|#AMERICANMADE Styling for a Stronger America|
MADE IN THE SHADE. I'm pleased, also, to be among the many stylish women who are participating in Jill's and Adrienne's monthly series, How I Wear My-, with this month being How I Wear My Sunglasses. They'll be posting the pics, July 2nd, so please check out all us "shady ladies" over at Everything Just So, and The Rich Life (on a Budget) then. Thank you, Jill and Adrienne for allowing me to join in on the fun!
ALL AMERICAN. I LOVE red, white, and blue. Especially when worn together. It's been a summer favorite since childhood, and the outfit I'm sharing today is something I'm sure I would've worn way back in the day. In fact, I'm going to share with you some pictures taken of me when I was in highschool- we're talking, the eighties, folks, circa 1982 or '83. Behold a 17 year-old version of me, wearing a red, white and blue top, with a sailor collar. Aside from the bangs, and the "mom" jeans (hey, it was the '80s!) I could very easily see the current self sporting the exact same outfit.
|American Maid: a 17 year old Bella hanging with her high school pals circa 1982.|
What my 48 year old self delights in most, is the fact that this entire outfit is 100% thrifted (or gifted), and is ALL AMERICAN. The romper was made in the U.S.A. something I look for in a garment label, and what a bonus that it's also vintage.
|#SHOPSECONDHANDFIRST 100% Thrifted (or gifted), and ALL AMERICAN.|
- "Mon Cherry" hand-made from vintage materials, worn HERE + HERE (gifted)
- Heart Sunnies, Freestyle Clothing Exchange, similar HERE
- vintage 1980s chambray romper, A Bit of Birdsong
- vintage cotton sash, thrifted
- beaded bracelets, thrifted (various sources)
- Red clutch (really a make-up bag), Thrift Town
- St. John's Bay white leather sandals, Value Village
Linking to the pants wearing Patti for Visible Monday
Thanks for the shout out! Red, white and blue does suit you, very cute!
Bella, look at you!! You are absolutely the American made doll in that!! I love it! I will be modeling (ahem) another sailor dress today. I just LOVE a nautical theme.
PS -- thanks again!!
I love seeing you at 17! The new sailor romper is sweet and I can see why you were smitten! Love it!
How totally fun are those high school photos?! Yeah, we all wore what would be considered mom jeans back then because people used to care about covering their underwear and rear ends, remember?
Awww......am ADORING the 17-yr old Bella!! Such a sweet & innocent face! <3
Also, that nautical romper is da bomb!
so, so cute, you! and I love the pics of you in HS. thanks for sharing all the joy with Visible Monday, xoxoxo
you look adorable, at both ages. I like seeing my blogger friends in old photos. When I figure out how to scan, I'll post some of myself.
All american girl! Love the Photo of you at 17 !
Love your American girl tribute and I really enjoyed seeing your high school pics...so fun! Happy 4th Bella!
You look gorgeous, now and then. Love the romper. I love finding things that are made here, even in vintage. They're just so much better quality.
Ohh I love the photo of you as a 17 year old girl, so beautiful!<3 Gosh I want to see more photos of you as a youngster, because YOU are awesome and I love the 80s though I was born in the 90s :D That sailor romper is so cool and suits you perfectly :)
Vintage+Thrifted+Made in USA=100% FABULOUS!
beautiful at 17 beautiful at 48! what a fabulous and unique soul you are! I love your shady outfit post xxxxx
You look fantastic, shady lady in a sailor suit!
You are ten times more gorgeous now then you were at 17 - and you were beautiful then!
This is so very, authentically you. I had a similar navy romper, in true navy blue, when I was about six years old. I don't think it ever suited me. But yours is magical ;-)
awwww you were such a pretty teenager. (you are still pretty.) And I like you in this all-american style. By the way, so right of that girl to name you "authentic." authenticity is what makes me come back to your blog.
Awesome! I love your red/white/blue. So I'm a Canuck but we all looove the song Born in the USA. I loved your high-school pics. Yes, mom jeans were the rage... Shall we fast-forward now?
I must the links in your post.
Ahoy, Cap't Rosebud! That is a cute romper, and looks great on you. You haven't changed a bit since your high school picture - you still look gorgeous!
Bella, you don't look a day over 17 in this jumpsuit. Can I possibly find one of those? Your picture from highschool days is the BEST. I bet you're so wishing you still had that blouse to sport today.
Love those beaded bracelets. Have a fun Fourth!
Beautiful at 17, but even more so now Bella. You've been sporting some very authentic headwear these days. Your thrifted/gifted ensemble is a holiday hit!
How fun is this and love the flashback pics!
That is one amazing sailor outfit, I love it on you Bella, so cute and stylish!
One of my favourite ever Bella outfits! Girl, you look incredible. Second-hand, vintage and made in the country you live in, perfect combo in my book! xxx
I love the sailor inspired outfit and it's a pleasure to see your photos, you aren't changed at all and your style was awesome then and now! I'll wear both the lovely blouse you had then and the fabulous playsuit you are wearing today!
Wonderful and unique, my dearest Bella.
Red, white and blue are also the colours of the Dutch flag, so I am very familiair with this combination. And of course it is also very classic and fresh.
you are even more gorgeous today than your 17 year old self!!
love the romper--it's awesome and you are rocking it!!
So pretty and patriotic all at once. Who says we need to be all over stripes and stars!
Will you be watching the fireworks from Queen Anne or out on the floatilla on Lake Union? I've done both and miss both so much. Here, I have to hope the yahoos don't set my pasture on fire!
Just very fabulous as usual.
Amazing outfit, I mean seriously, mama like! Thank you for joining us for the "How I Wear My: Sunglasses" post, I could not imagine it without you and your heart-shaped glasses! Also, those pictures of you circa 1982 were so great, my God you look like a Vogue model. I don't know what fountain of youth you are sipping from, but you need to share these secrets with the rest of us! XO, Jill
I remember Lynn posting that sailor jumpsuit, and now you are rocking it! Love the homegrown vintage look, and the teenage pics - beautiful then, beautiful now. xxx
that romper is a classic piece with a twist, as you worn it with your usual sassiness, you look gorgeous!
and love that your outfit is locally produced, and love that it fits you like a retro dream, that little headpiece and sunnies are delightful!!
Ahh Bella, the wonderful 80's! How innocent and fun you and your friends look!
100% percent American and thrifted is the best combination for our Independence Day celebration.
How I remember the 80 well, takes me back....
Loving the all in one suit hun. Looks fabulous!
Oh my gosh, I can't believe you're 48!! You are such an inspiration. Please heavens let me age like you!
You have a gift for styling your outfits! Debbie @ ilovemylemonadelife.com
Lovely! For some reason - must be the volume of the trousers and the collar as well as the little hat, it reminded me of Dada theatre costumes, amazing!!!
You look amazing in your cute sailor romper. especially love the cherry hat.Younger you so pretty and innocent.
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