Large black hair flower: Arden
1980s does 1950s tropical floral print dress: etsy seller Fresh Vintage
Green cardigan: Old Navy
Purple orchid brooch: eBay
Black carved bangle bracelet: Ten Thousand Villages
Green vintage twisted bangle bracelet: eBay
Purple bangle bracelet: (probably) Forever 21
Black opaque tights: Arden
Black 1940s style shoes: Thrifted (Salvation Army)
Lipstick colour: Clinique Raspberry Glace
Photography by Antonio Cangiano
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So said Tony (about me) as we were leaving the Home Hardware recently after popping for something entirely different and walking out with the cutest little cotton candy pink miniature Christmas tree you ever did see! (We got it 50% on post-Christmas clearance.) I just about went weak in the knees when I spotted it, and proceeded to say, "Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!" over and over as I made a rapid beeline in it's direction. Is it the same as a mid-century pink aluminum tree? No, but, by golly, it's pretty darn spectacular, if you ask me!
It's true though, you know, when I come across something pink that I love, and by the same token, when I wear pink and inject it throughout the decor in our home, it really does make me smile-inducingly happy, and tranquil, and extra girly feeling, all of which I adore. We weren't planning on doing a formal photo shot that evening (we'd been out for hours and I was completely knackered, plus Tony was on his way out the door to a raclette party, so he only a couple of minutes to take a few quick iPhone shots), but I was in such good spirits after the unexpected (gorgeous!) find that was this wonderful little tree, that I simply had to record how joyful I felt in that moment.
Adding weight to what I've talked about here in previous posts (such as this one) regarding wearing as much of my warm weather wardrobe as I can during the winter months, on that day I just happened to be sporting one of my most greenhouse-meets-tropical paradise inspired dresses. A cute 1980s does 50s number that is chock-a-block with vivacious hues and feel good flowers, and which I wore last year on my mom's birthday, but didn't get snaps of, so I've really been meaning to capture it on camera ever since.
Our little house is marvelous, and I truly love it to no end, but it rather lacking in available blank walls against which to take indoor outfit snaps. We keep experimenting with locations (the master bedroom, the living room, etc), and on that particular night, we gave the bottom of the staircase between the first and second floors a shot. It's not perfect, but it's not bad either, and I suspect other photos will transpire there over time.
I love my new little pink Christmas tree so much, I'm half tempted to keep it on display in my craft room throughout the whole year, perhaps sprinkling seasonal ornaments on it for other holidays. You know, come to think of it, that's not a bad idea. Money might not grow on trees, but (if they're pink) happiness sure can, and who can't use as much of that as they can get all year round?