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Catching Rae

The Sorta-Kinda New Color in My Closet

Occasion: Networking meetings, coffee date with a longtime client/friend
Dress Code: Creative Smart Casual
Outdoor Temps: 82°F, humid
Activity Level: Low
Wearing: 3.1 Phillip Lim top, vintage DIY skirt(was a dress originally), Anya Hindmarch tote, Slavic amber necklace (local street fair), Mexican opal tennis bracelet (flea market), Isola jeweled sandals (flea market).

The colors of Fall kind of have me hypnotized, even though Summer isn't going anywhere anytime soon and the days are as hot & humid as it gets in my neck of the woods. I just can't help it - looking through all the runway shows and magazines made me crave velvet, jewel tones, boots, coats, and weirdly daytime-appropriate fur stoles. Since I can't very well layer on the velvet and cashmere smack in the middle of summer, I always end up considering Fall colors first - and this year's main contender is Lush Meadow.

I already have a great satin coat in this color, but it hasn't really been one of my everyday signature colors before. I had figure out whether I wanted to make Lush Meadow a signature (and, like, buy more of it!) or admire it from afar as something that doesn't represent me well on a day-to-day basis. 

This shade totally reminds me of the Emerald City in The Wizard of Oz, and therefore makes me feel urban and utopian and utterly fabulous. It reminds me of, well, emeralds. Jewels! Treasure. Romancing the Stone. Jungles. Trees. Nature reminds me of human nature, and nature makes me think of authenticity, which is one of the cornerstones of my styling business. I also learned that green is a color of compassion, healing, and growth - all of which are integral to my ideal clients. I also have a loving history with olive green, which has been one of my favorites for many years...

As you can see from the picture, a more meadow-like influence is already creeping in. :)

This "skirt" isn't quite Lush Meadow, but it started out as a $1 flea market dress - and I really really wanted to keep it a dress, but my tailor said it was a lost cause due to a previous tailoring job. So I hacked off the top with my sewing shears, and now I have a low-cost emerald silk skirt with shell buttons, pockets, pleats, and a high waist to keep me satisfied for a few months (while I double down on signature greens and add some meadow-y stuff to the closet).