I'm currently writing this in the Dallas airport as I await to embark on yet another Antarctic deployment for five more months. These photos were taken about a month ago whilst visiting friends in Portland and Seattle and looking upon these brings me such joy. Not only because it was a wonderful trip with wonderful people, but because I can still feel the heat of that early evening, still remember the breeze through this beautifully light dress, still reflect on a feeling of pure satisfaction that everything, even if for a few minutes, was quite right. I'm about to leave for a freezing desert, and it's nice especially to have these moments to warm me during the cold months ahead (yes this is sappier than my usual but I'm feeling contemplative today, so sue me!).
I warned you I wasn't going to be able to put as much effort into my London Fashion Week fantasies as I'm currently in panic mode making sure I have everything together before I leave for another round of Antarctic work. But, because I knew I was only going to have one shot, I thought I'd make it as classically British as possible, and what better inspiration is there than Beatle boots and mod, striped blazers? Though an orange striped blazer with big gold metal buttons and a split tail hem isn't my normal go-to outfit, I must say this is one of my favorite vintage pieces I own. The 1940's are such a good fit for my body type (hello broad shoulders!) that anytime I find something from that decade, I scoop it up with gusto. Gusto!
Because the blazer is such a statement piece, I wanted to keep the rest of the outfit minimal to let the jacket really sing. So, a light white sweater, some white jeans and some killer white patent ankle boots are clearly the way to go. And can we talk about these boots? I bought them right before I left for Antarctica last season and never had the opportunity to trot them out, which is a darn shame. So, in the name of all things white and patent, I've been wearing them constantly to make up for lost time.
Vive La London!
Day five is upon us which means my fantasy Fashion Week is almost at a close! Though I can't dedicate any more time to daily fantasy outfits (I generally dress more casually in my daily life), I will continue to partake a bit in London, Paris, and Milan Fashion Weeks! As for day five, I had a day when I really couldn't be bothered to try and find a "street style star" outfit and this is where I landed. I've always had a soft spot for suiting without actually ever owning a suit. I make do with pieces i pick up here and there and of course vintage comes through for me in the end. This blouse was such a sublime find: black and white (de rigeur), with a loose fit, and an exceedingly cool print of mirrored faces. Throw on a black kid's blazer, some loose pants, and some barely-there heels and I had a look that was cool and easy. PLUS, this clear lucite clutch is so clutch (yes, I went there) that it was the perfect finishing touch to up the ante.
My "Indiana Jones" hat makes its debut and I couldn't be more pleased! I'm a serious hat lover and this one is top notch, if I do say so myself. Borsalino makes a hat that lasts the test of time...