Monday, 8 October 2012

What to wear for a christening

My cousin's daughter was christened today - and although it was a cold day I decided on wearing another dress from CC - formerly known as Country Casuals.


Sale item from February







































Ideally I should have worn nice heeled shoes, but our old churches are so cold! The cardigan is gold lurex - which doesn't show very well in the photos.


Windy day!






































The Danish village churches are the oldest buildings in the country. The one where the christening took place was built around 1150-1200, that's 800 years ago!

I love the windows in these thick walls, the light is always incredible! Only problem is that the walls are made of stone - keeping the temperature very low, at all times!


Huge window and thick wall












 













In many of the churches you can still see the typical paintings in the ceiling, dating back to the Middle Ages, around 1400 (we were always a bit behind up here in the North!). These decorations were meant to have an educational effect on the common people who were illiterate.


Medieval paintings


























These paintings were uncovered during the 1970's, and had further restoration work done after a fire only five years ago. Other parts were uncovered in the late 1800's, where it was customary to repaint them. The "damages" from that has been removed too.


Old building new lighting and organ


























To get a feeling of the size you can see a person in the lower left corner of the photo. The baptismal font is made of granite and typical for the 1200's.



Originally for full immersion


























Once the ceremony was over we had a couple of minutes for another quick photo - freezing in the strong wind!



Almost as tall as her Mom!


























With lots of people around us we couldn't get a good photo of the church, so I borrowed one...



The church on a sunny winter day
















Now is Sunday night but tomorrow we have Monday - and Visible Monday at the Not Dead Yet Style blog, where Patti is inviting everyone to join the party, and I'm joining!


See you there - Happy Monday!

42 comments:

  1. I love those boots with the dress! A little toughness with the flowers looks sweet. :-)

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    1. Thank you so much Devorah Rachel! I'm always worried that I'll look too sweet!

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  2. What a magnificent building! Here in the US our oldest historical buildings are from the 1700's and I treasure those. You look perfection for the services in your new dress and boots - thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

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    1. Thank you very much Patti! It's so easy to take these old buildings for granted when you see them every day.

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  3. I love posts like this where we get to visit another city...especially historical places!

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    1. Thank you so much Pam! It's a very cheap way of visiting places, and great for the environment too! I'll try to come up with a few more soon.

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  4. First of all, I love your outfit! What a wonderful mix. Thank you for showing photos of the church. How fascinating! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you very much Marci! I do have a weakness for anything historic!

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  5. How lovely that dress is on you - I adore the gentle colours and floral print. Your windblown hair is gorgeous, and what a great photo of you with your tall young lady!

    As others have said, thank you for posting the photos of this amazing building with its incredible ceilings and weight of centuries.

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    1. Thank you so much Amber! The colours really are very different to what I tend to wear.

      The young lady is actually wearing a bit of a heel, for the first time ever!

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  6. Great post !

    Really love this look !


    Love,

    Janice
    the-fashion-milkshake.blogspot.com

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  7. Another gorgeous and flattering CC dress, this is your brand!
    I love seeing you with your daughter too, she's beautiful.
    What a fabulous church, thank you for pointing out the person on one photo to get an idea of the scale. Man, those walls are thick! And arched windows are the best shape ever! xxxx

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    1. Thank you so much Curtise! I just discovered the CC web shop. All the dresses so far have been bought from House of Fraser. Now I have access to dresses from older collections too!

      I've always hoped to be able to buy one of those old churches and turn it into a home. I've heard of people doing that, and heard of the price too!

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  8. Dresses like this one are just perfect on you. It looks like it was custom tailored for you.
    What a wonderful church. Seeing photos like this is so wonderful. I would never get to see such lovely places without the generosity of bloggers like you.
    What a beautiful daughter you have (takes after her Mother!)

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    1. Thank you very much Debbi! I am planning on getting a few more of these dresses, preferably on sale!

      I'm very happy to share photos of my country with you, and I'll try to include more in future posts.

      My daughter has my mouth, and that's about it. Everything else, from top to bottom, is from her dad, except the colours. She has the exact same colours as my younger brother - pale green eyes, beige hair and very light skin with freckles.

      I've actually been mistaken for being her step mother a couple of times (she doesn't have a step mother - only me!).

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  9. i love the pattern and the cut of your dress and of course how you paired it with your fabulous boots! you look fantastic! mostly i prefer wearing boots with dresses.
    the painting on the ceiling of the church is very impressive. i'm captured by the idea how old it is and what people thaught and felt when they are looked up to it. thank you for sharing this beautiful pictures.
    it's nice to see you with your daughter, she's a sweetie!

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    1. Thank you so much Sabine! I really dread the day these boots are worn out - I don't know where to find a replacement! These boots are from Birkenstock's Footprints range, and not produced any more.

      I think the church paintings were meant to warn people not to have sinful thoughts!

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  10. Thank you for sharing with us this beautiful pictures of the old church. The paintings are wonderful and so original. Your outfit is great . I like the colour of your dress and the way you styled it.

    Nora

    http://notenora.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Nora! I always think of these old paintings as an early version of present day cartoons!

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  11. Oh what a beautiful church, the paintings on the ceiling are pure bliss. :) Love your outfit, the pairing of colours looks really elegant. :) oh and I have great news for you, my mum is keen on selling those turqouise Pataugas to you. :) Im going to visit her on Saturday and will bring the shoes home with me to arrange for postage and such. :) If you are still interested that is? ;)

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    1. Thank you very much Monica! My heart is beating much faster now - turquoise Pataugas!!! My feet are quite wide so I've measured the widest part, which is 25 cm in circumference, that is around the foot, 2 cm before the start of my big toe. I hope this makes sense! The size should be a European 40, or UK 7,5 or 8 (around 26 cm long). I can't wait to hear from you!!! Give my best regards to your mother!

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    2. Oh noes, the shoes are an European 39..and they are toesquishing as well. However I did go down a size but I have a really narrow feet. My mum went for her usual size, 39. Im so sorry...:(

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    3. Wee I found a size 40 here, they are 50 % off! :)

      http://www.folkmalmo.se/se/art/pataugas-colorful-pumps.php?grp=469407

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    4. Thank you so much Monica, for all the help! I'm dying to have these shoes - but I realize that maybe this brand isn't for me.

      My feet take really wide shoes. I was hoping to buy a used pair, since they're always softer after being used. In my next post I'll try to include a photo of my feet. They're so difficult!

      For a shoe lover it's a very big challenge. For years, before I found my favorite brand, Irregular Choice, I had trouble just finding any shoe - whatever the look and price!

      Today I still have lots of trouble finding things like trainers, heavy warm boots, knee high boots. It's been many years since I had a pair of wellies.

      Now this shop that you found is located in Malmö, which isn't far from Copenhagen, and I see that they have lots of cute shoes. So, as soon as I have the time I'll go to Malmö and visit the physical shop (it's only about 30 minutes by train from Copenhagen) and try on everything!

      This way your help has not been in vain, so again, thank you so much!

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    5. Your most welcome Tine, Im really happy to help out a fellow fashionista. :) Ooo such luck that you dont live far away from shop in Malmö, only 30 mins by train, eeeeep I would travel there all the time. :P There a lots of cute everythings in that shop. :) Perhaps you get the chance to try the shoes. :) But isnt Irregular choice shoes quite narrow as well ? My poetic license ones are really narrow and they are from the same branch I believe? sorry Im just curious. ;)

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    6. You're right Monica - Poetic Licence are narrow. The shoes I buy though, are "only" Irregular Choice which are quite roomy, although I do take one size larger than other brands, 41!

      When I visit Malmö I'll certainly try any Pataugas that might be in the shop!

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  12. Beautiful church and beautiful mum and daughter picture! I think it was a good choice to wear the boats instead of shoes, both to keep warm as you said, but I also think boats makes the outfit more edgy and make us look younger. Have a great day my friend!

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    1. Thank you so much Anna! They make me look younger!!! I'll be sleeping in those boots, and wake up 25 years old tomorrow! A great day to you too Dear!

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  13. Thank you for sharing these lovely pics of the church- what beauty. I think you and your daughter make for a lovely photo too!

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  14. I love this post soooo much!!!! I've never been to Denmark and your pictures are delightful. I love seeing where you are and learning a little about the history. I am fascinated by architecture and art, in addition to style, so this was just perfect for me. You look beautiful on this joyous occasion!

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    1. Thank you very much Jean! Back in the Middle Ages these church painters weren't even considered artists, just plain craftsmen.

      Nowadays experts have identified a number of painters and can determine who painted what church, because they each have their own style.

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  15. My favorite part is your layered necklaces - that is way cool adding the bit of orange to the mix. And of course the boots with your dress.
    But the church, now that is magnificent. The sense of scale and weight, dimension and proportion - the frescos. Thanks so much for sharing it with us. And happy christening too.

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    1. Thank you so much Pao! I know there's no comparison to the Italian frescos, but I still find them quite entertaining and very decorative. It's also fun to be able to determine the whereabouts of the painters by identifying the actual painter from his distinctive style!

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  16. Thank you for taking me to this wonderful tour, my dear friend.
    You have such a lovely daughter.
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  17. You're very welcome Sacramento! I'll try to incorporate more local stuff in future posts.

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  18. Hmm, I thought I had commented on this but I'll do it again...or maybe for the first time. ;) I just adore a feminine dress with edgy lace up boots. I've worn this same look a few times, one to church on Easter! I didn't have any dress shoes so I figured I wear my black combat boots. It felt kind of out of place for church but somehow high heels just don't feel right on me.

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    1. Thank you so much Joni! I can assure you I was the only one wearing lace up boots in that church! Anyway, no matter what I wear I always feel out of place in church, so no surprise there!

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  19. Hi Gorgeous Lady

    You did right to wear the laced boots with the dress more edgy, less girly, that is the way i like to wear my dresses- That is a nice church - nothing like that around here but we do have a lot of churches in Montreal - the city is called the city of the 1000 bell towers -

    take care lovely

    Ariane xxxx

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  20. Thank you very much Ariane! Some day I'd really like to visit Canada! When I was young I wanted experience your amazing wilderness - now, a few years later, I'm much more interested in the cities, Montreal, Quebec and Vancouver.

    I can't imagine what 1000 bells sound like, beautiful or noisy?

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