I have been getting more and more into thrift clothes shopping lately, and find myself at such a point in my own style journey when I want to buy almost everything secondhand. I still love to get new shoes, and some other things, but the thrill of finding unique clothing items is getting more and more important to me ... more than the instant gratification from a national retail store, and let me tell you I am not the most patient person even in this house and truly hate waiting!
I was going through the wonderful Marlen's blog Message on a Napkin lately, a blog full of warmth, wit, talent, creativity and love of vintage clothing, and I will admit - I was totally taken. Other than her unique style and, what is even more precious to me, her uniquely genuine personality, you can find there Marlen's insights on styling (her Layering 101 series) and organizing one's closet. So this outfit was greatly inspired by Marlen's blog in general, and her advice on styling a vintage skirt with a denim shirt in particular. I had a skirt (a consignment store find - remember my post about Port Townsend, I hit a couple of wonderful shops there) and a shirt (last year Lane Bryant, don't mind me, it was my first ever denim shirt), and I thought why not?
Now, it is perhaps not the most common motive to have bright orange nails for your outfit, but to tell the truth, I was just lazy to repaint nails, so I decided to play around them! There are a few old silver jewelry pieces which have a bit of a story... The pendant with an agate was one of my coworkers' gifts before I left Russia and my job at a newspaper. One of the little silver rings and a chain bracelet (can't see on these photos) were also gifts from my university class-mates. I had a party in a cafe and invited a bunch of my beloved coworkers and classmates - I was really surprised how many people made it to say goodbye to me and to wish me good luck with my new life in America. All of them brought me small presents (I am sentimental and brought them with me, little knickknacks to cherish), and two girls literally took some of their jewelry off their hands and gave them to me ... The hand painted enamel ring and earrings set was bought in Russia, when I was about 20. It is a traditional Russian craft (I wrote about it here).
Look how striking the pattern of the skirt looks in the sunshine - real mosaic!
We took these photos at the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, one of a few places I love visiting in Federal Way. The collection is really beautiful and extensive. Some of the trees are hundreds years old. Each plant has a description when it was originated, when it became a bonsai, where it's from, etc. I don't know how many times I visited - there are many photos of this unique garden in our archives taken in different years.
The Bonsai Collection is located in beautiful woods, near one of the most amazing rhododendron gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Again, just like bonsai masterpieces, rhodies were brought from all over the world and bloom from January trough June. I will try to make at least one photo session in this garden. It blows my mind how generously rhododendrons put on spectacular shows for us every year. If you think of it, they all could be grey squares or brown ovals ... instead, they come in all colors and shapes, and are oh so not bashful of their insanely gorgeous, abundant blooms!
Skirt and coat - consignment shop finds. Denim shirt and camisole - Lane Bryant (last year). Shoes - Toms. Purse - B Makowsky. Umbrella - IKEA.
Linking up with Secondhand First at Bella's
and Share-in-Style: Accessories at Sacramento's!
Come over and join the fun with all the creative ladies!
Linked with fantastic Senora Allnut: Plaid Ur Day as well!