Tuesday, May 3, 2016

For lo, the winter is past...

...Although the rain is definitely not over and gone!  The snow is, though, and for that I am thankful.  Our last few snows were quite late this year, though... the last snow was a full month ago (as were these pictures!)

Kelly green 1950s vintage Don Loper suit paired with raspberry pink accessories for spring

I was pretty sick of the whole slushy winter thing when I picked out this outfit, so I went with bright colors in hopes of warding off the last of the winter doldrums.  The suit was a bit of a squish, but I've been getting more active and getting back on top of my eating habits (darn you winter and your coldness) so hopefully I'll be able to wear it a few more times this spring and a little more comfortably before it gets too warm.

Soutache collar detailing on a bright green Don Loper suit paired with a goldtone rhinestoned brooch set and a bright pink close hat with matching rhinestones

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Sound the trumpet, strike the viol, etc.

I've been sitting on these pictures for months and I'm glad I can finally share them!  My fiance gave his graduate voice recital this winter and finally got the recordings back this past week.  He was gracious enough to give me an excuse to sing with him by programming a few duets into the concert... so I got to break out the fancy duds and get on stage.  You can watch the whole recital on YouTube here or continue reading for more of the fashion show.

You'll have to forgive my incredibly nonplussed face in these photos, when we took them it was below freezing and rather windy, so the few photos sans fur are brought to you by me being very very cold but pretending not to be.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April Showers

I realize as I set about writing this post that I have been absent here the whole past week.  I had a week "off" from class, which I spent in equal parts frantically working on classwork and avoiding the computer at all costs.  I'm back now, though, and I have passed my midterm exam of sorts and am on to part two.

Spring has been very hesitant in arriving this year.  A few days of warm weather and then we're back below freezing again.  I have absolutely no flowers on my daffodils, they've all been too confused!  I've been eager for the weather to switch over, though, so I've been wearing a lot of lighter dresses with thermal underwear and wool coats.

I purchased this dress at the tail end of winter after letting it languish in my Etsy favorites for quite some time.  I was torn on whether the adorable novelty print was worth the somewhat iffy condition.  With the dress in hand, the condition doesn't seem so bad but the whole thing is a bit on the short side for me.  I'm not sure whether it'll stay in my closet permanently, but for now I'm willing to fake it with a belt... because umbrellas.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Put a Bird on it!

I have for you today my other Easter outfit.  Yes, as a church musician I had the opportunity and obligation to attend Easter services twice!  For the Saturday night vigil service I opted for slightly more toned-down color scheme, but an equally impressive hat.

This hat was another repair project... the birds had both gotten rather low on feathers so I re-covered them in fresh feathers and worked in the less bedraggled originals.  This hat also has a lot of veil, so for the service and general non-beekeeper looks I kept it tucked up behind the brim of the hat.  The full veil effect is pretty neat, though:

The consensus was that it looked like I should be film noir character in a private detective's office discussing the matter of my poor dead extremely wealthy husband!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Now the Green Blade Riseth...

I'm still not used to this whole doing-Easter-when-it's-cold thing.  It's really hard to dress up in your spring finest when the temperature is only getting up to maybe 45 degrees!  And singing all the songs about spring and rebirth when it's all still quite brown outside and only the crocuses have started blooming feels kind of funny.  I took a stab at it anyway (clearly), making sure to wear another top and opaque tights under my Easter dress.  My grey wool coat is just outside of the frame in these pictures though, believe me!

The focal point of my outfit, though was the enormous flower-covered hat I bought from Emileigh of Flashback Summer back in the fall.  The veil is actually enormous and covers most of my face, but since it has a few small tears (as veils so often do) and it seems odd to have my face covered while singing in a choir, I opted to tuck the end up under the flowers to shorten it.

The flowers themselves are actually a bit of an interesting side note.  The flowers on the hat had not aged terribly well, and were slightly spotted with discoloration and overall rather dingy looking next to the crisp white stripes of my dress.  So, since I didn't exactly have time to order dead-stock millinery supplies before Easter Sunday, I went to Michael's and grabbed a few big fake hydrangeas in appropriate colors and went to town on them.  You can see the process on instagram here and here, I carefully removed the old flowers from the hat and then cut apart the fake hydrangeas and arranged them to mimic the originals.  Then I tacked them on with needle and thread, so if I ever want to swap them out for something more authentic it will be pretty simple!