Monday, March 18, 2013

Secret Life of Plants

     The past few days I have taken quite a liking to everything plant related.  The approaching spring has me thinking about birds and blooms, butterflies and bees, fresh produce and long walks without several layers...aaaa, what a luxury :)  Some of you may not know- but my major in college was actually Agriculture and Natural Resources, and I had a minor in Entomology (and in Art), so very much of me is rooted in the natural world and in studying the animals and plants around me.  I am crazy about moths and butterflies and have been studying and raising them since I was four or five years old.   I worked as a nature camp counselor for four years, and then taught my own camps for two or three.  When the amazing opportunity to work with another passion of mine- fashion, arose, I took the reigns and delved right in..but often I miss my other love- the outdoors. 

      This weekend when Daniel and I were looking for a movie to watch I compulsively entered one word in the search bar "Plants".  The first movie that came up?  "Secret Life of Plants".  It appeared to be some kind of fancy documentary that was from the late 70s or early 80s- but heck, I thought- I love time-lapsed footage of plants and Planet Earth and bees buzzing around flowers- so I gave it a go.  Man, was I in for a surprise.  This movie...how do I describe this movie?  It was a plant documentary musical if there was such a thing...with several songs and an ending performance by Stevie Wonder, trippy time-lapse photography of plants and flowers, interpretive dances by a woman dressed as a growing flower, and an ode to a plant scientist and George Washington Carver (who invented peanut butter, hello!).  If it sounds like something you would be interested in, and you have time to have your mind blown (and be confused) you have to check it out!  And onward to my plant inspired ensembles... 
When I was scanning through these photos, I found that this outfit really reminds me of some whimsical, woodsy "Tea Party".  Between the colorful floral prints, bows and beads and floral printed flats, I could easily be attending an Alice In Wonderland themed "Forest Tea Party"- and I quite like that!
This jacket from Ark &Co, it is my go-to when the weather gets warmer but still cold enough to need something over my clothes.  It wasn't quite warm enough for yesterday so I ended up adding an extra layer underneath- but hopefully this week it will warm back up again so I can wear it on it's own.  For someone who dresses so bright- I found it really funny how much I blended into the natural landscape when I buttoned this jacket up!  It gave a nice contrast to the rest of my outfit and helped my pinks and greens really "pop!"
Tea Party in the woods, anyone?
 This photo was taken outside of the boutique where I work last Tuesday.  I was in a very flower-ific mood and wore my favorite vintage floral dress (again) with purple tights and my flower crown.  I love all of the colors in this dress, it makes it sooo easy to pair with different tights, cardigans and belts to switch up my lock each time.  

photo taken by Stephanie Wirth 

And an awesome sneak peek from the photo shoot I had with my friend Stephanie last weekend, (I was dressed as a rainbow goddess of sorts).  We traipsed all over where I grew up and took pictures in the fields, woods, along streams and on the railroad tracks, I had an amazing time and can't wait to see what these look like as gum bichromate prints!

Ready for the grooviest most fantastic plant documentary you have ever seen?  If so, you can find "Secret Life of Plants" for free here!

xo, Alyssa

40 comments:

  1. Oh, I love that your major had so much to do with what you are. And this documentary sounds so amazing! I've saved it in a folder so I can view it on a free night. :) I'm aways looking for new little things to read and watch!

    This outfit is so cuuuute. I didn't know that you could mash together so many pretty floral patterns and still look so amazing! You are so bright and colorful and cheery, and I adore it... and you! :D

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    1. Thank you so much Ali! My major is very representative of the things I love, however, my career has nothing to do with science right now so I am kind of missing that part of my life. Hopefully I will be able to make it more of my daily life some-day, and achieve some sort of balance between art and science. :)

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  2. you look gorgeous! i just love how you played with so many different prints and colors and the scenery is so pretty :)

    ~Chioma
    C's Evolution of Style

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    1. Thank you so much Chioma, I have to say that I absolutely love your style, you are so unique!

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  3. You look soooo adorable dear!!! :)
    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know!

    The Fashion Heels
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    1. Hey Jessica! Sure! I am following you now :) Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  4. Love the outfit! And you've been nominated for a Liebster.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. Thank you so much Heidi!! Will have to check out your post and pass along the Liebster award some-time soon!!! Thanks again!

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  5. hi alyssa! i love the floral print of your outfit. beautiful print and gorgeous colors. i should call you miss floral & fauna :D your outfits are always so uplifting. i was a biology/chemistry major, so i had many a botany course. hahaha your pics are beautiful doll. that movie sounds very interesting!
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    1. So cool to find another science person, yay!! That's so cool! You must be super uber smart to be a bio/chem major though- those were my hardest classes! I am so terrible at Chemistry it's not even funny, I was like a leech to my chem partner, without her I wouldn't have made it- lol!

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  6. great outfits! Beautiful make-up!

    good luck
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    1. Thank you so much! Will be going over to visit your blog now :)

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  7. Love the mix of patterns, you just always get it right!

    -Kati

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    1. Kati, thank you so much. I always love seeing your outfit posts, you have a great eye for color and mix the funnest pieces together!

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  8. Oh really cute leggings sweetie.

    xoxo

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  9. Oh my gosh, how CUTE are you?! I love this! Look at all those different floral prints! I would never have thought to mix them but I seriously love it! And your hair is beautiful!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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    1. Jessi, you are too much! Such wonderful comments coming from such a beautiful, amazing girl herself! Thank you dear!

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  10. You have such a cool style! Love your blog :) x

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    1. Thank you Natalia! I am so glad you visited :D

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  11. All these prints! You work them SO WELL! They look so beautiful!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Nataly, that is so sweet of you :)

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  12. Oh my, I LOVE your "favorite vintage floral dress", it's sooo perfect!!!

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    1. Thank you Alex! I was really excited when I found that dress, and even more delighted that it fit me so well. Don't think I can ever part with it, lol!

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  13. I love your plant inspired look! So many florals and pretty colors! I'm in love with your jacket too. You're so cute!

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    1. Thank you Jamie :D Your style is so super cute and fun, I absolutely adore it!!

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  14. Woooo, girl, you've got a crazy bright style. I love it! Found you via the ModCloth Style Gallery. I'm following along! :-)

    Love, Amy
    A. Loo's Closet

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    1. I am so glad that you found me, Amy! Will be checking you out too :D

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  15. Love your plant inspired look! I adore floral print and you mixed all your colors so perfectly, right down to the tights!

    Rebecca
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    1. Thank you Rebecca! I have so much fun mixing prints :D It's one of my favorite looks.

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  16. Oh wow, this is such cute outfit! I wish spring would come here too so that I could also think of plants instead of snow, haha ;)
    In my relationship it is more my fiance who takes care of our little herbs-garden in the kitchen and who is looking forward to the day we have a house with garden (whenever that will be) ;)

    xx

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    1. Thank you Larissa! Ohhh I love herbs so much...we like to use basil and rosemary and oregano in our cooking. Unfortunately we didn't bring in our plants from outside so the basil is dead- but I think the oregano is supposed to regrow. (fingers crossed) I can't wait to have a garden of my own too!

      ~Alyssa
      www.butterfliesonmars.blogspot.com

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  18. I just found your blog and I love it!
    really nice posts and amazing content of fashion!!
    check my blog if you want and maybe we could follow each other on GFC and Bloglovin?
    I can't wait to see your next post !

    www.modishYou.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! I checked out your blog and your style and model styling is absolutely AMAZING. You are so creative and talented! I am following now :)

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  19. eee, i love love love the first outfit! so much floral and bright pinks and purples! you seriously have your own sense of style, and it is wonderful!

    lindsey louise

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  20. oh my <3 you are such cutie pie <3 you automatically make me smile- it's amazing. all these colours, clothes, wow girl :) you are bomb of happiness :)
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    1. Thanks so much Katie, that's super sweet :D I love your blog, too!

      ~Alyssa
      www.butterfliesonmars.blogspot.com

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  21. Oh my gosh your style is incredibly fun! I admire how you can be both feminine and quirky at the same time. Love it!

    xx Missy
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    1. Thanks so much Missy! Will have to check out your blog now :)

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