Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cherry, Pick It Up...

Have you ever created an outfit based on a feeling? Sure, we all have. How about taking inspiration from a story or character? Oh I don't doubt we all have done that before! Hmm, what about using music as inspiration? Ever plan an outfit based on a song?

I never thought to until I opened this outfit on Christmas Eve. It was given to me by Cody's mother, Brenda, who I have formed quite a nice relationship with over the past 4 years (4 years - whaaaaat?). Clearly, she knows me well. While I had sent this red top to Cody on my wish list (which he cleverly shared with her), the cherry covered skirt was all Brenda. She said she couldn't resist and I can see why!

It kind of made me emotional inside to see such a thoughtful and personal gift in the giftbox. This is the first time I can truly say that I have formed a strong bond with a boyfriend's family. Sure, I was friendly with my exes' families and could hold a conversation with them and liked them all just fine, but I have never felt this comfortable in any of their houses or felt so close to any of my exes' mothers. Brenda and I get along so well, go shopping and spend time together on our own (lame, I know, but I never spent alone time with my exes' moms without the boyfriend present before) and we even text each other often. I genuinely feel like we have become friends in a way. It's so different and I love it! Thanks so much, B! ;)

The skirt and top are both from, you guessed it, LindyBop (would it be from anywhere else?) and are happily settling in with the rest of my wardrobe.

But back to my musical inspiration! When I opened this outfit and saw them together, I immediately started to sing a particular song in my head. It was "Pick Up the Phone" by Dragonette.

Ever hear of it? No? Here's a little lyric preview for you so you get where the cherry association comes from:

Come on, Cherry, Cherry, you're still very young
and we've only just started having fun.
I'm picking fruit and I choose you, you're so cool.
No need to save yourself for someone else to come.

So we went completely wild,
kicked over a city street light.
Saint Thomas was vandalized
and I'm sorry but I'm not surprised.

Pick up the phone, pick up the phone.
Congratulations, I'm having visions of us
breaking everything on our way out of town.

We're going places you never dreamed of...

To be honest, I only know this one song by this band (but I really need to check out more because a band with a chick lead singer? Yes please!). I received it as the "free song of the week" on iTunes back in the day - oh Lord, sometime in 2009?!

I am not sure if iTunes does this anymore, but they used to offer 2-3 songs for free every week and man, I ritually went and downloaded them every week. I loved it! I used to find so many really good songs that way! Most were just OK, but every once in awhile, I'd get a song that was just SO GOOD!

This was one of them! I have loved this song since I downloaded it and still leave it on when it comes on shuffle so I can sing along.

I guess it shouldn't surprise me that it popped into my head upon seeing this skirt. The cherries on this skirt are big, bold, and funky! Paired with my telephone brooch, the outfit is fun and sassy and, well, it sounds just like this song:


  1. Gorgeous!!! & you complete it with the perfect lip color! Thanks for the very nice post xo

  2. This skirt is adorable, I love the way you styled it :)



  3. You are basically perfection. Like seriously HOW GORGEOUS ARE YOU?! I love this outfit, and the song inspiration behind it! It really DOES look like that song sounds. I love that you have such a great relationship with your boyfriend's mom; I feel that way about my mother-in-law! She's really fantastic, and I feel so blessed to have in-laws that I genuinely like, haha!

    Also, I LOVE your new hair. It looks so good! I think I need to treat myself to a new haircut; the ends of my hair are getting all scraggly and I never do anything with my hair these days.

  4. You are such a model in these photos - way to rock it!

    Your boyfriend's mom has great taste, and she certainly understands your style! I really love the classic cherry pattern, and the top is adorable :)

  5. Love the outfit, and it's perfect on you. That's so cute that Cody's mom got you the outfit! :)

  6. That skirt is va-va-gorgeous!!! Would you believe it, despite having worn vintage for more than half my life, I don't actually have a red and black cherry print skirt or dress? My only cherry print dress (which is, if I may say so myself, crazy cute :)) is pink with red cherries. Seeing your great outfit here reminds me to try and add one to my closet this year.

    Big hugs & happy mid-January wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  7. Ahhh I love this outfit! You should always wear red!! Gosh what a nice colour it is on you!! And the skirt - gorgeous! I love the print, I love the pattern, the style. Just all of it!
    And I don't think I've said this before: But I love love love your new(ish) hair!!
    Much love,

  8. Where do I start!? First off - your boyfriends mom has GREAT taste - this looks fantastic on you! The cut on this top is so cute and you are killing this outfit! I wish I could form such a strong bond with my husbands mom, but she doesn't speak English...so until I learn Japanese I have hope! It seems like a really special thing to share, and you are very lucky!
    Also, I love that song so much, I saw Dragonette in concert maybe 3 years ago and she was so great, and this was totally my favourite hit, I really love the theme you have going with this outfit!