If you've been following along with my forays into vintage for any amount of time, you've probably noticed that I tend to gravitate towards the full-skirted styles of the 50s and early 60s.  Pencil skirts are all good and well for looking more conservative, but twirly skirts between knee- and tea- length are really my favorite.

This dress is not any of those things.  It's been in my wardrobe for a good 8 years, and I've worn it only a few times as a costume for stage.  I've always loved the flowy, princess-y look of the 70s-does-Victorian dresses (and also, Maxi Dresses Are Great For Summer) but... mostly on other people who are not me.  Floor length skirts and chiffon ruffles make me feel overdressed... and this is coming from someone who is "overdressed" (thanks, modern dress standards) all the time

I decided to give the dress a try on Sunday anyway (yes, I am behind on my posting...) for church and for an impromptu backyard tea party with my good friend Rose, who happened to be passing through town.  It seems like the perfect dress for tea parties and picnics, although I'm not quite sure why.  It even got a surprisingly good reception at church, and several ladies pulled me aside to compliment me on it!  

Current Weight: 139.4 lbs
At Last Weigh-in: 139.4 lbs
Starting Weight: 144 lbs
Weight Loss to Date:  4.6 lbs

The healthy lifestyle/weight loss/getting in shape efforts continue apace.  This month the little hormone-related uptick has taken longer to subside (Boo!) but hopefully I'll be able to keep up my running and weightlifting and avoid doing things like eating half a box of cupcakes.  I've been pretty busy with work and rehearsals, which helps cut down on extra snacking at least!  I just pack a healthy dinner in advance, and I don't get tempted to nom on things every time I get bored.

White faux-raffia hat: Some beach shop in Morro Bay
Pink flower clip: Icing
70s-Does-Victorian pink maxi dress: North Bay Thrift Shop
Belt: Scrap of pink ribbon
Gloves with beaded edging: Present from Mary at choir
Bracelet with gold flower clasp: Made from a broken necklace
Strappy sandals: Reflection, maybe?  Not quite the right shoes for this dress...

And, a bonus silly picture of me doing an interpretive wind dance.  We get some pretty strong Santa Ana-ish winds in the spring up here, so getting these photos was a bit of a challenge!