Photography by Antonio Cangiano
Don't get me wrong, by and large, I'm actually quite fond of a rainy day or two (unless, of course, it's raining when I want to go out thrifting on the weekend!). They can inject a breather into a hectic week, month or even season and help you slow down for a touch - or at least focus more on getting indoor activities completed. Rainy days often mean cooler temps, gentle light, and the need for slightly heavier garments, often even during the summertime.
This spring and summer have seen their fair share of rainy days so far - not monsoon level by any means, but certainly more than during many years in my younger days spent in this neck of the Okanagan woods.
On days when the sun is nowhere in sight and it's clear that the temps won't climb above 20C, I find myself feeling a bit happy because I know it means I can easily wear a lightweight sweater without the risk of wilting like a lettuce leaf under a heat lamp, before summer's sweltering temperatures return in a day or two.
It's a scarcely a secret that pink is my favourite colour, but did you know that my very favourite shade of this feminine hue is dusty rose? It's true, for as far back as I can recall, this delicate, soulful pink has been my most beloved colour, and I'm always on the prowl for vintage or vintage appropriate wardrobe pieces in it to add to my closet.
This darling little sweater - with it's super cute bow - is a relatively recent purchase, picked up last winter along with a few other pieces from eBay seller Glamshell Store, who sell an array of reasonably priced vintage/pinup girl inspired garments (chiefly sweaters, shirts, and bustiers). It quickly became one of my most frequently worn knit tops and I'd been missing it since the mercury shot up, so it was with great delight that I slipped into it again not too long ago for a lovely little photo shoot out out on our front deck.
We were not entirely alone as the camera snapped away. A moth with beautiful earthy hued wings, who lived on our deck for at least a week, and which I named Marvin the Moth, hung out with us, as did a small, spindly legged spider. I love how verdant the grass looks here thanks to the rain, as well as that you can see our hanging flower basket (our first ever - a gift from my paternal grandparents) in the background in some shots.
I've been more than a little obsessed with headscarves and using scarves as headbands since about May onward (though I've always loved them and worn them often over the years), and have been wearing a scarf or two in my hair several times a week for the past couple of months (with no sign of that trend halting any time soon).
I adore how cool they help my head feel when the sun is blaring down, as well as the endless array of fun ways you can style them. This particular vintage scarf, which features flowers in hues of pink and burgundy is my favourite scarf in my modest sized collection, and the one that I sport most often - especially when wearing this dusty rose sweater, as I really like how well the two compliment one another.
Given that we're only a third of the way through July (tomorrow is my birthday, yay!), summer is certainly not at any risk of coming to an end for quite some time still, and these unseasonably grey days probably won't stick around too much longer. Or at least I'm hoping so, because though I do love a tranquil, damp afternoon periodically, I really need my sizzling hot summer fix while I can still get it!