Sunday, March 15, 2009
Spring Colours -- garden and closet
It has been so awful here, weather-wise. Yes, last week's snow finally melted off the ground, and I'm no longer worried about the pipes to the cottage freezing at the nighttime -7 lows, but the next week's forecast is one bout of rain after another, interspersed with the occasional wind warning. So even though I'm sick today, moving, pyjama-clad from big chair to bed to couch, accompanied by Neo-Citran, thermometer, and box of kleenex, I couldn't resist bundling up to go outside with my camera when the sun came out briefly this afternoon. And it's true: there's hope! Just look at these buds bursting out! Spring will not be stopped; the White Witch loses her strength!
I especially love the dainty, articulated leaves of this rose, Awakening (a sport of New Dawn). Other years, a clematis alpina winds through it, splashing its deep purple bells among the fresh green rose leaves; this year, with all the chopping back that had to be done to accommodate our new arbour, I'm not sure what we'll see. Meanwhile, I'm happy just to see such verdant energy.
While I was outside, I thought I'd take advantage of the light to ask for your opinion. Ever since Karen got me playing in my wardrobe, thinking of bolder pairings than I'm used to in terms of prints, graphics, florals, stripes, etc., I've been looking with a fresh eye. Although it's not so obvious in this photo, the print on that Kenneth Cole dress generally reads grey-ish, so it seemed possible to me that it might work with the grey stripes in this Gap cardigan. I'm trying to find ways to bring some yellow into my sartorial life, and I do like it paired with grey/black. I've had this combo hanging on a wall for me to think about over the last week. Most days, I think I rather like it; other days, I'm just conscious that it breaks what I always thought of as solid rules.
I know I'd need to something convincing scarf/necklace, shoes, and bag-wise, but what do you think of this as a starting point?
And by the way, I was mortified to see that so many of you didn't realize I was joking about this way-too-busy combination. Now I'm nervous you may just see the pairing above as confirmation of your worst suspicions ;-) Still, it's all supposed to be fun, no? And, as my dad used to say, the man who never made a mistake never did anything . . .