An engaged friend of mine is thinking about wearing this floral wedding dress, and although it's beautiful, it didn't seem bridal enough for me. But then I spotted these images of Mary's garden wedding, and how she glows in her vintage floral gown, and I'm floored by how well it works. Can't you just smell the fresh flowers?
It's a good thing these heavenly Cortana wedding gowns are only available in Spain, or else I'd be forced to rob a bank to buy one.
And to be honest, I already have my dress! Well, not in my possession, but it's being made. Hal's mother kindly agreed to help and offered the services of her special seamstress in LA who has access to high quality fabrics. I sent her my measurements and inspiration photos and now I'm patiently awaiting a mock up to try on. It's a little nerve-wracking, being so far away from the action. But I found a local seamstress here who will do the final fittings. For the amount of money I'm saving, it's absolutely worth it. Crossing my fingers that it all works out!
I used to have an ocean landscape printed bathing suit. Where did that thing go? Maybe I still have it, but it's probably in storage since my bikinis rarely see the light of day now that I'm in Washington. I always loved it and I'm excited to see the trend popping up in every day clothing. These are from the latest Marios collection. Would you wear photographic fashion?
I adore Emma's Lovely Lady series where she features bloggers and designers wearing one of their favorite outfits. Isn't it interesting how with just one image, you can sort of guess what each person's blog or art is all about?
I received a heads-up tweet from Dashing Magazine that there may be a surprise for me in their latest January/February issue. I immediately clicked the link, flipped to Page 10, and squealed. My blog was featured in their Blog Lovin' section! I poured myself a cup of tea, expanded the pages to full screen, and read the rest of the magazine, cover to cover.
If you aren't familiar with Dashing, it's a brilliant new online inspiration magazine for creative gals. It was started by Charley, Fanni and Josie, three talented UK ladies with backgrounds in styling, music, and design. Their aesthetics and interests are very similar to mine, so if you're a regular reader of Happiness Is, I have no doubt you'll become a fan.
I'm flattered beyond belief to be included in such a beautiful publication. Thank you again, Dashing dolls!
I adore these shots from the 2nd volume of Kinfolk Magazine. Maybe because it looks like something I'd do. Venture off on my bike into the forest for a pleasant solo picnic by the river. In a gorgeous green plaid cape, of course. Would you too?
Lookie what the cat dragged home! Joan of Arctic boots in the color shale. Not only does my man hook me up with TOMS, he hooks me up with Sorels. Hooray for Evo employee discounts! I've never owned Sorels before, but I've only heard great things. We're supposed to get a nasty winter and I know they'll come in handy.
I've been meaning to post about these paper sack style clutches for some time now. They're made out of suede with a brass snap closure. All your friends will think you're carrying around your lunch, but little do they know...
I dragged Hal to go see Twilight: Breaking Dawn last Friday. Good man. It helps to have a theater that serves alcoholic beverages directly to your seats 20 minutes in, 40 minutes in, and so on. That's the only way I can get him to see my guilty pleasure flicks.
If I was having a fall or winter wedding, I'd definitely consider this look. But at the same time, I'd probably want to differentiate myself from the gazillion Bella-obsessed fans out there. What do you think of the dress? Would you wear it?
What are your plans for the weekend? It's so chilly here, it feels like it might snow. I plan on staying toasty by the fire. Hal got me the warmest wool socks from his snowboard shop and I've been wearing them around the house like slippers. Have a cozy, restful time, my friends. Here are your links...
I don't normally begin celebrating holidays until the previous one has passed, but Ruche's new romantic winter lookbook is pulling at my heart strings. Let's just pretend they're decorating a Thanksgiving tree, shall we? :)
My love doves, do you remember the delightful Swell Sip series I blogged about a few months back? Where cocktails and clothing walk hand in hand? Well the lovely miss Eva was kind enough to make for me a custom Swell Sip in honor of Seattle.
And boy, is her creation spot on. In fact, I had this exact drink while wearing a poncho and rain boots the other day. Well not really, but I could have, and it would have been a perfectly normal Shannon thing to do and wear, sipping on hot spiked coffee while staying ever so stylishly warm and dry. Thank you, Eva. Cheers to you, my friend!
I'm pretty sure I'm going to wear a headpiece of some sort on my wedding day. Not sure what kind, but I sure am loving Danielle's natural head crowns, made out of dried branches and florals. She says they're "perfect for a special occasion... or just a pretty day".
We're back from seeing the Wizard! Actually, we never made it to the Wizard, because we couldn't take two steps on the yellow brick road without people wanting to take a picture with us.
Do you like our costumes? We all worked really hard of them and most everything is vintage or handmade. The funny thing is, the casting is right on. We didn't realize it until fully costumed, but each character portrays our individual personalities.
I can't even describe to you how much I love these ladies. Here's why. The day before we dressed up, we arranged a 4-part harmony version of the Wizard of Oz theme song. And a separate fully choreographed dance. Which we proceeded to sing and perform everywhere we went.
Vancouver was an absolute dream. I can't wait to share the rest of our photos with you later this week!
Mr. Frost made his appearance on the ground this morning. Chill-y. Just in time to try out one of my new favorite trends this season... faux fur hats. Emphasis on faux. 60's Russian style. They make me feel like Julie Christie in Dr. Zhivago.
In all my years of Halloween, I don't think I've ever dressed as a good old-fashioned witch. So for my costumeless ladies, enjoy the vintage Hollywood glam witch inspiration. You really can't go wrong with a black pointed hat, fish nets, heels and a broom.
What are you up to this weekend? I'll be scouting around for my Halloween costume. Hal and I will not be dressing up as a couple, as we did in 2009 and 2010. I'll be with my 3 girlfriends visiting Vancouver, BC over Halloween weekend. We're thinking about going as the Wizard of Oz gang. You know, D-Girl, T-Man, S-Crow, and C-Lion. Something similar to these gals, but hopefully better! Have you come up with your costume yet?
Abstract art? Nope. French silk scarves! Aren't they magnificent? I'm such a scarf girl. They really tie an outfit together. And I love having something soft but lightweight around my neck to snuggle up in.
Kerrie Hess' fashion illustrations are such a delight. I commend anyone who can stylishly sketch humans and make them look, well, human.
P.S. Are any of you watching Project Runway this season? I wish they'd show the designers' illustrations more often, don't you? I have an inkling there might be a direct correlation to those who sketch well and those who end up in the finale.
If I spotted this vintage bold print dress on the rack, I might have passed over it, thinking it too bright for every day wear. But wow, doesn't Christen look stunning in it? Her boyfriend took these lovely shots on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. I admire gals who proudly wear statement pieces just because they can.
I've never really concerned myself with wearing the right clothes while consuming cocktails, but my goodness, maybe I should. Eva's fun series, Swell Sip, perfectly pairs fresh boozy concoctions with corresponding outfits. Cheers to that!
I'm giving Maritza a silent blue ribbon for her stunning mood boards. They do just what they're supposed to do. Put you in a mood. In this post alone, I've gone from mourning to wistful to calm to hopeful to inspired to nostalgic. Which makes me happy.
Why haven't we ladies used our footwear as vases before now? All the Ashish models wore blooms in their boots on the Spring 2012 runway. I love the juxtaposition of masculine combat boots with the feminine fleurs, don't you?
Swedish artist and blogger, Johanna Ost, always looks glamorous. But she looks extra charming in her retro pincurls and Cecile Melli turban, don't you agree?
I've never worn my hair like this before, but I've always wanted to. You know, just in case a fine young gentleman offers to swoop me up in his vintage convertible for a Sunday drive with the top down.