4.08.2013

Spring dress and summer hair

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Right before we moved, Love Ur Look sent me this beautiful spring dress. Lately I've been wearing less and less actual vintage, because I just don't like the wear and tear they take from everyday wear. So I'm always searching for new reproduction lines to try. 
Love Ur Look is a great option if you love the mid 50s/early 60s styles. Very colorful, fun prints, and the prices are lower than many reproduction companies. 

They achieve that by having their clothing made in India, but before you scoff at the prospect, they are very much a part of the next step in improved clothing manufacturing. 
 
As learned from the book Overdresed, not all Asian factories are sweatshops, and just because something is made in the U.S. it doesn't mean the workers are paid well and treated respectfully *cough*americanapparel*cough*. 

 You can read more about their standards here, and meet the founder! 

The dress fit perfectly in my new kitchen, which was the first part of the apartment to get set up. But more on that later ;)
Oh and I got a haircut. Summer hair! Now if the weather would just cooperate... 

You can find the dress right here


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50 comments:

Helen Le Caplain said...

What a gorgeous dress! Perfect for wearing to a summer picnic :)

Your hair looks lovely too #sighsatfrizzbombbarnet

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justicepirate.com said...

I know you said you missed the short vintage hairstyles. Your hair is cute no matter what length it is!!!
I feel the same way about Vintage. EVERY SINGLE PIECE OF VINTAGE I have bought, even the "good" ones, end up getting ripped. It is as if I doom the dress before I buy it. That is why lately I've worn less of it too. I am tired of restitching things. :( laziness.
Your outfit is gorgeous on you and I will check into the company suggested.
+Victoria+

justicepirate.com said...

P.S. a lot of "Made in US" stuff is indeed created in the "states" that are not included in our states but we own the countries (like Guam and such) and are slave labor. It is great that you mentioned that. I don't think enough people realize in general about where their products are made and by whom.

Rebecca Barrow said...

Solanah, you look beautiful and that dress is gorgeous! Such a summery, springy vibe--perfect for cheering me up in this dreary England weather :)

Naomi said...

Your hair is gorgeous! I wish I were ballsy enough to cut mine~

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Jessica Cangiano said...

That dress is so immensely sweet and summery - it just seems cheerful and fun, which is how must summer frocks should feel, if you ask me.

Adore your new haircut! That length is perfection on you. I'm starting to think I might need to buy a second wig for the summer months - something shorter, and thus cooler (this being my first summer as a wig wearer, I can't really say for sure how hot one gets in a longer length wig when the sun is glaring, but I'm sure "pretty hot" is the case), and right around the same length your locks are now, if possible.

♥ Jessica

Mary's Vintage Ramblings said...

I just got my hair cut to that length too, although it looks no way near as good as yours! How do you style it? x

Katy said...

Love this dress and your hair looks fabulous, I'm going to check out the website! :)

Katy
xox
http://vintagewife.co.uk

Frocks and Frivolities said...

Love your summer hair! I have been debating cutting min off similar to Jenny Lee's hair in Call the Midwife, but I am not sure I am ready to cut off so much. It has taken a long time to get it this length!

Tasha said...

Gorgeous dress and summer 'do! I'm turning less to my vintage too as I know its lifespan is limited. That collar is fantastic.

Everything I've seen of your new kitchen is just fabulous!

Miss Marie said...

Love the dress, and the kitchen. You look like the classic mid-century midwife... except less bored!

And I admire your activeness in considering where your clothes have come from. I buy next to all my clothes second hand (not necessarily vintage, but second hand) so I don't necessarily think about where something is made... But I really should put more effort in when looking at shoes and other things I buy new. It's great that you're highlighting such things with your widely-read blog - hopefully it will get more and more people thinking.

luckylucille said...

I know what you mean about not wanting to wear real vintage. I'm too clumsy an eater to wear vintage without having dress anxiety all day lol. That's why I love sewing with vintage patterns. You get the original designs with the benefit of modern (washable!) fabrics. Love the new hair! :)

Taygan said...

Such a beautiful dress! I am definitely going to check them out!

Teresa said...

Gorgeous dress and I love your hair.

art deco dame said...

The dress is very cute,perfect summer dress.I agree about labels,its best to learn about the companies cause like you said not every thing that is made in the USA is fair and I've been happy to hear about companies in India that are empowering women trying to keep them out of slave wage factories and the sex trade.

TomWildRose said...

Hello, Solanah!

We have that same Betty Crocker cookbook on my end! It belonged to my grandmother back in the '50s--what fun!

Your dress is so cheery and Summery, and you've inspired me to make meself some hair-flowers!

God bless,
~"Wild Rose"~

Naomi George said...

I love the fabric of that dress! It looks so pretty on you :)

♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

Amia said...

That dress is divine and your haircut is so adorable!
http://teapotsandbelles.blogspot.com/

Harlow Darling said...

Beautiful photos!!! You look lovely and I love this dress, and I had no idea it was repro! Since repro is all I wear I am delighted to find a new great brand to check out :D

Sammi said...

What a beautiful look!!! Thank you for introducing this new (to me) shop! I feel similarly about vintage clothing sometimes, and I love newer reproductions of vintage style clothing. I can't wait to check them out.

xox Sammi
www.thesoubrettebrunette.blogspot.com

Dakota said...

You look lovely!! The hair flowers and the gingham are just delightful!!!

I am also beginning to think about repro vintage, although I'm going to take sewing lessons and try my hand at DIY. Lately it seems like all my favorite vintage dresses held a meeting and decided to fall apart at the same time, boohoo!

MissNathalieVintage said...

Hello,
I've bought repo vintage in the past but felt such shame for not always buying 100% vintage (me being hard on myself). I adore repo vintage, the quality is awesomeness to the max! And you are so right about not having to worry to much about the clothing being damaged. Sad one can not get quality clothing like that in most stores. Plus is it really better to but in a store or is shopping online better. For me I like both, which offers a wide range of choices. Thanks Solanah, you have inspired me not to worry to much about having more of a repo vintage wardrobe.

chicvic said...

Thanks for the tip on love ur look website. This is exactly my favorite era. I agree with you on the wear and tear of actual vintage, it breaks my heart to wear them sometimes, knowing that it might literally be on its last thread!

Stop by my blog if you can!

V

http://chicvic.com

ashley0107 said...

This dress is so cute, and I love your new cut!

Emily said...

Woww, the dress and hair is perfect, you look so beautiful :)

mermaidhairandtoomuchmakeup.blogspot.com/

xx

Jo said...

Your hair looks really cute. I don't have the guts to chop mine. Plus the other half would be disappointed as he likes longer hair!
The dress looks lovely too (and your kitchen!) I'm the sort of person who has a hot chocolate stain on her 50s swing coat, so a lot of the time I prefer to wear repro instead!
Jo :-)

Jenny Olofsson said...

Ooh how beautiful you are! Love that colour on you <3

Incendiary Blonde said...

I love this dress - and your haircut is super cute too! It is always refreshing getting a new 'do. I am actually the opposite at the moment - desperately trying to grow my hair! It will probably get to a good length by the summer - at which point I will probably want to cut it all off! Ha!

Jenn said...

Love your hair! It suits you so well!

And your kitchen is wonderful!

Pretty dress!

VintageDanielle said...

I love this dress, it's so cute and perfect for Spring and your hair looks great!

Kirsten McNee said...

What a lovely dress and you're hair looks cute. Plus, I really like your kitchen...is lusting after other peples kitchens a sign I'm getting old?

Eva-Lynn said...

You look amazing! I love your dress! x

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Lisa said...

That kitten piggy bank on the top shelf is killing me. And the dress. And the flowers in your hair. What a gorgeous kitchen tableau!

Kańćenka said...

Beautiful dress and hairstyle:) And your kitchen is lovely!

Kristian said...

You look gorgeous in that dress (and the cute shorter hair!). Plus, so excited to go check out this new-to-me company.

JellyBones said...

Holy cow lady, you just look amazing!!! Love that dress.
Trish

www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

Hannah said...

The dress is gorgeous and you look so sweet for shorter hair! x

Stefanie said...

I have a hair appointment next week and you are making me excited. Oh and that dress is adorable, I love love love vintage but am always so careful when wearing it so maybe I should look into repo dresses. :)

Jane George said...

how gorgeous are you and loving your blog xxxx

Ava G said...

I love the dress and your hair. Lovely pics!

Alexa
retrospendthrift.com

andi said...

I love this, it's a gorgeous dress and that haircut is stunning!!!!!

Alli said...

love your new haircut! total cuteness :)

colormebrazen said...

Lovely photos! I'm getting my hair cut like that soon.

chantilly said...

AMAZING, amazing dress!! xx

Jordan Randolph said...

This dress is gorgeous, and as usual, you look absolutely terrific in it! Love the red and pink together!

Jordan
http://jordansvintagekitchen.blogspot.com

Tabitha Thompson said...

You've already been told, but the dress, the kitchen, the haircut—all perfectly retro chic!

Like others, I'm getting ready to cut my hair for spring and summer. I would also LOVE to know the length of your cut, and did you just pin curl?

Also, I've been meaning to ask you: do you pin curl your hair up and away from the scalp like it is in a curler (or like a Victory Roll)? Or do you pin it flat against the head like a 1920s spit curl? I can't quite tell from your cute "how to pin curl" entry.

Thanks!
Tabitha Thompson: Creative Maniac, Vintage Freak

I Art Fashion said...

How gorgeous!
You and the dress :)

Elyce Sandri said...

Yep, I need that dress. It looks so gorgeous on you, I must have it!! :)

Hope said...

Hello,

I just happened across your blog this morning while doing a "1940s shoe" search.

I think this dress is extremely adorable, and I love your haircut. I have seen these and other of your photos on Pinterest.

I think your kitchen is charming! I love the simplicity. And your dishes are divine.

In your "Moving" post, I saw you fabulous aqua KitchenAid mixer and radio...so pretty! I noticed your tea kettle and other similar accents in this post.

I like your style...love your blog.

:) Hope

Citygirl said...

I want to order this dress but I want to be sure of sizing. Can you tell me what size yours is?
Thanks!