I recently discovered Mohammad Ashi, a Saudi designer, and I’m just so taken with his couture garments from the Mode 2 collection. This particular collection was inspired by Emily Dickinson (of whom I’m also very fond) and one of her poems about birds. There’s nothing super crazy or out-of-the-box about his designs, but somehow they feel so fresh. You can tell Ashi is a master of fabrics as each gown is draped so beautifully and retains a very architectural edge. Each garment highlights a woman’s frame so well, with just the right amount of volume and curve. If I were walking a red carpet anytime soon (or able to wear a wedding gown again), I’d be all over these.
Ashi Studio via My Everyday Couture
Did you watch the Oscars last night? I’m usually surrounded by girls on Oscar night (sisters, friends) because we are all such fanatic fashion – I mean movie – critics. But last night, it was just me, a very unenthused husband, and a large jar of chocolate covered almonds. Aside from the occasional complaint from my couch buddy and the stomach ache I contracted from almond overdose, I had a fantastic time feasting my eyes on this year’s red carpet fashion. I even led a moment-by-moment texting commentary with my mom, aunt, and sisters that sadly ended when my phone froze from text overload and died (I was woken by an onslaught of high-pitched blings from the texts I missed when my phone conveniently returned to life at 2am).
My favorite look this year must go to Michelle Williams who wore a stunning Louis Vuitton ruby gown. The color and texture make this dress. I’ve been intrigued by the peplum trend that seemed to take Fashion Week by storm, and I think Williams’ sophisticated choice is perfectly executed. Besides the fashions of the Jason Wu runway, I’m loving the subtle peplum looks in bright floral prints from J.Crew and Anthropologie. This silhouette is feminine and a bit architectural; in a great print, it’s one of my favorite looks for spring.
Jason Wu, J.Crew, Anthropologie
Spring has sprung! At least at J.Crew. The newest “Looks We Love” features all these super bright, cheery pants, skirts, and shorts. As a girl who generally sticks to neutrals on bottom, I’m pretty excited to add some pumped up color to my spring wardrobe. What do you think? Too loud or totally rad?
Growing up, I was fascinated by Lent, that strange, cloudy season before the celebration of Easter. But I was only so far fascinated as to how many of my friends – Catholics, yes, but also non-believers – felt compelled to give something up. It is fascinating how we have commodified Lent. I remember not quite understanding why one, especially a person who did not normally ascribe to a Christian perspective, would choose to participate in this practice of self-denial. For what reason? I learned quickly that Lent was simply a time to reevaluate your life and make appropriate changes, purging yourself of the bad. Somehow, this would make you a better person, or at least more healthy, more attractive, and more polite. Lent was about self control. Lent was a self help book lived out.
Yet the striving and self denying always leave me with a profound sense of emptiness. I try really hard to be better. But my failures and blemishes seem to stand out all the more. It’s never enough.
On Tuesday, my husband and I went to The Garage and heard Christopher Paul Stelling play from his record, Songs of Praise & Scorn. The music was beautiful and moving. Christopher’s voice is haunting and his lyrics, with pained honesty, tell gritty stories of life’s dark crossroads and unexplained heartbreaks, of our self-made messes and our moral deficiencies. Stories of suffering. Yet if you listen closely, there is hope. So be be careful / Please be gentle with me / I’m feeling weary, like a high lonesome melody / Yeah be careful, please be gentle with me. / Swear I’m not a bad person, no, /Just got a strange darkness living in me.
That is Lent. A time to face our darkness. Lent, the season where Holiness took up our stories and provided soft ground for them to heal. Lent is about our self helplessness. We come weary and dark, undeserving. And yet He is so gentle with us. He is enough. And there is rest in that.
I just love the glam feel of gold. There’s a warmth and a brightness there that seems to both hearken back to the Gilded Age of antique romance and to enlighten us of future glory. Yes, I think all that about gold. Plus, it just looks so pretty.
Totally want to snatch up the new gold designs by Rifle Paper Co.
Big Knot Bangle, Decor, Notecard
Friends and Followers!
I’ve decided to get a bit more serious about this here blog and what it may come to be, so from now on you can find me here: http://malloryjoyce.com! I’m pretty excited about beginning something new and look forward to sharing more in the coming months.
Thank you for your continued reading, interest, and genuine support. I’m always encouraged by you.
And now, onwards!
When I was flipping through the Lela Rose Ready To Wear 2012 images, I was completely taken by the long, painted gown. The yellow, white, and indigo brush strokes are unexpected and add a bit of edge to the otherwise ethereal design (also love that subtle peplum!). I was inspired to make a moodboard featuring 2012′s color of the year, Tangerine Tango.
On this cold February day, I’m looking forward to some bold pops of spring color! Beginning with that citrus lip a la Kate Bosworth.
Cake via Style Me Pretty, Paper Lanterns via Martha Stewart Weddings, Lela Rose orange shift, Orange cocktail source unknown, Lela Rose gown, Bauble necklace J.Crew, Orange marshmallows source unknown, Bouquet source unknown, Kate Bosworth, Orange flowers