Outfit: Saying "Yes" To Fashion Experiments

My fashion philosophy over the years has become "never say never," to sartorial experiments anyway! There are still plenty of things I will say "no" and "never" to without a second thought! But fashion-wise experimentation is a very safe (although still sometimes daunting) realm. You might feel self-conscious or not yourself in a different style dress or new haircut, but they're hardly life-threatening. I took on overalls earlier this spring--and I'm so glad I did--and now I'm styling up a turban! I fell in love with Brothers and Sisters turbans on Instagram and admired them on a number of French bloggers, but to wear one myself was still a bit intimidating. One of the first style bloggers I ever followed (and whom I seem to mention all to frequently) was a girl named Agathe who wrote the now defunct Style Bytes. Her style was playful, but sophisticated and I remember she rocked several turbans. That was back in 2006 and I remember knowing where she got one of her turbans from, but still not daring to purchase one for myself because I thought it would look silly on me. Well, now it's 2016, ten years after my first fashion turban cravings and maybe it does look silly on me (Thomas did say "what is that thing on your head?"), but I think I like it.

One of the key "tricks" for me when experimenting with fashion is to pair the *daring* with the familiar. So from the neck up I'm trying out something new for me, but from the next down things are very familiar in my favorite dress shape, my over-worn black flats, and classic leather jacket. It's like trying some strange food for your appetizer, but getting something you already know you like for your main so you won't be starving! My dress is by Emily G.; who handmakes all of her distinct vintage-inspired dresses in Brooklyn. I'm always a sucker for a retro dress and even more so when they come in a bold, unique print like the Typography dress. The print is so fun and I love the little pops of color.

Outfit: Creeping Clematis & An Old Favorite Dress

Isn't this the prettiest wall of flowers? We spotted it last spring while on a walk and this spring I've been stopping by the wall routinely, waiting patiently for it to bloom again. Then one day, we went by and there it was again in all its glory--covered with creeping vines of clematis apple blossom in nearly full bloom. I think it will actually bloom a bit more before the blossoms start to fall away, so I'll probably be back by this wall again in the next couple of weeks to snap more pictures. It's far too pretty to not document in great detail!   

Does this dress look familiar to you? I first wore it on the blog almost exactly two years ago, back in May of 2014 while exploring antique malls and vintage shops in Pennslyvania with Thomas. I had red hair then and between my hair and Thomas's accent one of the shopowners told me, "you look so Irish!" I suppose that's why I still think of this as my green Irish spring dress. Yes, I semi-name certain dresses and pieces in my closet; mostly I associate them with specific scenes or moments. Anyway, I like this dress as much now as I did when I first got it (and Modcloth restocked it if anyone else is interested in it) and styled it up a bit more vintage-inspired this time.

French Connection hat, dress c/o Modcloth, old shoes, vintage purse
*pictures by Thomas*

Outfit: Inside A Neglected Walled Garden

I started taking the pictures for this post by myself, mostly outside this little neglected wall garden, posing against the broken gate. Thomas was elsewhere in the park fishing and I kept peeking wistfully at the cherry blossoms beyond the gate, but respected the walls too much to venture inside...until several people walking their dogs did step through the gap in the gate and stroll leisurely around the garden. Eventually I worked up the courage to follow their lead and also wander around inside. It's clear no one is tending this garden, a former pond is a tangle of weeds, but it's still quite lovely in spring--nature needing no man's hand to thrive and bloom. It reminded me quite a bit of The Secret Garden.

Don't these pieces look perfect together? I got this little sweater top from Unique Vintage (because in Northern Ireland every season is sweater season) and wasn't sure what I was going to pair it with when this new skirt by Space 46 Boutique arrived the mail. Match made in heaven! I have a few tulle skirts now, I can't resist the drama of them, but I think this new style and color might be my favorite one yet. It's from their soft tulle collection which is every bit as romantic as a normal tulle skirt, but a less full silhouette that makes it more wearable. The color is also a refreshing shift from my usual girly pink skirts or bridal white one. It works well now in spring with this pale blue, but can't you also see it in autumn paired with a little leather jacket, tights, boots, and the same beret?  

Outfits: The Gatekeeper

If I was starting my blog now rather than way back in 2007, I probably would have gone with the blog name of "The Gatekeeper" or perhaps "The Wee Gatekeeper."

Outfit: Perfume Ad

Well, this ended up looking far more like a perfume ad than I had intended!