Folk Art Movement

Sometimes when a shop or independent line contacts me and I look at their pieces I think "why didn't I know about you before?!" That was the feeling I had when I first saw Rusty Cuts; her handmade dresses using vintage fabrics are so quintessentially my style I don't know how I went so long without being familiar with her work. Naturally I jumped at the opportunity to work with her and snag a dress for myself--this one is a mix of velvet, lace, polka dots and a vintage tea towel. The folk art pattern is so charming and I really like the way she mixed it with a polka print on the sides and back; also the colors couldn't be more perfect for the season. It's quite comfortable and I think I'll even be able to layer blouses under this when I get back home. With the plethora of fast fashion available it's also wonderful to add one-of-a-kind pieces to your wardrobe (at less than $80 too). She even makes a Star Wars dress I wouldn't mind adding to my closet as well...
More leaves are finally starting to change over here. Fall is so often a gradual, uneven progression--one tree will turn completely gold while all the ones around it continue to be green or there's a carpet of dead leaves underfoot as you walk but the canopy above your head looks nearly like spring. So, it's been a mix here of green and slightly autumnal hues in the trees. After a number of days of strong winds and rain it was really nice to take these pictures on a mild day and enjoyable walk in the woods. Good weather after a spate of bad weather is rather like being able to breathe clearly after a cold--you really appreciate how comfortable it is to be outside and not simultaneously half-frozen.
P.S. If you're a fan of Rusty Cuts then be sure to check back this afternoon as I will be hosting a giveaway and one winner will receive the Rusty Cuts dress of their choice.

Outfit details:
H&M cardigan (similar)
old tights (similar)
*pictures by Thomas



  1. Such a lovely look. Love your shoes! :)

  2. This dress looks like it was made for you. All of your pictures from Northern Ireland have looked like a fairytale coming to life. It's very inspiring.

    Side note, I like the new background. :)

  3. Very unique look. The pattern is stunning and the tights are such a lovely warm colour :) In my opinion fall suits you the most ;)

  4. i love your barrette!


  5. The Star Wars was already on my wishlist, but your folk art pattern dress is very special! just love it. The back is also special and your styling of tights and shoes makes it perfect for fall.

  6. Incredible dress and so flattering! My favourite outfit you've posted since the new hair colour :)

  7. Wow, new found obsession in Rusty Cuts! You look fantastic in that dress, the colors are wonderful on you. I also LOVE the new blog design, it's not at all what I would have expected but it's really lovely. The simple whimsical black-on-white drawings remind me of the background on, but with a totally different feel that's 100% you.

    Haley Serrano
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  8. That dress is a dreeeam! Handmade for the win. It looks lovely with your hair.

  9. Folk art prints are some of my favourites. They're the perfect mix of history and whim. Very cute!

  10. This dress is wonderful and so perfect for fall with its autumnal colors. I really love that she incorporated a vintage tea towel into this dress. Her shop is adorable and you look adorable in this dress!


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