Friday, July 1, 2011

9 of 30: polka dots are a solid

I loved this outfit. It embodies a lot of things that I love: polka dots, florals, subtle color combinations, my pretty wedges and the fact that I wore it out on a date. AND took the pictures at one of my favorite places (Director's Park in Portland. A more recent public park project). I've slowly started to get into pattern mixing--though this can hardly be considered bold, since I think polka dots (and stripes) are baasically solids--at least when it comes to pattern mixing.

I had class in the day, then Robert and I went to see Tree of Life, which if you didn't know, won the Cannes film festival this year. I'm in no way a movie connoisseur--I'm the opposite, actually. I'm horrible at watching movies because of my short attention span. I'd much rather read, where you decide the pace and can sort of make things happen yourself (how cheesy does that sound?).

Robert explained it to me as having been developed as more of an experiential piece, rather than something with a clear plot and clear development. That makes sense but I could feel myself getting squirmy in my seat when nothing was seemingly happening. That being said, I would suggest watching this movie for the photography alone. The imagery is stunning; it's full of suburban 50's America, sunflares, fields, the cosmos--everything that us bloggers love. ha. ha.

Anyways, I was in absolute love with this outfit. Every single thing I wore was one of my favorites and I loved how they came together. The color palette was perfect for me with just the right amount of contrast in the patterns and colors.

polka dot dress: H&M
skirt: thrifted
cardigan: ? old, from highschool
purse: vintage Coach, hand-me-down from Robert's mom
tights: J. Crew
wedges: BC


  1. cute outfit
    you look great :D

    Miss Aa

  2. So cute. Every time I see you put together an outfit like this I realize I need more neutrals in my closet :)

  3. This outfit is soo cute! I love the polka dot dress as a top!

    Lidi @ Eclectic Flair

  4. Such an interesting mix and match :)
    lovely polka dots top,so cute combined with the floral skirt!

  5. I was hoping to hear someone's review of the movie! I thought it would be similar to "The Fountain" def. going to check it out now! love that addition of polka dots to your outfit,i need more polka dotted pieces to my wardrobe!

  6. You look adorable, I think a lot of people are afraid of pattern mixing, but you and I are not on that list.

    Also, where are all of the people? Usually when I go by that park there are people all over. I guess my only trips there are on the weekend though.

  7. This outfit simply screams you! I love polka dots, but sadly don't have any in my closet, partially because my dad has an intense aversion to polka dots :/ My mom used to wear a lot of polka dots back in her heyday but my dad forced her to never wear them again!

  8. I'm so in love with this's just perfect! I love the mixed prints and the colors are so pretty together. I really want to see this movie, it sounds amazing!


  9. Lea, you look lovely! I agree with a lot of the bloggers (and with you) that this outfit totally embodies everything I know about you! :)

    I have been wondering about that movie for a while now. I will definitely see it, but maybe later in the year. I love watching movies, but I have to be in the mood for it, you know. I also have to multi-task while watching, so going to the theater is something that I do only when I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to see a certain movie.

    And Hawaii? Are you serious? You're a lucky ducky. I have never been, even though my parents have offered to pay for vacations multiple times. It's probably the heat that'll kill me. That or the extreme humidity that transforms me into a menace. :) ha!
    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

  10. Polka dots and floral, two of my favorite prints to mix! :)


  11. Oh, does the film have cosmos pictures in? I wanna see it! :D

    You look lovely and I like your take on pattern mixing! Slightly envious of the fact that it's cool enough to wear tights over there! Though it was quite overcast today, I couldn't have survived in tights... Summer in Hungary equals hot!

  12. Polka dots and florals, hell yeah! I love those prints together and your soft color palette in this outfit. Thanks for the run-down on Tree of Life; I've been curious about that movie.

    And thank you for your comment about Etsy. It took a while to photograph and write the product details for everything, but other than that, it really wasn't THAT hard. Etsy is so well designed and user friendly. From now on, though, as soon as I find anything new for the shop, it's getting photographed and posted immediately so I don't have a pile of stuff to photograph and write up all at once.

    Oh, and also, I commented back about this on my blog, but of course I wouldn't mind if you did Thrifted Thursday posts! I think it would be awesome if a lot of people started doing them.

  13. Great outfit. I love the polka dots/flower print combo. It looks really good.
    And about the movie, it seemed interesting, and it definitely caught my attention but I had my doubts about seeing it. Maybe I should give it a go. Thanks for the advice :)

  14. You definitely look like you are having fun in this outfit. It looks so wonderful on you. The top is my favorite piece out of the whole ensemble because of its nice nude shade...and it's polka dots!! Man, there is just something so delightful about a pattern of itty bitty circles! haha

  15. I love it!! So you wore a dress as a top - genius!!

    I love your style, so I followed you ^^

  16. Hello,

    I just found you via Dear Beatrice. Love your cute preppy style! I'm also doing the 30 for 30, so now that I'm following & will drop by to see how your going.

    Kelly xo
    Elegantly Academic

  17. I still really wish you were my personal style advisor. I could use you well while shopping, haha ^^ i LOVE, LOEVE, LOVE this outfit. x

  18. I'm in love with your outfit too! The subtle polka dots in your blouse are adorable with the floral print skirt. Cute shoes too!

  19. Your outfit is gorgeous! Love the pattern mixing and the colors together.

    Shopping and Spreadsheets

  20. Reeaally nice combination of patterns Lea :). Can you get any cuter, really? x3

    While I've been in love with literature all my life, I must confess I've been watching movies more than reading books. Sigh. Shame on me.

  21. I love the mixing of patterns in this outfit. Polka dot and florals is possibly the best combination! And I was thinking about seeing "Tree of Life"...but we'll see. I do want to experience the beautiful cinematography, but I've heard it's a little out there.

  22. Oh I saw the Tree of Life the other day too, and holy gee!! The part with creation was simply oddly placed in the film. It would've made sense as a forward to the movie. That being said, I enjoyed the imagery and the development of the kids' relationship with their dad, but that's about it.

  23. Such a lovely outfit :) I love the whole thing! So nicely put together, love the mixing of the patterns and the colour palette, I definitely would love to wear this outfit :)

  24. This outfit is super cute! I saw tree of life and loved it and would like to see it again. It could have been a bit shorter.

  25. I love Director Park and your pattern mixing!


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