If by your art, my dearest father, you have
put the wild waters in this roar, allay them!
So spake I while living my theatrical dreams as a seventeen-year-old playing Miranda in a college production of The Tempest. I’m very fond of this isolated island castaway and the brave new world she discovers, and it’s probably no surprise that I still have most of her lines memorized: including the bold opening speech in which she begs her wizard-father to stop the darn storm that he’s churned up. Seriously, Prospero, someone’s going to write a play about this all now.
This $3 thrift-store dress (it was sold to me as a shirt, but I’m pretty darn sure it’s just a really short dress? Or maybe I’m just too flexible in my clothing classifications) immediately reminded me of Miranda. Perhaps it’s the open-shoulder design, which might appeal to a daughter of a noble-sorcerer who needs her full range of motion to survive on a mysterious island. In any case, I was happy to play Prospero and develop the illusion still further by adding on a few maritime accessories!
Gingham seems to be “in,” but my own fascination with it is really due to the fact that it makes me feel like a fairy-tale character. Looking like a walking picnic blanket probably just means that I need to have picnics nigh-constantly, right?
Normally, I don’t make a habit of mentioning where I purchased each item of clothing in an outfit post…mostly because, as I’ve said before “random New England thrift store” is not an easy retailer for you to track down.
This ensemble, however, pays tribute to the gorgeous anchor-print scarf sent to me by my friend Emma from Puddleside Musings for Christmas! Surely I will impress Americans in droves if I tell them that this accessory was handmade in Ireland. So thank you, Emma: have some weird photos of me in full-on nautical style juxtaposed against our Hawaiian backyard in return for your kindness!
(And yes, I am pretending to shield my eyes from the sun to look out at the ocean horizon in that first photo even though there’s neither ocean nor sun, most days, in the rainforest. The things one does for outfits.)
Guess who’s back stateside–and back to blogging? After two days of inescapable jetlag and a sad period of mourning the lack of quality focaccia in my small Massachusetts town, I’m finally starting to process the amazing experiences I had during my trip to Italy.
This trip marked the first time I’d left the United States in just over three years, and the first time I’d visited a place entirely new to me in an equally long while. There were moments when I felt overwhelmed, disoriented, anxious–particularly when we visited bigger cities, which tend to make me extra jumpy and stressed!–but many more opportunities for me to discover new things, to expose myself to phenomenal works of art and culture, and to gain a true appreciation for a country I had never visited before.
Before I left for this trip, I assigned myself two main objectives: gain some understanding of Italian and figure out how to pack appropriately. Though I can’t teach you how to speak this beautiful language through a single blog post, I can give you a metaphorical peek into my suitcase!
Haven’t you always wanted to wear an outfit that reminds people of cartography and early modern seafaring?
…well, at any rate, I have, and my dreams are just about to come true. Ever since I bought my shark dress secondhand, I’ve kept a careful eye on Bonne Chance Collection’s releases, eager to see if any other nautical prints were in the works.
Everything this company designs is adorable, but most of their fabrics are a little too cutesy for me to get away with at work, tragically–much as I’d love to give a tour while wearing a dress covered in cupcakes or cats in space. When I noticed this map dress, then, I knew the time had come to make my first purchase. After all, how often do you get a chance to wear something that relates to your academic field of study?
Though part of me would much rather celebrate my hundred-and-eleventieth blog post milestone like my old pal Bilbo, there’s no denying that the even, rounded nature of 100 has its appeal. I started this incarnation of my blogging career about eight months ago now, and it’s hard to believe I’ve already published one hundred pastel-and-photo-filled posts!
To celebrate this auspicious event, here’s a quick look back at some of my more memorable (or just plain colorful) activities over these past five scores of musings…
the first time I showed my face in an outfit post // an outfit post in which I barely showed my face
a dress that combines sharks with lace // a shirt featuring a succulent that’s just as cute
a very special Over the Garden Wall mailing // whale mail from beyond the sea
strangely photogenic washi tape // calendars resurrected as envelopes
beautiful Volcano // the top of the world
a day out in the Berkshires // Mass MOCA
I’ve so enjoyed every minute of sharing my adventures through style and natural wonders and crafting with you, and can’t wait to write up another hundred!