Monday, December 22, 2014


square dance dress

This is the second out of four Christmas-themed outfit posts that I've planned.  (If you missed Saturday's post, it contains a great novelty print holiday dress + clutch!).  I really love vintage square dance dresses.  I think they're so charming and unique.  I certainly can't wear them for every occasion, but I'd had my eye on this one from The Braided Bandit forever, and I knew it'd be perfect for Christmastime festivities.  I feel like a storybook character in this dress!  Hannah has so many gems in her store, and I'm always impressed with the amount of care and thought she puts into both her curation and packaging.

vintage dress
green vintage dress
patio dress

While trying to come up with a name for this post, I started thinking about the holidays -- specifically, what it's like to celebrate them alone.  Well, I'm not really alone; I'm incredibly lucky to have great parents with whom I can celebrate.  But the fact is that I spent quite a few holidays with someone who I thought was the love of my life.  And even though it's been more than a year since we broke up, I'm still adjusting to celebrating sans boyfriend.  It's still weird to not be buying him presents or to be making plans for New Year's Eve.  And even though kissing is something I miss during the rest of the year too, it seems like those holiday kisses are a little more important, somehow.  When you're faced with constant reminders -- whether they be sprigs of mistletoe or the ball drop -- it's hard to forget that you're single.  I came to the realization recently that the issues that plagued my ex during our relationship will probably follow him for his entire life (it's a long story, but if you feel like googling "Pure OCD," you might get the gist), and I know that I deserve to be with someone whose mind doesn't make him question whether or not he loves me or is attracted to me.  But there is still a significant part of me that misses what we shared, and it hits me especially hard around this time of year.  This is not to say that I think I need to be with someone for the holidays.  I don't want to be with someone for the sake of not being alone.  I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who love and care about me.  All that I'm trying to say, really, is that I wouldn't mind being kissed this Christmas -- with or without the presence of mistletoe.

hair bow
squaw dress
Outfit Details
Hair bow: American Apparel
Shoes: estate sale store
Petticoat: eBay
Bracelet: old

Have a marvelous Monday!
xox Sammi


  1. I absolutely love this Sammi, the dress looks SO cute on you and thank you for the sweet words about my shop as well! Have a beautiful Christmas, can't wait to see the other looks too! XO hannah

  2. Adorable look! This dress is so sweet on you. You look like a fairytale version of Christmas.

  3. This dress is so pretty and it looks gorgeous on you! So perfect for the holidays. Love your vintage shoes, and how you braved the snow sleeveless for these great photos :) Happy holidays Sammi!

  4. You look gorgeous and very festive!! I like square dance dresses too. I have a couple, but I never wear them much.

  5. This color is so perfect ~ emerald green is one of my favorite winter colors. The lace work is super darling too, it's a lovely find. ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

  6. This dress is soooo cute and you look gorgeous as always! x

  7. Honey, I think that is a completely natural feeling. Even if we're okay with, or even enjoy being single, that doesn't mean we can't long for companionship and romance come the holidays or any other time of the year. It's natural to want to be with someone who wants to be with you and I'm sure that one day your prince charming will come your way and shower you with kisses every day.

    ♥ Jessica

  8. Such a cute dress, the color is so pretty! You look stunning, sweety! :) The little bow in your hair really finishes it off!
    x Angela //


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