Poppy Fields Forever

My love of scenic prints knows no bounds. I have a particularly soft spot for photo realistic prints, and as Spring is looming here in Australia, flowers are blooming and so is my wardrobe. The bright red poppies on this Chicwish skirt just sing out for warm weather and skipping through fields and falling asleep in the shade of your favorite tree. Naturally a conversation about poppies turns my mind to the Wizard of Oz and the closer I look, I realized I have an deconstructed, Dorothy-themed outfit, complete with ruby slippers and a hot air balloon brooch (I swear, sometimes these things happen without me even realizing it).

I‘ve often thought about that scene from Wizard of Oz, where they run through the field of poppies and fall into a drug-induced coma (I seriously don’t think that movie was for children). Like most of us, I always just chalked it up the Wicked Witch’s malevolence, but nowadays I wonder if that scene isn’t a cautionary tale to always pay attention to your surroundings. It’s so easy to get distracted by your destination you don’t pay attention to the journey – Dot and her crew had their eye on the Emerald City and ended up with one heck of a poppy hangover. But sometimes – just maybe – the hangover is worth it for a chance to stop and smell the flowers. Frolic in the garden. Cast a thoughtful eye around you and appreciate each step on the way to the end goal.

Poppy Fields Forever - The Dressed Aesthetic

Poppy Fields Forever - The Dressed Aesthetic
Outfit styled using Dressed for iPhone

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That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe.”
John Berger

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Maybe I’m more like the Wicked Witch than I realize though, because I have been on one serious single-minded mission for years: Find me some ruby slippers. I was perpetually frustrated to discover that a cute pair of red glitter flats was restricted to infants and toddlers (or some ill-advised Halloween costumes). I realize that the market share for adult sparkly flats is proportionally small, but grown women need glitter too, darnit! Enter the answer to my prayers: Shoes of Prey. I’m not sure if you guys have stumbled on this one yet – A friend introduced me and I think I lost an entire evening having multiple shoe-gasms. You can design the shoes of your dreams! Forget endless searches, I knew exactly what I wanted and make them a reality with a few clicks.

Seriously. Check it out. Seriously. They are on the pricier side (which is the only thing stopping me from going crazy designing shoes), but when you consider they are handmade just for you out of seriously quality materials, it puts it into perspective. These puppies are made to last. Plus, my shoes came with a personalized note, heels and footbed inserts for cushion, and a polaroid to photo to tape on the outside of the box so I could find them easily amongst my shoe boxes. I realize I’m veering towards gushing, but I love stumbling on a brand that finally gets how I like to shop for shoes! This was my first design and shoe purchase from them, but it definitely won’t be my last. I have my eye on a pair of wedges next….

So, resplendent in the glitter flats that were finally mine, I clicked my heels twice and found myself in the park on the way home from work today – daylight is staying out to play a bit longer as the sun stretches her golden fingers into the evening. Though I usually pass her by on my way to somewhere apparently more important, today I stopped to twirl in the park and bask a bit in the journey.

Where are your journey’s taking you today?



Outfit Details:
Jacket: Treasury Vintage (similar herehere here, & here)
Top: Bernie Dexter via Unique Vintage (similar here, here & here)
Skirt: Chicwish
Brooch: Modcloth (similar here & here)
Handbag: Vintage (similar here, herehere)
Shoes: Designed by me, made at Shoes of Prey


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6 comments on Poppy Fields Forever

  • Coyrtny

    There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…..Ahhhhhh, your “red” bling shoes are absolutely FANTASTIC. I’ve never heard of “Shoes of Prey” before, but I can tell you that after reading your blog, I immediately took a turn right onto their website. I played for a while. This is great FUN. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. Love your skirt, especially how the flowers(colors) begin as blurred colors then form into a defined flower toward the middle to the bottom of the skirt. Are the flowers on your skirt Poppies?

    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you Coyrtny! I’m so happy you went to Shoes of Prey to check them out. I lost several hours just playing on that website – if you do design a pair of shoes, I hope you share pix. 🙂 The flowers are indeed poppies – I just love the pop of read against the different shades of blue. 😉

  • Elizabeth

    This skirt is absolutely adorable and the red sparkly flats u added are perfect for this look! I actually found ur blog from Lindsey P after she nominated you for the Lieber Award. Really glad I checked out ur blog because I love it:-)

    Have a great weekend!


    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Awww thank you so much! I’m so happy that you stopped by. I LOVE Lindsey’s blog and was so honored when she nominated me for the Liebster – pretty fitting, as Lindsey was a huge reason why I got into blogging in the first place. 🙂 I just checked out your blog and IG as well – I love your style! Very jealous of your San Francisco trip – my husband and I are living in Perth, but we were living in San Diego before Australia and our visits up to San Francisco are something I sorely miss. Hope you had a great time! 🙂

  • Lindsey P.

    Gorgeous outfit! I’m in love with your cute little brooch! And oh myyyy, how have I never heard of Shoes of Prey? That is going to be a dangerous one! Haha. Hope all is well, Kara! 🙂


    • kara@dressedapp.net (author)

      Thank you sweets! I love this brooch…especially the fact that it’s two separate pieces, which adds to the charm. 🙂 And know what you mean about Shoes of Prey! When my friend told me about them, my status as Shoe Aficionado was rather offended and ashamed of myself – HOW had I not heard of them before?? They really are fabulous and I’m loving playing at being a shoe designer… Let me know if you design a pair – it gets rather addictive! xxx

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