Thursday, April 14, 2011

Annie Get Your Gun(ne)

Eeesh, that's a bad pun.

Anyway, travel back in time with me. To a time before grad school and laying awake at night wondering how I'm going to fund 4 more years of this... travel back with me to a simpler, gentler time, let's go back to May of 2009, shall we?

I started working at the helicopter company I currently work at three days after graduating college. It was a weird transition. I was used to sleeping three nights a week maximum and always being tweaked out from Redlines and NoDoz, and all of the sudden my time after 5 was my own. Not to mention the, oh, 1400% pay increase from the tiny part time job I had at a pizza place.

In retrospect it was glorious.

It was around this time I started my year long obsession with vintage Gunne Sax dresses. I was obsessed I tell you. Brandon knows what I'm talking about. I would email him like 5 times a day with different Gunne Sax dresses I was in love with.

If I found one I wanted, it was straight war. I would get crazy with the eBay bidding.

In fact, this dress is very near and dear to my heart because it was during the height of my Gunne obsession that I started dating Bahb. The first time I went over to his apartment he opened the door and I walked right in saying "I need to use your computer." The auction for this dress was ending, and I needed to make sure I won.

Dress: vintage Gunne Sax
Button Up: Forever 21
Shoes: Jeffrey Campbell
Bag: thrifted treasure

I'm only "face-showin'" again because I couldn't find the sunglasses I wanted to wear. They were hiding in my truck.

Note the fabulous handmade bag! I got it at a thrift store and it was love at first sight.

Close up of my wonderful bag. Don't you love when you buy something and you more or less know that it is something you will use the crap out of for years and probably always have? I can't see myself ever not being in love with this bag. Pieces like this are the reason I shop.

Anyway! I digress.

This dress is also sentimental for another reason. It is the dress I wore the first time Bahb and I kissed. As I mentioned earlier, I won this dress at his apartment and by the next time we were planning on hanging out I had already received and laundered it, so I wore it.

The whole time we were talking (and microwaving random things we found around his apartment) I was just sitting there thinking "HEY! kiss me!" I remember staying a really long time because I was working up the nerve to kiss him first. Finally I ran out of excuses for staying and really did need to be leaving and I, internally, started freaking out knowing that I had to do SOMETHING, and fast!

So he walked me to the door and I was like "fuck it" and decided to kiss him. I had never kissed anyone as tall as him (he's like 6'7) and completely missed and ended up kissing the lower left part of his chin. I was so embarrassed I just said "ok, bye!" and turned to leave. Fortunately he stopped me and we tried again, with him standing two full steps below me on the stairs.

Aren't we all delightfully and charmingly bumbling at times, especially when it comes to the earlier stages of courtship?

What's the saying? To make a complete ass of yourself is human, but to be able to laugh about it is divine? Something like that?

Happy almost Friday to anyone who sees this!


  1. First kisses are the most wodnerfully nerve-racking events ever. Also, I have never heard of Gunne Sax so now I am off to Google it. Later.

  2. That's a really pretty dress! So cute that it has sentimental value. :)

  3. ah...memories of a dreamy childhood flipping through seventeen magazine's prom issue, where Gunne Sax featured prominently. I could never get into the floral and lace (I always liked the 'bad girls' in black or bright colours). But this one, this dress is gorgeous- such a perfect ratio of structured to frilly!

    totally sweet Bahb story- first kisses can be so awkward!!

  4. Aw this is a sweet anecdote. The dress looks gorgeous and that bag is a lovely find! It is such a useful shape/size!

  5. Microwaving things around his apartment, eh? If that ain't romantic, I don't know what is. I like hearing about how precious you guys are, forreals though. I totally forgot about something I was bidding on once and didn't win that shit, and was really mad once I realized it hours later. Congrats on your win!! That dress is really really really cute, and your perseverance paid off.

  6. Awww, such a sweet first kiss story! The dress is just lovely. And I would use that bag every day, I think!

  7. Lovely dress, it's so pretty. Even better when there's a sentimental story behind it! I bet it brings back sweet memories when you first kissed everytime you wear it.
    And yes, I too love buying things that I can wear (and use) over and over again!

  8. How cute and whimsical is that dress!!! Especially love it with those wedges! I'm glad there's someone else out there who knows the importance of being the winning bidder on something that is absolutely fabulous! (I have been known to pull over on the side of a very narrow road to win an otherwise extinct Marc Jacobs bag!)

  9. I love your stories! And your clothes! This is a lovely lovely dress! Have a nice weekend dear :)

  10. What a sweet story about your dress :) I remember Gunne Sax, so interesting that you have a collection of dresses - would love to see more...have a lovely weekend!

  11. eee, I love this dress, it's just gorgeous and sentimental! It's so perfectly paired with your adorable blouse. And I love, love that thrifted bag!! Happy Friday to you too. xx veronika

  12. what a great dress. and a fabulous bag. and an even MORE great and fabulous story! i love hearing about first kisses and love and all that sweet stuff :)

    just wanted to let you know i tagged you on my blog, Alex. so check it out and decide if you wanna participate. no pressure. just for fun. have a great weekend!

    Claire @

  13. Love the dress, love your bag, love the whole look!

  14. Ok, so yes I did Google Gunne Sax...and yes the dresses are very gorgeous. I can understand your obsession with them. I also love your new "I'm a short-haired fashion blogger" button. Why didn't I think of that?

  15. haha you just put a smile on my face. i pictured this so perfectly and you are very right. sometimes we do the clumsiest weirdest things but you just gotta laugh bc the intentions are as sweet and sincere as you are :) you seem so down to earth its refreshing. have a good wknd sweetie


  16. Love the story - and love you write you have short hair and glasses - me too:O)
    Your blog is fab - following you now, would love it if you did the same.
    A xx

  17. you look so lovely on this outfit! and that bag is very cute..the story on your dress is such sweet and also love the dress and the keds shoes on your prev post!

  18. Holy buckets. I just added your button to my blog. Muh boyfriend was here to help me. It looks fantastic!

  19. I really like your vintage dress

  20. AW MAN. This was so much fun to read. Definitely full of "AWWWWWWWWW" in my head. I love it! It's always so great when clothes are attached to some sort of special memory. I know it's silly to value clothes so much - but, you know, some of them are just MORE THAN CLOTHES.

    Wow. I sound ridiculous. But do you catch my drift?

    And EEEK. That bag is seriously incredible. SERIOUSLY.

  21. this is such a great post! tooo cute... literally "too cute" haha!

    love the dress!

  22. ohhh... and the bag is a m a z i n g

    i wanna go thrifting now...

  23. That's an adorable first kiss story. At least it all worked out in the end and you get credit for being the forward one. (:

    It's pretty exciting to hear that someone else has that lovely shirt. Maybe you can share with me your styling ideas for it, too? Help each other out.

  24. You look adorable as usual. LUV the button. BTW, I sent an email to your blog address.

  25. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENT. I really needed it. I don't know. It feels like a good start off to the week! So thanks for that.

  26. Love your dress!


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