Friday, October 5, 2012

autumn color explosion

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the autumn colors are in full swing around here - bursting with insane brightness and saturating the landscape as far as the eye can see. the bold hues served as inspiration for me to document my first outfit in waayyy too long and called for an ensemble that would follow suit… with that perfect mix of vivid brilliance along with the more subtle neutral tones of fall.

the bright purple top that's the 'star' of this look is actually a sheer, lightweight vintage 80's dress which i layered under one of my favorite skirts ever - the one i call my "storybook village" skirt. isn't it just darling? the little towns remind me of illustrated children's books and i always think of them as the villages from old european fairy tales. the thrifting gods must have been w/ me the day i picked up this beauty - it still had the original tags on it, had obviously never been worn, and only set me back $5. 

embellishments include my absolute favorite pair of vintage gloves - navy lace beauties w/ miniature bows at the wrist in nearly pristine condition, a tiny chained tweed purse i found at a garage sale, and a gorgeous violet faux fur collar i purchased from the IMALI etsy shop last winter. i'm seriously obsessed with this collar right now... it's so versatile and can be worn peter pan-style or with it slanted so the bow falls just under the shoulder for a more modern look. i'm thinking about buying a small one in black as well - i can't get enough of fuzzy accessories at the moment, it seems. or, the lovely crisp autumn air... just perfect for wearing them!

☆ emilia 

Monday, October 1, 2012

inspiration - cacharel a/w 2012 & manzanita's crochet dress

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greetings… and, a happy autumn season to everyone!

it's probably no surprise that knits have been on my mind BIG TIME around here… and, the crochet hooks have officially been dusted off in preparation for this year's crochet projects. i'm not entirely sure what i'm going to make this year but i know for sure i want to attempt some kind of knit garment - a top… or, dare i even say it …. a simple dress??!

it seems a bit ambitious of a project in light of everything else that's going on in my life…. but, looking at those *stunning* *amazing* *gorgeous* knit dresses & tops from cacharel's a/w 2012 collection make me want to try a little harder to make it happen. and, did you happen to see the manzanita crochet dress (pictured below??)
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be still my beating heart….. that has got to be the most adorable little crotchet dress i have ever laid eyes on - the large peach bow and trim couldn't be more perfect. this might be something i can maybe, maybe, maybe attempt (although, it's admittedly waayyy out of my skill set.) BUT... to tell you the truth, that blue knit cacharel mini dress pictured at the top is pretty much the knit dress of my DREAMZ. the feminine silhouette, the beautiful detailing, the simple & sophisticated design and one-color palette w/ matching over sized scarf?! to die for. 

oh, yes - modern knits… i'm absolutely obsessed with the concept at the moment and wish i had the experience & skills to carry out my wildest crochet/knit desires.

what are you obsessed with this autumn season?

☆ emilia