Wednesday, May 30, 2012

to the beat of home, sweet home










Outfit Details:
hat - Gap
Ready and Stable dress - c/o ModCloth
Noir We're Talking Tights - c/o ModCloth
belt - thrifted
Jessica Simpson Dany platforms
Ben Minkoff messenger bag - borrowed from Bobby
glasses - vintage
lipstick - MAC Russian Red (tutorial here and here)

You can take the girl out of the country but you can't keep her from wearing horse print dresses. I say that as though I grew up in the country, but I most certainly did not. My mom didn't buy her property in Fellsmere until I was in college; before that, we boarded our horses at a local stable. Back then, it was off of a dirt road and just across a pond and a field full of tomatoes. Much to the workers' dismay, I used to ride my pony or one of my horses out there and race between the crops, and then we would take them swimming in the pond.

Someone left a paddle boat in the middle of the water, so Shawn and I swam out and dragged it back - he was almost up to his ears and I remember thinking, "This was a really bad idea." He was such a good little swimmer, though, and he kept going despite my hesitation. There were otters in there, but the adults never believed us. They never went there with us, so it was sort of a kids' utopia. We called it Winter Wonderland despite the intense heat, because there was a large hill of white sand beside the water, and we would sled down it and pretend it was snow. We were far from the ocean, but if you kept digging, you'd find lots of bleached seashells. So, it could have been any scenery you imagined, really. But it was just as beautiful the way it was - high grass, warm breeze, ponies splashing in the pond. Now it's a bunch of ugly apartment buildings, and that little dirt road that hosted so many hooves is now a busy road. When it came through, we all knew it was over - and in fact, that's exactly where my little sisters were victims of a horrible car accident. Now the ranch is gone, and so are my horses who lived there - save for Diablo, our pretty little Paso.

But life goes on, doesn't it? And memories are the kindest gifts we can always hold onto. I hope that one day my niece will have memories like that, because nothing can beat the bond of a girl and her horse.





69 comments:

  1. i love how you mixed those prints! the poka dots definietly ties the whole look together!

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  2. Great post - childhood memories can be so evocative. And I love the print on your dress, especially paired with the polka dot tights - it looks great.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  3. gorgeous tights!

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  4. I think that's the first time I've seen you write a post like this Keiko. Beautiful words. Childhood memories are always so strong, and are such a mix of sweetness and sadness.
    xxx

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  5. Nice dress and great photographs!
    Really like the first picture, but hope you never will be there when a train comes!

    "And memories are the kindest gifts we can always hold onto."
    so true.

    ♥Looona Lou

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  6. Lovwly! Love the colours and the tights are amazinnggg!

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  7. your a doll, I adore hearing your horse stories. You've made my morning!

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  8. Oh La La! LOVE the stockings! & Don't even get me started on that hat! Both compliment the dress perfectly x
    Stephanie in Style

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  9. Oh wow!! All these photos look amazing and you look breathtaking, feminine and retro in this outfit!
    I like your dress very much!

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  10. Beautiful Words. Gorgeous lady.

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  11. your patterned tights are adorable! xx

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  12. Those glasses are killer. I think my face is too big for vintage specs though...every pair I see is so tiny! And sadly, I have a pretty big head.

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  13. You pay such wonderful attention to details in your style - It's really stunning!!
    x
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  14. Simply beautiful.

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  15. I just love the nylons with this. They go with the hat somehow.

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  16. Adorei muito lindo...
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  17. Cool words. They made me be there, in your childhood, with you. Like Stephen King does, you know? And to me no one - but no one really! - can describe childhood like him. Now you do too, aahahh!
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  18. you look so cute! you pull off printed tights so well!

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  19. WOW!!!

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    Kisses from Italy

    Giuseppe

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  20. that place sounds beautiful! it's always important to hold on to some of those memories even if they aren't all happy all the time they are a part of you! love the dress and the stockings are detailed!

    -Jessica
    http://runninginsideus.blogspot.com/

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  21. You look amazing! I love that dress and those tights are so fun!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  22. Love the dress, love the tights!

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  23. i pretty much love everything about this outfit. from the glasses to the print on the dress to the tights. the tight! so cute!

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  24. You look stunning and I love this whole outfit. Beautiful photos too xoxox

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  25. I love this outfit!! those tights are so cool! and that dress is amazing!
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  26. Oh, that outfit is so cute! I love the design of the stockings!
    Sounds like you have fun memories of home. :)
    xoxo

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  27. Oh.. I LOVE THIS LOOK!

    So so great.

    Xx

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  28. love love LOOOOOVE the tights! so pretty :D your legs look incredible

    Vonnie of Socialitedreams.com

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  29. stunning, well you are always stunning but this outfit and the location are really great!!
    jess
    JESS CAUSE BLOG

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  30. Ohhh, that last picture is incredible! You are stunning my dear :) xx -b.

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  31. I'm in love with that dress, Keiko! I have some similar stockings that I got at Target (of all places)! Love them. Take a look on my blog if you can!

    www.prettylittlefawn.blogspot.com

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  32. I've read your blog for a long time but this post is just so beautiful - having memories like those are so precious, thank you for sharing them as well as your usual flair for style!

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  33. beautiful dress! I want!!! hehehe
    kissus from Brazil :)

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  34. I grew up in the same town. I always remember the childhood games and adventures my brothers and I would have in Fellsmere's dirt roads. It's changed so fast.

    Absolutely love how you pull off the tights.

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  35. what a unique outfit! not sure about tights tough, but overall, amazing!!

    Love, Ylenia from Longuette

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  36. Such a cute look! Love the print on your dress!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  37. What a great post. Nostalgia is a great thing isn't it? Things change and times does go on... Sorry your sisters had to have been part of something so tragic and traumatizing! But I;m glad that they're okay and that you've moved on (keeping with you the good memories you've had).

    P.S. Love your photos and horse print dress! I recently bought a cat print one... cuz my name is Kat. :P

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  38. those are seriously the cutest tights EVER!!

    XO Sahra
    EffortlessCool

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  39. You are absolutely stunning!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  40. I love this look! Those tights are fab! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

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  41. this look is so darling. i love that you mixed polka dots with that horse patterned dress.

    xo kaitlin
    kaitgirl

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  42. Those tights! That dress!! And the hat?! I love it!

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  43. I am obsessed with those tights, they look amazing! I also love reading your memories of your animals, they always sound so happy!

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  44. I love how you put all of this together! :)

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  46. These photos are absolutely stunning! Your outfit is amazing as well! :)

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    Jasmin

    xoxo

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  47. Those tights are just amazing! And the photos are so lovely. I am always so inspired by your style and your blog.
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  48. Woah those tights are great! Love how the sun rays fall in these pictures.

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  49. ooohhh sexy leggings!!

    check out my handmade jewelry here!
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    xoxo
    hueys
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  50. how nice of you to share your memories! i traveled back in time thru my imagination with you! :)

    love to see those shoes back in the blog!

    XO Jannine
    http://fashionistArg.blogspot.com

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  51. love the tights!
    ~Natalia
    sincerelyrenay.blogspot.com

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  52. holy, lovely fantastic! i so want some polka dot tights country girl. ;)

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  53. Gorgeous sad and lovely words, my heart pines for wonderlands lost (I have one too).

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  54. love these photos of you!

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  55. that red lipstick is so perfect on you! beautiful photos & lighting :)

    katie x

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  56. I totally agree! I grew up with horses as well. I had my own ponies, but unfortunately had to sell them. For the first one (Esprit) I got too big and she was sold when I was 12. Then the next one (Surprise) came instead, but had to go as well after I turned 18 and moved out of my parents' house to go to university. I am still sad when I think about the day I brought Surprise to his new owner! :-( Now I don't know how he's doing... sigh.

    Anyway, I absolutely adore this dress. Obviously, as a horse lover. The location of the shoot is stunning too.

    xo Leonie

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  57. Love love love this outfit. Your blog is the only one that I've followed for more than two days! (its been at least a year)

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  58. Adorable dress, Keiko! I recently found a horse print dress at a thrift store, and I cannot wait to wear - especially now that I've seen how cute you look in yours :)

    xo,
    Hannah
    www.chillairandperfume.blogspot.com

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  59. I wandered across your blog a few months ago and it is now one of my favourites! All of your outfits and photos are so gorgeous and whimsical! Who takes all of your photos for you? Do you use a self-timer or do you have a lovely litte assistant?

    xo. Taylor
    http://themostdelightfuladventure.blogspot.ca/

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  60. Love this look!
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  61. What a great memory, love those kind of posts. Completely drool over the use of light in these photos and the pony-pattern, you look as angelic as ever with a hint of lolita :)

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