As you might have noticed, the forests around me are anything but faded. I find no need to adjust the colors in my images to make things seem brighter or greener; our excessive rainfall leaves the region lush and vibrant. In fact, these pictures were snapped in a brief sunbreak between storms. I feel quite surrounded by green: books on green things, green packages, dresses, trees, and even the flora we clip and arrange around our house in pretty vases...
Also, please note my new-to-me shoes. I had a pair last year that was nearly exactly the same (vintage as well). That pair had the misfortune of not surviving my move across country; a couple of my boxes were lost in shipping and the one that contained those shoes (my favorite scarf and some books) was one of the boxes to go missing. These have thankfully filled the void the absence of the first pair left in my life. I look forward to wearing them much this summer to ground floaty dresses.
Hats in the Belfry hat
vintage shoes via RainbowJaguar
filigree ring via Gilt
The Quotation airplane ring
self-mixed nail polish
When I first started writing my blog I didn't really discuss what I was wearing (when I actually posted outfits); I figured the pictures would do the talking for me and used my words to muse on other subjects. However, as my blog popularity has grown I feel less comfortable discussing personal topics here. Believe it or not, I would prefer to not bare my soul to an Internet full of strangers! I also don't think it is right to compromise the privacy of my friends or family who have chosen not to have blogs. Fairly often I appear to live in total isolation, but while I am not a very social girl there are people I interact with in real life! There are dramas and stories to tell about their lives that overlap and affect my own, but is it really my place to discuss my part in them if it leads to compromising another's privacy? I think not and since I have total control over what is revealed and hidden on this blog there is a quite a lot that goes unsaid. So, until I find more interesting and non-invasive things to write about you might be left with musings on my outfits, complaints about the weather, and anecdotes about my lack of grace...
Clothes Horse dress c/o Modcloth
self-made bow belt
Seychelles shoes from my sisters
filigree ring via Gilt
This is probably the only dress in my closet that is this beige/nude color; it's the sort of color I worry will wash me out. However, this dress has been getting a lot of wear, so perhaps I should rethink my usual palette?
"To venerate the simple days
Which lead the seasons by,
Needs but to remember
That from you or me
They may take the trifle
Termed mortality!" -Emily Dickinson
all image by Anna Aden
I've succumbed to the lure of all-black outfits lately. There's a certain charm about the style that I quite enjoy and when you mix in a some heavy hardware I feel quite dramatic...almost theatrical, but in a good way. Resistance was futile when it came to pairing my studded handbag with my studded shoes; they just had to make an appearance together at least once. This ended up being the perfect outfit for an evening out at a dueling piano bar.
Jeffrey Campbells heels via Modcloth
This editorial for Vogue Germany channelled Brigette Bardot style perfectly. In fact, these shots could well have been stills from my favorite Bardot film: Le Mepris...only perhaps the lovely model Susan Eldridge looks much more happy than Bardot did in that film.
Susan Eldridge photographed by Enrique Badulescu for Vogue Germany
I am not the best tour guide (partly because I have only lived here for about a year) and I have a terrible sense of direction which means even when I attempt to lead a tour I will likely lead everyone astray. Despite this I attempted to visit every beautiful place I know while my friend was visiting. We hiked on Mt. Rainier, around Puget Sound's more quiet corners, explored abandoned military bunkers, caught some of the local music, and ate a lot of chocolate in between. These pictures are from our trip down to Oregon for a brief visit of Portland and Multnomah Falls. We got lucky with the weather and as always, the waterfalls were gorgeous.
We Love Colors tights
Bloch wedges via Gilt
*pictures of me by my friend
It has been stated that what a girl carries in her purse says a lot about her. While I can show and tell you what’s in my bag, I am definitely unable to analyze it for you—so you’ll have to draw your own conclusions from these hints and pictures. I require a fairly large purse on hand because I like to be able to carry my camera and a book nearly everywhere I go, but other than that I try to be sparing in what I tote around. For example, one of things that makes me think I’m not a girly-girl is that I don’t travel with any make-up—whatever I put on in the morning has to last all day…Other items that frequently make an appearance in the bag: my ipod, a few pens and my notebook, and a water bottle.
What's in my bag (clockwise from bottom):
-nude ballet flats, because walking in heels all day isn't easy or practical
-my car keys
-Orbitz sweetmint gum, this is my favorite package design, I love the way the circles look like ripples but are then broken up and re-collaged together
-my cell phone, although I often forget it at home
-Botiker wallet, it's a bit large but it holds all my essential cards and my cash
-Nasha, because I never know when I'm going to find somewhere cool to photograph her
-Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, I almost always have a book on hand and this one is a gift from my sister
-Cheap Monday sunglasses, in a sweet peachy shade
-not pictured, my Canon Rebel xs camera