Pretty in Pink Pleats

{ vintage dress c/o thrifted, belt – unknown, boots – zigi via karmaloop, “emma” ring c/o mimi & lu, bangles – vintage, watch – michael kors, bag – louis vuitton }

Vintage? No problem. 80’s? Big deal. Pleats? No sweat. Shoulder pads? Who cares! Proof that you can pull off any dress, from any era, with the right attitude, perfect accessories, and a day of fun-filled plans ahead of you. We didn’t let a little thing like rain ruin our day, either! I LOVE this dress from a favorite vintage shop of mine called Thrifted (beware of the mimics, this is the one and only real deal!).

This ring is something special. When Mimi & Lu contacted me a while back and introduced me to their fabulous jewelry line, I was enthralled by the delicate filigree and wire-wrapped rings  among their amazing collection. Over dozens of emails and brainstorming sessions, Mimi & Lu came up with a brand new design – codesigned by yours truly – named after my cat: the “Emma”. It’s available now as a limited edition and you can choose your gemstone (each ring is handmade to order).

Formed by criscrossing gold wire which meet to support a twisted gold wring holding a delicate sparkly gem encased in filigree detail, it’s the perfect charm ring, and I’ll tell you why.

Charm rings are great, except when they twist down around your finger and end up facing your palm – out of sight and causing nothing but irritation on the part of the wearer. So we came up with a way to keep the charm both locked in the right direction but still dangly and with movement when you walk, move your hand, etc.

It’s so lovely because it’s like a reminder that you’re wearing something feminine and delicate, and I find myself moving more femininely when I wear it. And, it survived a long 12-hour day in the hospital, which says a lot for its durability, despite its delicate appearance!

I really loved pairing brown and gold accessories with this outfit because it warms up the dress a little – keeping things from being too washed out and too…pink (if that is even possible!). Giving it some weight, if you will.

Thank you, to-be-unnamed Industrial Supply company for lending me your loading dock for this outfit post. No, you did not actually lend it to me, and yes, we were technically trespassing. But it was only for a few minutes, I swear!

I will be back.


Isn’t the color of this dress just amazing?? Not that it’s pink, but the shade of pink is so soft, it practically affects your impression of the texture of the dress – it looks like cotton candy pleated into a dress.

Photos by [houston]. Thanks darling!

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  1. 07.19.2010 / 10:42 am

    I just love everything about this outfit!….love how the belt grounds the floaty dress. That ring and those boots are awesome!

  2. 07.19.2010 / 2:37 pm

    like everything but the shoe/boots. Maybe it's generational. You look very beautiful in all these pictures and the dress is just awesome–for you especially given your coloring. Your photographer just keeps getting better and better. Love the loading dock shots–you gotta use that local again!

    It's hard for me to pick a favorite shot here. I truly like the one at the end where you are laughing (and I can't see the shoe/boots). Also those of you on the loading dock are awesome, especially the one of you walking away. I always took pictures of my kids like that–they are some of my favorites!

    Keep up the good work. This is one blog where I actually come to the site!

  3. 07.19.2010 / 3:54 pm

    marvelous dress!!!! You're really loving those pleats lately, huh? They look great on you! And the ring is just darling!!! It's pretty, it's shiny, and I'm sure in the right light…it's sparkly!

  4. 07.19.2010 / 4:14 pm

    Kristina, you look lovely! That dress is perfect for you. I'm so glad it went to such a fashionable home! XOXO Lindsay

    • 07.20.2010 / 8:51 pm

      Thanks so much Lindsay! xoxo

  5. 07.19.2010 / 5:23 pm

    I love the pink and brown! The outfit looks great on you and the colors almost instantly reminded me of Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club…whoever remakes this movie in a modern day setting can use your outfit for her character. It would actually be perfect.

    • 07.20.2010 / 9:29 pm

      dude, i love it! thanks jacquelyn! 🙂

  6. 07.19.2010 / 6:11 pm

    I really like the dress!

  7. 07.19.2010 / 8:46 pm

    ooo <3 the outfit, sweetie!! btw how did u guys come around to selecting the background site?? 😛

  8. 07.19.2010 / 8:50 pm

    Oh, how sassy! I love, love, love this dress! It's like a frothy strawberry milkshake… or something! Ha ha. It looks absolutely adorable on you and I love the tough boots with it! Adds perfect sass!

    • 07.20.2010 / 9:27 pm

      frothy strawberry milkshake…i love it!

  9. 07.19.2010 / 9:04 pm

    I love those boots! i wish i could wear heels! 🙂


    • 07.20.2010 / 9:28 pm

      please ignore my mother. she likes to speak baby talk still. *thanks moooooom!* (yes, I am 26 years old)

  10. 07.20.2010 / 12:30 am

    This is adorable! That dress is so sweet, but the way you dressed it up with those accessories is complete class – and personal style. Nice work! love those boots too!

    • 07.20.2010 / 8:54 pm

      Thanks Sarah! The boots are so fun – you should pick up a pair yourself!!

  11. Tjalling
    07.20.2010 / 6:51 am

    I'm really digging the boots!

  12. 07.20.2010 / 8:51 am

    Love this photo shoot!
    That ring is da bomb! 🙂 I want one! 😉

  13. 07.21.2010 / 5:14 am

    Hey Kristina! 😀

    I LOVE those boots! It's amazing. I want them!

    And I like the color of the dress too (I'm not a big fan of pink, but that color is really nice!)

    <3 Anne

  14. 07.22.2010 / 12:04 am

    Kristina…I'm LOVING this look! I love how you paired this sweet femine dress with a chunkier belt and rocking boots. Looks awesome and you are just so adorable! By the way, I need your address so I can come and raid your closet…haha!

  15. 07.22.2010 / 6:55 am

    i can't tell you how mazing this dress is, i would have snapped it up immediately 🙂

  16. 07.22.2010 / 11:37 am

    I LOVE this look! I love the pink/brown combo and the nail color really pops with this dress!

    • 07.22.2010 / 1:39 pm

      I too love pink and brown together! And pink + grey!

  17. 07.22.2010 / 2:27 pm

    Sooooooo cute..
    I just loved it and want to have it..

    Pink is so refreshing..

    No words can describe how I am feeling right now, I just want to get that getup……………………..

  18. 07.22.2010 / 5:06 pm

    I love the dress. The color, the texture and the pleats are just gorgeous. I am definitly keeping my eye out for something similar. When I saw the first pictures I didn't really like the fact that you paired a pretty delicate dress with brown edgy accessories, but gradually I warmed up to the idea. By the end of the post I really liked what I saw. 🙂

  19. 07.22.2010 / 10:25 pm

    Absolutley gorgeous!!! I love the contrast of feminine and tough. I am a fashion stylist and I use a lot of vintage clothes and accessories in my work. I love pieces that are unique and beautiful. Check it out.

  20. 07.26.2010 / 8:36 am

    This is a lovely outfit. Like the pretty dress paired with edgy accessories. 🙂

  21. 07.29.2010 / 6:51 am

    Adorable as always! Pink is definitely your color <3

  22. 07.29.2010 / 11:57 pm

    You look so pretty, i love the color of the dress and i really like your shoes!

  23. 08.01.2010 / 8:52 am

    You look so fab. I really like the brown & pink combo! Great vintage find with the dress.

    xx, becs

  24. 08.01.2010 / 5:31 pm

    Great dress! Such a pretty color with your hair. Love that you accessorized it with the tougher looking brown leather belt and boots!

  25. 08.02.2010 / 10:09 pm

    That shade of pink is perfect on you.

  26. 03.20.2011 / 4:49 pm

    Love it all, especially the ring =)

  27. Jane
    06.12.2011 / 12:35 am

    I love it! Just wondering though, what brand and color of nail polish are you wearing in the shoot? Its like some kind of lovely tomato red color…

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