Thursday, October 19, 2017

Winter is Coming

'Twas a bit windy in this valley as you can see, and later at the top of the mountain we found snow, or rather snow found us as it suddenly blew in sideways from what seemed like all directions. Winter is in the wind my friends, and the falling leaves collecting on the ground can confirm this further if you don't believe me. Autumn remains for now at my current lower elevations, but its reign is, as ever, much too short for my liking.

At least the sunlight here did a good job of revealing my actual hair color which has been hard to capture on camera! See, I told you it's purple these days! I had thought to have dyed it brown again by now, but I'm actually getting quite attached and am planning on keeping it longer than I had originally planned. Which means I need to get my roots done ;)

You may remember this brown dress, but this time I paired it with a brown faux fur scarf and fall appropriate leaf yellow gloves. The bug brooches are faux as well, and both modern strangely enough, the green one is from Topshop and the more rainbow hued I found at Banana Republic of all places! My greatest irrational fear is of insects, but I collect jewelry beetles and bees. Wear your fears on your shoulder instead of your heart on your sleeve? Perhaps it is a fear I could conquer one day, but if my reaction to a rather large leaf bug inside our house (hiding on a fake ficus tree blending right in) the other day is any indication, I currently remain terrified! Live bugs give me the shivers! I passed the room and both cats were staring at the fake ficus and I knew then there had to be either a bird or bug in it to garner such attention from our felines. I rather wish it had been a bird!

I hope you all have had a good week. I'm going to go see Blade Runner again tonight and then I've got a new video to edit this weekend! Hopefully I'll have that up for you all soon :)

Dress & Earrings: Made by me
Shoes: American Duchess
Faux Fur Scarf: H & M
Clutch, Belt, & Gloves: Vintage
Fishnets: Amazon
Green Beetle Brooch: Topshop (back in 2012)
Iridescent Beetle Brooch: Banana Republic (2015?)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Spiders and Stripes

After years of considering myself a Ravenclaw, I was recently sorted (via Pottermore) into Slytherin. So though I may be sporting a spider instead of a snake here, I'm still wearing some Slytherin worthy green with what I can imagine is a house favorite color for clothing, black of course.

Annnnd...I'm a Harry Potter nerd. Really I just had to wear these new gloves, because look at them! So happy to have these emerald green gloves in my collection now <3 I recently snatched up a pair in olive green too! Now if I could only fulfill my new dream and find chartreuse gloves, but they seem to be in high demand and quite rare. If I do film another haul video this fall it will be all about gloves because I have still been going glove crazy. My hat on the other hand you may remember as I have worn it here on the blog before, with this exact same dress! I just think the two go together so well. Both this hat and the fabric for this dress were splurges at the time (this fabric was $19 a yard which is much more than I normally spend on fabric), so its a good thing I adore them! I need to figure out some other outfits to wear with this hat...

I didn't get as much done as I wanted to this weekend, but I never do! I did get some cleaning done, and some rest in, and since both were much needed I suppose that will have to do for now. I'm waiting for things to calm down a bit so I can get some real work done, and finally get some sewing (I haven't so much as turned on my machine for weeks!) going again too! I need at least one spooky October day full of gothic films and pumpkin spice everything too, so hopefully I can fit that in somewhere. I hope you are all well this week and I'll be back with more posts soon!

Dress: Made by me
Hat, Clutch, Gloves, Earrings, & Belt: Vintage
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Brooch: Luxulite

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Waterfalls and Weather

On my recent drive through the mountains, my traveling companion and I experienced every kind of weather. As you can see here it was sunny, then at the mountains submit is was snowing (!), then on the way down the mountain it rained. In Colorado you don't have to drive through various elevations to experience such a variety of weather, I can recall regular days with four types of weather within hours.

Isn't this the best sweater? Some of you may remember I ordered this beautiful jumper (as the Brit's would say) from the wonderful Kate-Em last year, and it remains my favorite sweater! This time I once again paired it with plaid, because it's fall, and because plaid is great of course. My black and yellow Luxulite set matched perfectly, and I kept the rest of my accessories black but not basic. I suppose my Royal Vintage pumps are a basic for me, as I wear them all the time, but they have such lovely lines that really elevate them to more than just a basic black pump. I wish these shoes came in every color, dark brown and dark navy especially! Also mustard yellow leather, and dark forest green suede...I could go on ;)

I hope you are all having a good week despite the never ending bad world news circumstances. I have been working more hours these past few weeks and I'm so knackered! John Green's new book Turtles All The Way Down came out this week and having a new book to read this weekend is helping me through the week, and I definitely need to go see Blade Runner 2049 again too...

Sweater: KateEmVintage (Etsy)
Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Gloves, Hat, & Clutch: Vintage
Jewelry: Luxulite (Etsy)

Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Forest Falls

This nature is far from natural, as these photos were taken while visiting the Denver Botanical gardens which are of course human landscaped renditions of the natural world. The fall colors were spectacular regardless of whether or not someone had arranged them to be so, and the sunken little pond and waterfall still seemed serene even if alive with reflections of golden color.

Autumn is primarily gold in hue here in Colorado, as we have a proliferation of aspen tress. The aspen leaves turn bright yellow in fall and sparkle in the breeze like little round gold coins. The effect is beautiful while it lasts and will make you wish it was autumn year round. Of course all these colors are temporary, and sadly this year they are destined to be more so than usual as snow is predicted to fall and knock all the lovely painted leaves off their branches prematurely. Don't fret though, for I  captured as much fall brilliance as I could on film for you all, so here on The Closet Historian, fall will continue on a lot longer than it will outside!

This outfit is made up of almost entirely old components, or at least, sewing projects from last year. The black rayon dress, here worn as a top, is a constant favorite, if only I could find this fabric in every color! The skirt I made last year (it's a basic circle skirt) out of wide quilting cotton that the lady at Joanns told me came in large widths for making table cloths. Well I'd rather have a fall leaf skirt than a tablecloth thanks! The truly new item in this outfit is my yellow beret. I picked up a bunch of berets on my trip to France in the spring, and most of the haul was in fall colors like this mustard yellow. Helpfully the wool of my hat kept my ears warm too :)

I have much to do today so I am afraid that's all for now, you'll be hearing from me again soon however, so until then ciao!

Dress (worn as blouse) & Skirt: Made by me
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes
Gloves, Handbag, Belt, & Jewelry: Vintage
Hat: Touristy shop in Paris

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