There's still quite a bit of autumn left, but our part of the world has entered the second half of this season - the half which has a hint of ice in the air rather than a pleasant chill in the air. The leaves are quickly dropping (and have dropped) from the trees, and I'm starting to look for snow in the forecast. While the first half of autumn is cozy and spicy, it's easy to see mid-November through December as bleak. It's beautiful, but darker, edgier and colder. While it's nice to wake up in daylight, we rush outside in the afternoon to catch some sunlight before it quickly disappears.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Here are some photos from late October. I had the opportunity to visit the Rough Ridge trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway and see this beautiful view of Grandfather Mountain and the Linn Cove Viaduct (you can see it in the distance in the first two photos). It's usually pretty brisk in late October at this elevation (4,773 at the summit) but the day of our visit was surprisingly warm - shorts and t-shirt weather. It was an amazing day for getting one last view of the bright autumn foliage.
Monday, November 10, 2014
This messy bun is my favorite hairstyle of late. Even though my hair is only neck-length, it's an easy style to achieve with a small hair donut and about a dozen bobby pins. (Some people use a sock, but I like being able to stick bobby pins directly into the donut). Another favorite is this outfit. Throughout this season I've been wearing variations of it for traveling and going out - this aubergine dress, a jacket or cardigan, ankle boots, and any variation of accessories.
These black leather ankle boots in particular were an amazing thrifted find. I almost missed them because they were coated in dried mud, but on closer look, they were just my size, like new, and - most importantly - very comfortable. They just needed some light cleaning. It was my version of hidden treasure. (Small pleasures, small pleasures)!
dress // tights: asos (old)
jacket // boots // bag: thrifted
ring: c/o greenola
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Our costumes were sourced from things we already had, as well as thrifted items. My husband wore a pair of my old prescription glasses after I carefully removed the lenses. His vest was a thrifted jacket with the arms cut off. I got a pretty sweet black turtleneck sweater out of this thrifting adventure, which I'll definitely wear again. Some of our pieces - his bow tie, vest, and my jacket and gloves -were dyed the correct color. Our local grocery store had their Rit dye on closeout a few weeks ago, so I went a little crazy.
We decided the Shepherd's Journal was an essential prop. It took a few days to make, but it wasn't too difficult. It wasn't entirely accurate either, but there comes a point when you say "This is good enough for Halloween." It was made from cardboard, duct tape, painted fabric scraps, felt and polymer clay.
We spent Halloween weekend traveling and visiting a good friend in Virginia, and a good time was had by all. Otherwise, it was pretty quiet. How about yours? Feel free to share your Halloween links in the comments. I'd love to see your costumes!
Friday, October 31, 2014
*Last two photos taken by my husband
We visited a corn maze and pumpkin patch recently. I had never experienced a corn maze, and was eager to try it. It was not a very big maze and pretty easy to get through, but it was a beautiful day and there were morning glory flowers blooming all over the corn stalks, so it was definitely worth the trip. I was glad I wore my black floppy hat to block the sun.
If you have a floppy wool hat that needs to be less floppy, you can stiffen the brim with some starch and an iron. I starched and ironed both sides of the brim of this hat, keeping the setting of my iron at a safe heat for wool. I also put a piece of fabric between the iron and the brim to protect the hat. This is not permanent, and the hat will be floppy again after awhile (compare the first photo with the last) but it's an easy way to get more variety from one hat.
Have a wonderful and safe Halloween evening! :-)
dress // tights: asos (old)
shoes: sears (old)
Friday, October 24, 2014
I have a deep love of Halloween and campy horror imagery, but I'm not too keen on horror movies - even classic ones. I'll take Frankenstein, the Mummy, and the Invisible Man in a title as long as it's proceeded by "Abbott and Costello Meet." My husband loves classic horror films, however, and we did watch Halloween (1978) this year. It was the first time I had seen it, and I actually enjoyed the suspense and premise, but I don't think it's something I'd seek out and watch on my own. Comedies with copious amounts of candy are my Halloween preference, so we had a little pumpkin-carving party with hot chocolate and watched Wreck-It Ralph (2012).
Henry Hall and his Orchestra, with vocals by Val Rosing - Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes The Bogey Man
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I've enjoyed wearing black so much since I returned to my natural hair color - it's a nice contrast. A black dress can bring out the color in accessories too - especially with muted autumnal colors like these. I've found myself wearing lots of customized colors recently. My tights were once white and my sweater was once brown. Ever since I dyed them they've gotten much more wear. Changing the color is a good solution for clothes you may have lost interest in, or accessories that just don't go with the rest of your wardrobe.
I'm not sure if I love wearing this dress more in warm weather or cold, but it's definitely going to be a year 'round favorite.
dress//tights: asos (old)
bag: c/o malia designs