Saturday, December 01, 2012

Biscuit Dresses & Books




as i promised about two months ago (oops), here are some more photos of my beautiful biscuit dress by caitlin shearer. the shape and fit are perfect and the fabric is a lovely, soft organic cotton sateen. not only is it one of the prettiest and most appropriate dresses i've ever owned (hello, baked goods!) it's also important to support independent designers and given that 100% of the profits will be going directly to caitlin to allow her to continue making lovely things, i think her dresses are quite reasonably priced. she's also just put some more designs up in her shop so take a look and treat yo self for christmas (or see if someone else will!) i plan to eventually have photos of me wearing the dress but i haven't had a chance to take any outfit photos in forever, blah blah excuses.

i've also had a few of my photos and a small interview published in maggie hamilton's book secret girls' business, which is out now through penguin books. maggie actually approached me a few years ago about using my photos (that's how long it takes to get a book published!) so it was great to finally hold the finished product in my hands. i also went to the launch party and although my contribution was relatively minor, maggie was so lovely and made a point of thanking me in front of everyone during her speech. she is so passionate about encouraging young girls in positive ways and and the book is filled with crafting ideas and recipes and tips on vintage style and op-shopping and so many great things, it's like a frankie magazine for young girls. she also interviewed lots of bloggers from around the world so you might see some more familiar faces in there if you get the chance to have a look through a copy.





i found this wonderful big book on marie antoinette at the second hand book & record shop near where i work and i couldn't not buy it! there are some beautiful illustrations of her dresses and the palace of versailles and copies of her letters to her mother and this wonderful fold out drawing of the palace grounds filled with people at she and king louis' wedding - the photo i've taken is only half of the drawing. it was such a great find!







i pressed a whole lot of flowers and ferns and leaves while i was sick a few weeks ago and i've also been enjoying this chamomile & lavender tea from T2.



40 comments:

  1. Incredible photos...as always! You are so talented and have such an eye for beauty :)
    That book looks wonderful, I love reading about Marie Antoinette, and just life in the 18th century in general!

    I LOVE everything that Caitlin Shearer makes, her dresses, her illustrations and little brooches! I want one of her dresses so bad but I'm worried they would be too short for me (I like my dresses long). So I look forward to seeing how the dress looks on you! If she ever made blouses like her dresses I would definitely buy them!

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    1. aw, you're so sweet, thank you! ^_^

      the dress isn't exactly short, but if you prefer them to be quite long then it may not be as long as you'd hope for - it's about knee length on me and i'm 5"4.5' if that helps! x

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    2. Thanks Harlow darling! i can accomodate custom lengths, so if you'd like to purchase a dress with a longer skirt then please let me know. :)

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  2. oh wow! congratulations on your book feature miss henry lee! the leaves and ferns look so pretty and dainty when pressed- what are you going to do with them? frame them? and gosh, that biscuit dress is so lovely I'm going to have to pin it :D

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    1. thank you!! :) i haven't done anything too special with my pressed ferns, i've just stuck them into one of my journals but i think how they look all together like that.

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  3. Stunning dress, v you. And amazing book, what a find. Congratulations on the book feature, you know I have adored your pictures for years too :-)

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  4. oh this dress is just amazing. And this Marie Antoinette book is wonderful. I hope you will have a nice weekend. <3 xoxo L*

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  5. Your Caitlin Shearer dress is absolutely wonderful! I will definitely look around her shop. P.S. Congratulations on the feature in the book! I love the page of pressed leaves. :)

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  6. Oh this dress is really cute!!!

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  7. Congratulations on the book feature! It looks lovely. That biscuit dress is the most amazing thing as well. Wow, I've never actually pressed any flowers or anything before!

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  8. First of all - congrats :)
    Dress is amazing!

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  9. Congratulations!! What an honor to be published in a book!! You are amazing! <3 <3
    I love your pressed ferns, I've never really tried to press green plants before, but I love the way ferns turn out. I suppose I'll have to wait until winter is over to try heheheh ^__^



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    1. thank you!! ^_^ & i'd only ever pressed flowers before but i saw some pressed ferns displayed all nicely on another blog and thought i'd grab some to try - turns out flowers aren't the only thing that looks pretty. :)

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  10. Well done!! Also the dress is gorgeous and the Marie Antoinette book looks like such a pretty find!

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  11. That dress is so stunning. Just so sweet.

    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  12. I am in love with your dress. I think I need it.

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  13. Jealous you own that loverrrly dress, also marie antoinette <3 love her

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  14. Literally dying over that Marie Antoinette book — so jealous you found such a treasure. x

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  15. Your posts are always such a treat to read/look at - your writing is beautiful, and of course, so is your photography! <3 That book looks incredible and congratulations on being publish, that is so exciting! <3

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    1. aww, you are too sweet! thank you! ♥ :)

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  16. The Caitlin Shearer dress is stunning! So glad you shared more photos!

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  17. The biscuit dress is so cute and what a wonderful book. Nice blog :)

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  18. Wow! Congratulations on the book, that's so cool, your photos got published! Well deserved.
    I will check out the designer too.

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  19. your blog is always so fun to visit, where to start with this post? That biscuit dress is AMAZING. It's everything I love in one: white, dresses, and cookies. It's the perfect combo of sweetness and quirkiness. And that's so cool you got to contribute to a book! But jeeze, who would have thought it took that long? It looks like a very pretty book :)

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    1. aww, thank you! ^_^ haha, yeah i had no idea it would take that long for her to get her book published, but i guess it does!

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  20. wow what a honor to be in a book :) congrats!!
    also thanks for sharing Caitlin dresses! looking forward seeing that outfit post!

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  21. I love this whole collection of pictures :) I'm a fan of Caitlin's too. :) Congratulations on making it in a book! It looks like a good one. <3

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  22. Such a beautiful dress. The print is adorable. And CoNgRaTs on being published. That is HUGE and you deserve it. I hope you wore your pretty dress and went out to celebrate. :)

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  23. I honestly can not believe such a lovely dress exist!
    too pretty
    too cute
    too perfect!

    <3
    The Sweetest Escape 

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  24. Oooooh Congratz on being featured! That is well cool!

    The dress is so pretty. It actually makes me think of lovely summer picnics and lots of cupcakes of course

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  25. such a quaint & charming dress! lovely! and congrats on the book feature!

    xoxo
    mochaccinoland.blogspot.com

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  26. I only just found your blog and I adore it! What I would give to have that dress, you must feel so special wearing it!

    Congratulations on being published! What a dream come true

    I love the look of the Marie Antoinette book. What is the publisher? I would like to seek out a copy :)

    And what else can I say? Your photos are just stunning and I actually want to live in your blog hehe

    xx Carina
    P.S I would love it if you could have a look at my new blog: windsweptwishesx.blogspot.com

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  27. Thanks for the beautiful pictures and such kind words about the dress jessica! I to am super keen to see some pictures of you wearing it!

    (my cat ear headbands finally arrived in the mail. Maybe now we can schedule to meet up and simultaneously wear them!)

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  28. Congrats on being published, what a honour ! The dress is wonderful and I want your Marie Antoniette book ! :)

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  29. Ah, I do love Caitlin's dresses. She's amazing with what she does and all these photos are just so lovely and speak of a wonderful and dreamy day had. Very rococo-esque.

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