Tuesday, 29 June 2010

If Only the Sun Were On My Side

Oh, dang it! So there I was putting together a cheery, fun ensemble for the beautiful sunny day outside my window, completely unaware that as soon as I set foot on the cobblestones a massive horde of clouds would flood the sky. Fail. On top of that, the light was decidedly inconsistent, which unfortunately comes across in the post. Well, at least the dress and boat hat do their best to make up for Scotland's dismal weather habits. The dress is my absolute favourite (a graduation present) and the boat hat (on sale for 10 quid at UO) is a courteous replacement for the headband Maria spilled beer all over (classy)(j.k. I love you). Paired with the gold ring-bracelet (totally 'Prince of Persia' inspired) I think I found the perfect look a bright and luminous day. If only the druid gods of Scotland agreed...


Dress: Anthropologie; Sandals/Cameo: Florence, Italy; Boat Hat/Blazer/Ring-Bracelet: UO; Clutch: Vintage from my Nana

Sunday, 27 June 2010

In My Messenger...

I always love the blogger trend of revealing the many mysterious items a lady keeps in her purse. I myself usually lug around anything to keep me occupied in a cafe (or pub) setting. Moleskins and a Nintendo DS are the most essential, obviously. And of course I can't live without my adorable Totoro wallet, a special gift from Mr. Bretton. Writing, drawing, gaming, reading...a nerd's life for me!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Scottish Prairie

I had such an incredible adventure today with my dearest Bretton and Maria. The quality of light in these pictures is positively surreal. I barely had to edit them to achieve this pseudo Victorian/early American mood. I found this 1970s vintage sun dress at my favourite vintage emporium and I can't express my obsession with it. I used a plain, cheap white dress from H&M as a slip (a way better option, if you ask me) so that it wasn't quite so riskily sheer. I haven't done my hair like this in a while but I think it's a trend I'm gonna need to get into again.

Boy, if this beautiful countryside (located right in the center of Edinburgh) doesn't convince one to visit this city...I just don't know what will. I salute you, Bonnie Scotland.



Dress/Sunglasses: Armstrong's Vintage Emporium; Sandals: UO; Cardigan: Express; Belt: H&M; Hair clip: made by me :D ; Necklace: discovered randomly in my basement; Octopus Ring: Modcloth

Remember to check out Maria at Draft of Vintage for her stellar kin-post to this one!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Blustery Day

What a magnificent windy day! It's quite chilly for June by a New Englander's standards, but I'm enjoying the difference. I think it's pretty clear that the stars of this post are my spankin' new platform clogs, which I have been pining after for quite a few months now. I finally found exactly what I was looking for at River Island and needed only 3 days to let the thought of how lovely they'd look on my feet marinate before I rushed over to buy them. They are surprisingly easy to walk on, even if worn during a night out when alcohol is consumed (the ultimate test for heels). I'm looking forward to pairing them with some ankle socks and a dress when the time comes...for now, I'm very happy with simple straight leg jeans. So many possibilities to explore!



Shoes: River Island; Jeans/Blazer: Urban Outfitters; Indian Embroidered Top: purchased somewhere in Edinburgh when I visited 7 years ago; Earrings: Accessorize

Monday, 7 June 2010

A World in a Moleskin


Here is a little project I'm working on in the hopes that it might more deeply immerse me in this strange little world I'm attempting to create. The "book" (if it can yet be so ambitiously labeled) I'm writing is a fantasy where the hero is, you guessed it, a gardener named Tiernan. I had so much fun coming up with all the plant names and attributes that I felt I had to sketch them out. This journal, which has actually makes a brief appearance in the text, proves to be my greatest link to my protagonist and his world. It makes everything real for me, and provides a wonderful source of relaxation. Just wanted to share what I spent the greater part of my day constructing. Hope you enjoy it!

I'd love to see any journal projects you guys have been working on. Send them my way!

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Dearly Departed

I had an absolute blast playing around in Greyfriar's Cemetery today, where I experimented with some new poses, burst mode, and varying levels of light. Isn't this place positively haunted? Well, it's supposed to be one of the most haunted sites in the world. Apparently each year a skeleton surfaces after a particularly heavy rainfall, since back in the day they packed a few too many dearly departed beneath this grassy mound (which was once a valley). A section of it's even closed off because too many tourists were getting 'strange injuries' while inside it. Even if one doesn't believe in that sort of thing, it certainly adds some flavor to the city.

Anyways, the outfit: I love pairing a really complicated piece with something simple and neutral. This vintage beaded white 'vest' (? I'm not sure what else to call it ?) craves to be the focal point of the ensemble, so I stuck it with a black tank and mini. Let the vintage have the limelight.



Vest: Herman Brown Vintage; Tank/Mini Skirt: H&M; Sandals/Messenger Bag: UO

Special thanks to Mr. Brilliant Bretton for teaching me how to make gifs!