Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Gun-Totin' Granny

Dress: thrifted, Laura Ashley
Cardigan: Cooperative
Tights: For Love 21
Bag: thrifted
Shoes: Nordstrom

I feel like Bill’s mother, Lois, from Big Love in this outfit, especially with my short hair. And that’s fine with me because I love her character and style! I can’t find a good photo of her to post here, but she’s often costumed in warm colors, print dresses, cardigans and Mary Janes with colorful socks. The print on this Laura Ashley dress is so Lois — warm and vaguely Southwestern with the little floral “suns.” To really complete the look, I just need rainbow-striped socks and a gun. (That’s a joke! I’m not a gun nut!)

This dress has an interesting story behind it. I first saw it in a Laura Ashley store when I was about 11 or 12 years old, so around 1993. I was at a mall, I think the Brea Mall or South Coast Plaza, with my mom and Aunt Judy. I adored this dress the first time I saw it, and at that age it was rare that I just fell in love with a dress. Since I was a kid, of course I couldn’t buy it, and I couldn’t ask for something so expensive. But guess what? The dress came back to me at QUALITY THRIFT about eight or nine years later! I found it there one day while shopping with my mom. I think they charged $4.99 for it.

I paired the dress with this cardigan because I like how the coral strip plays off the light parts of the print. I wore taupe tights rather than black because I also like how they work with the print, and I wanted a contrast with the black Mary Janes.

Hahaha...what a lame finger gun!

I think my face looks somewhat Lois-esque here.

The print!


  1. I really like your dress and love the story behind it. Some things are just meant to be :)

  2. I love the finger gun! Haha.

    And you and this dress- it's like destiny.

  3. That dress is so lovely! It's awesome how you "found" each other, it's like it was meant to be ;)
    M xo



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