Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lovely rooms, lilac and rosy hues ...


Designer's Guild via Haute Design


Designer's Guild via This Is Glamorous

Every woman needs a LBD ...

... Long Black Dress!

Indulge me in a fantasy post (I know, they're basically all fantasy by this point -- but isn't that half the fun?)


I openly declare my love of the allure of being utterly and completely (or very nearly) covered up.  And while we're at it, covered up in layers of rustling silk, chiffon, crinoline ...

Source: google.com via Laurie on Pinterest

... bold lace and a bit of crinoline ...

Source: vogue.it via Laurie on Pinterest

... gloriously composed in diaphanous swathes ...

Source: vogue.it via Laurie on Pinterest

... looking every bit the part of the woman standing at the edge of the sea at dusk, dark skirt billowing in the mist ...

Source: vogue.it via Laurie on Pinterest

... battling urban ennui in a declarative statement of a coat (here I AM!) ...


... or playing dress-up as a modern day slightly dark-sided Alice (drink this!), or a Little Woman Jo?
This is some kind of greatness.  Not quite costume, far more than merely clothing.  It exists somewhere in between.  Only on the runway, perhaps, or in the magazines.
But also very much in my imagination.  That may be the best place of all!
All images via my Pinterest boards.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Those certain shades of blue ....

I never really was a big fan of blue, until I began blogging (that is to say, collecting images in earnest) a couple of years ago. 
Now it's one of my favorite hues ... it just has to be the right kind of blue, and all of these are.


Heartbeat Oz/tumblr

(Almost aqua, but not quite ... )



I did a post a few days ago about how the Summer shades of blue are slowly fleeting for the year, and I guess I needed to remind myself that although blue has many faces -- in fact, precisely because it has so many faces -- it is flexible, versatile and adaptable to the entire calendar year.

Although I can't say I've ever seen a blue Valentine (not even the film) ...

p.s.  Since beginning my Pinterest boards, I've begun gathering new followers here to the blog.  My curiosity is piqued, and although I don't know how much feedback I'll get (Buttercup has been pretty non-interactive, as I'm so caught up in my other blog), I would like to know why you signed on, and -- for those of you who've been hanging around for a while (the silent majority?) -- what is it you like best about my blog?

How would you describe it to others?

Do you ever share it with friends?

I realize the blog is extremely "web 1.0" looking, but I'm looking for quality of content here more than anything else.  I spend (probably too much) time looking at images on-line and in magazines, so my eye knows precisely what I like.  If I don't absolutely LOVE an image, it doesn't get on here. 

Trust me, that leaves a whole lot of pictures in the discard pile :-)

This blog is a space for me to let my completely dreamy, enthusiastic, emotional, visual-seeking self take flight.  My actual environment and mode of dress looks barely like anything here, but a gal can dream, and this is where I do some of that dreaming.  It's where a side of me comes out that not very many people know.

Thank you for being here and sharing in my little curated gallery of lovely things.  A beautiful thing is twice as lovely when shared.


p.p.s.  If you don't Pinterest yet, you have to start!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Lilac, lavender, violet, purple!



Victoria Magazine


Friday, September 16, 2011

Pretty on the outside!

Can you imagine what these places look like on the inside, if they're this beautiful on the outside?







Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Here come the blues again ...

The blues that sing of a Summer now fading slowly away for another year ...

... the blue of the sky reflecting on the ocean, the music of the lapping tide floating in on the breeze ...

... the blue of wildflowers and yard sale finds and pretty cotton dresses ...

... the blue of the sea, of old suitcases, of vintage things that speak of many Summers past.

The season for this shade of blue is passing, but like the ephemeral months of mid-year, it's never far from my mind.

*  *  *  *  *

Blue, oh blue, I love you.

Fall colors will dim you, but only for a while. 

You make your way back come Winter, as frosty hues, royal blues, even (for the luckiest) Tiffany-box blue.

You are among the most faithful, dear blue!

Perennial favorites: raspberry pink, fuschia, candy pink, magenta ...



For me, these colors will always be fun, exciting and combine-able in a nearly endless variety of ways.  What do YOU think of these hues?


Monday, September 12, 2011

In praise of brown frocks ...

Jessica McClintock


Nanette Lepore
Fall 2010

Vogue Portugal
July 2010


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lavenham jackets!

English plaid, tweed, cable knits and toggle coats have me pining for October, which coincidentally is right round the corner!

All images:  Lavenham