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My father was a conductor and drove trains up and down the California coast. One of my fondest childhood memories was traveling with him on adventures around the Bay Area. If I were lucky, he would let me sound the horn. These early experiences sparked my interest in railroad history and train construction. Did you know that Colonel John Stevens is considered the father of American railways? The first North American railroad charter was granted to John Stevens in 1815. Although other companies quickly followed suit, Stevens demonstrated the feasibility of the steam locomotion nearly three years before other railroad enthusiasts.
My stripped vest reminded me of either a train conductor (or referee). Since the vest is a patterned piece, I chose a simple cotton dress and black accessories to complete the look. The handbag- one of my personal favorites- was found in Idaho Falls, Idaho during a summer road trip. And the deer brooch? I think she is pretty amazing.

Dress: Thrifted
Vest: Thrifted
Brooch: Thrifted
Booties: Thrifted
Hat: 1980s Vintage, Thrifted
Tights: American Apparel
Listening to: Textbook Love/ Fleet Foxes


Mirror of Fashion :

Cutest look ever! Love every little detail.

C :

this is such a great look! everything looks good together. and that's so awesome your father was a conductor!

LikeSpinningPlates :

I love everything here! You look perfect for the whole conductor theme. That striped vest is great and such an awesome brooch! =)

Sophie :

Adore your bag, its gorgeous!

Jazzy E (hivenn) :

Beautiful location & bag. x hivenn

chicqua :

So ur vest adore da bag:-)
much love

Steffys Pros and Cons :

i love that striped dress and the shoes are insanely cool! thats such a neat job to have grown up around
<3 steffy
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hattitude :

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oh i always love getting my morning dose of hummingbird girls! haha

those booties are thrifted! amazing!
and that bag. va va voom. i need to get me one for the summer!

talk soon wild child
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Jenni Wells :

I've never actually been on a train although I'd love to.

This look is great. The accessories are amazing- especially that brooch!!

chantilly :

awww, that looks so relaxing! i wanna lay in a bed of flowers like that. also, i've so been wanting a hat like that...

Mrs Vintage :

yr hat is cute!! Love


your dad had my dream job as a child! and i'm really liking the striped vest and general train theme going on here. though, i worry about you hanging out in such tall grass - no more poison oak for you!

gee :

OH, be still my heart!
your is so beautiful.
you probably have worn it before but i am just in love with it in this outfit post.
amazing as always..the hummingbird girls never disappoint.
have a wonderful thursday lovely lady! <3

ps. let me just say, the email/post you two sent me is
P E R F E C T !!! love love love love IT!

Maria Ramona :

what a cool job your dad had. you were a lucky little girl indeed. and I absolutely adore this pictorial-- so perfect!

Fashion Forestry :

Oh look at the little flowers! Cute as usual! You backdrops get even better each post!

Annebeth :

I loooove trains and classic railroad history too, I love that your dad was a conductor! awesome job :)

Lydia :

Dying over that bag. Love.

Rebeccak :

How do you manage to find a location with both a train car and gorgeous fields of wild flowers - just gorgeous!
I love your pin paired with the stripey vest :)

Katie :

loving that bag! what a cool great grandfather worked for some train line in the bay area, although i never met him and got to do the whistle!

Louise :

I agree with the rest of these ladies-- you look amazing and I would wear this from head to toe! Just perfect.

Libby, Vintage Aplomb :

Your dad was a train conductor?! That is the coolest job ever!!! I love this outfit...especially that purse! Very cool! :)

Gracey :

I love this. Especially the vest. I have a similar striped short sleeve jacket that I have NOT been able to style yet, but this look is giving me hope!

JennaStevie :

That's really cool that your dad used to be a conductor, what a neat job! I love the vest, definitely perfect with the simple white dress.

blakejacobsen :

Isn't it incredible how something as simple as a pattern can trigger endless memories of what always seems bittersweet? I love this post, and I love that vest!

herecomesthesun :

I have pretty much exactly the same hat except mines not vintage and I seriously wear it every single day. It goes with basically everything!

Irina Lori :

So lovely look! You bag is amazing, it suits so well to many summer outfits :)

I'm following your blog now. Wanna follow me, too?

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) :

Your dad had an amazing job in a swell location for it, you're lucky to have shared that experience with him. I love the romance of old trains, I'm interested in railroad history too as my dad was into toy trains as a hobby, built a little set/town in our garage and attended train club meetings (which I used to tag along to).

Also your deer pin is stunning, I like how big it is!


Love it all, you are seriously SO adorable & fabulously stylish. Love the bag, lace-ups, and the hat is so chic. Hope you are having a lovely, lovely Friday. xx veronika

Victoria / Justice Pirate :

I love all your outfits always.

Michal :

I love trains. On the train to Slovakia this morning I was wishing that the US still had the train system it used to have. The trains on the East Coast are pretty expensive and limited, so so many people miss out on the fun of train rides! That is so cool that your father was a conductor. I bet you had loads of fun on trips with him. (:

Anyways, this whole outfit is wonderful (as always!) I loooove that vest. I've been in love with vertical stripes lately, & that brooch is fantastic!

islabell :

yes! You look amazing. i love this simple outfit. The black and white (and hat) are awesome.

The setting of these pics and the wee story of your dad was lovely.

p.s. just chilled for my birthday. Ethan and I got champagne and thai food. delish.


Julie Iliana :

I love how you've told a story about your (awesome) vest! you're a lucky gal to be able to have had adventures with your father... in a train! and I agree, the deer brooch is amazing and pulls everything together very nicely!


GretchTM :

Beautiful dress! I'm loving the scenery!

Lucy, Dear Fish :

Aw you look so cute, I love the different patterns you combined here. It always amazes me that you guys manage to find so much countryside to take your photos in...where are these magical places in San Francisco?
Please please make the lemon cupcakes, they are so scrumptious!

Bre :

Thank you for the history lesson that was awesome. You deer pin is pretty fabulous I must say.
Wishing you a great weekend, cheers,

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic :

kind of in love with that bag, and the way you accessorize!

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic :

kind of in love with that bag, and the way you accessorize!

Bethany Kellen of bunnypicnic :

kind of in love with that bag, and the way you accessorize!

amanda :

oh yes. i love this look. that bag is awesome!!!!!

Julia Topaz :

fantastic bag.