Personal Style

2010 Style Outlook: Bohemian Botticelli Bodhisattva Ballerina

10 March, 2010

One of my goals in 2010 is to have a cohesive style in digital and graphic arts, fashion, traditional fine arts, interior design and personality. My inspiration comes from a few major ideas, with a few minor details thrown in.

The major themes of the year have come from the B-words I’ve listed above:

BOHEMIAN: (b-hmn) n. (from the French, bohémien, from Bohême, Bohemia, from the unconventional lifestyle of Gypsies, erroneously supposed to have come from there) a person with artistic or literary interests, who disregards conventional standards of behavior; a vagabond, wanderer or gypsy.

BOTTICELLI: (given name: Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi) Sandro Bottecelli was a famous Italian painter in the Early Renaissance (Quattrocento or 1400s). Bottecelli is most famous for his paintings The Birth of Venus, thePrimavera, and other works, which depict the the female human figure with substantial curves. His paintings are known for their serene compositions, refined elegance, and spirituality.

BODHISATTVA: (bō′di sut′və) n. (from the Sanskrit, बोधिसत्त्व, or bodhisattva, one whose essence is enlightenment, from bodhi enlightenment + sattva being) a being that compassionately refrains from entering nirvana in order to save others and is worshipped as a deity in Mahayana Buddhism, a person who has achieved great moral and spiritual wisdom and is a potential Buddha, esp. such a person who rejects nirvana in order to assist suffering mankind.

BALLERINA: (bl-rnn. (from the Italian, ballare, to dance) a female ballet dancer.

photos: anthropologietammy manet.

Trademarks: semi-precious stones (amber, moonstone, and turquoise are particular favorites); shells, feathers, leather, natural fibers and materials such as cotton, wool, and silk; a cross section of nature and technology, bright colors and cultural exchanges.

Keywords: shape, volume, texture, purpose, comfort.

Signature Colors: anything in neutral and natural shades of grey, brown, and beige; any shade of purple; raspberry; peacock blue; kelly green; mustard yellow.

you are beautiful

image from squaregirl.

What would you wear if you were going to visit this place? I think I would wear a long, flowing skirt and lace-embellished camisole underneath a hand-knitted giant wrap sweater and flat-footed large-tread boots so I could walk the ups-and-downs of the rocks. I’d bring a huge flannel blanket so I could sit on top of one with a large travel mug full of my favorite tea and watch the waves break against the shoreline. Perfect!

Things that make this girl’s heart go pitter-pat: a sense of whimsy, magic, simple luxury, alchemy, repurposing items and using old things in new ways; high-waisted pencil skirts,  hats – particularly cigarette-style,  smoking jackets,  bustles;  colored tights and patterned nylons,  ballet sweaters and wrap skirts or tutus with skinny black jeans and combat boots; a mixed-up Alice in Wonderland topsy-turvy style to wear through the looking glass; backwards compliments and obscure and eclectic gifts; things that shouldn’t sparkle but do; things that should sparkle and don’t; arsenic and old lace; cherubs and imps; Disney’s Fantasia; fancy coffee drinks; wildflowers, sage and lavender, balsam; natural and organic food, clothing, and beauty products; Kombucha with fruit juice; lilacs, lilies, and peonies; feather headdresses; fresh fruit and picnic baskets; Italian sodas; elegant pocket watches; antique fairy tale books…


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  • Reply atlimboNo Gravatar 10 March, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    My personal style is a bit strange, I’ll admit… it’s sort of an amalgam of all my life choices – grungy band t’s, hipster leggings, short spiky hair, no make-up VS pearls, suits, stilletos, sharp lines, black and white.

    I find that this year I’ve embraced my own looks as my style – my boyish haircut, my tiny size. Everything I’m wearing or into is slightly boyish and funky but very small – tiny over coats, short skirts for outside the office, ballet flats, leg warmers instead of full tights 🙂

    • Reply SaraKateNo Gravatar 10 March, 2010 at 7:17 pm

      I think I’m finally starting to merge the many styles I love into one cohesive image. It’s taken forever to do so, but it’s something I’m working at. As an artist, a writer, and just as a person, I want to be able to look at something and say it’s distinctly “me”. In beginning to do that, I’m figuring out both who I am inside and how I can present that to the world.

      I may even wear grungy band t’s and pearls in the same outfit 😉

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