I've spent the past few days dreaming up some vague ideas for what I'd like to aim for with respect to what I wear. Colour is important. If you've seen my apartment you're aware of the fact that I am drawn to muted colours. My Pinterest account is all muted, all the time. Seashell colours, I like to think of them. I can't even tell anymore if these are the colours I've always been most drawn to of if I'm just very influenced by Gentlewoman magazine (I do remember hating bright yellow when I was little, and orange too, and always prefered softer tones). Anyhow, I'd like to incorporate more delicate colours into my clothing, except for trousers, which I prefer in black. Dull colours I suppose, as opposed to vibrant. To me these colours feel light and fresh and full of air and earth. I'm not sure that these colours look best with my colouring, but as long as they have an earthy hue or are neutral, I'll be okay.
The new Lula has a feature on hot pink! I never feel comfortable in loud colours like that.
I keep wondering if I should change my hair, which has gotten quite long and is starting to sparkle with the occasional grey thread (my greys are always short and wither out after about an inch and a half, which is funny). Grow out my bangs, dye my hair for the first time in over ten years, something. Or maybe I should continue to let Anna Karina (seen here in the movie Anna) be my hair's spirit guide.
I've gathered a handful of images that I want to carry in my head any time that I happen to look at and consider clothing. Of all the pictures that have floated past me over the past months, these are the ones that have proven to be the most memorable. Wool, silk, lace, pleats, bows (and, evidently, long flowing hair).
Clockwise from top: Stella McCartney via The Vamoose; Pixie's Adventure Cape by Nadinoo;
Miss Crabb, via So Much to Tell You
Miss Crabb, via So Much to Tell You
Vain and Vapid Griffin blouse; just a sweet image from a feature on blush in Gentlewoman issue 2;
one of my favourite images from Lula issue 10 (not really an everyday look, ok)
Lula pop up shop at The Room at The Bay earlier this year, via dira
So, I want to I work on being faithful to what I truly love, despite my limited resources! I always feel as though I'm all over the place. But now. No distractions, no interludes into what other girls are wearing. We shall see how it goes.
For the record, I don't intend to buy a whole new wardrobe -- I couldn't if I wanted to! This is just about making better choices if and when I do buy something new (or simply "new to me").
I'd love to hear your thoughts -- what are you most drawn to these days? What are your personal dressing goals?
kater: Happy new year to you! That is so sweet of you to say, thank you.
erica-knits: Thanks, Erica! That was such a fun night because of all the lovely people who came! All the best to you as well!
erin jane / atlantictreefox: Hooray for Pony, and hooray for you! xo
Miss Crowland: Aw, thanks. And hear, hear!
Katie: Thank you! All best to you as well.
María Inés: Thank you for your sweet wishes! All best to you as well!
hound: Oh yeah, I forgot that you had started a 365 yourself! I'm also so glad we met, and I hope next time it's for longer! Happy new year, lady!
alice: Thank you! I wish you and your family a wonderful 2011 as well.
Emily: Oh wow, thank you so much. That is so sweet of you to say. I don't consider myself to be much a writer at all these days, but once upon a time I did go to journalism school because I wanted to write more than anything. I'm so glad you enjoy the tote and prints. Thank you. Happy new year to you!
Little Ocean Annie: I'm so relieved that you came here to write such sweet words in light of one of your recent posts! Thank you so much, and yes, Melinda's studio is so lovely, and she makes the most beautiful things there (of course).
megan: Thank you so much! A very happy new year to you as well!
If Jane: Thank you! To you as well!
three red balloons: That is so sweet of you to say. Thank you! All the best to you!
laurie: High five! I hope to see you soon, lady!
suffragette: Thank you! If the 365 got you back to your love of photography, I can't think of a more beautiful thing! Happy new year to you as well!
nice-etc.com / caitlin: Yeah, it was a pretty good year with lots of sweet highlights including YOU! It wasn't the happiest year of all time but the happy parts are what I'd like to focus on. You don't have to send me anything, girl! But i have to admit I'm excited!
Tracey said... That sounds like a pretty wonderful year despite the ups and downs ... your photos are always a pleasure to see ... as is your adorable cat! :) 2.1.11
connie: Thank you so much!
anja louise verdugo: Yeah! I'm so glad we met and I'm looking forward to that as well! Happy happy!
amy w - over and under: Ha! I thought everyone would be tired of Pony pictures by now. I'm sure she'll make the occasional appearance! Thank you so much, and much magic to you as well.
vic: Me too! Thanks for everything, wishing you a beautiful 2011.
Chelsea: I am as well! I hope your 2011 is amazing and incredible and all good things for you.
Sarah: Thank you for the encouragement! I wish you all the best in 2011. I hope it's off to a lovely start.
P R I M O E Z A: Thanks so much. I'm so glad you enjoy it. I hope 2011 has gotten off to a wonderful start for you.
Jane Flanagan: Thank you, Jane! I know how tough 2010 was but I'm so happy to hear that things are better now. I hope your 2011 will be memorable for being incredible for you!
thea: So sweet of you to say, thank you!
curatingcuteness: Thank you -- and yes, I agree! Here's to being human. Have a lovely 2011!
jlee: Oh wow, thanks -- a big compliment, coming from you! I hope you do take more film pictures.
ola appletea: Thanks so much!
Lisa Michelle Cifuentes: Oh yes, definitely. I'm so glad the 365 lead to better things. I was so confident I could do it that I felt terrible when I realized it couldn't! The year had its ups and downs, but I only want to focus on the better aspects. Have a wonderful 2011! Thanks for the kind words.
Becky: Thank you! Happy new year to you as well!
lavelle: Happy 2011 to you! I hope it's off to a lovely start.
Allison: Thanks so much! Happy new year to you as well.
Chau: Thank you, and happy 2011 to you as well! I know how hard it can be to find the time... this post took three days!
dot handmade: Thank you! Happy new year!
Daydream Lily: Oh, I found it really stressful. But it did lead to other things, so it was worth it for a while! Happy 2011 to you as well!
Juliet: Thank you! I don't know that I'll be doing 365 again... maybe a 52 week challenge! But thanks for thinking of me.
Colleen: Thank you! Happy 2011 to you as well!
hila: And thank goodness for the highs and lows, right? I couldn't bear to be happy all the time! I hope your 2011 lives up to your hopes for it! Thank you for your sweet words, as ever.
quiettown: Thank you so much.
Siubhan: Thank you! That is so kind of you. I feel lucky in that January has gotten off to a good start -- we've had crisp, sunny, clear days, it hasn't been too gloomy, etc. It's amazing what this can do for the mood. I'm trying to look forward and focus only on the good things. Hear, hear! Hope your 2011 is beautiful.