The Citizen Rosebud

Seattle based blossom selling fresh picked vintage + pre-loves for you to bloom madly.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Bella Goes Gala


Say YES to the Dress: I'm wearing my Gala dress by Karina Dresses, with its cheery red/black/grey/white ditzy print, a sweetheart neckline and wrap around skirt that hugs the curves and forgives the lumps. With a nod to Advanced Style fashion icon, and newest model for the recent Lanvin campaign, Tziporah Salamon, my outfit makes me feel gorgeous and confident. I am wearing fashion that feels good!

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Colorful, Confident, Ethical: Fashion at its Finest.
And why shouldn't it? The new dress is made in the U.S.A. by people earning a living wage, and all other elements are quality pieces, acquired from secondhand sources.
 
Advancing MY Style:  While I've been a regular reader of Advanced Style for years, it wasn't until I read this fantastic interview of Tziporah that I became a huge fan of  the Tzip. You can see more of this women's incredible style HERE.

Tziporah Salamon mixes her vast collection of antique/vintage garments with a timeless style. Combining ethnic, European and American elements with ease, this woman has inspired me to add more ethnic and world culture classics to my usually Anglo-phillic wardrobe.

Tzip adds ZEST: Fearless, colorful + full of gorgeous character, Tziporah Salamon is a style inspiration for women of all ages.
Faux fur, real wool,  real leather and breathable micro-fiber = genuine fun.

The dress was a prize from being one of 10 winners of the Karina Chronicles' Frockober video contest (you can see my prize winning video HERE) and I knew I'd love the print, as I'd been eyeing the ditzy fabric for a while now, but wasn't so sure about the Gala. I'm not a "wrap around" sort, and I've only just recently warmed up to the sweetheart neckline (I now can boast 4 dresses with this face-flattering neckline.) But it was a freebie, so I took the plunge and ordered the Gala.

Party ON! I love the way the wrap around can be adjusted to my ever fluffy, uh I mean fluctuating waist line, and the slightly raised shoulders look so friggin' FASHION-ABLE. Even my "double hour-glass," the second set of curves (aka the muffin top, ) looks pretty damn good in the Gala, so I've got reason to feel festive and celebrate.

The jacket is a vintage score I found last summer and bought it inspired by the incredible Tzip (yeah, I've just coined her a new nickname) It's vintage wool and trim with the neatest silvery clasps. I feel a bit Tibetan or Mongol influence in the piece but it is however, a USA made garment from the 1970's.  Regardless, I love it. And love how the vintage faux fur cap and jacket add an international ethic flair. Lovely details are the floral trim on the jacket, and is the silvery clasps closures. Taking a cue from  those elements, I added a thrifted cut-out leather/rhinestone cuff  with a rose motif and pinned a vintage ivory rose brooch onto that.

It makes it official: I am a Citizen Rosebud, and blooming madly!
Galalala! Feeling #lucky in my fabulous Tzip inspired ensemble
Now Wearing: 
  • vintage faux fur pill box hat, thrifted
  • vintage rosebud resin brooch, thrifted
  • vintage wool ethnic style jacket, thrifted
  • the Gala dress, c/o Karina Dresses
  • arm candy: vintage rose brooch pinned
    on a thrifted cut out  rhinestoned leather cuff, both thrifted
  • black tights
  • Miz Mooz boots, Labels Consignment

 Disclosure: Karina Dresses is a blog sponsor and I received compensation for this post.


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37 comments:

Déjà Pseu said...

Wow!! You look gorgeous in that Gala dress!!

Sheila said...

That dress is heavenly on you - love the sweetheart neckline. I have very similar Miz Mooz boots to those!

Patti said...

Love that Gala dress! And your red jacket too. You're blooming madly.

Willow said...

You look brilliant! That dress seems almost made for you, especially with the addition of the hat, jacket and beautiful boots. "Tzip" is suck a wonderful inspiration, and that tartan ensemble of her's is fabulous!

Willow said...

Woops, I meant "such".

JTWisdom said...

Hi Bella,

The dress is so flattering on you and I the print is lovely.

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

That dress looks amazing on you! The neckline is gorgeous and so flattering. The whole look is unique and fun. Love it!

Bisous
Suzanne

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Gorgeous dress and boots!! I have also been weary of the wrap style because I wasn't sure if it would figure flattering for me... But you look amazing! Might have to give the wrap a try :)
Advanced Style ladies are the BEST!

Val Sparkle said...

LOVE. THE. BOOTS!!

Beryl said...

Va Va Voom!

Luna Tiger said...

I love this russian touch ! It remembers me my deep love for "les ballets russes"!
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superheidi said...

Wow, that's great, all you need is a bit of snow. :-)

Marla said...

That outfit is awesome. I love the dress and especially love that vibrant red jacket. Wish I felt more comfortable wearing dresses. I just am in such a rut- pants and shorts only. I am a huge fan of Advanced Style.

Carina Rosenholm said...

The dress is fab and i love the mix with the jacket and the faux fur ! The neckline i s o flattering !

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

Am loving that hat..I really want one like that I just haven't found the right one for me yet!! The whole outfit is so pretty, you look gorgeous!! And so love those boots, they are phenomenal :)) xx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

I would say that the jacket looks a bit scandinavian :-) Very beuatiful!

sylvia @ 40PlusStyle said...

Lovely dress Bella. This dress flatters you to perfection!

Consider Me Lovely said...

You look so fabulous Bella!! I just adore your hat.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

fabulous, the little pill box hat is just wonderful and the dress clings in the the right places, you look gorgeous! xx

Vix said...

Fabulous, I love combining different ethic pieces in my outfits too, that jacket is stunning, the hat looks fab and the dress fits like a dream. x

menopauselsupermodel said...

Wow--I love the whole outfit!!! You look ver va-va-va-voom in it!!
The jacket really is amazing and is perfect with the dress. (I seriously need to check Karina out-I have trouble finding dresses that fit)
"Tzip" is just amazing!! I want to be like her NOW, much less when I'm her age!!

Adrienne Shubin said...

The dress is flattering on you...very!
And that jacket is gorgeous and unique. Just like you, Bella!
xo

That's Not My Age said...

Fashion that feels good is my new mantra! That dress looks amazing on you, love that neckline.

señora Allnut said...

love watching you blooming madly, my dear, you look gorgeous and I'm loving your wrap dress and red wool jacket ensemble, it's absolutely inspiring and bright!. And i'm also a huge fan of Lady Tziporah's fabulousness!, sharing her great style love is Great!
besos & fabulosidad

Monica P said...

I'll check out the Karina link when I get home. If they have dresses for 'every body' then this pear shaped gal should be able to find something!!

Monica
www.pear-shaped-gal.com

Tamera Beardsley said...

Gorgeous my dear!

Lynne DeVenny said...

Bella, you are a stunner as usual, but wow, that wrap dress really adds the va-va-voom element. I think wrap dresses are comfortable and flatter a variety of body types - it's just a matter of finding the riight one for you. This one is completely brilliant.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Wow you look SERIOUSLY stunning and sultry in this pics. I am in LOVE with that dress. xx

gypsyroxylee said...

Bella, gala never looked this good! You look fantastic! I love the faux fur hat! So retro and chic! I see clothes like this and once again am reminded I was born in the wrong era! hee hee! And before I forget, the dress is stunning! So flattering and classy! I love it all! :)

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Fabulous hat, and I'm in love with the closure on your jacket. Gorgeous tribute!

THE-LOUDMOUTH said...

Why hello pretty lady! Congrats on winning the contest and that fab dress!

tziporah said...

Thank you so much for your kind and generous praise. I am happy that you found inspiration in my dressing.
This outfit is gorgeous and totally demonstrates the "art of dressing": each element combines beautifully with the other to create a living work of art. It's a stunning totality and you wear it well.
By the way, Tzip is one of my nicknames, along with Tzippy.

jeanofalltrades said...

Love this look. The dress looks made for you, the tzip (that's a new word for me) is fab, but when I saw those boots I said "Oh sh!t" out loud. They're the best!!!

Melanie said...

I love how you Bellafied that Gala dress. The boots, jacket, and hat are perfect with this. Original, fun, gorgeous. And Tziporah is a god-like icon. Thanks for showing us those photos too.

Sacramento Amate said...

You turn everything you wear into a piece or art, my dear Bella.
Always generous and inspiring.
I want your boots, so I will have to cross the ocean to get them, and give you a big hug.
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The Style Crone said...

The Gala looks incredible, accessorized by your radiant choices. With Tziporah as inspiration, you can't go wrong and you honored her with this creative ensemble. You are truly blooming for all to admire!

Cloud of Secrets said...

Ahhhh, I am in love with the colors, patterns, textures, and layers here -- and I have physically painful dress and boot envy. Good work. I've had this entry bookmarked for a few days for comment. My blogreading time is not much these days, but I *had* to say something about this treasure chest of an outfit.

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