After my long unexpected hiatus I have started a new blog Misfit Isle. It would make me super happy if you would check it out here!
Allow me to explain myself, but I promise I’ll keep it brief. In short, after vacation I just realized my blog wasn’t quite me anymore. First, I had been using a pen name Roxie Fitz. Hello, my name is actually Alli. Second, I wanted my blog to be sort of an art journal. Somewhere to write about the things I had been creating and the adventures I had been having. But somewhere along the way it had become a style blog. And I really do love style blogs, but to be frank I was sick of taking photos of myself. That’s all there really is to the story.
I want to thank you all for your support and love. I am very happy to be back in the blogger world and I look forward to catching up with everyone.
much love, Alli
Diane Keaton’s Then Again
“But then something happened that changed my life. I was browsing around our other favorite thrift store, the Salvation Army thrift shop, when I found the answer: a hat, a man’s old bowler hat. I put it on my head- and that was it!”
I have always admired the lovely Diane Keaton’s style, it is totally her own and she wears it with such elegance. This book is far more than fashion. Diane has led a fascinating life, I mean how could she not have?! She was in the Godfather! She dated Woody Allen for goodness sake! But at the heart of the book is a complicated story between generations of women. As she writes her own memoir she weaves in her mother’s memoirs using the journals she left behind. The memories are complicated but filled with so much heart and warmth. There is so much to learn from her experiences and her mother’s too. They experienced such different lives; Diane an independent single women who adopted children later in life after enjoying her youth free of family obligations and her mother who married young and devoted her youth to her children. I couldn’t have been more captivated by their stories, and I think this is the perfect book for any mother or daughter to read.
I consider myself a pretty lucky gal to have grown up in the country and even luckier to be spending part of my summer there. I love the wide open spaces, the tall grass, the lovely creatures, the soothing sounds and crisp air. When I go frolicking in the country side I always remember to wear flats, and something with movement. The air moves differently in the country, so you want something with layers or frills so that it catches and dances. And I like the rustic look of the burlap clutch.
Chambray shirt- Old
Dress- My Ma’s old skirt
Are you guys spending some time in a beautiful countryside this summer? Or are you gets strutting in your heels around a chic urban city?
Either way, I hope you’re having fun.
Betty White’s If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)
“One thing they don’t tell you about growing old- you don’t feel old, you just feel like yourself. And it’s true. I don’t feel eighty-nine years old. I simple am eighty-nine years old.”
I love Betty White. You love Betty White. We all love Betty White. Whether you are a fan of her from her Golden Girls days like me or her more recent work in Hot in Cleveland; no one can help falling in love with Betty. She is a lady who despite her age is able to keep young, roll with the punches and isn’t afraid to laugh at herself. But there is so much more to Betty than her public persona. She is a huge animal activist, she has saved horses lives, runs her own animal charity and has spent time hanging out with gorillas. Her work with animals is truly inspiring, as her is courage in her career. She once said she was too afraid to do Saturday Night Live and turned down the offer to be on the show multiple times throughout her career. But finally she gathered her strenght and did the show, proving at at any age there are still new challenges to face and experiences to enjoy. This book is full of wonderful stories of her beautiful love affair with her husband, why she isn’t afraid of dying, her one messy room and her wonderful dieting tips. Betty’s book will touch your heart with her love and kindness and make you giggle with delight as she shares her personal quirks.
I asked my lovely guest writers to share what they would/are wearing to a summer festival. This week I am a very lucky girl and I’m heading down to Portland Maine to see the Gentlemen of the Road festival featuring Mumford and Sons. I couldn’t be more jazzed, especially to wear this dress to the festival. I scored this baby at a charming vintage shop. To me it is perfect festival wear because it’s casual, comfortable but still really pretty with this floral print. When heading to a festival it’s important to wear hat for added sun protection. But most importantly comfortable shoes are a must, I’m wearing my moccasins because they are really comfortable and durable for unpredictable terrain.
Dress- Vintage (similar)
Hat- Le Chateau (similar)
Shoes- Locally Made
The only thing I might change about this outfit before I head out to the show is changing the satchel to a backpack.
I hope you guys get to enjoy a summer music festival or two, and if you do I want to hear all about it!
Sam Wasson’s Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.
“Holly was a high-class call girl, an American geisha. To her, a life without love was an occupational necessity. Try to cage her and she’d fly away…”
Oh Miss Holly Golightly! That opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s mesmerizes you: the way she gets out of the taxi so elegent even in a long tight gown, and how she gracefully balances her coffee as she takes out her danish and begins to eat. But did you know Audrey Hepburn hates danishes and beg to change it to ice cream? And that her dress was so tight she needed one for standing and one with a huge slit cut in it so she could walk? These are the sort of fascinating tidbits you’ll learn if you read this addictively entertaining book. It goes into depth about the long process of getting this movie off the ground, and discusses Capote’s inspiration for the book and the writing process (along with that fact that he despised the film). Personally I found the most interesting part in the book was about Mrs. Audrey Hepburn. I had no idea she had such a difficult time having children, or that she refused a role from Hitchcock because of a rape scene. Most importantly I didn’t know she originally turned down the role of Holly Golightly because she said she could not play a prostitute. But she did take the role, and transformed the once reviled Holly Golightly into a kooky girl who could take on the city and be SINGLE and fabulous but still learn to let love in. This book I would consider a must read for all those who love the film, it is so well written, insightful and funny you’ll breeze right through it and fall more and more in love with Mrs. Audrey Hepburn.
I’m a down home country girl and living in the country means lots of summer campfires. I love campfires; the food, the friends, the drinks and cozy environment. And even those these events take place mostly in the dark it’s hard to decide what to wear. My suggestion would firstly be to wear your hair back so you don’t accidentally lose your locks. Also, bring a sweater in case it gets chilly and rugged shoes because you never know the terrain you might be walking on.
Dress- Old Navy (similar-ish)
Shoes- Joe Fresh (similar)
Vest- Old Navy (similar)
Are you guys having some campfire fun this year? What is your favorite campfire food, hot dogs or s’mores? I am a s’mores gal myself, as long as it’s good dark chocolate.