Outfit: Once Upon A Time

When I saw this dress I was reminded of Belle's yellow dress in Beauty & the Beast and decided to do a modern take on the Belle look, complete with book clutch. But then I received this sweet Frog Prince ring from GoodAfterNine and ended up mixing my fairy tales. I always liked Belle the way I liked Rory from Gilmore Girls because they were the "book nerds" of the fairytale and television world. The truth is most of the girls who read those books on heroines getting locked up by beasts or entering into whatever swashbuckling adventure the author has in mind--are nerdy. So when we find characters who represent us a bit more accurately (carrying safety-net books in your purse on dates--I'm looking at you Rory) it's very refreshing and we get attached to them. When I was younger my favorite heroines were more of the tomboyish, sword-wielding type, but deep-down I knew I wasn't one of them; I was the sidekick recording the heroine's journey for future generations or the reluctant heroine in a totally different tale completely unsuited for the adventures I was being thrust into.

*all pictures by me*



  1. That frog ring picture is the cutest!

  2. I've always loved when you choose this building as your backdrop for an outfit post. Seriously, I wish we had such buildings where I live--I would shoot there all the time. Ah! Your dress is sooo darling. I like the neckline (It is very Belle, isn't it?) but the shorter hem is nice so as not to seem so 'princess-y'. But you can do either way really. You can dress it up, or down. I like your casual pairing with the boots and jacket in these photos. As always, you are forever my style crush ;)

  3. This is such a cute outfit! I always related to Belle as a kid, and I still do to this day! That Frog Prince ring is adorable as well.

  4. Belle and Rory are some of my favourites too! I love how you made your modern Belle look quite edgy with the jacket, but still feminine overall.

    Sweet Spontaneity

  5. These pictures are all so heavenly! I love how you paired that beautiful dress with more edgy, dark accessories.

  6. Oh! Another girl here totally identified by the book nerd girl type, and you mentioned my most beloved heroines! <3 I like your edgy modern touch, I'm sure Belle would approve. I wonder which look will have the new Beauty and the Beast movie with Emma Watson :) You awe me in every post, Ireland must be very inspirational! ;)

    Damaris | The cat, you and us

  7. I've been following your blog for about a year, but this will be the first time I manage myself to comment. Even though your outfit is perfect, it was the text about not being that kind of heroine that touched me. That's so me, too..


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