Sunday, June 11, 2017

There Ain't No Cure For the Summertime Blues


.....so you might as well not fight 'em. By blues, I mean the colour, not the emotional state.


Summer is usually the season when people break out the bright colours and bold prints, but for me, the past couple of summers have seen a lot of black and grey.   I'm trying to break out of that rut by adding a colour or two, and the one colour I have gravitated to is blue.  Not pale blue, or navy blue, but a rich denim blue.  You've seen these wide leg pants on my blog many times as they get worn all year round.  I think if they ever wear out I will have to get someone make a pattern from them so they can be re-created.  I found the embroidered cotton tunic at a Salvation Army thrift store in Toronto during a "50% off Everything" sale, so it ended up being $3 or $4.  The cotton is so fine you can see through it.  I found the hat at the Uka Market booth at the Horseshoe Flea Market in Denver.  The sun was blazing hot that day and my head felt like it was toasting (one of the downsides of having very short hair) so I purchased one of their cotton brimmed caps.

A closer look at the embroidery on the tunic and on my vintage bag, which came from one of my favourite local purveyor of treasures, The Sentimentalist.

I purchased this linen tunic/dress at From Mars at the end of last summer.  The colour, high comfort factor, and the metallic silver trim on the pockets sold me on it, and it has become a great layering piece.

When I was in Denver I received a package in the mail from my friend Carmen Bury, and one of the things in it was this embellished skirt she had made.  The skirt itself is a polyester jersey with a drawstring waist, and Carmen hand sewed all the bits of colourful fabric to the bottom.

 The weight and nature of the fabric means that the skirt has amazing swish-ability.    I may have been a bit obsessed with swishing it back and forth day, and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see a video of me doing just that.

I had tried some turquoise tinted hair spray on my hair and was happy with the results, so this weekend I decided try L'Oreal's Colorista Semi-Permanent Colour in Teal.  It is supposed to last 4 - 10 shampoos so I'll see what it looks like at the end of the week.  

21 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love the turquoise in your hair - how fun is that? I adore that swooshy skirt with all the bits on it - that's just a party to wear, I'll bet. Lovely weekend looks, Shelley!

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  2. Your hair and your outfits are so very you! Love that amazing skirt. You do know I'm available if you ever need a pattern made from those pants. It's one of my Super Powers!

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    1. Thank you Louisa, I will definitely keep you in mind when it's time to get a pattern made (which is an excellent super power to have)

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  3. Oh wow what a fab article I now have hair envy, so tempted to get my long locks shaved off again.
    Embracing fashion as I get older is as exciting as when I was living the hay day clubbers life style in my teens.
    However a natural hoarder I realised after spending this weekend ironing Mount Kilimanjaro I no longer needed are the outrageous backless tops I have been holding onto all these years.
    Although this did get me thinking about age appropriate clothing is there such a thing ? So I tried the backless number on over a t-shirt and boom it looked fab, so being a hoarder isn't so bad.
    I am very fortunate that running my clothing business I can see beyond the standard use of a garment and style in alternative ways.
    I am also aware many others do not have this foresight which is why I launched Rew clothing (really easy wear) Thank you for your blog you have inspired me to write more which is something I often put off due to my dyslexia.
    Best wishes
    Rachel

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    1. A friend of mine wears halter tops over t-shirts and they look great, so I think that if you like something, you can always find a way to wear it so you feel comfortable in it. Thanks for your comment - glad I was able to provide some writing inspiration.

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  4. The skirt and hair are all kinds of fun!

    How wonderful that you have such a creative generous friend.

    I'm in love with your embroidered vintage handbag.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  5. Both outfits are fantastic. The embroidery on the tunic is to die for and that crazy skirt is fabulously twirly!
    I love your hair and those bastard massive earrings. xxx

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  6. Blue-gray is just too cool and you do it so well, Shelley. I luv all your pieces and how you've put them together. Each is so amazing on its own. And that scrap skirt! hmmmm...

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  7. The skirt, the skirt, I am in love with the skirt! And paired with the gray top, you've hit it out of the park.
    *sighs*

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    1. The linen tunic top is actually a denim blue colour - it does look grey on some computer screens. It is a wonderful skirt, isn't it?

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  8. The skirt paired with the tunic and the Missioni print Converse is a home run hit out of the park1 LOVE LOVE LOVE! So glad to see more posts from you. Am like the hair, too. Keep on being you. And thanks for sharing your wonderful self with us.

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    1. Thank you for your wonderful comment - I'm trying to post more regularly, and I'm glad you're enjoying my blog.

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  9. so lovely outfits!, I like your wide leg pants and I understand that you've been thinking on re-create them!. And I love that you found that cute cap to cover your short haired head, yes!
    The tunic and the embellished shirt look Fabulous together, such a stunning outfit!, love every detail and love the whole ensemble, and love how gorgeous you're wearing it!
    besos & sol

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  10. Sh. You make me smile. I am pleased you are happy with skirt and that you were compelled to spin and twirl when you wore it...that is exactly what a little girl did when she put on the one I did for her! May you always be in touch with the part of you that feels joy and wonder .from the first time we met, I think your sense of delight is what I was so touched by. I'm honored to know you and enjoy your adventures.thank you for being so wonderful and with your blog reminding us all to be grateful for everything that comes to us,no matter how humble it's past life. You wear it like a treasure...each and every outfit. Bless you. Carmenbury

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  11. The oversized linen top with that glorious gypsy skirt and sneakers get-up is so so so cool!!!

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  12. Nothing wrong with black and grey in the summer as far as I'm concerned! It allows more focus on the teal in your hair, which I love. I have wonderful memories of the Horseshoe Flea! The cotton brimmed hat looks great on you. And of course, Carmen's skirt is total summer fun!

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  13. I love your flowy style, all the time. And the light tint to your hair is so, so cool. xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

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  14. The tunic was a steal and I cannot take my eyes off the hand bag - what a great item !
    I think that you don't have to wear a particular colour for the season, it sets boundaries and we already have enough of them so your choice of colour works great.

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  15. And I call myself a friend? Not getting here sooner?! And what a loss. You look AMAZING in that skirt. I can't believe all the little bits Carmen hand-sewed to the bottom. And your tops are perfect summer pieces, light, flowy, and blue. You must know by now how the hair colour worked. I'm so curious. It looks really good. Oh, and the yellow earrings are wow!

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  16. Love the From Mars tunic dress and the skirt your friend Carmen made. Gosh what a work must have gone into that. Together they look great. And I really like that big yellow earring.
    Greetje

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  17. The oversized linen top with that glorious gypsy skirt and sneakers get-up is so so so cool!!!


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