This dress was my mom’s from the 70’s or so. She gave it to me about ten years ago and I rotate it into my outfits now and again. Sometimes I feel the open circle below the bust is just showing too much skin for my liking; other times I’m okay with it. For some reason I keep returning to it since the silhouette is sexy without giving too much away. (except in that little circle 😉
I saw this scarab beetle pendant on Etsy awhile ago. Always being someone to try to make something for less than it costs to buy, I sourced the scarab beetle stamping online, and added a chain I had. I kind of like that it’s loose on the jumprings that slide back and forth on its forearms!
I also saw this coin bracelet by Yochi Design in Lucky magazine in 2003 or something. (sorry I can’t find the original clipping – it’s somewhere; I just don’t feel like going through all my mag clippings right now) I just had to make one of my own – from coin pendants from the bead supply store. (I had to weave thin wire around the coins to accommodate hanging a bead below the coins, since they weren’t double-drilled and I had no way of drilling them at home.) I was pretty pleased with the results.
Feeling disco fever, I tell ya!
On another note, I’ve just finished stuffing all the Easter eggs for Lil Tot, setting up the baskets with goodies, chomping on the carrots we’ve left out for the Easter bunny, and placing an Easter sticker on the note Lil Tot left for our long-awaited visitor (to prove the Bunny dropped by). I’ll be getting up tomorrow morning before the sun is up to hide the eggs all around the backyard. Why go to all this trouble? The simple, sweet look of joy on Lil Tot’s face as he rushes downstairs to see if the Easter Bunny has visited. Such a wonderful moment – truly there is none like it.
(Tho, as a parent, I wonder if, a few years down the line, my elaborate attempts to infuse such a sense of wonder and magic into holidays may make Lil Tot resent me when he finds out the Easter Bunny never existed at all and his mother was just deluding him. I don’t remember realizing when the Easter Bunny/Santa Claus/the Tooth Fairy didn’t exist; so for me, there’s no memory of such a betrayal…but do any of you? Just curious.)
I LOVE this dress! absolutely gorgeous! not to mention the necklace, beautiful 🙂
What a classic, glamourous look! There is nothing better than the magic of easter to a little one x
Beautiful! I love this look 🙂
On the question about Easter and other holidays…my parents did things a little differently. We celebrated just like all the other kids, but they were honest with us from the start about the existence of these mythical holiday beings. For instance, they told us that Santa Claus was, at one point in history, a man who made gifts for children at Christmas and that part of the holiday is celebrating his memory and the lessons he taught about selfless charity. Thus, we always participate in at least one charity type event around Christmas, we had a few “surprise” gifts labeled as being from Santa under the tree Christmas morning (though it was understood that these were from our parents – and we thanked them accordingly) and, to this day (even though we don't do presents under the tree anymore), leave out cookies, milk, and carrots on Christmas eve.
Part of the reasoning behind the way they did things this way was because we were a military family – some years we didn't even see dad at Christmas, or for more than a few precious weeks out of the entire year. My parents, then, were partly concerned of any additional resentment we may feel about our childhoods, and didn't like the idea of us thanking a ghost at Christmas for things my parents had made great sacrifices to be able to provide for us. Some of my friends in High School thought we were deprived of some “right of passage” from childhood because we didn't have to go through the whole process of finding out our parents lied to us about all these wonderful things (like a big, scary old man in a red suit who invades your house on Christmas eve…) but I think it paved the way for us to have good, trust-filled relationships with our parents as teens and, now, young adults, and it's probably what I'll do with my kids.
And we weren't any less thrilled than any other kids to get our Easter baskets and Christmas gifts, either!
That's my two cents on holidays 🙂 Happy Easter!
love the dress! i like the sleeves. plus, the scarab beetle is really cool. i like his little arms 😛 lol
I love the 70's maxi dresses! This one looks great on you, and you really did a great job accessorizing with all that gold!
I think the dress is perfect, the circle doesn't show too much! and the silhouette is wonderful. I love the scarab necklace as well, so funky!
I don't ever remember a betrayal, just an eventual realization.
Chic on the Cheap
Thats a tres chic ensemble on you, I enjoy seeing some classic lines revisited and given the kind of gentle updated flair you have. thank goodness so many people hung onto their closet-fuls of old things so that we can troll the thrift stores to bring them back to life.
i like the necklace
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