Thursday, June 27, 2013

hi-low...hell no?

I'm not totally opposed to trends- I just hate it when the shapes or fabrics are taken to an extreme, obviously marked out for ridicule a couple of months down the road.  Hi-low hems suddenly appeared everywhere last fall.  I don't even recall any foreshadowing in the designer collections- they were just suddenly... there.  And no sooner had they appeared,  I started hearing people bemoaning this 'tired' trend! Oh well, I had fond memories of a few gently curved hems from the early 2000s so I didn't mind so much.

This time, the trend didn't fade, and instead went the way of Rococo excess, leading to this summer's bizarre mullet hems of maxi length (diaphanous) dresses that hike up to scandalously mini lengths in the front.  Weird.  I like my excess from time to time but this is just off.

Urban Outfitters 'what the?' skirt

Ah, let's try and forget about that image now, shall we?

Anthropologie Bubbled Bands shirtdress
I had my eye on this dress in my fall wishlist- pea green may not be for everyone but... And so of course when I had an opportunity to pick it up on sale I leaped.  Except then it went WAY on sale (yay to generous price adjustments), and I was left with a bill for taxes and duties higher than I'd paid for the dress.  Ouch. While I still appreciated the colour and design, that pesky raised hem in the front was not flattering, seemingly tailored exactly to show off the worst part of of one's (my) knees and thighs, while the light cotton didn't hang well.  Since returning the dress would have meant losing my investment in shipping and taxes, I resolved to make it work.  Enter layering with a slip. Hey presto! Much better...

In passing, this beautifully cut 100% silk slip reminds me of what Urban Outfitters once was, before they decided to compete sartorially with the lowest that Forever 21 can offer (without adjusting their prices either). Or maybe youth-oriented fashion just got really icky. Granted, I did get the slip for $10, like most of my Urban Outfitters purchases... You just won't see me marching off with one of their bizarre maxi-minis anytime soon!  At any price...or wait...didn't they just announce the biggest sale ever?!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

on sunshine and magic dresses!

Oh my.  You know how much I love dresses. I sorta fancy myself a bit of a connoisseur of the form (really just a fancy term for addict?)  Well, I think I may just have met one of the most beautiful of its kind- and perhaps I need never look at another (not likely...) 

This Saturday has been a nice dark and rainy day to stay indoors, alternately catching up on some sewing and being sat on by a large and adoring cat.  Dreamy.  Last Saturday on the other hand was a perfect day for an outdoor wedding- bright and sunny, and just the right kind of breezy by the water.  I don't get to go to a lot of weddings, so I get kinda excited at the prospect.  It's wonderful to see people you know from more casual contexts get choked up and romantical in a public celebration of love.  And it's also nice to get dressed up just a little bit more than usual!

These rare weddings are always a bit of a puzzle, since I pretty much dress up everyday anyway.  It means trying to dress out of the box a little- for the last wedding, that meant  a little black dress.  This year, I've been obsessed with maxi dresses and thought there could be nothing better than flowing across the dance floor in something silk and 30s-y. I loved the Bruna dress at Anthropologie from the start- navy and coral silk, with a semi-tropical print of birds and leaves.  It was way out of my budget, but magically went on sale one night in May just as I was scrolling through my wishlist.  (Okay, maybe not so magical- I'm often on the Anthropologie website late at night...sweet dreams?) 

And like all magical things, it fit perfectly right out of the box, turning my curvy short form into something willowy and tall (thank-you wedges).  Magic. Oh, and for the love- it's a silk dress with a silk lining. Hallelujah.

Anthropologie Bruna dress, J Crew coral bits necklace, thrifted cardigan
(she performed beautifully on the dance floor and during cocktail hour on the lawn, though I dropped a piece of asparagus on the skirt at dinner and when I left the dress with the dry cleaner I felt like I was leaving my child with strangers...I hope she comes back okay!)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

of petals and butterflies...

Ugh.  I can't seem to focus on much these days- putting a couple of coherent sentences together to describe life and fashion seems impossible! I don't know how others do it!  I think I've reached a point at work where I'm just desperately counting down the days 'til vacation.  And that's still a month away.  Thank goodness for a couple of successive 3-day weekends!

J Crew butterfly silk blouse, F21 skirt, Joe Fresh chartreuse flats
I treated myself to this lovely butterfly-print blouse in March.  I love the sober and serious dark green silk, while white on green is such a perfect combination. Indeed, a very natural pairing...!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

day for night...

Anthropologie scoop-back maxi dress, necklace by me
You know what the other beautiful thing about maxi dresses is?  Full-body coverage, man!  While we experienced a lovely warm and sunny month of May, June has been a cold and rainy slog thus far.  I was even reduced to wearing pants the other day (minnies and a chambray shirt with ankle boots- I guess it wasn't sooooo bad...) However a nice maxi dress offers the pretence of summer fashion with the cozy option of curling up in a chair with a wearable blanket.  Nice. Take that Slanket!

And I totally forgot that one should include photos when one is showing off a dress aptly named for its scoop-back, and so voila, I am adding a detail shot.  

'Day for night' is a classic movie-making technique for shooting night scenes.  They're shot during the daytime, but use filters and different film speeds to alter the contrast and appearance. It leads to an unreal and alluring atmosphere of bright light and shadow.  Somehow in setting my automatic timer, I confused the camera's light meter into recording this incredibly contrasty and detailed image.  A cool and sadly never-to-be replicated mistake!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

simple summer...

Anthropologie Laceveiled pullover and catalogue-shot desire
Ah, summer.  Soft white blouses and elegantly tousled hair- such is my goal (er...pinspiration!) Actually, I'm fairly certain this is a look I also aspired to twenty years ago, but fortunately it's more timeless, not trendy! Through the winter, dressing is all about finding the right mix of colours in layers of clothing, tights,  and accessories. But summer is simplicity itself. 

I can't help wistfully appreciating the effortless chic that others seem able to channel.  Something in the drape and shape of a simple top and skirt (spoken by a gal who 'may' be addicted to accessorizing-  at a weekend family event I wore both chunky necklace AND voluminous silk scarf!)   But I think I have actually managed something here! (or it may have just been a good hair day...)
try and ignore the faces staring back at you over my shoulder...
vintage lace blouse, Anthropologie fine-wale skirt, Locale wedges