Solitude Is Impratical, Yet Society Is Fatal

My sad little owl bag was quite pleased to be liberated from the closet. Despite the fact that I've had this purse for nearly a year, my father still asked me if it was new. I suppose this is the problem with having so many purses; each doesn't see the light of day that often. My mother prefers to invest in one nice purse and uses that until it falls apart. She will literally use the exact same every single day with every single outfit, which I find very admirable (it also means she's less likely to missplace her keys, wallet, etc...), but so foreign from my personal preferences. I don't usually like to match so literally as I am with today's outfit (I like the color blue more than I dislike matchy-matchy accessories), but I still like to coordinate the accessories in every outfit very precisely. Shoes and handbags are never grabbed with the thought "these will go well enough" (unless I'm away from home and don't have access to all my options), but rather quite thoughtfully selected. I like to test out various combinations and possibilities in front of the mirror until I find a pairing that I respond to. I don't know, I admire the way my mother dresses with so much practicality in mind...but I haven't quite been able to give up my impractical sensibilities yet.


Outfit details:
owl purse via market in Florence
Seychelles heels, gift from my sisters
Clinque red, red, red lipstick

CONVERSATION

50 comments:

  1. The thing is, with your selection, and with the main focal point of your ensemble clearly being the swingy goodness of your clear waters blue dress, the matchy-matchy-ness of your shoes and bag don't stand out, but rather harmonize nicely.

    I'm so jealous it's full-swing Spring in your neck of the woods.

    It went back to February in Detroit. We are predicted to get up to 4" of more snow by 1PM today!

    Ridiculous!

    Enjoy your sunlight and liberated legs! Happily envious of you.

    xx{ish.},
    Mae Lu @ thereafterish.!

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  2. I love the owl bag! The way it picks up the colors in your shoes is great.

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  3. Wow, you do match perfectly! That bag is still so cute, and I'm a big fan of those heels too.

    I prefer to stick to a very small number of bags, myself. I don't use the same one every time, but I don't like to swap between them constantly. (Actually, I prefer to go with pockets rather than an actual bag as much as possible... I don't find that I need much more than keys+phone+wallet most of the time, and it's less of a hassle.)

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  4. love the pretty cami under the dress, adds a little extra sweetness.

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  5. Very sweet outfit, I love the purse! Everytime I stop to look at a new bag my boy tells me, you already have enough bags! And I tell him, poppycock, you can never have enough bags. ;)

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  6. beautiful! i know a few people who would love to get their hands on that divine purse of loveliness!

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  7. I love the whole outfit! Gorgeous dress and shoes, and cute purse! XOXO, www.NatalyasCloset.com

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  8. Oh wow, the bag and the shoes go together perfectly. I love your owl purse -- it just seems to fit so well with your style of animal-themed items.

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  9. lovely dress
    amazing bag, love the shoes

    http://yingsaranporn.blogspot.com/

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  10. I love this cute little dress. It's the prefect spring shade!

    By the by, I remember the owl bag :) I must fall somewhere between you and your mother on the bag front. I have a bunch of bags and I try to switch it up BUT I have two or so "investment bags" which I wear to death. none of mine are animal shaped though, which I think needs to be remedied!

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  11. I couldn't decide what I loved the most about this- your hair, bag, dress or shoes. I refuse to choose, you look so beautiful!
    nikki

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  12. I nearly bought a purse very similar to that last time I was in Rome - it is so beautiful! Beautiful pictures xoxo

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  13. i think mums convert themsleves at some point- because all mums seem the same- mine too carries around the same bag until it is ruined!
    i love this owl bag and it is such a great pairing with your shoes!

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  14. AH! WHAT a cute bag! love it! I got a lil owl coin purse in japan, but I love the hugeness of the purse.

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  15. I usually end up using the same bag day by day, but it is only because I am kind of a spaz and I always leave things out when I switch bags. Going out dancing and finding myself locked out of your apartment at 3:00am because your keys are in your other purse is a very rude awakening, indeed. :)

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  16. That dress has such a wonderful sense of movement, you look stunning in it

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  17. I love the owl bag! I've seen owls make an appearance on several fashion blogs!

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  18. Look Rebecca! I found his brother of your purse (;
    http://couturecourier.tumblr.com/post/4265466218/a-really-cute-owl-purse-polka-dot-knee-high

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  19. bag + shoes = perfect! and like someone mentioned before, since your adorable dress is plain enough, you can go a little more crazy with your bag. I really want that bag... LOL!

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  20. See, I quite like being matchy-matchy. Mainly because it's a bit easier, so I do admire anyone who can put an outfit together without it being obviously matchy-matchy!

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  21. Lovely outfit and lovely scenery!

    I thought you might be interested in this post (partly insired by your amazing diamond dress)

    http://s-arahm-aria.blogspot.com/2011/04/harlequin-2.html

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  22. Gorgeous dress - love how you styled it.

    I wish I was so sure footed at matching my bags and shoes. All too often I stumble out of the house in the morning thinking I'd prefer another bag and another pair of shoes but there is no time to find them. Better organization skills sorely required! :)

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  23. The owl bag is too cute ahh! It matches your shoes perfectly though.

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  24. you really do have a lot of purses. I have one purse. i can't imagine a need for more than one at a time, honestly. seems a bit materialistic but I'm a minimalist so no one seems to understand my perspective and I am just stating my mindset is a lot different than most (we all have different convictions). anyway I think this dress is gorgeous on you and I really do love when you wear those shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. @Victoria/Justice Pirate, I sort of get where you're coming from. I mean, I agree I only "need" one purse. But I also only "need" a few bland items and I'd be covered enough to not be arrested for public indecency. If more than one bag seems materialistic, why doesn't more than one dress? Ultimately, materialism is defined by someone's concern for their material posessions, that they place too much value on them. I collect purses the way some people collect stamps, but I place more value in my family, my faith, my experiences, and other intangibles rather than any of my belongings.
    But I do get where you are coming from. It's just a delicate balance between what you are able to acquire and placing too much emphasis on needing to acquire more.

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  26. That bag is so cute. Love the owl :)

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  27. Hi there Rebecca! Lovely outfit as always! :)
    I think you will like this post on this blog http://arrastamentodoponto.blogspot.com/2011/02/desenhos-em-estilo-doodle.html
    Enjoy!

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  28. I always admire that purse, it's so quirky! I'm going to Tuscany in June and hopefully we're going to try and grab a day in Florence - I'm going to be scouring all the markets, ha! :)

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  29. That dress is adorable! I love how well the purse and shoes go together.

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  30. What a sweet dress! The red lipstick sets it off perfectly.

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  31. The whole ensemble is amazing. The lippy with your hair colour. I adore the bag and shoes. Perfection.

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  32. Ah! I love this outfit. So clean and fresh-- and that owl bag is darling!

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  33. Your outfit is fabulous. My dad is a buy nothing kind of guy. I know what you mean. When you have a parent that's so practical it makes you recognized your impracticalities so much more. I adore that owl bag!

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  34. I love this outfit so much! The owl bag is amazing. I'm one of those people that use a purse until it wears out too. I'd just rather spend my money on shoes than bags!

    - Jamie Rose

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  35. I really like how it goes together without being overly matchy matchy!
    Btw, I know what you mean, I have around 30 purses, and I totally thought everyone else had that too, but apparently people buy expensive ones like louis vuitton and wear that everyday... I could never do that!
    Bellesme

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  36. the purse and the shoes are so complimentary

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  37. So cute! I love the bag! and omg.. your lipstick!

    http://nanysklozet.blogspot.com

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  38. the shoes were made for that bag! :)

    I'm the one bag person right now. If I go out I put my essentials in a little clutch to make it easier and I still forget things in the end!

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  39. that owl purse! so cute!

    spring lookbook up!
    http://hammocksandtrampolines.blogspot.com
    http://etsy.com/shop/puddinp0p

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  40. I adore bags and have a fair few but I'm one of those who carries the same bag around everywhere instead of trying to match. I think it's probably because going to uni everyday, I have to take my folder, bottle, wallet etcetc and it's just easier to not have to swap things around.

    I do mix it up when going out to parties and such though.

    but yeah, like everyone else said- adore the owl bag, the shoes and the whole ensemble. you inspire me to wear more dresses.

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  41. J'adooooore ta robe, en fait j'adore toutes tes robes, elles sont magnifiques! Je visite souvent ton site et je n'ai jamais commenté (Je crois), mais voilà, tu as un super beau style, toujours des ''pretty things'' et des belles photos! xox

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  42. That purse is seriously my favourite! It's so unique!

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  43. the blue dress and your hair are amazing.... love the style so flowy and spring like

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  44. This light blue dress is so lovely on you! I love the owl bag and how it matches your shoes too! :) Too cute!

    - Meanz (Koi Story)

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  45. Wow, the bag is so amazing and unique, I've never seen anything like that before. Your outfit is pretty and full of summer. Love the pics.

    - Anu
    aninspirationburstuponher.blogspot.com

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  46. The bag is amazing - I love owls and this one is just adorable)
    I envy you so much - it's so warmn and sunny where you live/ We're still wearing coats and boots(

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