Saturday, October 25, 2014

Weekend Planning: Future Home

We haven't officially signed the lease, but Thomas have found the home we hope to live in after we're married next summer. I don't have any pictures of the house yet since I've only seen the inside via a video tour directed by Thomas--although I did see the outside last time I visited him. It's cute and the location is ideal and I'm excited to live there despite the fact it is around 250 square feet in size! Yep, Thomas and I will be living in a "tiny house" (although our house was made before that term/movement existed). This decision has spurred me reading various blogs on small home living and even watching a documentary on the subject on Netflix (more reading and book suggestions are very welcome). While I haven't exactly been living in the lap of luxury and I have several housemates, it will still be a very big adjustment to move into a home about the size of a loft apartment in New York. But we're excited for the challenge--we like the idea of making our space functional and avoiding excessive clutter and honestly the house is so cute itself there's no way we could resist...Anyway, now that we've chosen a home it's the exciting time of talking about paint colors, what we need, what we want to make, and so on. Since Thomas and I are usually long distance I've been collecting inspiration on Pinterest or dog-earing pages in books and showing them to him every night via Skype. It's just another thing on my list of stuff I really wish I could start working on, but can only plan from a distance right now...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Style Crush: Kiana

Most of my style crushes have been people I've been following via their blogs or a fan of for years, but there are a few ones that are newer to me that are inspiring me with fresh style. Kiana of Finch and Fawn is one of those people. I've only known her blog for around a year but I'm a big fan of her often vintage inspired outfits and the way she mixes earth tones so well. Her style is classic without being boring or stuffy.

On Repeat

Ever since I got this dress (ages and ages ago) I've worn some version of this outfit every fall. The blouse occasionally changes, sometimes I trade my socks for tights, switch the shoes (my favorite vintage monk straps fell apart) but honestly it stays incredibly similar each year. Why mess with a good thing?

Outfit details:
old blouse (similar)
ASOS dress (old, similar)
old socks (similar)
Chicwish purse (sold out)
*pictures by Thomas

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Light Fossils

The one area of photography I have no experience in and would really like to experiment with is long exposures. From capturing the blur of lightning bugs in summer to the starry sky on a clear night, I definitely want to experiment in the future. Even so I'm lightyears away from the talent of Darren Pearson who sketches dinosaurs with light. Far beyond the simple outlines of a word or phrase painted with a flashlight, Pearson's work brings evocative dinosaur skeletons into beautiful landscapes.

Fall Vibes

Our road trip through Vermont wasn't completely smooth-sailing. After one place we planned to stay at didn't work out we spent a night finding out that although the roads were relatively empty the hotels were booked full. It was late, dark, and we had been on the road since the early morning; it seemed like the only places that were available were way out of budget and in the process of closing for the night. I thought we might end up sleeping in my tiny car or heading home early even though we had barely explored Vermont! But eventually we found a place to crash and thankfully woke up to a solution that meant we didn't have to cancel our trip early. After all the stress we were rewarded with one of our most beautiful fall days of the trip--cute towns (Peacham, St Johnsbury, etc), quaint diners, and all the fall color we could have desired. Our mishaps make for a good story and when the sun is shining on a leaf-strewn path like this one they seem quite distant and trifling.

Outfit details:
thrifted hat
old varsity jacket (similar)
*pictures by Thomas

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Valentino S/S 2015

Valentino has been my favorite fashion label for the past few seasons--I don't really pick overall fashion favorite designers/labels because season-to-season the look can be so different. Anyway, from breezy cape dresses that look like they were woven out of handkerchiefs to ruffled broderie anglaise pinafores and finally floor-sweeping evening gowns that look inspired from mermaids, the Valentino collection was not short on inspiration or breadth. There were some definite misses in the collection (pleated satin dresses that looked like they had cheap elastic waistbands), but overall it was a lovely collection that was both aspirational and practical. See the full collection here.
Style notes to take away for spring: skinny string gladiator sandals, cape dresses, bandana-like prints, and sea foam inspired color palette.


Samantha Pleet clothes always seem half dream, half reality to me. From my favorite feather printed dress by her that makes me feel like a swan maiden to this new beautifully embroidered piece. Perhaps part of the reason is her inspiration--for Fall 2014 she tapped into the visions of Joan of Arc. Her story is represented in prints that resemble the delicate illustrations in old manuscripts, dresses blazing with comets, and dramatic capes that would make the wearer feel like a super-heroine. The Maid of Orléans is perhaps most literally told in the embroidery on my own dress; pierced arrows, present moons, and ominous fires form a unique pattern. Joan of Arc is such an intriguing historical figure and these clothes touch on some of that potency. I'm quite enamored with my dress and can't wait to wear it again and again this season. It will look beautiful with a dark cape on top, or a blouse layered underneath. I love this piece so much I'm going to have a hard time resisting some of her other dresses I have my eye on...

Give Joan A Sword
"Shaking the young stars from her gown, 
 Pushing the moon back, 
Joan peers down, 
 On lands by terror twisted bare, 
 That shakes with battle everywhere..." 
by Sister Mary Therese
Outfit details:
old flats (similar)
vintage purse
*pictures by Thomas

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