Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Still Life Tea and Coffee

1. Pascal's Pensees, Henri Matisse, 1924
2. Still Life With A Coffee Pot, Camille Pissarro, 1900
3. Still Life With Red Tea Kettle, Man Ray, 1913
4. The Tea Set, Claude Monet, 1872
5. Fruit And Coffee-Pot, Henri Matisse, 1898

I like to photograph cups of tea. There's something calming and pleasant about a picture of a quiet personal ritual. I find these these paintings with tea or coffee to be very inviting. With no human subjects, these cups and trays seem to be set out just for the viewer.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Queen Anne's Lace and Friends

It's that time of year for Queen Anne's lace and lots of other beautiful wildflowers. These shots are from a recent hike just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Pinecones and Bell Sleeves

With long sleeves and boots, this outfit might be a preview of fall.

I just found the most crazy beautiful boots in a thrift store that sells clothes by the pound, so they were only about $3.00. I wasn't going to try them on at first, because they were size 5, but they were siren boots and they sang to me. I usually wear 8-8.5, and I don't think I've even managed to fit half of my foot in a size 6, much less a 5, but these were surprisingly large. They're quite snug on me, and I plan on stretching them out, but they feel like the cozy 7.5 J.C. Penney flats I wear with fancy outfits.

As someone who likes 60s and 70s pieces I learned long ago to stop fretting and love the polyester, but this new poly-spandex top by Vintage Havana is the softest thing. I love that it's made in New York too. I seek out bell sleeves on all my thrifting adventures, but I haven't had much luck. If I'm looking for something specific, I'll try to find it second-hand first, but I don't always have success. Usually the hits outnumber the misses, though.

*Outfit photos by Steven

top: vintage havana via asos
skirt // boots: thrifted
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbananas

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Around the Clubhouse: Summer Sparks

 I just wanted to share a short post with the shots from last week. As you can see, Steven and I had fun with sparklers. I hadn't lit one in years. Steven took the last photo and the third to last. I didn't seem so long ago when I was wearing the same dress last year at the Grand Canyon.

I recently found a vintage shell top with a lovely yellow and orange psychedelic design. I don't often wear orange and yellow (I like my clothes to contrast with my face and hair), but I couldn't resist this classic top - especially with a $3.50 price tag at a local thrift shop. I'm always excited to find vintage pieces that can be worn in the summer too.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Around the Clubhouse: Rhododendron and Ms Bobbie

June is such a great month for wildflowers. On a recent hike I especially enjoyed the pale pink rhododendron, with their freckled upper petals.

I recently found a local hole-in-the-wall thrift shop that has an assortment of 60s and 70s pieces. It was so exciting to find because the local chain thrift stores so rarely have vintage. This pansy-print collar blouse is one of my recent acquisitions. It was only a dollar! It's in perfect condition, but the best part is the fit. The arms are long enough, the arm-holes small enough, and - amazingly - the spaces between the buttons don't gape at the chest. I love the brand name too: Ms Bobbie. "Ms" is my preferred honorific - if you must use one in front of my name. I first became aware of "Ms" as a child while reading The Magic School Bus. Ms. Frizzle made it automatically cool.

Steven and I took a big road trip last year, so it's not likely we'll do a lot of traveling this summer. We did get the chance to visit King's Dominion theme park in VA last week with my sister Corrie and my life-long friend Maryanna. Corrie had found herself with some free tickets and invited us to join her. We all had a great time. Nothing pictured, because I decided to leave my camera at home. I also forgot to bring my phone. And a change of dry shorts. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ The whole trip worked out well because none of us are thrill-seekers. Maryanna and I enjoyed some mid-level rides like the log flume and Avalanche (a bobsled roller-coaster built in the 80s) while my sister and husband sat back and watched the thrill rides.

Meanwhile, my doughnut appreciation continues...