If you're practicing social distancing, which I hope you are!!, you probably don't have plans to travel to Ireland or anywhere else anytime soon anymore than I do. However, that said, I'm still finding so much to be inspired by on travel blogs online! I love a beautiful setting for a fabulous outfit, and it seems to me there's a feeling that's evoked when you're out of your own element and experiencing a new place that in itself is almost like donning a costume. The Irish countryside or Venetian canal or German castle does as much to transport the subject in those pictures as the elegant dresses or lovely hairdos. You know that feeling of putting on a mask and feeling like an entirely different person? At least that's how I remember feeling when my acting school made us take a Balinese mask class with a tangle-haired hippie lady who looked like she ought to teach at Hogwarts. In addition, the masks the teacher provided were plain papier-maché... not very fancy, and I remember kind of scoffing at the idea, then I put on a plain, gnarled mask and entirely became a little old man or woman-- I'm not sure which it was, but at any rate I freaked out my entire class. It was great! One of the best acting experiences I ever had. There's something so liberating about exploring a different aspect of our own character whether it's through masks, travel, or costume.
In that spirit, I really love Courtney Halverson of Pretty Little Fawn's travel blogs. Her last trip to Ireland was such a mood. She featured this particular outfit similar to the one I'm wearing here on Instagram not her blog, but I realized I could evoke the dreamy feeling of that trip even if only from my own garden when I put these pieces together based on that outfit. I really love how the outfit I shopped from my own closet and these photos in my neighbor's garden and out walking my dog in Philadelphia's garden district turned out and sort of lifted me out of my worries for a happy hour or two. Please share links to your own favorite spring outfit inspo photos with me below! Let's all try to inspire each other from our homes this spring!
A Sézane skirt from last spring. Similar here.
A Doên blouse from last summer. Similar here.
Frye boots from a few years back. Still available here and on sale right now!
A Polène Paris basket from eBay. Sold out at Polène but similar available here .
My favorite Rouje lipstick. Still available here .
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