Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Do You Believe in Magic?

There I was:  all dressed up and nowhere to go aka on my way to get more Ben & Jerry's Boston Cream Pie ice cream groceries when I found myself in the most random of random neighborhoods.  You know, the one 10 blocks from my house that I've never ventured into because I work from home and barely leave the house except on weekends? Anyway suddenly I could barely contain the 70's fever of it all.  Shaun Cassidy and K.C. and the Sunshine Band came out on blast through the speakers as I drove up and down the block super slow to see if anything, anything was for sale.  In my mind I packed my stuff, grabbed a disco ball and went back in time.  Long wavy hair, high-waisted wide leg denim for days, big ol' platform shoes, billowy maxi skirts, culottes with blouses tied at the waist, arms piled high with bangles, a patchwork suede handbag, dreams of the huge afro I'll never have -- and neighbors that are actually neighborly.

When I think summer in the 70's my mind floods with images of a home with a big cream colored stone fireplace and a rainbow VW bus parked in the driveway, block parties, kids on skateboards playing in the streets while sprinklers wave in the breeze, parents on front lawns drinking Pilsener from cans while charcoal bbq's send smoke plumes into the warm air.  Hot damn if I haven't found my ideal block and house.  I wonder if the neighbors are included in this transaction? A girl can dream...
Complete with Corvette
Note:  Tabletop BBQ next to crazy plastic lawn chair in back.
FP bag (seen here) + H&M Caftan + Wide Leg Denim + Infamous Danys
Quite possibly my fave pic of all time.  Looks like it came straight out of the 
parents' old photo albums.
See what I mean?  Uncanny -- from my mind to my neighborhood. 
Look for me driving by 3x/week to see if they're moving out yet.

54 comments:

Katie said...

Need the caftan. Immediately. Can I blame you for this obsession? Thank you in advance.

this free bird said...

H&M 24.95. You can blame it on me and I'll blame in on Carey. I wanna wear it every bloody day!

Katie said...

24.95? I'm pretty sure you just said the magic words. Numbers. Whatever. I'm tired. It's almost the weekend, right?

missND said...

wow, love the caftan very much! the neighbourhood has soul, you look like you just stepped out of an old indie movie. great! =)

Marianna said...

I love the dress!!


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RosaLovesDC said...

Awesome dress!

Jess said...

Um, I am obsessed with that dress. Let me know if you ever want to get rid of it ;)

xo

Emmett Katherine said...

Your favourite picture is my fave of all of them too! SO neat, love this look :)

Krystal said...

i have to say i looove your hair here!!

Bog-Bog said...

The dress looks amazing!

Courtney Erin said...

I love that you paired the dress with jeans! Seriously love. You're awesome.

xoxo ~ Courtney
http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

LyddieGal said...

It's like the house that time forgot and the dress that makes you look like a goddess. Add some sepia tone and maybe submit your photo to my mom the style icon ;)

Enjoy your b&js!

Debby said...

You pull off this look so good, Carrie! xo

Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

I really need some big flowy dresses like this. Stat!

Cara said...

these look like photos from a fashion spread! LOVE!!

Closet Fashionista said...

Looove your outfit!! And woah! That house is like going back in time (well...I wasn't alive in the 70s, but you know what I mean XD)
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

MerciBlahBlah said...

I know I have said this before, but this might be my favorite look of yours like, FOREVER. I really mean it this time. No, I DO. That dress need ta get in ma closet NOW. And with the superflares? GENIUS. And not only that, but you mention my first concert ever - Shaun Cassidy??? Get outta my brain, woman.

Loves ya!
Shan

briannelee said...

Love that dress!!!!

Erika said...

haha - i LOVE this - i LOVE LOVE LOVE 70's homes! - i left 1 MAJOR window in my house when i renovated b/c it was the orinal old 70s charm - whenever i pass by the architect of that era i DIE as well!!!!

*kiss kiss*
Erika

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Great pics! I love the outfit and all the retro colors!

agnes said...

elle est magnifique cette robe, j'aime beaucoup

PhotoPuddle said...

Love these photos! They really do look like something taken out of a photograph album in the 70s!

Megan said...

how awesome is that!! i love the shaun cassidy and kc reference :-) wish i could venture into this neighborhood :-)

Higgenbottom said...

Your outfit and this house are both fantastic!

Annie said...

You look gorgeous!!! the outfit so goes with that neighborhood!

Fit With Flash said...

CUTE outfit, girl.

heather said...

amazing! all of it! your hair, that caftan, i love the cacti too!

Heather said...

Beautiful pictures! I love the 70s look!

Ms. Givens said...

I think you met your destination!
Hey, one time we were on the Ferry in Costa Rica but kinda trapped in our spot because of all the cars and I swear to you I saw Shawn Cassidy on that ferry. I have him on video.

Torrie said...

My favorite post (and outfit) yet. (WELL DONE =)

Dancing Branflake said...

It does totally look like an old photograph. Art follows you, doesn't it? You look fabulous. So beautiful.

la petite coquine said...

This is AMAZING, and it's straight out of your parents' photo albums-I'm so in love.

kimbirdy said...

i love that caftan!! it's gorgeous and looks amazing on you. and these photos are so great. definitely classic scenes straight out of the 70's!

Claire Kiefer said...

You're totally right--that one picture seriously does look straight out of parents' photo albums. I love it. And I love that dress--I gotta hightail it to H&M to see what other treasures they have right now.

My dad totally has a 70's VW bus in his driveway . . . like, to this day. ha.

made-to-travel.com said...

i LOVE that ...when you're thinking of something and poof it appears.

LOVE your bag.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Oh WOW these photos really could have been straight out of 1973 or something! That's crazy! I love that house. :P

I especially love your dress. Oh, and that bag is INSANE!! :)

Valerie said...

Carrie, that dress is insane! I must make a trip to H&M soon. And your picture do look so 70s! Did you change the coloring or did they just turn out like that? I'm dying over the corvette and the green and white glider chair in front of that house. My grandparents had that exact chair!!! These my be my favorite photos of yours yet. I hope you find a place in this neighborhood, it's so "you"!

xo
Val

Ashleigh said...

What I love the most is that you had a photo shoot there so we could see it. You're totally right, that one looks exactly like a vintage picture and I can't even express how fabulous you look among the wonderful house/'hood!

Taj Acosta said...

Awesome shots it totally looks like you are in the 70's! xo

Amber Blue Bird said...

loving the vibe of these pics and your outfit is amazing. Those wide leg jeans seem to fitting into our wardrobe quite nicely

OneCraftyFox said...

LOL, they probably wonder when you are moving in to!!

Awesome dress, and the bag is great too.

This past weekend I was driving with my windows down and the sunroof open listening to the Beatles. At an intersection there was this dude blasting his hip-hop music in his car beside me... and I may have turned up "St. Pepper" just a wee bit. Long story short, he tried to crank his tunes louder than mine, but I guess my stereo was better than his cuz I totally drowned him out. He ended up screaming at me, "Turn YOUR MUSIC DOOOOOOOOWNNNNN!!!!" I looked right at him, and laughed my friggin ass off before screaming the lyrics and driving away. :) I'm just that kind of girl.

fshnonmymind said...

I saw the third pic and thought, hm, interesting trim on that dress and then realized you're wearing jeans.

You are making me want a caftan because this looks like perfection on you and that neighborhood fits the vibe to a t. Love!!

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I love that maxi (?)! Def a 70s inspired photoshoot!

My Heart Blogged said...

The dress is gorgeous. You want me want to trade in all my clothes, and really remind me that I'm just a Bohemian chick underneath it all. I personally think the more you stalk something the more it becomes yours. So stalk away.

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

It's the famous Kaftan! That second to last picture looks like it is straight outta the 70's...quite possibly my most favorite picture of you ever!! xo

Kavery said...

It's surreal how 70's that house looks. Either that or you went back in time? Possibly not since H&M weren't making such fab kaftans back then, were they?

Elaine said...

I love that you paired the dress with JEANS! Ingenious.

Josie said...

Carrie, I love your description of that neighborhood... And it's so close to home. How fun! And I adore that you're so in fitting with the theme. That dress is absolutely to DIE for, my dear, and it's so you!
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Haha that's amazing! Loving that house. It brings me back to my childhood! And LOVING your outfit. Seriously rocking my world. xoxo

She Wore It Well said...

that caftan is insane!! i love it. and the house

xoxoxo

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

There is something about these images that I love....
Love your outfit, too.

Savvy Gal said...

you look tres stylish.

Kara said...

Carrie you need to live there!!! That place is so you, and I love the pics in front of it as if you already own it. I think I need to move 3hrs north to the closest H&M because everyone is finding the best stuff there.

Kara said...

This might be my favorite pics of you. The cactus in the back just makes it.

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