Alethea, as beautiful as she is, has absolutely no idea how to model. When I look at these photos I can't stop laughing! She was such a handful this day. Just picture this 55 year old granny wearing high heels in a soggy farmer's field chasing after a one year old with the photographer not far behind trying to capture the "perfect photo." To any on-looker, it must have been hysterical. Yet somehow, because we always let Alethea just be Alethea, these pictures turned out beautiful. We've learned the trick to photographing toddlers is to put the camera on "Sport" and click away. About 300 pictures later, you have at least 8 to 10 "perfect" pictures. haha! Thank God for digital photography. You couldn't do that 20 years ago with film!
On this day, my darling granddaughter and I are modeling transitional fall fashion. For many of you, it's still warm even though the calendar says it is officially fall. We finally cooled off here in Wisconsin. We started our wood stove, our only source of heat, for the first time on Sunday when the indoor house temperatures was only 50 degrees. I know some of you are like "What? Only 50 degrees in your house?". Yup, with wood stove heat if you start the stove too early in the year, the house can get too hot, (up to 80 or 90 degrees), so you really have to wait till summer is officially over and the house has cooled down substantially before you start it up.
So, because so many of you are still experiencing warm temps, I actually picked out a summer dress from my closet and styled it for fall. It is a very old burgundy short sleeve burgundy shift dress from Charming Charles that I've probably shown on this blog at least a dozen times already. This time, I styled it for fall by adding a navy scarf, a beige cardigan, and open-toe booties (all old or no longer available). I carried a straw blue and beige tote from DSW
Alethea is wearing this cute matching blue and burgundy set. Her bottoms are a solid burgundy and her top is a cute print with a navy background. She wore black/brown shoes for footwear.
I absolutely love this picture because it's typical Alethea. She's thinking "I'm free! I'm free!" and is off to run and explore something new.
Oh what a day! By the time we were done with this photo shoot Alethea's knees were covered in mud, and both our shoes were ruined. But, with a little scrubbing, I managed to save them.
I love open toe booties for transitional seasons. You get the look of a bootie without the heat. The same with cardigans and scarves. They can be added in the morning and evening when it's cooler, and taken off so easily during the heat of the day.
Alethea lives in a big city. I was wondering what she was thinking of all this wide open space as far as the eye can see.
And because so many of you love when I show how I styled the same piece in other ways, here are a few more examples of other ways I wore this same dress.
With a black cardigan and flats.
With a head scarf and lace up ballet flats.
With a denim vest and lace up wedges.
With a long cardigan, a felt hat, and open toe booties.
See how much you can do with one solid color shift dress? Shift dresses are the perfect bases for layering.
Have A Great Day! Amy
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What fun pictures Amy. You both look fabulous and such perfect colors for fall!ReplyDelete
I turn on our heat last friday, but now it's back to 80 degrees!!
Thanks Ellie! Wow! 80 degrees? I don't think Wisconsin will see those temps until next summer.Delete
Lovely photos, Amy. Love the looks you've created with your dress. Alethea is adorable!ReplyDelete
Always fun to watch the little ones run around an open field and explore. Your dresses and hats are very pretty.ReplyDelete
I love this photo shoot so much! The shirt and pants actually came separately. The pants are from the set you gave her with the Sherpa vest!ReplyDelete
Oh, that's right. I couldn't remember when writing this post. I even looked on the Carter's website to see if I could find it, but I couldn't. You are such a good photographer.Delete
It looks like such a fun day in a beautiful place. Althea is adorable!ReplyDelete
It was a lot of fun! Thank you!Delete
I love seeing your countryside and barns. Thanks for sharing and joining our Continetal drift linkupReplyDelete
Yes, my fashion photos are quite different than those who live in the cities. Thanks for visiting!Delete
I just love when you have outfit posts with your granddaughter! She is such a cutie! These photos turned out so well even if you had to take a lot to get the good ones.ReplyDelete
Thanks Laura! I love to see photos of you with your kiddos as well.Delete
This is so cute on so many levels. A shift dress like this just never goes out of style. All the looks you showed works so well. Thanks for linking up with us.ReplyDelete
thank you! Yes, I totally agree about the shift dress style being ageless. Perhaps that is why it has been in my closet so long.Delete
What fun pictures with your granddaughter. I love your dress and how versatile it is!ReplyDelete
Thanks Ruth! It's definitely versatile. I think it's the short sleeves and the color. The short sleeves work for warm days, and the color works for fall.Delete
Alethea is super adorable! Love your photos dear, so fun!ReplyDelete
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That dress is so versatile. I really like it in the photo with your hair in the scarf. You look adorable and the dress is simply chic. I usually go for a whole lot of hoopla in my clothes and often think simple, clean design is better.ReplyDelete
I bet you gals had a time on photo shoot day. Your doll baby is growing up waaaaay too fast. Have enjoyed getting to know her here on your blog. Going to see my youngest grand this time next week! Yippeee!
I tend to lean towards clothes with patterns in them too. My daughter actually picked this dress off a clearance rack for me, I never would have selected it myself. But when I tried it on, I loved it. Yes, Alethea is growing up so fast! :(Delete
Your grandbaby is just adorable. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I absolutely adore her!Delete
This is very sweet and you have certainly styled that little dress in several really cute ways. Nice post and your granddaughter is precious.ReplyDelete
thank you Clearissa!Delete
Well, Alethea is just DARLING! And the two of you are so nicely coordinated :-) I love how you showed all the different ways you've styled the same dress - that's my kind of styling!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up with the Fabulous Friday link-up!
Thank you so much! It's time consuming to go back and find those old posts, but readers always seem to appreciate it!Delete
What a fun photo shoot! At least your grandbaby looked like she enjoyed the openfield. BB's thinking grandma liked best being with her grandbaby.ReplyDelete
All outfits were lovely, but the head scarf was definitely Babushka'a style.
Thanks so much! Being a city baby, she was probably overwhelmed with all the open space! ha ha!Delete