Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Ruche dress two ways and a winner

I'm a bad blogger...I was supposed to announce the winner of the One in Every Color Giveaway last night, but some friends were in town and three (or four) margaritas later, I had completely forgotten my responsibilities. Drats.
So, without further adieu, the lucky winner is...
#62!
That would Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag! Congrats Lauren; I'll be in touch soon.
Thank you to One in Every Color for such a nice, generous giveaway. I love the idea of quilts and glass together and I really appreciate you sharing your work with us.
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So if you've been reading this blog for any period of time, you know that I generally don't photograph myself wearing clothes, however; I'm more than willing to make an exception for my lovely new sponsor- Ruche! I've blabbered on and on about how I love this affordable, online only, vintage inspired boutique. Seriously, I would wear every single piece of clothing in the shop if I could. Today, I'll be showing you how I wear this dress...
Lavender daisies galore shirt dress $38
One of the things I look for when purchasing clothing is it's ability to be worn in different seasons. I like to get the most out of any given piece, so a piece must be versatile.
I've put together two "looks" here, one for summer and the other for the fall.

Summer
This dress is lightweight and super comfortable. I wore it to work and my boss went crazy over it (if it pleases the boss, it get a thumbs up.) Belt is vintage and bag is Kate Spade seen here.
B asked for a big smile, cute huh? Sunglasses are from the vintage shop I work at on the weekends.
Simple accessories finish the look- a vintage inspired rose ring made by yours truly (not a company, just me) , Organic stacking rings by Beth Cyr, pearl and link necklace by Jess LC.

Fall
With boots and a denim jacket, this dress works perfectly for cooler weather.

I changed the belt to a thin, navy blue shiny belt from Banana Republic. The purple chrysanthemum ring was made by me and I'm still wearing Beth's rings. Denim jacket from Old Navy and the boots are vintage Frye (I bartered for them!)
Vintage saddle bag is probably my favorite gift given to me by my mom, years ago.
{photos by B w/the help of the "Polaroid maker."}
You can find this dress and many like them at Ruche. Enter code 'downandoutchic' for an extra 10% off! Thank you Ruche for being an awesome sponsor!

32 comments:

Beth Cyr said...

Love that dress!! thanks for including my rings w/ them. off to check out ruche!!

Rebecca said...

Love the dress!!You could even pair it with tights, boots, and a funky sweater for winter!

Kellie said...

The dress is very cute! I'm seriously in love w/ that necklace though! Putting it on my wish list! :)

erin said...

eek, you're so cute! love everything: the dress, the jewels, the boots!

Amanda K said...

The dress is so pretty.

FabBlab said...

The dress is so summery and pretty :)

Rachel said...

Great summer to fall transition! Love the dress and accessories!

LiLu said...

I'm going to have to stop clicking your links... I always end up spending too much money! :-)

Iva said...

OMG!! This dress is AMAZING!! I have to go over to Ruche NOW... which means this will be a really short comment! I love how you wore if for the different seasons, it's really wonderful to see pieces that are so versatile. Even more fabulous, that is doubles as a dress for work and play SCORE! :) you look magnificent. I can not believe YOU made those rings! WOW! You are talented in so many ways. Fabulous! oh and $38 for that dress plus a 10% discount for Down and Out Chic readers?! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU SOOO MUCH CHRISTINA!! {amazing post!}

TERI REES WANG said...

Lucky, lucky!

drollgirl said...

LOVE THE DRESS! and love your two looks with the dress -- you look fab! just perfect!

Magchunk said...

I'd also love it in the fall with thick tights, booties, and a nubby oversized cardigan (belted, of course!)

Hmm, so tempted now...

MichCherie said...

Love how you are working that dress!! Perfect belt matches and those sunglasses are adorable :)

bananas. said...

love the dress! you look amazing in it. you should take more pictures of yourself lady. you're adorable!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Wow love that clothes. You looks so great! Gotta say I'm also loving your accessories. I have a JESS LC necklace that I love, but I'm now eyeing the ones that you have on.

A bit late on blog reading today, but I love the new orange series! I can't wait for more!!

LENORENEVERMORE said...

So versatile! The rose ring is such a darling...my mom had sunglasses similar like yours...Must find out where she keeps it, love the vintage style on you darling!
xo*

Nora Johnson said...

That dress is so pretty AND so versatile the clever way you show it! Love the vintage saddle bag too - lucky you!

Thanks for stopping by with yr lovely comment! Glad you enjoyed the fun - we try to be amusing in each post (enough doom & gloom already in the world!)

Will be back again soon to check out further yr lovely posts!

xxxLOL LOLA & Nora:)

Diana said...

i love it and i love it on you. don't forget the black tights, too for winter! i need some closet makeover for some dresses, too!

design gal said...

thank you for the sweet comments on my blog! i adore your blog...and your hair cut! Very cute!

Simply Mel said...

Christina,

You rock that dress! And is that a hummingbird tatoo on your arm? If it is, I love you even more! Awesome!

~Melissa

Absolutely Not Martha said...

you look adorbs.

Sam said...

That dress was made for you - love it with the denim jacket! :)

Kristen Sara said...

I can't wait to go peek at their things- this dress is so much fun! And based on these pictures, my vote is that you should model beautiful outfits for us more often!! You look AMAZING and I love the accesories you chose! Fun!

Yansy said...

Love the dress! You look adorable. I'm loving the hair as well.

Hanako66 said...

you look so cute, I love that dress!!!

The Consummate Hostess said...

Great dress! I love how it can easily go from summer to fall.

Jackie said...

I just love Ruche! And this dress is very cool-love how you accessorized it.

Blair said...

All I have to say is that you are adorable! Love the dress..

Kotori said...

You look fab in both! Love the idea of wearing the same thing for 2 totally different seasons!

shopruche.com said...

Oww I love how you wore it!

Elisa said...

You look truly awesome.!! Your dress is looking pretty fab and cute. I just LOVE your big smile.

Apt. #34 said...

That is super adorable! Would love to have something like that to take into fall - layering over a long-sleeved T, tights and boots...

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