Monday, September 22, 2014


Summer has finally relented.  Today is cool and overcast and like some perverse anti-flower I'm blooming.  Relieved of my heat induced stupor, my energy and creativity have returned.  Today's outfit features one of my all time favorite skirts and is inspired by Ann's 52 pick-me-up prompt, "hibiscus." I love how hibiscus flowers look as they're opening, a graceful whorl of petals.  The shape of this skirt reminds me of that.

And look!  Shoes that aren't sandals. 

Earthies maryjane pumps.  These are seriously comfortable shoes.  They have gel or maybe memory foam in the insole.  And only $5 at Goodwill.  Seriously!

I added the berry color top and pink jewelry as a nod to the hibiscus color palette.  

The earring are blown glass.  I got them on my trip to Italy when I was 17.

The bracelet is also a piece from my teens.  There was an antique store in Porter Square that I used to frequent when I was in high school.  Mostly I'd go in and drool because the prices were way out of my range.  I'd always take a long look at the case full of rhinestone jewelry.  I so desperately wanted to own some of that glittering beauty.  I ended up settling for this cuff because it was less expensive than the other pieces and taking home one stone was better than taking home none.  It may have been a compromise at the time but it has turned out to be a very wearable bracelet and I've grown very fond of it.

Linking to Visible Monday.  Thanks Patti!


  1. Love the steampunk-y drama of the skirt and the rich wine colour of the top. Burgundy? Merlot? Claret? Any of the above!
    Your teenage choices of earrings and bangle were spot on! xxx

  2. Love that you've still got the jewellery you bought as a teen. I wear a ring I had when i was 11 every day! The skirt is a great shape and comfy shoes are always the best second hand find! x

  3. You obviously had great taste and style from an early age! Love the skirt too.

  4. I love love that skirt soooooooooooo much, and the jewellery with a story behind is just perfect.

  5. Your bracelet is stunning! Thanks for sharing your look with Visible Monday, xo.

  6. Isn't it neat to ease into fall colors, textures and SHOES? Charming look with your mix of textures and just-right jewels. I'm into that maroon/oxblood/burgundy set of colors this year ... every year, in fact.

  7. A dark dramatic take on hibiscus. Love it! Thanks for linking!