Vintage Styled Wax Print

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

Do you ever have that situation where all of your favourite clothes suddenly decide to simultaneously die premature deaths?

One day you look at your wardrobe and you think to yourself, “Wow, my wardrobe is really coming together, I think I’ve got all the bases covered.” and the next thing you know you’ve got stains and rips on everything. No? Anyone? Just me? (To offer an excuse: I used to work in a hardware store, which was pretty hard on clothes, and I wasn’t always smart, and I wore “good” clothes to work. Ahem.) Anyways, I recently had to remove a bunch of garments from circulation as they had all hit the end of their life, and I really needed some clothes that were not gungy, especially with the change in season.

My other issue with my wardrobe, is that I am a slow and distracted seamstress, so I don’t add clothes as quickly to my closet as they sometimes get taken away. Those “Easy 2 Hour” patterns, are more like “2 Week” projects. 🙁 So, I decided that it was time to sew up something quick, and bolstered by the success of my last black floral skirt, which came together quite easily, I decided to make another pleated skirt. And this one actually turned out even better. (I guess I made most of the mistakes the first time around!) And it only took about 6 hours spread out over two days, so that meant there is one less “gap” to fill.

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt paired with blue purse

So, here is my new favourite skirt. (Yes, even though I have only had it for three days, I have worn it twice already! Actually I am wearing it right now as I type this.) It is made out of a Dutch wax print fabric I found at the thrift store, (I will tell you more about that later this week.) and is the perfect thing to wear everyday, but I was able to dress it up nicely for church on Sunday. It is quite a bold fabric, but by pairing it with a cardigan, navy blue heels and purse the outfit still had a classic, vintage look to it.

Oh- and look at that would you- the grass is starting to turn green, and the trees are budding!

the artyologist- image of vintage styled gold black and navy coloured wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of sparkly black earring

the artyologist- image of spring cattails

the artyologist- image of vintage styled wax print skirt

the artyologist- image of a country road and spring in the prairies

the artyologist- a portrait

the artyologist- image of a graineries on a cloudy day the sentinels of the prairies

(The Sentinels of the Prairies)

Spring: Dreams vs. Reality

the artyologist image of dream vs reality spring dressing with trenchcoat, black floral skirt and scarf

April is a saucy flirt, teasing us with sweet sunshine, gentle breezes and the chatter of songbirds. Beckoning us to come outdoors, breathe the fresh clean air, see the spring bulbs poking their brave heads up, reaching for the sky only to tempestuously change her mind in a fit of rain-shower rage and send us back indoors scrambling to keep dry.

And so it was on this day here: waking up and planning what to wear, only to have the weather dash those dreams on the soggy ground. Only this time it was a spring snowstorm, rather than rainstorm. I don’t know why I am surprised: every Spring is the same. There is always more snow, and it usually comes on the first day of Spring itself!
the artyologist image of spring dressing rubber boots and black hotter loafers

So, the dream vs. the reality: I had hoped to wear my black loafers with this outfit, but instead ended up wearing rainboots. I kept dry though, and I suppose there will be days enough for the loafers.

the artyologist: image of spring dream vs reality snow in springtime

So a few words about this outfit. This is the first year that I have owned white tights, and I must say they are great for seasonal dressing, as they are light and bright, and perfect for spring, while still offering much needed warmth on days like this.

the artyologist: image of spring dressing cardigan and floral skirt

You may have noticed that I shortened this skirt. It was a bit too short to be long, and bit too long to be short. If that makes sense. I had hoped for a long, elegant, sweeping floral skirt, but instead ended up with something a bit more frumpy. Not the look I had envisioned. It didn’t hang quite right, so I made the decision to chop it off instead, and it is much improved. It has become so much more wearable. Who would have thought that a few inches could make such a difference!

the artyologist: image of jade polar bear necklace

the artyologist: image of spring dressing with floral skirt, black hotter loafers and white tights

Also, as we were out taking pictures, my sister’s little “pets” came to visit us. They didn’t want to stop and pose for the camera, but I was able to get at least one photo!

the artyologist: image of feeding a chickadee in your hand

Tulip Study

the artyologist- image of tulips

Nothing heralds the arrival of spring as much as tulips do.

My mom received this glorious bouquet of tulips for an Easter gift- and what a wonderful gift it was for all of us! This was one of the most beautiful bouquets I have ever seen.

The thing that I love about tulip bouquets is that they are so wild and untamed. Tulips keep growing even after they are cut, and try as you might to arrange them in some semblance of order, when you come back to look at them later, they will be sprawled in every which way and doing their own thing. Some people put a penny in the water to keep the flowers upright, but I love them like this. It was sad when they were finished blooming, but now we get to wait for the tulips coming up in the ground now, which won’t be far off!

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

the artyologist- image of tulips

A Multitude of Birds

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790Apparently Sunday was bird celebration day, judging by my outfit. This Butterick 4790 dress, which I’ve already worn on the blog, is covered in hummingbirds, and continuing the theme, (because you know you might as well go all in where these things are considered) I topped off the outfit with my owl pendant necklace. Too bad my hat didn’t have feathers on it!

It doesn’t have feathers on it, but this black straw saucer style hat is covered in pearl dotted black veiling (which I tucked up under the brim). I paired the dress with my favourite black mary jane pumps, a faux patent leopard print purse, and light black knitted bolero as it is warm enough to go without a coat.

As for these photos- they were taken in between clouds. 🙂 The sun was so incredibly bright on Sunday, and far be it from me to complain about the sunshine, but it does wreck havoc on photos! We couldn’t find any good spot in the shade to take the pictures, but the sky was dotted with just enough big puffy clouds to cover the sun long enough to take a few photos where I wasn’t squinting in the bright light.

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and black saucer hat

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and faux patent leopard clutch

the artyologist- image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and faux patent leopard clutch

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and miz mooz mary jane shoes

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and black saucer hat

the artyologist- image of grass flowers

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790 and owl pendant necklace

the artyologist image of vintage hummingbird dress, butterick 4790