Lately I’ve been feeling the blues–I’ve been a little bit sick over the past month, so I haven’t been posting here as much as I’d like. I’ve been wiped out every evening and in bed by about 8pm. It’s been a bit tricky as evenings are usually the time that I like to sit and write…
Blue takes me immediately back to my childhood. I was a tomboy. I detested pink and couldn’t connect with girls that talked about horses and collected My Little Ponies. Ugh! No, I was way more rough and tumble. I loved playing in the sand pit, dissecting insects, going on adventures and throwing stones. Incidentally I did throw a stone which hit some kid’s head way back when. It was an accident (I was 7-years old) and I threw the stone over my shoulder. I think it made the kid’s head bleed and I had to do ‘a stand’ every lunch hour for a week, which meant standing facing a wall whilst everyone else was having fun. In those moments I felt the humiliation of being an outcast.
I never threw stones again.
It’s taken me a long time to fall in love with blue again. I’ve been avoiding it for years thinking of it as staid and boring– lacking in vitality. But blue feels ultimately approachable. It doesn’t carry the weight or formality of black and it doesn’t scream out ‘look at me’ as red does (my second favourite colour), which featured heavily in my wardrobe for a few years. Although it does complement red in the most gorgeous way. Right now blue feels ‘just right.’
If blue was a person he/she would ‘just be’ (if that makes sense?) –grounded, assured, unselfconscious, comfortable and easy going with an understated presence. You can find out the symbolic meaning of blue here along with other colours.
Style File: Finders Keepers Jacket (similar) / Commoners T-shirt/ Gorman cardigan / Beau Coops X Karen Walker shoes / Dr Denim Skinny Jeans / Carrot Necklace by Karen Walker/ Status Anxiety Bag/ Glassons Loop scarf
Going casual has never been my forte, but this T-shirt gave me some faith in how good a t-shirt can feel…like silk! I discovered NZ label–Commoners earlier this year too (in a desperate search for some good T-shirt staples) and they are lovely to wear. Ordinarily I love getting ‘dressed’ for work where I tend towards dresses (sometimes fussy collars and details like this flouncy number ) and lately, skirts with this kind of shape. The kick out flare makes for a rather flattering fit and looks great with slightly cropped, boxy tops. I still wear this dress quite often and the coat has remained a perennial favourite despite the fact that I’ve bought a couple of other coats recently. And what more can I say about my metallic pink shoes! Metallic is the new neutral as far as I’m concerned. These Oxfords are proving to be rather versatile (although one of my feet is slightly bigger than the other causing a bit of pinching, ouch!) but I love them nonetheless. They kinda remind me of my first ever pair of oxblood bump toe Dr Marten shoes that I had in high school–I wore them with everything!
Just discovered this band …
Photography ©Howard Sly