BUSY IN BLACK

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Despite fall being THE season for the darkly inspired, fashion-conscious soul (I'm talking about you and me here), I am feeling rather uninspired.
It's perhaps that I currently have no time to sit with a new book or music album. Every page in my agenda is already filled with work related activities, the kind that isn't creative, but the accounting, material sourcing, and production logistics kind, that tends to consume every waking hour of my day.
I guess it reflects in my appearance (old photos, but recycling them because I'm wearing the exact same dull outfit as today and as I said, no time for new photos), because I keep repeating the all black, basic but practical, ensemble pictured here with a simple jumper and skinny jeans, appropriate for long work days in my cold cold studio, just imagine it covered in lint, because I've been very active on the sewing table.
Hopefully you've been having much more fun than me styling your fall outfits.
Jeans: old Asos
 
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A WARNING

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Lately I've been falling for the lure of color, there is something about it that almost feels voyeuristic.

I've been enamoured with the depth of black since I got into fashion. There is no question to the power and elegance of a black dress, but through the sober presence of it, there's always something out of my perceived understanding, Black can suggest mourning, authority, introversion, humility, dignity, modesty, mystery. Black is always a safe option.
But a red dress (or blouse in this particular case) has a different aura, an urge to express. A form of exhibitionism. 
I believe that the reason nature is full of color is to send a warning of existence: Here I am, Look at me, acknowledge me, understand me.

 

 

 

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Limbo

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Yet another set of images of me wearing the Lilium skirt, which just a few weeks ago, I was convinced wasn't for me. 

I did take it out of my closet and hung it up in my studio instead, to have it as a sample and eventually let it go to someone who would like it more, but I keep coming back to it, and it's not because it is an easy piece to throw on for running errands, as I spend the entire time wearing it terribly aware of the length, stepping on it. It's not the design, such a simple silhouette that doesn't quite flatter a short, stubby girl like me, and if we are going to be technical about it, the color doesn't do good things for my skin complexion either. 
so why do I keep diverging from what I know to be more benign to my body and activities to a piece unbefitting of my style?
I guess is precisely about the consciousness of it's ambiguity, while not entirely flattering or practical, it lets you know that I am willing to forgo prudence for a vogue expression, specially when pairing it with something as ordinary as a hoodie.
You'd think that me, being the creator of this garment wouldn't have to interpret and second guess its wearability but the intention of a piece of clothing isn't always that deliberate in its origin.
Top: Fir hoodie by Aelyse
Skirt: Lilium skirt by Aelyse
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A WORLD MADE OF TRASH

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About a year ago I read the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, and I was disappointed. It was perhaps her cult like following that convinced me I would be a better person if I followed her teachings, got rid of everything that doesn't spark joy, if I categorized every item I owned and did the weird folding thing, but all I got from it was one more item in my possession that I didn't really like or need—the book. 

 

 
If I didn't feel so awkward doing the ceremonious holding of an object to my chest to then thank it for whatever service it provided (or didn't), the book would be the first to go through this process. 
I'm on board, wholly, with the concept of a good purge, and with honouring a memory by doing something special for sentimental items that need to go, but acknowledging and thanking aloud the thing in question just doesn't cut it for me. I'll go out of my way any day to get that item I loved to someone else who needs/wants it, I'll even pay for a refurbishing to extend the usefulness of it. If showing gratitude was enough for things to cease to exist, our planet wouldn't be full of trash.
A better approach to minimalism and to a tidy life would be not to consider "does this spark joy" but "how am I getting rid of this thing without turning it into someone else's problem" before even getting it in the first place.
 
Happy earth day.
Top: Mimosa bustier by Aelyse
Trousers: Pilar linen trousers by Aelyse
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DECORATED LIKE AN EASTER EGG

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On occasion I'll bring in a piece that ends up not sitting well in my wardrobe and I don't find it justifiable to adulterate the collection I've curated with intention by the indecision of keeping something just to fill a gap.
The Lilium skirt came to life because I wanted a more traditional shape for every day, with the approaching warmer season in mind I chose linento which I'm allergic, but a hazard has never kept me from trying to enjoy somethingbut the dysphoria isn't worth it, the style just isn't me, despite the beautiful color, the integrity of the construction, and to my dismay, the hardiness of the fiber, it doesn't pair well with the small but permanent garment composite I own and love, or with my body shape.
So I decided to take it out to play one last time, make a few images I can revisit to keep my feelings of urgency to fill wardrobe gaps satisfied for a little longer, and to make it easier on the heart to eventually bring in something else that I will love more.

Goodbye Lilium skirt, no hard feelings, all love.
Skirt: Lilium skirt by Aelyse
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