I have a bit of an affinity for anything organic. And I don’t mean the label on our produce that’s become trendy these days; but rather the way nature manifests itself in fashion. A floral print, a leaf embroidery, a fruit-speckled handbag. So when this adorable necklace appeared under my Christmas tree from my best friend in Aus – a wearable planter (!) – I immediately started brimming with styling possibilities.
I‘ve had a few new additions to the wardrobe these past few months – the Christmas Elves certainly know which vintage stores to shop in! And four of my recent acquisitions all managed to find each other in this perfect outfit. And each one charms me with her unique details. As you’ve probably guessed by now, I am completely powerless to resist a unique shoe or accessory…
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
and not, when I came to die,
discover that I had not lived.Thoreau
I can get a bit disconnected from nature – we move so quickly and are so glued to our beeping devices and our calendars and our podcasts that sometimes I forget to venture outside and see where the adventure takes me. Wandering down a well-worn path, collecting miniature wildflowers to tuck inside my necklace…finding a world away from the hustle and bustle.
In particular, the past few months have been just about existing. Moving forward. Keeping my head above water. Doing what I need to just get through the day. Eating quickly, racing from one lecture to writing the next. The clatter of my heels a constant echo down the hallway. Then, crash into bed each night only to wake up and begin again. Lather, rinse, repeat. And though I know this is my trial by fire – the cross all new faculty members must bear – I welcome the reminder to stop for a minute. To appreciate the buttery suede of a new pair of heels. To delight in running my fingers along glass beads dancing in the wake of an embroidered lemon or two. Feeling a 1950’s dress brush my shoulders, whispering of stories past.
And suddenly there it is. A brief moment of quiet.
Dress: Minxouri Vintage (similar modern or vintage here, here & here)
Necklace: Wearable Planter in white
Crinoline: Vivien of Holloway
Handbag: Get Up Vintage (similar here & here)
Shoes: Marc Jacobs, thrifted from Style Girl Vintage (similar here & here)