Monday, August 6, 2018

Summer Yellow: A Paris Purchase Meets the Home Wardrobe. . .



Yellow's never been a colour I could wear, but I loved this print -- on cotton lawn, gossamer-light, perfect for summer heat -- in a little shop in St. Germain, Paris.

And whether it's the other colours in the print -- that blue! -- or whether my colouring has changed with age, but I quite like it against my face, surprisingly.

I loved wearing it with my white jeans, whose crispness I'd missed while traveling. . .

but it soon became too warm here for me to tolerate jeans, and the only white skirt I have is this flocked cotton one from J. Crew two summers ago.
Hmmmm, don't really love them together when the top's untucked -- those proportions don't quite work on me, do they?
I like it better with a half tuck (full tuck is too severe with my short waist, especially with this high contrast). . .
I know the contrasting textures would make it a Mix Too Far for some, but I'm pleased with the combo, worn with my summer-ubiquitous white Birkenstocks.

A close-up of that print, in case you haven't got enough -- isn't it pretty?!
It's a long weekend here in Canada, and although weekends don't mean the same thing to me as they did before I retired -- and summer was rarely ruled by weekends in my life anyway -- there's something about a sunny August Long Weekend that says Get Outside! Soak It Up! Only a few more weeks of these long, indulgent, days. 

So far this weekend we've cycled to Burnaby Lake, picked up vegetables at the weekly Farmers Market, and sat on a blanket on a grassy slope listening to woodwind chamber music in a large botanical garden. Today an out-of-town girlfriend is coming to visit, and meanwhile, as I'm sitting typing this post, a hummingbird has settled in to the small bubble/pool atop our water fountain and is drinking her fill.  . . While behind her, the apples slowly but surely ripen on the Scarlet Sentinel tree we planted early spring, last year.  . . I'm sorry, but I really must leave you for now. Hummingbirds deserve full attention, no?

Comments always welcome -- but you know that by now.

17 comments:

  1. I love that top, Frances. I can see that it's so light... wafty, even. I love the print, and the colours, yellow with brown and tan and cream. But I don't see any blue. Maybe it's just my screen?
    Enjoy your visit with your friend. And the rest of the looong weekend:)

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    1. Hmmm, it's definitely blue -- a very deep indigo, admittedly -- in analogue and digital, according to my closet and my screen ;-) And white rather than cream. . .

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  2. Yes, it's really pretty, and I agree, the colors suit you!

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  3. Lovely top,pretty colours-it is playful,summerly and suits you great
    There is something that reminds me of the Van Gogh palette
    Enjoy the weekend
    Dottoressa

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    1. I can see that Van Gogh influence, now that you mention it.

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  4. That shirt with those gold runners is great.

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    1. I know, right?! I see the combo more clearly in the photo, and I like it!

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  5. You are lovely in those colours. I think the print, along with the other colours mellows the yellow. Do you find that your colouring has softened as you age? I do. There's less contrast in my colouring and I find myself looking for less contrast in my wardrobe, as well.

    These are such lovely summer days.

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    1. Thanks, Lorrie! I don't think I've ever been high contrast in my colouring, but yes, probably even less so now, especially with my hair greying naturally. . .

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  6. The colours are wonderful on you and would also look good with a pair of boyfriend jeans if it gets a bit cooler. I love lawn and, coincidentally, am wearing a blue and white lawn shirt. It is so light and floaty. Brenda

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  7. The combination of colours in the print do look lovely on you. Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that our changing skin tones/hair tones mean that colours we used to wear might not please us any more, but that other colours we've never worn, now become flattering.

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  8. I like the yellow blouse on you. It's a very pretty pattern. I agree with Lorrie that skin/hair tone changes as one ages really affect clothing choices.

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  9. Its lovely on you Frances! I have a bright sunshine yellow puffy jacket that Mom bought for me for a birthday a few years ago...its a cheery jacket especially in our rainy days of fall and winter.
    That skirt is cute...I think you could pair it with your EF tank tucked in and add a light shrug or shawl...its got energy!

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    1. You're right! I could wear it with that white tank, but (shudder!) I don't do tuck-ins -- such! a short waist. . . ;-)

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  10. I really like these colors on you too! And it does work equally well with the jeans and the skirt. These are the kinds of summer tops I'm finding are such a boon to my warm weather wardrobe. Well chosen!!

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