Friday, 9 September 2011

the gentle breeze that ruffles the leaves

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The sunshine has returned after two days of rain, my toenails are golden yellow, and I am in an implacably good mood! My sister Morna and I are going thrifting today, if we can manage to drag ourselves away from this full pot of tea... Since emailing my thesis in yesterday, life has consisted of: breakfast with Baileys, dog walks with my sister, my parents and I co-buying me a camera for my birthday, and perogies with copious amounts of wine for dinner! Morna and I watched The Wind that Shakes the Barley last night, which, while an excellent movie, kind of makes you want to go and slit your wrists afterwards. So some lighter fare is on the agenda tonight!

I rescued this bag from a box. I know some of you have been saying I find a lot of things in boxes... well, I come from a family of confirmed packrats, and we've also just moved across the country, so there are a lot of boxes around. The most exciting part of this look is actually the sandals, which my mom had hand-made in the seventies. Except the shoe-maker took a dislike to my mom, although he quite fancied her cousin. Accordingly, the cousin's shoes fit perfectly, but my mom's have always been too small on her. Forty-odd years later, they fit me perfectly, so all's well that end's well!

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My mom bought me this lovely Celtic-inspired peridot necklace for last year's birthday, but just gave it to me a few weeks ago, since we hadn't seen each other before.

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Enjoy your weekends, everyone!

Photos by Shona

dress: Killah (old), shoes: custom-made vintage, necklace: gift from my Mom, bag: stolen from a box, scarf: vintage, sunglasses: Lucky brand

42 comments:

Ashley said...

So I really like this color on you! :)

"kind of makes you want to go and slit your wrists afterwards"

I definitely busted out laughing after reading this. HA.

Sewon said...

Your toenails match your bag and your scarf! I love the yellow (obviously). P.S. I love the sandals! You're so lucky they fit you perfectly.

Liz said...

super cute dress! I love the buttons on the side! Also adore the scarf tied to the bag! Have fun thrifting :)

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh what a great bag! And I love the shoes!!
Its always nice having HUGE things lifted off your shoulders, you must be so excited to be finished with your thesis! :D
[and yes, good thing I look good in purple, its my favorite color ;) ]
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Le Salt Lake said...

Very cute dress!! I love the buttons on the sides. Little details like that are always the best I think.
-J

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Elegantly Academic said...

You submitted a thesis? Well done! And love this bag + scarf ... But you stole it from a box? Hmmmm ...
Kelly xo

dusanabotswana said...

haha I'll save watching that movie for another day then! That is so funny about the sandals and I must say in my compulsive give-away family they would have been long gone a long time ago, which would be sad, they are amazing. CONGRATS ON FINISHING YOUR THESIS!! Such a huge step! Let me know if you post it anywhere, I'd love to read it, just up my interest-alley : )

Michelle said...

Love the look (although after having had to wear the most hideous brown uniform through high school I have an aversion to wearing brown myself).

Also, your mom must be a pretty awesome lady, those shoes are amazing.

Cat said...

I love that post-exam/thesis feeling - that odd sensation when you realise you actually have nothing to do and your newly discovered independence almost seems too good to be true... Glad to hear you're making the most of it! And what a fantastic story about those equally fantastic sandals!

Cat xxx
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Carrie said...

Love, LOVE, LOVE those shoes!! I noticed them right away in the photo and was going to say something about them even before I read the story behind them (how funny, by the way!). My favorite pair of sandals were hand made for me in Tanzania and I have worn them until they are almost coming apart. I feel a traveling urge coming upon me...

Have a good week-end and enjoy your freedom! :-)

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Ah, such good ways to kick off the post-thesis celebrating. Perogies - yes! Wrist slitting - no so much. I agree; excellent movie, but such a downer.

Beautiful sandals. It's always a plus when things have an interesting story attached to them (and are made of rich brown leather ;)

Tammy said...

I really enjoy tagging along on your adventures!
Thank you for allowing that!

Catita said...

you are really spectacular in that dress! and cool necklace too!
xoox
Catita

HailesHeartsFashion said...

This outfit is really cute but I really love the yellow polka dot scarf tied to the yellow bag :)

Also thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog :) And in response to your answer, I have never been to Barcelona, I went to Madrid and loved it though - funny thing is people always say how different these two main cities are! Hailes <3

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charity @ c'est la belle vie said...

love yo shades!

The Thriftaholic (Leilani) said...

I adore your yellow vintage handbag, I've yet to find a bag in that shade on my thrifting adventures. You're lucky to inherit your mother's 70s goodies and that you can fit into them... my mom didn't hold on to most of her things sadly.

Terri said...

You do the brown well. I am trying to imagine Bailey's for breakfast...

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Terri: Baileys in coffee. ; ) I'm not sure even I'm hardcore enough for shots at breakfast!

CessOviedo said...

Yay for the thesis being sent! Great reason to rock gold nails, love you with those eyecats!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

SreeBindu said...

aww.. loving the chocolate look. :)

Gawgus things... said...

Such a great story about the shoes! Love your bag and scarf :)

Gawgus things... said...

Such a great story about the shoes! Love your bag and scarf :)

Vale ♥ said...

You're rocking that brown color =)

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Lizzy said...

A fellow thesis writing fashion blogger! I'm so jealous that you have submitted yours, enjoy your free time. I love how your 'stolen' yellow bag adds a pop of colour to your outfit, very summery.

Diana said...

you look so lovely with this brown and yellow color pallet -- a welcome sunny look after all that rain! i am always amazed that you write so much after you spend so much time writing your thesis! I myself would never touch a word document again ;) xo

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Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Lizzy: Hang in there! It's always darkest before the dawn!

@Diana: Haha, I really love writing. What I didn't enjoy about the thesis was the thinking!!

Julia Topaz, La Belle Oiselle said...

Brown looks lovely on you! You're very lucky; it makes most people look like a big poop.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Julia: Hmmm, I'm sensing a lot of brown hatred out there... I never considered it's poop possibilities...

Carla said...

I love your dress and scarf. Your blog Is amazing!! Sounds like your life is extremely good at the moment, me too,YAY!!!!
Carla
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Tomz said...

I like that chocolate taste....

Tomz said...

I like that chocolate taste....

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Tomz: Erm, yessss ; p

Julia_Julia said...

lovely)

jess said...

The scarf tied around your purse is a nice touch.

Annebeth said...

these browns look so soft and elegant on you. Custom made shoes are so luxurious and almost from another time (literally in your case), very cool.

Anthea said...

Congrats on handing in your thesis! Love these pics, they are so whimsical. I think it's pretty awesome that your mom kept those sandals!

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Bonnie said...

This bag is absolutely gorgeous. I love the way you tied the scarf around it. Also, you look awesome in brown. Seriously. Brown is so much more difficult to pull off than black, and you do it effortlessly, so bravo! :) You're too beautiful.

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Teresa said...

What a beautiful delicate necklace! So intricate up close and dainty from far away. A lovely accent to your outfit!

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Virginie's Cinema said...

Such a cool bag! I adore the sunglasses too.

Seems like life post thesis is awesome and that you are enjoying some well deserved R&R with the family! Yay!

Virginie ♥

Nnenna said...

I'm so glad you rescued that bag because it is the perfect accessory for your outfit! =)

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Mouthwash said...

So...how awesome is your blog?! Your header and background are so cute, and you my dear are a riot. In all best terms of course.

I +1'd your airport post, because that is amazing. I hope it get to travel through one of those airports sometime!


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CAITLIN said...

so pretty! the details are great--i love those little gold buttons on the side of your dress, and the yellow purse with the yellow scarf! you are the color queen.

and bravo for a finished thesis!