It is grey and icy here, so I am offering your eyes a bit of color while reminding me - and you?- that the sun will come out again! My outfit is simple really, and super casual. I am wearing destroyed jeans, a folkloric peasant top , suede, zip booties in nude, and a handmade necklace. The necklace, when you can see the outfit, up close, is what gives this otherwise formulaic outfit some sizzle, as does the striped hat!
Inside the hotel, it appears almost that I am outside. The lobby is perhaps 3 stories and is essentially an atrium with sun coming in almost as if there is no ceiling at all. In fact, I had trouble with the strong light and the shadows. But I will not complain about sunlight today! Here is a photo:
My peasant top is shadowed by the sun. This does not make my outfit any easier to see, but adds some interest to the photo, I think, and highlights my 3-stone ring that I got from STA months ago. Below, a shot taken by a window, not a great choice when the full sun was bleeding in. Live and learn.
The concierge who took these, was patient, but only had a few minutes on her break. And I was so not going to disturb hubby and daughter from prime time sun tanning rays! We found a promising spot near a window, and a lovely piano, but now my face is shadowed strangely. Light, such a bewitching entity!
Here is a close up of the blouse, and the necklace. I designed this necklace many years ago, and I still love it, and it has held up well. It dressed up the peasant blouse, but not too much, because I used both silver and gold wires. If done in all gold, it would be fragile, as gold breaks easily, and would be too glam for this casual look.
The next two shots are cropped from one you saw, but I like the way the light played with the architectural details of the hotel, and highlighted my ring too. I added a black and white filter, too. I hope you like it. These are here more for their artistic quality, not for the way the edify the outfit.
I bought this peasant top in Mexico at a store called Soho, ironic, right? It fits well, and feels very much like something I wore decades ago. At my age, and even your perhaps, you can see trends come in and go out. Fashion is such a revolving door. But there is generally innovation in the new reiteration. My destroyed jeans are 2 years old, by Soundgirl.
I want to end this post with a close up of the necklace that I took recently, while home in Manhattan. You can see the stones better here, and you will find a happy smattering of colors, and lots of sparkle.
The "berry cluster" beads are garnet and I believe they are vintage. The green stones are a rare from of garnet too. I bet you did not know that garnets can be green? Did you know sapphires could be red? ? When they reach are a certain shade and saturation, they are called rubies! I have rubies and sapphires in this necklace with many different kinds of pearls. The little roundelles and spheres are crystal and- or sapphire, and there is some aquamarine in there , too. Please know that these are genuine stones but are not completely gemmy, they have natural inclusions and matrix, and feel more casual in this form. They are less expensive, too.
Are you wearing, or buying a peasant top this year? If so how are you styling it? Does the boho or folkloric trend appeal to you, or do you look for more polished looks, or simpler ones? Let me know in the comments section. Here is a link to a similar peasant top. Also, let me know if you have ever made, or designed jewelry. I am wishing you lots of sunshine and jeweled colored skies!