Monday, May 22, 2017

Pink Parasols and a Frenzy of Florals











Poor plants, they finally got nuts with the new leaves and blooming flowers, and Colorado-Crazy-Weather™ goes and drops nearly a foot of snow on them in late May. Yep, turns out we hadn't had our last snow yet, and the wintry weather returned with a vengeance this last week, snapping more branches and dashing more blooms (my poor peonies!) under the weight of buckets of heavy wet spring snow. So much for more flower filled photos like these!

Taken before the freeze, these photos at least captured some of the beauty that was unfolding before the snow returned. This dress was my first project after returning from France and came together just as I had planned. Got to love a full circle skirt! The bright colors make the accessorizing options quite endless and I can't wait to track down a pink handbag to wear with this dress one day. For it's first outing I paired the new dress with dark brown accessories, including a wooden bead necklace I made recently, a new-ish brown leather belt, and a very newly acquired straw and wicker handbag with raffia embroidery. Funny enough straw and basket style handbags are very on trend in modern 2017 fashion this season, so look at me, being all trendy! At least following this trend is easy enough to do, as souvenir vintage handbags like this one are readily found and inexpensive online. Or since designers are making new (nearly identical often) copies of the vintage ones you could pay $500 plus for a bag like this if you would like, ha!

Luckily the snow outside my window seems to be melting fast now that the sun is out again. Being stuck inside from the sudden chill did mean I got some more sewing done as I continue my quest through my stash of summery fabrics. Speaking of fabrics, this floral sateen was one of a few fabrics I picked up online from Mood Fabrics before I left for my trip last month and you can see the rest and hear about what I plan to make in a new video over on my YouTube channel (red button link in the side bar over there <= ). I've been trying to be good about making and posting more videos and I am constantly surprised by both how long video editing takes, but also how much I enjoy editing! Hopefully I can keep up this pace.

I hope you all had better weather than we did and had a lovely weekend! Also don't worry, I have more Paris photos coming up! (You were worried right?...) I got photos all over town ;) Back to the sewing room for me as I work out how to make a high collared dress pattern for my next project!

Dress & Necklace: Made by me
Belt, Handbag, Earrings & Bracelet: Vintage (Etsy)
Shoes: Unique Vintage

8 comments:

  1. Wow, that much snow that late in the year? I grew up in Colorado, and the latest I remember snow was late April. Insanity.
    Also insane(ly cute) - this outfit! (Sweet transition, right?) I love the pretty floral print, and your fit, as always, is impeccable. The parasol is such a lovely touch.
    I hope your weather improves soon!

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    1. I know right! Stupid snow, it was ridiculous this year, we had two late snow storms that lasted a day+ each! All of the trees were so sad!

      and thank you! I am glad it's finally parasol weather :)

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  2. That's very unusual to have snow that late in the year! I hope that's the last of it, as I want to see more pics of you in pretty Spring dresses like this one. I'd noticed the straw basket trend too, and will also be digging out a vintage one. Love it when vintage is en vogue! X

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  3. That's very unusual having snow so late! I hope it's gone for the season now as I'd like more photos of you in pretty Spring dresses like this one. Super colours in it. I'd seen the straw bag trend too and will be digging out a vintage one. Love it when vintage is en vogue! X

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    1. Thank you Porcelina! No more snow for a long while now I hope! It's too funny when very specific vintage items trend, though I suppose it makes for a sudden influx of buyers to compete with ha ha

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  4. That's a lovely dress.

    Some modern handbags have insane prices. I think I'll keep my eyes open in the charity shops!

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    1. Thank you Mim! I agree its crazy how expensive "high fashion' is these days!

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  5. Your weather is indeed crazy! Poor flowers! This is a beautiful dress and I like it paired with brown. I need to get me a straw bag.

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