It has been raining nonstop in my corner of the world. And we’re talking all manner of rain. Big, fat saturating rain. Little spitting furious rain. Windswept biting rain. All of the above. Blustering wind, soggy shoes, and hair plastered against my face. It’s not pretty. I have felt waterlogged for weeks and less than impressed. It also makes taking blog photos that much more difficult (I know, I know, first world problems).
I suppose I’ve been a bit spoiled by the weather in the various places I’ve lived – since leaving Boston at 22 for the Middle Earth pastures of New Zealand, I sort of became a softer version of myself. Instead of harsh winters and 2-ft snow drifts, I suddenly had to contend with lush green rolling hills. From there, I suffered through a move to sunny Southern California. Don’t even get me started on the nightmare that is one perfect sunny day after another. And then we shifted to Perth, with its perfect beaches and general pleasantry, save for the 3 months out of the year that it rains and rains relentlessly. What can I say, a gal needs something to complain about.
What I CAN’T complain about is this dress. THIS DRESS. She turns even the most dreary of days sunny. I’ve had my eye on Blanche of Arts for ages – I love her vintage inspired designs and gorgeous prints. I finally took the plunge with this gingham fairytale dress, inspired by the silhouettes of the 1950’s I love so much. You can buy this dress from a range of standard sizes, but I opted to go with custom measurements (cause what gal fits into the idea of ‘standard’ anyway?) – 36 bust, 28 waist, with a lengthened 26″ skirt and a 17″ shoulder to waist bodice. After much anticipation, she arrived. I zipped her up and immediately the sun came out. She was everything I could have hoped for and more.
If you’re new to Blanche of Arts or (like me) have been eyeing up her wares for ages, I highly recommend placing an order. Communication with Blanka (the owner) was great and the dress fit like an absolute glove. As you can probably tell, this dress has a LOT of detail, and one misaligned edge would throw the entire eye off. But, I could tell that Blanka is one with an eye for detail – the dress arrived pressed to perfection, with every seam flawless and every stitch aligned. I am one happy camper. Forget the rain, I AM the sunshine today in this beauty!
Have you bought from Blanche of Arts before? I’d love to know about your experience!
Dress: Handmade by Blanche of Arts
Necklace: gift, Erstwilder via Horatio & Agatha (still available here)
Gloves: Modcloth (similar)
Handbag: Word from the Bird (similar here & here)
Shoes: Irregular Choice (similar here & here)
Lip Color: Retrofuturist