A Revelation in Lavender Floral

On our Sacramento shopping extravaganza last weekend I found this Gunne Sax high waisted skirt. It features a delicate floral print in soft pink and lavender and lace and a corset tie front. A total dream. I'm keeping it. I've already worn it twice.

Oh and I found this perfect grey top for wearing under high waisted skirts that day too!

I actually prefer imperfections on Gunnes and other vintage prairie dresses (especially tattered lace, there is something so appealing about tattered lace on an old dress).

But what is this!? A skirt that doubles as a dress!? Indeed it is my friends. The previous owner simply hand sewed (in bright red thread, no less) two strips of (tattered) lace into the top of the skirt to serve as straps. So simple. I wore it as a dress to the BriarPatch Co-op yesterday (where Mycie got her face painted by the famous Penney the Clown). Then brought it back down for book club look in the evening.

This is how I wore it to book club, with my lavender cashmere sweater and the only necklace I ever really wear. Our book was Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of essays by Joan Didion exploring California culture in different locales in the 1960s (published in 1968). Sacramento and San Francisco (from whence Gunne Sax emerged in the last 60s) are both covered, as are many other places. We all loved it and it stirred up some lively conversation. Such as when I compared Didion's value as someone who calls people out on the mythologies they create (the Haight-Ashbury scene, the John Wayne bravado, the Joan Baez peace ideology) to Regretsy.com, where Etsy and its countless users are called out on the bullshit they try to pull. (It was a stretch, but at least I turned a few more people on to the hilarity that is Regretsy).

In other news, our camera should be here any day now! And I have soooo many new pieces to shoot! And a fabulous location for the weekend! And the sun is non stop shining 'round here! And did I mention that I have a new skirt that's also a dress!?!?

Keep or Sell?

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As much as Graham has truly awesome style and an effortlessly spot-on aesthetic when it comes to... everything (his French culinary teacher in school once announced to the class "All of you I have to teach presentation to but Graham, Graham I don't have to teach it to"), sometimes a girl just needs another girl's opinion when it comes to clothes.

I am torn over whether or not to keep or sell the four pieces above. The Gunne Sax prairie skirt I bought for the shop, but the more I look at it the more I love it. But would I really wear a long denim prairie skirt?

The dress was also bought for the shop, but I thought I'd sneak in a wear and make it my New Year's dress. At about 4 hours to midnight I was rocking it and getting ready to go, but come the new decade I was snuggled up in bed feeling good about my decision to stay in for the evening.

When I bought the shoes I wasn't sure whether they were for me or the shop. I have had similar shoes in the shop before that I loved but that just weren't for me. These, I think, may be the ones that are finally for me.

And the jacket. I love this jacket. I got it for myself from Fruit Salad Vintage on Etsy. I adore babydoll cuts on anything, and the plaid is fantastic, and the colors are sublime! But it is a *tad* too small. As in, I hear a seam rip every time I move in it. Is it worth it?

Help!