Sunday, March 20, 2011

the secret lives of dresses

 Sometimes, lovely women who run vintage shops on etsy ask me if I'd like to do a trade. I could never resist a trade from a beautiful vintage shop. I got this dress from the very kind owner of Secret Agent Girl. I love it so much. I'm bringing it to Europe and I think it might have to be what I wear for when I first encounter the Eiffel Tower. 
Speaking of vintage, I just finished reading The Secret Lives of Dresses by Erin McKean, who runs the dress a day site. It's such a neat book, about a girl who takes over running her grandmother's vintage shop only to discover that her grandmother had written secret lives for every dress in her inventory.
It reminded me especially of this one particular dress I have. It's a light blue house dress from the 50s and one of the first vintage dresses I ever bought. When I got it home, I discovered a small safety pin with a charm of the Virgin Mary pinned to the inside skirt. I've always wondered about the woman who owned it, when and why she pinned Mary to a secret place inside the dress, and if it gave her comfort knowing the pin was there. To me, it makes the dress so much more special.
On another note, for those of you who are worried about the animals in Japan, the HSUS has an international branch that is helping out and open for donations. 
I hope you're all having a wonderful first day of spring!!! Sadly, Boston blocked my view of the moon last night. At least I got a nice walk out of my moon hunt.


Ivy Black said...

Hi Amanda. What a lovely you trade dresses for your art or other vintage pieces?
That is a stunning dress, just perfect for Paris!

Amanda Laurel Atkins said...

Hi Ivy!
Yes, always for my art! I don't have enough vintage dresses to want to give any away...haha!