"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Frock Analysis

 Here we are in the heat of the summer.  It's been super-boiling hot with very high humidity and a high UV index.  I've been wearing a 50SPF and trying not to melt while I'm outside.  Just in time I discovered some really decent summer frocks from Tory Burch.

I had noticed these frocks at the beginning of the season but they were quite 'spensive, I needed to wait until they hit half price before I could try them out.  Now they are an extra 20% off the sale price with code EXTRA20.  Some sizes are sold out but it's worth checking out the sale section as a whole if you like the look of Tory Burch this summer.
Talley Dress
 I hesitated over the Talley Dress.  There is a percentage of nylon in the fabric content as well as some spandex.  I liked the fitted silhouette and the full, flared skirt.  The higher neckline is attractive but avoids being too straight-and-narrow with a deep slit.  The dress is knee length, perfect.  But why a 28% nylon in the content?
Well it makes for a very sturdy yet light fabric.  The lining is a wonderful cotton voile, very comfortable and well-finished.  The dress itself is dry-clean only, but the nylon content allows for an easy spot clean of the fabric.  I've been wearing my Talley dress constantly since it arrived.  I took my usual American size 2.  
The Talley also comes in a fetching print.
 The Ramona Dress, below, is dreamy.
The Ramona Dress
 Once again it is lined with a cotton voile while the outer fabric is a silk and linen mix.  The fabric is soft yet the dress itself is quite structured, particularly at the waist line, which gives that fit and flare silhouette.
The pale blush pink pattern with bits of blue, green and mauve is just beautiful.
The dress falls to just below the knee on me, while the Talley dress arrives just at the knee.  Perfect lengths, and while we are dissecting frocks I should note that I also ordered two linen dresses from JCrew in an effort to find some cool yet polished looking summer frocks.  The JCrew dresses were way too short as well as being high-waisted.  Which makes one look as though they have stolen a five year old's wardrobe.  Not a good look for a woman in her 40's!
I've been wearing these great frocks and toting my Tory Burch straw bag around, it's an easy combination.
 
I would normally add in my own pictures of the frocks, especially as I am trying to do a little bit of analysis here.  I like to take special note of why some items work and some are just a waste of money, after all our goal is to find well-made things we can really wear and be done with it.  I know that actual pictures help you to see the details.
However it's been a difficult time lately... I lost my Nana on Saturday and though she was 93 years old and "waiting for the Lord to take her" I am reeling from the loss.  She was a very special lady who taught me to love theatre, lunches out and dressing up.  She always told me to dress like a lady and to stay away from "the turkeys" (excellent advice).  She was all about having fun and toasting to life, with a perfect manicure and a nice outfit.  Her small family was everything to her... she was a treasure.
And while a good frock won't bring world peace (Nana might have begged to differ), I was very happy to have the Tory Burch dresses and my Brora cardigans during the last few days of her life.  Sitting with Nana while she went on to the next world I knew that she was happy with my frocks and that she was aware that she had taught me well.
xoxDani

58 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your Nana, Dani. My grandmother was quite a clotheshorse, and a consummate shopper. I like to think she taught me well too!

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    1. KnitYarns I think our grandmothers would have liked each other!

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  2. Sorry for the loss of your precious Nana; no matter what the age, it's still a loss.

    I like the first frock the best and maybe another time you'll feel up for the photo. And the length! I will need to check these out. Too bad about the JC linen ones, but to be expected now, I suppose. I have a linen sleeveless CP Shades dress to wear in this weather.

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    1. Lane the JC dresses were a joke in comparison. Nana would not have approved and neither did I!
      Thank you it is a loss and I'm feeling it, even though she was ready to go...

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  3. Very sorry for your loss Dani. I still miss my grandmother so much ~ she taught me a lot about clothing, art, cooking and men as well. It feels especially poignant now that I'm a grandmother as well. On to the superficial, I love your new frocks.

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    1. Thank you Kathy and I hope you are well! I bet you are loving your new role as Grandmother and soon you'll be giving those lessons as well. There's a nice continuity there.

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  4. my heartfelt sympathy dear dani. even when we know death is coming it is incredibly hard. take care of yourself my friend. xo

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  5. I hope that you will find strength in your precious memories of your Nana.
    Sending hugs your way at this difficult time.
    XO

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    1. Hostess thank you. I am remembering so much this week though the past 20 years Nana and I spent so much time talking about all the fun times when I was a kid, we loved talking about all of it and in recent years her memory of the past was sharper than of the present.
      Thanks for the hugs.

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  6. Sorry to hear about the passing of your Nana. I see you honoring her memory and spirit by the elegant way you go about life. I like that sleeveless style of the Talley dress, cool for the summer but showing just enough skin. Great buy. I've just gone over some online sites this morning and I think your Nana would agree there are a lot of turkeys!

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    1. Marie Nana would agree and she'd say stay away! Thank you.

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  7. FAMILY TIES Dani, sending another round of hugs your way. My Nana of the Brora cardigans, stripey tees and straw bags was one of my best life, style & manners lesson sharers, just by being herself. So, I can imagine the hole there is in your heart right now. Marie is so right, you honour her spirit and her memory with good frock philosophy. Take care and stay cool in your fab new frocks "Tootie!" xo
    PS The Tory sale 20% is tempting, but you know what holds my purse strings right now.

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    1. GF thanks for your kindness. You had a brilliant Nana too so you know what I'm talking about. Yes sit tight on that purse for now!

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  8. Hi Dani, I'm so sorry about your loss. It's plain it has taken a lot out of you - I hope your happy memories of her give you some comfort.

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    1. Hi Patricia and thank you. Yes I'm really drained just now it's been very emotional, I was so happy to be with Nana when she left us, that was an honour.

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    2. Oh and Patricia as you know I was just visiting my other grandmother in my hometown the week before, I owe that pleasant visit to your B&B recommendation which made it all the nicer, I'm still sending you thank you thoughts for that!

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  9. Sending love and sympathy your way, Dani. Your grace and style are a testament to your Nana's influence. You were so lucky to have enjoyed a close bond with such a special lady!

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    1. Hi Jennifer, thank you , we were blessed with excellent grandparents growing up, their lives were so much centred on us kids and they were very generous with us of their time and care. With families living further apart it's a rare thing these days.

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  10. Dear Dani,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Nana, love and prayers are coming your way.

    You are always a lady and I am going to look into the Talley Dress.

    All the best
    Karena
    2013 Designer Series

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    1. Thanks so much Karena for your kind words. I hope you are well!

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  11. Condolences on the loss of your grandmother Dani - sounds like she was a huge influence on you.

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    1. Thanks Sulky she was and she was so funny too. She loved a drink and a laugh.

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  12. I'm so sorry about your Nana, Dani. May she rest in peace and may you think of her often :)

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  13. I am so sorry for your loss, Dani. My beloved grandmother died at the age of 97, and it was still too soon. I am comforted daily by her memory, and the lessons she instilled in me.

    I love your selections...and you will always cherish the memory of wearing those dresses to your Nana's side.

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    1. RebeccaK, thank you. It bolsters me to think of the comfort of memories so thank you for sharing your own experience mourning the loss of your grandmother.

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  14. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It sounds like she passed on her sense of style and elegance to you. Hugs and best wishes.

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    1. Thanks Louise, she loved clothes just as I do and she was a big personality. Her life wasn't always easy, she grew up in poverty but she loved a party and the outfit to go with it!

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  15. I am so sorry to hear of the death of your grandmother. It's such a gift that you had time with her throughout your life as well as at the end of her.

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    1. Thanks so much Susan. It was truly a gift to be with her at the end. We spent lots of time with her, we were her priority and she saved her pennies to take us out to theatre and nice lunches. She taught me so much!
      I hope you are well and that it's not too hot in Texas!

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  16. I'm so sorry for your loss Dani. Your grandmother sounds like she was a very special women and a great influence on you.

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  17. What a blessing your Nana was and you to her also. Do believe you have done her proud. May your sense of loss be lifted and joy seep in.

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    1. Thanks Blue Booby, you have a way with words and I will hold that image.

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  18. My sincere condolences on the loss of your Nana. Being prepared for the loss of a dear loved one doesn't make it any easier in my experience. I'm sure it was great comfort to her, and to you, to have time together near the end of her time. I wish you and your family peace and the joy of those cherished memories as time goes by.

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    1. Thanks xoxo that is the thing isn't it, Nana was 93 and we knew it was coming but it was still very sad. Thanks for those comforting words.

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  19. well I saw two of these dresses and i can vouch that Nana would have been thrilled!!! You certainly honoured her by making a wonderful effort and being with her in the end! xoxo

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    1. Wendy Nana would have loved you! Thanks for cheering me up this week and thanks for toasting to Nana with me. We might have had too many toasts but Nana would have loved it!

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  20. I'm so sorry for your loss Dani, losing a grandparent is really devastating, even when they have lived a long and happy life. I know you'll honor her memory and keep her close to your heart. And I bet your Nana would love those pretty dresses!

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    1. M she would have loved them. On her last day I was feeling really tired and I threw on a sweater with a pair of jeans then thought nope, went back to change into the Talley dress. Much better.
      Thank you M.

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  21. Sending a big hug to you. What a wonderful post to honour Nana and her influence in your life. Once again Dani you did it with such elegance.

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    1. Thanks Marsha for those words and for the big hug!

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  22. Oh Dani, I am so sorry about your Nana. Ninety-three, my goodness the changes(and history) she lived through! I still miss my grandma, if I want I can still smell her face powder and hear the thinly veiled mischief in her voice. She was always interested in my beaus. Like you, some of the things I enjoy most to this day, she introduced me to them. I send you a big hug, Sweet Pea. Doubtless she is already well at home, counselling the angels about their robes.

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    1. David thanks so much. I haven't been sleeping well and last night I was thinking about you when I was wide awake at 2am. Then this morning I see this note from you, thank you. I hope you are well and happy!

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  23. So very sorry for your loss Dani. Your grandmother sound like a wonderful person whose legacy will live on. Hope you are taking care of yourself, and those around you are also taking care of you too.

    The dresses look lovely. I'm quite a fan of Tory Burch - like you I like her use of cotton and linen, and things are well made and good 'everyday' pieces with flattering cuts. Her evening things in silk are also lovely. xx

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    1. Thank you so much Heidi!
      I agree about the Tory Burch frocks, her straight styles don't work for me but the full skirts do and her tailoring is pretty great. I really like her silk jersey dresses too, I have one that is about 3 years old and I wear it all the time.

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  24. I am so sorry to read about your loss Dani. I wish you some sweet days ahead.

    I love the dress you have chosen. I am also working hard on my clothes lately, specially as I have purge so much, changed many things and now planning for the summer break... I am a bit lost here :-)

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    1. Hi Steph, Thank you for those words.
      As you know I too was relentless with my closet and so many dresses that I had didn't make the cut. So to find some new ones to wear for the hot weather has been great. I have also changed a few things and really weeded out the styles that don't work or are not comfortable, it's been ongoing but rewarding in the end to have a few good things.
      I hope your summer break is a good one and that you have plenty of sunshine!

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  25. So sorry to hear about your Nana Dani! I was close to my Gram as well--we loved to be well turned out together and couldn't get enough of talking antiques, furniture, design...She sounded like fun lady and a lot like you. So good that you were able to give her comfort with your presence at the end. Take care!

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  26. Dani, so sorry about the loss of your dear Nana, you must be devastated, even if it wasn't exactly unexpected, it does not make it any easier when you love someone... Take care of yourself and don't you worry about the pictures. Sending hugs...

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  27. Dani, Wow 93 years old,a different generation.Nana sounded like a great wise women .Nana had seen it all! So sorry for your loss.I agree we could all learn something from her generation .They really appreciated Life and family.THey worked hard for everything and didn't expect much in return.They were happy with the simple things in life!I hope are society today can get back to the values of the past.Slow down and just spend time with family and friends. God Bless you and your family!

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  28. All hail Nana. very sorry for your loss. Tory Burch seems like a perfect tribute.

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  29. Dani, So sorry for the loss of your dear Nana. She sounds like a wonderful lady. You were so fortunate to be close to her. I agree that their generation had the best values and she clearly passed those on to you.
    Wishing you more sunny days soon.

    xxKim

    p.s. Loved this post and all your wonderful quality choices as usual!

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  30. Dani, I'm so sorry for your loss. My Nana taught me knitting and crochet - she hated sewing - and her life was a lesson in not giving up.

    I hope you'll soon be able to smile at memories of happy times with her.

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  31. Just now catching up on my blogs. So sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Nana. I will say a special prayer for your family.

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