks very much dear! Have fun this week! -xo

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  45. this is so feminine and pretty. i love it! 

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  46. What a gorgeous dress!

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  47. You work that dress so well; loving the print on it.

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  48. Certain colors evoke moods for me too! That's a lovely dress!

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  49. Thanks! Have a great day! 

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  50. Thank you Katie, florals make me smile. -xo

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  51. haha! Thanks that's so sweet! :)

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  52. yes, indeed! Thank you! -xxoo

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  53. Melliott93011 July, 2011

    "The power of blue"...so interesting. I sometimes forget how much weight and meaning different colors can carry with them. Way to style up this vintage piece and make it modern at the same time!

    -Marie
    So What If I Like Pretty Things

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  54. This dress is just beautiful on you. The color is remarkable; and I love the way you've styled it in both pictures. Gorg!!  :)

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  55. Loving these vintage prints babe!   Will keep up to date with you on twitter too, have a lovely Monday xx

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  56. A Brit Greek11 July, 2011

    What a super pretty look?! I do love your belt!
    Have a fab break away!
    x.o.x.o

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  57. that's a really gorgeous dress !








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  58. the print on the dress is really pretty, and totally fits summer!

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  59. You always have the best vintage pieces ever!!!

    xoxo,
    Mel

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  60. Stylethroughhereyes11 July, 2011

    You look so beautiful and ready for a fancy tea party!

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  61. Hi Erika,
    Thank you so much, have a great week. 

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  62. Hi dear how are you?
    Yes, colours actually have a great impact on our moods/emotions,etc.
    Thanks for your lovely comment. 

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  63. Thanks doll, really appreciate it. Enjoy your day!

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  64. Thanks hon, wishing you a great week. -xo

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  65. I thought it was a nice summer print, but then again I do love many florals so... lol
    Thanks dear!

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  66. Aww, that's so sweet Mel! Thank you. yeah, I love vintage!

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  67. Thank you! hhmm, I do fancy a good tea party. :-)

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  68. Ohh, I love this post. Your musings on the color blue are so relevant to me right now in a bit of a metaphorical way. It's been my favorite color since before I can remember and as a child I always felt left-out being the only one of my little friends who didn't have pink-pink-pink everything. But your descriptions of the color so accurately fit my personality and that makes me happy to say it's my favorite color - and makes me feel a little happier just being me. I'm sure that sounds completely silly, but it's just what I needed right now. P.S. you look so lovely!

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  69. Casee, no dear that doesn't sound silly at all! Colours have quite an effect on us, think about the decor in a tranquil place like a spa or the white in a dental office/hospital, etc.

    Blue is one of my favourite colours and I'm so happy that you were able to connect with this post. Blue also symbolises intellect, as well as peace. I also never understood the suggested pink only for a girl & blue for a boy, I love both colours , though growing up I was not a pink girl at all. lol :-)  Thanks for your comment.

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  70. You look lovely!!! I agree blue has a lot of different meanings and I love that you touched on so many of them. For me it is the greatest calm because I automatically associate this shade of blue with the sky.

    Yay for vacations!!!

    Oh PS!! It's such a bummer that you don't live in NY!!! We could've had double Voice dates!!! I agree it kind of kicks the bum of American Idol and America's Got Talent. 

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  71. Gorgeous dress.  Lovely shade of blue; pretty floral print.  You look fab in it!

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  72. I love this! You are such a doll!

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  73. Oh thank you so my my dear Jamillah!
    I know most of my friends lately have been moving to NYC, I wish I lived there too. I would have LOVED to do double "Voice" dates...
    Blue is such a wonderful colour to me...  xxoo

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  74. Oh thank you so much for the kind words.  I love florals + blue it made my day! :)

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  75. Ah, you look so pretty and dainty in your floral vintage dress. And I like the touch of the strappy sandals, too.

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