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Monday, August 29, 2016

A Day at The Lake And a Casual Vintage Outfit From Swell Dame and Freddies of Pinewood

The last days of summer are a great time to visit a lake

My favorite lake in NJ is Wawayanda.  Its in a lovely big park and there is canoeing, row boating, kayaking and swimming.  Its even dog friendly, though they are not allowed on the beach.  Since we wanted to try kayaking we decided to leave the dogs at home as kayaking doesn't seem a canine friendly activity.  

The lake is very pretty and peaceful and you really feel far from the city even though its only an hour and 15 minute drive from Jersey City where we live and maybe an hour and forty five minutes from Manhattan.

As I've said many times before on this blog vintage style can definitely be casual and I wore one of my favorite casual summer outfits for our trip to the lake.  I've definitely worn parts of this outfit on the blog before, but its so cute I think it deserved its own post.

The red gingham top is from Swell Dame and is a perfect 1950s style casual top.  The jeans are clam diggers from Freddie's of Pinewood and would probably be longer on a person of normal height, on me their pedal pushers. My shoes are the remix canvas pennies and are super comfortable.  The belt  I borrowed from one of my Bernie Dexter dresses.  I feel very 50s casual in this outfit!


 The purse is really something special, its a 1950s novelty purse with a horse on it!  I love anything with an animal on it and this is my first vintage horse accessory.

Incidentally is 38 too old for pig tails?  Obviously I don't think so.  This whole outfit makes me feel very young and carefree.

We had a good time walking around the lake:


We also waded a bit of course and tried the kayaking.  I really enjoyed kayaking, but didn't take any pictures.

It was a perfect end of summer day.  How do you like to celebrate the end of summer?

Outfit Details

Gingham top-Swell Dame 
 Clam Digger Jeans-Freddies of Pinewood
Red Canvas Sandals-Remix
1950s Novelty Purse- Annacatetsy


  1. Very cool pictures. Love the vintage lake shot
    Lily & Edward

  2. You look like you're about 12 in these pictures. I love summer and refuse to acknowledge that it is ending.

  3. This is a really cute outfit! It also looks comfortable which is a bonus. I think you look great in pigtails, I say wear them, but then I'm not one for age rules x

  4. I still wear pigtails and I'm WAY past 38 ;-)

  5. What a cute outfit! Pigtails go very well with it and you wear them very naturally!

    Thank you for your comment. Actually it was the first time my vet checked blood pressure. From now on, I'll ask that for each checkup :-)

  6. Love the pigtails! looks like a great place to spend a day
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  7. What a beautiful place to visit. I love your outfit!
    You are so right about a puppy being as much work as a very old dog. At the end Dip was even more work than a puppy as I had to carry her outside and mostly hand feed her.
    Cricket is learning new things every day and her and Elli are getting along much better.
    Lynne x

  8. Great day out...except for no dogs. You definitely spend more time choosing outfits than SHE does....SHE just 'throws on and goes'. BOL!

  9. Fabulous fifties summer look! It's hard to beat the classic appeal of gingham + denim.

    One is never too old for pigtails - or any fashion they want to sport. You're rocking the double ponytail look here, which compliments your fun outdoor ensemble to a tee.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  10. You will never be as young as you are today, so rock the pigtails.

    I'm marking the end of summer by getting ready for October. Halloween and Thadingyut, it's a month of fun!

  11. I'm loving that outfit, the blouse is super cute! xxx

  12. The lake looks lovely! What a great way to close out the summer. Great outfit!


  13. Swooning over your outfit! And your pig tails are perfect. Looks like the most perfect way to spend the day on one of the last days so summer. Hope you had a great time kayaking!

  14. Super cute outfit and 38 is definitely not too old for pigtails!!


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