Saturday, November 17, 2012

Flirting with Mustard. Married to Gray.

Dear Dress Lovers,

Thanks to Megan of Megan Mae Daily, I truly challenged myself this week.



It was a good thing, too. I affirmed some things that I thought I knew.  I discovered some things that I did not know!


I did affirm that my hips are larger than I'd like, but who's looking?  I affirmed that mustard is a color that is never in my wardrobe!  I just do NOT look good in yellow.  Of.  Any.  Shade.  I finally decided that perhaps it's not so bad at the back of my head!  I took the famous black cloche (see last post) and retrimmed it with a quickly made-up, mustard yellow fabric brooch. 


Friday's challenge was gray, so I decided to make one big photo shoot of the gray and the mustard and try several different looks! 

In the search for yellow at Goodwill, I was taken into some sections that I normally just sweep past; namely, the suits and the yellow section! 

I found some gorgeous things while looking and cannot wait to share some of them with you!  Today's posting is not the most dramatic and the photos are not prize worthy, but I did want to share some of the things I discovered and see what you think about the different looks. 

It is totally amazing the difference that just changing out a skirt or a hat or a blouse can make!

 
I felt sort of Bohemian in this jacket.  And I have come to the conclusion that I love gray! 
 

Gray knit dress:  Mossimo Supply, thrifted
Tights:  Kohl's Apt. 9, new
Jacket:  I.N. Studio, thrifted
White shirt:  Limited, thrifted
Shoes: Jellypop, new
Hat: New from Roses
Brooches:  Handmade

There were a couple of other ways I tried to work mustard in that were not so bad.


 
 
One was to take a couple of fabric brooches and pin them on a black vest.  The whole look of this outfit was rather austere, except of course for the punch of yellow!
 
 
 
But it did have the Annie Oakley Wild West look that I so much love!  I think I'd be a wild cowgirl if I went back in time.  Well, okay, maybe not, but I would love the clothes!!
 
 
 
In thinking that the brown skirt was just too drab, I did find a rose covered rayon skirt with a touch of mustard in the middle of some of the roses. 
 
 



Hair up and belt added, I feel I could pass for a librarian or schoolmarm.

Brown linen skirt:  Apostrophe, thrifted.
Rosey skirt:  Carole Little, thrifted
Boots:  Steve Madden, new.
White blouse:  Spiegel, thrifted.
Black vest:  No tag, thrifted.
Belt: Guess, thrifted.
Brooches:  Handmade

Thanks to Megan and Keely for the challenge. 

26 comments:

  1. Your top photo with those amazing tights and decorated cloche, and your Annie Oakley outfit are especially wonderful, but these looks are all fabulous! Wonderful bohemian coat and puff-sleeved blouse, too. Good for you for experimenting, nicely done! xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Amber! This challenge was great for me! I learned a lot more about how I want to dress! xoxo Lynn

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  2. I'm not seeing librarian or school marm; I'm seeing disciplined owner of a wild-west bar in a gold mining town. In a good way! Your statement that mustard looks good on the back of your head - LOL! You look brilliant in all of these looks.

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    1. Melanie, I think we best keep damaging things behind us. Ha ha. As for your assessment of wild west bar, I like it! xoxo Lynn

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  3. I don´t think I own any grey clothing.
    i love , love your floral skirt so much, Dylan.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. Thanks for that! Wait til you see the whole outfit -- it has a top with it! xoxo Lynn

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  4. weirdly, i'm after a similar skirt on ebay, it's lovely! I like you in grey but you could definitely add some more mustard, I think it'd suit you. Never rule out a colour. Oh and i love those patterned tights with the sandals, rather Japanese

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    1. Clare, thanks!! I love yellow and wish I felt like I looked okay in it, but sallow sallow sallow. Whew! XOXO Lynn

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  5. Your grey day look is so so incredible! I love the seaming on the dress, the fabulous tights and that to-die-for coat. The florals are so soft and pretty.

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    1. Hi Megan! Thanks so much, and thanks for hosting this! And the coat -- your are right. It is amazing! Was definitely a 4-dollar keeper! xoxo Lynn

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  6. The jacket and waistcoat are awesome - you make a great cowgirl! I can totally see you getting into steampunk.

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    1. Oh Sheila, I love steampunk!! I am leaning more and more towards it! xoxo Lynn

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  7. These are all things I'd love to wear myself Lynn, especially that waistcoat and the flowery skirt. You look very young and pretty in the cream dress and patterned tights too.The mustard certainly works against the black on you. I love yellow myself but not all shades work on me either, I'm pale so can't wear it too bright. xx

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    1. Oh, me too on the yellow! I am sallow and also pale and anything pale yellow does not do well on me. Maybe the bright yellow that I called mustard I could get by with. I will try perhaps? xoxo Lynn

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  8. love the dress and tights
    Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

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  9. I love grey, it works so well with bright colours. Love all your outfits especially the rose print skirt and waistcoat, you look like a hip Victorian transported to the future. x

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  10. I love that final show, with your hair up, and those amazing sleeves, Wild West saloon bar girl meets Victorian governess, lovely!
    You do look good in the dress and funky tights, and in your lovely hat, of course. I think you could take yellow/mustard, why do you dislike it so much? You could always try tights or a skirt, to keep it away from your face, if you think it doesn't work with your skin tone. Experiment and show us, Lynn, I dare you! xxxx

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    1. Oh, Curtise, I may have to accept the dare and show you! My skin has yellow undertones and is very sallow some days. I have to be careful of anything that is in the yellow family. I just look awful in yellows and some greens! There is an absolutely amazing different in the color my skin looks when I wear stark white versus a pale yellow/cream color! Thanks for your comment!! xoxox Lynn

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  11. Lynn, that schoolmarm look is fantastic on you, the vibrant floral is gorgeous and paired with the vest and belt are really impressing me. Amazing hair too. dawn suitcase vignettes xo

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  12. I love thrift shopping. Come visit my blog :)

    xo Emma
    www.fromcitytocity-emm.blogspot.com/

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  13. I love that first look, the dress is really nice and those tights are too cute :).

    You have a really cool blog here. Do you want to follow each other, I would love that.
    Tereza
    http://drastic-plastic-fantastic-plastic.blogspot.com/

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  14. I have to say your blog is fabulous! I love all you pics and outfits! I nominated you for the Liebster Award so if you have a chance check it out on my blog for more info!
    xoxo Lindsay

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  16. Mustard is an unsung color hero and you do it justice. Love the floral maxi on you too!

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