Ladd and Stephanie were a charming duo on their walk to Easter festivities yesterday. They giggled as I snapped photos of them from behind… At one point, I must have grown quiet.
They turned around to see if I was still there? … I was.
They cracked up, and over his shoulder, Ladd said, “Just checking.”
Best way to decorate your spring table? Dandelions! They are vibrant, abundant and free.
It was quiet yesterday in the metro for Easter, but Patrick and I saw this lovely couple gathering adornments at 5th and Court. I asked what the flowers were for? And the woman gently replied, “For Easter dinner at my daughter’s.”
A few of my thoughts on why dandelions are a good spring decoration:
1) Gathering the blooms helps them not to go to seed and spread as intensely - ideally someday people would spray fewer chemicals as a result? And, Dandelions don’t have to be flown in from other countries.
2) Most of us have fond memories of dandelions as children, staining our hands and clothes, blowing the puffy ball of seeds everywhere like thousands of little parachutes. I prefer this over the way most adults view dandelions - ie: pest. They will continue to be around, so honor them and maybe your perception will change… Love ‘em and get excited or hate ‘em and feel ticked. Haha your choice, as usual :-)
3) Dandelion is mega-delicious and good for you! So, what better for your meal centerpiece? Check out this link for some quick tips on how to eat it, and it’s nutritional stats: http://www.gardenfork.tv/is-dandelion-edible (Btw, don’t eat any dandelions that have been sprayed/treated).
4) Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion) in Latin means, “Official remedy for disorders“… It’s used medicinally to support the liver, kidneys, skin and more. Dandelion is a fabulous beauty tool. For more information, here’s just one link on the subject: http://www.leaflady.org/health_benefits_of_dandelions.htm
5) Yellow is the color of sunshine. Yellow is often associated with joy, happiness, intellect and energy. Read more about colors, theory: here
Hope you had a great weekend and Easter, everybody! Hi family - we reminisced and thought of you all day!
#StreetStyle - @RitualCafe - Nakisha Phillips-Huffman - 1301 Locust Street
The weather’s been pretty cool here in Des Moines this spring. Here’s an awesome example of how to look good making the most of it!
Put on your stocking cap, bing cherry red boots and a spunky vintage dress… Tie a scarf around your neck and get your butt-ender on a bike and enjoy the fresh air! Love it.
This Friday, my friend Lynn and I will try to figure out how to make this HUGO BOSS cape blouse that I came across while flipping through a magazine.
A few things for us to consider:
1) The neckline is a little low-cut to be practical in my life, and I don’t think it would look as good with something worn under it.
2) I bought a cheapie, poly-satin fabric with polka-dots rather than a beautiful chiffon. Mine will definitely have a heavier, and shinier (oh my) look, so we’ll see how it turns out?
3) I have no clue how the cape is even attached to the base of the shirt? It’s not at the seams, so it seems like pure magic if you ask me? Hopefully Lynn will know :-)
4) I am just learning how to sew, and Lynn is an expert at flat and pattern techniques, but has not experimented as much with draping- which this project requires. She does have a dress form though, and an adventurous spirit - so we are good to go!
I’ll let you know how it turns out. Wish us luck.
StreetStyle - Blue Moose - Iowa City - Mona and Neil
For looks that are both stylish and sustainable, check out Ramona Muse’s creations this Saturday at a free, all ages FASHION SHOW in Cedar Rapids. She specializes in customized vintage/thrifted items and her models will be Cedar Rapids Roller Girls!
Location: Gatherings, 905 Third Street SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Also for free, from 1-4pm, you can watch designers at work, as they give tips and answer your questions. For more information on all the activities this Saturday, and (my fav) glimpses of Mona’s incredibly creative outfits, check out her awesome blog Patterned Piles here: http://patternedpiles.blogspot.com/
StreetStyle - at the Blue Moose - 211 Iowa Ave - Iowa City
Andre is the founder of Mission Creek Music Festival in Iowa City, and this picture was taken around 2am, at the close of Day 5.
I don’t want to embarrass Andre (I feel he is a complexly modest gentleman who *may prefer* I do not make a big deal), but he always looks great!
He’s a natural master at Ambiguous Dichotomy Dressing (I made that up). I mean: the combo of what he’s wearing and they way he carries himself gives the impression he could be having a great time, in two very different places at once:
************** Someplace Fancy / Rock Show ****************
And here’s a bonus tip for you: He has a totally fabulous speaking voice - so, make sure to say hello when you see him, and revel when he says it back to you! :-D
StreetStyle - Iowa City - Corner of S. Dubuque St. and Iowa Ave.
Her mother, who lives in Canada, made this cape for her… So gorgeous!
Her friends endearingly joked that she does in fact become invisible when the hood is up :-)
Stay tuned for more StreetStyle from Mission Creek Festival in Iowa City…