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Saturday, August 06, 2011

Marimekko - Wearing Art for my birthday suit

Happy Saturday everyone! I'm now in sunny San Diego with Ev for a small vacay. Right now, I'm writing from the dining room of our cute bed & breakfast on Coronado Island. I'm looking forward to some beautiful beaches, the zoo, Sea World, and neat desert hiking!

Thursday was my birthday. And, this is the outfit I chose to wear! I've been in love with Marimekko for a long time. I grew up looking at my parents' huge (wall-sized) Kaivo hanging since before I was born. And, I've fallen in love with their beautiful textile prints. So you can imagine how thrilled I am by their dresses with Anthropologie.
I stalked Anthropologie's Gulls of Gamma dress for a while on Ebay. The graphic print and bold colors were so appealing! I finally won one at a happy price point.

I've found the measurements on Marimekko clothing to run a tad small (or perhaps it's just TTS given the crazy vanity sizing I typically encounter). This dress is a sz 0 and with my wide rib-cage and broad shoulders, it is a bit too small in the bust for me. Definitely, a no-bra possibility kind of dress for me. Luckily, I'm fairly boobless so it just barely fits (ok so maybe it was hard to breathe...)

I sent a preview picture from this post to my BFF, and she told me that it "looked like I'm wearing art!" That's what I love about many of the Marimekko pieces; they feel so incredibly special. Their prints are so graphic and visually interesting, I feel like I could look at them for ages.
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Here's a rather poorly done cinemagraph. I didn't have a good piece of footage for looping this time. Live and learn. Ok, I admit, part of the reason I love cinemagraphs is because they remind me of those moving pictures from Harry Potter. Somehow, cinemagraphs are partially magical when they're done right. I just gotta practice!

On a completely separate topic, I wanted to show y'all my new lunch bag. (I know, I'm totally weird). Happily, it went so well with this dress I decided to throw it in a pic. This bag is one of my birthday gifts from my dear friends, and I love love love it! I knew I needed a lunch bag, because I had been toting my lunch around in ugly plastic film grocery bags (out of convenience).

If you are looking for a lunch sack accessory, the Originals Good Lunch Sack in Blissful Blue is a BEAUTIFUL option.

First off, I love the color. It's called blue, but it definitely straddles that lovely turquoise/mint green shade that I've been enjoying all Spring and Summer. Second, the simplicity of the design makes me really happy. The lunch sack comes in a so-very-soft cotton canvas. It's got a padded handle that's a pleasure to hold. The inside is insulated and water-proof, perfect for keeping your lunch properly cool (very helpful for avoiding an overcrowded work fridge). Since the outside of the bag is padded and covered in the soft canvas, there is no annoying crunchiness/crinkling noises when it hits your sides as you walk. It's also a great size. It comfortably fits one of my 5"x7" ice packs in the bottom, my packed lunch containers, snack, and a drink. Anyway, just thought I'd throw in my two cents about this lunch sack in case any of y'all are looking for one. I also eyeballed those insulated lunch purses, but I honestly thought the design of this was prettier than those :)

OOTD Specs
Gulls of Gamma Dress by Marimekko for Anthropologie sz 0 - runs small - ($36)
Anthropologie Caulerpa necklace ($10)
Toms Shoes blue/white wedges (thrifted $6)


Jane Squared said...

1) you really do look like you're wearing art!
2) you thrifted your wedges? correct me if i'm wrong, but aren't toms wedges fairly new? anyway, nice deal!
3) haha I love that you're a fellow HP fan. As you can see, I take HP pretty seriously. :D

Lori said...

@Jane IKR? I actually found them at Goodwill last summer, in what looked to be new condition. I was really surprised, but certainly wasn't gonna look a gift horse in the mouth :D p.s. <3 HP!!!

thatdamngreendress said...

Happy birthday- I love the dress, it suits you beautifully.
In my blog reader your awesome animated photo came up instead of just a thumbnail, I thought I was going crazy! So cool!

Becky said...

Love the colours and the pattern on your dress!
You look gorgeous :)

Anjali said...

Happy belated birthday Lori! You look very lovely in this dress! (I have it too, but you are right, it runs so small! I can't ever wear mine. But it looks gorgeous on you, so I'll content myself to live vicariously :))

Lisa - respect the shoes said...

How did I miss this?! Happy belated birthday and that is one spectacular dress on you!

kimmie said...

Haha, I'm totally the type to get excited about lunch bags too. I just throw mine into a plastic bag and stuff it into my laptop bag. On more than one occasion, the lunch has leaked or the over-ripe fruit explodes all over EVERYTHING. :(

I love this dress, so many colors and so pretty! hope you had a good birthday!

Hayley said...

Gorgeous dress! I am new to your blog and I love the little animations. I usually do it when I am trying to act like a model and fall or something caught on camera. haha! Great blog!


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