Owled Over

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Dress: Kayemkay

Cardigan: Gorman

Tights: Big W

Boots: Miz Mooz

Belt: Asos

We had good weather over the weekend. Lovely weather, in fact. Warm enough to do a load of washing and put it out on the line, so that’s what I did on Saturday.

Apart from my short stint in a share house last year I haven’t had a washing line since I left home; everywhere I’ve lived I’ve either used laundromats or a dryer. While it’s convenient to be able to dry things quickly despite the weather it’s HELL on your clothes, bad for the environment and I have to admit that I bizarrely missed the routine of hanging the washing out (not so much the mad dash to get it back OFF the line when you realise it’s started to rain).

The apartment building I live in now has a shared backyard with lots of half-wild plants, a saucy sculpture garden, and a big old washing line. Suki and I go out together (officially she’s an indoor cat, but she’s too adventurous to be content with the four walls of our apartment) and I hang the washing on the line while she prowls the fence line for interesting smells.

I love these little routines: hanging the washing with Suki, dropping off a few biscuits from every batch to the lovely old guy who lives downstairs, grabbing a coffee every day on the way to work, and knowing that I don’t even have to tell them what I want because I’m a regular. I feel like after living in four different places last year I’ve put down some fledgling roots in my new home. It makes me happy.

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Owl brooch: Catrabbit

Also making me happy today is my favourite brooch from Melbourne-Craft-Goddess, CatRabbit. Her paired brooches are just so adorable, and work brilliantly as sweater clips and collar clips as well.

23 thoughts on “Owled Over

  1. That smile is so meaningful! So glad to see it’s coming back. You’re rocking those blue/greys. I often overlook that colour group because I am scared it will make me look pallid, but you do it so well I feel an urge to change my ways. Still love your work after all these years.

  2. I am so happy to see someone else rocking grey! It is such a versatile and flattering color. I am having a down day but seeing you smile again just makes my day!

  3. Awww, Suki. Little hunter that she is…always looking for the interesting smells. I love her!

    I think I’m going to have to try that side braid. Did you just braid it regularly, and throw it over your shoulder? Or did you braid it sideways?

  4. My daughter keeps asking if we can put a line outside (we have a drying rack & a line in the basement), and I think it’s become a weekend project plan for either this weekend or next! Nothing like using nature to help out. And the pattern mixing in the outfit is brilliant! A little sassy, yet simple. Love it!

  5. I think you can not smile whenever you damn well want to and for whatever reasons you have (and you certainly have some), but I’ll add to the chorus that is happy to see you smile in these photographs. I hope it means you’re feeling a little happier sometimes. Best wishes…

  6. There is a beauty in the simplest things of life. Contentment and peace that money can’t buy. Joy that has nothing to do with bright lights or chemicals in the bloodstream or transient relationships with empty, glittery people. Keep healing, my lovely.

  7. OOoooOoooooh! I never paid attention that your cat was called Suki! (I used to have a cat of the same name, such a precious fluffy gray fury) Did you know that in Japanese “suki” (pronounced “s’ki”) means “to like/to love”?

    Otherwise, we use to hang our clothes to dry inside the apartment using a flexible coating (?) that we otherwise store on the balcony. It pretty does the trick. 😉

  8. Lovely colours! And lovely to read that you’re settling in to your new home and have your domestic rhythms and rituals. There’s a special comfort and pleasure in having your own place and putting down roots in a neighbourhood ????

  9. Lili
    You have gorgeous skin. Love to know your routine/product/recs, please.

    Brighter colours and a sassier haircut would be marvellous on you!

    Cheers.
    Amy

  10. Love, love, love mixing patterns. Your grey floral and spots is just gorgeous! So glad to hear you sounding happy too – you deserve it 🙂

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