Belle Meade Plantation & The Birdie

On one of my most recent adventures in the lovely city of Nashville, TN I took a tour of the Belle Meade Plantation, and luckily for a day in February, it was bright and sunny. When I first saw photos of the mansion I was so excited because to me it looked like a mini Pemberley, what’s not to love? So, as I was getting ready that morning all I heard ringing through my ears was “Are the shades of Pemberley to be thus polluted?!” Yes, I am a huge Jane Austen  nerd.

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Belle Meade Plantation is a gorgeous southern mansion which dates it’s start of construction all the way back in the 1820’s. Besides having a fascinating history, it also boasts beautiful grounds and a winery. To top it all off, you can take a guided tour of the mansion by a history buff dressed to the nines, complete with a corset and hoop skirt.  Alas, no photos allowed on the inside of the mansion, but if you’re ever in the area it is completely worth a stop, plus… Free wine samples!

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Now, on to the Birdie Dress. This dress is gorgeous and great for an early spring day. I can’t believe I used to hate floral prints, now.. I am a little obsessed! When I first saw this dress on Pinup Girl Clothing, I fell in love with the colors, but was a little worried about having an occasion to wear it. My second thought was “Do I ever need a reason to dress up? No..”. 🙂 This dress is unique from my others because of the three quarter length sleeves and wide collar, the fabric is a rich heavy cotton with a structured bodice, and side zipper.

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I paired my Birdie Dress with a pair of bright pink oxford inspired heels, and a pink cami in case the top decided to gape (it could have used a little alterations to the chest before this shoot, because I chose to size up). I kept the accessories simple because of the busyness of the dress pattern. One of my favorite features is the wide belt to help enhance a classic hourglass shape.

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Dress & Belt: Birdie Dress with Three-Quarter Sleeves in Lavender and Pink Floral PrintPinup Girl Clothing $134.00

Cami: Maurice’s (No longer available)

Shoes: Dance Instead of Walking in Pink. Modcloth (No longer available)

Thanks for reading, if you have any other questions about Belle Meade, or the Birdie dress, just comment away!

xoxo

Sally