“Lost… in the woods somewhere”

Don’t worry, I’m not actually lost in the woods.  Rather, this is a lovely field near my work that has somehow managed to escape development.  I’m still not sure how, because it seems that every bare piece of land in Florida is quickly turned into the next suburban development or strip mall.  This type of background is what I think of when I think of how Florida really looks.  Everyone tends to focus on the beaches, but the majority of Florida looks a lot like this.  Oak trees, grassy fields, Spanish moss.  All this location needs is a few palmetto bushes, a little swamp, and a citrus grove and it would be perfectly quintessential Florida!

I grew up in a relatively rural town in Florida.  There were lots of cow pastures and citrus groves, and I used to go exploring in the woods behind my house.  Those woods are still there, but a lot of the cow pastures and citrus groves have become subdivisions.  It’s kind of sad; everyone wants to move to rural areas to get away from the crowds, but they just end up destroying the very thing that they were seeking.

I felt like my outfit had a warm, prairie feel to it, so this background really suited my mood.  I wasn’t crazy at first about having so many warm tones with the boots and the cardigan together, so I added blue accessories in the belt, necklace and bracelet to cool things down a bit.

Dress: Express
Cami (under dress): Old Navy
Cardigan: J Crew (Ebay)
Leggings: Target
Boots: Dansko Nena (Ebay)
Belt: Vintage
Purse: Morelle City Bag
Necklace: Chocolate Cake Jewels
Bangle: Thrifted?
Earrings: Modern Bird

Quote: Where’s My Teddy? And Other Stories By Jez Alborough

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About Diana

Style maven, knitter, crafter, seamstress, one who does not walk the beaten path.
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18 Responses to “Lost… in the woods somewhere”

  1. Those photos are lovely, and I love the details in this outfit! I’m glad that little plot has escaped becoming a strip mall.

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  2. Franca says:

    Lovely outfit and setting!

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  3. Sally says:

    The yellow against the polka dots gives this ensemble such a fun shot of retro flair.

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  4. Kate says:

    Love this outfit! Thank you for pointing out about balancing the cool and warm tones – that’s something I should be on the lookout for, I guess 🙂

    And I think I like your version of Florida much more than the stereotypical image of the state 🙂

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  5. Becky says:

    This is SUCH a great outfit! I love all the visual interest w/the polkadots and the bright colors, as well as your beautiful setting for photos!

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  6. I like how you picked the warm and the cool – that was a great idea. That necklace is so pretty too! I’m going to have to check out that shop.

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  7. Nadine says:

    Cute look… I love the color of your cardigan.

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  8. Amy says:

    Beautiful outfit! Your use of color here is wonderful.

    xoxo

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  9. goldenmeans says:

    So pretty! I love the backdrop, and as usual, your color combination is just perfect.

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  10. Gorgeous, darling!
    Love this dress on you!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  11. Goober says:

    Cute dress and I love the setting.

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  12. Mallory says:

    i love your boots! i’ve been looking for a pair in that shade of brown.

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  13. Kristin says:

    Love the polka dots! Where do you live now lady? I’m in Carrollwood. : )

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  14. second skin says:

    I LOVE this color combo! the dots and mustard are so perfect! I had no Idea what Florida Actually looked like! I think I only know what movies show me! Thanks for the new perspective!

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  15. The spots look lovely with the mustard cardi – very cute! 🙂
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    xx

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  16. katrina says:

    your hair looks different in these photos. whatever you did, i really like it.

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