Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tickled Pink

"And pink's for the lady with joie de vive!
Pink's for all the family.
Try pink shampoo.
Pink toothpaste too.
Play in pink, all day in pink,
Pretty gay in pink.
Drive in pink, come alive in pink,
Have a dive in pink.
Go out dancing but just remember one thing:
You can get a little wink
If you got a little pink
In your swing."

Lyrics from "Think Pink" by Roger Edens

Neon Pink, to be exact

Summer is my least favourite season when it comes to getting dressed.  I'm not the kinda girl who feels her best in a simple summer frock and a pair of sandals, and I haven't felt much enthusiasm for most of my work outfits from the last three months.   Give me patterned tights, short skirts, boots, a great jacket and a colourful scarf, and I'm happy.  I may soon have my wish, as our "summer" has been a mixed bag, weather-wise, and it's starting to feel like fall.  Today I noticed the quality of the light had changed (it's hard to explain if you don't know what I mean) and for me, that's always the sign that Summer is soon to be but a memory.   I was browsing in From Mars, owned and run by a couple of cool dames that I've known for at least 25 years, (and pretty much the only place in London where I purchase anything retail), when I saw the neon pink extra-high hi-tops in the photo above.  They were the last pair, and as luck would have it, they were in my size (meaning, large enough to be able to put my arch supports in them).

Does the colour remind you of anyone??

That would be the fabulously pink-a-licious Krista, shown here in a photo from her blog, cuddling her fur baby, Peetee.  My new shoes have been officially christened "Krista Cons"

The shoes had a magically inspiring effect, and I was able to put together an outfit that was playful, inspired some comments, and made me feel more like my old self.  I've been feeling pretty sad these last couple of weeks since I lost my little bun.  Thanks so much to all of you for the condolences and thoughtful comments on my last blog post.

I had purchased this skirt a few years ago, and it was too long when worn as a skirt - I was forever stepping on it and ripping out the stitching on the gathers.  With the wide stretchy waistband, it made a perfect strapless dress.

I couldn't stop staring at the powerful glowing pink-ness of the shoes

They even made me a little giddy!
Thanks to Heather for her patience, excellent photography skills, and for always being able to make me laugh

I'm wearing:  skirt - Winners, years ago
t-shirt - thrifted
cardigan - Joe Fresh
Krista Cons - From Mars
Necklace - handmade by Krista


  1. I have that same skirt in olive green - I call it my parachute skirt - and I got it at Winners too! I've often thought of doing it as a strapless dress, but never really got around to it. You've inspired me: I must try it this summer. Adoring the bright pink Cons.

  2. That poem made me think of pink champagne - doesn't that sound classy? Gorgeous shoes, and the skirt as a dress is a brilliant idea! An idea worth stealing, methinks.

  3. Shelley those lyrics are the perfectly pink intro to these magnificent Krista cons! Me love, especially the height! There is power in the pink ;) I swear by it. I love knowing something so bright you associate with me.
    I know summer is fading too and it's by the direction the sun shines in our house it's amazing actually and I love the seeing the transition in its rays on my walls.

  4. Hurray for the power of pink and a little Kristalicious magic! Your new Krista cons made me think of her as soon as I saw them, and there's nothing like a bright splash of colour, and the inspiration and love of a good pal, to make you feel a bit brighter.
    I know just what you mean about the season changing - it's the quality of the light, the smell of the air, the evenings drawing in. I feel it too.
    Love the skirt-as-dress, and it's great to see you smiling (LOVE that last photo!) and know that despite the sadness, you're on your way back up. xxxx

  5. Found this 'cos Curtiss had linked it to her fb page.
    Great boots!
    But my comment is more a belated 'sorry' for the loss of your little one. Words cannot convey the feel for you; but I do know what it feels like and dread the days when my 2 fur babies will eventually pass away. At 14 and 18...well, you know!)
    Pink boots will raise a smile even in the depths of loss, and then you think of Krista too! What a good combo to lift the spirits!
    Big hugs

  6. Pink sneaks to raise your mood, I love it and the whole look is fantastic!

  7. The power of pink! Those fab new Krista-licious boots are magic, just look at how happy they've made you.
    I love the Summer, last night was so cold we had to light the fire then its my turn to be grumpy. xxx

  8. I'm happy to see you smiling, wearing pink Krista Cons, creating a spectacular outfit, posing with perfection and feeling giddy in the process.

    I can't believe that fall layers are approaching. I know what you mean by the changes in the light. I noticed it this week, and I'm starting to plan the hat room transition once again.

  9. You are amazing Shelley, the Krista Cons are incredible and I say YES to the amazing once-was-a-skirt dress. It's such an amazing design with all the draping, it simply screams "wear me" so I'm so glad you found a way. :) xoox

  10. When I saw the preview photo for this post, I was sure they're were Krista's shoes! They are SO cool and suit you well! ADORE your style by the way.

  11. Amazing pink high tops! Only you can do them justice. Love that you dubbed them "Krista Cons"!

  12. Love the pop of pink! Pink has been on my mind lately too in terms of color. It's the one color I really enjoy for summer. I feel ya on the layering up! I'm missing it and looking forward to the fall.