September 4, 2013

1920s yellow, 1940s peach, and plenty of cute feathered friends at Lion's Park


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Outfit details

1950s pinky-peach & white scarf: etsy (the shop has since shut down)
Faux pearl stud earrings: Claire's
1940s sheer peach blouse: etsy seller JL Vintage
1920s white and yellow Czech glass bead necklace: Jewelry seller in Okanagan Falls
1950s yellow pencil skirt: eBay
Vintage bamboo and straw handbag: Yard sale
White vintage bangle bracelet: Thrifted
Peach rose bangle bracelet: Forever 21
White pumps: Payless
Lip colour: MAC Russian Red


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There are days in each season where, if one is lucky, the light is so very perfect, that, looking back on it later, you can scarcely believe how gorgeous it was. This occurrence isn’t limited to the warmest months of the by any means. I've experienced it in the winter, spring, and fall, in addition to sunshine's pet season, summer.

Not all sunlight is created equal by any stretch of the imagination, and there are days when it's golden moments of unmatched loveliness are so short lived, that you've scarcely removed the lens cap before it's vanished. But then there are those that linger, where you could take your sweet, sweet time while shooting, stopping to fill your lungs with a gigantic dose of bath tub warm air, try to lure a duck over to you (so as to photograph it), and all but becoming hypnotized by the glistening twinkle shimmering off of a small pond's surface. There is poetry and magic in certain kinds of lights, and when the opportunity arises to shot in them, I cannot help but beam ear-to-ear.

On the day not too long ago when we captured these photos, just such a light was out in radiant abundance, and it made for an ideal companion for the outfit I had on. An absolute scorcher of a summer afternoon, this was not the time for long sleeves, heavy skirts or multiple layers. Instead I reached for what is probably my absolute sheerest blouse, a thin cotton 1950s yellow pencil skirt (which, much like these jeans and some of my other garments, can only be worn when certain circumstances pertaining to my health permit), my trusty straw and bamboo handbag, and a featherweight peach and white scarf wrapped around my locks.

Eschewing stockings to try and remain a wee bit cooler, I slipped on my beloved white pumps, a couple of bangle bracelets, and an absolutely charming c. 1920s Czech glass beaded necklace that I bought back at the start of the summer (from the same wonderful jewelry seller that I purchased this green 1930s necklace and a few other pieces from). The beads are in terrific shape, and if you look closely on the square yellow ones you can see that they depict faces which look to me to be quite Babylonian in nature, though given the Egyptian revival of the era, I wouldn't rule out that they were supposed to channel the spirit of ancient Egypt instead.

These images were taken at Lion's Park in the neighbouring community of Okanagan Falls, just a few hundred feet away from where we captured this series of photos, on a bone chilling cold winter's day earlier this year. Stacking the two side-by-side, they really couldn't be more opposite to one another in terms of the weather, but each was an absolute joy, no matter if we were baking or freezing our buns off in the process.

I love taking photographs outdoors in serene, gorgeous settings like this. The unexpected shots (like a darling little quail, my all-time favourite bird, popping up on a ridge for a fleeting moment), the gentle breeze that seems to embrace your soul with each rustle of a leaf, and the extraordinary wonder that is simply being alive are all illuminated by taking pictures under the wide open sky.

And that, my dears, is why, come +40C or -30C, you'll always find me ready and waiting (circumstances permitting) to take pictures on the next glorious day of perfect sunlight.

65 comments:

  1. Such Beautiful pictures! (Duck's cute too!)

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    1. Thank you very much, Carly! The ducks and quail that day were so darling. I swear, they were in as chipper a mood from the resplendent sunshine as we were. :)

      ♥ Jessica

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  2. darling - this are beautiful photos!!!!
    you are right, the light is perfect and tony captured the moment in a great way.
    but why have i this appetite for ice cream? ;-)

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  3. Beautiful photos, as always (puts me to shame and reminds me to actually invest in a proper camera!!).

    That '40s blouse is perfection, I think that's my favourite separate to date that I've seen from your extensive wardrobe, though I'm sure you probably have even lovelier items lurking...

    You've got to grab the sunshine while you can - it's a beautiful, warm day here, and I've been out gathering pine-cones to make Autumn decorations.

    P xx

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Porcelina, what a splendidly lovely comment (and compliment). I think as far as 1940s blouses goes, this would definitely qualify as the prettiest one in my wardrobe at the moment. It's very delicate, but still in amazingly good shape for something seven decades old.

      Summer shows no signs of wanting to let up yet. In fact, the temps started climbing again towards the end of last week. On Sunday we got up to about 91C and the leaves aren't showing any signs of changing colours yet, so I think we're in an "extended August", if you with. One nice plus to that is that (hopefully) it will mean sunny weather for our travels next week.

      Many thanks again & tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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    2. You're such a sweetie! I bet you would give good hugs. Enjoy your travels next week - I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds for you.
      P x

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    3. That is so very, very sweet, thank you.

      ♥ Jessica

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  4. Now that autumn is near, we enjoy all the golden sunny days outdoors. You're so right, this is a lovely light to take pictures.

    Love your outfit. It would have never come to my mind to combine a peachy pink with yellow, but it looks so awesome on you! Maybe I should be more courageous! I didn't like yellow so much before, but just some days ago I found a darling 40s hat made of yellow straw, so I had to buy it... Now guess... I have to have some clothes to go with it for next summer! :) (Good excuse.)

    Enjoy the sunlight - regards from sunny Switzerland, Doris Colanero

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Doris. I'm delighted to know you like this fun, summery, feminine colour combination. When it comes to both yellows and orange, I tend to have more luck with shades on either the light or the dark end of the spectrum, so that's what helped draw this pairing of peach and soft butter yellow together.

      How marvelous that you recently found a new (to you) 1940s straw hat. It's always impressive when something as (relatively speaking) fragile as straw is able to survive for many decades.

      Sweet thanks again & tons of hugs from sunny Canada,
      ♥ Jessica

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  5. Whilst I always love your clothes, I must admit I have a little accessory envy when I see your pictures. I love your collection and that necklace is such a fantastic find. I ummed and ahhed about a gorgeous Egyptian revival bracelet a while back and by the time I decided to bit the bullet I had missed it. I think I need to have a little 'emergency accessory fund' set aside :) Just lovely scenery too, especially near the water. Love seeing the two times of year juxtaposed like that. xx

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    1. Thank you very much, dearest Michelle, that really means a lot to me, as I actually consider my jewelry collection to be rather modest, paling in comparison to that of many vintage lovers I know (in no small part because my pesky nickel allergy means I have to avoid most pieces that contain metal, unless I know for sure that they're nickel-free and that does cut down on the number of pieces I can add to my collection big time).

      I'm really sorry you missed out on the bracelet, it sounds like it was beautiful. I try to keep a wee bit aside for just such occasions, too, and have used it twice this summer (interestingly both for brooches that the same dear online friend sent me links for, knowing I'd been on the hunt for those kinds of brooches: one a wire work "Jessica", the other a 1940s Canadian WW2 Victory pin, which I'm awaiting the arrival of).

      Many sweet thanks again & tons of hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  6. This is such a gorgeous outfit and it looks like a beautiful day! Hope you had a lovely time dear gal!
    xx
    http://thescreensiren.com

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  7. Love the headscarf and bag - so lovely!

    Gorgeous pics as per usual m'dear :)

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  8. I really love how you write and it makes me feel like I was right there to enjoy the sunshine! It's raining here, so this post made me shine a bit :)
    Your outfit is so sweeeet, I love the colours! That 40s blouse is amazing :)

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  9. Love that pink/yellow color combination Jessica! And how did you wrap that scarf in your hair? I'd love to try that. Looks so cute :)

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Theresa! The 1940s style technique, which is super easy, that I used is pretty much identical to the one that Candice uses about mid-way through this lovely Youtube video on how to tie headscarves http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOEbzvFlFW0 (I just tucked and slightly rolled the ends of my scar under, to make it a little more turban looking).

      ♥ Jessica

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  10. Your headscarf looks fab. I am going thru a scarf phase myself, as you can tell from my Instagram. Your first photo also reminds me of our Botanical Gardens here in town. We have that same tree in about the same position around the lake!

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  11. Absolutely beautiful photos!! :D You look stunning, and like you said, the lighting is almost magical! :D

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  12. As always, perfection! The colour and textile combinations, along with that darling necklace make for a lovely outfit. From one vintage loving lass to another, I wish you a fantastic Autumn! xx

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  13. Those colors are absolutely divine on you! I'm swooning over the headscarf, what a find! That golden hour sunshine is so gorgeous, and you're right, sometimes hard to come by. I hope you find that perfect sunshine often <3

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  14. Lovely! I love the colors you used in this outfit!

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  15. I adore this color combo! You look lovely as always and you did and excellent job with the head scarf! That is one vintage item that I really want to try and incorporate into my wardrobe more.

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  16. What a beautiful day! And the outfit and color combination is gorgeous, as are you. You find the best jewelry, and you make it seem so effortless the whole time. I do envy your collection. Hope you're enjoying more wonderful sunshine!

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  17. dear Jessica,
    you look like the queen in this garden, very stylish,
    ciao ciao Christa from Switzerland..

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  18. Love this color combo on you, simply smashing!

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  19. Gosh I love that necklace, it's so pretty.

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  20. I have the same pink bracelet that I thrifted and wondered if it was old or not. Now I know :) I never thought to wear it with yellow-what an excellent combination.

    P.S. That bangle is HEAVY. I've bruised myself banging it. I think it may get recycled into a paperweight.

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  21. Such a lovely outfit, you remind me of a birthday cake (in the best best best possible way)! ♥♥

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  22. You are so fun. These photos are so fun. You look darling.

    Jules of Canines & Couture
    www.caninesandcouture.com

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  23. Oh how gorgeous! You look so beautiful in pastels, which I'm completely loving at the moment with spring here in Australia.

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  24. What a lovely set of pictures, looks like a beautiful day and a gorgeous setting. The glass necklace almost glows in the light, so pretty.

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Kate! You're so right, it really does appear to be illuminated from within in some of these photos. I haven't owned much yellow jewelry before in my life, and am really looking forward to coming up with more fun outfits to incorporate this necklace into in the future.

      ♥ Jessica

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  25. It never occurred to me to pair pink and yellow until I saw your outfit! They pair so well together! Such a wonderful look and it certainly suits you! Great inspiration!

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  26. Hi Jessica! I absolutely love the pale pink contrasted with the yellow necklace! What a gorgeous outfit. I love your blog and very happy I stumbled across it today :) Much love, Ava xxx

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  27. It always brings a smile to my face to see your lovely "outing" posts. What a super cute bag! It very much matches your beautiful outfit. I think actually my favorite photo is the one of you taking a photograph:) You wear pink and yellow magically:)

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  28. Happy Thursday, dear Jessica! What a fabulous outfit, I love the combination of pastels! And what a lovely place, wish I could have been there!

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  29. Jessica,
    First: what a stunning change of scenery. I took a look back at your freezing-winter post (thumbs up from braving the weather)
    Czech glass bead necklace is divine. So well preserved - deserves to be worn, you give it life. And your blouse.. I know how it feels like - I have one with similar shape (only, mine is red with small white dots). As four your bangles, as always - they are the perfect addition to every wardrobe.

    Marija

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  30. That is one amazing blouse! Beautiful colour - it reminds me of sherbert - and those sleeves are incredible. Looks like you had a glorious day, the colours behind you are just lovely. Such cute little duckies! I would love to know how you tied your hair scarf. From the back it looks very unusual and I don't think I've ever seen one tied in that style before. I'm sure you can do it in 5 seconds!

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    1. Thank you very much, sweetheart! I agree, this outfit makes me think of yummy, summery sherbert, too - as well as candy and cupcakes. It would be just the thing to wear to an outdoor picnic featuring such foods, don't you think?

      I used a pretty standard 1940 technique to wrapping my headscarf here, but I agree that it looks a little different from the back, which I think stems from how the scarf is pulled around my wig hair, which I twist (French twist style at the nap of my neck) and hold in place with two plastic Goody barrettes (I find it's hard to keep in place under scarves worn this way, if I don't pin it up).

      Have you seen this lovely hair scarf technique video from Candice/Super Kawaii Mama? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOEbzvFlFW0 The technique that I use is nearly identical to the one she does about mid-way through it, though I tucked and slightly rolled the tail ends (in the front) of the scarf under to give it a bit more of a turban feel.

      Big hugs,
      ♥ Jessica

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  31. I love the pale colours, you look so cool, despite the heat. This outfit makes me think of candyfloss and ice-creams!

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  32. What a lovely outfit I really like the color combination and your accessories are perfect, I particularly love the bag. Its fabulous end of summer get up for sure

    kate-the old fashioned way

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    1. Thank you very much, my dear! I felt, in an entirely good way, like one of the sun-warmed local peaches while sporting it.

      ♥ Jessica

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  34. Gosh you look wonderfully ethereal, dreamy and gorgeous in those beautiful pastels, they suit you so well my dear. Loving the hazy summer softness of your outfit and these photos.

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  35. Spectacular ensemble, Jessica! I love the cute bow details on the pocket as well as the sleeves. It's the cute small details that really attract me to such pieces more than prints, etc...

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  36. There is something about outdoor photos that is so special, so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous park! And you look wonderful in that peachy pink!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

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  37. What an ideal park outing outfit! As always you look absolutely beautiful!

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  38. You look so lovely here, Jessica!

    I adore the lighting in the pictures, especially with your color palette you have going on there :)

    Abbi

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  39. Oh my goodness, wowowowowow. The pictures and colors go SO well! I'm mesmerized!

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  40. So pretty!!! I love the second last photo particularly!!! Love!!! The one with your phone is cute too! I don't think I've seen your toothy smile yet... please do one with a big Marilynesque smile just for me? Lol! :D

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    1. Thank you very much, sweet Chantal, the second to last shot was one of my favourites as well. The quail is another, as they're my favourite bird and soooo hard to get on camera unless you set out with that intention, as they're rather fond of running away at the merest rustle or noise.

      I am usually more than happy to oblige requests from my dear readers, but in this case I'm afraid that you won't likely be seeing my teeth anytime soon. I'm sorry. You see (and I promise you, I'm not just being self-conscious or making things out to sound worse than they are), I have terribly bad teeth. There really aren't words enough for how horribly crowded and crocked they are. My parents never had the means to do anything about it when I was a child, 5 dentists/orthodontists over the years have told me I miles beyond what braces could help, and I've not been in a financial position yet as an adult to anything about this massively embarrassing element of my appearance (I'll likely need a lot of veneers, and the quotes I've gotten for such work have all been in the five figure range), so because I'm so ashamed of my teeth, I virtually never smile on camera with them flashing. Again, I'm very sorry. Believe me, if the the long dreamed of, miraculous day ever comes when they've had serious work to them done and I'm more at peace with my teeth, I will be showing them proudly for one and all to see here. :)

      ♥ Jessica

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    2. Oh that's okay! I understand - your closed lipped smile is lovely anyway - especially with that bold Russian Red colour! It really suits you! xo

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    3. Thank you very much, dear Chantal, I sincerely appreciate your understanding (and lovely compliment about my Russian Red lippy - it's my fave lipstick shade of all time).

      ♥ Jessica

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  41. You know I love all your looks, dear Jessica ... but today ... Oh, Lady! You look so ... angelic! Love those pastel colors, so soft, love the colorful landscape ... all these pics are pure inspiration for my restless brain ... Kisses, dear friend.

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  42. Jessica you look amazing, who would think that pink goes with yellow, looks incredible together, enjoy the sunshine while you can :) have a great weekend :)

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  43. i love the candy colors ♥ you look soooo beautiful!

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  44. this outfit looks like a yummy sorbet! gorgeous!

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  45. You write so beautifully, like poetry. I share your passion in seeing the beauty in everyday things, lovely pictures, you`re very photogenic, from the nostalgic past, it`s a pleasure to read your blog

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    1. Thank you so very much, dear Lorraine, I sincerely appreciate your beautiful compliment and am delighted to you visited my blog.

      Hugs from the sunny Okanagan,
      ♥ Jessica

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  46. You just radiate everything that is good about summer and sunshine in this outfit! Beautifully done photos and my word how pink makes you just ooze charm and loveliness.
    -Jamie
    ChatterBlossom

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  47. Jessica i think you look like a doll. The colors, the background and that artistic way you have tied your scarf. Just beautiful.

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  48. What a summery and lovely pastel outfit. :) Your carved pink bangle is gorgeous. I would like to see the iPhone photo you took of Tony. ;)

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