Sunday, 11 December 2011

Grey Day






The current colour du jour for the weather is a rather classic charcoal grey, with cloud banks adding some eye-catching texture to the flat light.
Basically, it’s miserable.
Overblown descriptions aside, the three simplest adjectives are: cold, wet and horrid.
My home for the day is a large red armchair next to the well-stocked fire. If I’m extra-chilly I can swing my legs over the grille to warm my toes like some 19th century fictional character. However, today I resemble a mad professor in a lime green cardigan - the hours have been spent scattering our carpet with history timelines, revision notes and piles of books. I have only retreated from my warm lair to make cups of tea, eat meals and fetch further materials. Oh, and I managed to snatch a brisk stroll across the fields at twilight.
Nevertheless, the small slivers of daylight seen today reminded me of icicles – such a novelty that it felt justifiable to reach out and grab at them (or rather, hurriedly put on wellies and dash outside in the hope of fresh air). Yet the minute such effort was made, the light melted and disappeared behind another layer of rain. These last few weeks of the year feel ripe for hibernation – a fortnight of unbroken sleep would improve my mood no end. At the very least things should be restricted to only the most gentle of activities: drawn out games of scrabble perhaps, or some light baking and heavy reading. A further week of college and commuting must be waded through first.

So, how to conquer the grey feelings that all too often accompany the grey daylight? I like to think of it in terms of inverse proportion – the duller the day, the brighter the clothes. And this vintage Betty Barclay jumper, reminiscent of the famous YSL ‘Mondrian’ dress, is the brightest of them all. The black velvet shorts were customised from a pair of rather nasty jogging bottoms. I wore a variation on the pictured outfit to college recently, replacing the high heeled Mary-Janes (a gift) with long black boots and adding an M&S reversible black cape for warmth. A friend told me that I resembled a French art lover – surely the best possible response? When the jumper was donned again for the photos at the seaside last weekend, the day was not so much morose as downright temperamental. The wind was bitterness personified – colder than Scrooge. My brother sat miserably on a rock while my dad attempted to shield the camera lens from rain drops and sea spray. Finally, we admitted defeat, zipped up our rain coats and trudged back. Unsurprisingly, we were the only people on the beach.

Yet, alongside the opportunities for bright clothes-wearing, there are other advantages to this weather. Lucy wouldn’t have found her Narnia without a grey day to while away. Similarly, no childhood classic is complete without a rainy afternoon providing the opportunity for hide and seek. Ideally, said story should also include a grand house big enough to run amok in and well-stocked dressing up box. Now there is something I can lay claim to -  my wardrobe (ie an extended dressing up box) is never knowingly under-stocked. And the clothes within it are useful tools for combatting seasonal melancholia in the dark evenings. Plus, if all else fails, then there are always pink silk pyjamas to fall back on.

What brightens up a dull day for you? Suggestions, memories and well-tested methods are all appreciated. 

54 comments:

AVY said...

Magnificent. I like to read or listen to my favorite sad songs when I'm down.

/ Avy
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Shervin's World said...

loving the first picture! the outfit/photo/everything is amazing!

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Rosa Fay said...

Wow! I did not expect something as colourful as this! (Must be getting used to the greyness of the weather). Really, really beautiful. You just brighten up that dull day!

Love those second and third shots. That jumper is fantastic!

Hmm... dull weather? Laughing with the family and being snuggled under a big, warm blanket.

adrielleroyale said...

I love these shots - I think they are some new favorites! :) The weather here is miserable too...but that's just because it's winter, and I hate winter lol. Anyway, you look beautiful and I love the outfit, especially with the way it brightens up the scenery!

Closet Fashionista said...

LOVE that sweater! We've had quite a lot of icky days here lately too so
I try to dress brighter to make me happier. :)
But I agree, sometimes rainy days are awesome if you have nowhere to go. I would totally explore a mansion and hope to find Narnia :)
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the nyanzi report said...

Fantastic views and beautiful writing. That Mondrain is a classic.

Aliya said...

Your jumper is epic! I also love the way you write! Its so refreshing to be able to read something instead of just flipping through pictures. Your blog is one of my favourites for sure!

xx Aliya
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Amelia Grace said...

Beautiful post and lovely pictures. I especially like the black and white one.
When I am bored I like paint, even though I'm not very good, and just see what happens. I also love to read, make little crafts like yarn dolls, and sometimes just stare out the window with my headphones in.
I hope sunny weather finds you soon. :)

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AvaPilar said...

A pot of tea, a fire, and a good book is my ideal place to be. I must say that a miserable day to me is any horribly hot day. I love the rain and snow, though after a few weeks it does begin to feel awfully dreary. When i was little building forts out of sheets and umbrellas was my usual indoor adventure on cold days.

Fashionisaparty.com (Suz) said...

that sweater's amazing!

daisychain said...

My mother used to have a jumper just like that,
I love it and you of course, wear it so well x

Kate said...

Beautiful post, I adore your jumper! Last year I made a waistcoat inspired by the Mondrian dresses!

When it rains I love sitting in a comfy armchair wrapped up warm with a good book listening to the sound of the pounding rain- I find it really calming.

I also love painting or getting a family member to sit still while I draw them, and this is always much easier when the weather is horrible outside. I've also recently taken up knitting which seems to while away the hours!

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bollykecks said...

Roz this is brilliant!! I especially love the 4th shot.. so beautiful!!

Mary said...

THE FIRST PIC IS SO BEAUTIFUL ;)


SUCH A GREAT LEGS ;)


MUCH LOVE FROM ITALY
Maria Onorio
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Autumn said...

Beautiful words and photos. When its a dull day do something crazy, eat ice cream with a knife and fork, watch movies in a foreign language with subtitles on, think crazy and you will find crazy fun!
~
Autumn

isa telaraña said...

I like very much the contrast in this photos. Why people use to wear grey clothes in grey days? I prefer this proposal.

For those days I prefer to "play" with the chimeny...

Irina Lakicevic said...

awsome, as always!

Natalie Suarez said...

amazing!! you look so beautiful!! xx

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Vix said...

You're like a living breathing Rubik's Cube, that jumper is a glorious splash of colour against the grey landscape.
I hate the drabness of winter and enjoy the challenge in dressing in bright colours and remaining cheerful when surrounded by pinched faces shrouded in grey and black. I have a pile of Bollywood films to watch and a stack of books set in exotic locations to transport me somewhere fabulous. x

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Your Mondrian outfit is a striking antidote to endless grey. It has been the same here. Drizzle and grey. Grey and drizzle. So much so that I've been outfitting myself in charcoal greys ... I need to snap out of it!

That said, Scrabble by the fireside sounds divine! My grey weekend was mostly spent wrapping Christmas presents or addressing Christmas cards while listening to carols or playing Nutcracker videos. xxxx

soccer boy said...

the last photo is really amazing!

Polka Princess said...

Aaah! I love anything remotely "Mondrian"....& your jumper is no exception! <3

Also, the 1st (and last) pose has boldness & power oozing out of it......so much in contrast to your dainty features & dreamy looks, I feel.....

Pearl Westwood said...

Oh look at that choppy sea, I am always fascinated by the sea. This is the first chance I have had a few hours to catch up with blogs, I can't believe how much I have missed but it is a nice treat to greedily devour a nice chunk of posts all at once. What I really like to do on a rainy day is go through my stack of magazines rip out interesting articles to keep and images to scrap book, I haven't had time to do that in ages. So long that my bed I am sure is being held up by magazines alone, I dread to think how many have been stuffed under there. But with this weather I am sure to have many rainy days to get though them all!

Flis said...

I love love love your sweater! It can be all too easy to wear head-to-toe grey - especially in autumn/winter - so I always like bright colours around this time of year.

As for brightening up days, I find nothing works more than a good, old laugh.

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FROM THE "REZ" TO THE "CITY" said...

That color block sweater is to die for! I love it! Kiah

Lydia said...

You did a fantastic job of punching up that gray day! Lately all my days have been gray because allergies are ruining my life, but I've found solace in getting ready for Christmas, hanging lights, and wrapping presents!

Yen said...

Oh yes, when I saw the jumper, what stroke me at the first impression was a recall of Yves Saint Laurent. Coincidentally, I just watched this collection of his yesterday so seeing this beautiful composition of shades is like a perfect gripping to what I visualized in minds yesterday.

I love rummaging through past collections for a change sometimes. It is indeed a leisure that anyone should partake without the slightest hesitation (despite the fear of endless indulgence). Why, I did warn you.

Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Coco Chanel, Yohji Yamamoto, and ...youtube. A perfect vacation for the eyes, I dare say. Plus, the Valentino virtual museum has just opened, and I remember staying up until 2 in the morning wandering through it. How I wish my exams were over already!

Fashion Tales.... said...

I love to listen to the raindrops and reading by the my fireplace gazing at my fresh flowers, which are usually in a happy colour.. I should be using one of these rainy days to catch up on my drawing actually.

This ensemble is such a burst of colour, and a fun way to brighten any gloomy day.

sacramento said...

My beautiful Rosalid, your writing goes straight to my heart, and you pics are getting more beautiful in every post.
I am glad to see that you don´t forget the scissors.
How many did you get in the end???
Mil besos, corazón
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Zorian said...

I love the jumper. The primary colors are sure to brighten your day. Tell your dad the photos are wonderful.
When it is stormy, gloomy and dismal I tend to go to the beach because there is no one there. I enjoy watching Neptune at work, when he is upset.

SymbioticLife said...

While looking at the photos all I could think is how much you resemble a piece of Art. I totally get what your friend meant. It's beautiful and bright and lovely in all the grey. We all need that during these awful streaks of weather. I do a similar thing to try and brighten up my grey days. Bright orange sweaters or neon pink, even bright magenta tights. Right now, I listen to the same albums my grandmother used to play during this time of year. I love those memories during the holidays. Hopefully, I'm creating something just as great for my kids.

Stephanie Hoff Clayton said...

See, I like dull grey days - if they're not wet- perhaps because they're so rare (for me).
But I understand it can be too much, depending on one's general climate.
A bit of color, or a lot, is striking on you! I like this Mondrian-inspired sweater.
xo

MarieAntoinette said...

Great sweater and wow, you're so pretty!!

Emily said...

This is quite possibly the best sweater ever to wear on a gray day. I am super jealous. It's gorgeous, and such fun! Those Mary Janes and over-the-knee socks are perfection. The setting for these pictures is amazing - it looks so dreary in contrast to your outfit! And that's precisely why I love it Your writing is exquisite yet again!

xoxo
Emily
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June Paski said...

I really love ur sweater!

xxx
June

100%soie said...

you always have really beautiful picture !!! the first one is stunning and these colours fit you perfectly !!! nice makeup, you are lovely !!!

the Citizen Rosebud said...

Seriously, visiting this blog brightens up my day. It is just getting dull and rainy here in my part of California (we've pretty much endured an extended summer of sun) and the grey outside made me wish for something sparkly. And I thought of you and how your UK would have been throwing down the gloom all season, and have have you got to beat it?

Well seeing these pictures, I know I shouldn't have worried, I love the bright primary colors, the Mondrian fashion shout out, and the transformed jogger pants bloom into a pair of chic velvet short shorts. Well done. A day brightener. xo -Bella Q
the Citizen Rosebud

San said...

Great post as always.

Today seems to be the day to learn new english words, first "nippy" and now "morose".

Yeah, it's got nippy here in Leipzig too, so to brighten up days with morose weather I resort to: tea, reading Terry Pratchett (I'm currently trying to find new authors, because I've outgrown so many of my once favourites, but I'm always drawing blanks. *sigh* So Terry and I are stuck for the time being.), Harry Potter Movies 1 and 2 (the others are waaaayyyy to cold), and "Doctor Who" and "Chuck" (getting Series 2 for Christmas can't wait).

Fashionistable said...

Great location for this styling. Love the graphic Mondrian feel. You have just brightened a dull day for me. Xxxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

You are a bolt of colour against what I think is quite a beautiful setting ... but that's probably because you're in the pics:)). I can picture you toasting your tootsies in front of the fire, surrounded by tea, toast and books. xoxoxox

The life after said...

This dress is so nice! Love it!

The Life After

Clara Turbay said...

Cool and chic at the same time how you did it!
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Ireland Casswell-Clarkson said...

Amazing post, I love the photos.
They some how with you're words perfectly.
And to brighten a dull day?
Well that's simple pump up my happy music and dance until I'm out of breath.

Joy said...

fab mondrian sweater! awesome!!!

Izzy/Bella said...

First: these photos of you are truly stunning in such a timeless way. You have such a passionate intensity to your expression. You convey an inner and outer beauty so easily.

Second: as for brightening up the day suggestions...

It gets dark very, very early in New York. I think we're on the same latitude as England? Last night we went to this little old cathedral in Little Italy and watched a performance of the Jeune Virtuouses de New York playing a selection from the Nutcracker and some Mendelsson (didn't know I loved him, but now I do!) and Dvorak (not as big a hit with me.) There were bright lights strung up everywhere, the smell of pine needles in the air...I LOVE this time of year. I don't mind the darknesss. It makes the lights shine brighter! And the Christmas music... and Hannukah as well. Are all these crazy decorations and preparations big in England as well? I hate the commercialism of the season but I love the holidays themselves...
xx
Izzy
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hiPop said...

Wow, that sweater is just wow!

I'm so glad that I've stumbled upon your blog...definitely following you!

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Justalazymorning said...

what a beautiful pic and great location!
xoxo

Matilda said...

Gorgeous contrasts in these photo 'ere, honey. I also love the way you write, very individual and not all of it is fashion revolved, which makes it all the more intriguing ;) .

Oh, and I am not too sure what brightens up my day to be honest with you, probably listening to the fabulous Adele or You Me At Six and looking at my Christmas tree... Ummhumm, not to forget the odd mince pie. Haha.

Happy Christmas.

Matilda. x

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Ayya McFire said...

Lovely photography, absolutely in love with your outfit especially the colour-popping jumper.
You must be attracting a crowd wearing that colourful jumper on a grey day!

On one of those dull days I like to lounge in my bed with a cup of hot cocoa and reminiscent by reading my old diaries or 'memory books' my friends wrote for me before I left my hometown. It'd make the melancholy moment even more perfect if there were raindrops on the windowsill.

Crystal Lee said...

loving this brightly colored sweater! your photos remind me of an 80s fashion editorial. and the black velvet shorts are a nice touch.

Mei-li said...

aaaaa your jumper is so cool !! love it the color looks so well with the background such a good contrast

Zouk Penne said...

Love the outfit! So colourful!

B. said...

This is wonderful! You really suit the outfit! B.x
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rizzalana said...

This is so mod, i love it!