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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Enchanted Evening

One evening last spring in Altadena, I took this photo looking through a storefront window. It was the first Altadena Arts Coalition Open House on May 15th (the second one was September 5th). I took so many other pictures that night I never got around to posting this one.

Lately we've been having lovely evenings for strolling and looking in storefront windows. I think I've finally found the right time for posting this.

I'm not frilly. I rarely wear bows or fluffy things. But this graceful dress, the strange light and the night invited my girlhood imagination to awaken and think of princesses.

17 comments:

Cafe Pasadena said...

You will see a dress across the way...through a storefront window. Run to it. Hold it, Buy it. Or you will forever regret not purchasing it...

Dina said...

Princess Petrea. Sounds good.
Someday all us non-frilly types should make a little party and come dressed as girly girls. I'll borrow something.

Shell Sherree said...

... just add glass slippers...

{My wv is a day late for Talk Like a Pirate Day: swigands.}

Zyzzyz said...

A beautiful dress.

Virginia said...

I had so much fun doing just that in Paris. I took photos of all sorts of dreamy gowns that I'll never wear but think about wearing! I love this photo Petrea.
V

Lori Webster said...

Very nice, Petrea. I love the contrast between the beautiful dress and the office in the background. Ahhh, I wish I had windows....what a wonderland I could create....

Petrea said...

Hee hee, Cafe. I've had those regrets.

More funny, Dina. I have a little black dress that I paid a lot of money for, never wore, and can no longer wear.

Ahoy, me swigand! Did I miss it? Well, blow me down and yo ho ho, I spent too much of the day alone. Of course that never stopped me from talking.

Hi Zyzzyz. Thanks for your visit, all the way from Inverness.

Thanks, Virginia. I wouldn't mind spending an evening or two doing exactly what you describe. I don't need to buy them--well, maybe one or two--but it's fun looking at them.

No kidding, Lori. We've gotta get you some windows! Now how are you going to make that happen? If you set your mind to it I know you can.

Linda Dove said...

I love the different colors in this one. Evocative.

altadenahiker said...

I like how out of context yet dominant this dress is. Like it just wandered in and took over.

Katie said...

Gorgeous dress. I'm not a frilly white lace dress kinda girl either, but seeing this dress makes me think it might be fun to wear for an evening. The colorful sash is pretty too. I cracked up at Dina's "Princess Petrea" comment. Perfect!

Natalie DeJohn said...

Ooh, I want this. Although I cannot think of where in the world I would weart it. Almost looks like a wedding dress, yeah?

maria said...

you know i have always thought less is more, however once in a while frilly is just what a girl needs. i was a big merange on my wedding day (this dress brought back some great memories)....it was fabulous.

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Lori Lynn said...

ah, yes, it does wake up that inner girl imagination. I like the lace halter top. (uh, but not for me)
LL

Becky said...

Some enchanted evening
When you find your true love,
When you feel her call you
Across a crowded room,
Then fly to her side,
And make her your own
Or all through your life you
May dream all alone.

I love that song.

AmyR said...

That is such a delicate dress! If it wasn't for the splash of color, I might not have noticed it - that really makes it for me.

I still bemoan not buying this beautiful blue velvet, calf length dress I saw in a window a year or so ago. It was very Disney princess; no idea where I would have worn it, but I use that excuse way too often.

TheChieftess said...

Princess Petrea...sounds like a Russian princess...maybe one of Anastasia's cousins???