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!