Summer Series Look #2

Updated on Jan 17, 2010
white vintage bag - pink vintage shoes - black vintage dress
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Look #2 of the Summer Finn series was inspired by the ensemble Summer wears to her and Tom’s first trip to IKEA. Basically, I went for the 1950s housedress look; and this purse, which I never use, screams Summer to me. She has a lot of wicker bags in that film! I’m so used to wearing purses with long straps I can throw over my shoulders that it’s really different to have a purse I actually have to carry by hand. But I really enjoyed this purse. I’ll definitely start using it more often now. Also, I absolutely adore this dress. I’ve had it quite a while, but I wear it very sparingly because the fabric is extremely delicate. I’ve managed to rip a hole in one of the little sleeves already in the couple years I’ve owned this beauty. Oh, and just so you know, these pink wedges I’m wearing are the only pair of heels I own!

There’s more chez moi.


Now, for the Chictopia 10 contest: I would be eternally grateful for the chance to attend this summit. I first joined Chictopia because I wanted to keep a sort of visual diary for myself. I love clothes, but have never really followed fashion designers. But, this Chictopia community has opened my eyes to an entire world I’d never before thought to enter. Not only am I learning so much about designers, fashion history, and the like, but what’s even better, is that I get to share my own style and learn from others. I fell in love so much that I even started my own fashion blog about two months ago. Everday I have the chance to travel around the world and see what other young women like myself are wearing, what they’re inspired by, what they’re thinking about. And, now I strive harder each day to up my game and show style I think worthy of this place, the wonderful people, and the fashionistas within it. I never thought I would say this but, on a personal level, I’ve actually made so many friends on this online community; it’s a community filled with love and support. For instance, I was chosen as one of the winners of the recent Modcloth Vintage Inspiration Contest which was such a shock, honor and boost for my self-esteem. And, inspired by friends I’ve made in this community, I have vowed to run a 5k and reduce my shopping to thrift stores as two of my New Year’s resolutions. Without Chictopia, this would not be!

On a larger scale, Chictopia has taught me that style and fashion come in all shapes and sizes. Chictopia itself is changing the face of the fashion industry. What does the word “fashion” really mean? Chictopia has innovated a space in which that very word and social concept can be shaped and redefined by everyday people. “Fashion” is no longer solely defined by the creative designers of Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and other institutions of like status that show their collections in New York, Paris and Milan. Chictopia is a space in which everyday people from every nook and cranny of the globe have the chance to take those designers and play with, re-envision, and mold a new fashion or a new style that’s available to anyone with a DSL line and laptop computer. Each of us has the chance to show our personal style collection, even if we’re far from those fashion capitals previously named. “Fashion” is no longer a product given to the masses by designers, but, thanks to Chictopia and similar communities, “fashion” is a constantly evolving process whereby the designer inspires the individual, and the individual can now inspire the designer. Chictopia has given each of us a change to make our mark on that thing we call “fashion.” From the thrifters and vintage shoppers like myself, to the ladies and gentlemen wearing designer pieces, we all meet together in this space to bring inspiration and creativity to one another across these varying lines of fashion culture. I would relish the opportunity to go to the Chictopia Summit to continue to learn from others (in person!), influence fashion, and also bring a bit of my Midwestern style to the Big Apple.

Comments (36)

glanvillebaby
glanvillebaby on June 20
chic!
debiparna_c
debiparna_c on July 29
this is so soft and pretty! +1
Chikita22
Chikita22 on September 26
LOVE ITTTT
deegii
deegii on June 21
Cute shoes!
denisedenies
denisedenies on March 15
wooo i love the dress!
passionfrootz
passionfrootz on February 02
so cute. great dress
nerelle
nerelle on January 27
Great dress! The detailing is so good
secondskin
secondskin on January 27
The button details here are so beautiful! Good luck girly!
joannaladrido
joannaladrido on January 21
my fave colors ever! i love this!!!!!
showgirlgodzilla
showgirlgodzilla on January 19
love these photos! they look fantastic!
Opal
Opal on January 19
love the assymetrical dress!!!
Annebeth
Annebeth on January 19
oh my, this looks gorgeous.
DailyFashionista
DailyFashionista on January 19
Sooooo pretty!!! I love the pink shoes!
patriss
patriss on January 18
the dress is so great i love the cardigan and shoes
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thank you!
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on January 18
Fabulous dress, i love the shoes too!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!
thecapriciousclub
thecapriciousclub on January 18
What a lovely dress. (:
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks
COMEOVERTOTHEDARKSID
COMEOVERTOTHEDARKSID on January 18
Super cute!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks
rudevi
rudevi on January 18
i really love your outfit...
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!
JannySmiles
JannySmiles on January 17
super vintage dress : )
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thank you!
mitzicocoa
mitzicocoa on January 17
I love this all! That dress is super pretty! Love the pink bits!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!!
Leproust
Leproust on January 17
This dress is SO pretty!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!
Embi
Embi on January 17
super cute dress!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thank you
IslandChic77
IslandChic77 on January 17
cute dress
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks
Tink3rbell
Tink3rbell on January 17
cute
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thank you
mavi_puig
mavi_puig on January 17
CUTE!!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks1
hanako66
hanako66 on January 17
so adorable!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thank you
miss_scientist
miss_scientist on January 17
i love that you're doing a summer series. but you gotta wear more blue if you're truly going to channel summer finn. alas, i think this outfit is still really cute.
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Have no fear, blue is near. Thanks for your comments!
ZidishaLuxe
ZidishaLuxe on January 17
What a pretty dress! I love the purse and shoes as well. You look gorgeous!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Wow, thanks1
Laura86
Laura86 on January 17
wonderful dress.
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks
idee_geniale
idee_geniale on January 17
Aw, I love your entry for the chictopia10. I do hope you get to come here. As for this look, i think its so sweet! I keep trying to find some pink items when I go thrifting and always fail. this makes me want to try it again.
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks so much, that means a lot! It would be great to meet you in NYC.
allaboutthestyle
allaboutthestyle on January 17
You look amazing !
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Wow, thanks1
Kangah
Kangah on January 17
Very cute, love the dress. Great additions as well, perfectly put together!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!
libys11
libys11 on January 17
aaahhh.. i love love love this outfit dear!!!!! such elegance and beauty!!! i love the black and pink together!!! :D wonderful ensemble from head to toe! :D
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Wow, thanks so much!
swingthedayaway
swingthedayaway on January 17
thjs is adorable! so cute!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!
PeachyPanda
PeachyPanda on January 17
this is beautiful!!!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thank you
mila
mila on January 17
LOVE this!
aCullen
aCullen on January 18
Thanks!
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