Clare Wright Keller's collections always have a pulled from the archives but with a modern spin look. The tangerine, white, and grey layers are such a fresh color combination. I'm not really sure if that's a fur vest in the first pic, but I love anything that makes you look like a swan. The window check pane items have me wanting to pull this vintage Bill Blass set back out for summer.
I'm loving Maiyet's Vermeer-meets-70's art school teacher 2014 Pre-Fall collection. There is casual perfection (that first image), ballerina bodices, and plunging necklines.
My need for clavicle baring dresses intensified after watching American Hustle. Amy Adams looked fantastic in look after look, though I will say that slinky 70's dresses can be hard to wear. Almost all the ones I own are semi-sheer, and slips don't really work at the top, so I guess that was the era of the brave girl!
I started this blog almost 7 years ago when I was newly engaged and living in a small town. Missing the creative energy that had surrounded me in Los Angeles, I took to the internet. One day I stumbled across Flickr, and more importantly, its online community.
After posting my own personal and collected images people started asking me if I had a blog. I only knew of blogs at that time as online personal journals, so I thought that was an odd question. Then I realized they were now being used as platforms to write about design and style from a more personal viewpoint.
The writing was something I was missing from Flickr. It seems people are wanting to read less and less, but that is what attracts me to a blog. The ability to expand on an idea or image, to give background on why they chose to wear something or put it in their house.
I started my blog as a way to join this community, which lacked the polished fantasy of magazines, but had the realism of chatting with your stylish sister, just one that lived far away.
When the blogging world exploded the intimacy of that community went away. We were introduced to a lot of great new blogs, but also bloggers was exposed to a bigger audience (and critics). Blogs started looking smarter in design, but also more homogeneous.
For me the online world got boring and weird fast, and I didn't want to be part of the way things were at the moment. Combined with a difficult pregnancy, I decided to take a step back from the blog.
Instead of writing I started an Instagram account to post more immediate things and a Pinterest account which is the easiest way to remember where I found an image. I avoided Pinterest for a long time, but I finally broke down and now I'm a pinning (a lot of secret boards) fool.
I've thought about quitting the blog completely, but that's what I miss the most. Writing out the Why. So I'll continue to write for myself, as the whole point of this blog was to talk about what I was marveling over at the moment. I guess it's a personal journal after all.
Image: The gorgeous Freja/UK Vogue January 2014/Photographer: Cass Bird