Friday, March 27, 2015

Runway: Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2015

Dolce and Gabbana's Fall 2015 collection was a glamorous tribute to mothers. And not-your-average moms walked down the runway too with their kids in tow and even one model strutted with a "bun in the oven." The rose motif was inspired by designer Stefano Gabbana's memory of his mother's rose scented lipstick and it was beautifully executed perhaps no more stunningly than as a simple, large blue on a blue fitted dress. Once again it's a collection swimming in gorgeous details from ornate flats to bejeweled headphones that mimic crowns. I'd love to see if I can DIY some of those details this spring, but I don't know if I can pull off the Italian grandeur... More here.

Outfit: Woodland

This dress was more midi-length when it arrived and I lopped a few inches off the hem to make it a mini. As attracted as I occasionally am to midi skirts and dresses I inevitably feel more comfortable in mini skirts, partly because I feel they give me the illusion of being taller than I am. The hem ended up coming in handy since I used it to make a couple of quick headbands which took me back to my college days--nights up late watching Brigitte Bardot movies then tearing up old dresses to make headbands and imitate her look. I need to find more movies that inspire me to take immediate style action. In college I spent a lot of time seeking out stylish films to help inform my style but lately I'm far less intentional about what I watch and mostly get sucked into Netflix binges...
P.S. I did not build the little fort in the woods.

Outfit details:
Choies dress (shortened by me)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lookbook: Fieldguided

I know everyone's so over winter right now, but I can't resist sharing these pastel-heavy pictures for Fieldguided's new tote bags featuring Alyssa. The snow and pretty soft colors actually makes for a sweet surreal setting. And while I already have a pink coat, this makes me want another--a pink trench for spring perhaps...?

Outfit: Covered Bridge

This was my last hurrah in this vintage dress before listing it in my blog shop. I'm getting very picky about what clothes I'll keep when I move. It costs a lot to ship items you only wear on occasion and my new home is the size of a matchbox! An adorable matchbox, but teeny-tiny and lacking in closet space nonetheless. Since I have no desire to drown Thomas or myself in dresses, a number of pieces from my wardrobe have got to go!

Outfit details:
vintage dress (for sale here)
old belt
old oxfords (similar)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Spring Wishlist

Spring and summer clothes are so happy, aren't they? It's all rainbows and bright colors and least this year it is for me! I've already ordered the dress in this post and I'm trying to see how long I can resist purchasing everything else...

Outfit: Spring Layers

I've been quite the stress-puppy lately. I think of myself as a planner and never feel completely relaxed if there are things I can't control/plan. Yet even as I think about how much I enjoy knowing every detail of what's to come and having my ducks in a row--the best things that have happened in my life have been unplanned. I remember a trip in college with a friend where we booked tickets but didn't plan a single sight to see and had the best time wandering a new city and getting tips on where to go from locals and other visitors like ourselves. Even moving to Pennsylvania; I thought I'd go for the summer and see how things were in the fall and ended up staying for three years! And now of course there's Thomas...A little back story on how we met: Thomas had met one of my housemates in Northern Ireland years ago when she studied there. So, when Thomas's team was coming to Pennsylvania to film my friend approached the rest of the housemates and asked if we minded some Northern Irish house guests for around a month. I never said "no" but I did let her know I was a little nervous about sharing our home with strangers for a whole month...then one of them ended up being Thomas and the rest is history. And yes, she still teases me about how I *almost* didn't meet Thomas! I guess the whole point is: I shouldn't worry about being uncomfortable or not knowing exactly what is going to happen because that usually leads to good things. Life can be a pleasant surprise.

Outfit details:
old belt
oxfords (similar)
*pictures by my dad!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Stylish Spaces: La Socelière

File this castle under: unrealistic aspirations. La Soceliere is a 17th century chateau renovated by the Laviani family and despite its grandiose exterior all four generations of the family apparently like to barefoot when they visit the sprawling estate in the summer. The decor inside fits the grandeur of the old building while still managing to look inviting to guests; an elegant curtained bed suits a large chandelier while a modern gallery wall of pictures in mismatched frames keeps the scene from becoming too dated or imposing. via
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