Thursday, 16 August 2018

Surrendering in a green oasis

"I surrender to the chaos" is what I painted on this tank dress a few years ago. I don't surrender all the time. For the big stuff, I fight back with vigilance and persistence, snarling, gnashing of teeth, and curled toes. 


These shots were taken by my friend Elizabeth Zvonar in a little green oasis not far from my home. I'm still shaking off vestiges of that pesky summer cold, so this nearby location was perfect. The next photo is my favourite of the bunch.


I like being dwarfed by nature. It's a feeling I definitely could use more of. 

Again, my mug by artist/stylist/designer Anne M Bray (IG and other links), which features many of my favourite bloggers. You saw it my last post too, on sale here. And my Lily-Lark parasol. All unpaid mentions.


I was going to choose a song for this post, but they all made me tired. Nature sounds are what I really crave right now. Get me away from the trucks and honking and screaming and loud mufflers (a pathetically great oxymoron).

Don't feel you have to stay on this page while you listen to the whole YouTube. Heh.



When I put a photo of this dress on IG, lots of people thought it said, "I surrender to the chaise (chair)." Yes, in fact I do.


Those legs really throw off my camera's white balance.

Below is my "flat lay," nothing to do with the bedroom, folks. Get your minds out of the gutter! It was in another post on the "Silver Foxes and Vixens" party I went to at Vancouver's Fluevog shoe store, where I got to meet the man himself, John Fluevog. He was immediately drawn to my elven shoes, which he told me are rare, made in a limited run. I bought them in the late '80s. Too bad they bite my baby toe, although that's probably what has kept them so pristine.


Soaking up some rays. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe. 


It's a rather tame post this time. A rather tame life at the moment. 

I'm linking to Patti's Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's #iwillwearwhatilike at Not Dressed as Lamb.

I hope all of you are keeping cool, or warm, as the case may be. Thank you so much for visiting. xo



24 comments:

  1. I think this summer cold has reduced your energy levels. The relaxing sounds of nature are a good refuelling trick.

    This dress is one of my favourite of your handmade pieces.

    Feel better!

    Suzanne
    http://www.suzannecarillo.com

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    1. You said it - that cold drained me. I curled up on my little doggy mat and slept like a baby pug for days. Hahaha. And O fed me treats, like soup and water and dry toast. Excellent. I'm better now.

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  2. A Sylph in a sylvan glade. You are beautiful.

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    1. Oh, thank you, dearest Barbara. xo

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  3. Love the dress. Love the top beneath it. Love the lady wearing it all. Here's hoping those nature sounds soothe your soul and heal your body. No chicken soup for me. There's nothing better than nature to make you feel better. Sending healing hugs your way.

    - Sherry
    http://www.petiteover40.com

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    1. Thanks, Sherry - your vibes did the trick all right. I was definitely craving nature sounds. And miso soup always hits the spot for me.

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  4. Love the dress, especially as I surrendered to the chaos (at work) today, and I'm now in need of at least eight hours of calming nature sounds! I imagine I'm looking a bit like you sat in that chair, but while my legs have a similar hue, but obviously not wearing such a great dress! xxx P.S. Glad you appreciate my fellow countryman, Mr. Poirot!

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    1. Chaos at work, auck! Yes, sitting like me in a great big comfy chair would be just the ticket. And nature sounds on the stereo (does that word even exist anymore?). The dress was just for my outing - at home that week I dare not show you what I wore! Heh.

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  5. I missed the Silver Foxes and Vixens party at the Victoria store last year, but I plan on going next time! How cool that your shoes were limited edition - Klassy!! - and you got to chat with John.

    Loving the surrender - how very Taoist of you - in your oasis. Chair/chaise/chaos, it's all the same to a girl in the city in the summer. I hope you are feeling better, hon - the air quality has just been shite with all the forest fires. A red moon? A red sun? Is the end near?

    Take care of yourself, Mel. Good to see you!

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    1. It was a great party - I hope you catch the next one. The chair is rather disciplined (hard) for a true surrender. And now I am better, despite the air quality. Red moon, red sun, makes my complexion look stellar. Gaaaa!!!! Thinking of you with all those fresh ocean breezes.

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  6. I like a dress with a philosophy but I wonder if this one is serving you at the moment? You seem all tuckered out; as if the chaos/virus might have beat you into submission (for now). Never surrender Mel. I don't think it's your nature.
    Love Jude

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    1. I took your words to heart, Jude, and cranked myself up a notch. I'm fine now. And I am a fighter, but when I made this dress, surrender or bending like a willow was the only option to keep my sanity. It worked. And here I am. Thanks, Jude. xo

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  7. Tame is sometimes very nice! I hope you like to join my Fancy Friday linkup party too! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks always for your invitations, Nancy, and your awesome style over there. I am having a hard time keeping up just here so for now I regret that I must decline. I always appreciate your visits. Yes, tame is a temporary state for me. Have a great week!

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  8. We balance each other out - tomorrow I am stalking down a magnificent staircase in ALL the jewellery and strapless gown, opera gloves etc, singing Diamonds are Forever. It doesn't get more crazy than that!

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    1. WOW, that sounds like so much freaking fun. Wish I could be there. My energy is back and I still don't know if I could match you. Hahaha!

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  9. Good to see you surrendering to the chaos in a green oasis. The shot of you with the flowers is so good, I can see why its your favourite. Hope your cold is on the improve, they really aren't much fun and seem so wrong in Summer.

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    1. Green green green, a balm to my weary soul when I most needed it. My cold is vanquished and I am riding the plains again, badge in hand. Heh. There oughta be law against cold in the summer. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  10. I'm so into your dress and that photo of you dwarfed by nature. Absorb all the sun for Vitamin D!!!

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    1. That was the most dwarfy I could make that photo. Vitamin D, so right, it did the trick, plus sleep, and pampering by O. Thanks for your energy here.

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  11. These nature sounds are great. I will leave it on. I agree with Suzanne, the cold probably drains your energy. Soon you will be your old self. How did you get that table in the green oasis?
    Greetje

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    1. I'm baaaack! Hahaha. Nature sounds are great any time, right? As for the table, the community gardeners who tend this area keep it there, and a few chairs. I am so impressed that they are not taken!! It gives me hope. xo

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  12. As you surrender to both chaise and chaos, I simply surrender to your awe inspiring talent, and take a moment to bask.
    I will listen to the calming sounds later, when they will become medically necessary! Yikes, no wine for me. Yikes is not the first word to come to my mind, by the way.
    Take care of yourself!
    Go back to your perch and listen to your nature sounds. Lot s of vitamin C and scowling as needed. Call someone who makes you laugh!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

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    1. Hahaha. I, like you, have often resorted to Yikes when a word of greater potency is on my fingertips. I was too tired to laugh, or if I could, the coughing made the whole thing come out wrong, just plain wrong. Nature sounds have magic, that's for sure. I hope you're having a fantastic summer, Elle.

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