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Shabby Apple Zoology Debut

After many-a facebook preview over the past week, Shabby Apple finally debuted their Autumn 2012 Zoology clothing line to the delight of vintage fashion devotees.  The greens, oranges, blues, and dusty browns are refreshing as we look to escape the seemingly endless Summery 2012 heat.

 

Despite being long out of school (longer than I’m willing to admit),  I still scour August clothing ads to find that perfect outfit to wear the first day of school.  As I stand in front of my crop of newly indoctrinated college freshman next Monday, I want my outfit to convey “yes, I’m still so cool that I follow fashion trends”.  I know my drowsy 8:00am audience is likely not paying attention to my sassy new pair of heels that the fashion gods decreed as the must-have of the season, and yet their overly snug, not-yet-broken-in fit reminds me that I (like my starry-eyed 18-year-olds) start with a blank slate today–the semester lies ahead of me, undaunted.

Although these Shabby Apple dresses are a bit too Autumn for August and my first day of class, I will pick up a few for the coming months.  With a pair of dark tights and platform heels, I will ready for any Fall fete.

Photographs courtesy of Shabby Apple.

A Look for Every Garden

I’d like to tell you that I garden in a full-skirted vintage number like the one below, but in reality, I can typically be found in yoga pants and a tank while slathered in sunscreen.  I still get a few car honks while working on the front in my “getup”, so I guess my outfit isn’t that bad–and yes, I am at the age where I revel in every degrading car honk as, well, I’m surprised I still get them (sad, but true)!  Although I would love to wear vintage reproductions daily, I save them for entertaining.

My new fashion obsession is Shabby Apple clothing, casual cotton dresses for the modern gal.  And, the Spring 2012 line includes this sweet Pucci-inspired dress in cotton fabric; it’s moderately-priced in breathable cotton that is quite easy to dress up with peep-toe pumps and a swipe of red lipstick.

So, I know that I can’t always look “easy, breezy, beautiful” in the garden, but when it counts, I can still look effortless in this.