Monday, September 20, 2010

The Traveling Mullanys

The Traveling Mullanys

Sometimes life doesn't work out quite how you expect.

A few weeks back I had tried on and fallen in love with the Mullany Dress. I must've spent a good hour in the dressing room with it the night I tried it on, admiring every detail and agonizing over how to let it go now that I loved it. I had even purchased it at one point, but I was overcome with guilt (and...er...common sense?) and I returned it not long after, expecting to wait months for it to hopefully make it to sale and even then hope that it got to a second markdown. $258 was just too much of a spicy meatball to swallow.

And then, very suddenly, the dress was mine.

Well, to be more precise, the dress was ours. Carol's wonderful cousin in France (who reads our blog - hi, Victoria!) had ordered them for us from Anthropologie's European site and sent them to us!

Of course, now that we had the dresses in our possession, it begged the question - what were we going to do with them? We love them and they're extremely cute...but they're a little too nice for work, yet not quite dressy enough for a black-tie affair.

The answer?

Whatever we want to do.

After all, these dresses had traveled from the States (they're made in the good ol' U.S. of A.) to England (where Anthro's European distribution center is), then were despatched over to France (where Carol's cousin lives) before making their way back to the States again. They're pretty well-traveled, for dresses that have never been worn!

So now that they've come "home" to Southern California after their little European tour, we felt it was positively necessary to take them to Disneyland for the craziest side-by-side review/comparison ever.

Yes, we are silly girls. In the very best way, of course. ^_-

I guess we already reviewed the Mullany several weeks ago...but, to recap:

  1. Carol's wearing a US size 2 (UK 6, FR 34) and I'm wearing a US size 4 (UK 8, FR 36)
  2. We both liked it
  3. We both felt pretty in it
  4. Our husbands liked it
  5. It's comfy
  6. It's very well-made
  7. The polka-dot print is wonderfully whimsical and photographs quite well!

And so we were off to Disneyland with our good friend Sean (the same friend who helped me re-create the scene of Zooey on the bike from "(500) Days of Summer") for a day of wacky fun. We hope you enjoy the result!


Polka dot triplets on Main Street


Where's Mullany?


D(oppelgang)land.


"When you wish upon a star..."


Imagine if we were wearing the Sugar & Cream Dress on the Tea Cups?


Side-saddle on the carousel


Metaphor for life? (as it can often be a roller-coaster...)



Mirror images...sort of.


A neat little candid shot Sean caught while he was testing the lighting.


Channeling a little Audrey Hepburn




Mullany slides
(Sean's Flickr gallery containing more images from the photoshoot)


Sean took so many neat shots that day that he compiled them into a slideshow for us, set to a little Imogen Heap. Hope you like them, and that you enjoyed this little feature!



Credits: Photography, Header Design, Video Slideshow by Sean Estipona

61 comments:

  1. Awww look how cute you guys look in polka dots! Even cuter than mini mouse!

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  2. Tres bien girls! What a fantastic post, love love love all the pictures. Did you get any funny looks at all?! I've been to FL Disney twice and apart from Minnie Mouse, never spotted anyone so well dressed. I wish I had a generous French cousin or friend or enabler even as I'd love the Mullany for a black and white 30th birthday party we are attending at the end of October : )

    Probs one of my favourite blog posts ever, might have to scroll back up for another look at those fun pics!

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  3. How cute are the two of you! I started cracking up when I saw you on the roller coaster in your dresses! I would have been scared to death to wear that dress on all of those rides (I wipe my seat off when I go out to eat at restaurants every time because I'm afraid I might get a stain on my clothes), but I'm glad you two weren't because these are some great pics!

    Now I must have this dress when it goes on sale!

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  4. omg, can you girls get any cuter?? these photos are awesome! you've just proved to everyone that the mullany dress can be worn anywhere! Although like Sara, I'd be scared to wear that dress on rides - those seats are filthy with kiddie germs all over them..hehe.
    i love the shots of you in and out of the shops, the minnie mouse pic, the roller coaster one - wow! what a great shot! I love it all!!
    oops sorry, before i forget, Kathryn, you make a great Asian Audrey Hepburn!
    Cheers
    Jen
    vintageglammz.blogspot.com

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  5. haha this post makes me smile. The dress looks so adorable on both of you!

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  6. omg this is an amazing post! I love everything about it. The Traveling Mullany Graphic at that the top, the fact that you both got the dress from France, the fact that you both wore them to disneyland for an awesome photo shoot.... amazing.

    Looks like you had a blast. Thanks for sharing :)

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  7. Too Cute!!
    You both look terrific in this dress. I think you will get enough wears out of it for total justification of it being in your closets.

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  8. You have seriously taken fashion blogging to a whole new level - so fabulous and each picture tells a story. So pretty!

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  9. You guys are so cute! my sister and i are both fans, we're going to have to do this someday!

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  10. I haven't commented in a while (but of course, I still read your posts!) You two look gorgeous in that dress! I love every single one of the pictures Carol: Been meaning to tell you, I love you haircut
    Kathryn: You are a beautiful Audrey Hepburn, asian style

    Could you two be any cuter? The video is amazing!

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  11. You both look so adorable! And what a fun idea. Thanks for putting a big smile on my face first thing on a Monday morning--not an easy thing to do.

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  12. Best post ever!!! LOL You must have had so much fun. My favorites are the one with you two and Minnie (polka dots galore) and the one with you two in the front of Thunder Mountain. Maybe Anthro should do its next catalog at Disneyland. ;)

    Thanks for brightening my morning!

    -Caroline

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  13. This has to be the cutest post I've ever seen! You both look adorable and hats off to Sean; what fantastic pictures he's taken!

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  14. OMG. You two are absolutely adorable. Love the dresses on the both of you and it looks like you guys had a wonderful time! :)

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  15. You both look too adorable for words in these polka dot dresses. I actually dislike polka dots, but these pictures made me want the Mullany dress. :)

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  16. WOW, I'm speechless. This is my favorite blog post ever, truly creative and the depth of thought paired with crazy, quirky sweetness. I smiled and cried a little~really.

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  17. Seriously - I might have to quit reading blogs now - none will top this. You guys are so freaking cool! I LOVE what you did here - the coming/going on the train tracks, the shot of you both walking away, skirts swinging....so fantastic!! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

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  18. Aww how cute are the both of you! When I started to read your blog, I never would have thought the picture treat waiting for me! I loved the slideshow...and Sean is so talented! The graphic on the top of the page was just so darling. I'm so glad you guys bought the dresses. And you're right, you can do anything with it!

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  19. That is the best post ever! Love the Minnie pic, roller coaster pic, and the coming/going pic. What a fantastic idea. You guys look fabulous! I love that you made the occasion to wear the dresses, rather than waiting for the occasion to find you. Enjoy!!

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  20. By the way, here's what Rowan and I were doing at the time: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lawmune/5008207591/

    -Lawrence (Carol's "DH")

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  21. This was a fabulous monday morning bit of cheer!! wow. would your cousin send me an anthro dress??? You both look gorgeous in that dress!!Last nite I saw a dvd of very old movies from when I was a little girl and Disneyland was very very young... everyone wore dresses..my dress would fit in now... love the feminine dresses anthro carries

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  22. OMG. So adorable!!! I love the whole photo shoot! :-) and the dress looks divine on both of you! :-)

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  23. You girls are amazing!! You should win some sort of blog prize for the most awesome blog photo shoot ever :-) You both looked wonderful!

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  24. You guys need to win an award for this post, seriously!! Post and outfits amazing from top to toe (that header!). Thank you to Victoria for making it possible--how generous! We all benefit :) saskia

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  25. I love this! You both look amazing. This. was. awesome.

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  26. This is so awesome! You both look gorgeous in that dress!

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  27. Hands down my favorite blog post EVER - you two are impossibly CUTE in this photoshoot - it's like a Doublemint commecial, but even more adorable because of your not-quite identical heights (heehee!) I LOVE every shot, and think my face hurts from smiling. The dress is amazing on both of you, and your friendhip and creating joy around you - absolutely beautiful, too! SQUEAL!!!

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  28. These pictures are SO cute and you both look like you're having a blast! I especially love the one with Minnie. :-)

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  29. What a fab post!!! You both look adorable in the Mullany and what better way to show it off than at Disneyland!

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  30. This absolutely rocks!! Where is *my* French Mullany? Lol. This had me in stitches. Brilliant post guys. Love the photos, love the video, love that little travelling Mullany map. Love you guys! Vxxx

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  31. You guys are too cute! Our little Anthro community definitely appreciates this one ladies! Beautiful pictures and tons of fun! I like the picture of you guys on the roller coaster the best :)

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  32. Adorable! You two are just so freaking cute! And what a generous and thoughtful gesture.

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  33. This is the cutest post, I love it!! You two are adorable in your dresses. Tres tres bien!!

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  34. Excellent fun times! Those are some well travelled and lovely dresses!
    Doppelganglanders abound!(a fav Buffy episode of mine too..)

    So wonderful to have a French cousin benefactor!!

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  35. This is so cute! These are fab photos and you both look fantastic in your dresses (I'm really very jealous)!

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  36. I think this is the cutest blog post I've ever seen! I love it!!

    I'd removed this dress from my wishlist but now I my have to add back to the list again!

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  37. Love this post! You both look adorable & totally brightened my day.

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  38. This totally made my day! So lovely and fun. I love your blog!

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  39. You two are adorable together! And what a fabulous photographer Sean is. This might just be my favorite post of yours yet. :)

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  40. Those are the most adorable pictures I've seen on any blog! The two of you looked like you had so much fun. I give you credit for kicking up your heels and having a good time in such a beautiful dress! I sure wish I had a cousin like Carol's.

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  41. This post is made of so much amazing, I can't even handle it. Thanks for putting a smile on my face :)

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  42. I really enjoyed this entry and the photos of course, you two are so awesome!

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  43. This is simultaneously hilarious and cute!

    How generous of Carol's cousin to gift you both with these frocks!

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  44. I'm coming out of lurkerdom to thank you for this awesome post. You two (+ Victoria + Sean) make fashion so much fun!

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  45. Th dress and the two of you are so cute! I'm guessing no rides!

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  46. y'all are just so adorable! I love all the pics!

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  47. How awesome to be gifted with something sooooo pretty (and expensive). Your pictures are so fun, pretty and of course, the dresses, sigh...

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  48. a) you guys are silly!
    b) you make me miss the dizzyland...seems like i'm always counting how long it's been since my last visit, and sadly i'm up to 2.5 yrs now! for shame!

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  49. You guys are so freaking cute you make me want to die! And be you! I love, love that you went to Disneyland with your new dresses. The most adorable post ever.

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  50. You both look SO beautiful in your dresses! I love all the pics and this post is absolutely adorable! :)

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  51. This is cutest post, ever! Well done, ladies :) and you both look amazing in the dress :) I need need need that dress in my life!

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  52. Best post EVA!!!!

    I <3 Sean! He needs to teach my bf how to use his camera!

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  53. Wow, totally amazing! You guys look adorable. And how sweet and thoughtful was Victoria to make this all happen? I have to say, I'm kind of totally in love with the Travelling Mullany header up top -- she has a passport?? Brilliant!!

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  54. I just love you two. How perfect are these pictures? You're both stunning in Ms. Mullany. Thank you for such a treat. Your posts always make me smile.

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  55. Hi girls, my name is annamarie, I too live in orange county ca. and am also obsessed with anthropologie and I've had a disneyland annual pass since 2004! its nice to know other people out there have the same interests as myself, keep up the anthro reviews, by the way you two looked adorable in those dresses, I am waiting for it to go on sale :]

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  56. What an incredibly adorable and fabulous post! You girls are sooo cute and I bet every little girl wished they were you two at Disney! Pals with the Train Conductor AND Minnie Mouse :D
    Now I want a Mullany dress too. heehehee.
    I just figured out you guys are from the O.C. in this post. Hope to spot or be spotted by you someday! :)

    xx Vivian @ http://diamondsandtulle.blogspot.com

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  57. This is such an adorable post!! What a sweet gift from her cousin! I love that you guys wore the dresses to D-Land! So glad I found ur blog today:)

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  58. I don't know how I missed this post the first time but I LOVE IT! and I just voted for it on kim's blog! Ya'll are too cute!!

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  59. I just saw this. Soooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!

    Loveth! :-)

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