It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas At The Argory


I have a thing for manor houses; we spend many a weekend wandering the grounds of old estates and snapping pictures outside the stately buildings, but rarely do we venture inside. I've been working on and off on a list of "Manor Houses to visit in Northern Ireland," ones we regularly haunt that others might also like to visit, but somehow I've never finished the post. Perhaps I will complete that post one day, but for now if you're only visiting one manor house I'd recommend going to the Argory and if at all possible, go this weekend for their Christmas Fair. We've seen the Argory in early spring when their paths are lined with snowdrops and the height of summer when elder flowers are growing as high as your waist, but only recently have we tripped inside the manor house itself--and I can't think of a better season to view it in. The rooms are filled with Christmas cheer; towering trees topped with candle lights and ringed with presents, vintage Christmas cards cluttering the marble tabletops, and antique toys laid out on the ground--the whole house looks like a scene from a vintage Christmas film. You half expect Bing Crosby or Bette Davis to waltz down the hallway. I tried to do the scene justice in my newest Unique Vintage dress; feeling like the star in my own version of Christmas in Connecticut. Although I might be a slightly more adept cook than Barbra Stanwyck was in that film, I'm equally out-of-place in this grand old house. Our own humble home has also been decorated with tree and lights and although a bit less glamorous, the glow off the tree definitely brings some cheer into the greyest December day. Drop by the Argory this weekend for a chance to see how a family would celebrate Christmas in the 1800s between exploring the courtyard which will be packed with food and craft stalls and a traditional working carousel. I'm hoping to nip down on Sunday and see the festivities for myself.  
*Unique Vintage dress (similar and similar), vintage necklace, old gloves (similar)* 

This Unique Vintage number might be my new "Christmas" dress. I have a favorite dark floral dress I wear every Thanksgiving that I now think of as my "Thanksgiving" dress for the foreseeable future. It just fits that occasion so well and makes me feel lovely. I also like that I accidentally started a personal little tradition with that dress and each year I bring it out and re-live some of the memories that were made the last time I wore it. This dress with its super fitted but flattering cut in red plaid with just a hint of green feels like it could be my new Christmas equivalent. A dress I bring out every year around this season and make some new Christmas memories in it. It reminds me of the vintage dresses you find in thrift shops and antique stores that were the original owners wedding dresses, but weren't made in white, but were slightly more practical and got worn and re-worn through the course of their life on special occasions. Instead of holding one special memory, they held many. Of course, the fitted design does make it less than ideal for family feasts, but other gatherings or evenings wrapping presents are made infinitely more glamorous by throwing "this old thing" on.

Unique Vintage dress (similar and similar), vintage necklace, old gloves (similar)
*pictures by Thomas*

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15 comments:

  1. These pictures are beautiful! Just like a foreign fairytale! You never fail to impress!

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  2. Absolutely perfect!:)
    My eyes were smiling and my Christmas spirit woke up! :D
    Thank you!

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  3. These photos are so gorgeous!! You look stunning!

    Linda
    Typically Linda || Instagram

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  4. What a beautiful house! Your outfit is perfect for the occasion
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  5. Beautiful photos! I'd love to visit a manor home some day. :)

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  6. Just gorgeous! So Christmasy 🎄

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  7. Your photos are always the best :)
    I love your outfit, as always.

    http://charming-rita.blogspot.pt/

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  8. The photos are beautiful! And your dress is super pretty!

    Marta - www.aroundcolours.blogspot.com

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  9. I really love your pictures! Not just the outfit, but also the little details like the Mozart sheet music on the piano, the oldfashioned train box... Just love it!

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  10. Rebecca, you never disappoint with your posts! Not only are you my spirit animal when it comes to fashion, your photographs are always interesting and beautiful and I would enjoy them even if I wasn't so interested in your outfits. And if that isn't enough, you are insightful and articulate and I always enjoy reading what you have to say. I look forward to each new post! Keep it up! Thank you and Merry Christmas! :-)

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  11. You always look so beautiful in plaid. The lighting in these photos makes them look like scenes from a vintage catalogue -- so elegant.

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  12. These images are perfect - I love the vintage festive vibe.

    http://ohduckydarling.com

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  13. This post is so beautiful. I feel so festive after seeing this! I love old houses too and wondering who lived there before and what they were like.
    Emma Xx
    www.emmaslookingglass.com

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