Friday, 16 July 2010

The Zooey Dress

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A post by Francesca of the Snail & the Cyclops has stuck in my mind since I read it - every birthday (we share the same day) she buys herself a 'Birthday Dress'. Now, I never need an excuse to buy clothes but reading her post made me decide to start this tradition for myself. The dress in question however would not be any old 'glammed up for a night out' kind of dress but rather a pretty vintage dress that could be worn throughout the entire day.

You may remember a previous dress I bought from an Etsy seller that was given a name, this is definitely a touch I like. So when looking again for the dress to wear on my own birthday in a couple of weeks time, I came across Etsy seller Scottie in a Canoe. She had named this 1960's vintage dress, The Zooey Deschanel silk dress, as it 'totally channels Zooey Deschanel's style'. Being a massive Zooey lover, this can not be a bad thing. And as well as it's perfect name, I have to say I fell in love with the colour and lace detail.

What I most love about Etsy, despite being able to find pieces I would never be able to find myself, is the great care and attention to detail the seller's give. This one is no exception - the package was wrapped in sheer cream tissue paper, with a lace tag and the most delightful surprise of all, a delicate pair of cream gloves incorporated into the packaging. This dress for sure is my most perfect Birthday Dress, I can't wait to wear it.

38 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I imagine this looks lovely on you! And what a wonderful tradition to start~

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  2. Oh, that's a wonderful idea, the "birthday dress" mmm.

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  3. Such a beautiful dress, so feminine and floaty <3

    I love etsy it's a great community to buy and sell, everyone there really puts love and attention into the items they sell :)

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  4. amazing dress. and your pictures made it even more beautiful

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  5. Aw the past few years I've gone and bought 'birthday' dresses! That one is stunning, and I love the packaging, makes it even more special xx

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  6. Beautiful dress & I love how the seller sent you a pair of gloves too, fabulous :)
    Have a great weekend!
    ...xXx

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  7. Wow, that store has great vintage items.

    Zooey does always have flares of vintage and cutesy, feminine pieces, so it's aptly named.

    The thing I'm always most struck by are your gorgeous photos. They always make me smile

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  8. i know you said that its the etsy sellers who find the clothes, but where do YOU find them on esty??? lol i feel like its more difficult than just going to a thrift store on my own! nevertheless, the most beautiful dress ever- i think.

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  9. the packaging is exquisite and so is the dress. i can't wait to see it on you!

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  10. wow! this dress is so cuuute!
    really love it... and i think what makes me love it is the attention you give to details (yes, you too) when taking pictures... that shows how much you enjoy those lovely small things which make up for a such a lovely dress!
    i think i'll start that as well (next year)... buying myself a dress for my birthday. I guess it's more a spiritual thing than anything else! It does good to one! and i love that!

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  11. This is positively one fo the most pretty, delightful dresses I've ever seen! I'm sure it will make your birthday extra extra special, what a nice tradition!

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  12. A birthday dress! What a lovely tradition. That dress looks absolutely gorgeous... maybe I need to spend more time on Etsy, it seems there are some real treasures to be found!

    Leia's Delights

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  13. michelle - i search the vintage section on etsy & use key words to find the things i like eg ruffles, lace etc. it's amazing what you can find unexpectedly :-)

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  14. how beautiful! i would feel so special wearing a dress like that, and the gloves are so very cute
    margief
    x
    www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

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  15. Etsy is wonderful. If only I live in the USA then things would be far more wonderful.

    Your dress is very chic! Please do take a photo of you wearing it. I wish you an advanced Happy Birthday! I hope you provide us with a peek on your celebration!

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  16. I love Zooey and I think this dress is perfectly named.

    I remember having a friend at school who would always receive a Barbie on her birthday however old she got; I always thought it was iconic and special.

    The 'birthday dress' sounds like a wonderful idea x

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  17. Such a pretty, feminine, charming dress. Have a nice Saturday & Sunday;-)

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  18. This is dreamy, I can't wait to see it on!!

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  19. That is *such* a beautiful dress! I'm glad you've adopted a new tradition that makes you happy. I might consider adopting this as well.

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  20. Paula this is such a beautiful dress, I adore the colour and details. When is your b-day?? I can't wait to see you wear it. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend darling.

    Dena x

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  21. This is such a lovely dress. I'm sad that it's so awfully hot in California to be wearing such extravagant dresses. :(

    I always treat myself out to a little something on my birthday, except they aren't dresses, but handbags. :)

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  22. Oh My! Your photos of the dress are beautiful! It makes me very happy to know that you love your dress :) I wish you a very Happy Birthday and many many more lovely Birthday dresses!

    ScottieinaCanoe.etsy.com

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  23. wow that dress is so so beautiful!! please show us when you wear it :)

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  24. this. dress. is. so. beautiful.

    you are the luckiest girl to own it!!

    hope you are well, pink bow <3

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  25. Ah, those are such beautiful pictures and such a pretty dress. I LOVE etsy, I wish it wasn't so much to order from South Africa. I can't wait to see the pics of you wearing it:)

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  26. Oh noooo, the more lovely places I read about that I can shop, the less control I have over my money D:

    Ripped Nylon

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  27. I love the idea of a birthday dress too! That is a wonderful dress.

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  28. What a darling find! All girls should have a birthday dress, especially one so pretty as this!

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  29. Great outfit and the pink dress is beautiful! I was going to do a post about Zooey soon :)
    I LOVE your shoes too!

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  30. What an amazing dress! Please wear it for us, I can't wait to see it! x

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  31. Oh dear. This is one of the most beautiful dresses I've seen all week! I have a very similar dress in my closet that I was thinking of selling, but now I am rethinking because of your post!

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  32. The dress is so cute, comes from a wonderland

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  33. Simply beautiful, Paula. I can't wait to see you wearing it as well! So when is your birthday, dear?

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  34. What a lovely pink birthday dress...and love the Chanel too...and the photographs are lovely. You have quite the beautiful blog :)

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  35. what an amazing dress! And I love the photos too :) Thanks for sharing.

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  36. YAY !
    A princess dress : just for you !!!

    Love it, I love PINK (bow)

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