Sunday, August 21, 2016

Maxi Ikat

Where has summer fled? This was brought home this morning (I am writing this on Thursday, August 18th) when Michelle put up a post on Facebook showing the boys on their first day back to school. I then recall those pre-retirement days with the "July" welcome back letter, and the teacher workday schedules of this in-service and that in-service. Do I miss it? Not really--especially the in-service. I just wait for that first call to substitute so I can go and just teach. That part just doesn't want to leave yet.


 I've decided to end the summer wearing one of my maxi skirts that I picked up at Macy's a few years ago. It's a five-tiered affair and how long have they been around? I don't know if they were around in the 30s but you can certainly find illustrations from the 40s (see below). Blue and white is so classic and Indigo looking dyed cloth is one of my favorites.




This pattern for my 100% Cotton skirt is based on the Ikat weaving technique. Ikat weaving is a technique where the warp yarns (those yarns first tied to the loom) are dyed in a resist dye technique. I do weave a little but consider myself a beginner. I certainly have never used a technique this advanced. I still have mug mats on my table loom that I started a year ago. When I say beginner, I mean it!


I have always worn a white top with this skirt. Usually it has been a sleeveless one that I purchased as the same time as the skirt. However, I had never been too happy with the way they looked together. Last summer, I thrifted this white 3/4th length cotton from Rafella and it struck me this summer that I really liked the way these two looked together. I find I like covering my arms up a little more. 

My summer hat is new just last month. I found it, yes again, at the gift shop of my home town drug store. Joyce, the manager, seems to always find things that I just love and this hat is no exception. It comes with two lace scarfs (black and white) which doubles the fun. The white patent leather sandals are by Nine West (TJ Maxx). My necklace is an old Cloisonné piece that I have had since the 80s. I don't wear a lot of hearts but this one I really like and get it out once in a while to wear. It actually opens.



My bag is another vintage from my Rodo collection. It's chain can be hidden to make it a clutch or out as you see here. It's the pattern that the weaving makes that attracted me to this bag, and you can't see details like that in an all over photo-so here is a close up. The slight curved shape matches the weaving visually. 

The Polished Accessory



I went for an orange polish for this look. My favorite complementary color combo is blue/orange. Clubbing Till Sunrise by O.P.I  is a pretty important color for me and this leads to story-time.........

The first Summer that I was retired, my daughter Michelle announced she was not getting me stuff for my Birthday. There was nothing I needed, the truth indeed. Rather than stuff, she was scheduling two appointments: one for my hair and one for a Pedi.

When the Pedi time came up, the stylist asked if I wanted polish. I remember not being very enthusiastic, so I said something to the effect, "I want some kind of bronze orange".  To my amazement, she brought back a bottle that my color-loving heart fell in love with. I had no idea what color or brand it was, but it looked great on my toes! Not thinking of asking the salon what brand they used, I searched for that color throughout the Summer.

 My sister gave me an important lead. "OPI", she said, "I usually find what I want in OPI". OPI?-Yes, I had never heard of OPI. And with that I found my color. It was Clubbing Till Sunrise from the South-Beach collection. I now have it in my collection thanks to Amazon. The research for this one polish led to an amazing world. I even enjoyed blogging about it for a time. 

Tired Skirts

Ahh, those tiered skirts. I did some research about tiered skirts. I wanted to find some dating back to the 40s and 50s. And find some samples, I did.  






IKAT Weaving. 

What you see here, are the dyed warp threads on the loom


I don't know if I caught anyone's interest about the technique of Ikat weaving. If I did, here's a three minute time lapse video of the technique. You can find it HERE. It is a very interesting video.


And another extra. I finished my Dress Doctor's Blue Combos. Here are small samples. The larger charts can be found on the tab in the tool bar. There are two more colors to go. However, they will be far in the future because it will be a while before I am wearing brown or red.







That is enough for today, so I will bid adieu until next week. In the meantime, Happy Styling!

 


This week, I am linking up with Patti's Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday HERE Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HERE, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE, Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE and Sydney's Fashion Hunter.



The photography credit  this week goes to my daughter, Rachelle for the photos of me. I will take credit for the still life and polish photos.

And another extra. I finished my Dress Doctor's Blue Combos. Here are small samples. The larger charts can be found on the tab in the tool bar.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Adaptation

Hello and welcome to a new blog post. For today's post, I am trying a small experiment. I do like my separates to function on different levels. This topper by Rachel Ann Gottlieb, originally purchased from ETSY for a "Dress Inn All White" party I attended earlier in the Summer, is no different. I didn't want it to be a one-hit wonder. This top has a very long tail in the back and makes quite a visual impact if used with the right look (see below this photo).


The fabric for this top is fairly translucent, although I can't tell you what it is. My gut feeling is that it isn't cotton, but it's still cool and comfortable for Summer. 

The Original look - I wanted drama and got it
When I decided to wear it for a less formal look, it fell short because, well, it needed to be shorter. I was not going to cut the back off, so I wondered how the back would look if tucked in, giving it a waterfall feel. My eyes says it works and  I am going to wear it next week to an event.


Now a word about the other items that I am using with the top. The black silk shell is old and not even visible. The pants are by Mango, a Spanish company that was one of the 200 countries that signed the Accord On Building and Fire Safety In Bangladesh

The coral and gold necklace is a Stella and Dot (eBay) and my vintage Rodo black and white bag is another eBay item. I'm wearing a coral and gold leather Enzo Angiolini from TJ Maxx. The chunky vintage acrylic bracelet has been on here before and it came from an online vintage mall, Ruby Lane.

I am very happy with the back. But I imagine it will look different each time I wear it this way.

My favorite focal point about my Rodo is the clasp, which doesn't show up clearly in the photo, so it's stilllife time, always one of my favorite photo shoots to do.


The Polished Accessory
This week's polish is the one I felt matched the corals that I was wearing. I don't have to explain this one, because I know most of you are familiar with Butter London and this is one of my favorite summer corals: Trout Pout. It is still on their web site and I see that it is on sale for $7.50.





And The Dress Doctors Return

If you remember last week, I posted color charts for green. This week, I have finished the black charts. I am showing the charts smaller than they are are on their page (tab found in the top banner).








That is enough for today, so I will bid adieu until next week. In the meantime, Happy Styling!


This week, I am linking up with Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HEREElegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup HERE, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE and Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE.


With the exception of the still life and nails (taken by me), the photography credit this week goes to my hubby, Michael.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Melissa Green Flats: Three Looks

A few weeks ago, my older daughter sent me a message that went something like: "Mom, I found a pair of Melissa shoes on sale and really want them but need a little more to get free shipping. Could you find a pair to throw in so I can have free shipping?"

I ask you, what is a Mother to do? 

Support my child, of course.  I just HAD to include a green pair of Melissa flats for me.

Melissa shoes are made in Brazil and claim to be sustainable. There are some questions as to the earth friendliness of the type of plastic they use. Overall I feel good about the company and this is my second pair of Melissas. They attract high profile designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu and Vivian Westwood (who designed my first pair). 

I went to my closet, and discovered it was hard to just pick one way to style these shoes and so I have three different look to share. Here goes..................

The White Skirt, Green Silk Top, Vintage Chain Belt and Vintage Wicker Rodo Bag


I purchased this green silk Liz Claiborne top eons ago (back in the 90s). I have always hand washed and air dried it. After all these years, there is just one little pin hole in it (I bet from some pin I wore with it, once upon a time). 

The white cotton skirt was thrifted from Joplin's Goodwill. My vintage chain belt is something I hunted down on eBay about six years ago. I kept remembering a chain belt that I had in the 60s and became obsessed in owning one again and kept at it until I found this one. It was worth the hunt and patience. I love it and its ten times cooler than that dinky one I had when I was twenty. 


I decided that I would show case some of my vintage collection of bags with this post. The first one is an off-white wicker Rodo with a multi-corded leather bow and strap. I do carry these bags and have a small wallet that I use just for them. My everyday wallet is just to large.

Black Linen Pants, Green /Black Refashioned Blouse With Sash,  and Vintage Koret Bag


I made my green and black print blouse back in the late 80s. Its from Butterick 6640 and I still have the pattern. Can you believe it, I also found it on sale on the Internet. I also made version B in the early 80s and still have it too. 

About every five years, I would try this top on and just didn't like how it fit. There was to much gape in the front. Finally, this year I decided to do something about it. I took out the bottom pleat seam. This left the hip line really large. Rather than take in the sides, I ran elastic through the bottom. 

I have no idea why I made the 10" x 54" sash and certainly can't remember how I wore it. But now, I am tying it around my hips and with the blouson look that the elastic gives the top, it just seems to be an extension of the top itself. 

The linen pants, made a couple of years ago, have been here before. You may read about them HERE

And the pattern



A close up of my vintage Koret black leather bag. Looks like a take on Chanel, doesn't it. I started out thinking I was going to collect Koret but then found Rodo and that is now my vintage bag of choice.


I even bought earrings to match the blouse all those years ago. They came from Smithsonian and are Black Onyx and Malachite. Unfortunately, the were clip and have always been uncomfortable. I think they are too heavy to make for pierce years and have never figured out how to re-purpose them.


White on White With Embroidered Linen Blouse, White Pants, Green Silk Top and Vintage Rodo Bag 

It didn't seem right not to show my green silk top without the blouse that I have always worn over it. My daughter Michelle (the very same who talked me into my shoes) gave me this top years ago because when she saw it, she thought of me. It's 100% Linen with sleeve embroidery. 

Any faithful reader will recognize these pants. They have been on here enough.




This is one of my favorite Rodos and I just got it this Spring from eBay in a hard fought auction.


I guess you could say, this is my version of pattern mixing!




The Shoe That Started It All


The Polish Accessory

I am currently wearing Desert Rose by Emily de Molly, an Indie from Australia but she now has a USA shop. This particular color was a custom color made for a Holo group that I belong to on Facebook. My two photos demonstrates how differently a holographic can look in sun and indoors. Either way, it is gorgeous. 

Bright Sun



Shade
And The Dress Doctors Return.

If you remember last week, I mentioned that I was very interested in a color chart that was in The Lost Art of Dress. I reproduced it in an Excel file and then started looking up some of the colors names that I wasn't familiar with.

Some of the names I just couldn't fine and I just had to go with my gut feelings (with the help of some of my Designers Guide To Color books). Some of the harder ones for me to figure out were names like Leaf Mold, Weigelia and Pablo. Hopefully, I got close enough. These charts will have their own page with a reference tab at the top of the blog. I know this is crazy to do but I love this stuff. Needless to say, I am a Josef Albers fan and love the effect one color has on another. 

Each main color will have three charts. Green is last on the list, but because I was doing Green today, it gets to go first. 











This is enough for today, I think, so I will bid adieu until next week. In the meantime, Happy Styling!


This week, I am linking up with Patti's Not Dead Yet Style's Visible Monday HERE Cherie's  Style Nudge's Shoe and Tell HERE, Catherine's Not Dressed As Lamb's I will Wear What I like HERE, Elegantly Dressed and Stylish Turning Heads Tuesday HERE, Living On Cloud Nine's Style Perspectives HERE, High Altitude Style's Link-Up HEREElegance and Mommyhood's Moda Linkup HERE, Fashion Should Be Fun's Fun Friday Fashion Link Up HERE, Shelbee's Edge of the Week Link Up HERE, Nancy's Fancy Friday HERE and Sydney's Fashion Hunter.


The photography credit  this week goes to my hubby, Michael.