Friday, November 14, 2014

wearable art...

Michelle Morin- Instagram
Before winter sets in, I guess I ought to try and catch up with the fall season. (newsflash- it snowed today!) But first, a touch of the painterly and a little ode to fall flowers inspired by some recent loves... I know you've been wondering- what DID that girl pick up with a surprise 25% discount at Anthropologie? I mean, if a green silk gown didn't make it into this hoarder's array, what did? I thought I'd stick with some pretties I can wear every day, because my everyday's are long these days.

Well, I'm entering my habitual 'obsession with plant life' phase that usually begins just about the time that all the leaves drop off the trees (seriously, it's all pretty and colourful  and then one day, fwoosh, you look out the window and the trees are grey and naked). I pretty much only wear florals in winter.

 

My local store had this hiding between layers of nondescript pullovers, a  beautiful and delicately painted nighttime garden scene from artist Michelle Morin (check out her website here.  I loved the pastel colours and soft linear shapes against a black background.  And there was just one, in my size.  It's the last-item-in-the-vending-machine rule...sold! Plus it goes with everything from a tweed skirt (below) to mustard or...stripes...


Flamingo garden pullover, vintage tweed skirt, Chie Mihara oxfords
I've decided to add some of her prints to my Christmas list- beautiful and affordable!  Voila one of my absolute favourites:

Michelle Morin Wild Roses print

The incomparable Lulie Wallace is also finally offering some of her floral prints for sale- I think it only happens once a year. I wish I had found her sooner- I like the vibrant colours and harder edges of some earlier pieces.  But this is still pretty lovely- I adore the shape of these petals against stripes and geometric patterning. Maybe one day I could afford one of her paintings.  You know, if I stopped buying wearable art!

Lulie Wallace, Flowers for Jane

So, what else did I bring home, in this line-and-colour inspired mood?  I couldn't ignore the siren song of this swingy, watercolour-toned stripey skirt.  And it's a good thing I found it, because I think they sold out instantly at my store! It goes with literally every colour (including a subtle silver stripe...) and has a beautiful sway and drape.

 Elspeth sweater skirt

I went pretty simple for the first trip out of the house, just a simple dark brown sweater and brown shoes.  But the skirt speaks for itself.  With a little swirl of blurred colour and line.

J Crew Tippi sweater, Elspeth sweater skirt, Chie Mihara oxfords


I'm dragging myself off the couch tomorrow to take in two art shows, a book fair, a craft fair, and then mashing up a big batch of guacamole for movie night with friends. Whew- 'tis the season! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

that...damn green dress...(sob!)


Pineland Maxi dress
We interrupt my unscheduled programming/silence with a little whimper at the universe... This splendid, gorgeous, perfection of a dress appeared on the Anthropologie site last week and I'm...dyin'  Oh why, oh why, does such a perfect slip of a perfect green silk dress, at such a sorta reasonable price have to tempt me so?  And did I mention I received the offer of a 25% off code from my friendly local Anthro store?  And that I just finished paying off my student loan and feel like celebrating before re-buckling down?  Oh, the universe is tempting me!!  
But I seriously have nowhere and nowhen in my life for such dramatics.  Could I seriously justify such a purchase, in this year of financial restraint, just to hang it and touch it lovingly?  Sigh.  It is sooooo totally perfect.  I would get married in this dress (honey, what do you think?) Dammit, it"s the Atonement dress, but now more wearable!


Anthropologie emailed me this morning to inform that this dress is already near sold out in my size.  It's so hard as a somewhat superstitious person to try and read the signs- is the universe telling me I should go for it?  Or are they telling me I need to remind myself about restraint and self-control and that "cookies are a sometimes food" (darn you, politically correct Cookie Monster of the nineties!)? (you're probably right) (Though I did grow up with the gorging, uncontrolled beast of Dionysian delight of the eighties...it always bothered me how many cookies he wasted eating that way...)

I did find this pretty cool  vintage Vogue pattern for $1 at Value Village today.  Is that the sign?  That I should wait and the dress can happen anyday when I need it? Off to check that lottery ticket...

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