One of my biggest goals in the fall is to dress a little bit like a vintage librarian, or lady naturalist. There’s something about dressing in a perfectly 1950’s style but adding a slightly nerdy twist that really appeals to me. Perhaps it’s the fact that I am, by nature, a very feminine and yet also very nerdy person. I love full skirts and florals, lipstick and lace, and all things uber girly. And yet, I also love history and Doctor Who, and have an entire bookshelf overflowing with my collection of Lord of the Rings editions that all have different covers. I have an affinity for reading dictionaries and discovering new and interesting words, and am equally invested in putting together an outfit that is perfectly coordinated.
Continue reading “The Botanist”
When I was little, we lived on a farm. We didn’t have cows or pigs or goats or a vast field of wheat or corn, but it was a farm nonetheless with chickens and cats and dogs, and a big garden down below the house that grew a few rows of corn and tomatoes and string beans. And beside the house was a small orchard with plum trees and apple trees.
As a kid, I remember climbing those trees and being afraid of the bees that pollinating the flowers. I remember eating fruit that had fallen to the ground, or throwing it at the driveway where it smashed into pieces, or picking armfuls of apples to make freshly pressed cider in the fall.
Continue reading “Memories of a Farm Girl”
I have seen the brand Emily and Fin for years now, but for some reason I have never added any of their items to my personal closet. Either the money is never right, or the things they have available aren’t right for me. Whatever the case, I’ve drooled over my friends’ E&F purchases, but never made the leap to acquire my own. Until this skirt.
Continue reading “Emily and Fin in the Clouds”
I have been dying to dive into everything plaid and tights ever since it officially became fall. But, the weather in Washington rarely cooperates, and in true spastic fashion it has been in the upper sixties up to the eighties for a few months now. Which is mild weather, to say the least, but definitely not weather one can comfortably endure tights, a turtleneck, and a heavy skirt in. Then this week, we had one day of cool weather, and I jumped at the opportunity to style this gorgeous plaid and floral skirt (combining my two favorite patterns!) with some tights and fall colors, and run to one of the prettiest parks to shoot some photos.
Continue reading “Fall, Plaid, and Jane Eyre Revisited”
Having a forced month off of blogging has gave me a rest I didn’t know I needed, and now that I’m able to blog again I’m back with so much more excitement than I had before! Thankfully, I have two photoshoots from last week to blog. We still haven’t recovered the photos that may have been lost from before, but I’m choosing to be happy that at last I uploaded thousands of photos to social media!
I bought this dress off Etsy from a shop called SpaceBearsDesigns. It had been on my wishlist for months, literally months, and I finally decided to go for it now that fall is here and I can actually wear long sleeves. And I am so glad I did! It is in excellent condition; it feels like a brand new dress, even though it’s from the 1950’s. I love finds like this; it was affordable, arrived fast, and exceeded my expectations upon arrival. I’m so excited to wear it through the colder months!
I also think I may need to find a few more brown-toned lipsticks. I am wearing one from NYX, and I didn’t think I would love it but I do! I’m discovering more and more that I tend to prefer a simple red lip, but I still love to play with colors. Especially with Halloween coming up, I’m thinking I may need to do some vintage Halloween makeup looks (and costumes).
As of right now, my two ideas are to do Hedy Lamarr’s dreamy star-enveloped look from Ziegfeld Girl for a Halloween party I hope to host, and then for trick-or-treating with our kids, have my husband be Hook, myself be Wendy, Asa be Peter Pan, and Evie be Tinkerbell. I really hope I can pull all of these things together in the next month and a half before the fun begins!
Do you have any plans for costumes yet this year? Show me photos! I would love to see what all of you are doing!
Dress: Space Bears Designs | Boots, Amazon | Earrings and Brooch, Etsy | Belt, thrifted | Headscarf, free