It was boiling hot this Monday so I donned my new puff sleeve white dress from Forever 21 for a sunny summer adventure out with my family. We wanted to go out to my favorite nursery to grab some new flower plants, but since they were closed, we decided to hit up our neighborhood farm stand instead. COVID-19 has taught me how fragile our current society is, and how dependent we are on all of the parts working perfectly. I’ve really been researching homesteading, and trying to get closer to small farmers for all of my produce, meat, and dairy, and start making whatever I can from scratch.
I grew up baking with my grandmother who just passed away this year at 99 years old. She was a complete renaissance woman and master of all trades, and she taught me that a strong, independent woman can also be elegant, beautiful, and killer in the kitchen. I’ve been making a lot of pies lately, to try and re-hone the skills she lent to me when I was little. I’ve also mastered jam making which has made me want to make my own bread to put it on too.
With this in mind, as soon as I saw fresh juicy ripe peaches at the farmstand I knew I wanted to get as many as I could and throw them into a beautiful cobbler as soon as I got home.
I found a great recipe online and it turned out so heavenly I just had to share it with you all. It’s super easy and will take no time at all! You just need fresh peaches, sugar, salt, flower, milk, butter, lemon juice and a bit of cinnamon if you’d like.
I paired the steaming hot cobbler with some peach Halo Top Icecream for an incredible creamy mix. We watched my favorite movie– Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone– and had a beautiful night as a family. During this pandemic, quality time with loved ones has become both rare and precious. There’s something so amazing about producing a product with your own two hands that others can enjoy with you that just hits your humanity differently. I’m definitely more grateful for little moments of joy now, and I hope that’s a perspective that will last with me long after this is all over.
I think it’s so interesting when old trends come back. Usually that means a mom jean or crop top craze resurfaces, but in this case, designers are going back a good 200 years for style inspiration.
The prairie dress is one of the most elegant staples of summer, with puffed sleeves, a corset bodice, and billowing skirt that flows out from the waist. It’s dreamy, surreal, and– in my opinion– so flattering. I truly fell in love with this lightweight but well structured Free People piece, littered with delicate little flowers in a pink and yellow print. It truly made me feel like I was in another time (a common theme on this blog) and I had to go run around the back field by my house playing my favorite folk song for a good 10 minutes.
This dress was a pretty big investment for me right now after losing my main income to the COVID-19 epidemic, but I found it really on sale at Macy’s and figured that Free People was a company worth spending for, since their beautiful designs last forever.
What I think is most important is building your closet with pieces that will make you dream. Lovely items you can’t wait to wear again. That principle with suspend all styles and trends, and as long as it’s something that make you feel like absolute magic, it’s something worth having forever.
I fell in love with headscarves a few years ago when I was bewitched by vintage 1950’s styles, and the affair was recently awakened by watching modern day pin-up girls online, and following many vintage style icons like @misspsychocat and @sammijefcoate. But my own beautiful mother really showed me the ropes growing up with her authentic designer scarves. She liked to wear them as ascots around her neck, which was beautiful, but I always loved the way they could transform a plain hairdo into an artform with a simple head-wrap.
I recently invested in several large silk scarves that were about $8.99 each on Amazon. I got one for my darker looks (pictured above) in a classic Hermes-inspired black and gold print. I got another one for more neutral tones, which is inspired by the famous Burberry print, and then another one for my growing collection of pale blue looks for summer. I also have a white and a black polka dot scarf both which I wear with my white and black polka dot looks (which is another growing collection in my little summer wardrobe).
The real trick is finding a stylish and unique way to wrap and style the scarves. I love making them into large bows like I have pictured here, which gives it a lot of flare compared to a clean tie. However, sometimes I do like wrapping it back and leaving a hairband sort of presentation as well. I’ve tried to do more traditional 1950’s wraps but it really hasn’t worked for me yet, so I have to make up my own methods. With the shorter scarves, I can make a little simple bow-tie by just wrapping it around my head once and tying the ends in front.
I’ve found that the best way to wear the scarves is with my hair piled up on my head into a large messy top knot, which is both practical and the most stylish I can get with my very long hair. I unfortunately cannot do victory rolls and pin my hair up like the 1950’s beauties because of my hair’s length and weight, so I have to approach it with a modern take on an older tradition and just swirl it into a bun. Being a ballerina, I really like getting away with wearing my hair up every day while still being feminine and fashionable. This has definitely become my favorite hair-hack so far.