I want to live a more glamorous life. I want to slow down and lounge in luxurious nightgowns all day. I want to fill my house with flowers, freshly cut from my own garden. I want to read books, make art, drink tea and not always know what’s going on outside of my little community. I want to be hard to reach. I want to be mysterious.
I’ve always shied away from wrap dresses. I guess I thought I didn’t have the curves to pull them off. Then I read that the wrap dress silhouette might be just the thing to perfectly accommodate both my wide, structured upper body and my soft, more lush lower half, bringing harmony to my overall look.
If done correctly, no part of my outfit should look constricted, bunched, or stretched. I should look like I have freedom to move about and my hem should fall gracefully, without the fabric getting hung up anywhere. This should bring some effortlessness to my look that is in line with my casual and creative essence.
It’s the time of year where the first signs of spring are revealing themselves. The dark and restful time of winter is passing and the spring restlessness is coming in. It’s when I start to dream of all the ways I could spruce up the rooms I’ve being spending my time in these past, cold months.
My budget is small and my house is old, but maybe I’ll be able to improve a few things over the sunny months ahead. The dream shed/green house might be out of reach – and I really should remove the troubled chimney – but maybe I’ll be able to rework a chunk of the front garden, repaint the basement stairwell a brighter, cleaner colour, or refinish the hallway floor with the broken tiles. Maybe I’ll scrap all that so I can replace my old furnace with a new, eco-friendly heat pump and the dog and I won’t have to spend July on the deck with our feet in a kiddie pool to keep cool without air conditioning.
Jeans Angry Rabbit
This is the time of year for dreaming, setting goals, and making plans. I’m a true homebody and love spending my time fixing up my 97 year old American Foursquare. I can’t wait to see which projects I get to work on this year.
My wardrobe became really practical over the pandemic. My habits and hobbies changed and my clothing slowly evolved to reflect that. I didn’t have much use for party dresses when all I did was work, garden, walk the dog, play my drums, and skate outdoors. As I let go of old dresses, skirts and blouses in cheap fabrics and bad fits, I gradually replaced them with sturdy denim jumpers, warm wool sweaters, and shorts and t-shirts I could move in.
I now needed things that could go from screen printing, to walking the dog, to going out into the garden to dig something up for dinner. I had very little use for a delicate dress I couldn’t get dirty in or a skirt that would rip if I took a full stride on my skateboard.
My wardrobe shrank quite a bit, as I seemed to be donating three to four things for every one I brought home. Around this time, I also started to really focus on only buying things that I thought were a 10/10 for quality, usefulness, eco consciousness, and fitting my style. I have a lot of empty space in my closet and dresser now, but I love everything I see and get a lot of wear out of everything I own. When I do need a party dress these days, it’s so easy to choose one that I will look and feel great in, because the few I have now are all winners.
Jumper Angry Rabbit
Wool Tights Rachel