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…

WoA Thursday

:: 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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10 thoughts on “Week 10 :: of olive, pink and Marsden Hartley

  1. […] think I’ve already talked up these Macha flats to death here, here and here, so I’ll just concede that I’m finally overcoming my anti-flats stance, and all because […]

  2. jenortega says:

    Maricel! Your persona is six feet tall, so you are fine with flats. This was my favorite painting, and I really liked this interpretation. Besides that, you quoted MeMe’s favorite children’s book. He is always quoting it!

  3. Selah says:

    I love olive green – it goes with everything! When I was younger I thought you had to have an olive complexion to wear olive green. 😛
    I prefer the white background of the mobile site as well, but it’s your blog, so do what YOU like.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Until recently, I was following that Color Me Beautiful philosophy from the 80s (I’m a cool winter) and I never wore earth tones near my face. Nowadays, I still have my personalized palette swatches in my purse but more often than not, I break the rules if I find something cute. 😀

      I think I’m gonna switch it up for next week – the white background, that is – and see how I like it. Now that I paid for an upgrade, I have full control of the site so the world’s my oyster!

  4. You crack me up! Your gloomy weather adoration, blog design confessions and your powerful olive and pink switcheroo are entertaining to devour, to say the least! 🙂 Then another visually fabulous interpretation of a painting make stopping by a delight.

  5. sarahtaylorisoneword says:

    After reading on both my tablet (where it displays with the mobile, white site) and my laptop, I have to say that your blog looks really good in white. So, that’s my vote.

    Loving the outfit sans the jacket. The olive green really looks good with the pink pants. And the flats don’t affect the power 😛

    • mtsedwards says:

      Yes, the jacket was another last-minute bow to the almighty So.Cal. micro climate. Plus, I thought I needed a completer piece. I guess not, huh?

      And I shall chalk you up as one for Team Light. May the Force be with you. (LOL – couldn’t resist!)

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