Here’s another favorite of my grandmother, Stephanie, who you first met here. I believe this photo was taken sometime in the ’40s, when Mom-Mom was in her twenties. I’m not sure what the occasion was (I’ll have to ask her), but it was either a family vacation or they were visiting her brother Johnny when he was in the Army (most of my family was in the Army, I’m such a rebel). Anyway, I really love this look because it is 100% something I would wear tomorrow and feel great in. I love the sash on the skirt. When I talk about keeping things simple and not having a huge color palette in favor of texture and detail, this is exactly what I’m talking about. And the shoes? I love a little peep toe/ankle strap combo.
This photo reminds me of spring, and the fact that it’s almost around the corner. I love that you can see her dimples, something that has been passed down to our Cub. I wish I had time to get my hair that curly.
Hope you’re having a great week.
You guys, it’s almost daylight savings time! Already? Yes, Sunday, in fact. I thought having one kid made the time go faster, but having two just makes time a complete blur. We’ve been busy the past couple weeks, traveling, visiting family, having family visit us. March and April look just as hectic. Phew! I look forward to May when we might be able to relax just a little.
Anyway, my friend Justin and his beautiful pup Bruce are in need of your help. Bruce is an adorable pit bull who needs double ACL surgery, which is very expensive. To help defer the cost, Justin has set up a fundraiser on Indiegogo, and is off to a great start. Any help you could give would be so greatly appreciated. In the ten years that I have known him, Justin has always proved to be a loyal friend with a kind heart, and I hope that he’ll be able to help his little buddy, but he needs your help! I know there are plenty of pet and pit bull lovers out there who can contribute. If you act quickly you can claim one of the specially made t-shirts for the cause. Or just donate a couple dollars. Everything helps. For more information you can visit and like the Facebook page. Thank you.
I really enjoyed Sarai’s post about her new swimsuit and dealing with body issues. I can totally relate. I also wish I was going somewhere where I needed a bathing suit.
Similarly, Tasha’s thoughts on accepting when styles don’t always work for us is great. There’s tons of styles I think look great on other ladies, but I know would never work for me, and that’s OK.
Who didn’t love Lupita Nyong’o's thoughts about beauty and coming to accept her dark skin?
Craft beer is near and dear to our hearts around here. Here are 5 issues craft beer drinkers should be thinking about.
This post about switching over to natural skin care was really interesting, informative, and most of all, honest.
Jen’s thoughts on participating in Lent are great. I think a season of fasting is a healthy exercise no matter what your faith or beliefs. I’ve given up dessert in hopes I can finally bust through my current sugar addiction.
Have a great weekend.
These last few weeks of Wardrobe Architect have moved away from shape and into color. I created some boards on Pinterest to track my neutrals, near neutrals, and bold colors. I liked the idea of finding images with these colors instead of doing something flat like using a palette maker or gather paint chips because I like to see how texture and light can effect the shade and feel of a color. In all, I favor a more neutral palette (basically, every shade of grey I can find) punctuated with rich jewel tones and the occasional bright color. I find that pastels wash me out. Instead of adding a lot of color, I tend to go more for texture. I think this is a direct result of being a knitter for nearly a decade now. I rely on both thick and fine wools, tweed, textured stitches like cable knit to bring visual interest to my wardrobe.
Thinking about color in this way, has enabled me to make more informed purchases when I buy yarn. Like a wooly magpie, I love to pick up skeins of beautiful hand-dyed yarns with a lot of different colors and variegated tones. But then I go to make something with it and I just get stuck. I get stuck because I know I’ll never wear a sweater with all that variegation, so all those beauties sat there neglected for a long time. Recently, I’ve turned many of those unused skeins into gifts or things for around my home, where I can enjoy the beauty of the yarn without having it wear me. I also have a huge stash of fabrics that I bought for various garment projects I want to work on, but I’m realizing now that while I might love the colors and patterns I picked out, most of them aren’t anything I’d ever wear.
I’ll get into pattern in the next few days. I’ve been traveling and am a bit behind in these exercises. On the other hand, I think it’s good to take some time to reflect on my clothing and how I want to look. It’s causing me to be a lot more mindful not just about the clothes I want to buy, but also the fabrics and fibers I’ve been choosing. And, let’s be honest, a little more thoughtfulness and a little less consumerism is good for everyone, don’t you think?
Hope you’re having a great week!
Did I somehow manage to spam my own blog with my Polyvore creations? Oops! Looks like I forgot to turn off that “share on WordPress” feature. Now you all know my deep dark secret. I build outfits late at night when I am up feeding the Cub. Then I spend an inordinate amount of time window shopping for shoes on Zappos. Anyway, now you know. I’m glad I got that off my chest.
Over the weekend I had brunch with some girlfriends in the Northern Liberties section of Philly. This is a neighborhood that has been in transition for several years now, and there’s still a ton of construction going on. One of the oldest sections of the city, NoLibs was once home to great deal of industry which is now being demolished in favor of new construction. Walking around you get a mix of old, modern, modern made to look old, and a lot of great places to eat and browse around. Since I parked so stinking far from the cafe, I took some snaps with my iPhone as I made my way through the narrow streets and navigated past all the construction. Most photos have been edited using VSCOcam.
Murals abound all over the city
I love the brick
Hidden Roof Deck
Ironwork like this is getting harder and harder to come by
I’m obsessed with green lately
This reminded me of ketchup and mustard
In high school I came here with a couple friends. It was a jazz bar back then, and we felt super classy even though it was kind of a dive.
Here’s what is looks like around back. I love the typography, I’m sorry to see it go.
I love this door. It’s green. Also…new haircut