Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Walking in the Rain

Dogwood
Here are a few snaps from our weekend. It was rainy and misty Saturday, but bright and cloudless on Easter. Sunday was beautiful, but all the blooms shined particularly bright in the rain.

Bix Beiderbecke (1903 – 1931) - I Don't Mind Walkin' in the Rain

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Baby Blue

Denim playsuit
Denim playsuit, baby blue t-shirt
Think Pink Megalast lipstick, denim playsuit
April has definitely been denim month on October Rebel, and this outfit of the day features my new best friend, the denim playsuit. I'm pretty sure I'm going to be living in cotton and playsuits (and specifically cotton playsuits) all spring and summer. This one reminds me of the shortalls I wore all the time as a kid (although those had a sparkly dragonfly embroidered on the front)!

I'm also wearing my new favorite lipstick, Wet n Wild Megalast in "Think Pink," seen recently in this post. It's sort of the perfect light Barbie-lip pink. I think it must be the least drying of all my lipsticks - which makes it much more fun to wear. I saw Kailey of Mermaidens singing the praises of these lipsticks for a while, but I only recently gave one a try. I'd definitely go back for more, and I have my eye on "Dollhouse Pink."

I gave this outfit (or at least the shirt and playsuit part of this outfit) a spin yesterday on our walk through the park. Everything was in bloom, and after this especially long winter, it was a sight for sore eyes. The Redbud and Virginia Bluebells were especially beautiful. 

Did you have a chance to get outdoors this Easter weekend?
playsuit // sunnies (similar): asos
denim jacket (similar) // shoes: thrifted
headband (similar) // bag: modcloth
shirt (similar): second-hand

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Opposites

Mata Traders floral dress, denim jacket
Thrifted denim jacket, purple tights, fair trade dress
Mata Trader's Meet Me in the Meadow close-up
This cold front makes me want to run off to sunshine and wisteria at a castle in Santorini, like the characters in Enchanted April. However, my Merlot tights and this denim jacket are useful emergency layers for fickle April.

When Mata Traders sent me this dress, I immediately thought it would look great with a denim jacket, and sure enough, it does! It's a marriage of delicate prairie florals and a classic modern piece. I love it when opposites attract in my wardrobe. (By the way, this dress is currently on sale)!

Have a beautiful weekend!

I've Got A Feeling I'm Falling - Gene Austin, 1929
  Denim and florals for spring
Cotton florals, denim jacket
dress: c/o mata traders
boots // jacket (similar) // bag: thrifted
necklace: 162 pens
tights: shop ruche

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Falls

Last weekend, we visited Linville Falls in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The weather was surprisingly warm and the sky was incredibly blue - and less than perfectly captured by me as photographer! I also wish I could better show you the gorgeous colors in the rock layers - it may sound strange, but they were so vibrant in person. 

Anyway, we had a wonderful time. Spring always comes later in these higher elevations, and it felt great to be in the mountains wearing shorts and t-shirts. There's nothing like spending time outdoors to refresh the brain for new creative endeavors. Sometimes just stepping out into the back yard helps. 

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Paper Hats and Stars

Denim jacket and cute straw hat
Paper straw hat, thrifted denim jacket, casual jeans
Dandelion fluff
Paper straw hat and Dainty June stars top
This Dainty June cotton top from Modcloth was one of my better investments last summer, and now that warm weather is here, I've been wearing it - fanatically - all almost every day.

I was so excited to find this denim jacket at a thrift store recently. I had the bug for the perfect denim jacket, and knowing how expensive they can be new, I wasn't sure I'd have much luck thrifting one. Surprisingly, three great candidates were found, and I went with this one. It's just the thing for early spring or fall, when it gets windy or chilly - but not too chilly. It's very nice as it is, but I have nefarious plans to make it a lighter blue with bleach-washing.
Casual spring outfit
Casual denim jacket, paper straw hat, Dainty June stars top, jeans
hat: target (old)
denim jacket (similar) // belt: thrifted
jeans (similar) // bag: second-hand
shoes: amazon

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Casual Days

People Tree cotton sailor top, Malia Designs bag
Red rose
Navy sailor top from People Tree
Lately, I've been thinking about strengthening the casual side of my wardrobe. When it comes to investing in clothes, spending a little more on casual pieces can be counterintuitive. But since casual is what I wear on a daily basis, it should be the strongest part of my wardrobe.

Last summer was...hot. And humid! Let me elaborate: it was our first summer in our current residence, and I found myself ill-equipped. Last year, I had one or two good summer pieces, and I also invested in some cute - but not as comfortable - clothes. This year, I'm adding a few pieces that are more durable and comfortable - this is especially important for our plans to spend more time outdoors this season. I'm so excited!

All these recent looks with shortalls and denim rompers have really got me inspired. I've had light denim, straw hats, shorts and breezy playsuits on the brain. I've made a Pinterest board with some warm-weather inspiration to help narrow down my choices. Usually my boards like this are secret, but I thought I'd share this one so you can see what I - causally - have my beady eyes on.

Today's outfit is an example of the kind of casual I'm going for. These denim shorts (similar here) were a lucky thrift store find. Shorts are among my favorite garments, but they're so difficult to find in a good fit. These are great, however, and are so comfortable I plan on living in them all spring and summer. This cotton top by People Tree is the perfect anti-t-shirt, with its structured sailor collar and crisp contrast trim. Easy-breezy!

How do you approach warm-weather casual? Share links, if you like! :-)
Thrifted denim shorts, People Tree sailor top, #fairtradefashion
people tree top: asos
shorts (similar) // belt: thrifted
satchel: c/o malia designs

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spring Things II



They say March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. But this March alternated between herbivore and carnivore from day to day. We had temperatures in the 70s, snow, and sunny weather between torrents of rain. Shorts one day, a wool coat the next! Despite even more rain, I'm so glad it's April.
Last week my sister came to visit. We went on a hike, which was cut short by an impending thunderstorm. (Thunder sounds so different and drawn out when you're on a mountain). But we had a blast anyway. The trail we took is almost always crowded, but the hikers must have heeded the forecast because it was eerily deserted. 

"I was born on the side of a hill," my sister joked, quoting Bringing Up Baby, when she saw how I was standing in the above photo.
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