vintage dress (hemmed shorter) – Fellsmere Inn estate sale
vintage belt – thrifted
vintage jacket – was my mom’s when she was a teen
tights – Target
Seychelles boots – courtesy of ModCloth
Ginger leather satchel – courtesy of Coach
scarf – Forever 21 (borrowed from Bobby)lipstick – MAC Dubonnet
Autumn is making a hasty exit, though it barely even made an entrance. It feels as though we were swindled out of a real Fall. The only proof I have that it existed is the amount of pumpkin treats I have consumed – and believe me, I have done my part. I used this particularly Fall-ish (we’ll just go with it) day as an excuse to wear a dress that I have had for a long time; it always makes me think of fallen leaves and apple cider.
I bought this dress several years ago at the Fellsmere Inn, a beautiful old hotel that was built back in 1904. It’s just down the street (well, dirt road) from my mom’s ranch; it is my absolute favorite place in all of Fellsmere. It no longer served as a hotel but Margaret, the owner, lived there and kept a small vintage and antique shop in part of the building. She decided to sell because she was too old to keep up the place on her own and her children had no interest in it. When the hurricanes hit that area, the inn took a heavy blow. The place was in pretty bad shape and needed a lot of repairs. I ended up buying the entire contents of her vintage collection (most of them were from her personal closet), which was in equally bad shape from the hurricanes – but we were able to salvage a good deal of it. Since then, the Fellsmere Inn has been bought and renovated and now sits completely empty. Though it’s still a pretty place, I do miss the haunting charm of its original splendor.
At least I still have some of its contents.