I can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a print as I am about the French Market Bella skirt designed by Hope Morrison for Pinup Girl Clothing! It has carrots, garlic, and fish on it!
Actually, this is about more than just the skirt, because I really wanted to recreate the whole look that Pinup Girl Clothing featured. So while I had a typical stack of Splendette duchess bangles and an Erstilder brooch, the necklace is also from PUG…it’s absolutely gorgeous!
I also paired it with a navy hat and belt from Pinup Girl:
I love a hat!
Here’s a few bonus pictures taken outside of the Soulard Market in St. Louis…it’s (possibly) the oldest market west of the Mississippi River, and located in a historically French neighborhood…it’s the perfect setting for the skirt, don’t you think?
My one disappointment with this outfit is that I couldn’t get the Chérie ribbon peasant top to work for me. I ordered it at the same time as the skirt, and while it was my usual PUG size, I couldn’t even get it on, and by the time my order arrived, it had sold out in the next size up, so I couldn’t try a replacement. My original vision for the look might not have come together, but I do think this Unique Vintage Frenchie top is a good stand-in, and I still love the overall look!
Last night, we went back to Origami After Hours at the Missouri Botanical Garden, but this time, we arrived later, so we could see the art as it really got dark out. These are my favorite pieces to see as the sun goes down, because they’re lit really well and in beautiful places:
I wish the garden was open for just 30 minutes to an hour longer during Origami After Hours, so you could see the sculptures as it gets even darker (a challenge in summer when the sunset is so late to be sure!), because I think they’d be even more stunning!
On Thursday and Friday evenings this summer, the Missouri Botanical Garden is hosting an Origami in the Garden “Origami After Hours” event, which includes the large-scale art installation plus live music on their patio as well as a bar.
Let’s start with my two favorite pictures from the event…I loved seeing the art in a different light!
In addition to seeing the pieces in a different light, I also got to photograph many of them from different angles. We got to look at every piece other than the two in the Climatron (I don’t think seeing them after the sun starts going down would be too terribly different since they’re indoors).
I love any excuse to visit the Garden in the evening, and when there’s a special art installation, it’s even more fun! Hopefully we’ll have a chance to go back, and stay as it gets darker, because there are colored lights focused on the pieces, and I’d love to see them lit up in the night!
I finally got a decent picture of the origami on the lake at the Missouri Botanical Garden!
On Friday, we had a rare evening visit to the Missouri Botanical Garden, which meant I got to see the Ottoman Garden in a different light…but it’s getting to the point where you almost can’t see the garden for the plants!
I’m kind of wondering if they’re going to turn the central fountain in the Ottoman Garden on at all this year…but I hope they do!
When Bunny and I visited the St. Louis Art Museum for the first time in almost two years last week, I sought out my favorite piece in their whole collection, a French sculpture of the Virgin and Child:
I also discovered a new favorite, this portrait of Eunice Dennie Burr (who was married to a cousin of the infamous Aaron Burr) by John Singleton Copley:
I love how there are pieces that I seek out like old friends, but also always something new to discover when we visit the museum!
Since we’ve stayed home for so much of the last 15 months, I haven’t had the chance to see many of the masked statues in and around St. Louis. I did finally catch a glimpse of King Louis IX in a St. Louis city flag mask when Bunny and I went to the Art Museum last week, though!