Friday, 28 October 2011

cultural endeavours

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So, this week happened. Man, I am so behind on everything and sooo tired, and sooo glad that it's a long weekend here!

I wore this last weekend to go to an exhibition at the CCCB, the Centre de Cultura Contemporànea de Barcelona, and I felt rather chicly understated. I'm always a bit leary of knee socks making me look like a schoolgirl, and of heels making me look like a businesswoman (ew), but the combination seemed to give it just the right edge.

The exhibit was fascinating: photos of Barcelona between 1909 and 1945 by a photographer called Brangulí, who, in addition to capturing some great street scenes, had an interest in photographing the industry that used to drive Barcelona... so photos of women working in textile shops and men making toy cardboard theatres at toy factories... a fascinating glimpse into life at the beginning of the 20th century.

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P.S. Dusana did an interview with me about my travels, style, and other thoughts over at her blog!

Photos by Albert, all photos taken at the CCCB. I love the juxtaposition of old and new buildings that make up the courtyard.

dress: Mavi (old), sweater: car boot sale, socks: H&M, shoes: Clarks, necklace: gift from Mom

32 comments:

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

Really loving this outfit, its exactly as you described it, its refined but still young (but not young in a bad way). I would love to see some of those photos! It sounds fascinating. Must Google this :)

dr.antony said...

Hi Emily
I was away for some time.
You look as gorgeous as ever!
Anything suits you !

Closet Fashionista said...

I love the outfit!! And that sounds like such an awesome exhibit! I need to make time for more cultural things like that...
off to check out your interview now :)
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Natalie Suarez said...

super cute!! LOVE IT :)

xx

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Collette Osuna said...

Love the cardi color.....and the knee high socks are just adorbs!!!

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Rebecca said...

Sounds like an interesting exhibition, I love any photography that deal with ordinary life. I agree with your theory about the outfit. You look very chic.

CessOviedo said...

Love the socks, think I need to give them a try, Checking your interview right now, have a great weekend!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

My Favourite Fashion Things said...

You look gorgeous, love the colors

Ashley said...

This is quite the adorable outfit, and I'm not even a huge fan of knee-socks :)

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

A simple but oh so adorable outfit! Lovely!


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Amber Blue Bird said...

you definitely countered the little girlish vibe of the knee socks quite nicely with those shoes. You look like one of those girls who can just roll out of bed, blindly pick out clothes, and look incredible.

Nina the Little Nomad said...

Wonderful outfit, always look forward to reading about your adventures. You seem so at ease with everything I'm jealous!
xx
Nina

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Catita said...

what a cute outfit, love it!

Norbyah said...

oh my goodness, i love EVERYTHING about this outfit. i love the knee high socks (used to wear mine like that way back in high school), LOVE the dress and the color of the cardi. it's all just perfect.
xo
n

Amber Rose, Laughing With Broken Eyes said...

You look really beautiful.
There's an exhibit in Nashville of similar sorts that I've been planning to go to. It's not Barcelona-- it's Ancient Greece, but around the same time period. I'll try and find a link to show you.

Winnie said...

I am such a fan of your shoes, they're really lovely. They go so well with that green cardigan too!

Kirstin@CrimsonRosella said...

That second photo of you is just gorgeous miss model! The exhibit sounds fascinating, life in Barcelona sounds fabulous for you!

Margaret said...

I absolutely love those shoes. I have a pair similar to those and I can't wait to wear them this winter.

The exhibition sounds so fascinating. Historical exhibitions are probably my favorite type of exhibitions. I like to go to the American Museum of Natural History just to look at lifestyle displays and costumes of Native Americans and ancient Middle Easterns.

Monique said...

Tres chic Emily, I love the last photo...what a fantastic shot and the exhibit sounds awesome. Hope your having a relaxing weekend.

Charli said...

Love your outfit. Sounds interesting. Please come and follow me too! Thanks. You will make me smile

Charli said...

Love your outfit. Sounds interesting. Please come and follow me too! Thanks. You will make me smile

Charli said...

Love your outfit. Sounds interesting. Please come and follow me too! Thanks. You will make me smile

Charli said...

Love your outfit. Sounds interesting. Please come and follow me too! Thanks. You will make me smile

Charli said...

Love your outfit. Sounds interesting. Please come and follow me too! Thanks. You will make me smile

Meanz Chan (Koi Story) said...

Love your navy blue dress paired with your olive green sweater and those little booties are just adorable with knee high socks!

Nicole, Coco Maria said...

That exhibit sounds wonderful. I haven't been to a museum or art exhibit in too long! Also, this is one of my favorite fall outfits I've seen. The knee socks with those heeled boots are perfect!

dusanabotswana said...

Aww thanks for the links, so kind! This looks like an amazing exhibit, lucky you. "Chicly understated" is so you, a simple dress but w/ a great/interesting cut & great shoes... these ones I particularly love for the casual color but fun heel. Great idea w/ balancing the heels & knee highs, I think I"ll steal it ; ) Will you be celebrating Halloween over there?

CAITLIN said...

that sweater looks soooo cozy. for some reason i want lots of wool clothes in olive green right now.

also, that exhibit sounds so interesting!

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

The exhibit does sound fascinating. While I often find myself oohing over any and all photographs, I am most drawn to older ones. The older the better :)

You're right - this outfit does have the right amount of edge. You look great!

Rebeccak said...

oooh.. I just googles Brangulí - I had never heard of him before. What amazing photographs!!

Loving the chic understatement.

BellaRose said...

I have these exact shoes! They're my absolute favourite. I love the way you've put this outfit together, it looks so sophisticated and elegant.

Bella XO

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