"There's something that's in the air. It's different. The sky is different. The stars are different. The wind is different."
By Myself (BBC Documentary)
My great love for the Southwest region is no secret. I love how the culture is intertwined with Native Americans, Spanish, and pioneers - people who were in search of something new. The people, cuisine, architecture, landscape, and fashions come together to form a happy, multi-cultural union.
Lately I've been jonesing for a trip to New Mexico - Santa Fe in particular. I want to experience what the late great Georgia O'Keeffe spoke about in the BBC documentary. I want to see, feel, and smell the difference. When I gaze upward to the sky, will the stars shine brighter? Will the wind caress my skin in a more satisfying way? Will the scents cause my senses to dance to a new tune? I wonder.
Today's style story, though photographed in my homeland of Southern California, my location leads you to believe I'm in New Mexico. Shot against the backdrop of a succulent garden and an adobe structure, I decided to do something different and show the images in black and white - evoking the mood of a different place in time. Enjoy!
Sartorial Savvy:With New Mexico being the source of inspiration for this style story, it's befitting to showcase the fashion sense of Georgia O'Keeffe. O'Keeffe's fashion choices were a mixture of the Chinese practice of Zen, Southwest and androgynous. It's quite easy for me to create a look that marries the three. My fashion personality has a natural penchant for the Southwest, and minimalism. By simply adding in touches of tomboy with subtle, albeit important accessories, I was able to create an Ode to O'Keeffe in a Glenda sort of way. Here's how it's done:
- Use natural fibers,
- Clean silhouette with uncomplicated lines and details,
- Silver jewelry, and accessories that have an Native/Spanish artisan flair.
I hope you enjoyed this week's style story. Come back Wednesday for the next addition of What's Interesting. It will be a continuation of today's post. I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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- Please stop by Quintessential Style. Sharon White has done an interview on yours truly, called Would You Really Want to be Twenty Again?
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