Friday, November 21, 2008

Indian Summer

(images: from here and here)

Late last week we had some amazingly gorgeous weather. One night was so warm that Lucas, Clover (our lil' night-owl), and I went out for a walk at 10pm, no jackets or sweaters required, to the store to get ice cream bars. There was even a warm wind blowing, very rare for the middle of November, it was somewhat surreal.

It has since chilled again, but this was an outfit I wore earlier this week, towards the end of the run of warm days. It's 100% thrifted and yup, still wearing my new favorite hat :) The vintage skirt and sweater are new finds that I got on the same day from different thrift stores. The skirt was $1.50 from the Salvation Army and the sweater $3 from the Welfare League Thrift. I love how their shapes work together and how the sweater picks up that raspberry shade in the plaid skirt.

Perhaps Indian Summer was subconsciously on my mind when I picked out my Native American accessories. The beaded headband worn as a bracelet is newly thrifted from Sacks ($6) and the 50 cent medicine bag I found at the flea market over the Summer has been mentioned before.

The skirt is made of the softest, lightest cotton ever and has a couple of interesting features. One being the tagline on the label: 'SOME LEADERS ARE BORN WOMEN' (you've gotta love those vintage taglines :). What does that even mean? It almost sounds a little demeaning, as if such an occurrence were as rare as a warm night in November ;)

The other being the fact that it has only one pocket. Don't get me wrong, one pocket is better than no pockets, but it's still a bit odd. Perhaps it was thought that the leader who would be wearing it (who by some strange twist of fate just happened to have been born a woman) would have had far too many responsibilities to be standing around with BOTH hands in her pockets, who knows, it's still a lovely skirt :)

19 comments:

Cheetah Velour said...

I don't think it sounds demeaning. It's more like a...reminder. Like it's supposed to be inspirational.

It does sound a little vague and fortune cookie-ish, though.


PS- I wonder who Fay is? That might unravel the mystery of the motto.

Violet Folklore said...

Best tag ever! We have seen some funny ones too, like the one telling us to only use Woolite on the garment (advertising on clothing tags! It's a wonder that ever went out of fashion, so to speak).
Sweater vests are blowing up over at Flickr lately, huh? This one is perfect.

Milla said...

That tag is a giggle, and the skirt looks lovely. I didn't notice the beaded bracelets on flickr, but they're perfect with the rest of it. It must be nice to have Clover for late night company, and be able to take such little excursions.

Fashion Therapist said...

That skirt is so cute and what a great affirmation!

Skye said...

Those colours are so lovely - I like those rich autumnal shades on you. The skirt tag almost seems like the beginning of some sentence, "Some leaders are born women, but then undergo gender reassignment" or somesuch.

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous photos, M!
Love your skirt :)

xoxox,
CC

Eyeliah @ stylesymmetry.com said...

In Canada I've never had the fortune of an Indian Summer.

Martha Joy said...

I'm jealous of the warm weather! I liked your ideas about why there is only one pocket...pretty funny!

thevintageyear said...

Beautiful outfit, and I love the idea of taking a walk at 10pm to get icecream :)

Alexa said...

That's the best tag I've ever seen!

Caroline said...

It's always warm here, but I definitely have not been taking full advantage of that fact! More late night ice cream runs (walks, rather) will now be a priority.

Also, that dreamcatcher photo is lovely. I'm thinking if I would have been more on the ball when Ava was born I would have made a dream catcher mobile to go above her crib.

mary catherine said...

that is definitely the best tag ever!!! and i am so glad you see the inspirational post you inspired :) but really--i am SO GLAD i found you blog because (thankfully) i have rediscovered my thrifing bug!!! truly. thank you so much for that! and this outfit is so super cute. though, lets' be honest, most EVERYTHING looks fabulous on you!!!!! :) happy thanksgiving!!!!! love, mary catherine :)

muchlove said...

I love that sweater and definitely love that tagline!

Sal said...

What a darling medicine bag - it works perfectly with this ensemble.

Diane said...

Wonderful colors in that skirt and sweater! We keep hoping for fall too... we might finally be there. Pumpkin ice cream is perfect for fall :)

Mila said...

Gorgeous and lovely post, dear!

I just feel you're happy through your posts.
And really, that makes me a little happier too.

<3
Mila.

ashley said...

i love those dreamcatchers, and the beautiful medicine bag {what a truly amazing find!}...mmmm, and ice cream bars are the perfect 10p.m fix.
happy to pop back over to your amazing blog~ i missed it:)
x ashley

StickyKitten said...

Hey~I love your photography! very beautiful pictures! I added you to my blog list. i LOVE native american accessories...I will have to do a post on all my medicine bags one day!=)
Have a wonderful day,
Michelle

Vasiliisa said...

Love that tag! I thought it sounds a bit ironic... Because women leaders are often accused of being masculine, no? Being a leader is a masculine thing. But yet, some of them are born women... Or something like that :)