So, here I am bundled up for grocery shopping. This is a new Irish Wool sweater which I love but has given me some trouble by smelling very much like a barnyard. Possibly why it was on sale. I washed it by hand in cold water and even used scented fabric softener but while wet it was a monstrous odor and even dry it is a bit funky. I doused it in perfume and left it for a week. By wearing it all day today I am hoping to somehow impart a more human scent to it.
I normally do not wear such a closed-up neckline but for the sake of warmth I forgo such rules. The addition of the Joni Scarf helps it to look deliberate and not just like the sweater is trying to kill me by choking. It was utterly brilliant of Joni to send me this scarf. I wear it all the time.
It's a risky outfit for a woman having regular hot flashes but the last time I went to the grocery store I got so chilled it was difficult to warm up again.
Speaking of warming up, my life is getting very warm despite encroaching winter. My natural attraction to the colours of the Soft Autumn palette mean I already had some by accident, though usually at the cooler end of the spectrum, typically blues, greens and browns but now when I shop I am looking for and successfully adding warmer pinks, creams, muted golds and camel. I'm so anxious and excited to add new, warmer colours to my wardrobe I really have to steel myself not to make poor purchasing choices just because the colour is right. I'm currently dying to add some muted rusts, corals and yellows.
I have also been experimenting with warmer toned jewelry, buying costume jewelry in thrift shops. I've bought warm things in the past but tended to buy them in too dark versions. I have learned that although my hair is medium brown and in photos reads fairly dark, the lighter and medium colours work better for me. I keep the darker colours to small accents, footwear and bags or wear them on the bottom half such as jeans or skirts. I do like to mix colour values- usually medium with light and then adding darker accents but sometimes medium with dark and light accents. Never any high contrast.
I have always loved the look of antique brass ( real or faked ) and although I used to associate costume jewelry with plastic and bright colours, it has dawned on me that the non-precious metals, beads and wood that I really like are also costume jewelry in the sense that they are not fine jewelry. I like antique-looking metals in general and prefer silver to be a bit tarnished and love pewter and copper.
Here are some recent purchases from the thrift shop. The necklace of wooden beads hasn't got a clasp so I have to slip it over my head and it just barely fits but once it is on I like its length. That is another newly learned thing- too long necklaces get in my way and annoy me. This one almost has the presence of a 'statement necklace' but feels light.
There are three bracelets made of beads and I like wearing all three together. The brass cuff appealed to me for its tarnished look and the raised texture. The circles necklace I am not sure about because I feel it looks a bit cheap on close inspection. I like the idea of it so will road-test it for awhile. I like it doubled, giving a shorter and chunkier look and typically sitting just above the neckline of my tops.
Some people would and could wear all of these pieces together but that's always a bit too much on me. I generally do big earrings or big necklace but not both.
I am not sure if I've ever shared a picture of these boots on my blog, but they are a good example of how I use a darker colour away from my face. I've had them about a year and love wearing them. The original colour was a little more rust-orange but they darkened a bit because I had to use a warm-orange brown polish on them. They're made by Fly London, so yes, that is an engraved image of a fly on each tongue flap.