Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Isn't she pretty in pink?







Outfit Details: 
vintage dress - c/o ASOS from their vintage prom selections
vintage cardigan
thrifted belt
sunglasses - c/o Coach
vintage headband (gift from my mom)
wrap bracelet - c/o Wanderlust + Co
rhinestone bracelet - c/o Sorrelli
Betsey Johnson heels
Rebecca Minkoff MAC
vintage petticoat
It's been eleven years since I attended my own prom, and just typing that has reminded me how quickly the time flies by. It's also a testament of long I've been blogging, since I documented the entire affair in my Open Diary. Of course, we didn't call it "blogging" then, nor did we refer to it as such when I transitioned to LiveJournal. But whatever we may have called it, I was so grateful to have an outlet to discuss my day to day, divulge my secret crushes, and lament the throes of being a teenaged basket case. And what a basket case I was. 
I remember my prom very well, from choosing the dress (I didn't wear dresses back then and made hell for my poor mom), hoping for a date, and then giving up on that idea and going with my gay best friend. Prom was not an especially magical night for me - it ended in tears. I'm afraid that despite my outwardly cynical outlook on the whole affair, I had higher hopes for it than it possibly could have delivered. I watched a whole lot of Pretty in Pink and assumed that since the rest of my story was so similar to Andie's, the end result would also be the same. I imagined my crush coming in and sweeping me off my feet, then dancing the night away to eighties love ballads. It didn't work like that. He didn't even go to my school, and I'm not one for dancing (being clumsily pigeon-toed and all), so I'm not sure how that would have worked. But teenaged minds can be very curious. It seemed so logical in the movies!
If I had to do it all over again, of course I'd still go. But I would merely treat it as an excuse to dress up and have a good time with friends. I might also gather up the courage to talk to my crush - after all, what would I have to lose? - and swap my floor length gown for something I'd feel a little more comfortable in, like a shorter, vintage dress. Even now, I don't feel like myself in anything too formal - though I'd give up my whole wardrobe for a few dresses from Downton Abbey. Now that I'm thinking of Downton, I can barely remember what I was supposed to be writing about. I tend to get caught up in fictional worlds...can you tell? 


46 comments:

  1. You look gorgeous as always, Keiko :) What nail varnish are you wearing here? Such a lush colour!

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  2. Wow, this dress is so pretty on you and love the glasses you are wearing! xx Pip

    Easy Outfits by Pip

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  3. You look beautiful! I love the pick anf melon-colored tones on you and loved your story about prom. Isn't that the way it is with all teens?

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  4. These colors are amazing, esp on your skin. And that petticoat! I can't say I've ever worn a petticoat but I suddenly have the urge to rush out and buy an orange one.

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  5. I wish I still had my prom dress! It was kinda Gatsby like! You look very beautiful in these photos, Keiko! The sweater is perfect~

    The Occasional Indulgence

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  6. That dress is so pretty.

    xo
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  7. This dress looks absolutely beautiful on you - you suit the style so well!
    Sophie
    x

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  8. Super pretty and girly look! Love it!

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  9. I love this dress.

    My prom experience was pretty similar. I remember my dress, and I was also not a girly-girl, but I did love my dress. I gave up on the idea of a date and went with my ex, who was my friend at the time, and it was all very ... blah and sad. I wish I had done things differently to make it a more magical evening to remember.

    But at least I wear beautiful dresses now, and so do you!

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  10. That dress is amazing!


    Emily
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  11. So lovely! Love all this vintage! You pull it off so well!

    Hope you have a fab week!

    Blessings!
    Star
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  12. <3

    Check out our little store at www.thedancingjewels.com if you adore statement pieces!

    xoxo
    hueys
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  13. That is SUCH a gorgeous dress! Beautiful floral print!

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  14. I'm so ashamed that I didn't find your blog any sooner! It's awesome :) I just followed! I think this dress is amazing, I love the colour. Great post!

    X Valérie
    scribblesofvalerie.com

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  15. Love all the bottom layers of that dress! And oh prom...haha...so funny to remember the crazy expectations teens have. :)
    xox
    giedre
    www.walkingdotphotography.com

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  16. Absolutely lovely:) I 100% wish I would have went vintage from my prom. I used to have a cardigan like that but shrank it, that headband is gorgeous as well. Lovely post as always.

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  17. Sweet look- the accessories and cardi are perfect with the dress.
    xoxo Aimee
    bowsandbeau-ties.blogspot.com

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  18. such a chic look. Isn't it funny when you think of something like your prom and how you would do it differently? I think most people would relax more if they got to do it all over again :)

    <3 Lianna J @ Salem Style Crochet

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  19. Life is ten times better when wearing a petticoat :)

    Kate

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  20. Oh goodness, you are just plain gorgeous!

    xo Jennifer

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  21. I'd give up my closet for a few Downton dresses too... My goodness, they are BEYOND gorgeous...

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  22. Sometimes, a super cute dress is everything we need to look perfect!

    <3
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  23. That dress is so lovely. Its perfect for spring and is so sun kissed if thats not a weird thing to say! oh well its cute :)
    ohh, my mom loves your blog by the way!

    TheUnique28

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  24. Pink and orange are your color! The dress is lovely and it looks so pretty on you.
    xx Allie | A Song to Pass the Time

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  25. Wow its really lovely and you looks beautiful on it.

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  26. Love the dress! It totally evokes vintage Lily Pulitzer. (RIP).

    <3 dani
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  27. Gorgeous outfit! You look VERY pretty in pink!
    sincerelysammie.com

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  28. I went to both my proms, junior and senior and also ended the evening in tears. Also, I'm happy to learn that you are also pigeon-toed. I've struggled with it for years and am finally learning to love it about myself rather than hate it!

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  29. What a gorgeous dress! Retro, feminine, and so perfect for summer! xo

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  30. Hey Keiko! I love seeing you in this more fitted dress. You look lovely! :)

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