Monday, June 30, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Moving Day - The Flying Clubhouse

I am pleased to announce the launch of The Flying Clubhouse. <3

You may recognize the name from my tumblr - it's also the name of my new home on Blogger.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

News and Changes

Grassy hill
Dear Readers,

It's time to move and grow. There are some changes coming - which I am very excited about. My style and way of blogging has evolved since starting October Rebel two and a half years ago. (Oh my! Has it been that long)? Soon, I'll be moving to a new blog.

I do hope this news is not too disappointing, because I have high hope for this new space.

The images will be a tad bigger, the formatting a bit tighter, and I probably won't be blogging on a three-post-a-week schedule like I did here in this past year. But I will be posting regularly, and - as always - it is my intention to post better content. I'll also be focusing less on the business aspect of blogging, and more on blogging as creative expression. In short, things won't be terribly different - I just feel that I need more elbow room and that it's time to make a fresh start!

I'll be keeping the same email address and twitter handle so you'll know where to find me elsewhere.

October Rebel will always be a special place to me, and for now I plan on leaving this blog here so anyone who is interested can peruse the archives. I'll be posting the link to the new blog very soon. If you have any questions about this move, please ask them in the comments or send me an email and I'll happily get back with you asap.

I get misty thinking of how many of you I've met through blogging here, and I'm eternally grateful for all the readers and followers of this blog. Thank you for the support! I hope you will feel welcome in my new space.

daisy fleabane

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Guest Posting on Chicago Fair Trade Blog

It's remix time! I'm very honored to be guest posting today on the Chicago Fair Trade blog - sharing a few different ways of wearing a fair trade sun dress.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Van Gogh and Wheat Fields

Wheat fields were a favorite subject of Vincent van Gogh. These are eight of my favorite wheat field paintings - especially Wheat Field with a Lark. I like to look at the subject with the other players in the scene - birds, clouds - sometimes a cypress tree. There's so much windy movement in these paintings, like the elements are all dancing together. I don't see fields of growing wheat in my daily life, but I often walk past some cornfields. The corn was almost knee-high when I saw it a few days ago. I get a similar feeling of summery promise looking at the corn as I do these paintings. The fields seem to be saying I'm growing again, just like I did last year.

In other news: I'm currently full of ideas, which I'm very excited about, but they require a little more time and thought to compose. With summer starting to get busy, I won't be posting as regularly or as frequently as in this past year. My new goal is to post roughly twice a week, with no set time or day. I've been publishing about three posts a week for a long time, and I just wanted to let you know, dear readers, that while the frequency of posts may be slowing down, I'll be putting more thought and care into this space.

I will be micro-blogging more frequently this summer on The Flying Clubhouse on Tumblr.

Thanks always for reading! <3

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Evening Pines

Purple smock dress
Romantic smock dress, vintage pendant
Thrifted black ankle boots
Vintage pendant
Boysenberry-colored smock dress, black tights
Purple smock dress, black contrast collar and cuffs
Purple #ootd
Pine cones
I planned this outfit as sort of a fall daydream - if you will - because long sleeves and tights are quite impractical right now. It's been in the upper 70s to the lower 90s recently, and since mid-May we've had that permanent stickiness in the crooks of our elbows that is caused humidity. I'm very happy it's June, but sometimes - throughout the year - I get a little homesick for autumn, and when the idea of his outfit popped into my head, I simply couldn't wait until late September to try it. Anyway, I hope this autumnal/wintry outfit might be just the thing for some of my Southern Hemisphere friends. 

I love a dress with a romantic smock silhouette, and it was great fun to spend an evening hanging out with the pine trees in boysenberry-colored garb. Do you ever wear something impractical just for the fun of it?

dress // tights: asos
boots // bag: thrifted
pendant // hat: vintage

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Berry Style

berry style

I've had delicious berries in mind. Recently, I made a blueberry and strawberry pie, which turned out surprisingly well (my pie crusts are usually horrific) and this started a obsession with all things berry. There were a few raspberry bushes behind the house where I grew up, and I have some happy memories of picking them with my sister in late summer.

I doubt I'd wear any of these items to go berry-picking (except for the pink headband), but I love the idea of being clad in blueberry, strawberry and raspberry tones all summer and fall.

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