Outfit: The Princess of Drum Castle

I don't want to be a princess.
When someone calls me a princess, even when I know it's meant as a compliment, it makes me cringe a little inside. Still I am a sucker for the big, poufy princess dress which makes the comparison inevitable. As we were taking these pictures a family with young girls walked by and when the girls asked who I was their mother replied, "why that's the princess of the castle. Every castle has a princess." In this situation the comparison made me smile and I just had to embrace the title as gracefully as royalty must. Of course, just as I'm not a princess, Drum Manor is not a castle but rather the ruined remains of old manor house, but in the right light things can be transformed into something more magical than they usually are. And at the end of the day isn't that the theme of nearly every fairytale? A chambermaid hidden in shadows and ashes is more noble than the ladies she serves dressed in silk and light. A beast lurking in a ruined castle isn't merely a monster, but a tortured prince. And the old woman you meet hobbling down the street is actually a powerful magician in disguise and your fate will be decided by how you chose to treat her. Fairytales always play with our perspectives and make us see things not as what they seem, but what they are underneath. 
And while I might not live in a fairytale (although sometimes, it honestly does feel like I do), there's no reason a humble woman can't occasionally slip into that princess dress and be the mysterious belle of the ball for a single evening. If there's anything else fairytales have taught us then it is to take action; Cinderella didn't meet the prince sitting in ashes by her fireplace, she put on a fancy dress and went to the party. Sometimes we don't get invited to the party, or we're too shy and skip the party and that's a real shame because really we need to put on that dress (if it's a dress we want, maybe it's motorcycle boots and a leather jacket that you want) and throw the darn ball ourselves. If you can't find an excuse to dress up the way you want, make one up. So this is very much my "why not" dress. A dress I wish I had worn to my prom (if I had been a bit more courageous), but I get to wear now because "why not now?" My favorite detail is the shape of the back; such a perfect frame for your shoulders or hair style...

arrow earrings, Littles & Co bow, dress c/o Fame & Partners, old flats
*pictures by Thomas*



  1. Pretty as a princess. This outfit has really brightened up my day.


  2. I love all your outfits, but this is probably my favourite yet! So dreamy! Thanks for brightening my day! xx


  3. An adorable fairy, in a truly suggestive .. I love the decadent charm of the castles ... and your dress is really nice like a dream!



  4. " as gracefully as royalty must." haha... All very magical and that shadow pic is pretty neat..

  5. It's such a gorgeous dress, with a beautiful model wearing it! :) <3

  6. It's such a gorgeous dress, with a beautiful model wearing it! :) <3

  7. It's such a gorgeous dress, with a beautiful model wearing it! :) <3

  8. Your dress is so pretty, I am obsessed with these photos

  9. You look like Daenerys Stormborn in this dress and setting! :) <3

  10. This dress is PERFECTION! I love having excuses to dress up, but often times I am the one to skip out on the parties (thats just me). However, I love that you call this your "why not" dress because it is true that we all need a dress to throw our own ball!

  11. That dress is so beautiful! The setting is absolutely perfect too, such a perfect fairy tale setting :)

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

  12. So gorgeous! You look so stunning!


  13. What an absolutely gorgeous dress! I love that you described it as a "just because" dress. I think it's fun to dress up for the hell of it!

  14. This dress is a piece of artwork - and what that mom said to her children confirms it :D

    Love, Jeannee


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