Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Remix

Previous outfit posts: one, two, three, and four.
Got these delightful rust-colored jeans last fall and I still really like the color and comfy, stretchy fit. They definitely feel like a "fall" jean since they do look similar to pumpkins, but I'm still getting some wear from them this spring…wear from "it" this spring? Is it strange that we refer to jeans in the plural when it is a single a object..?

Saturday, April 19, 2014


I'm bringing back this autumn campaign from the now defunct brand A|Wear starring Cara Develingne before her career really took off. I posted this series of photographs originally in 2010, although I've stumbled across a few more pictures from the set to share today. It was an autumn campaign for the brand, but set in a coastal Irish town it's serving as spring inspiration for me right now. I never get tired of "modern Bardot" look with unkempt hair in a subdued beehive and mini skirts with ladylike flats.

Weekend Wonders

Friday, April 18, 2014

Style Crush: Dovima

Most people might know Dovima best for her brief strongly-accented cameo in Funny Face or are aware of her iconic image by Richard Avedon with elephants, but aren't aware of her name. Born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba she came up with her own iconic name that she used throughout her career (Dovima); a career which was much more than that brief role and single photograph. One of the highest paid models in the 50s who covered countless Vogue covers and was a muse to some of the greatest photographers of the time. Her personal life was tragic, but her iconic image lives on inspiring people today. When I look at Dovima as an inspiration I see a self-made icon; a girl who loved comic books and created her own alter ego--that of a supermodel. Stylistically I'm always struck by her grace and poise; as a model her style was often dictated by a magazine or photographer, but the way she wore her clothes and her perfect poses are pure Dovima. Even captured in movement she's perfectly poised--breaking up space and image in dynamic lines. I could stare at her photographs all day. 

Travels and Tartans

So, I had to leave Helen's Tower behind but I'm still in Ireland, which is strangely starting to feel like a second home, and wearing tartan, perhaps I could be hopping over to a different island! I'm just a sucker for classic patterns like this one and I'm trying to stick with my goal of introducing longer lengths into my outfits on a regular basis. Really though, I wish I had a little ribbon topping off my ponytail in these pictures--that would have punctuated my hair and the outfit quite nicely, no? The ribbon bow is a style I've admired on others but haven't been able to attempt since my pixie cut, however I think my hair is finally long enough for that sort of simple embellishment. Progress.

Outfit details:
Anthropologie jacket
Seychelles oxfords (old)
*pictures by Thomas

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Circus Girls

I wonder if threatening to run away to the circus is still a threat children give to their parents or if it's becoming less and less of a thing…Anyway, despite the few circuses I witnessed as a child there was still a certain magic surrounding them and the glamour of the women in their sequins and frills was captured enough in films to tempt me into becoming a runaway. Recently I stumbled across these beautiful vintage photographs of circus girls taken from the 1940s and 50s and my appreciation for their costumes was reignited. via

The Poetry Room

The topmost chamber in Helen's Tower before you reached the roof was a window-lined, wooden room titled the "Poetry Room." The ceiling was a beautifully carved masterpiece and the walls were simple wood with red velvet seats in the windows punctuated only by a few bronze plaques featuring poems about the tower. Tennyson, Browning, Kipling and others wrote about the idyllic retreat and some of their works grace the walls to this day. From Tennyson's poem:
"Helen's Tower, here I stand,
Dominant over sea and land.
Son’s love built me, and I hold
Mother’s love in letter’d gold.
Love is in and out of time,
I am mortal stone and lime…"
With it's tall windows overlooking the misty forest you could easily imagine some Romantic poet seeking inspiration in this room and sitting down at the center table to scribble their ideas. Sadly this post concludes our tour of Helen's Tower--after a few nights within its wall it was time to leave our misty tower and return to reality...

Outfit details:
ASOS dress (old)
Seychelles oxfords (old)
*pictures by Thomas

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