Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Red and Purple

When I was a kid I had the uncanny ability to slip out the door to school wearing the most bizarre things without my mother noticing.  I'll never forget the time I came home wearing a plethora of my favorite items only to have my mother screech/gasp in horror, "Carrie you did not wear that to school did you?!?" I couldn't understand the problem with combining a red velour fitted half zip, skinny black denim and fuschia socks.  Or how about a purple chenille v-neck sweater, turquoise corduroy trousers and red socks?  What's the big deal, mom?  

To this day red and purple is a color combo that always catches my eye.  Last month I hit the jackpot of all jackpots at the flea market when I discovered not only the Eight Dollar Pants (yes caps are necessary), but also the most beautiful vintage 70's Missoni-esque halter dress.  Try to envision me jumping up and down while various onlookers stare from a safe distance.  It shouldn't be too hard if you're a regular reader.  I'm just going to spill it:  I wish I could turn back time.  I want to wear old school vintage treasures that would make Farrah proud.  I no longer want to pay more than $15 for anything.  My name is Carrie and I am an addict...flea markets are my poison.

Prepare for picture onslaught 2011.
~Outfit details:  Vintage Zig Zag Dress-Flea Market, Jessica Simpson-Dany Shoes, 
Foley+Corinna-Mid-City Tote, Melinda Maria Bangles & Rings, Brooklyn Thread-Bracelet~
The Pattern on the Dress!!
Oh and The Hand 
(adorned with Melinda Maria Galaxy Melted, Mini Pod Pave and Pyramid Bangles, 
Link Oxidized Ring and a green treasure from can't recall where)
The Other Hand (and a random truck)
The Front
The Back
The Sky Scrapers
...made from what I swear is wall paneling that used to be on my parents' living room walls.
The Neighbor's VW Van.
Kismet

I tossed the dress on last night with flip flops in honor of Taco Tuesday aka might have a few margaritas so better not be wearing anything that could land you on your head.  Suffice it to say it was some of the best $15 I've spent this year -- on the dress, not the drinks. FIFTEEN DOLLARS! *passes out*

72 comments:

fifi said...

this outfit rocks!! every time i see a pair of js danys i weep i wish i would have bought a pair!!

Katie said...

$15 for the dress?! I don't even know what to say. Amazing. Why aren't there good flea markets out here?!

this free bird said...

VISIT!! We would tear it to the ground!

danielle {breakfast at toast} said...

That DOES look missoni-ish. I love it! Cannot believe it was $15. Amazing.

annelise said...

Fits you like a glove. Are you having alterations made to these finds tailored or are you just lucky?

And fifteen bucks is loco. I need me some of this action. (Every time I think of it though, I always think back to the 'pit stain' hilarity from a few months ago!)

Mandy said...

OH em GEE! Such an amazing outfit. I love the purple and red together! LOVE. And the JS 'Dany' continues to be a fav! I have black and gray. LOVE. Plus, you always crack me up. Love your stories :)

Marjorie Rose said...

Very Missoni-esque, for sure! I was just checking out the F/11 collection this past Monday. Lots of vibrant colors, patterns and zigzags.. Nothing beats $15 though. And with those shoes? Priceless.

Judy C said...

I don't care when a garment was made. If it fits you beautifully, and it is pristine, and it makes you feel good to wear it, I say go with it. You look wonderful. The VW van does bring back some memories.

RosaLovesDC said...

Oh girl, that dress is hot and it fits you perfectly. You found some amazing items.

Daisy said...

ohhh that shot with the VW bus is just perfection! you look great.

taylor said...

your thrifing prowess is insane. teach me your ways!!!

Lisa Griffin said...

those shoes!!! i'm so obsessed with them and you look phenom!
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Closet Fashionista said...

Um....I LOVE that dress and your shoes!!!! Can I please steal them both ;)
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Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Orange and purple is my fav combo. my mom always used it when we would color/draw together and I still do today.

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

ahhh those shoes I LOVE - just LOVE LOVE LOVE

MerciBlahBlah said...

Ummmm, girlfriend? I am wearing red and poyple as we speak. Of course, my pics won't be posted til tomorrow, but we are on the same brainwave. Go ON with those effing purple velvet Dany's. WHY OH WHY didn't I get some when they were on sale????? DAMMIT!!!

merci,
Shan

Tanvi said...

That's a darn hot dress on you!!!! Love the shoes with them :)

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Victoria said...

omg----that outfit is so perfect I can hardly stand it! Where can I find that necklace? I love it....

Courtney Erin said...

Damn, this is an amazing pretty look - that dress is awesome (and what a deal) and don't even get me started on the Danys...

xoxo ~ Courtney
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Ms. Givens said...

That dress is fabulous!
I have loved the red and purple combo since junior high.

Cara said...

I love a good vintage find!

TheChambrayCountess said...

I cannot believe you found that dress at a flea market!! It fits you so perfectly! I love the outfit, too- it was meant to be!

Jamie said...

Ok, first of all...$15?!? That's it, I'm in. When are we going?!!

Second, Holy hot mama smokes! You look STUNNING! Did the chef pass out when he saw you in this? Were you beating off guys with a stick?!

Third, that Missoni-like pattern is TO.DIE.FOR!!!! I want one!!!!!! Running not walking! Crap, I have to wait til next month huh?

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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

So jealous. I want missoni-esque dresses! Don't ever let me near your closet!

xoxo,

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Debby said...

The the back! You are a little sex kitten in this outfit! xo

fshnonmymind said...

I was reading and thought orange and purple is an interesting color combo, but then I saw that first picture and all I could say was O-M-G, this dress is stunning and it fits you beautifully. You had to buy it if it was anywhere near Missoni-esque!!

I love this and love even more that you wore it with those funky purple, velvet Dany's. I would be all over those if I wasn't afraid of that heel-too-high face plant. :)

Summer Athena said...

you can wear anything and everything. i love the color combo and those shoes are gorg.

Lily said...

Love the dress...what a good find !! And those bangles are gorgeous !

xxLily
goldandgray.com

Giovanna said...

I LOVE it! Such a gorgeous dress and you look amazing!
XOXO

Giovanna
Boho Market

la petite coquine said...

Oh sweet baby of seventies, I love this! My mom used to catch me trying to match all my clothes and urge me to mix it up-maybe we should have switched?

Peetzi Jen said...

Carrieeeeeeee! I have these very shoes and I have never worn them because I just couldn't come up with the perfect outfit to show them off. And I didn't want to wear purple with purple. I am now on the hunt for the perfect red dress...my tacky fantastic velvet shoes may just get some summer wear yet!
XOXO!

The Suburb Experiment said...

$15 to look like a million bucks. :)

Jenn

allergic to vanilla said...

I need to flea market shopping with you lady- always the best scores!! red and purple is an awesome color combo- you'd make momma proud :)

xo Carlina

Anonymous said...

You look gorgeous! xoxo Suzanne

Marie a la Mode said...

LOVE your dress, Carrie! Like, LOVE. Like Molly Shannon on SNL: "I love it, I love it, I LOVE IT!"

Marie a la Mode said...

Oh, and don't even get me STARTED on your shoes!!

kimbirdy said...

i am a firm believer that great fashion doesn't have to be expensive. sure it may take a little extra effort on your part to search through flea market chaos before finding such treasures, but i think it only makes such a great find that much sweeter. and damn! those heels!! i am definitely not woman enough for those. :)

Ylenia said...

wow, you look stunning in this!!!!!

xxx Ylenia | Longuette

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

I love you in this look from head to toe. One of my new faves on you!

Amber Blue Bird said...

I would never have thought that red and purple could go so well with each other but they really do. Love it!

Krystal said...

ok i would display those shoes as art in my house!

Lindsay With An "A" said...

You look FAB.U.LOUS!! I love those shoes - so funky and stylish!! And I love Melinda Maria jewelry!!!!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

this dress is brilliant on SO many levels...what a score! And you my dear, are looking H O to the T. For sure one of my faves of yours! xo

Mary Lane said...

I like the red and purple together! $15 for that dress? What a deal!

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Taylor said...

HAHA! My sister has the purple velvet Dany's and I can honestly say that you're right about them feeling like wall paneling. I love them though, and they look realllllllly good with that dress. Purple and red is definitely an interesting combo.

emily said...

haha i love the bit about what you used to wear...you were just being fashion forward! beautiful outfit, i love the orange and the purple together.

alli/hooray said...

I committed so many fashion crimes growing up it's not even funny...

one word for this outfit: hot!

Tracy D said...

I could look for days and never find a dress like that!!

modanista junkie said...

That's pretty funny because when I was a kid I wouldn't leave the house unless my hair was perfect and my hair bows matched every outfit I wore.. Yes, I know pretty lame. ;)

P.S. Seriously those shoes are RIDIC!!!! L.O.V.E!!!


xoxo,
Mel

Kristin said...

Can I live in your closet? I'm now in love with Melinda Maria!

Jahn 'n Style said...

love the outfit!! you look lovely!

happy that I stumbled upon your blog!! following you:)

Marella said...

Amazing shoes!
Great blog! Following, follow back? <3

Closet Fashionista said...

Haha nah, Mr Radcliffe didn't arrive in London until Thursday morning so I knew we wouldn't see him ;)

I was hoping to see Matt Lewis (Neville) though...and we were supposed to meet up for lunch but they had him scheduled too tight so he couldn't do it :(

Josie said...

You look GLORIOUS in that dress, Carrie -- but the pyramid-stud bangle steals the show for me! Too pretty for words.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

Taylor said...

DYING Over the dress! Seriously you look AMAZE-Balls!!! And the price, SA-WEET! But I have to admit, the purple and red combo reminded me of that old ladies who wear purple and the red hats...not sure the group name, but that color combo regardless how how chic (which this is) reminds me of them! :)

LOVE YOU! -T

LyddieGal said...

Wow, I can not get over this look!! Not only was the dress a huge score, but the accessories! The pyramid stud bangle and green ring! The fold over leather bag!

I think you've matured quite a bit from you childhood color clashing - this outfit feels intentional and chic and CURRENT. You have not just fallen out of a time machine from the 70s, but rather a resort wear runway show.

Marcie said...

you have the best shape, carrie! I LOVE this outfit.

Yes, that documentary is on netflix. We streamed it two nights ago. Please let me know what the chef thinks!!

PriscilaPetersDecor said...

Carrie,

I like the combo color, too! Pretty dress. I think I should go to flea markets more often.

Hillary said...

Such a pretty dress! Is that from Vets Stadium? Hot!!!

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Bonnie said...

I don't know which I want more -- the dress or the shoes. Daaaayyyuuuuum!!!

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Twitter: @GlamKitten88

Poppies and Sunshine said...

Reading about how you dressed when you were a kid made me laugh because I did EXACTLY the same thing! My mom tells me that it was kind of embarrassing for her, but now she wishes she hadn't let it get to her because I was "just being me".

This dress and those shoes are fabulous, Carrie! Perfect together.

I hope you're having a great day!

Jessica said...

$15?! Lucky lady! That dress is too perfect for margarita evenings. And, you know, every other summer evening.

Kavery said...

Red and purple as a combo rocks. And 15 dollars for that? Worth every penny and then some.

cryskay said...

2 words: HOT SHOES. xx

My Heart Blogged said...

Gah the dress, and shoes are perfection. That dress was a steal.

Yelena Starikova said...

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DailyGlamour said...

gorgeous pretty look

Claire Kiefer said...

You look so incredible--I want your back and arms! And I hear you on the drinking + sky scrapers = bad combo. Currently sporting a scraped knee from that same pairing.

Catita said...

I can never get enough of the pair of JS Dany's! and with your hair straight and that gorgeous dress, this look is a killer!
xoxo
C

Tara @ Haute Lunch said...

Love the look! That dress fits you perfectly! And of course, all your accessories are fabulous, as usual!

heather said...

you look amazing! and i don't think i've mentioned this yet, but you have inspired me to start going flea marketing... we haven't been yet, because it's kind of far from the house, and i have a weird weekend/life situation this summer, but every time i pass by where the flea market is supposed to be i say: we have to start shopping here!

PursuitOfLLT said...

amazing bracelets!

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