Ice Cream and Vintage Dresses

Sep 11, 2012

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Hi, I'm Marlen and I'm best friends with Cindy Brady, and we practice tying bows while I think about how dreamy her brother, Greg Brady, looks while playing with Tiger. Sigh. I'll just keep writing his name in loopy cursive letters in my notebook until one day he finally notices me.

If you didn't catch my drift, I think I look pretty darn old school here. I found this doozy at the thrift store a few months back and couldn't believe no one claimed it! Granted, it swept down to my ankles, was about a size 12 and had just about the wildest print a mind could fathom. I like to think that a snazzy 70 year old used to own it- a woman that had a beautiful collection of pump perfume bottles, wore only red lipstick as a rule, and played jazz off her record player as she simmered soup.

I'd like to think that I'll be her one day.

And what a better day to wear this than on a day that we decided to stroll over to the ice cream parlor, filling up on waffle cones and licking melting brownie batter scoops for the last time during this summer.



51 comments :

  1. This is BEAUTIFUL! You look adorable! What a fantastic find. :D

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  2. Love your words, and this dress.

    xomando

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  3. interesting pattern of your dress ;)
    look nice ;)
    want to follow each other ?

    www.izabielaa.blogspot.com

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  4. What a dress! I love vintage, it's always so unique. The colours nad pattern are charming.

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  5. Love the dress! Perfect for eating ice cream!

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  6. This dress is SO snazzy, I love it! And the waffle/brownie combination sounds amazing.

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  7. Very cute!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  8. love this dress <3 you are soo adorable!


    Alexa <3
    http://sleepeatbreathefashion.blogspot.com/

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  9. Ha! You crack me up! I love the dress! That colors in it are great!

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  10. I love love love the print of this dress! So fun!

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  11. Your dress is seriously cute, love the print & colour.

    xx

    http://confettifashionblog.blogspot.com.au/

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  12. Fun dress! So retro!

    http://initialed.blogspot.com

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  13. This print is freaking adorable. I like to think that thrifted items have stories too <3
    x

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  14. Aw pretty dress, dear! Very cute! You look amazing and so stylish! If you get a second, I'd love to hear your thoughts about my latest outfit :)

    http://mademoiselle-s-blog.blogspot.fr/

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  15. love love love your colorful dress. Aaaaah, I always love colorful thing. <3

    xoxo
    kelimutu

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  16. Love these pics, magnificent colours! :)
    Big hugs from an Italian girl in Sweden!

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  17. Lovely colorful dress :) hihi!

    http://thebrunettecomplex.blogspot.fr/

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  18. I love that dress. The print is so lovely :)

    - Victoria
    www.VICKITAS.com

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  19. so when i was a kid i used to style my hair like cindy brady and wear vintage 70s tops i bought off ebay.
    how was a 5th grader working ebay? i dunno. i was awesome like that i guess?
    i love this dress - i think it's more 'best friends with marsha' with the mini hemline!

    and that ice cream shop sounds yummmyyy

    <3 katherine
    of corgis and cocktails

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  20. Can I just say that I love your writing style? This post is great. And now I really want some ice cream.

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  21. What a cute dress! Reminds me of Missoni. xoxo
    http://www.hellohellofriday.com/

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  22. I love the story you have to go along with the dress, it gives it character! :) Love what you did with the dress. Brownie batter ice cream sounds fantastic. I think I might have to get some of that..

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  23. You've done such a great job resurrecting this vintage dress and giving it new life! Bravo to you! And indeed, very fitting for an ice cream outing!

    xoxo | adored vintage

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  24. ok, now I have the Brady bunch song stuck in my head!!! Love it! Thanks so much for the sweet comment! It meant so much to me. And I know someday soon you are going to have that "a-ha!" moment and find the career of your dreams!! You are a doll

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  25. Haha, that is definitely one cute vintage dress! I love the colors and zig zag pattern - so eye catching :)

    Trendy Teal

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  26. This dress impressing me! ;)
    Wow,do you live in Chicago? That city is soo beautiful.

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  27. I LOVE your blog! I love this dress. Too cute.
    New follower. Follow me back via GFC?

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  28. Oh this is so cute :) I want some icecream now hah! I love thrift stores, especially when you find something that you love!!

    Robyn Mayday
    xx

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  29. I love your dress! That print is awesome! xx

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  30. This dress is SO chic! Love it xx

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  31. I love that shot of the ice cream shop and your outfit goes perfectly with it. Old school looks great on you. :)

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  32. I love the dress!
    It's beautiful!!!

    XOXO
    http://fashion-mask.blogspot.pt/

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  33. Wow I love this dress, 60's chic!
    xo Annie
    newenglandromance.blogspot.com

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  34. LOVE this dress. What a great cut and pattern!


    XOXO
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
    http://psbananas.com

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  35. You do look pretty old school and I love it! :) xx

    thewondersofwardrobes.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. such a cute dress! love it!

    Josie
    FineandFeathered.com

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  37. This is so cool! It totally looks like you belong in that era! But haven't we all fantasized about it! And I cannot think of a more appropriate outfit for ice cream!


    Kisses
    http://thepurpleclown.blogspot.com

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  38. This dress is amazing. Sorry for the comment overload, but since you mentioned this used to be long, I thought I would answer your hemming question! So, I haven't been sewing for long and I am not the best. But, I have learned for dresses with really wide or flowy skirts, the trick is to make the bottom fold as small as possible! I am actually wearing one of my first hemmed dresses today and its a disaster, it was a wide circle skirt and its all sorts of lumpy! Basically, I mark the dress with a white marking pencil where i want to cut, (I make a mark every few inches so I have a really clear guide), then I cut. For wide dresses I don't pin it up, I just do it by eye, maybe making the fold 1/4 inch or less, and just go around very slowly and carefully on the machine, folding a little, sewing, then repeat. For pencil/ more straight cuts, I iron the fold and then sew. Hope that helps, you can email me with other questions but like I said, I am not very great either haha!
    xo Hannah

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    1. haha no worries, this definitely helped! i'll try marking it and then folding it over slowly- fingers crossed it works!! ;)

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  39. Absolutely in love with that dress! The colours remind me of macarons and I love the Missoni-esque print!

    Alex xo

    tovogueorbust.com

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  40. Love this dress! The print is so fun.

    xo Ashley

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  41. The dress is super cute!!! You look adorable Marlen!
    Xo
    Elena
    http://dcinstyle.com/blog/

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  42. holy guacamole!! this dress is awesome! Sorry i havent been over to leave comments in a wee while, i have been reading them on my phone and its hard to comment. But just so you know, each and every outfit for me lately has been amazing! seriously love reading your blog! xx

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