Thursday, June 09, 2016

Chill Out

The warm weather finally arrived (I was starting to worry it might not) and now Nebraskans have something new to collectively complain about! My garden isn't complaining, and the beautiful (and fragrant) heliotrope by my front door is in celebration mode. I need to keep it watered regularly as it has a tendency to droop in the heat, but it absolutely adores humidity, something we won't be experiencing a shortage of over the next several days. My tomatoes are finally growing as well.

I don't always dress to match the flowers in the garden, but I do try to dress for the conditions. Most days, that means layering as the air conditioners are on full-blast most places. A few years ago, I gave-in and started wearing short-sleeved jackets. I always regarded them as, "Too granny", but now that I'm old enough to be a granny, I can appreciate how practical a short-sleeved jacket is. 

 My collection of plaid isn't limited to winter-wear woolens. Madras plaid will always have a place in my wardrobe as it looks so classic and stays so comfortably cool. Yes, I was forced to take an iron to the skirt, but once pressed it stayed crisp looking for the better part of the day. I don't like ironing, but some clothes are worth the bother.

Outfit Particulars:
1980's Madras plaid skirt-Sequels thrift store, Council Bluffs, IA
Vintage Margaret Smith handbag-Hand-Me-Ups
Top-K Mart
Naturalizer shoes-Goodwill
Jade bangle (Thrifted for $1.99!) Goodwill
China earrings and matching brooch (on jacket lapel) Hand-Me-Ups
Purple jacket (part of a suit) Goodwill
Fragrance-Guerlain Imperiale

The heat decided to get serious today, so I was forced to bring out, "The Dress." White, cotton, and sleeveless-this is how I do a Nebraska heatwave.

Outfit Particulars:
Cotton dress-Gordman's about 15 years (and twenty pounds) ago
Vintage macrame bag (made in Iowa-I have several others by the same makers that will be featured in a future post)-Hand-Me-Ups
Butterfly brooch-Hand-Me-Ups
Vintage clip earrings-New Life Thrift
Fragrance-L'Air du Temps (over Yardley English rose talc)

I'm just waiting for that huge bucket of violas at my knee to start blooming. Between the Salvia, heliotrope, violas, and borage this corner of the yard should be a beautiful purple oasis . The gladiolas shot up their buds this morning, so hopefully we'll be enjoying those soon as well.

Can you spot my photographer in the door glass reflection?


Radostin said...

I do love a dress that copes so well with an extra twenty pounds! You look stunning in the white outfit, and fab in the pastels.

Vix said...

Hooray for hot weather. I flippin' love it.
You look absolutely stunning in that white ensemble. I love a white dress but, yet again, whenever I want to wear one I remember that I still haven't got round to buying some nude knickers and they're all too see thru' to go commando, like I'd happily do.

Bibi Maizoon said...

Hmm, well I think your madras skirt & short sleeve jacket look quite smart. The white dress is devastatingly gorgeous as always.
Guerlain Imperiale is what Eau d'Hadrien wished it was (IMHO)
That heliotope is gorgeous! Enjoy it in all it's honeyed almond scented deliciousness!

Sue said...

Round of applause for little miss green fingers!! Your garden is doing really well. I too will look forward to the pot of Violas flowering. You look very gorge in that White frock and sandals, I am not really enjoying having to layer up. I keep telling me every day I am getting closer to Summer again. Danny the photographer!!

Vronni's Style Meanderings said...

That's the first time I've ever seen heliotrope and it's absolutely wonderful! Thank you, Goody. I love purple flowering plants. I have no idea what it smells like though, wish we had smell o vision...

You look lovely and cool in your blue outfit; blue is such a cool colour. The short sleeves are both practical and chic. That bag is gorgeous,

You look amazing in your white dress - so glam! Well done you for being able to fit in to it after so long. I seriously doubt I could ever fit into any of my clothes from so far back.

Glad to see you've got the kid earning his pocket money....

Have a lovely weekend.


Polyester Princess said...

Oh yes, I can see Danny! I love a short-sleeved jacket and don't care if it's granny or not. I have been a step-granny for years, so there! The cotton dress is gorgeous but I would break out in a sweat just thinking I'd have to iron it ... I'm loving both bags and the butterfly brooch. xxx

Goody said...

I operate by the same philosophy my mother did-"Buy it large, you'll grow into it!" Sadly, that's true, though not obviously in the way she meant it.

Aw, just wear some psychedelic printed ones-everyone will think it is a fashion statement.

I just can't appreciate eau d'Hadrien-it smells like cleaning solution.
Thank you for the compliments. I always feel a bit strange wearing white without a bit of tan, but obviously I need to stay out of the sun now.

I think after this week we might be ready to ship summer back down to you!

Heliotrope is very sweet. Some people smell almond, but to me it is almost a floral syrup. If you've smelled L'Heure Bleue, Apres l' Ondee, or Bvlgari Omnia Amethyst you've smelled heliotrope.

Shhh, the dress only fits because I bought it too large (don't tell anyone). I liked it better looser.

Strangely enough, the white dress never needs ironing if I hang it right from the wash, but the madras skirt wrinkles no matter how I launder it.

Being a granny sounds like great fun-you can send the kid home at the end of the day!

Beth Waltz said...

The short-sleeve jacket ensemble is crisp and chic, but the white dress is doing something special for you! You've never mentioned Stanislavsky, but what green garden thoughts were you entertaining when Danny took the snap? *wow*

ThriftyParka said...

My goodness you're a knock-out in that white dress. I reckon you're a modern day Marilyn Monroe.

....and don't get me started on that vintage Margaret Smith purse!! I'm off to the thrift shops now to look for my own!!

Enjoy the warm weather, and happy thrifting ;)

Mim said...

I never pictured heliotrope as purple, I always imagined it was yellow. It is a beautiful smell. Is it hardy in cold weather?

Goody said...

That's interesting. I suppose yellow flowers do tend to smell sweet, and heliotrope is quite sweet.

It might survive winter in your climate, but it wouldn't make it here. I might try bringing it indoors as I've had great success with other flowers in our sunny window. I kept a lantana alive all winter, anyway.