Tuesday, June 14, 2011

summer romance

This is my first attempt at personal style photos, and I am going to offer up a disclaimer: I am not trés chic. I enjoy fashion, but I do not fancy myself to be a bohemian Glamourai, nor a gal who can dive into a Sea of Shoes (though, in all honesty, I could dive into my shoe collection... it's just not as enviable as that of my fellow Texan). I love photography, but I'm never done selfies so please don't judge the (low) quality of my pictures. Hopefully I'll improve in time. 


I found this fantastic white macramé fringe piece, dubbed the 'Gypsy Rose' vest, by Winter Kate during a recent visit to Neiman Marcus (the vest can be purchased here). Nicole Richie (the designer of the line) has an excellent 70s style and her penchant for vintage-inspired looks is perfectly channeled into her clothing line. 
I paired the vest (which I took the liberty of spinning around like a six-year-old in) with a red paisley tunic from Winter Kate's debut collection. It's not visible in the photos, but the tunic has a super deep v-neck so a camisole and clever styling is necessary in order to maintain my modesty. I love the tunic's light billowy feel made from vintage silk, the long drape-y sleeves, and the rough unfinished edges at the cuffs and hem. 
With the two Winter Kate pieces, I completed the look with a pair of my beloved Hue jeggings, some trusty chandelier earrings in colors of pink and red, and a pair of Deco-inspired shoes by Minna Parikka. I love the combination of red, purple, dusty rose, muted gold, and chocolate brown - it is so romantic and summery to me. The overall look was inspired by the 70s-meets-30s soft photography of David Hamilton, whose models are always the embodiment of vintage and modern. With the 70s-inspired bohemian Winter Kate pieces, with the Deco-style shoes and modern-day jeggings, the look was aimed to reference both past and present. I wanted the colors to reflect the romance of seventies summers. 



I am still in the process of figuring out what I want to do with my hair. A couple of months ago I took the plunge and darkened my blonde locks so that I could try the ombré look. After almost six months, I think I am ready to try something new - I'm not sure if I want to go back to full-on blonde (so boring to me after twenty towheaded years) or try a redder strawberry blonde, or something completely wild altogether - like peroxide Debbie Harry blonde or something. 
My hair is naturally wavy, and I lucked out that the waves were somewhat presentable that day. I've become less and less of a fan of brushing my hair over the years, which usually isn't the best on days my hair looks full-on Carrie Bradshaw during the early years (... and I've learned from personal experience what works on SJP doesn't necessarily work on little old me). One of my favorite looks for my hair is to twist the front pieces back and clip on the sides of my head - it's incredibly easy to do and it looks so cute, and it has helped me out on many occasions when I simply don't know what to do with my still-growing-out fringe. Plus, I think it looks better as the day goes on and pieces begin the fall out of the clips - it looks so effortless and hippie fab. 



So, what do you think? Should I continue with personal style posts, or should I abandon this fashion foray? Is there any missing - or have I rambled on too much? I would love any and all feedback, except comments that one eye is smaller than the other. I am already paranoid about that. 

13 comments:

Rachel - Firebird said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I really enjoy personal style posts. I'm rather envious of your Winter Kate pieces, they have a gorgeous bohemian vibe to them

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Beautiful eyes :)

Kaitlyn said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Ohmygosh, Alexis, you are gorgeous!! You had nothing to worry about. :) I love the pattern on your tunic, and I want to STEAL that vest! Perfect for twirling, haha.
I love your style (knew I would)! You should definitely keep doing these posts. :) You're very thorough, it's nice to see all the thought you put into your outfit.

angel corpus christi said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

hello gorgeous!!! keep it up! perfect!

JessM said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

wow I LOVE this outfit!
I think outfit posts would be awesome on this site.
You are naturally pretty on top of it!

Raquel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's great seeing the face behind the wonderful blog!! I like the personal style post. Please continue :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

i really love it all :D . hope u do more. would love to see into your room aswell it looks nice

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

keeep it up!!!! so cuute!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

long time lurker here. I think the vest looks stunning on you and your hair is extremely cute. Maybe you could rock a thick eybrow-lenght bangs like sienna if you want a change? or was that what you just strated growing out?

ahaha I hate Minna parikka, I'm finnish and she is just infuriating because she's everywhere and the whole country treats her like a national treasure but those shoes do look amazing on you and go well with that outfit.

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Awww you are so cute!!

viviane / hippiebohoreloaded. said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

really love the Winter Kate waistcoat!

Ruby-May said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love your style, very bohemian/gypsy esque. Really love your blog, thankyou for the comment on mine :-) xxx

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Don't know if you will like this or not but to me, you look a lot like Toni Collette, the actress in Muriel's Wedding and I forgot the one with Cameron Diaz playing the beautiful irresponsible sister. Any way, it's supposed to be a compliment so I hope you like her look/attitude.