"...there is no aspect, no facet, no moment of life that can’t be improved with pizza...”I hope you've been having a great April. These are some shots from the month so far. I've been a little obsessed with taking photos featuring purple, violet, and blue.
- Daria Morgendorffer, Is it College Yet? (2002)
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Friday, April 15, 2016
I bought this dress on sale from asos recently. (Boo, not secondhand, I know...) I had been on the hunt for a white tunic dress with angelic bell sleeves for months and had no luck with my usual thrift and vintage sources. While I have great success thrifting accessories, separates, shoes, and outerwear, I find that solid dresses in my preferred shape and size are the most difficult to score. But dresses like this make the best backdrop for all the interesting vintage costume jewelry, scarves, and bags I like to wear.
These deep purple tights came from Ruche years ago. They've held up amazingly well, considering how often I've worn them. I am very sorry to see that Ruche is closing. I hadn't shopped there in a long time, but I have fond memories of their pretty lookbooks. Additionally, the headband I wore at my wedding came from Ruche. So many businesses and online shops come and go, but it's a shame to see such a lovely spot on the internet come to an end.
I don't have much of a social life, but we have some events coming up this spring - a party, the odd evening out, and a graduation - where this outfit will be just the thing. I'm a complete sucker for a little white dress.
dress: asos (out of stock)
tights: shop ruche
coin necklace: vintage 60s
amethyst pendant: jewelers paradise
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Wishy-washy April weather encourages creative layering.
I love headbands, but my hair is so thick and unruly I've always had trouble making them work. For some reason the wired style is an exception and keeps everything in place much better than elastic or plastic. I'm very proud of my handmade wired headband. I think I'll make a few more when I get my hands on some additional plastic-coated wire. It was so easy I won't give a tutorial for it here, but it you want to make your own you can find lots of easy instructions by searching for "diy wire headband."
Hope your April is going well so far!
bell bottoms // shirt // belt: thrifted
necklaces: vintage via etsy
bag: vintage 70s via crazygoodbananas
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
1. A Bed of Poppies, Maria Oakey Dewing, 1908
2. Poppies, Stefan Luchian, c. 1910
3. Poppy Field, Guy Rose, 1910
4. Poppies and Daisies in a Blue Vase, Odilon Redon
5. Poppies and Eucalyptus, Benjamin Brown
6. Poppies, Lilies and Blue Flowers, William James Glackens, 1915
7. Poppies, Henri Matisse, c.1919
8. Poppies, Pierre Bonnard, c.1914 - c.1915
9. Poppy Field in a Hollow near Giverny, Claude Monet, 1885
10. Vase with Poppies, Cornflowers, Peonies and Chrysanthemums, Vincent van Gogh, 1886
They walked along listening to the singing of the brightly colored birds and looking at the lovely flowers which now became so thick that the ground was carpeted with them. There were big yellow and white and blue and purple blossoms, besides great clusters of scarlet poppies, which were so brilliant in color they almost dazzled Dorothy's eyes.
"Aren't they beautiful?" the girl asked, as she breathed in the spicy scent of the bright flowers.
"I suppose so," answered the Scarecrow. "When I have brains, I shall probably like them better."
"If I only had a heart, I should love them," added the Tin Woodman.
"I always did like flowers," said the Lion. "They seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these."
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
I have always associated poppies with the Wizard of Oz. The first time I heard the word "poppies" was probably when I was a tiny tot watching the MGM film. Despite their sinister role in the story, they've always been among my favorite flowers. Poppies are symbolic of sleep, death, remembrance, but when I see a field of them I think of a flock of red paper valentines waving in the wind.
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Here's an everyday outfit for both adventuring and going to the library. I was very excited to find this embroidered chambray tunic dress by CP Shades at one of my local thrifting haunts. My usual style formula is a basic tunic dress + accessories, so I see a lot of possibilities whenever I come across a dress like this. I'm wearing it here with my current favorite suede and macrame bag. Also thrifted, it's deceptively small but big enough for wallet, cell phone, lip gloss, and keys.
cp shades tunic // bag // scarf: thrifted
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
This white dress is so fluffy and elegant that I like to balance it with very casual accessories, like this blue boho bag and my favorite moccasins. I'm putting on white today and matching the beautiful (but stinky) Bradford pear trees that are blooming on our street. I can't describe how happy I am about the warm weather and the green grass returning. I'm equally happy about short sleeves and bare legs.
dress: asos reclaimed vintage (old)
tusk necklace: vintage
Friday, March 11, 2016
I wore an outfit almost identical to this one on our recent visit to the Biltmore Estate. This light wool-blend shift dress is perfect for March. I usually wear it with turtlenecks and today I'm paring it with a lace mock turtleneck I bought at Modcloth ages ago. This top has been a great layering piece over the years, but I hadn't worn it for a long time. Even though it's been visible, sitting in my small closet, I only recently "rediscovered" it and worked it into a couple of outfits. It's equally matched with torn denim or preppy gray shift dresses - any outfit that needs a touch of lace.
My thrifted backpack is probably the most practical bag I own, despite the dated side pockets that were made for flip phones - or cell phones with buttons? Or pagers? (I'm not sure. I usually just load up the side pockets with chap sticks). The bag is practical because it fits my camera and lens, phone, wallet, and I can wear it and forget about fiddling with purse straps when I'm out and about. Also - unlike some backpack bags - the straps are comfortable and don't dig into my shoulders.
Incidentally, I've been enjoying my favorite tea - Darjeeling - which was a special Christmas present. I've almost finished it and I'll be so sad when it's gone. Do you have a favorite tea, or is coffee more of your thing?
dress // backpack bag // boots: thrifted
lace top: modcloth (old)
tassel necklace: vintage
mod teacup and saucer: thrifted-vintage johnson bros. "posy"