Vanity + Vintage #11

Hello dear fashionistas, it has indeed been quite wonderful to take a break, and I must admit you were missed very much. However, it was definitely a breath of fresh air to get away from work and be pampered.

In this week's V+V series I take a look into my fabric bin and bring you retro material with a modern twist. I have only been back for one day now and found myself listening to vintage records, in lieu of unpacking and catching up on some reading for work. It's absolutely difficult to come back (to reality), after having a nice holiday with primarily doing, well not much at all, yet enjoying mother nature's surrounding beauty.

As I get back into the swing of things I found inspiration, guided by none other than the simplicity of black and white with a scarf addition, which was my small nudge of boldness getting back into my wardrobe.

I do hope that you are having a wonderful summer week and for my other international friends possibly a fashionably colder climate at the moment.
                





This strapless dress was from vintage striped and embroidered fabric that a family friend gave me, I used it to make a dress and added a large button as an adornment.
These Japanese panels were also in the same box that I received; I actually used these to produce a kimono inspired outfit for a fashion show (a very long time ago). The panel pieces were joined together so I separated them into vertical sections, still having about 10 pieces left over I'm using this as a belt on the dress as my primary accessory.

The goods:   Scarf - Diane von Furstenburg, Dress- Gestalt Collection/ladyofashion,  Japanese panel belt- Gestalt Collection/ladyofashion, Shoes - BCBG
*My thoughts and prayers goes out to Norway and family of those who were affected by the current events in Oslo.
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67 comments

  1. love what you did! the scarf looks smashing with that gorgeous dress! the dress fits you perfectly and i love the fact that it is strapless! the red scarfs adds the perfect touch of color! oh and i do love the heels 

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  2. The belt is beautiful (as are you!) and you were sorely missed, but I am glad you are back and that you had a lovely vacation!

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  3. I love this dress that you made! You look fab in it! great feature



    Shasie  of Live
    Life in Style

    Wrinkle
    In Time Vintage Giveaway

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  4. I love the way that you have addeed the scarf to this dress. It looks great.

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  5. The dress looks extra beautiful styled that way - great job!

    Hope you're having a great weekend! :)-jsorelle in style

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  6. EffortlessCool24 July, 2011

    LOVE your belt dear!!!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  7. Glad to see your back. I've been in somewhat of a hiatus this week as well.

    xoxo

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  8. Wow, that second photo of you is absolutely beautiful. I glad to see you back! :)

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  9. Great job on the belt and you look fantastic in this strapless dress.

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  10. Paulinalg25 July, 2011

    I love that dress is so sexy!

    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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  11. You look gorgeous, you're so elegant! I'm glad you had a nice break, but more importantly, I'm glad you're back! :) <3

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  12. sartorialsidelines25 July, 2011

    Love this - such an sleek and chic look! And welcome back!

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  13. Striking fabrics - love what you have done with them - simple and elegant x

    http://fashionandfrank.blogspot.com/

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  14. Thanks hon, this dress is super comfortable. -xx

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  15. Oh, you are too sweet lovely, THANK YOU! It means alot. I Hope that you have a wonderful week Miss fashionable. -xxoo

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  16. Oh thanks my dear! I missed blogging, just trying to catch up now, and so much to do. 
    *Thank you, I did have an enjoyable time-off. -xo

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  17. Thank you Courtney, it's great to be back. :-)

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  18. thanks doll, I really appreciate such kind words. have a wonderful day. -xx

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  19. Hi Lauren! Yes, sometimes a small hiatus is needed, but I'm finally sorted and ready headed back to work. -xo  Thanks. :)

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  20. Thanks so much Sahra! 
    It's one of my favourites to wear - so versatile.

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  21. aww, thank you dear! I'm enjoying the week so far, wishing you a great one as well. -xxoo

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  22. Hi Shasie,
    So great to hear from you. I hope that you're having a lovely week so far. Thank you for your comment. :)

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  23. Ofelia you're so sweet. Thank you!

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  24. Wow, thanks LaCara! It's great to be back, loved your recent post. :)

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  25. Fashionpearlsofwisdom25 July, 2011

    You really made the most of the beautiful fabrics x

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  26. I love love LOVE that look my dear! You turned something simple into an interesting and elegant look. Madison, I bow at your creative genius :)

    xoxo
    Cyrillynn

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  27. Vanda Santos26 July, 2011

    I like your dress too!!! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog! nice blog of ours!!!
    Kisses from Greece!

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  28. I really wanna see this japan kimono inspired outfit

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  29. Love your creativity...  wonderful dress.
    Lee x

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  30. You always look so, so incredible - I am loving everything about this ensemble!  :)

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  31. I love that you really try to use every bit of fabric you get dearest Madison. The belt is my fave, lovely. It fun and geometric. Love it!

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  32. Mademoiselle Poirot26 July, 2011

    The Japanese panels are stunning and work well with the dress. Welcome back xo

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  33. I adore this post, that dress is truly gorgeous on you! Great job. xoxo, Veena <3



    http://seven-inch-stilettos.blogspot.com

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  34. Thank you. Yes, I try to do interesting things with my fabrics that are given to me. :)

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  35. Thank you Cyrillynn my dear, you are so sweet. I do love creating things and I'm so happy that you liked it.

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  36. Thank you Vanda!  Hope your'e having a lovely week.

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  37. Thank you my dear Jamillah,
    Hope you're having a great week. I do enjoy using all of my fabrics. -xxoo

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  38. Oh thanks so much Erika! xo :)

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  39. Thanks!  http://bit.ly/qtrwCu

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  40. this dress fits you perfectly and i love the scarf accent!  i need to remember to accessorize with scarves more in the summertime.  love it!  :)




    kileen

    cute &
    little

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  41. Absolutely love it; and that scarf looks great with that dress!

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  42. Fabrizia Spinelli27 July, 2011

    Hi!!I like your blog so much,  you look really great!
    Come and visit my blog, and if you like it, follow me, I'll be waiting for you!

    http://cosamimetto.blogspot.com/

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  43. Oh to Be a Muse27 July, 2011

    i definitely see the retro. the japanese panel belt is amazing!

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  44. You are really talented! Love this!
    -Ellie

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  45. What a great belt out of scarf creation. Love the print over stripes idea too.
    You look amazing by the way.
    Daphne.
    http://fashiondivamommy.blogspot.com

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  46. You made that?? WOW lady...It's gorgeous!

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  47. Thank you my dear. -xxoo

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  48. Thanks Kileen! Hope you're having a great summer. :-)

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  49. Hey there Audrey, thanks for your comment hon.  

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  50. Thank you Cheryl, I knew you'd appreciate it. :-) 

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  51. I love mixing patterns... Thanks so much Daphne! xo

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  52. Yes indeed dear, I design clothing as well sometimes. Thanks so glad that you liked it. :),

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  53. Gorgeous dress, perfect line and u my dear-> u look divine in it!:) Loveee what u did here from the fabric!!!!:)
    kisses
    Jelena
    http://glamfabchameleon.blogspot.com/

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  54. U look amazing!!  Happy Saturday!  xx

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  55. Oh thank you hon, hope you have a wonderful weekend dear. -xo

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  56. You are so sweet, Thank you Jelena, I do love this dress it's quite comfortable.  :)
    xxoo

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  57. Stylingphotodiary31 July, 2011

    you look stunning, great job on the dress!

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  58. oh my dior02 August, 2011

    totally loving the dress!!
    http://www.ohmydior.org/

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