Friday, December 9, 2011

outfit post: Maximum Rosebud

Sometimes it doesn't take much to feel like a million bucks.

A couple of months ago, my friend Idalia gave me a rack of vintage clothing. It was her way of showing her support in my venture; she was moving out of town, and said she'd rather me get some use out of her donations then pay for storage.   She gave me a great collection of mostly vintage 1960's and '70's polyester pieces, which I don't normally wear, but there were so many cute and charming shirts and dresses, some of them just found their way into my wardrobe. Without Idalia's gift, I NEVER would have considered wearing a maxi dress, and here I am, rocking it loud and proud in a bright floral number. In fact, I now have 3 long dresses to wear this winter, 3 adorable frocks that I wouldn't have considered wearing on my own.
This dress fit me perfectly. It's a late 1960's frock, and I love the back built in train. The fabric is quite breathable, and the dress is so comfortable. Making it even more endearing, is the fact that it reminds me of something dear Helga or Vix or Sarah might wear. So, Helga, Vix and Misfit Sarah: this 'bud's for YOU.


Now Wearing: 
  • Floral Sunglasses, Target
  • Vintage 1960's Floral Frock, gifted
  • Dr. Scholl's Wedges

50 comments:

Kimberlee said...

Oh my that dress is fabulous! Then you turn around and it gets even more fabulous! hehe It looks great on you :)

Jenmarie said...

Oh Belle, you look so beautiful! This dress is seriously gorgeous. I love the length, the colors and how light and flowy it looks. Nice choice!

lifeanditsotherdrugs said...

That dress is absolutely lovely on you!!! So beautiful :D

To bad I can't wear anything like that. The snow has finally reached NY. brrrr.

Susan Tiner said...

The dress is perfect on you, feminine yet bold and playful. More importantly, I'm glad you feel like a million bucks.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Sara said...

ooh, sounds so great! that dress is pretty!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

Wow, Bella, this is gorgeous...you look amazing! Can't wait to see what else she gave you!!

Polka Princess said...

That's such a vibrant dress.....so you! :)

And that dress & your sunnies seem to be made for each other!! :))

ebbandflo said...

a million bucks plus!!!

long frocks are so essentially stylish, at any time of the year. i love them in summer for tan prevention, and i need more for winter now!!

Lissy said...

Loooooovvvee this print! The colors are just gorgeous! Happy Friday!

bucklebuttonzip.com said...

You are taunting me with your short sleeves and sunny day! Striking dress and love the longer length.
Happy weekend!
xLaura

gracefully50.com said...

You look stunning in that dress! Great photos!!

mymatryoshkalife said...

LOVE the print of that dress. So pretty on you!!

any2ndnow.com said...

Bella, this is truly stunning. I love the whole look and the back is fantastic. Beautiful!

xoxo
Cyrillynn

styleosophy said...

Hey Bella, you are WEARING that dress....especially love the back of it!

lasophia said...

haha, this bud's for you, good one. I'm glad you got over your opposition to maxi dresses. This looks so great on you.

Vix said...

Totally awesome and bloody gorgeous! I love it on you, dear Bella. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Jennifer said...

You wearing the hell outta that dress girl! And the shoes! I've been dying for some new black Mary Jane heels, how high are those?

Jennifer
http://malcriada.net

Jennifer said...

You wearing the hell outta that dress girl! And the shoes! I've been dying for some new black Mary Jane heels, how high are those?

Jennifer
http://malcriada.net

sacramento said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh best dress ever, Bella.
I love the back so much, and I am sure Helga, Vix and sarah would be proud of you.
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

theequinebovine said...

ATTENTION WORLD!! This is my favorite piece of eye candy I have ever seen on Bella Q~ I am kinda crushing on her right now , and I like it!

beneath the glass said...

Bella you look amazing babe!! Love the dress, so gorgeous!! You rock it well :)
Happy Friday!

Beneath the Glass

Franca said...

Fantastic! It looks great on you! Isn't it wonderful to overcome mental style blockages!

Stylish Thought said...

That dress is lovely on you! Isn't it great to have friends that give you clothes and indulge your passion?! :)

Anusha said...

Oh my lordy that is one to-die-for dress!! You were *born* to wear it! It's just amazing!

I adore maxi dresses even though I'm 5'4". I think it's seeing my female relatives wear maxi skirts and dresses a lot when I was growing up in the '70s. ^_^

Misfits Vintage said...

That frock is spectacular, Bella! I LOVE the pattern and colours and the train is killer. You look fabulous! Sarah xxx

Annie, Vintage Diggs said...

She just gave you a whole rack of vintage?!?! What a wonderful winter surprise! Glad she opened your mind to floral maxi dresses, this one looks amazing on you!

xoxo,
annie

Check out my latest vintage blog post:
http://vintagediggs.com/2011/12/the-hottest-sequin-hot-pants/

Please may I? said...

What a stunning dress! The pattern and detail is divine. If only we could wear something so lightweight here, it's freezing!

X x

Miss Peregrin said...

BEST. DRESS. EVER. I love this dress so much! The colours are amazing. I'm so glad you gave maxi's a try!

Serene said...

Awwww Bella! That's what you should name this dress - "The Bella". It's wonderful on you! Bright vibrant color suits you and this dress seems to bring out the vixen in you!!! LOVE. IT! Hugs pretty girl! ~Serene

Adrienne said...

Your friend Idalia sounds very sweeet! I love this dress on you, the bright colors and fab fit make the look modern and cool. Love this!

Adrienne
http://lolarocksclothing.blogspot.com/

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

OH. MY. GOD. It has a cape-train thingy. Please don't take this frock off - there are way too many people who need to get blown away by this fabulousness. xoxox

RocquelleIsLovely said...

WHOA!! That dress is amazing!! You look gorgeous Bella!

Ofelia said...

The dress fits you so well and I love the flower print.

theSIREN said...

this reminded me somehow of Frida as soon as i saw it. or at least, Frida-esque. i would so love to get my buns in a dress like that - what an awesome gift.

xoxo

Kitty said...

I don't see why you wouldn't consider waering a dress like that off your own bat, but then I prob. wouldn't consider wearing most of what you wear by myself either...point being, I get it but you look fab so you should wear this stuff more often, right?! I just sold a sateen maxi in that exact style, I think it's a statement style.xx.

Kirstin Marie said...

This dress is perfection on you Bella! I love the colors :)

Sasha said...

What a wonderful dress! It looks absolutely terrific on you. I adored each and every shot of this post. Especially the second one. It looks like it could be from a film.

La Dama said...

You look fierce amor! love colorful frocks. Oh I know Vix and the gang would surely wear this colorful maxi. I never thought of wearing maxis either cause I am a short-ass. You look xtra gorgeous tall.
adorar the kneeling down pose.
Besotes

Shybiker said...

Holy cow, Bella! Did you have to apply for a permit to wear this dress? It' so... bold!

I love the brightness of the colors and maximum length. This dress takes everything to extremes. In my world of Extreme Fashion, this pick is a winner.

The Style Crone said...

You look great in the floral print maxi! Bright and colorful, like you!

Tanvi said...

OMG!!! That dress is to DIE for !!! Love it!

♡ from © tanvii.com

Gina said...

GORGEOUS DRESS! And I can't believe you're wearing that during the winter time! *sigh* I miss Sacramento weather.

chaoskontrolowany said...

Pretty sunglasses;)

WendyB said...

Glamorous!

Pearl Westwood said...

You look so tall in that dress, I really love the print what a great gift!

fdiary said...

Hi Diva, I've added your site to my blogroll. Love your style. Amazing, amazing dress!

The Closet Shopper said...

What a great dress. You look so cute in all those bright colors!

xo,
Tracy

illdallydizzle said...

Totally dropped the comment ball. What I should've said days ago, is that you are wearing the shiz outta that dress! So, so glad you kept that one. Or that it kept you, rather. You are one righteous babe.

QueenVII said...

OMIGaaaaad! you in this dress in these photos... effin AMAZING. i think this is one of my faves for sure for sure for SURE... i might reblog this one! loves it!

Paula K. Cravens said...

Love the dress AND glasses. I may have to adapt this look this summer.

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