Friday, June 29, 2012
Erin and I discovered just how popular these types of shirts currently are. The sheer fabric is so big right now, it was difficult to find tops that weren't made out of it. And the style of these sleeveless shirts has completely overtaken stores. I found tons of shirts that I adored, but they were oh so similar to each other.
These murals are located under a bridge in the park. I think little kids painted them or something... either way, it's rather cool. I've had this wall in mind to use for pictures for a while now, and I figured it'd work swimmingly with the bold-colored theme. As I mentioned earlier, I've needed to add solid colored pieces to my collection. This notion struck me one day when I noticed that nearly all of my shirts have printed designs. I can't help it that I'm drawn to busy patterns and lacey details! Trading in the florals for this pop-of-color ensemble is refreshing for a change, even for me. It highlights my retro side. Not my most retro, by far, but it's a good introduction.
|Top: A'GACI, skirt: Forever 21,|
shoes/nail polish: Target
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
|Top/pants: Forever 21, |
collared shirt (underneath): thrifted, altered
shoes: Shoe Carnival
So what if I'm writing this at 2:45 am? Sleep is for the weak. Or maybe it's "sleep is for the week," in which case I've got it all kinds of wrong. Anyways, I simply MUST share with you my latest inspiration. Rouche's newest lookbook, "Under the Tuscan Sun," is utterly gorgeous. I have literally swooned through it a dozen times by now. Besides the fact that I generally love all things Mediterranean (particularly the food), I absolutely adore the essence of everything found within the electronic pages of the lookbook. The colors, patterns, and fabrics have the breezy flow to them, and the clothing combinations? It blows my mind to see the art put into action. Way to go, Rouche. You've won my approval. Of course, it's not like I didn't admire them before. Because I did.
|Necklace: Charming Charlie,|
ring: antique (great grandmother's)
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I'm going to go ahead and get it out in the open: my all-time favorite color is rose. Sage/mint green is a very close second. Honestly, I have a weak spot for anything in shades of pastel. It's funny how my fashion sense has developed throughout the years. I once went through a stage of bold colors and loud prints, all stemming from an 80's vibe. What can I say? 80's music is classic, and the people were always so happy being totally rad. But I've drastically toned down since then. I look to the 40's for much of my inspiration, blended with a certain French/Victorian-esque flair. At the same time, several aspects of the 70's intrigue me. I really have many facets to my style. The result of these morphed contradictions yields whatever I am.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
I guess this would be a good opportunity to tell a little bit about the city of Manchester, TN, where I happen to currently reside. More than likely, you have never heard of Manchester unless you relate it to the yearly music festival, "Bonnaroo." That's practically the only reason Manchester is on the map. However, for the other 361 days of the year, Manchester is... how do I put it delicately? It doesn't have much to offer. And I don't mean that in a "oh, it has the quaintness of a small town with undiscovered treasures" kind of way. It literally lacks things to do. Unless you really have passion for farming or Walmart, that is. Coming from someone who thrives in a city, one can easily fall into a flat line of boredom. But I don't want to single out the less than stellar thing about Manchester. It harbors some of the most incredible human beings (who I will eventually be introducing you to), for starters. There are a couple antique shops around here, but my bestie Erin and I generally venture to Tullahoma, the neighboring town, for our thrifting. Manchester does have an arts center on the square, which is a refreshing dash of culture. More importantly, it's a vital part of my life. As a member, I have involved myself in the plays and activities they've hosted for the past three years.
Manchester has potential, it's just a slow-growing society. You have to believe in it and continue to nurture its development, like a mother bird does its young. (Ok, so birds might not have been the most appropriate choice for my analogy, but it was the best I could come up with at the moment.) I will be the first to admit that I didn't believe in Manchester when I first moved here, but this last year has really allowed me to see things differently.