Thursday, June 16

McConnell Mansion

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Home alone time has become the most valuable piece of my day. In school, rooming with someone in the same 8 by 16 room meant alone time was a rarity, at best. Someone was always there to hear you sing when your favorite song came on, snore when you were sleeping, and digest after another heinous meal at the Foodzoo (at least this went both ways) Being home again, getting the house to myself is like a chocolate fudge sundae and I can't get enough of it. I opted to not go to my sister's soccer party tonight just so that I could sit in my room and blog and sing and cook myself dinner and write and dance. All things I've missed doing in the privacy of my own bedroom. So, yep. Here I am. Blogging and singing and chair dancing in an empty house. Hallelujah!
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The second I saw this dress on Modcloth...I immediately envisioned wearing it in a post at McConnell Mansion. However, it was way over my budget and didn't expect it to happen. Then! Long and behold, I won a $50 gift certificate to Modcloth and voila! It was fate, I keep telling myself. I'm so happy to have Niklaas again to take pictures! He is an irreplaceable asset to the blog and I'm so happy I never have to go a year without him again (for his presence and for the taking pictures aspect, hehe!).
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Ever since I was in elementary school, this house has been my absolute favorite building in Moscow. Walking past it on the way to the library was the highlight of my summer day. I'm obsessed with the old Fort Russell District in our cute little town. One of the houses was on "If Walls Could Talk" on TLC and several of them are now Historic Landmarks. The McConnell Mansion was built by a millionaire who worked in the steel industry in 1917 but once he lost his job and went bankrupt, the house was sold to a new owner. Once that owner passed away, the house was given to the city of Moscow and now you can tour the restored house! I love the colors and the architectural details of the time period so much.
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Niklaas left yesterday for his big Europe trip that he makes every year. It's so funny because just a month ago, two weeks would have felt like a breeze. And now that we're done with long distance, being apart is almost worse. I just want to be in the same place all the time now that we don't have to live in different places! He graduated last Friday and his birthday was Monday so it was a whirlwind week. I got to meet all of his family and that was a blast. I love extended families. And I love the extended family environment, even if I'm not related, hehe. All of the chitter chatter and gossip and laughing. It was a blast!
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Have a good rest of the week! Just one more day! What are your plans for Father's Day? Oh, and have no worries. My "moment'' will be posted shortly:)
Outfit:
Dress- Modcloth
Shoes- Urban Outfitters
Bow- Forever21

50 comments:

Sandra Alonso said...

I love the dress!

Nikki said...

You live in a super cute and pretty house ^^ I am soooo happy I never had to go to an boardingschool (not really the right word, but it won't come to mind)! and I love your dress by the way ^^ x

Gentri said...

Oh wow! Super cute outfit with a super cute backdrop. Love it!

Alex said...

Oh that dress is just perfect for the location. Super chic to match it to the paintwork :)

Rachelous said...

Love the dress! And I was going to say, that mansion looks beautiful! How cool they you get to tour the inside. Having never lived in dorms like you I can't imagine having so little alone time, so enjoy! xx

Jessica said...

You look so cute! I love how the dress totally matches the house!

Temporary:Secretary said...

The house is a beautiful backdrop. Gorgeous dress and cute shoes! x

Jamie Rose said...

Such an adorable blue dress! How fortunate that you won that gift card so you could buy it! I love that house you're posing by too. So cool!

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

I'm so glad you got the dress! It looks even more beautiful on you than I'd envisioned (and that's saying something, you gem).

These shots are incredible. I'm glad that you're enjoying and soaking in the time away from school.

We need to chat soon.

xo

Amber Blue Bird said...

congrats on your winnings, that dress is too cute and you look super sweet in it. As for that mansion, my goodness that is a beautiful home

Abbey said...

These pictures are gorgeous! You look lovely in that dress! :)

genevieve said...

Aw, Maggie! This post reminds me so much of Tieka; matching your outfit to your location, a darling dress, and awesome heels! I just adore everything about this. And yes, you were totally fated to have this dress. Enjoy your alone time (I know exactly what you mean)!

Flashes of Style said...

Loveee that dress so much!! And the backdrop is beautiful <333

xx,

Bonnie

kylee said...

extended family is the absolute best. every sunday my little family, my grandparents and aunt & uncle plus their kids get together for dinner. definitely one of my favorite family traditions.

lovedfromthestart said...

His pictures are great!! I feel as if these, including the dress, have this vintagey feel to it. Like it very much.

And saw your comment on your blog :) you're welcome! I just thought it was a really beautiful thought, and kind of wanted to show my appreciation for that and your blog.

Natalie said...

That house is AMAZING. Definitely the kind of place that I want to live in someday. I also adore that dress... it is so cute! I hope Niklaas has a fantastic time on his European adventures. Just like you said, it sounds like he's been having a whirlwind of fun stuff happening! But I totally get the feeling of just wanting alone time to yourself to sit in your room and, well, hang out on the internet. I definitely need a few hours of that each day or else I go a bit crazy!

Amber Blue Bird said...

I am so jealous you get to see Josh Ritter live in concert. Geez that show will be amazing. Cant wait to hear all about it. I hope he sings Wings and To The Dogs or Whoever, such awesome tunes

blorange dice said...

aww, sounds like so much fun to have niklaas graduating and everything. and that dress is so perfect on you! winning a giveway is theeee best. glad you've had all that alone time that is much needed - especially after dorm life

Pink Penguin (Elyse) said...

You look absolutely gorgeous, I can't believe I missed seeing that dress on Modcloth, I would have bought it in a heart beat!! Enjoy your time alone, I know what you mean about craving privacy or 'me time' sometimes, it's sooo necessary + healthy :) xxx

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic said...

that dress is adorable. adorable. the color is perfect on you! you looks to tiny next to that house.
i often don't go to family functions in order to spend more time all by myself. i practically need my alone time to function properly.
i'm sorry you have to go without your boyfriend for a couple weeks. i can definitely understand how that must feel.

Amelia said...

so charming! that dress was made for you :) i agree, fate. oh man i totally feel you on having time to yourself. it's underrated. and hang in there love, i know distance is hard. i dated someone for 3 years who was 1/2 way across the US for the summers. everything passes

Jen said...

That backdrop could not be more perfect for this gorgeous dress. I'm always craving after modcloth dresses too but they're also way out of my budget. At least you were able to get your hands on this one! :)

And yesss, I have a boy, haha. We've been together 10 months now. He's in Turkey for two months and I already miss him terribly. Long distance really is a pain in the butt. :P

Oh, My Darling said...

Wow, your dress is perfectly matched to the mansion!

Sydney, The Rabbit-Hearted Girl said...

this post reminds me of Tieka so much! haha. if you know what i mean. anyway, miss maggie, this dress looks incredible on you. these pictures perfectly capture what i think of when i dream of summer! haha. oh, and this dress reminds me of something zooey deschanel would have worn in 500 days of summer! and i can't wait for our book swap!! <3

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i am in love with that dress, and the bow with it is just perfection!

<3 steffy
Steffys Pros and Cons

GretchTM said...

Your dress is adorable and I love the bow in your hair. :)

hellolyndsey said...

oh my god. that house is TO.DIE.FOR!!! you look absolutely stunning in that dress, the color, the cut, the pattern, everything just flatters you! it totally looks like you should be living there, or you popped right out of the 1950s!

I love this so much.

xo
lyndsey of hellolyndsey

jamie-lee said...

what a gorgeous house, you look so teeny standing in fron of it. love the dress too dear, it's so cute :)

vintage process said...

Lovely look! I love it!

Mrs Vintage said...

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Dreamy Princess said...

You look so so so so adorable lovely, girl!! I love blue, that's why I love your pics even more xDD

But, you really look cute with the blue dress and caramel shoes. Love the house also. Gosh! it has a wonderful architecture and color.

Hope your father's day will be so nice(:

Cheers,
Dreamy Princess

dear winsome said...

Love that dress and shoes and that historic house is gorgeous!! We live in a big old house that was built in the 1800's,you just can't find those pretty details in new houses!


Krystle
http://dearwinsome.blogspot.com/

Victoria said...

You always have the cutest pictures ever !! AND such nice outfits. and wow what a house !! SOO nice !! :)

Mell said...

the dress matches with the house.
i love the dress.
Xx Liefs

Ginger Snap ♥ said...

Oh maggie your so lovely, thankyou for your comment i compleatly agree. Your dress is adorable what a lovely backdrop too! Look foward to hearing more of your posts x

http://www.gingerrsnap.blogspot.com/

Kirstin Marie said...

These are some beautiful photos!! You are so right - that dress needed to be worn at this mansion. I love the architecture of it. It's lovely.

rosieposie said...

such a beautiful setting for the outfit, you were right! and definitely fate you got the modcloth voucher ~ yay!!

i have just come home from uni for good, and am really enjoying some time just to sort my head out and time to myself too :-)
xx

Hope Adela Pasztor said...

Love the sweet vintage vibe of your dress! =)


http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

okay, your blog and you are so stinking adorable! how had I not found you yet in the blog world :) so cute. love this dress.

asia said...

awesome photos and place !
you look so cute :)
love your shoes !!

xx

Jul said...

This mansion is really a dream! And it's perfect for some shots with that lovely dress! ;)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your comment! I really appreciated it.

http://lifeisaromanticpoem.blogspot.com/

janet said...

nice pictures! love the dress, suits you well :)
have a nice weekend!

Bad Taste Toast said...

You look SO adorable in this dress! Ah Modcloth has the prettiest dresses ever! And this mansion really is a perfect place to take photos, I love the pictures!
Enjoy having the house all for yourself :D

Lea said...

AH! Long distance. I'm done with it too now! Amazing! I love talking (or reading in this case) from people who have done it/are doing it now. Because if you've never experienced it, it's super un-relatable. I just know that I would roll my eyes when friends would complain about not seeing their significant other for __ amount of time.

LOVE your dress. I've recently gotten re-obsessed with blues (my favorite color when I was younger) and blue-greens. So this dress is gorgeous. As is that house.

Totally know what you're saying about living condition though. I live in an apartment, so nowhere near as cramped and close as a dorm, but I love going home to my parents' house on some weekends and just sitting at the kitchen table with a cup of tea and blogging all by myself. It's nice.

Happy you're up and posting again :D I missed your posts too. And I was seriously blushing when I read your comment. Because I adoore your cute lovely blog and face :)

Emilija said...

So lovely!

Would you mind visiting/following/comenting my blog? :)

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Jennyboo said...

That dress is just dreamy. The buttons, the detailing, and the color are just fantastic. And the mansion backdrop is quite the ideal setting for such a lovely dress. It looks like you are a doll in a grand dollhouse. Beautiful! xx

Meanz said...

You look so adorable! I love the light blue and the polka dots. It matches perfectly with the paint in the background! :)



Meanz (Koi Story)

Jo said...

Oh goodness it is a pretty house! Isn't it funny how you pick out favourite houses! I do the same thing, and completely envision what it would be like to live there! Be sure to enter my £100 ASOS giveaway!

x
www.lostinthehaze.com

Jaymie said...

wow your house is perfect! i would love to live somewhere like that, it's like a dream, the typical kind of house i picture in america and you see on films etc with porch and the stairs leading to the door. can i come live with you haha. so wished i lived in the states.

www.jaymieocallaghan.com
xxx

Alex said...

I'm so behind on posts. Seriously! This dress is beautiful and I am glad you got that gift certificate because it was worth it! Definitely! Anyway, that house is amazing and it really goes well with the dress, I think. And finally, it's awesome you get to spend time with his family and don't worry, love! He'll be back in no time :)