TRAVELING THE WORLD AND THRU TIME
Today we visited the beautiful John and Mabel Ringling Museum, House, and Gardens. And it was a fantastic experience.
But the austentatious mansion got me thinking... Why was it so important to the Ringling family to build this giant house just to cram down the public’s throat how rich and successful they are? Why do so many people still do this today, 100 years later? I don’t quite know why, but this mindset and lifestyle has always made me very uncomfortable.
I’m unquestionably the cheapest person around. As soon as I found this dress, I immediately fell in love with it. But I really had to talk myself into buying it because it was $4.50. I always feel bad about buying things for myself that I know i don’t need—even if they cost less than five dollars.
We can easily make the argument that fashion itself is a performance for other people. I wear what I do because I want it make an impression on everyone I come into contact with in the same way someone who lives in a luxurious mansion wants to make an impression on everyone in their social circle and city. We all perform for others in our own ways, and that’s just humanity.
Carrying this $1200 purse is definitely a performance, and most people who see it on my arm certainly don’t know that I happened upon it at goodwill two years ago for $12.50. Only I know that, and that’s the only reason I can be okay with myself for carrying it.
Wealth is a complicated concept—and that really became apparent to me at the Ringling Mansion today. Ideally, I’d like to get to a place in my life where I can buy myself things at a reasonable price every once in a while without feeling insanely guilty. But i’d also like to see a world where people whose ancestors made a few smart investment decisions a hundred years ago start to realize that they aren’t more deserving of that money or the lifestyle it provides than any other person in a different financial situation. We are all humans living on one planet. those of us with financial resources and the privileges they bring have a responsibility to use them to better the lives of those without. I’m glad my life experiences have come together in a way to make me realize this—because it has become the fundamental guiding principle of my life.
Another one of my favorite stops in Sarasota was Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Everywhere I travel, I always prioritize visiting a botanical garden. It’s important to become aware of the flora of your area so you become more perceptive and appreciative of it in the wild or in suburbia.
This garden was beautiful because it was right on the water in the perfect tropical paradise. There were so many types of orchids, funky ferns, and palms I’d never even seen before.
It was the perfect inaugural event for the new beloved orange dress.
Dress: Thrifted (Hollister. Yes, this is the best thing that came out of 2011, don't even try to tell me you don't agree........)
Shoes: Urban Outfitters
Purse: Thrifted LV
I'm not going to show the pretty pictures of the scenery.
I'm going to show the pictures ruined by other people because that more adequately describes my experience at Yellowstone.
I read A Sand County Almanac. It moved me.
Aldo Leopold said,
“All the conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish wildness we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wildness left to cherish.”
DO YOU SEE WHAT HE MEANS
Get me out of here.
What makes a garment work? Is it the color? The fabric? The shape? The texture? Maybe it's a combination of the elements. This romper's crisp, double-breasted top is reminiscent of the businesslike, structured nature of menswear, while the modest yet flattering shorts keep it feminine. Not only do the juxtapositions of professional and casual, masculine and feminine, combine to create a great garment, but the juxtaposition of modern styling and a vintage base also combine to perfect this little black piece.
The magic of a vintage garment like this one is that its age gives it the ability to connect with each of its wearers on a different level. This piece may remind you of an old photograph of your eclectic aunt, while it transports me to a scene in my favorite movie. Each wearer can interpret this garment in her own way. I'm so glad that i have the privilege of speculating how the previous owners of this romper worked the juxtapositions of masculine and feminine, businesslike and casual into their personal styles. I'm always in favor of art that transports my mind to the stylish decades of the past, especially the 1970s. That's why I love vintage fashion.
To see more interpretations of vintage clothing, check out these blogs.
High End Hippie
Thank you to Gladiola Girls for sponsoring this post. Thank you to my uncle for taking these photos in the Charleston heat.
"Yeah hold on, I forgot to put in the crystals,"
If you got my Napolean Dynamite reference to the attempted time travel scene, you rock.
Most people complain about the ugliness of Leyburn. But I love Leyburn. Until I discovered the first floor, I had never found a place that makes me feel transported into another decade. It's a pretty special feeling. The vibrant colors of the books and the warm tones of the lighting.....ahhhh it's so great! I believe that it's key to find beauty in the unexpected.
Blazer: Some garage sale ($3)
Jorts: Hacked these babies off from some thrifted jeans. And don't try to tell me ohhhhh only you can pull that off Elspeth because I have faith that you can make yourself your favorite pair of cut off jorts for $3 if you set your mind to it.
Earrings: H & M
THANK YOU DARCY OLMSTEAD FOR TAKING THESE PHOTOS.
~Peace Out Babes~
Amanda Willis (@bolivianspice) takes us through Greece as a guest writer for The Elspeth Influence.
My trip to Greece was soooo much fun. It was my first time traveling alone and I got to travel with my boyfriend, Sam. We saved up our money to go, so it was more meaningful.
We started in Athens for three days. The first day we hiked up to the Parthenon. The path up there is not for the weak. It's a hike!!!!! I realized how out of shape I was. The view is worth it.
The second day we went on a tour to Delphi. It's a temple about an hour from Athens. It was nice to see the countryside outside of the city.
Athens was insane because the whole area around the Parthenon is surrounded by vendors and cafes. We walked around there at night since it was so hot when the sun was out.
We spent a week in Santorini where we stayed in the village of Oia. That week was enough to really do everything on the island.
We started off with an official tour around the island to get acquainted with the area.
We also rented a car and got to drive around and really do what we wanted. That was my favorite part. We got to do a lot of beaching around!
The last day we did a catamaran tour of the island and watched the sunset from the water.
If YOU went on a cool trip, or have something else suuuuper awesome to blog about, hit me up! Contact The Elspeth Influence here.
1. Lake Abiquiu
Photos cannot capture the beauty of Lake Abiquiu. Georgia O'Keeffe lived about 15 minutes from here, and she used this lake as the backdrop for some of her paintings.
(You'll see that same mesa in the background of the next picture.)
(How cool is that ???)
Aside from being the perfect spot for an aspiring artist, Abiquiu is the ideal location for some sunbathing and a picnic with your pup.
2. Go for a Hike
I'm always all about staying active while on vacation. If I don't, I will feel like a couch. Hiking is really great because you get to explore the scenery in your area and see great views. Not to mention, you'll work up a killlller appetite for that restaurant lunch you're about to eat.
How 2 dress stylishly for a hike:
These little numbers are light and suuuuper easy to move around in. Trust me, they are so so comfortable. You can find an entire rack of them for around $7 each at your local Plato's Closet.
3. Canyon Rd.
This is THE ART SPOT of Santa Fe. You MUST come here and admire all the southwestern and contemporary art they have, even if you're not planning on purchasing a $25,000 statue....
A mini gallery of some of my favorites
4. Visit Madrid
Madrid's a fun, eclectic community that makes for a perfect lunch and fun afternoon outing with plenty of stellar shops and photo-ops.
5. Visit a Book Store
I love visiting book stores on vacation because I enjoy skimming through style-guide books and cookbooks and architecture books. Basically if a book smells good, has pretty pictures, and isn't too heavy for me to hold and read for a while, I'll be content. Read about my goal of writing a book here.
6. Go for a drive
Like hiking and visiting bookstores, I like to go for drives in each of my travel destinations. The pleasure centers in my brain light up when I get to sit there and look out the window and have the occasional jam session. I promise that you'll dig it, too.
That's a wrap for Santa Fe. Comment down below with some of your favorite Santa Fe attractions or travel tips!