Monday, August 11, 2008

rainy rainy days



A good long while ago I purchased this dress from Liebemarlene Vintage. I had seen it before in one of her Wardrobe Remix photos and it was one of those love-at-first-sight dresses.... When she put it up on ebay I figured it'd be another one of those things online that you wish for, but don't end up winning (like this Mama Stone Vintage dress some other lucky girl won) But, by some crazy luck, I won the auction!

When Rhiannon sent the dress she also sent along some other lovely things. (Including this black bag that I'm holding! - she's the sweetest!)

The dress looked so perfect on her, the way she styled it with the brown accessories - but when I put it on I looked ridiculous! it was a bit too short and the white and blue looked too childish on me.... A few tea bags later, and the dress was just right!

I was also lucky enough to have superstar Jeff Allen take these pictures! We ran around a big field and it was practically dark, but he has himself a magic camera and the pictures came out perfect!

38 comments:

Kathleen said...

That is so freaking cute! Its one of the most adorable dresses I've laid eyes upon. Lucky duck.

Kathleen.

Lou said...

I LOVE this picture! Your style is so unique!

Maia said...

amazingly crafty..I would have never thought to use tea bags to dye the material..
As always, I adore your blog

belle.chantelle said...

ahhhhhhh-mazing!!
great photography as well.

nonshannontly said...

during my most recent thrift trip, i found an umbrella similar to yours. it was only 50 cents! i think i am now addicted to finding vintage umbrellas.

Lydia said...

I love photos taken at this time of day. All of these shots look amazing!

Laura said...

Lovely pictures.

dw said...

gorgeous photos! and what a brilliant idea with the tea bag dyeing...must try it sometimes, but will it fade?

Effie said...

kathleen: thanks so much! Rhiannon has some amaaazing things!! I was so lucky to win the dress!

lou: thank you so much!! I think the top one is my very favorite too!!

maia: thank you!! I used to want to go to school for fiber arts, so dying with tea is always my go-to quickly make things look a bit more unique!

belle.chantelle: I will send those sweet words along to the photographer!

nonshannontly: vintage umbrellas is one of my favorite things to collect too!! I don't think you can ever have enough because you can match them with all your outfits! The next one I hope to find is a creamy white parasol with pretty lace details!

lydia: I agree! I love the scene in Marie Antoinette taken at dawn, I mean - not quite the same lighting, but early morning and early evening photos are always one in the same!

Effie said...

dw: if you dye with tea (use black tea) then soak the item in white vinegar to set the color. Laundry detergents are designed to remove organic "stains" (the tea) so I wouldn't suggest dying something you'll wash a lot (linens and the like) and if you do wash it, hand wash it in the sink with woolite.

Anki said...

Oh, I love that picture!!!

jayne said...

I LOVE THESE PHOTOS! so cute & whimsical, nice lighting!

Louise said...

Your lovliness astounds me. These photos are gorgeous, as is your styling. I would love to see a tutorial on how you tea-stain clothing - does the stain survive the wash?

AnnaBananaCupcake said...

Very lovely outfit as always.
I had my eye on that MamaStoneVintage dress as well but unfortunately I just don't have the kind of cash those type of dresses usually go for.
XOXO
p.s. I hope you don't mind I posted a few of your pictures on my blog. Let me know if you would prefer me not to use them.

Amelia said...

I love what you did with the tea bags. I think the dress is much improved. I'm in love with your umbrella, too.

Lily said...

beautiful pictures!
I love that umbrella!

clareassiral said...

amazing photograph!

Milla said...

Lovely and amazing!

B said...

Awesome outfit!

frecklewonder said...

gorgeous shots + i just *love* what you did with the dress. so you.

Outi said...

The colours in the photos are amazing. Nice posing, too. :)

Betty Lou said...

i love that umbrella, the shape, the colours. if you ever find another one let me know, i will buy it!

Penny said...

that umbrella is beautiful!!!
such amazing photography too

teenvoguette said...

beautiful photography and adorable dress!
p.s. i love the umbrella

Mila said...

You look SO gorgeous again!
I also really love the setting of the pictures...

I always look forward to new posts from you. :)

Have a great week and hopefully the sun will return (also here in Holland...please?)

Mila.

kristin said...

if I had that umbrella I would pray for rain every day!

Nothing Elegant said...

Absolutely stunning photographs. The umbrella is the perfect accessory here!

Punky said...

Aww, how fun would that have been to run in to you girls at a flea market.

Thumbelina said...

These are sooooo wonderful, one of my favorite posts <3

Do you mind trading links? Your blog is such an inspiration for me.

Marisa

tsilli said...

you look so pretty in those pictures. i love reading your blog!

tsilli.net

Effie said...

thank you everyone! if it weren't for Jeff they wouldn't look as wonderful! It was practically dark so he really had to mess with his camera settings to get the photos to come out!

louise: it's really very easy! but, after enough "normal" washings - the garmet should eventually go back to its original color!

annabananacupcake: no, of coure not! I'm flattered!

betty lou: I'll keep my eyes peeled!

mila: I feel the same way about yoru blog! And I hope it gets sunnier there too!

Isabel said...

Tea bags? For serious? It looks fantastic. I hope the 'dye' doesn't wash out!

Snowshoe said...

What a fantastic blog. It was one of the first I read when I fell into the blogosphere a few months ago. It still remains among my absolute favorites. These pictures are fantastic... any idea what kind of camera they were taken with?

vallmovild said...

I love the tea-colored-color! as a matter of fact I was so inspired by your coloring so I tried to color a baby blue skirt (baby blue is not for me) with tea, and I'm so happy about the result. from being a skirt (dust-collecter) on the bottom of my closet it's my favourite thing to wear, so thank you!

and, the photos are amazing as always. your blog is so sweet and inspiring! you have a real talent for mixing and matching different colors and everything looks perfect on you. wish I could keep you in a little box under my bed and take you up every morning so you can show me what to wear every day. of course i will feed you with candy, bluberries and pancakes and bring you to the lake when you get sad.

it's been raining non stop here for some days too. I love it and hate it. and its getting cold, i suppose summer is over for this time. That makes me a bit sad, I use to wish for fall all summer but this summer have been really cold and rainy.

Miss Karen L said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the umbrella.

who knew tea bags were so handy? I'm really tempted to try this out on something hehe.

The dress looks fantastic on you btw. :D

tsilli said...

i re-read your post. i was the lucky girl who won the mama stone vintage dress. :)

Some Notes on Napkins said...

gorgeous photos!

Natasha said...

good shoes

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