Into the Pale

This week I took at little trip with my friend Kristie to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you have not been I recommend you go, I find myself standing in the impressionist wing for hours, and you have to practically drag me out of the Cy Twombly room.

Not only does the museum have fantastic art but fantastic places for photos so we snapped a few. As I sit here with a cup of tea snow has finally hit Philadelphia I realize that I really hate winter.  Winter is such a difficult season to dress. Its cold, its gloomy and so many layers are needed just to function.

So I embraced the pale and here are some of the shots.

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Embracing the pale is all about muted color palette and mixing textures with dark accents.

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Jewels, fur, lace, curls. Embrace your feminine and flirty side with statement knits and bouncy curls.

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Don’t forget your loafers at home. These are my favorite.

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So there you have it, kick dreary winter to the curb, go out and see some art in a “sharp” outfit. (Thats what one of security guards told me).

To get this look check this out. 

Modern Boho

For the festival fashion enthusiast this terrible thing called winter can put a damper on your crochet maxis and sandals. I myself find this time extremely difficult to dress but NEVER FEAR! I have come up with a great way to keep the Boho in your winter wardrobe and not freeze to death.

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Keep it simple, and layer, layer, layer. Here I have on one of my summer maxi dresses, tights, and warm knitted socks paired with my winter boots, a oversized flannel, slouchy jacket and knitted fingerless gloves. To tie off the look I added two layering necklaces and a top knot. This is ready for any kind of weather winter decides to throw at us.

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To get this look click here

Ooh and just to keep you all update in my life, I have to get glasses, the real kind :

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Cheers!

Happy New Year everyone! This NYE was certainly one for the books at my house, mostly because I was determined to NOT have another NYE like the fail of a fondue night last year. This year I created a photo booth to document all the crazy that occurred during the holiday festivities (and of course all the fashion).

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Over the course of 48 hours an estimate of 60 people came through our house for our annual Macaroni Party and New Years Eve festivities.

We had our fair share of silly:

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Some danced:

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We Laughed:

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And We smiled:

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And I’d have to say this group was pretty fabulous:

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My NYE look took several different routes over the course of the festivities. Anywhere from flirty fishnets and floral to lace backless dress and red lip. A NYE look is all about glamour. It’s the one night to get dolled up and enjoy yourself. Grab some crazy accessories. Pull out those high heels and strut your stuff. Personally, this year my favorite look was floral mini dress, red lace fishnets, paired with a chunky heel and shaggy coat. Jumped right into 2015 in style. Often my NYE sets my palette for the new years style, I’m thinking there’s a lot more floral in my future.

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May your 2015’s be as swell as you are. Stay fabulous, stay silly and most of all get ready for a whole new Proprium Floris in the coming new year!

Waverly Place

Now I know its been four months since  I have moved here, but I think its finally time to introduce to you my current residence.

Yes. I live in what I’d like to call Waverly Place in Philadelphia…. and yes, I may or may not be a wizard.  (If I was I wouldn’t be able to tell you)

I live with another wizard…cough cough I mean muggle Dallas, who is one of my dear friends whom, I happen to go to school and work with.

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Here’s us on the front steps to our new place.

Check out the view. The key to find an awesome place, is finding a good view

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Its quaint and adorable….check out our crib.

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5The key to decorating the perfect place is gathering stuff that you find beautiful. Personally, I collect doilies, tea cups, blankets, dream catchers and photographs. Show off your collecting, cover your surfaces with it and eventually you will create an environment that is as unique and creative as you. All of the decorations seen here are items I had already acquired. Utilize what you have in creative ways to make the things you do not have. For example, I tied doilies together to create curtains that function to block the window without loosing all the light. I also blocked an unwanted window by my bed with a photo collage. Be resourceful and decorating can be both fun and inexpensive.

Make this place your home. No matter how long you plan on staying in this spot make it homey, a few little touches can make a difference. My goal is to always feel comfortable in my home, it allows for true rest and relaxation.  Home should be a place that you want to go back to every night after a long busy day. It should be inspiring so the creative juices never stop flowing.  Home should evoke good memories and invite good company. As an extreme homebody, home is my favorite place to be and I finally think this place is starting to feel like home.

So there you go, here’s where I live now.

 

Fall Layers

Layers are essential to any fall look as the weather gets nippy (its my favorite weather). Tights, sweaters, knee high socks, hats, gloves, scarf, and boots can all be components of one outfit.  The key is to consider the length of the garments you are layering and what goes on top.

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Moments like this can really keep the shivers away. Layering a maxi cardigan under a jean jacket paired with plaid twill pants and a beanie is a perfect outfit for spectating those late night soccer games. My sister is also doing it right with statement patchwork pants, fuzzy boots, sweater under a fleece jacket and beanie to keep those ears nice and toasty.

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For those warmer fall days I paired the same maxi cardigan with a wool dress and knee high socks. If the temperature drops add some tights under the socks and a coat to add some extra warmth.

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(A statement necklace is a good idea for any outfit).

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Going on a nature walk in October? No problem.  Throw on a beanie, flannel shirt and jean jacket over your favorite lace dress and leggings. Paired with some hiking boots and you’re off on that hike in style.

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So there you have it. Layer, layer layer. It’s the perfect way to show off all your favorite pieces in one  look. This trend can easily be taken into weather by you guessed it, adding MORE layers. Though, Im not quite ready for that yet.

To find pieces like the ones seen here check out Free People and Urban Outfitters for inspiration.

Little White Dress

Currently, I have the best job ever, working as a stylist at Free People in Philadelphia. From time to time I get to try on some amazing pieces, and take a few shoots.

Currently I am obsessed with this dress,

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It is the perfect little white dress, and it goes swimmingly with a pair of thigh highs, you favorite pair of clogs and a floppy black hat. Three of my favorite things.

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To get this dress stop by Free People and visit, or click here

To get the entire look, and we as other Free People looks find me on Free People Me here 

Photos taken by the lovely Kelly Guin, You can find her on Instagram here

 

Flashback Friday: Insane Asylum

One of my favorite places to take picture is an abandon state school in my hometown (state school is a humane term for insane asylum). Rumors have been more or less confirmed that this place was shut down in the 80’s for suspicious detainee deaths. Since its closed this building has been abandoned. Its eerie decay and old style architecture sparks my interest and inspiration.  I am incredibly blessed to have willing participants for these shoots, and such great backdrops minutes away from my home. I have done several shoots at this site, so here’s a throwback to the first time I discovered it last summer (back when Annie still had her pixie).  It is for sure on of the sites I will miss now that I have relocated.

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Thanks Curtis and Annie for being my faithful companions and putting up with so many photo shoots. Thanks for dressing nice and working with me! I love you all. Look out for some amazing shoots this year in my new location of Philadelphia! Many photo shoots to come!

 

 

Flower Crown

A few weeks back I order the most adorable crown from the Flower Crown Society. check out their Etsy here. They have the most adorable so I decided to show it off.

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I added my flower crown to a plain black hat, and paired it with one of my favorite dresses and a pair of chunky heels. This outfit is perfect for a concert, garden party or sunday brunch.

To get Jhow’s look: Check out the Flower Crown society, Free People and ASOS for similar pieces.

*** Photos taken by the ever talent Annie

 

 

 

 

 

My Crib

For the summer I am living in my parents house until I moved into an apartment anticipating the upcoming semester. My room at my parents house has been pretty loyal to me so I thought hey, why not show it off.

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When it comes to my space I need to be two things for me.

1. A Sanctuary to come home to. Filled with cozy blankets and pillows to relax in after a long day. Soft elements to keep me at peace and pastel colors to bring me ease.

2. A creative space to feel inspired in. Filled with pictures, art work, and memories. My room needs to provide constant visuals to keep my creative juices flowing.

 

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Its all about the small details and it doesn’t have to be perfectly neat and organize. I want my space to feel lived in because well, it is.

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The key to creating a unique and cozy space is to collect things you like and show them off. Make things that bring joy to your life. My room is filled of doilies, dreamcatchers and pink. All things I love most.

 

Natural Dyes.

One of the things on my summer list was to try out some natural dyeing processes with fabric.

The process is very simple once the proper ratio of water to vegetable is established. Depending on the color you want depends on the vegetable you use. I decided to go with beets for a reddish/pink color and yellow onion skins for a yellow/ antiqued color.

To prepare the dye simply cut up the vegetables into small pieces, (for the onion you only need the skins) And add the same amount of water as vegetable. This process is really matter of guessing and estimation. The more water, the more diluted the dye.

Place the water and vegetable in a metal pot and bring them to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling let it simmer for an hour.

While the dye is simmering prepare the fabric to be dyed. This require you  to make a fixer. Place four parts water, one part vinegar in a pot and bring that to a boil. Once boiling add the fabric and bring it down to a simmer. Let this simmer for an hour.

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After the fixture and the dye has simmered for an hour remove the vegetables from the dye and you’re in business.

Add the fabrics and let them sit in the dye till the desired color. hint: they do fade as they dry so leave them in a little longer than the color you desire. I learned this the hard way. The beet mixture was more potent so the dyeing process lasted about an hour before removing the fabric. But I let the onion mixture soak overnight.

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I decided to try  yarn, muslim and some old doilies to see how the different fabrics took to the dye.

Here are the results:

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The yarn took the dye the best. turning this stark white yarn into a deep yellow and red-orange.

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The muslim was darker when I took it out of the color. But now it is a soft pink color.

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The Doily dyed in the beets came out extremely well with no color fade while the one dyed in the onion skins did not come out as dark as planned however it still has a yellow/ antiqued color that I enjoy.

Overall this little experiment I would call a success. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to doing it again with some articles of clothing and maybe even some sheets.

*items must be handed washed or washed on the delicate cycle after being dyed.