WHAT I WORE | Ruffle Ruffle Ruffle

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It’s that time of year when the world around me fills up my soul with a heartwarming palette of Autumn colors. Everything is so saturated with beautiful hues— the orange pumpkins, the firey red and yellow of the changing leaves, the grass so lush and green, and the sky still quite blue. Soon everything in Ohio will be brown and gray and white, and it seems that my wardrobe choices are reflecting the coming winter.

I haven’t been interested in wearing much color these days. Instead I’m happy to let the colors of the season greet me wherever I go, while fade into the background, living life on the edge as I dangerously indulge in powdered sugar doughnuts while sitting on fuzzy carpets in my perpetually black pants. Yep, I’m a lint-covered powdery mess these days. It’s the new me.

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sweater / jeans / shoes / bag: thrifted

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Lucy’s Madeline Costume

Madeline Halloween Costume

Lucy’s costume this year has been a dream come true for me! I had thought about dressing up as Madeline myself a few years ago, but never had the gumption to put together an outfit in time for Halloween. But this year, I was so delighted when I asked Lucy, “What about being Madeline for Halloween this year?” and she replied with an excited, “That would be so fun!” I had caught her at the perfect time, in the middle of an old Madeline TV episode we were watching through our Amazon fire stick. She has been intrigued by Madeline and the girls at the old house in Paris, particularly when Madeline has to go to the hospital to get her appendix removed. What can I say, my girl loves hospital drama. I’m sure she’ll love Grey’s Anatomy one day as much as she loves Madeline now.

Madeline book

Lucy decided she wanted to wear a wig to have red hair like Madeline, and I found a dress pattern online with a Peter Pan collar just like Madeline’s. Trick-or-treating is this weekend, and I have until then to make an insulated capelet to keep her warm on a chilly fall evening as we walk from door to door. But I couldn’t wait to share her outfit with you, sans capelet. Check out where I found everything below!

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  • H A T :  The one Lucy’s wearing is a vintage find from several years ago that I fixed up with a new black grosgrain ribbon, but I also found a very similar yellow hat here.
  • D R E S S :  I made the dress using this Simplicity Toddler Peter Pan collar dress and coat pattern, slightly reworking to it put the collar on the dress.
  • K N E E   S O C K S :  Lucy wore tights because it was chilly, but we love these white toddler knee socks, and they’re more authentic to Madeline’s outfits in the book.
  • S H O E S :  Any simple black mary janes would fit the bill. We found Lucy’s at a local secondhand store, but here is a great pair of toddler black patent mary janes for less than $20.
  • W I G : I found this orange bob with bangs wig designed for an anime cosplay character, and while it was the perfect color and starting point for a Madeline ‘do, I had to trim the length and bangs and style it with a warm curling iron. Phil stepped up to model the wig while I trimmed it! What a man!

Madeline Dress Pattern

I was so intimidated to make the dress, though I don’t know why, because once I figured out the pattern, it was so quick and easy to put together! I decided I’m going to make a couple more variations on this pattern since the pattern pieces are already cut out, and it was such a simple project resulting in a super cute and versatile dress.

I have a bad habit of being intimidated of sewing projects, putting them off for as long as possible, sometimes abandoning projects altogether. It’s a silly habit I’m trying to break. This was a great simple project that gave me much more confidence as a seamstress. And look at that sweet face! SO WORTH IT.

Madeline Toddler Costume

Madeline Halloween Costume

Madeline hat and wig

Madeline Halloween Costume

Madeline hat and wig
Madeline Toddler Costume

A fun little side note… I took pictures of Lucy as Madeline at the venue where Phil and I had our wedding reception nine years ago! This is a spot we posed for wedding photos. Talk about coming full circle!

In case you were wondering, Juniper is dressing as a puppy (in a store-bought costume) for trick-or-treating, because Lucy’s favorite Madeline TV episode was when Madeline lost her dog. We’re pretty confident we won’t be losing Juniper, though, so don’t worry. The two of them looked so cute together at a friend’s costume party last weekend! We forgot to bring Juniper’s costume when we took Lucy’s pictures, so if you want to see them together, you’ll have to stay tuned for trick-or-treat shots on Instagram next weekend. :)

WHAT I WORE | Pretty in Pink

pink dress pants

As a vintage fashion enthusiast, I’ve never been one to vow loyalty to a specific decade in fashion history, though I probably play favorites. The sixties are so much fun, but they borrow a lot from the ’30s, which I came to admire through a lifetime love of classic film from that decade. And at times the ’60s and ’70s can blend together with big collars, ascot ties, statement sleeves, funky patterns, and cool hats. I don’t discriminate between the two decades and would probably say they’re both my favorites as far as style goes. But every once in a while I’ll put together an outfit that combines inspiration from each of my favorite style decades— ’30s, ’60s, and ’70s— and it makes me think, man! Maybe I finally nailed down my personal style after all these years in search of it.

But I guarantee you next year I’ll feel different. But that’s the beauty of personal style, isn’t it? It’s an ever evolving beast, changing with our lifestyles and interests, sometimes being guided by larger fashion trends, and other times designed in rebellion against them. So maybe there will come a day when I cringe at the sight of these pink pants. But not today, man. Not today.

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nude pumps

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