Outfit: The Red Balloon

As soon as I received this little balloon purse in the mail I knew I needed to do a bright and colorful outfit post featuring it carrying me away. It took a little while for the perfect conditions--good weather, ideal outfit, etc, but we finally got the pictures I had envisioned in my head. This quiet path in the countryside was the perfect backdrop for the colorful and playful outfit. When I first began blogging I didn't really think fashion and interesting style was for people who lived in a countryside (like myself). Fashion seemed to exist in magazines and movies; outside of the printed page or screen then you might find fashion in a city where busy sidewalks seemed to make everyday life feel more like a runway. People often talk about how style isn't dependent upon budget, but it also isn't dependent on location. I attended college at rural university and slowly started to figure out my own style through this blog and with every picture I snapped in the empty woods and fields around my college I was trying to re-assure myself that yes "fashion" or style could exist there too. It didn't matter if no one else was wearing a dress to class everyday or heels were a little impractical for dirt paths--my impractical, slightly unusual clothes made me feel good. In the intervening years my style has traveled with me to a number of exciting cities and quiet hamlets.
So, here I am in a playful little shoot with my Valentino inspired (knock-off) skirt and new red balloon clutch carrying me into the sky because a red balloon reminds you of "Up" or even the famous short "The Red Balloon," and the pictures are fun and light--but they're also a metaphor for how fashion can take you places. It's not always about leaving the small town (or in my case trading one small town for another!), but about enjoying your personal fashion fantasy no matter where you are. Style exists as much in farmlands and dirt paths as it does on city sidewalks.


Elizabeth Murdock said...

These photographs are perfect as always and I adore your skirt. When I first started my blog last year I thought my photographs would be horrible in comparison to those of bloggers in New York but now I don't care if mine are in the Irish countryside after all where I live doesn't define my style and good photographs aren't only taken on city sidewalks! x

JessicaMC said...

That skirt is out of this world! Can't get over how bright and colourful it is. And that purse too! I think photos taken in the countryside are some of the best (from previous experience anyways). I would happily trade the city for the countryside any day! xo

Andini Ria said...

Wow adore these photos, my favourite post of yours so far! <3

Andini xx | Adventures of an Anglophile

Justina Kenyon said...

These photos are amazing! I don't even want to think of how long it must have taken to get that first shot. Whew.
I really appreciate what you have said here about fashion and location. I grew up in a small Vermont town, which I swapped for another small Vermont town about a year ago. I remember having strange feelings throughout high school about my love of fashion (not always pretty, but always there) and how that fit with my small town. I started reading your blog around the time I started college, which is also when I discovered that I could dress however I wanted, even if no one else around me looked the same. I've gone through a lot of other fashion blogs, but always come back to yours because I can relate to where you are.

Mari said...

Just love your one tone on these pictures! 1970 vibes :) love it. - Mari


Lindsey Puls said...

Wow these photos are just awesome! You should do a tutorial on how to capture a photo like your first one. :) And that skirt - how cute! Shein is definitely finding a special place in my heart.

I come from a very, very rural town and especially loved this line, "Style exists as much in farmlands and dirt paths as it does on city sidewalks." I couldn't agree more!

Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Have Clothes, Will Travel

LIVforstyle said...

So fashionable!



Kat said...

I've always loved how whimsical your photos and styling can be, definitely a big fan. The purse is so adorable!

I feel that fashion can feel really elitist sometimes - you have to look a certain way, have a certain attitude, wear a certain designer in order to even get a second glance. But I think that's why style prevails. Everyone has a chance to show off who they are no matter how big or small their platform is.

x beauty, style, life | bespectacled

kelsey_the farmer's daughter said...

this is actually the cutest post I've ever seen! that first photo is perfection! ;) you are so lovely, and I loved reading your thoughts about fashion and style. it's so true that they're not dependent on your location!

Anna said...

Really adorable! Cutest purse ever; and just love all the vibrant colors! The photo itself is also amazing! :D

matkailijakirppu said...

Oh! The balloon bag is just perfect! Great pics! :)

Birgit said...

I like your outfit! And that first picture is amazing!