Spring Cometh

the artyologist image of spring leaves budding on a tree


They promised me a flower-bed that truly should be mine,

Out in the garden by the wall beneath the ivy vine.

The box-wood bush would have to stay; the daily rose bush too;

But for the rest they’d let me plant just as I chose to do.

Though not a daffodil was up the garden smelled of Spring,

and in the trees beyond the wall I heard the blackbirds sing.

I worked there all the afternoon; the sun shone warm and still;

 I set it thick with flower seeds and roots of daffodil.

And all the while I dug I planned, that when my flowers grew,

I’d train them in a loverly bower and cut a window through;

The visitors who drove from town would come out there to see;

Perhaps I’d five them each a bunch and then how pleased they’d be!

I made my plans- and then for weeks forgot my roots and seeds,

So when I came that way again they all were choked with weeds.

-Katherine Pyle

the artyologist image of spring leaves and grass

the artyologist image of peony leaves coming up in april

the artyologist image of tree budding in april


Vintage Covers: Vogue February 15, 1941

the artyologist image of Vogue February 15, 1941

the artyologist image of Vogue February 15, 1941

A Spring fashion forecast: Here is the perfect ensemble for transitioning from the dreary days of Winter to the early days of Spring. The soft cashmere jacket is warm for chilly days, and eschews the heavy layers of winter garments. A classic colour palette of red, black and camel gives the ensemble an elegant touch. The look is topped off with a co-ordinating turban, classic pearl earrings and a brooch for an extra sparkle. 

Here is another look inspired by a vintage Vogue magazine cover from February 1941. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, so this may not be seasonally appropriate for you, but where I am today we are expecting snow! It is cold, so on a day like this, this outfit has a certain appeal. . .

Fashion Revolution 2016

the artyologist image for fashion revolution who made my clothes

On April 24, 2013 the Rana Plaza factory collapsed in Bangladesh killing 1,134 and injuring over 2,500 people. This week, to raise awareness about the global fashion industry, in memory of this terrible tragedy, and to ensure that it never happens again, I am participating in Fashion Revolution. (Look I even got instagram so I could take part!)

The idea behind this event is simple: look at your labels, ask the brands of your clothing #whomademyclothes? We need to be aware of the fact that all of our clothes are made by someone, somewhere, and we play a part in ensuring that those people work in safe and fair conditions. We can demand better care and safe working environments for the people who make the world’s clothes.

Personally I never used to think much about where my clothes came from, or who made them- they just appeared at the store as far as I knew. Who spun the threads? Who dyed the fabric? Did the people who sewed them work in safe and responsible conditions? These were not questions that crossed my mind. I thought that sweatshops and horrific tragedies like the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911, were a thing of the past.

I first became aware of the reality behind cheap fashion, when I read Elizabeth Cline’s book “The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion”, but it was the Rana Plaza collapse that changed my view of the fashion industry and really made me aware of the secrets that lay behind the tags on our clothes. Suddenly tragedies were not outdated, and the fashion industry had a face behind it. 1,134 people died that day. These were mothers, sisters, brothers and families suddenly gone, because of unsafe working conditions, in order for wealthy consumers to be able to buy cheap clothing. The garment and textile workers are the ones who ultimately pay for the insatiable appetite consumers have for fashion.

And that is why I decided that day, that I would not participate in the cheap fashion trend anymore.

Yes, it can be depressing to hear about the devastation taking place in the name of fashion. Yes, it can be difficult to find fair trade clothing. Yes, it can cost you more money. Yes, it can be frustrating to try and fill your wardrobe while avoiding cheaply made clothing.

But can we really afford not to?

We each have a voice, and by the choices we make each day, we are shaping the world we live in. Each one of us is personally responsible for the choices we make.

So, even if you aren’t taking part in Fashion Revolution, I encourage you take responsibility for the choices you make each day regarding the clothes you wear, be a conscious shopper and help to create a world of safe, ethical and responsible fashion.

Vintage Avon Flea Market Finds & That Evening Glow

the artyologist image of evening sunshine

One of the most beautiful times of day, is at the end of it, when the sun is setting and it creates that beautiful evening glow. It was just so last Thursday, when we took these pictures. It kind of wreaked havoc on the photo-taking, since it was so bright– and I was trying desperately not to squint, but oh well- it was a gorgeous day nonetheless, and the photos we did manage to get have a lovely golden tint to them.

the artyologist image of vintage 1950's outfit with vera pelle purse

Last Thursday was our local community garage sale. I had never attended before, but had heard good things about it, and although I was hoping to come away with a lot of great flea market finds, I only found a few. Unfortunately there were no clothes at the sale, so I wasn’t really expecting to find much great vintage stuff, but I did find these three cute clutches.

the artyologist image of vintage clutches and avon makeup set

I really don’t know why I love clutches so much since they are so impractical for my life, since I never go out in the evening, and tiny purses don’t hold anything. Maybe I have this deep seated desire to be that woman who goes to all the ritzy clubs each night in my diamonds and furs and dances the night away, like every movie from the 50’s tells us life is like. And then I realize that I do not live that life- but I keep compulsively buying clutches anyways. . .

the artyologist image of golden glow and vintage black evening clutch

Anyways, I had recently been thinking that I would love to find a black evening bag, and now I’ve found it! It is not vintage, but it is a great classic style, so maybe if I do ever go out in the evening, I’ll be able to use it.

the artyologist image of vintage avon instant mocha lipstick and compact set

The gold clutch and the polka dot glitter rose gold case are vintage though. And even better- the dotted glitter purse is a vintage Avon make-up set including the original untouched powder compact and lipstick. I can’t find much information out about this set, unfortunately. The lipstick colour is Avon Products Montreal “Instant Mocha”, and the compact is only labeled Avon Products New York. The best I can discover is that it is from the 1970’s. 40 year old lipstick anyone? Haha- I think I’ll stick with my new stuff, and leave the vintage love for clothes!

the artyologist image of vintage avon instant mocha lipstick and compact set

the artyologist image of vintage style outfit and vera pelle purse

the artyologist vintage gold evening bag