Midwestern Love Affair

Well Within Your Peach Dress

Sharing another dress that is available in the shop, The Well Within Your Peach Maxi Dress.

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I love this dress and it is such a dream to wear!

For this photoshoot, Meg and I went down to Cobden, Illinois.  Cobden is one of the gems of Southern Illinois in my opinion.  It’s a teeny tiny town surrounded by orchards and vineyards.  We stopped at an orchard on the way into the town to get this set of pictures.

Cobden has a tiny stand that has the best tacos EVER.  If you ever find yourself anywhere near Southern Illinois you have to stop at Taqueria Pequena and get a carnita taco. Cobden is also the home of The Yellow Moon Cafe (another great little eatery) and The Old Feed Store which is a quaint little place where bluegrass and american musicians from near and far perform.

Here’s a list of things to do in Cobden, in case those suggestions don’t cut it.  This tiny town packs a whole lot of charm and fun into one area!  I’ll be sharing more photos from this photoset next week!

More details on the Well Within Your Peach Dress:

 

Just in time for the holidays – the Well Within Your Peach Maxi-dress is the perfect attire for those holiday parties. It is romantic, feminine, and fun to wear. It features a semi-sheer floor length pleated skirt that moves and flows with you. Unlined, semi sheer blouse (there is a liner that falls just a few inches down on the skirt, is shown with another slip under it), short sleeves, and scoop neck all in a soft, light cotton/polyester material that feels like wearing a cloud. The back of the blouse is open, buttons at the top.

Size: large in womens; bust: 19″; waist: 13″-20″ (elastic); hips are free; length: 57″

Price: $52.00 + s&h

Check it and other great dresses out in the shop!

 

Heart Of Gold – Class It Up For The Holidays!

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My friend, Megan, has been sweet enough to model vintage items for me on a few separate occasions.  This was my favorite photoshoot that we have done to date.  Meg is extremely patient with my amateur attempts at photography and instructions.

A photoshoot with me sounds something like this:

“Could you like turn this way a little but no more that way….uh no do what you were doing before.  Shit, the camera wasn’t on.  Could you pretend I said something really funny?  I mean, I could make up a joke or something.  Did you hear the one about the dog that wanted to be president?  Oh. Well, I don’t know it anyway.  Pretend to laugh. Har har.  Uh. No look serious. Yeah that’s better.”

Bless Meg’s sweet heart for putting up with me!

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This is a vintage evening gown that I bought many moons ago and wore to a schmancy New Years Eve party and then never found a reason to wear it again.  This dress doesn’t look like much on the hangar but OWEEE does it hang just so on a woman’s body.  It is elegant and slinky looking, even if you don’t have an “elegant and slinky” type of figure.  Trust me, I’m more of a short and round body type and it looked good on me as well!  I loved this dress BEFORE I ever asked Meg to wear it on a chilly afternoon on a street corner downtown.  We got a few funny looks but I think it was well worth it.  Doesn’t she look lovely in this dress?

The dress doesn’t have a belt with it, but it does have belt loops.  On our way out the door to the shoot, I snagged a silk tie from my boyfriend and tied it around her waist.  Not a typical look and maybe this isn’t something everyone would wear.  I like how it looks, don’t you?

My hometown has some great old brick buildings scattered here and there.  The building shown in the background of this photo is the Town Square market, just around the corner from our fabulous coffee shop Longbranch Cafe and Bakery.  Longbranch has evolved since it’s early days, when I used to show up to open mic nights and read my crappy teen angsty poetry to a few bored people chugging coffee and ignoring me.  Oh, Longbranch, how I loved my afternoons in your dark backroom, poring over the free library and gossiping with my friends.  It has now become a bright, cheerful, adorable cafe.  One of my favorite places to grab coffee to this day!

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The Heart of Gold Dress is perfect for the upcoming holidays.  This dress will instantly make you feel glamorous.

Here’s a playlist to listen to you as you get dolled up in this dress.

Vintage 1970’s Heart of Gold Evening Gown. Semi-sheer (needs a slip under it), glittery gold and cream interwoven together. This dress positively melds itself to your body and has great flow and twirl to it. The skirt loves to be lifted and twirl in the wind. Sleeveless with cowl neckline. Has belt loops but no belt. Shown with a silk tie used as a belt. Full length gown.

This dress is in fabulous shape and is SUCH a dream to wear.

Tags: J.T. Jody Dress Company

Measurements: Size 12; bust: 18″; waist: 12″-17″; free from waist.

Price: $57.00 + s&h

Midwestern Love Affair

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I live in the Midwest, right dead center in the heart of it, in a small town in Southern Illinois.  I have friends that have moved to other countries and big cities and states that are far more popular to live in.  The area that I live in is as far south from Chicago as you can possibly get and still be in the same state.  It’s economically depressed.  It’s a place that people talk about “getting away from”.

I’m not one of those people.  I am in love with and will always be in love with the beauty of the area.  Illinois is a plains state, however the area that I live in butts up against Missouri and is rife with state parks, forests, lakes, ravines, swampy areas, and cliffs.  We live in the most beautiful part of Illinois, in my opinion.  We have extreme weather in winter (cold as a witch’s teet) and summer (burn yer feet off heat) and the most gorgeous springs and autumns that you could possibly imagine.

Part of what I want to do with my photosets, when I can talk some pal of mine into donning vintage clothing and posing in public, is to show off the beauty of my area, my favorite spots, and the local businesses.  Here are a few of my favorite shots of my friend and model in the streets of my current hometown.

This funky little gate is just around the corner from The Practice pad, a great little music shop that offers a variety of instruments and music lessons.

Our initial destination for the shoot was down the street from this area, just outside of a local salon Hair Brains, but I had to stop and get a picture of Megan next to this quirky little tree.

I love that there are so many gorgeous little details on every street in my town.  I love the trees, the cobblestone streets here and there, the old brick buildings, the fences – okay, I love most all of it.  I hope you enjoy my Midwestern love affair as much as I do!  I’ll try to share a little about each place that I take pictures so that you can enjoy Southern Illinois’ beauty.

 

Oh, and the Bedazzle My Heart Pants and the Plaidurday Date Dress are available to purchase on the shop today!  Click the links to check them out.