Monday, January 10

Romanov Winter

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When I was just four years old, I laid my hands on a book titled, "Anastasia," and was forevermore in love with the Romanov family. Of course, it didn't matter to my four year old self weather or not Tsar Nicholas II was a political nincompoop, Anastasia was a princess with three sisters and lived in a giant castle where she got to paint all day long in the sunshine. My dad reminded me of my obsession tonight while watching Gilmore Girls and told me the story of my first movie theater experience. My sister was sick for much of her very early childhood and on a particular bad night, my dad took me to the movie I had been talking nonstop obsessively over. The whole time during the Disney adaptation of Anastasia I was a "Mexican jumping bean" and squealing in my chair. And to this day, I still remember the magic of just going to my first movie with my dad who at the time, was the person I spent the most time with while my mom had to look after my sister. I haven't thought about those early years in forever, but tonight watching Gilmore Girls with him held some sort of the same magic as sitting in the theater of Anastasia and I'm only now realizing that it wasn't the fact that I got to watch the Romanov's on screen finally that made it so special, it was sharing it with him. Just dad and Maggie time.
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Anastasia Romanov.

I leave for school in exactly fourteen days. Two weeks. Home has been an experience like nothing else. I've decided since that by the time I have to leave I will have over twenty five photoshoots downloaded onto my hard drive that I am only going to take five dresses to school. If that. At the end of the semester, I ended up wearing jeans every single day. It's not to say I won't ever wear dresses, but I'm going to wait until spring to start frolicking around in them every day. It's a lot to hold up when you have to walk ten minutes to and from class everyday a few times a day in ten degree weather and wind. It was easier in High School when I had to endure thirty seconds in the cold to walk to my car. I miss it! But at least for the next two months I won't have to worry about what I'm going to wear so that I can take blog pictures!
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I wasn't going to post these pictures so soon because they feel more like spring rather than smack dab in the middle of winter like my previous pictures have felt, but I couldn't resist. They turned out so wonderfully! In a last minute decision, I ran to Ross before I took these pictures deciding I needed leather gloves to complete everything. Luckily, they were on sale for five dollars so I got a steal and they are super warm so they may have a shelf-life of more than just a photoshoot after all! This dress was another Christmas present. I was so excited to get not just one Modcloth dress, but two. I definitely like this one more than the other- it will incorporate into spring and summer so much better than the other (but I still love it too!). The floral and open back are just too endearing! I finally bought some brown tights and wearing them with this dress seemed perfect. I usually opt for pattern mixing with my florals but taking away from the dress seemed like a crime!
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dress-Modcloth tights-Nordstroms boots-Urbanog hat-Urban Outfitters belt-Momma gloves-Ross
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I also discovered the magic of Pandora today! Huzzaah! I created my very own account and listened to new music all day long in my bedroom. Niklaas came over last night and helped me clean my room. It wasn't intended to go the way it went (the way being that he cleaned 90% of it) but he did an amazing job. I have been sleeping on the couch lately because my room is a disaster and also completely freezing so now I have a room to sleep in! Yay! I think I'll miss this couch tonight, though. It's seriously the most delightful huge oversize couch in the world.
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I got these boots from Urbanog- they're my first Urbanog purchase! I originally wanted the leather-y ones like my brown boots that Niklaas got me but they were out of stock and suede was the only kind they had left. But they are still cute and possibly more comfortable than they would have been had they been made of leather! I haven't worn my fedora since the summer and lately, I can't not wear an accessory in my hair whether it be a bow, beanie, or hat. I guess it has to do with the fact that I really hate the length of my hair these days. I miss my length!! It's in that awkwardly not-short but not-long either phase. Hmph!
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I did only three things today. I wrote (6 more pages!), crocheted (2 more hats in the making!), and watched television with my dad. It was a lovely perfect Sunday. Tomorrow I have a breakfast date with my friend from High School who goes to a fancy engineering school in Boston and another mutual friend who lives here at home. It's actually pretty funny because we used to be part of a large group of about fifteen girls in junior high that dwindled as the years progressed. And now we are just five and unfortunately, we're not as close as we used to be. One of my "goals" taht isn't particularly a New Year's Resolution is to try harder to keep friends with people at home. It's so hard sometimes when I can't catch people on IM or skype and when letter writing takes time on both ends. But I'm determined to be there for them and work at it because there are some friendships I really can't lose no matter the business of our schedules.
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65 comments:

lavel said...

Nice hat and dress id beautiful! :>

Abbey said...

Beautiful pictures, the lighting is gorgeous! I love anastasia as well! I actually just watched it on Netflix at the beginning of winter break!

Izzi said...

i love those boots!! photos are gorgeous, especially the last one! you two are super cute!!!

I'v always had a bit of a weird fascination with Rasputin so I get the whole russian thing hahhahah! x

Courtney said...

I always loved Anastasia, as well! I had a stuffed animal of the dog Pooka, and his ears went up when you squeezed his belly. It was sooo cute. You should know, though, that Anastasia isn't a Disney film, but rather a Fox Animation Studios film! Just so you know :P

That dress is very cute, and I really love the boots. I actually think that they look great in the suede :)

projectvee said...

even though your outfit reminds me so much of spring, it's nice in the middle of winter :) bahaha.

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Stephanie said...

amazing dress :D love,love,love it!

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Dorien said...

Awwww that's such a pretty dress! And you can actually wear it all year long, so nice!
I hope you enjoy your last two weeks at home, time goes by so fast sometimes!

Alex said...

Oh the gloves are just the perfect touch to that outfit. Love them.

You should track down a copy of The Secret Countess (aka The Countess Belowstairs) by Eva Ibbotson. Not Romanov precisely but it's set in a similar time period with Russian aristocratic characters and is just the most wonderfully told story.

Alex said...

Oh the gloves are just the perfect touch to that outfit. Love them.

You should track down a copy of The Secret Countess (aka The Countess Belowstairs) by Eva Ibbotson. Not Romanov precisely but it's set in a similar time period with Russian aristocratic characters and is just the most wonderfully told story.

Rosa said...

Awww that last picture is so cute! :)

simplyhope said...

Look at you rockin those urbanog boots!!! Lovin em:) Also the gloves are soo gosh darn CHIC!! The last picture is so beautiful! Mann do I want a boyfriend.

Bryce said...

Those last few photos are really amazing! I'm glad that you like your Modcloth purchases. I love everything I get from there!

lovedfromthestart said...

The gloves really add a special touch! Love the outfit, and I remember reading about this princess... found her absolutely fascinating!

Michelle said...

thanks for visiting my blog ... if only to rub it in your still on hols ;) Lucky you! Love the gloves x

Sydney, The Rabbit-Hearted Girl said...

oh my gosh, these pictures are beautiful! the lighting is so romantic. and your outfit is so pretty. that hat is the perfect touch. and that picture of you and niklaas is ADORABLE! eek i love everything about this post!

and what you wrote about your dad is so sweet. i definitely have some memories that i cherish just because my dad was there to share them with me. dads are the best!

sparkle is a color (Katrina) said...

Oh my gosh I am SO obsessed with Anastasia, haha! I have books upon books about the Romanovs, I just find them so fascinating.

This outfit is adorable. I don't know how you didn't freeze to death though! You're way braver than I am to go outside in January in short sleeves, haha.

xx, Katrina

Hannah said...

Thanks for tooting my horn about my job at David's! I definitely need the encouragement!

And you are going to make me cry about your dad and Anastasia. That was the first Father/Daughter date I remember going on. Then for the next Christmas he bought me and Anastasia pop up book. I still have it. My niece wanted to read it for her bedtime story this Christmas too. Ahhhh...I miss my dad now.

priincess emily said...

Great look! And super romantic! :)

Kirstin Marie said...

That dress is so pretty!! I absolutely love Pandora!! It's fantastic, isn't it? You are most certainly welcome for the comments, I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for your sweet comments. You look lovely, and that final photo is so sweet.

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elanor, said...

you look so darling! i love the dress and these photos are gorgeous. :)

especially the last one. so so cute.

good luck staying connected with friends/family at home!! you can do it. :)
x,
elanor

PrettyNiftyThriftyFashion said...

oh i love Anastasia, i actually watched it a few months ago and thought it was so cute!! your dress is adorablel, i just love the print and the photos are gorgeous!!

Shy, Chesterfield said...

Beautiful lighting in these pictures! I love your hat and gloves!

Shy

jamie said...

ok are you sitting down for this one? ive never seen anastasia. but i do adore your photos and gloves :) you should party every night for the next two weeks before school starts haha kidding <3 staying connected to your loved ones may be hard sometimes but it certainly is doable!

SoYesterday. said...

really adore your hat! :D

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Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

I lvoe your style, these photos are gorgeous.
Im a senior in high school and I am leaving for college in August. I am so SCARED! Things are going to be so different and I'm going a few hours away so I won't be seeing my best friends and I am so scared we are going to completly drift away from each other.
Haha, but anyways. Im definently following. :)

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Death By Shoe said...

Cute pictures!! I love your dress! You are lucky to be able to wear short sleeves outside - it's so cold where I am I wouldnt dare go outside without a snow-suit LOL!

-Danielle

Estefany @ The Helmet Head said...

You look beautiful! that last pic of you and your boy is so adorable!

Kenziefaith said...

I love your story at the beginning of this post!! Soo sweet. & These pictures are gorgeous. Such a great outfit!

KF x

Tiff Kaya said...

the dress looks beautiful on you :)
xx

Tiff Kaya said...

the dress looks beautiful on you :)
xx

Emma (Scrapbook de la Emma) said...

I remember Anastasia, aww memories. I wear dresses all year round, but im like that. i will admit, often in winter i just get so over it i cant be bothered and wear simple jeans and such, but usually that motivates me more cos i feel better in a dress.
Scrapbook de la Emma

genevieve, sandbox romance said...

That last picture of y'all is adorable. Totally loving your dress; it's got such a lovely cut and pattern, and this shoot came out beautifully.

Enjoy the rest of your time home and listening to Pandora (one of my favorite things to listen to while knitting, so I assume it'll be awesome for crocheting, too!)

Rebecca said...

Very cute dress, and it looks great with the hat.

Chelsea said...

aren't sundays just the best?!

such a lovely post, as is your outfit - i love your hair too :)

Kellie W. said...

Anastasia is my all-time favorite cartoon! Just last month, I watched it twice, hehe! She's clearly the best princess character ever. <3

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

Your photoshoots just keep getting better and better! I love your dress, and those leather gloves really are the perfect touch. And that last photo of you two - adorable!

BIRCH + BLOSSOM said...

Oh this is a beautiful look and what fab pictures. Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. xx veronika

liz said...

Aw these are really pretty photos! I can't believe you haven't tried Pandora before, it's pretty cool!

char said...

really pretty photos!! :)

Chelsea Lane said...

this is really really cute. I love how you ran out to get gloves to perfect your outfit :) the lighting in these photos is divine!

xoxo

Jasmine, Transient Withdrawal said...

Maggie you are so cute and these photos are wonderful :) I love that floral dress on you! Anastasia is one of my favorite movies!

KcomeKarolina said...

amazing pics!

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Joy and Amore said...

this such pretty blog,ans this post you look pretty,love that dress,boots.and the last pic you are so cute :) love it

Becca said...

Ah kissy girl!
love it. so adorable. and happy.


...I loved Anastasia too! Oh my goodness. Obsessed is a good word! that movie, and then the "dear America" books of her, and singing the song from the movie.....

noura. said...

beautiful dress

High On High Heels said...

Beautiful pictures! And what a lovely dress <3

aliciafashionista said...

Eee you are so pretty, your photos are absolutely stunning and I love love love your style! Thanks so much for leaving me a comment and introducing me to your blog. Following asap :)

Alex said...

Ahhhh this is so beautiful! It seems that my comment is the last one :P I did read it yesterday though :P Anyway, I love it that you have this dad moments! I wish I could say the same, but my dad is not like that :( Hahahaha, I love the last picture of course! It's so romantic!

akaCola said...

lovely pictures!!! and I know it becomes hard to keep in touch with old friends especially when you both are in different places with different agendas!....

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veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

i wanted to watch that movie so badly as a kid, but my dad would never let me. he is really big on the accuracy of historical events and i never saw it. maybe now's the time!

Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes said...

Wow, I havent visited here for awhile :( Sorry. I love the new layout, very pretty. Also that last photo is amazing.

Taami said...

Lovely!! I Love your dress :) Followed, byeee :)

Melanie Likes said...

I love this! I was looking through your posts - you have impeccable taste, darling.
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Kate Russell said...

I love the dress! And that last picture is so adorable.

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Natalie said...

Just gonna say, you having a love of Anastasia makes me SO HAPPY! :D I love the movie so freaking much and my friends and I pretty much know all the songs by heart, and then we read a book about the Romanovs (Nicholas & Alexandra) in history and it was so fascinating. So yeah. I just love that.

And I also love your gorgeous outfit with the awesome boots! All the photos are so lovely. And gah, that last one is just so cute! :)

Ashley said...

I love these photos! I love your hat and gloves together! You look so cute! The last photo is so sweet!

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Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

Anastasia has always been a favorite of mine. She and Demitri always reminded me of Jack and Rose from Titanic! Or vise versa.

I think that dad-daughter time is one of the best things out there, and I'm glad that you were able to reflect on the memories!

As someone that had friends leave for college while I stayed behind (in the opposite boat as you), don't feel the pressure toooo much on your end. Yes, skyping, IM, etc can help, but the phone does work both ways. The friends that are true will always be there.

And that last photo... <33

Brittany said...

so precious! I love the lighting on your photos, they make you look absolutely magical!

Les Deux Filles said...

Ugh I miss the ol' countryside...rolling hills, wheat fields, teletubbie land! You're winter break is so long! Not fair :P

Last photo: AWWW!!

-Margaret

Justine said...

I love love love Anastasia! I was crazy obsessed about it when I saw it on tv. I ended up getting 3 copies of it on VHS for my birthday from my family.

I love your flora dress. I am obsessed with floral, but my boyfriend doesn't like flowers on my clothes. He calls them old lady :(


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Sarah said...

Beautiful dress and hat!

Sally said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, feel free to follow! That's so neat about the newspaper name :)

I remember when Anastasia came out, I had the coloring book!
Great dress, love the hat as well!

upatreecupatea said...

I totally and completely understand the Romanov love!
I have been obsessed with everything Anastasia ever since I can remember!
You should read Robert Alexanders books. He writes all about the Romanovs!
Love your outfit & your blog! :)

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im loving the hat<3 :)


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Kelsey Rae said...

This outfit is super cutie! I love your style, and the place you took these pictures is beautiful. Love your blog!

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