Saturday, August 20, 2016

Gypsy, or Channeling My Inner Vix

 

Ideas for an outfit come from all sorts of places. Sometimes, a certain piece of clothing inspires to create the whole look around it. Sometimes, a piece of jewelry demands the whole ensemble to be dedicated to it. Sometimes, it's a place that I'm going to, or a particular event. And sometimes, it's my dear fellow bloggers. 


We're experiencing a heat wave here - temps go above 90 F which in this part of the world, is considered extreme weather conditions. Luckily for me (not a huge heat fan, to say the least), here by the sea, it rarely goes too high. Nonetheless, I still prefer to stay at home with the AC to going out. So even though I have a few outfits that I'd love to wear before the end of Summer, I did not plan to go anywhere in such extreme heat. That was until I saw the beginning of Vix's post Cheap Frills. I just saw the little blurb in my blog feed, and even before opening Vix's photos and reading the rest of the post, I knew I wanted to wear my off-the-shoulder top (one of the hottest trends at the moment) with the old maxi skirt that has that Gypsy vibe Vix was talking about. 


By all means, go to Vix's blog to get inspiration from this gorgeous and fun lady, and get ideas how to make an off-the-shoulder top yourself! I haven't sewn in ages, but I still think from time to time that I'll purchase a sewing machine (I donated mine to a good cause a few years ago) and get crafty again. I might, some day. It was fun to make my own clothes (sometimes even my own designs, though I mostly used ready patterns). These days, I purchase my clothing, but I rarely go on a mission to find something in particular. I just browse leisurely and get stuff that speaks to me and is on a good sale. This top attracted me with its glorious floral pattern, and the bell sleeves were an additional bonus. I think I paid $18 for it. I wore it with other maxi skirts before (one was shown a couple of months ago HERE), but this green Ikat pattern skirt with sequins that is in my wardrobe for 4 years already, somehow escaped my mind. I was not sure at first whether the patterns would clash, but I think it works. The green tone binds the two patterns so perfectly together, plus the bottom of the skirt echoes the bell sleeves... It's not typical attire for me, but I really loved it.


So on one of the hottest days here, I suddenly knew I wanted to go out and wear this fun outfit with a strong Gypsy vibe - and a strong Vix vibe dare I say! The natural fabrics and loose cut of both garments kept me cool, but to tell the truth it wasn't all that hot after all - definitely not as hot as they warned us. 



I finally did a pedicure (long overdue) and manicure too. We tried once again to catch the tone of this nail polish, unsuccessfully so far. It has vibrancy in real life that is somehow very difficult to show on photos. It's a very happy, warm light pink - not the flat almost nude-like pink as it shows here.


I also continue experimenting with video presentations of my outfits. This is a tad longer than I usually do, but the music was so evocative, I just did not want to cut it off. I don't know many bloggers who do videos in addition to photos. The one I know about is this beautiful and very stylish girl from Germany, Lu zieht an - check her out, I always enjoy her videos and her style. And if you enjoy make-ups, Lu's are always flawless!

 


Do you wear off the shoulder tops?
Do you get inspiration from bloggers?

PS If you enjoyed this outfit, you might also like outfits from my old posts Riverwalk (June 2015) and Two Closets Met (May 2015). I ended up donating both of those boho skirts, by the way, thinking that they weren't really my style. But I hold on to this green maxi skirt, even though it's very similar. Go figure!

Top - Charlotte Russe
Skirt - Lane Bryant (old)
Hat - Old Navy
Sandals - Robert Zur via Nordstrom Rack
Pouch - hand made, thrifted via antique mall
Earrings thrifted via Goodwill
Sunnies - Christian Siriano for LB

Linking up with Visible Monday

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27 comments:

  1. very cool gypsy style! you look gorgeous!!!!!
    vix is a very good inspiration for me too - in times when i stuck to deep in the dull petty-bourgeois atmosphere that surrounds us here....
    i have one "off shoulder"/ carmen blouse - since almost 10 years - but i wear it "on shoulder" because the slipping and/or pinching around my upper arms drives me nuts. and the all-over look is more balanced with my very broad shoulders.
    tons of hugs!! xxxxxx

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    1. I also don't enjoy that aspect of my blouse - I have to readjust it often. Sometimes I also wear it "on" the shoulders, instead of "off" the shoulders. :)

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  2. Well, Natalia, you just inspired me! I have been thinking about adding a video to my posts, but need to figure out how. Your walk down the pier, your flowy long skirt, floppy hat and great music all added that extra dimension to MOOD that makes fashion so fun and relevant. Bravo!

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    1. What a kind and rewarding comment, Marea! Thank you so much! And as I said to you, don't hesitate to ask me if you need any help with figuring out videos.

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  3. Great gipsy style Natalia. You look amazing. Wonderfull pictures. You inspire me to wear feminin clothes ;)
    I wear off shoulder blouses and you know they are DIY ;)
    Kisses Tina

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    1. Yeahhh! Let's inspire each other!! :)

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    2. And yes, your DIY blouse amazed me as well!!

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  4. Awesome look! I absolutely love the skirt with sequins finish and everything is matching great even the nail polish:)
    I like off shoulder tops and sweaters too. As for inspiration I usually browse second hands when I have a chance or go through sales etc. and then I just put stuff together according to the mood.
    Hugs!:))

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    1. I thought you might enjoy this look! I think it's very much up to your alley as well! Hugses back!

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  5. Vix is ideal to channel. You look stunning.

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  6. I'm hugely flattered! You look absolutely stunning, the outfit suits you spectacularly and it's utterly wonderful to see you in action on video! xxx

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    1. I'm happy that you were pleased, Vix. You are a great inspiration!

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  7. Now you and Vix have inspired me too! you look fabulous, the floppy hat is perfection. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  8. Don't you just love this gypsy bohemian thing that is going on? I do. And you have done it beautifully. The video is an awesome idea. I have actually started sewing again because I am so inspired by my blogging friends, you and Vix and so many others, and I just can't afford nor can I often find the things that I want. Wish me luck, you gorgeous girl!

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    1. Wishing you luck and lots of inspiration, Connie!

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  9. Oh yes I am often inspired by other bloggers or sometimes Instagram , being in the opposite season to so many had its advantages. The gypsy vibe in your outfit suits Summer you so well, perfectly topped with the floppy hat. I enjoyed your video, clever you.

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  10. I think you've nailed the Vix vibe head on Natalia! Especially love the finishing touches of hat and bag. I wish I could sew but I can't sew for toffee!

    http://petitesilvervixen.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. We all have different interests, sewing is definitely not for everyone. Thank you, dear!

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  11. ohhh, that hippietastic Vix vibe is amazing and you look fabulous wearing your maxi and top combo!, such a lovely outfit!, love the colors, love your pretty smile, love your hat and love particularly your attitude walking and smiling!!! lots of attitude!
    besos

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    1. You just write the best comments! Always make me smile! :)

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  12. love how you styled this mix of prints. That off shoulder blouse is fantastic and so well paired with that maxi skirt. I love Vix's vintage style so I'm not surprised you were inspired by her. I do get inspired by other bloggers, sometimes fairly often...and then there are those days when I don't feel like getting dressed...but generally speaking I enjoy the process of getting dressed up or even thinking about creative casual combos.

    You look fantastic! I can't wait to see the video. I think video can show an outfit in a new light but I don't do it because I'm so clueless with editing videos:)

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    1. I love making outfit videos. :) And I love watching others' as well!
      And I also have days (many!) when I don't dress up! :) We are people, not paper dolls, right?

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  13. I am absolutely mad for the combo of floral and tribal here Natalia! This is an outfit for a creative to relish! The hat, the sunnies, the perfect weave at your toes- all so exceptional. The icing on the cake is the bit of shoulders that must feel good to be bare, when it is so hot! Sure looks beautiful!
    xx, Elle
    http://www.theellediaries.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, you just keep showering me with compliments, my dear! I'm blushing :)

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