Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Autumn's Bounty







Outfit Details:
vintage dress (hemmed shorter) - Fellsmere Inn estate sale
vintage belt - thrifted
vintage jacket - was my mom's when she was a teen
tights - Target
Seychelles boots - courtesy of ModCloth
Ginger leather satchel - courtesy of Coach
scarf - Forever 21 (borrowed from Bobby)
lipstick - MAC Dubonnet


Autumn is making a hasty exit, though it barely even made an entrance. It feels as though we were swindled out of a real Fall. The only proof I have that it existed is the amount of pumpkin treats I have consumed - and believe me, I have done my part. I used this particularly Fall-ish (we'll just go with it) day as an excuse to wear a dress that I have had for a long time; it always makes me think of fallen leaves and apple cider.

I bought this dress several years ago at the Fellsmere Inn, a beautiful old hotel that was built back in 1904. It's just down the street (well, dirt road) from my mom's ranch; it is my absolute favorite place in all of Fellsmere. It no longer served as a hotel but Margaret, the owner, lived there and kept a small vintage and antique shop in part of the building. She decided to sell because she was too old to keep up the place on her own and her children had no interest in it. When the hurricanes hit that area, the inn took a heavy blow. The place was in pretty bad shape and needed a lot of repairs. I ended up buying the entire contents of her vintage collection (most of them were from her personal closet), which was in equally bad shape from the hurricanes - but we were able to salvage a good deal of it. Since then, the Fellsmere Inn has been bought and renovated and now sits completely empty. Though it's still a pretty place, I do miss the haunting charm of its original splendor.

At least I still have some of its contents.


96 comments:

  1. You look fabulous sitting in those leaves:)

    LOVE LOVE the patchwork dress!!

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  2. Love your dress, and the colour of your lipstick is gorgeous x

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  4. Adore that vintage dress and those pretty lace up boots!

    I feel like we lost out of having a real autumn here as well. Winter arrived way too fast. I'm glad you got to capture some of the fall scenery though, you're pretty as always!

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    xoxo

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  5. love your hair - and always love those boots!

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  6. That dress is so stunning.
    I'm glad you posted what colour your lipstick is! Might have to go and invest in some tonight. Its amazing.
    xx

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  7. You remind me of woodland creature! So gorgeous and ethereal! Love your outfit but LOVE the boots even more so.

    Btw, your lipstick always looks so on point... could you possibly do a Makeup Monday on your lipstick application? Have a fabulous day <3

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  8. You look really beautiful here (you always do), but your hair color and makeup just work so well with the season and the outfit. Well done m'lady!

    xoxo
    Jess

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  9. Lovely photos!

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  10. These photos are beautiful, you included!!

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  11. Keiko, that first shot of you is too precious! Living your hair and that dress and those boots and basically everything. You look perfect for fall (or as much of a fall as you got!). That dress has such a lovely (and sad) story behind it! You own quite the piece of history!

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  12. That is such an amazing dress! I love the story behind how you got it, as well. Don't ever get rid of it!

    xx, Katrina
    http://sparkleisacolor.blogspot.com

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  13. I love that you borrow things from Bobby, because I borrow things from my Ted, too!

    Love this look!

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  14. All these shots look so professional--like a photo spread!

    The golden light of autumn is so beautiful, whereas the light of winter is silvery and kind of harsh.

    It's not snowing in NYC yet? Lucky.

    XX.
    Mae Lu, @ thereafterish.

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  15. I love the pictures in the leaves, I would take a longer fall and a shorter winter year!

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  16. Your blog is one of my favorites. I love its special charm. Your dress is wonderful but i especially like the story about the old inn. It really is too bad that things like that can't seem to stay with us forever.

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  17. I love the whole patchwork look in this outfit!!

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  18. Keiko, this is such a gorgeous dress! I love the way you've paired it with the boots/tights/scarf combo to make it feel so current and vibrant.

    These photos are really amazing -- I agree with Mae Lu that they look like a photo spread!

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  19. Gorgeous pictures, Keiko. I miss autumn leaves :(

    Beautiful and sad story about the hotel. You are lucky to have a piece of history.

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  20. Which camera do you use for taking these wonderful pictures? <3

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  21. what a beautiful post.

    ...and I agree...where did that Autumn go...but I'm kinda happy...we're THAT much closer to Summer. :)

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  22. That dress is perfect for fall and I love your hair wavy like this!

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  23. your lipstick looks amazing!

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  24. i feel like i've run out of things to say/comment with on your blog. everything is always just so. good.

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  25. so so so so beautiful!!!!
    love the whole outfit!!!
    wish i had the same clothes...
    you always look gorgeous!!! :D

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  26. Awesome Shoot!
    Leaves should fall all year round so that us Fashion Bloggers can have beautiful backgrounds all the time!

    Love the make-up...I think its the Lipstick I lust over.

    XOXO
    Yours Truly

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  27. Love this post! These photos scream autumn...+ autumn's my fav:)

    You look gorgeous, as usual:)
    Love the outfit...the dress + boots are amazing.

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  28. these are such pretty photographs! it still looks a lot like fall there. here we've had nothing but snow and it's been awful! i'm sure you'll get your fair share in new york soon enough.

    i love your boots too. i must check them out.
    gem xo

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  29. perfect fall outfit! never thought a patchwork dress could look so modern and fashion forward! bravo! :)

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  30. gosh i wish i can pull off red lipstick like you... you look adorable!!!

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  31. wonderful! i love the colours!

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  32. That dress is so lovely! And the pictures are amazingly autumnal!!

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  33. gorgeous photos of you! such a cute post, love it! the outfit is adorable, too. ^^

    xxx Charlie
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  34. this has to be one of my favourite outfits you have ever posted, and i love those boots so much!

    what a wonderful story to go with the dress, i hate when places i love change for the worse. however it only makes us cherish those memories we have even more. <3

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  35. You are so beautiful!
    Love your outfit so much!

    xo

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  36. This is one of my most favorite outfits of yours ever!

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  37. Love the patchwork dress and it 's story :)

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  38. This dress is amazing!

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  39. Cute jacket! I have a similar gray suede one from my mom circa 1981 from her honeymoon in Italy. I love it and love the fact that the chances someone else I run into is going to have it is slim to none :)

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  40. That dress is fabulous, I'm in love with it.

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  41. These pictures are so pretty!

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  42. the story really does MAKE the dress.

    looking pretty as always :)

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  43. You ARE Fall's Beauty Keiko. I don't understand how someone can look so perfect.

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  44. I love your smile in the first photo!
    Pretty coloured lipstick (:

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  45. wow *-* :D the 1st picture is breathtaking :] Really beautiful & the location is gorgeous!

    Don't forget to Live.Laugh.Love. all day long ;)
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  46. You are so gorgeous in this picture !

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  47. Autumn leaves are so pretty, and you're captured so beautifully sitting among them :)

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  48. Stephie: I can definitely do that! That's actually a great idea for Makeup Monday.

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  49. Mae Lu: Not snowing yet, but it is definitely cold and raining.

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  50. The colours of the leaves look amazing with the ones in your outfit! And you look lovely with that lipstick :)

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  51. one of my favorite looks from you lately! it's so autumn-y! :) everything is lovely.

    the sitting photos are SO cute!

    xx elanor

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  52. i just came across your blog today from lookbook and i absolutely love it!

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    wolves and sparklers
    -lu

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  53. That dress is so cute! I love how you have stories for most of your clothes (the dumpster cape comes to mind!). I'm glad you have a facebook page now!

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  54. I love these photos, the colours are so autumnal!! Your hair looks amazing too, as always :)

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  55. You are gorgeous! Love your classic look!

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  56. This picture is definitely one that makes the weather look like it's still autumn! You're right though- feels like we were cheated of the autumn season. Oh well, at least we ate lots of fall-themed treats!

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  57. Impressive!


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  58. love the colors here!! so perfect for fall!! :D

    Animated Confessions

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  59. I love this lipstick shade with this outfit - excellent!

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  60. aww i like seeing your hair wavy. it gives me hope :)

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  61. These images are great! I think this is a perfect example of how vintage clothing can be worn in a way that is still very modern and fashionable. Beautiful!

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  62. Love this outfit! That jacket and dress are amazing!!!

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  63. Your makeup looks so amazing I double-taked and thought it was {makeup} monday...possible, b/c I never know the day. nice!

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  64. You make the whole playing-in-leaves thing look so chic! Who woulda thought? ;)

    Love the lipcolor also!
    XOXO,
    style activist

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  65. so pretty!! I love these photos and your outfit so much!

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  66. Love the warm colors in this outfit! <3

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  67. Great blog and pictures:)

    i'll be back soon:)

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    xxx

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  68. I think my mom has the same jacket, I love the fall, leaves give the pictures great texture.

    Always looking forward to your especially ones with your dog.

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  69. That first photo is lovely! You have such good hair and the autumn background is so pretty.

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  70. If only we had leaves like that in SoCal...

    I saw your little video on the Coach website. Sheeesh, how cool is that? Congratulations! And on behalf of girls everywhere, especially girls who love fashion, thanks for being eating food... and telling us about it.
    (and generally just being a healthy standard of beauty)

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  71. Like the surrounding which matches your outfit! and the sun is shining waw! xoxo Sarah
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  72. these pictures are lovely!
    :)))

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  73. You look stunning! This is such a perfect autumn outfit. And that lip color looks amazing on you!

    xx Laura

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  74. You look stunning! This is such a perfect autumn outfit. And that lip color looks amazing on you!

    xx Laura

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  75. you look lovely!
    i love the lipstick you're wearing!

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  76. Love the entire look, but especially your hair. Gorgeous!

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  77. Perfect fall look! Love the photos. Those boots are to die for!

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  78. Oh my goodness, Keiko! I adore this outfit/photo set! You look absolutely gorgeous. That dress is so charming. I need to acquire a large scarf like that...

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  79. You look so pretty! I love this warm color palette on you! I also love all the pics with the leaves, very very pretty.

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  80. Beautiful pictures and beautiful outfit) I just love the dress - it looks as if it's quilted.

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  81. Oh, I adore this look. Everything speaks to me, but that dress is perfection.

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

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  82. J'adoooooore cette série ___ You are so beautiful !!!

    <3

    Bisoux de Paris et très bonnes fêtes ;-)


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  83. U are simply beatiful!!!! A very very gorgeous young woman with a great sense of style!

    Thumbs up!


    Maddie,Romania- Cluj-napoca

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  84. your hair is amazing ! i saw pics from 2009 that is short ! i had mine too in the same short style but now is not so long like yours after 2 years ! what do you do and you have it so long ?n it's wonderful !

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