Thursday, May 28, 2015

Editorial: Anja Rubik for the Edit

This editorial (quite surprisingly) first came out in November. While I understand why fashion works the way it does--talking about spring collections in the fall and fall collections in the spring because it makes sense from a retail perspective--I still don't really like the way it is. I want to look at summer inspiration at the cusp of summer when it's most appropriate. And this series of photographs captures my ideal vision of summer; an endless array of little white dresses and lazy days by a quiet pond. More here.

Outfit: Boater Hat

Nautical looks really never go out of style--and my boater hat is most appropriate with stripes and an anchor print! The boater hat has an interesting history; it is believed to have been part of a uniform for sailors (some say British sailors, others say French) and was later adapted into the uniform of Victorian English school children. Apparently they were popular to use as frisbees by the students, but generally loathed and burning them at graduation was not uncommon. Eventually many schools dropped them, while a few maintained it as part of the uniform and they became a popular style for gentlemen during the summer months which added a sense of elitism to the hat style. Today boaters are most commonly associated with the punters at Cambridge, although fashion-wise it's still not the most popular hat style. My boater hat is however my summer favorite. I'm only scratching the surface of all the different ways the boater hat was worn, but it's funny how articles of clothing that were once status symbols or part of a uniform lose all their original meaning over time.

Outfit details:
old boater hat (similar)
old flats (similar)
old purse
*pictures by Thomas

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Lookbook: Samantha Pleet S/S 2015

I think I overuse the term dreamy especially when describing fashion collections I like, but this Samantha Pleet collection for spring and summer is so dreamy! Pieces are even named after celestial events--a moonrise jumpsuit, an eclipse romper, and satyr dress--do those names not evoke Greek myths and waking dreams to you? My favorite piece is the galaxy dress; rendered in both light teal and a lovely orange, the the fabric is delicately speckled with stars. Swoon. And since I'm posting this months after the collection first aired, everything is available in her shop now.

Outfit: Coming Up Roses

This dress. Total fairytale dress for me. I've been trying to steer away from the fairytale frocks lately for more practical, simple clothes, but I still can't resist a beauty like this one. It reminds me of Dolce and Gabbana Fall 2015 which was loaded with dresses covered in bold rose appliques. I have a few DIYs in mind inspired by that collection, although this dress takes the edge off of the need for a DIY--which is good because we're busy enough at that moment. Frivolous clothing projects is a lower priority to installing shelves and making wedding favors! That's probably another reason fairytale dresses still hold their appeal right now; after a day in paint-stained shorts and an old tee it's nice to briefly transform into a character out of a story book.

Outfit details:
old jacket 
old heels (similar)
vintage purse
*pictures by Thomas

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Stylish Spaces: Le Moulin Bregon

A 19th century water mill turned relaxing retreat in the Loire Valley looks like a true escape into another time or place. The renovations work with the rustic charm of the original buildings, highlighting the natural, simple elements. The embrace of history and relaxed atmosphere is evident in every inch from the bare walls to the quietly mismatched outdoor chairs--it's a setting that invites you to enjoy, not judge your surroundings. More here.

Outfit: I Want To Ride My Bicycle

For the first time since I was young--I have a bicycle! I wasn't really intending to get a bicycle, but there is a local auction house. We went, saw this beauty, and got a bit caught up in the fun of bidding and getting a good deal. It's technically a man's bicycle and a bit large for me, but I love the style and I'll soon get into the swing of riding it--maybe even with Jack in the basket! Actually, Jack seems to prefer running alongside whenever I ride around the yard right now--and that's usually in more sensible clothes! I won't usually be riding in such a short skirt unless I wear a pair of bike shorts underneath, but it was a sunny afternoon when we decided to snap a few pictures in this mini dress and I pulled out the bicycle for fun.

Outfit details:
jean jacket (similar)
old flats (similar)
*pictures by Thomas

Monday, May 25, 2015

Postcards from Donegal

A few lovely landscape photographs Thomas took recently while we were in County Donegal, Ireland. Our visit was cut short by bad weather and car issues, but it was a stunning area and I'm looking forward to seeing it again one day.
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