The Random Writings of Rachel: Pretending to Be a Princess

Pretending to Be a Princess







In 2006, somebody gave me this dress. It had belonged to her granddaughter or niece, someone who had worn it already and didn't have use for it anymore. It's hard to come up with uses for beaded, shimmery pink ballgowns, I must agree.

In the years I've had it, I've worn it to an extremely fancy wedding reception and as a Ginger Grant costume at a costume party. I've lent it to a cousin to wear to a school dance. There isn't a huge demand for pink ballgowns in my life, and sometimes that's a little bit of a sad thing. This gown is bigger and shinier and more beaded than even my wedding dress, it's definitely the fanciest thing in my closet. With each passing year it becomes a little more outdated, though in today's world of everything 'vintage' being cool....it might just always be in style.

My idea for participating in Katie's photoshoot link-up this month was obviously to don my extravagant pink ballgown and drag my brother out to the field behind my house for a few pictures. Like all pretty pictures on the blog, these were taken by Isaac. If you're not related to a photographer, you should start convincing one of your siblings or cousins to marry one. Because having a photographer in the family is at least as useful as having a medical professional in the family.

Also, I figure it's a good thing to prove every once in a while that I actually can do my own makeup and hair. Then, I got lazy and just did my makeup. Those windswept curls are the actual result of having curly hair and being outdoors. I have no idea how to create fake windswept curls.
(In this shot, I'm holding down my hair because it was attempting to go from windswept curls to I've been living in the wilderness curls)

Obviously, I'm also claiming that this totally counts as a dress for Skirtember, though I've been wearing significantly more casual dresses every other day of the week. For example, I wore this dress on Tuesday and this dress today. Other than that they're all blending together, but I promise, it's been a different dress every day!

46 comments:

  1. Hey, I came here from Hope Engaged. I love that you did this! Its such a great idea, an excuse to wear those never worn glam outfits. It could be an excuse for my hoarding of nice but never worn things. Also, i think your hair is amazing!

    Esther x

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  2. Oh fun that you got to play a little dress up in a very pretty dress! The pictures look great!

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  3. Oh fun that you got to play a little dress up in a very pretty dress! The pictures look great!

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  4. These photos are fabulous... I wish I had a photographer sibling to take my pics. ;)
    We all should have a pink ballgown in our closet!

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  5. You DO look like a princess!!! And isn't Katie's challenge the perfect excuse to get all dressed up!!!

    The photo's are truly beautiful!!!

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  6. You look beautiful! That dress reminds me of my prom dress. That must have been a seriouly fancy wedding you wore it to. It is sad that the first thought was "that wedding must have cost more than a house"?

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  7. Pretty!! Loving the dress... pink is my favorite color!

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  8. you are so fun! I wish I had a photographer in the family! I just set up my tripod and have my neighbors think I am crazy :) I got rid of all my dresses like that - even my wedding dress - too much puffy space in my closet! ha. you are so beautiful! i love it!

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  9. love these! you look awesome in that dress :)

    I wish there were more events to wear pink gowns too...my prom dress would get so much more use.

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  10. OH MY GOODNESS! You are seriously stunning! I LOVE THAT DRESS ON YOU GIRL! wow! Please bust it out more often:) These are just so perfect! I'm so glad you had fun!! {and you do look like a princess:)}

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  11. Rachel you look drop dead gorgeous!!! Thse are my favorite photos of you so far. You look devine! Wow and double Wow!

    have a lovely Sunday
    Lenya

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  12. Can you say Keira Knightly in Atonement?!? BEAUTIFUL!!

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  13. You look beautiful! That dress is gorgeous! Lovely photos, too!

    ~Vicki
    decked out in ruffles

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  14. There is definitely a shortage of occasions for pretty pink ballgowns. We should fix this.

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  15. The contrast of the cotton candy pink ball gown with the lush green scenery is beautiful and dream-like.

    You look stunning.

    I agree...I need to befriend a photographer.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  16. I agree, there really aren't enough reasons to wear fancy dresses any more, I wish there was more! And I totally get the photographer comment, though unfortunately I'm the photographer in our family so I'm always taking photos of everyone else and am hardly ever in any photos myself.

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  17. This is such a beautiful dress. I definitely wish there were more occasions to wear such treasured pieces. What a stunning location for photos too.

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  18. one day I had a nice dslr camera and did photography - then one day I decided I didn't want to make money by photographing families anymore because it took up so much family time and I sold my camera - then one day, I regretted it. Because, DUH!!! I could've used it for personal use - I feel dumb and no longer have a nice camera nor do I have a close photographer family member. lol.

    however, you my friend look so beautiful (as always) but this is a different kind of beautiful. ohhhh like a princess beautiful. haha.

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  19. That dress is gorgeous! Loving your pics :-)

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  20. I think you found the perfect occasion to wear that dress! I think I'd wear it while drinking chocolate milk out a wine glass and watching something classy, like James Bond or Big Bang Theory ;) It's so pretty though!

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  21. These photos are just lovely! I especially like the photos with your back to us as it seems like you are off to have some romantic adventure on the horizon!
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  22. I might never have a reason to wear a princess dress again. I should probably do a photo shoot like this.... a woman needs a reason to dress up like a princess every now and then.

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  23. This dress is super pretty - I think I love the fact that it's vintage and passed down more than anything!
    xoxo,
    Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

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  24. Nice to meet you, Rachel! You look completely lovely, and these photos have their own beautiful integrity beyond your pretty self in your pretty dress. Hang on to this as long as you wish, 'cause you'll never get over the urge to dress like a princess (at least occasionally) no matter how old you get!

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  25. So pretty! I love the second photo so much!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Chantal
    www.scatteredseashells.com

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  26. beautiful vintage looking dress!!! You look lovely in it!!!

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  27. These photos are gorgeous Rachel!! Your brother is obviously a talented photographer and this is such a beautiful dress.
    Jessi
    http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com/

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  28. Beautiful! Yes, having a photographer in the family is a good thing! These are great pictures.

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  29. Gorgeous photos. Such a pretty and fun dress! Every girl needs to be a princess for a day.

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  30. Wow! Your cousin is a great photographer! And you do look like a princess. Why doesn't life require more princess outfits of us?

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  31. The princess dress is awesome and these pictures look amazing Rachel!!

    xx
    Allexis

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  32. That top picture is just stunning!

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  33. well i'd say you found many uses for a beaded dressy dress! you look gorgeous. these shots are so pretty!

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  34. Aw - beautiful pictures. I was just thinking the other day how much I'd like to wear my wedding dress and prance around our backyard and take pictures. Might just have to do that now :)

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  35. I love it! The dress reminds me of things that were in style back when I was looking for a nice gown to wear for prom, hehe. Thank you for submitting this to The Blog Scene. I will definitely be featuring it! :)

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  36. Are you rockin' the pink cotton candy dress or what?! What a cool and totally fun photo shoot! And how sad is it that there aren't more opportunities in life to wear a pink ballgown?
    Debbie :)
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  37. Such beautiful and natural pictures, just lovely in pink!

    blue hue wonderland

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  38. Those are great photos....and I do wonder why I hold onto my prom dresses. Will I ever wear them again? No.

    Thanks for linking up!

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  39. Love your pink ball gown!

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my whining/venting post. I really appreciate it.

    Ashlea

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  40. Wow.. I love the dress. I love pink :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog. Linking up via plane pretty,

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  41. What gorgeous pictures! I agree, it's sad that there's so little reason to wear shimmery pink ballgowns in everyday life. I just love pink. :)

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  42. You look beautiful! I love these photos. The lighting is gorgeous:)

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