Friday, April 29, 2011

3 Years -- and a Giveaway!

Wow, it's hard to believe it's the blog's 3-year anniversary today! As I've done in years gone by, I've compiled some of my favorite outfits from the past 12 months:





One thing that struck me when I did this recap is how many of my true favorites come from the most recent months; the set above represents an outfit from each of the last 12 months, but if I had to actually select my top 12 favorites from the entire years' worth they would mostly be very recent. That means there might be entire months' worth of outfits, none of which would make the cut, while others that might have been in the top 12 aren't shown here. That indicates to me that my style continues to evolve; what I loved 12 months ago isn't necessarily what I'm drawn to right now. I think that's a good thing too; constantly evolving your style means never looking stale or dated.

Here are some outfits from "special occasions" over the course of the year:



In order top to bottom, left to right: Burning Man, Giants World Series, Yard Dogs Road Show, holiday party, Mark and I getting married, Film Noir Festival, Edwardian Ball, Lisa's wedding, wearing my new Valentino dress, my first pair of Miu Miu pumps 
(do you like how I cheated and stuck two more recent outfits in under the 'special occasion' heading? I'm sneaky like that.)


Other notable events over the year: Mark and I moved in together, bought a house, got married, took a trip to Minneapolis and Chicago (which included visiting Sal and Mike), and I went on a cross-country adventure that took me to New York to meet up with other bloggers and visit the Eileen Fischer studio, as well as to Seattle and Oregon for two different weddings. Mark and I attended Burning Man, and I did a whole series of posts about the experience (click for Parts 1, 2, and 3). I also did my first-ever post on Fashion Week, and was inspired to create a few different looks from what I rounded up. As of today I've posted 715 entries. All in all it's been a great year, and blogging continues to be a fun and rewarding pursuit for me, in large part because of awesome readers like you.

But wait, there's more! A giveaway!

To kick off my fourth year of blogging and also to give a big THANK YOU to readers old and new, I've got a giveaway for you. Madeline from the Red Dress Shoppe, who was kind enough to provide me with her beautiful Amelie Dress to review, has given me the very last one of her black elastic belts to give to one lucky reader. As you probably know, this belt is a staple in my wardrobe, and I've worn it dozens and dozens of different ways. Just take a peek at a few of them:





This belt is super comfy because of its nice stretchy elastic, and it has a shiny faux leather panel at the front for a cute retro look. For one lucky winner, it'll make a great accessory for all sorts of outfits.

To enter, simply peruse the Red Dress Shoppe site and then leave a comment on this post stating which item is your favorite. Include your email address in your comment; comments without a valid email address will be disqualified. For an extra chance to win, "like" the Red Dress Shoppe Facebook page, and then come back and leave another comment telling me that you did so. The contest closes to entries at 8 pm PDT on Friday, May 6. I'll announce the winner shortly thereafter.

Good luck, and thank you for reading!!

116 comments:

notSupermum said...

Happy 3rd blog birthday Audi. I must have started reading your blog not long after you first started, and I've popped over to see your posts pretty much everyday since then.

Here's to the next 3 years. x

Cyan said...

Oh my goodness, it's difficult to choose. I love the 1940's Coutoure Dress, the Jetliner and the Film Noir Swing dress. The 1940's Spectator is beautiful, as well. And the 1940's Mystere. I see a theme brewing here. Hmmm....

Marie @ Lemondrop Vintage said...

Totally lovely collection of you in the recap, just love that Christmas picture!
Congrats on the milestone.

I hadn't seen her site before, it's fabulous. I want the Basilica dress!
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

cora mae said...

Long time reader, first time commenter... I love love LOVE The "Roxy" Jersey Knit Dress. I'm trying to stop buying pretty dresses as I really truly do not need any more clothes, especially more dresses, but this one is so tempting and looks extremely versatile to boot.

And did I mention I've been on the hunt for a wide black belt?

Love your blog, congrats on the third anniversary!

Nicki said...

Happy Bloggiversary! You have single-handedly made me a belt addict. I went from having two to having eighteen....sigh...thrift stores are a wonderful thing.

How can you not love the Film Noir Swing Dress? It's so fabulously vintage and figure-flattering...and it's going on my Christmas list, stat.

Mia said...

Happy anniversary on your blog! I look forward to the day that I can proudly say I've been book-blogging for three years without fail.

Yours is probably the first fashion blog I started following, thanks to my friend Tia in Chicago, and I'm glad to be able to look at your outfits and keen sense of style! I hope you keep blogging for a long time to come.

The Amelie is gorgeous, although I'm torn between the green and the grey. Both are so pretty!

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Megan Mae said...

Happy 3rd blogoversary!

I love Red Dress Shoppe. The Jetliner Dress is my current favorite of theirs. But they have so many special unique pieces.

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Megan Mae said...

I have Red Dress Shoppe 'liked' on FB.

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Kate said...

I want ALL the dresses. Can I have ALL the dresses? :)

If not all, then I might just have my eye on the Être en Fleur dress. And by "have my eye on" I mean "am already saving up for".

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Dr. Da said...

My favorite is the Delila skirt.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, happy anniversary!

The 1950s Airliner Dress is so fabulous, I love navy and red together!

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laniza said...

Wow! All the dresses are incredible, however the être en Fleur Dress takes my breath away!

laniza@gmail.com

Leslie said...

My favorite is the Roman Holiday dress.

Happy anniversary - I can't remember when I started reading you - it's been quite a while and I always enjoy the looks you put together!

las AT lesliesobel.com

Anonymous said...

Happy blogday, Audi! I loved the review of your outfits from the past year.

HOW did I miss this website before? I am in love with the Film Noir Swing Dress...get in my closet, dress!

deliciae at yahoo dot com, thnx!

K.Line said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your round up. Look at all the spectacular things that have happened to you in a year.

Kath Duffy said...

Oops - that Anon above was me, too, loving the Film Noir dress. Came bck to let you know I liked 'em on FB as well - thanks!

Kath

deliciae at yahoo dot com

Shooting Stars Mag said...

cute. i really love the The Film Noir Swing Dress

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Charlotte said...

Congratulations on your milestone! And thank you for the giveaway. I read quite a few fashion blogs, and yours is one of my very favorites. It's always very inspiring because you certainly do have a style all your own. My favorite is The Film Noir Swing Dress (I think!). lilianril at gmail dot com

Charlotte said...

I also liked on facebook. lilianril at gmail dot com

Ms G'berg said...

What a wonderful site! And the clothes are eminently affordable as well. I've put in an order for the Surrealist dress already...

My favorite? Dress is definitely the Black Grecian Jersey. It looks like you could wear it anywhere.

I also love the black sparrow cardigan. Yes. Oh yes.

Alexis said...

Really like the black sparrow cardigan. Nice to find a cute detail on such a useful basic.

Love the blog. Got hooked after seeing your how to tie a scarf tutorial.

Alexis
lexmoreno@sbclglobal.net

Chelsea said...

Happy Blogaversary, Audi! You are and will always be one of my faves. Case in point, all the outfits in this post :)

And hooray! If I can own anything you own, I will feel even cooler than I already feel. And seriously I need a black wide belt, like whoa. Sooooo I checked out the website and the Film Noir Swing Dress is calling my name! GORGEOUS.

brightsidedweller@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I've got my eye on the Thora sweater and the Josie blouse.

valleycat1
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Sandra said...

I love the The Dalila Skirt in Red Floral. I'm all over A-line skirts with bright patterns.

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ismay said...

Congratulations on 3 years of sartorial creativity. Your belting is so adroit and inspiring, I find that so difficult, so maybe this belt would be the missing ingredient!

Most of the dresses are splendid, The Film Noir Swing Dress is something I could go for.

email is
buzibu at gmail.com

Brianne said...

I absolutely LOVE the Film Noir Swing Dress. I have a weakness for 1940's style clothing.

email is
sirenperedhil at msn.com

Brianne said...

Also; I 'liked' the Red Dress Shoppe Facebook page.

Annie said...

The Roman Holiday Dress is so cute! I love the shoulder detail. And every girl needs another black elastic belt. :)

anon said...

I love the very first dress I saw--The Cote D'Azur. It looks lovely and cool.

email at hornetimperiled@gmail.com

Mikaela said...

i like the dalila skirt in red floral.

my email is mikaelasobsessions@gmail.com

thank you!

Hexotica said...

Congratulations! You have an amazing wardrobe. Thanks for sharing it with us! :)

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

I like the Mid Century Jackie Coat.
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T @ The Happy Clipper said...

like Red Dress Shoppe on facebook
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Sue said...

I love the black sweater shrug-perfect!

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angie said...

Congratulations, Audi! You are amazing! The edgiest gal with the most unique style in the blogosphere. WELL DONE!!

Sherry said...

Thanks for the fabulous annual recap - congratulations on another year of inimitable style! As for the Red Dress Shoppe, I *love* the Amelie dress you have, but I think that it's the 1940s "Mystere" dress that really calls my name ...

Sherry
sdlee [at] mac [dot] com

Ravina Sniper said...

Congratulations! I loved seeing all your favorite outfits in a row, a little time capsule of amazing and inspiring clothes!

As for the Red Dress Shoppe, I adore the Roman Holiday dress! So simple and classy!
ravinasniper@gmail.com

liz said...

happy blog-birthday! i really like the jetliner and nocturne dresses. i had never checked out the red dress shoppe before and when i [finally] have a full time job again i will be shopping on their site regularly!

liz.zelnick[at]gmail.com

Shybiker said...

Great retrospective. You've got some fabulous outfits in there.

And I loved your post from a month ago about meeting other bloggers in NYC. Looked like fun and I recognize several of the others from their blogs.

Gretchen said...

Congratulations on three years! So exciting, you've been such an inspiration to me.

I'd like to enter the contest, I just liked the facebook page. And I'll be perusing the shop next! So exciting.

Keep blogging!

gretchen.cox(at)gmail.com

Gretchen said...

I've narrowed down my favorite, very difficultly, to the Art Deco Halter Top in Green. I'm so depressed she only has small left! I would need a medium and it would be in my cart. I love the different elements to it, the wood accent, the lace front, and the pattern is so much fun!

gretchen.cox(at)gmail.com

Jennifer Z said...

Happy Blogiversary! I think my favorite is the Derby Doll dress. I loove swallows.

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Jennifer Z said...

I also liked Red Dress on FB!

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Anonymous said...

its a tough choice, but i think the green thora sweater is just unbelievable.

-sarah
easteden84@yahooo.com

Anonymous said...

I adore the The 1940's "Couture" Dress. But there are also so many other fantastic items at her site.

VictoriaN
chian97(at)yahoo.com

Beth said...

Wow! Congratulations on 3 years! I only found you a few months ago - linked from Wapsi Square, I think - but I'm addicted :)

If I had to choose one piece, it would have to be the Film Noir Swing Dress, but that was a hard choice.

kestralyn(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

I just Liked their page on Facebook - totally worth it to get the word out!

kestralyn(at)gmail(dot)com

audreyswardrobe said...

Ooh, the Bonne Belle dress. So chic!

And I came here to see if you are blogging all the HATS from the royal wedding! :)

Stephanie said...

Congrats on 3 years! I love reading your blog.

I really like the Roman Holiday dress, but it was hard for me to choose. Honestly, I would like one of each of the dresses.

smpezzella[at]gmail[dot]com

Mme. K said...

Her stuff is all so beautiful. I think the Film Noir dress is my favorite, but I like all of them very much!

Anonymous said...

I'm not entering because I rarely enter contests and I read for YOU, but I want to wish you a happy blog anniversary and tell you how much of an inspiration you are to me! (Even though I am a silent lurker most of the time.) And I am sending a belly rub for Georgie. :P

- Tessa

LPC said...

I'm not entering either, as I'm not a belter, but I did want to say congratulations and I'm glad you're here.

Tiina said...

Congratulations! Your blog has slowly (and by 'slowly', I do mean 'surprisingly quickly') made its way to the top of my bookmarks folder.

Do you also accept entries from outside the States?

Mai said...

Congratulations on your blogiversary! I have to confess to being a lurker, but I check your blog almost every day.

My favorite Red Shoppe item is the Grace Kelly coat, no question. Gotta love the retro-classic styling!

rabican [at] gmail [dot] com.

Mai said...

And I liked Red Dress Shoppe's page on FB as well.

Again, e-mail: rabican [at] gmail [dot] com.

The Seeker said...

Congratulations on your blog Anniversary!!!!

By the way I’m also hosting a giveaway on my blog, drop by you might find it interesting and enter, thanks.

xoxo

Kristian said...

Congrats on your blog-o-versary! How exciting.

In regards to your giveaway, I personally like The Lois 1940's Secretary Blouse in navy best. Its almost exactly like what I've been looking for and thought I wouldn't be able to find.

Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

I have liked the Red Dress Shoppe Facebook page!

Amanda said...

You are truly a style inspiration to me! I can't wait to see the posts for this upcoming year and all the ones after that.

I've had my eye on many Red Shoppe dresses, especially the Clover dress, after you introduced them to me. Unfortunately, the high shipping costs to Canada and lack of a job have been a deterrent.

amanda.brooks [at] utoronto [dot] ca

Stephanie said...

One of your outfits with the black belt was actually what drew me to your site! And I drool over the Red Dress site almost daily. Favorites? The 1950s Airliner dress, the Film Noir Swing dress, the Amelie grey dress, the 1940s Mystere dress... I could go on and on.

Here's to another 3 years of gorgeous clothes!

-- Stephanie
sunrisescholar [at] gmail [dot] com

Turophile said...

Love so many dresses!
The être en Fleur Dress is my favorite

eawefel (at) gmail (dot) com

Turophile said...

oops! I forogot - I also liked the facebook page
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Anonymous said...

The Amelie 1950's A-line Dress - Olive

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Anna said...

The Red Dress Shoppe has so many pretty items, but I really love the Lulu Blouse. My second choice would be the Cote d'Azur dress.
My email is: ayesberger@gmail.com

Anna said...

I have liked the Red Dress Shoppe facebook page.
Email: ayesberger@gmail.com

katieh said...

I want one of each! but I think my favorite at the moment is the bonne belle.... the detail around the keyhole neckline, and those pintucks: uh.. maze.. ing!

congrats on 3 years, Audi, love the blog!

katie
zoradances@gmail.com

Jenn said...

I love your blog. You amaze me and not just for your wonderful sense of style. ;)

I love The être en Fleur Dress! Thanks for the blog and the giveaway.

Jennifer
jennifer.leite413@gmail.com

Jenn said...

I like the Red Dress Shoppe on Facebook!

jennifer.leite413@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm a new reader in the past year. Just adore checking out your lovely outfits! They bring a smile to my face, since I'm in the dreary Pacific NW. I miss the fashion on the streets of the SF Bay area.

Lisette M said...

I love the Roman Holiday dress and the Amelie dress.

Anonymous said...

Wow....after much debate, I'll have to say that I like the 1940's spectator dress. Beautiful, beautiful, clothes.

I enjoy your blog. Thank you for the giveaway.

berrycastle(at)gmail(dot)com

Kirstin Carroll said...

You are one of my favorite blogs to read. I too work in the science field (am a pharmacist in the Seattle area) and try to dress fashionable at the pharm. :-). I really liked the Red Dress Shoppe, and one of my favorites was the Roman Holiday Dress. The 1950's Airliner Dress was fun too. Love your blog, it really helps me try to be more creative with my wardrobe, and the black belt would jazz up a boring pharmacy lab coat and be great for nights out in Seattle too! Thanks for your blog and happy 3rd Anniversary. (kirstincarroll@msn.com).

Kirstin Carroll said...

I now "like" the Red Dress Shoppe on Facebook! Going to be in shopping trouble now... :-)

Megan said...

I too work on the Peninsula so it's interesting to see how you style for similar weather.

Every time I visit the Red Dress Shoppe I love the Film Noir Swing Dress. It looks conservative enough for work but fun for a night out.

megnjeanne@hotmail.com

Melissa said...

It's all about the film noir dress for me! The blue details are amazing!
Melissa

Karissa said...

The 1950's Airliner Dress OMG. So amazing.

karissa.sauder at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I like 'The être en Fleur Dress'. Beautiful colors !!
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Anonymous said...

Happy 3 year Anniversary! So glad you share your style with the world. Re: red dress. I have a hard time choosing favorites! So it's a toss up between:

The 1940's "Mystere" Dress
The "Roxy" Jersey Knit Dress The "Grecian" Jersey Knit Dress
The être en Fleur Dress
The Spark Blouse - Ash Grey

Love jersey knit...

Contact mksmiscellany at gmail dot com

irelassred said...

I love The Côte d'Azur Dress! I too love the Red Dress Shoppe, I've been buying from them for a few years & always am pleased with their service & products.
Congratulations on 3 years into blogging. This was a big year for you! It was really fun to look back on your favorite outfits from the year.
I really enjoy reading your blog!
Thanks,
Kelli
kelli d phillips @ gmail . com

Emma at Daily Clothes Fix said...

Congratulations on your third anniversary. I can't wait to see where your style goes next.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I love the 1950s Airliner Dress. My email is dailyclothesfix@gmail.com.

Sheila said...

Congratulations on your 3 year blogoversary, Audi! I am continually inspired by your amazing combinations!

My email is nepenthes@shaw.ca - I would love that belt!

Weazie said...

I adore the Airliner Dress!

Weazie said...

I liked it on facebook!

Laura said...

Congratulations on your anniversary and on your ever-evolving personal style!

shavalena said...

Yay congrats on 3 years- and many more to come I hope! The "Roxy" Jersey Knit Dress and the Noir are both just up my retro style avenue.

shavalena said...
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shavalena said...

And I liked RDS on FB too. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win one of their belts. I love their fab dresses too! (wink-wink)

Aibrean said...

I don't know what I love most about your blog, the kick-ass fashion, the travel, or SF. Congrats on 3 years!

The RDS dress I like most is the Roman Holiday dress!

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Aibrean said...

I liked RDS on facebook too, under the same name.

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Cel said...

I still really love the Nightingale dress, so pretty!

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brittanykennedy1 said...

i love the jetliner dress!

brittanykennedy1 said...

i liked Red Dress Shoppe on fb (brittany k)

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Jessiclaws said...

I am pining for the Roman Holiday dress.

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Terry said...

Ooh, I'm loving the Grace Kelly coat. Very classic. Thanks for the giveaway and happy anniversary.

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Su said...

Happy Anniversary from a long time reader, but not so frequent commenter :)

The Roman Holiday Dress. I love it.

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lsaspacey said...

Well, I just can't pick just one thing! I love their dresses. These are my favorites; The cosmopolitan in red, the Airliner dress (swoon!) and my absolute favorite is the Film Noir dress with that electric blue peeking out. Happy Anniversary!

katy said...

happy blog birthday!
i love the "Lemon Drop" 1950's Vintage Apron Print Cotton Swing Dress!
-katy cognitivedissident(at)hotmail(dot)com

Crissy Ampersand said...

Wow! I have been reading your blog for 2+ years now? I actually found your blog in 2009 by googling Fluevog Libbey Smith. Happy Anniversary! Your style (and your shoe collection) is such an inspiration to me. I would have never discovered All Saints or Red Dress Shoppe, if it weren't for you.

I adore the Basilica Dress and the Amelie Dress in gray.

Here's to many more years of fabulous fashion posts!

crissyampersand [at] gmail [dot] com

Shannon said...

Happy 3rd anniversary.

Derby Doll Dress w/Sparrows- Black is my favorite dress. I love most of them but I'm pretty well sized out. My email is shannons . chiaroscuro at gmail dot com

Amanda said...

Happy Anniversary! Your fashion is such an inspiration for me. I'm trying to kick up my wardrobe and I love how you combine so many things.

On to the contest. ;) I really like the Art Deco Halter Top in green (with the vines). That would be lovely for spring and summer here in Maastricht. My email is maastrichtminutiae (at) gmail (dot) com.

Grace said...

For me The Amelie 1950's A-line Dress - Olive is the most adorable dress I found in the site.

BrieCS said...

I've "liked" Red Dress Shoppe on Facebook, I'm just now deciding what dress I like best!

BrieCS said...

I like the 1940's "Mystere" Dress, the Hamptons dress,the Film Noir Swing Dress, and the Être en Fleur Dress the best. I also love the Thora sweater and the double crossed blouse in all the colors.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Happy 3rd! I just found you a couple of weeks ago, and I'm hooked (just because I'm a farmgirl doesn't mean I don't like to be fashionable on occasion ;)). My favorite item on that fabulous site is: The 1940's Spectator Dress - it was a hard choice! Thanks for all the great info and tips and ideas you share. You're an inspiration! -Tammy (prestam at windstream dot net)

JoyW said...

I like the Roman Holiday dress, and I love this blog! Congratulations, Audi!
joy.l.whalen(at)gmail.com

Brenna said...

I loved the Surrealist dress. Structure!

Shannon said...

Happy blogiversary! You were my introduction into the world of fashion blogs, and have spurred lots of creative fun with my clothes - thank you!

So many pretty things at red dress shoppe - I really love the style and versatility of the Eloise 1960's Mod Scooter Dress!

spiralshannon at gmail dot com

Shannon said...

And I just liked red dress shoppe on facebook!

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Rebecca said...

Happy blogaversary! I like the U.S.O. Day Dress.

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Anonymous said...

So many beautiful dresses to choose from but I have to go with the Amelie. The Riviera 1930's Frock would be a great casual summer dress.
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LaJulia said...

I love love love full skirts--so for me I think my favorite would be the Film Noir Swing Dress.

julia.lilinoe(at)gmail.com

LaJulia said...

I have also liked them on facebook!

(again, julia.lilinoe(at)gmail.com)

Tanterne said...
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Tanterne said...

Congratulations on your blog turning 3.

And, what a nice shop that reddessshoppe. I really like that they carry dresses for hourglass shaped girls. Which are practicly impossible to find where I am.
My favorite is:
The 1940's "Mystere" Dress

tanterne(at)yahoo.co.uk

Wedding bands said...

Lovely ! Certainly, you have great collection of dresses..I enjoyed reading of it. I also have but very simple in the front of yours collection..Feeling envious..