Golden Hour

It has been many moons since I last wrote here but I'm back with a burst of inspiration and creativity and ready to jump back into the game! And because I'm about two months into no sunlight here in Antarctica, I'd like to look back at a time last September when the sun shone its golden light on my very golden skirt. 

These were taken, of course, by my Louisville partner-in-crime, Susan Stewart of Love Hunters and I couldn't be happier with what we created. I started this outfit with the skirt which I had thrifted only days prior (after seeing them on everyone from Gucci to Forever 21) and was desperate to break it out. At the time, I had a little extra weight on me and while a cropped top would have been my ideal, we work with what we feel best in and I felt best in this cool vintage tunic with high side slits and badass zippered sleeves. From there it was a matter of adding more black and gold to the mix - though I do want to try this out with some prints or some bright red or orange accessories - and voila! An outfit with a glam gold skirt on a warm, gold evening.

Wearing: Thrifted skirt// Vintage tunic from Acorn Apparel// Vintage earrings, purse, and ring from Street Scene Vintage// sunglasses from BZR Shop// and heels from DSW//

Spring Dreaming

As the sun continues to set here in Antarctica, my mind wanders to these photos, taken by Susan Stewart of Love Hunters early last fall. It was so warm and the evening was so fun, it's hard not to wish to be in the States for the oncoming spring, too. Greenery! Oh, how I miss thee. The polar landscape has it's own breathtaking vistas (we've already had some austral auroras!) so I can't truly complain, but these photos do create a tinge of sadness and lust for warmth.

Taken in Forage, an incredibly beautiful and curated greenery showroom and event stylist on Frankfurt Avenue in Louisville, KY, these photos are a harbinger of spring come none too soon. Though nothing too new, I always think of florals in such a romantic way, which is why when I found this dress at my favorite Goodwill, I immediately thought of English countrysides and a bite in the air, which is why I paired it with a long overcoat and over-the-ankle boots (fur lined, no less!).  Susan felt the same way, too and suggested Forage as a backdrop, which was a stroke of thematic genius.

In an effort to help out those with more time on their hands than searching through racks and racks of clothes at thrift stores or tabs and tabs of pages on Etsy, below you'll find a bunch of floral dresses that I absolutely adore, and hope you do, too!

//Wearing a vintage thrifted dress, jacket and earrings// Forever21 belt// & Other Stories boots// vintage Gianfranco Ferre glasses//

I started looking for long sleeve floral dresses but ended up throwing in a few others I thought were pretty!

 

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Follow Susan/Love Hunters on Instagram here and Forage here!

Best Pants Dance

While I am currently nestled in the McMurdo Sound of Antarctica right now, I was lucky enough to be able to work with my friend and incredible photographer, Susan of Love Hunters before I left! She has such a great eye for light and color and it is always such an honor to be able to be in front of her camera. It's thanks to her, too, that I was able to set up a makeshift studio in my home - so thank you Susan for all that you do, you angel-woman! Anyhow, with the little time we had to shoot together, we were able to squeeze in four outfits in the Frankfort Avenue area of my hometown, Louisville, KY. This is the first and my personal favorite (these pants! I can't even.) of the four but we found great light and got lots of odd stares and had a great time all around. This particular mural resides on the wall of one Hilltop Tavern, a spot I used to frequent while in town...

...but you came here for the clothes, right? So here we go!

WEARING: Helmut Lang blazer via TheRealReal, thrifted sweater, top, and shoes, Rag&Bone pants via TheRealReal, vintage brass purse, glasses, and necklace.

WEARING: Helmut Lang blazer via TheRealReal, thrifted sweater, top, and shoes, Rag&Bone pants via TheRealReal, vintage brass purse, glasses, and necklace.

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There are few things that get this girl as excited as really good pants (see here), so this post should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or has been following me for a bit. What should also come as no surprise is the fact that I snagged these from TheRealReal - literally the only place I've found that has accessible designer clothing at great prices with a huge range to choose from and a clean interface from which to shop. Vintage and thrifted clothes are my bread and butter, but I also know I can't find everything I need scouring racks of other people's castaways. True designer items are durable, beautiful, and if you shop right, ethically made. They are also pricey which is why I do all of my designer shopping with TheRealReal. These silk pants were only $35! WHAT. I'm not only wearing these amazing pants I snagged from them, but also this Helmut Lang blazer I got years ago and have found it to be a true hero piece of my wardrobe.

Because these Rag&Bone pants are just so perfect I could burst, I decided to keep everything else subdued, but tactile. Enter: all the black. I knew I wanted a long top that flared to truly make the blazer, with it's raised back design, sing. But the neckline was all wrong, so I threw on a cropped black sweater to create a nice palette for my long vintage pendant necklace. This look is pretty business-y so why not loafers to really sell the idea? Finally, this brass purse could honestly top off any outfit with panache, but the structure, color and swing all seemed like the right fit.

P.s. Watch out for that dolphin. He seems like he's up to something.

P.s. Watch out for that dolphin. He seems like he's up to something.

Pink is the Color of Your Energy (Whoaaaa)

If you've been living under a rock, or between a rock and a hard place, or listening to too much rock music (and not the pathetic reference to 311 in the title of this piece), then you must have missed the memo that pink – hot pink specifically – is super hot right now. Don't feel bad! Fall is just now upon us, so take this as a rose-hued harbinger for autumn and start to #thinkpink.

 

Look One: Like you like the color pink, but it's just a casual relationship

You swiped left, you're getting a coffee together and you're thinking maybe, just maybe, you could consider incorporating pink into your busy life. And while you're debating the merits of a hot (pink) relationship, you know you can always fall back on an old faithful: culottes. Because you know that some love never runs dry.

Look one: Vintage jean jacket, Oak&Fort top, wine satin Asos culottes, vintage oxfords via Street Scene Vintage//

Look one: Vintage jean jacket, Oak&Fort top, wine satin Asos culottes, vintage oxfords via Street Scene Vintage//

Look Two: Poolside-adjacent Expat, Sipping cocktails on the Lanai

So you like the idea of pink but want to take it a step further? You're in luck, you rascal maximalist, you! Dark-backed florals are very trendy for fall and a great way to vocalize your love of pink without needing to shout at your houseguests about it. So whether you're actually in an exotic international paradise or dressed to fool yourself into believing you are, this is your look. Cocktail (and equally delusional friends) required.

Look two: Vintage dress via  Paradise Brooklyn , vintage earrings and purse, and old Asos brogues

Look two: Vintage dress via Paradise Brooklyn, vintage earrings and purse, and old Asos brogues

Look Three: More, More, MORE!

How do you like it? Wearing basically the equivalent of one of those hot pink bagels blowing up Instagram but with a buttload of edible glitter in the middle. Go buck wild with various shades of pink and show people that while you aspire to be a giant piece of bubblegum, you meant to transparent about it (Get it? Because of the clear boots? Nailed it.).

Look Three: Thrifted Pierre Cardin blouse, old Forever21 sweater, vintage skirt via Acorn Apparel, glitter socks via  Asos , shoes via  EgoUK , and vintage Lucite clutch.

Look Three: Thrifted Pierre Cardin blouse, old Forever21 sweater, vintage skirt via Acorn Apparel, glitter socks via Asos, shoes via EgoUK, and vintage Lucite clutch.

Whether you want to use a little or a lot, just please don't listen to 311.