Daily Archives: April 25, 2013

Week 10 :: of olive, pink and Marsden Hartley

Grey day.
Everything is grey.
I watch,
but nothing moves today.

Alongside Sandburg’s poem, this line from My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss always comes to mind when I’m confronted by a glum and gloomy sky.

Don’t get me wrong;  I’m all about glum and gloomy.  In fact, I want to move to the Pacific Northwest – suicide capital of the world be damned! – just so I can revel in countless days of overcast-ness.  I suppose moving to Northern Cali is a more realistic option, but sadly that’s not viable either at this point in my life.

All I can do is savor the moments when we So. Cal. folk are blessed by clouds, and what better way to savor than to dress the occasion?

Pink and White Flowers in a Vase by Marsden Hartley

Pink and White Flowers in a Vase by Marsden Hartley

I think this will be by far my most subdued look of the week.  And that’s okay.  We can’t be vibrant hothouse flowers all the time.  Sometimes, Fashion is quiet and understated and simple.

This doesn’t mean she should surrender her strength, however.  There can be power in simplicity, and that’s what I see when I contemplate Hartley’s painting.  Now I don’t profess to be Fashion incarnate, but I hope you see evidence of my interpretation in my ensemble.

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Simplicity and power.  What could be more simple than color blocking sans print or embellishment?  There are no polka dots or stripes or animal prints in sight.  And power?  Well, this might seem a stretch for some, but think on this:  normally, one would gravitate toward a dark on bottom/light on top combination, thus choosing to pair an olive pant with a pink or cream top.  I am rocking the boat, my friends, and going the polar opposite.  That’s pretty powerful, right?  (Or maybe I’m just deluding myself so I have an opportunity to wear pink skinnies.)

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Shoes, as per usual, posed a problem: I don’t own a pair of heels in white or off-white.  And since I wanted to keep things simple and bookend the statement necklace up top with the same color on bottom, I had no choice but to go casual flats with the outfit since they’re the only white shoes I own.  And although my aging feet thank me, I wonder how powerful I’m going to feel, being shorter than my students today?

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By the way, to those of you who read my humble blog the old-fashioned way (on a stationary computer rather than a mobile device that just defaults to a standard reader): have you noticed I’d changed the background?  Lightened it up from its original black to a softer grey?  I do this in response to this post by Allie over at Wardrobe Oxygen.  If you don’t want to bother reading, in a nutshell, the one thing she said that struck/shamed me is this:

These days, a clean, white background with black or dark gray text is best. Don’t believe me? Check out all the “big” fashion and style bloggers, they all have clean, simple templates that are primarily white.

It didn’t shame me enough to go all white, though.  I’m still a closet Goth girl at heart and I like me my black.  I think black makes my photos pop.  It may not be as welcoming or inviting, but it sure is sleek and chic.  My compromise, then, was to use less black and incorporate grey.  Eheh.

So what say you?  Conform to the majority and switch up the blog to white?  Or stick to who I am and keep it dark?  Inquiring minds want to know…

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:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Charlotte Russe
Jeans – Mossimo Supply Co. @ Target
Flats – Macha @ Target
Belt – Kohl’s
Necklace – eBay

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