Saturday, August 25, 2012

the remains of the...summer?

Ah, my vacation has ended and with it the summer it seems.  I mean, not really, since it will be hot and sunny for almost another month.  But since we spend so many of our formative years returning to school and books and plaid skirts in September (seriously, has there ever been an autumn that plaid wasn't 'in'?) that's just how it feels. 

Dyrham Park
So, back at home and feeling vaguely lost and melancholy, I am watching The Remains of the Day for the first time in almost 20 years.  I read the book finally this spring- I'd been working my way through Kazuo Ishiguro's incredible novels for awhile now but wasn't sure if the book might be too close to the movie, which didn't quite work for me as a young lady.  I think at the time the stilted relationship between Emma and Sir Tony onscreen was too similar to their characters in Howard's End from the previous year. Now it resonates absolutely- the quiet unspoken feelings, tensions and sense of loss that permeate a brilliant novel.  The movie is a faithful enactment of these moments.   In fact, I have to give the movie props for its absolute restraint, to the point that I can't even find any 'costume porn' to distract from the story and place (there's lots of old-school setting and servitude  specifics though! Oh yeah. From the minutiae of measuring between place settings to the requisite glory of a hunting party gathered outdoors.)  

Design Sponge

I totally want a Remains of the Day lunchbox now- do you suppose it comes with a matching ROTD thermos within?
Um, likely the whole thing is soon to be repackaged as "Carson's Diary"  or something in order to cash in on Downton mania...  In fact, there are wholesale scenes that lifted directly from Remains of the Day! However there is still something charming about the corny soapy melodrama that is Downton, and the costumes are certainly killer!
I love how costume fans are able to trace the re-use of costume elements through the years. article
So while we're looking back at happy golden days, when a beach is but a few moments away, and summer breezes waft through light cotton dresses, here's a lovely green thing that I finally got around to tailoring on my break. sigh.

Ah idyllic island, I shall miss you!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

some of the best OOTD photos ever...

Or at least I think so, because I am on location and enjoying some relaxing summer days at the cottage!  Last year I documented a planned wardrobe and then never actually posted any pictures (oops) though it was useful for packing again this year!  I like the way this laid-back island inspires a softer, more bohemian quality to getting dressed.  I can get a little obsessive and persnickety through the year about colours and details, and spend most of my time dressing for work instead of play (though that in itself is fun!) It's nice to suddenly work from a reduced number of pieces, and I usually make sure to pack things that just aren't getting enough wear, so it's like discovering them all over again.  I don't mind getting to throw in some new thrifted treasures too!
For the 12-hour car ride:
 Old Navy striped tank, Gap striped scarf, J Crew camp pocket cardigan, F21 olive skirt, hush puppies wedges

For a trip into town (which thankfully included brief stopover #1 to Value Village):

J Crew gingham shirt, F21 skirt, wooden bead necklace, the great outdoors

And for the best ever:
a sunset nap in a favourite floral housedress, after a long hot sunny day on the beach!

vintage floral sundress in shades of berry and mint
This place is full of quiet beauty (ahem, and earwigs) so I hope to share some more with you in the next couple of weeks.  Plus more vacation dressing.  I could get used to this...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

colourless colourphile?

J Crew polka dot cardigan and dress, thrifted necklace
I usually try and blast my way through with an excess of colour.  However this dress is such a lovely soft and subtle grey print, on a quiet textured fabric.  It's a great summer dress- very light, with a deep open back.  For once I can't bring myself to drown it in intense colour...

Just maybe a wee little taste of print mixing!

This alley space is actually full of monochromatic textural moments I'm only just realizing. 

But, of course, this is me we're talking about, so more colour is never far away!  Molly at Anthromollogies recently hosted another epic 'Colorphile Challenge' and her sample image was typically inspirational.

I hoped to get away from my usual 'minty' method so restrained things to just a touch of aqua. Bonus- I got to combine a few of those new sale finds!  I know this skirt got dubious reviews, but luckily it fit well and the pleated details are fabulous (especially for $15!)

Anthropologie Scalloped Strings tank and Broken Pleats skirt, thrifted cardigan, Clarks sandals