12.23.2009

Civil War Field Trip

I'm sorry I've reached such an all time low in blogging lately. I've been busy/slightly uninspired (because I've been too busy to visit your blogs), and I really just haven't wanted to post my outfits, even when I've already taken the photos.

It's not until I read all your comments that I miss it. Especially the ones from you guys who keep coming back even though I haven't returned the favor; that means a lot. Thanks for the motivation and the little push I've needed to get though this December, I'll try to get back to normal once the holidays are behind me.

Now for some long overdue outfit photos!

LR Civil War Cemetery

LR Civil War Cemetery

I made a date with my tripod for a trip to the Little Rock National Cemetery on Sunday. After exploring around in unfamiliar territory near my house a few weeks back I discovered a civil war marker that led me to it. With some research, I learned the cemetery was once a Union encampment purchased by the government in 1866. It was used to inter any Union soldier who died in the state of Arkansas.

In 1884, a Confederate cemetery was built directly adjacent from the Union cemetery, and it wasn't until the late 30's that the two were combined into one large cemetery making sure to keep the Union and the Confederate soldiers in their designated areas. The cemetery now encompasses 31.7 acres with a total of 25,172 interments.

To be honest with you, I was a little overwhelmed when I pulled up. Let's just say, I'm not a crier, and I was tearing up. I realize not all the graves are those of soldiers, but seeing that many markers just makes you hate war that much more.

Civil War Cemetery

Vintage Trench: Saver's $7
Sweater: from my b/f's closet.
Cutoffs: Target $20
Wingtips: Ebay $15, I painted on the white.
Purse: Magpie & Birdie $3
Headband: A vintage piece of lace from an estate sale.

22 comments:

jayne said...

military cemeteries are always a little unnerving, rows and rows of graves, so uniformly white, it seems endless

Corinna said...

I went through a phase like that a few weeks ago, you'll get back to your blogging rhythm soon!

Dylana said...

I love love love your shoes! This outfit is so chic! There is so much history where you live. I would love to go visit this place someday!

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Teresa said...

Great brogues! I love the brown and the white!

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Melanie's Randomness said...

Love the shoes. Woa that is sad about the cemetery. That's one of things tho I love about P.A. There is so much history there.

I hope you have a fabulous holiday!! Merry Christmas!!

Felicia said...

Hi! I tried to post a comment here earlier this year, but I could't since I have a Swedish blog. I'm happy that you've changed that. Just want to tell you I love reading your blog and waching all the beautiful pictures!
Merry Christmas!

betz said...

Yay! glad you're back. you never fail to inspire me.

xx,
betz
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BaronessVonVintage said...

those shoes are AWESOME, doll! Happy holidays!

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

Beautiful photos, and I love your shoes. I'm from Northern Virginia and today we took a drive through the countryside, the exact same countryside where the Revolutionary War was fought. It's has an interested effect on you. I'm a new visitor here, and I love your blog. Annie.

Lara said...

I love your shoes! They are fantastic.

I am huge history lover so I really liked this post. My family and I have traveled all over the country seeing different historical landmarks and places so, I have sort of always been into it.

.mck said...

i love that trench coat!

lovely photos =)

Sher said...

The shoes are so awesome!! And I hope you'll be less busy soon!!

Enjoy the holidays, have a great Christmas with your loved ones:)

xx

fashionforwriters said...

You don't seem uninspired at all--your outfits feels quite inspired in fact. And I know what you mean about cemeteries like that making you hate war all the more, especially with all the BS happening right now with Afghanistan.

You look great lady, and thanks for the post!

xo Jenny

caramelizedvintage said...

Your outfit certainly looks inspired to me! It's actually my favorite recently. I love clothing that is menswear-inspired. Such a perfect coat with that striped sweater. I love the specks of brown in your outfit against the taupe.

And that cemetery would overwhelm me as well. It's so unreal to think that so many are laying in the ground. So much history is there.

Krimly said...

I would like to wish you Merry Christmas!!!

xoxo
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Ally Moschini said...

love your outfit...great shoes

meghan said...

I love your shoes and your photos are always terrific

The Owl's Closet said...

love ur outfit especially the trench and oxfords:) thank u for sharing the history of the cemetery w/us. I'm with ya, I had the same feeling when we visited Arlington Cemetery, especially the tomb of the unknown soldiers. thanks for sharing ur pics with us:)

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Valencia Lia said...

Starr!

Ohhhhh,you look so stunning! Don't have to worry so much about not replying to comments or blogging. Take the rest you need,we'll be all here waiting for you:)

Wowwww,the place you went has so much history. It is sad how the past times are.
Anyway,I love love this outfit paired with denim cutoffs! Unexpected but I really love it.

Adore the comfy sweater with the trench coat too<3 And those shoess,can I have them please? Kidding!

Big hugsssss

Annie, Time Enough for Drums said...

I loved this post so much I linked it on my blog in my most recent Sunday Op-Ed. Annie.

princesspolitico said...

this is just a wonderful post. its amazing how you look for inspiration and it finds you. the enormity of war is perfectly expressed in your photo. this is one of your best posts. keep up the amazing photography.

xo.
princesspolitico

::post script::
your wingtips are haute - love that you did a bit of diy to personalize them...

D. said...

I love this bag. Which actually reminds me that I recently bought a bag that reminded me of something you might wear. It seems lady-like-vintage-inspired, I say inspired because it was bought at F21 haha. It is little straw contraption with a long gold chain link strap.

Isn't it funny how you feel like you get to know the bloggers that you read? Maybe I'm just a loser like that but I find myself thinking - wow, A Thought Is The Blossom or Second Skin or This Time Tomorrow would wear this.