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 an area and I'm looking forward to seeing it again one day.

Outfit: Waterhouse

Remember this dress from the middle of winter? I froze my butt off to wear it then in a faux leather jacket and tights and boots--I really needed a full winter coat that day, but the dress doesn't work with my coats and I was too excited to wear it to wait for spring. Still despite that brief wear this piece remained at the front of my mind for things I wanted to wear this spring. I'm usually all about mini dresses, but I think this might just be the year when more longer lengths are in high rotation in my wardrobe. I love the feel of this dress when I'm wearing it; the silky lining against my legs nearly down to my ankles, the way it moves as I walk--it's so lovely! And even if I did slip and fall on my bum on these wet rocks it was worth it for a few Pre-Raphaelite-esque photographs. I think the work of John William Waterhouse best illustrates my ideal imagery.

Outfit details:
old flats
*pictures by Thomas

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Remix: Cardi Love

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Although I haven't posted a remix in awhile, I have not forgotten this regular feature, rather I've been brainstorming ways to re-tweak it and keep it interesting. Lately I feel more inspired by remixes that feature one item shot against the same backdrop and re-worked then and there into several outfits, or more exhaustive posts like this one that dig deep into the archives that show how certain pieces become a mainstay in your closet. Old posts can make me a bit cringey as I see how far I've come as a "model" (posing for my tripod!) and how much my photography has changed. My hair of course is another way to date the photographs as it starts long, then gets short and shorter still, and then goes blonde, pink, and finally to today's mid-length and coppery color. Anyway, this post wasn't supposed to be about archives and hair, but rather that essential layering piece: the cardigan. The ones featured here are from Forever 21, a vintage shop, Modcloth, and now defunct-store Neneee, respectively. Remixes really show you what you wear again and again--I might think of a trench coat or jean jacket as more indicative of my style, but cardigans are clearly a mainstay in my wardrobe.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Style Crush: Typhaine

Typhaine of "Cuillere a Absinthe" is probably the most tomboyish style blogger I follow. Which is to say she wears more sneakers than heels and trousers than skirts or dresses. Like most French bloggers she has a certain "je nais se quoi" that makes her posts quite addictive. I love the ease of her outfits and would like to emulate that relaxed silhouette and casual layers one of these days, for now Typhaine will continue to be a huge source of inspiration to step outside of my typical style.

Outfit: Bookworm

We've been installing shelves and unpacking my books this week at our house, which is probably why this outfit feels very "librarian" or at least nerd in the library to me. I'm not really sure what gives me that feeling, although I do think I would be quite comfortable spending hours at a library in this look...of course I'd be pretty comfortable spending hours at a library in any outfit! A tiny house also really shows how much excess you have. I donated a number of books that weren't my favorites before shipping my final selection to Northern Ireland, but there still seems to be box after box of books to unpack and find a place for. Yet each time I go through a box and run my hands over the covers I think "oh yes, this is a good one" or "I should keep that one handy to re-read again soon." With clothes I'm more willing to get rid of an item because I haven't worn it in a year or so, but with books if they're one of my favorites I cling to them for dear life even though replacing them is quite easy...

Outfit details:
F21 cardigan
old purse (similar)
old heels
*pictures by Thomas
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