Portrait of a Daughter || Part Two

Hello Lovelies. How are you all? Thanks for joining me today. I’m pleased so many of you enjoyed my photo shoot from last week. The good news is that I have another one to share today, and hold onto your hats ladies, this will delight all of you crazy vintage lovers.

Firstly, forgive my gush, but seriously how absolutely divine is this fabulous vintage dress!? (Insert Mama Bear jumping up and down flapping her arms wildly all over the place). Isn’t it just the prettiest piece of feminine beauty you have ever seen!? And how perfectly it suits my darling daughter. Isn’t she a picture?!

Let me tell you the story of this dress. 

A few weeks ago my Dad mentioned that his cousin Norma had a lot of old vintage treasures she was trying to get rid of (gasp!) and wasn’t sure who would be interested in them. Ok! Up off the floor I get and scramble over to my father’s ankles begging him to tell her that yes I will take them. All of them.  Everything she has. I know it’s a sacrifice, but someone has to do it.

God bless my Dad, he told her all about me and my love affair with all things vintage, even driving down to pick them up from her place a few hours away. On my Mum’s recent visit she brought the haul with her and WOW! Little did I know that I would be getting dear ‘Aunty’ Norma’s very own wedding dress, three insanely stunning hand made vintage gowns and a delightful stash of incredible crockery, glassware (from her own mother no less) and a suitcase full of vintage coats, skirts and the most fabulous authentic photo shoot dress ups. 

Needless to say, I was so blessed. Not only did I score the best vintage hoard, but it all came from my family. Love it. The older girls spent the afternoon trying on the pretty dresses and discussing possible photo shoot locations. Yes, you heard correctly, my girls and dresses in the same sentence. (Who are you and what have you done with my daughters!?) As you may know from my previous whinging, none of my girls like to wear dresses or anything remotely feminine. I couldn’t believe it! They loved them as much as I did. This Mama Bear was in bliss land. We are already talking of a tea party shoot with my darling Dorothy vintage caravan. Yes! Bring it on.

Sweet Daisy was the lucky one to try out this glamorous apricot number. It is so delicate, so feminine and oozing vintage glory with it’s cute matching sash. This is the real deal ladies. 

While we were getting her ready I wistfully fantasised about a revolution in teenagers dress trends. Imagine someone turning up to a school formal in one of these beautiful vintage gowns. Wouldn’t it be astonishing!? I bet there would be more than one young lady whose inner princess would awaken.

Not that I imagine it happening any time soon. Sigh. At least we can dream of pretty vintage dresses making a comeback in mainstream teen fashion. Until then, oh what joy to play dress ups and enjoy giving new life to precious old gowns.

So, the girls finished school this week. It’s glorious to be facing six weeks of holidays, although I can’t quite comprehend how quickly this year has passed. Before we know it Christmas will be over and we will dreaming up new year resolutions.

I’m actually getting in early with that one. I have decided that 2022 will be the year I go to Broken Hill. I realise some of you may not see that as a thrilling prospect, but it is something I have wanted to do for years and as I have no interested parties in my household, I have decided I will go alone if no-one wants to join me. So there. 

I have also decided that I am sick of making pretty cupcakes for the bin and am working towards some changes in 2022 that will make my sweet treats more available for all to enjoy. An additional benefit will be the avoidance of a mid life crises by doing something with my life that does not involve cleaning up mess or trying to keep teenagers happy. That’s gotta be a win win.

Enough is enough and I think it’s time for Mama Bear to make some music.

Next week I am working on a delightful Christmas cupcake recipe for you, so keep an eye out on Instagram.

I would love to hear from you, so leave a comment and tell me some resolutions you want to achieve in 2022.

Until next week,

Love Anna xx

5 thoughts on “Portrait of a Daughter || Part Two

  1. I actually wore a beautiful deep red 1950s cocktail dress of my mother’s to my Year 10 formal in 1982. I had spotted it among her clothes and absolutely loved it with its patterned chiffon layer.
    Unfortunately, as soon as I walked in to the formal, I felt completely out of place style-wise. If only I had had you by my side Anna!

  2. I actually wore a beautiful deep red 1950s cocktail dress of my mother’s to my Year 10 formal in 1982. I had spotted it among her clothes and absolutely loved it with its patterned chiffon layer.

    Unfortunately, as soon as I walked in to the formal, I felt completely out of place style-wise. If only I had had you by my side Anna!

  3. Dear Anna I have so enjoyed looking through your Blog, which I have,nt done for a few years, I always depend on your Mum for news and we,re looking forward to seeing them come May this year as long as the Virus dos,nt close the Borders again. Always love hearing from you and getting those beautiful photo,s. Love always to You and Yours. Margaret xxxxxxxx

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