I had the best day. It was gorgeous in the sunshine, I felt great in my new favourite outfit, and, most excellent of all, enjoyed a visit with dear long-time friends. Be forewarned that I drank deeply of the PicMonkey Collage Kool-Aid so that I could share it with you. Shorter posts will resume after this one. I'm also attending the Goodwill Goldmine Party (where people are showcasing their fantastic charity-shop finds), hosted by the super-awesome Lynne of Practical Paralegalism, hooray!
|jacket (THX thanx collection) and belt: thrifted at Talize, where every purchase and donation benefits the Children's Wish Foundation|
purse: thrifted at The Humane Society Store, South Padre Island, TX (affectionately a.k.a. "The KittyCat Store")
|awesome buttonflowers: Megan Mae Designs|
onomatopoeia pin: beanforest, etsy
This is my friend of 20+ years, Julie Sumerta, who together with her husband (also my friend), Balinese wood carver Nyoman Sumerta, is on a working visit "back home" from Ottawa. I hadn't seen her in person for a couple of years, and after we were done crying our eyes out, there was much grinning, hugging, and giggling. My face still hurts.
pullover sweater: Esprit (2005 or older), worn here
pencil skirt: Smart Set (my only un-favourite bit of this outfit due to abysmal quality - breaks out in pills if you look at it sideways, aargh)
shoes: Kenneth Cole Reaction, Winners, worn with belt here, with other favourites here and here
This jacket's previous owner altered its snap closure to increase the overlap, which greatly improves the fit, highlights asymmetry, and gives the collar interesting sculptural qualities. (Thanks, cool person!!!) It reminded me of Melanie's collar fix, and hey, anything remotely suggestive of Melanie is grand in my books.
|On the theme of outrageously grand sculptural qualities, |
Nyoman is a jaw-droppingly incredible artist.
|vintage necklace: a gift from my mother, worn here and here|
It did my heart so much good to be with Julie and Nyoman. I carry this with me, bright and calm and clear as the day, tap-tapping in the exact rhythms of Nyoman working.
It's fascinating how our lives have intersected again and again at particularly vivid points of import, sometimes with years passing in between circlings-back. What does it mean? Do you have connections like that?
|detail of DIY drapery cord purse strap|
carnelian ring: El Disco Super Centre, Progreso, Mexico, worn here and here
More collage action and photos, including Julie's carnelian pendant and gemstone bead creation, below the jump. Please know that all of the links in this post are here out of love alone, and free from request or compensation. Wishing everyone the warmth of friendship - whether deep and abiding, intermittent, lightly felt, fresh, or fleeting - all kinds of it, ever gloriously lit by fall sun.
More of Julie and Nyoman's work can be seen at: