summer tropics

On July 21, 2015 by theseventhsphinx

Far more likely to engage my attention than a floral print is a botanical print. Perhaps because they tend to be more lively, less repetitive? Because I love the color green? Because they often incorporate more earth tones?

It is likely all of these things, amplified by the volume afforded by the maxi length. What I really like about this print is that it conveys a tropical look without being garish or neon about it.

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I am particularly predictable about this kind of olive shade, grounded and earthy, and just inexplicably compelling, the way one’s favorite things often are. Can we take a moment for these sandals? Adore these sandals. Can we take another moment to embrace shamelessly rumpled silk?

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Henna still going strong.

Ah, the maxi, so easy, so cool and loose, such a strong impact of color by virtue of square footage alone. I quite enjoy the gathering up and sweeping around required to go up stairs and such, too, and very much enjoy the billowing that accompanies descending the stairs. Yes, long skirts rarely look so well as when they are displayed upon a stair.

J Crew silk camisole Coach sunglasses

I also love this Cleopatra-style necklace, which I picked up at a Cambridge artisan co-op a couple of summers ago.  Always on the lookout for interesting, handmade pieces like this. I recently met the owner of local company December Thieves, which specializes in pieces from emerging artists in jewelry and fashion. She has wonderfully curly hair as well! Obviously we got along. She has the kind of shop that makes you want to take up metalsmithing.

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Kara Ross bracelet, amber ring

Especially like to pair amber with earth tones.

J Crew silk camisole, silk blend skirt (thrifted), Kara Ross bracelet, Gian Luca sandals, Coach sunglasses. On the lips, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Favorite (color showed better on instagram).

 

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the scarab pendant

On August 6, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

Speaking of objects I was entirely right to acquire, here is an antique wood and enamel scarab pendant I finally picked up after many months of watching from afar. The colors and visual texture are incredible, and it reminds me of the intricate scarab cabochons you see in the ancient Egyptian section of the MFA (or any such museum), which I always find arresting. Like to try to imagine how they would have been used and worn. It’s quite small, just a little over 1/2″ long. This green-leaning turquoise hue appeals to me in just about every context, really, but especially this one.

[Imagine a massive scarab to hang on the serpent necklace, see what I’m saying? How FIERCE would that be?]

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I’ll get more into my love of the ancient Egyptian aesthetic later I’m sure, for now it suffices to say that yes: the creatures chosen for artistic representation, the blending of myth and nature and the mythical resonance of just about everything/pervasive symbolism, the crisp lines and bold colors, the prevalence of gold, eyeliner for all, and of course all those sphinxes…I love it.

I love, too, the process of building – borrowing and elaborating from the great pool of history and myth – my own mythology and establishing my own set of personal symbols, replete with any power I have channeled into them. I am drawn to the concept of the charm or the amulet (I recently lost my cimaruta, sadly), not because I believe in ancient or current systems of power, but because I believe in my own power (certainly over myself, conscious or no), and can derive comfort and strength from my personal totems and emblems. The scarab traditionally symbolizes the sun (another favored symbol of mine), and so growth, development, transformation, creation.

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There is a glyph on the back, anyone able to identify? Maybe a stylized Arabic script?

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the fox and the fro

On June 9, 2013 by theseventhsphinx

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Remember I mentioned getting a wig?

A number of my alter-egos are pleased. I think I need a different name for this look. Zora, maybe. Kiana. Léonie.

I really like shirt dresses, particularly those in casual fabrics, those with pockets, and those with long sleeves (which I then always roll up). So easy to wear, with a call to the rumpled, generously pocketed and buttoned safari aesthetic. [Which we like.] They offer a nice opportunity to showcase a belt, too.

This would look more polished if it had been ironed but I also like it this way, casual and slouchy. I could stand to have a few more of these.

[The curl in the center of the forehead* is accidental.]

*”There was a little girl, who had a little curl…”

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I begin to think these sunglasses were made for a fro, they are in such good proportion.

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Here the tripod malfunctions mid-snap, and I make a face that I find entertaining. I need a better tripod.

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Banana Republic denim shirt dress*, vintage suede belt, Ray-Ban aviators, Skagen watch, Calvin Klein Jeans pumps, Forever Young Foxxy wig, cleopatra collar (eBay).

*I am only tempted by Banana Republic when it is deeply discounted, as this was.

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And now I give you one of the best bass lines of all time:

♪ ♫ Parliament – The Motor Booty Affair ♪ ♫

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