Sunday, May 29, 2011

Topsy Turvy Toggery - Top 5 Fashion Faves RIGHT NOW

I want to start a new feature of this blog in which I discuss .... quite randomly and off-the-cuff .... sartorial quirks that happen to be pleasing me right now at this very moment in time. Needless to say, these change a lot, just like my pet peeves do (drives Darin nuts). My whims in fashion range in two days from pleated shorts to civil war garb, from cheesy 80s to gauzy romantic, to goth to granny and back again. And trust me, it's never really cool or actually fashionable. just what pleases my decidedly un-classy and thus oft-delighted eye.

Now i'm not necessarily talking about myself. My own stylistic range is not all that wide, (pretty much i only wear frilly dresses) but I appreciate fashion freshness in others. So here I will simply document stuff I'm into seeing people wear, whether or not I'd pull it off myself.

I was inspired by this hilarious post by Astral Boutique Man (Sasha's husband Chris) to take a bit more notice of the male fashion going on around me. Moments after I finished reading it my lil bro Joey walked in to play music with Darin. I was immediately impressed with his choice of togs, which, he explained, he threw on at 5:00 in the morning in the cold and dark, while preparing to go sell baked goods at the Grass Valley Farmers Market.

Here's what he comes up with half asleep. I can dig.


now let's take a look at subtle nuances that make this Topsy Turvy -worthy.

1. red bandana:
joey's recent fashion essential gives every outfit the needed kick in the ass. a jaunty twist if you will. in this case he wore it over his face to fend off the early morning cold at the market at 7 a.m. and had the joy of receiving customer's always-witty comments such as "the bakery bandit!" and so forth. i particularly liked that the bandana was red which clashed so marvelously with his purple outfit.

2. pirate style cut-off pants.
see chris's "river rat." i like to think these make ordinary men feel like pirates or at least fishermen. joey takes it to another level by pairing this look with black sport socks and loafers. and to yet another level altogether by having cut off plum colored polyester slacks. do knickers get any better than this?

3. big rad belt buckles.
silver. handmade. southwestern. vintage. old. rustic. cowboys. need i say more?


4. color.
as they say in the HGTV world...little "pops" of color. i.e. this bright yellow tee peeking out underneath all that plum and purple. side note: no one should ever need this many layers at the end of may dammit.


5. silliness.
the number one rule for Topsy Turvy fashion. hell, maybe that's the number one rule for life. be playful, peeps, and please smile. or...make this face.

friends and loved ones, i thank you for bearing with me through this rawther ridiculous idea of mine.

how bout you? any fashion quirks just killin you lately?

joey's outfit: i'm assuming 100% thrifted, i mean cmon, it's pretty obvs.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Little House in the Big Woods


...actually, BIG house in the big woods.
addie's new digs in nevada city;
i went to visit yesterday and fell immediately in love.


even though they loved their house in pollock pines, they grew tired of the piles and piles of dirty snow, the cold, shade and darkness and the long commute...so addie and art moved back to art's ever-charming hometown, nevada city, north by an hour or so across gold rush territory.


their new home rivals the woodsy pirate ship house in pure beauty: with its high wood ceiling, giant woodstove, rustic elements, and huge basement (music room) hangout space, and lovely light filled windows...
but far surpasses the old house in location.

this new place in built into a steep and verdant forest hillside just over the bridge and through the woods from downtown nevada city. it has its own paths and trails through the pines, mossy stone walls, a fenced garden, huge deck looking over the river, and down the path, a private little beachshore with huge mossy rocks for dawdling and daydreaming by the water.



not to mention a previous owner who thought up the most ingenious ideas and household contraptions, like a big hook and pulley system to bring up baskets of firewood from below the deck, and this awesome handbuilt liquor cabinet:

plus bedroom windows that look out on the perfect rushing-river view.
it's like sleeping in a treehouse deep in an enchanted wood.


wandering the woods and feeling like a forest princess, i couldn't help but do a late afternoon etsy photo shoot.



...careful not to tread on sleeping friends curled on cool green leaves right in the center of the path:


and it was not long before the river canyon secret elfin walkways lured me away from my modeling endeavors; i made my way down the soft path through the woods to the river.





my spirit completely refreshed.
my barefeet singing.


i think even the dress was happy :)


here's the little beach. if i lived here everyday i would sit upon this stump to read, jump up for a dip and a wander downcreek, a nymph's waterdance, then back for more sunbathing.  


just before twilight, addie and i walked the pretty little road into town. as rural as it feels at her house, the walk into town only takes about 8 minutes! plus you get to ramble past old miner's cabin and fairytale cottages, with blossoms growing rampant, bees and sleepy cats and cute boys on bicycles all along the way.









a footpath over the bridge takes you straight into town right alongside South Pine Cafe and the gorgeous historic Victorian architecture.
it's like living in a dream.


no wonder addie's spirits have lifted. she told me how, right after she moved here a month ago, she walked into town at twilight to meet art after work and grab a drink on the veranda of the national hotel. over the bridge there were glowing houses on the hillside in the distance, with the water flowing steady underneath and wildflowers all abloom beside their humble houses. her heart rose with gratitude and pure joy. it's like the whole town was smiling at her. people have been coming over to visit their new home, having 80s dance parties, meeting up for drinks and coffee, and just welcoming them back with open arms.
this is what home is supposed to feel like.

on me:
calico skirt: thrifted at the annual western wear sale, $3
green blouse: shakespeare club rummage sale, $3
sandals: bass outlet years ago
white shawl: thrifted last year
flowers: c/o addie's forest floor
all other dresses: soon to show up in my shop!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

dolly in love ... and her totally diy free spirit wedding

yes, 3 weddings in the span of a week: a big one, a tiny one, and one perfectly charming, totally DIY, utterly romantic medium size one.

dolly and tyler.
beautiful dreamers extraordinaires...

so, dolly is the sister of my sister-in-law amy. so the timing was extra convenient for matt and amy and their kids, who were coming to town for both our mom's and her sis's wedding.

dolly and i have a sweet kinship...plus the fact that she loves funky thrifted clothes, lives with her hands in the dirt, dances like a wild woman, laughs often, and believes with all her heart in sustainability and a nature-centered life, which she shares abundantly with her little 3 year old son Teddy. i adore the gal. you would too.

so, dolly was unbelievably relaxed and nonchalant when it came to planning the wedding festivities. all she cared is that it feel like a "big patchwork quilt" of love and friendship, that the colors evoke meadowlands and the"deep spring greens like the hills, floral, woodsy and prairie."

her sisters and friends collected wildflowers, vintage tablecloths, mason jars for lanterns and vases, candles and feathers and all those pretty little natural goodies that make a place feel special and vibrant and welcoming and fun.


these crafty cuties proceeded to create an outdoor romantic space on the lawn of the local church that made me want to steal every one of these ideas and permanently transform my backyard!


another fun fact is that the Smith family has 13 kids. yes, you heard me right! and each one is gorgeous and sparkling and sweet hearted to the very core.

here is amy with another radiant sister, merry.
(both in adorable thrifted soft bohemian vintage frocks i might add!)


and here i am with another of the sisters, Glory. i've known her since she was a small girl at camp and i was her "big sister," tickled by her sweet and sparkling presence. who'd have thought how our families would be linked forever.
at the wedding we immediately discovered that were both wearing dresses passed down from our mamas from the 1970s!


ok and all those 13 kids? they, in turn, have kids.
so together there are like a million children all under the age of 8 or so.
throngs of wild cousins running amock. it gives a heart some summer gladness.

dolly made little garden fairy tutus for all the girls. they were all "flower girls."

bella with her cousin rowan:

a sleepy garden fairy, little Lilah:

below Jenny (amy's oldest sister and addie's best friend from waaaay back!) greets the matriarch of the whole gang, Grandma Eileen.the girls tell the most adorable and hilarious stories about her. she is so proud of her granddaughters and has many little quirky rituals she makes them all do together as a group, like wear matching dresses and shout a family cheer of "we LOVE ya!" or something like that.


dolly's sister-in-law jessica once worked in a bakery. somehow during that short time she acquired mad skillz. check out this AMAZING cake she created....and the rustic wooden cakestand was built by the dad of this lovely clan, Mr. Lowell Smith.


the cake was three layers, chocolate, lemon, and carrot. that lemon cake was seriously the yummiest thing i've ever tasted. it went too fast! i crave more every day since then!


old friends all aglow:

{haha, may 21, we made our own rapture! the real, right-here-on-earth kind :)}


dolly, tyler, and teddy.


more countryish details: lemon water in big glass jugs.

homemade hibiscus tea, paper cups and wildflowers:


bread and butter to keep busy fairies dancing:

mason jar lanterns strung up all around the perimeter:


with glowing candles as the sun goes down:


wooden crates of peacock feathers and fresh flowers:

and a vintage suitcase with photos of the adorable couple and a guest book to sign:


it was especially great for me to get to hang out with matt and amy for a few days. matt is the next one after me in my family and we have always been super close. he is the kind of person that you can converse with for hours on end and it never gets old. he is hilarious and brilliant.
two of my favorite guys yakking.

bella found me these wildflowers:


maid-of-honor, the luminous Diana Worden, borrowed a dress from me a couple weeks before the wedding. I think she looks like Priestess of the Blooming Fields. which, of course, she is: she was the one who gathered most of these lovely flowers! she knows herbs and folk wisdom too, a bewitching little gal.

ladies danced on into the night. these girls know how to whoop it up!


all the sisters and sisters-in-law hoisting dolly for her bridal-day HURRAH!


oh friends thanks for indulging me in more wedding fun.
i knew you guys would love this one ;)