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Friday, November 5, 2010

Mixing it up in my Closet-Television Inspiration

This morning I watched and became obsessed with the show, Man Shops Globe on the Sundance channel. It chronicles Keith Johnson as he hunts the world for incredible, one of a kind home decor...can you say dream job?!? Anyway, one episode follows him through Turkey where he finds a textile designer/seamstress who creates, by mixing and matching antique rugs and other textured fabrics, the most beautiful pillows for him...

(Photo from www.sundancechannel.com)
The results were incredible!!! It also had me wanting to do a little mixing and matching myself. So after a little digging, I unearthed 2 pieces I rarely wear out of my closet. The first was a dress with the most lovely sort of leafy Greek pattern in silver and black...

I actually love this dress but worn by itself, it really comes across as more of a party dress due to the shine of the fabric and slight bubble hem. The second item was a top that someone once had called a "popcorn" shirt because of the texture...

I have never worn this shirt! It too has a shiny sheen and I have never been successful in pairing it with anything. In fact, I have probably put it in and pulled it out of the Goodwill pile at least three times!

But with the dress (as a skirt,) it pulled off the textural, eclectic look that I had been going for. The suede of the boots toned down the shine and kept me warm. (It has finally been cool enough to pull them out.)

My look wasn't near as colorful as the amazing kilim rugs on the show, but the mix was certainly on par...minus the goat hair he was intent on using...although I did consider an ostrich feather necklace... (With an up do, it's still not out of the question.)
J.

24 comments:

AH said...

wow, that's one incredible outfit! i love the pattern on the dress, and it really made a fabulous skirt, especially when paired with that top and those boots!

Pearl Westwood said...

What a great show, wish we had it over here I would love a job like that! The outfit looks great, I remeber those popcorn t-shirts, they look really tiny all scrunched up someone bought me a mult colour one, no idea what ever happend to that!

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gleenn said...

wow! I love this look! Really! The skirt is very adorable and all the black in this outfit flaunted the print. perfect! :)

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Fé... said...

Wow! That look of yours is totally gorgeous! Seriously!!! The pattern, the texture, the classic black and white, the boot. Your rock girl!

rlutz said...

Love what you put together...that skirt is great and that skirt is really neat!

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

No kidding dear! That is a wonderful pairing! You look great and I love your shoes too! :)

Meream said...

The fabric addict in me is happy with this post! :)

Love love your look, too. Very chic.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Gah! I am seriously in love with this look, J; the textures are just phenomenal!! :)

Kristin said...

Love where you drew your influence from. What a gorgeous result!

{ I V Y } said...

love the top!

bravegrrl said...

i think it looks great!!! i love rediscovering things in my closet!

Nora said...

i love the texture of your shirt and the pattern on the skirt! nice combo!

Love,
NORA

TeenageDirtbag said...

wow! I really like how you mixed it up! Looks great :).

Vinda Sonata said...

you look great! i love it when someone mixes something simple with something else with great patterns. that's a very creative, inspiring post.

p.s. i've read your comment. thank you....:) you always give me genuine insights. i really appreciate it:)
have a nice day!

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

your outfit is so cool! the texture and the print work so well together GENIUS!

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lovely post and gorgeous outfit as usual!!

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Neekoh said...

The texture of the top really makes this outfit!

XXo,
Neekoh

TrophyBoutique said...

Hey lady! Nice to meet you yesterday-can't wait til the next clothing swap. Hope to see some pics of your new finds here soon!
xo
Laurel

kirstyb said...

love the skirt thanks for sharing xxx

ByeByeSoccerMom said...

Love your popcorn top especially styled with that dress.
wish i had that channel. would be definitely watching a show. love Turkish rugs and their colors. i have a little bag made out of Turkish rug. i need to wear it and share pics.
xx
maya

ByeByeSoccerMom said...

p.s.
I have bought the very same buttons from JoAnns you used on your Old Navy blazer. Please come visit and tell me what you think of my jacket....
thanks
xx
maya

Claire said...

wow, i love the texture on that black top.

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Louis Vuitton Handbags said...

wow!
i love the print, its wonderful...goes better with anything, specially black..the one that she is wearing.
*thumbs up*