Rosey Blues

15.7.10

SMILE (Written by Charlie Chaplin; Performed by Nat King Cole)

Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You'll see the sun come shining through for you
(credit: lyricsmode.com)

There's something about sitting outside in an open space with fresh air and lots of greenery that makes me go ahhhhhhh......
I was outside yesterday just hanging out; simultaneously people watching. I noticed a lady walking by looked glum and immediately this song popped into my head. I was tempted to jump out of my chair and sing her the words. Then it dawned on me, although the lyrics say 'smile', the music is rather melancholy and could have the opposite effect. What am I to do when a stranger of a woman bursts into tears? Especially when I am the source? Or maybe she would look at me and say have me know she is not at all upset and that's just her "look". Unfortunately, this was not a movie set, and I am certainly no actress. We settled on taking some photos instead. By the way, this all happened in the span of 30 seconds. 


skirt: f21; bandeau top: American apparel; tank: primark; tote bag: mango; fedora: dad's; shoes:converse

Wearing a maxi dress as a skirt.I love the royal blue colour, so bright and vibrant. My mood said to go with an equally lively flower print tank. the fedora is just charming with the little feather details. It belongs to my dad but not for too much longer now.

What would you have done? Do you sometimes have song pop into your head or is it just me? Tell me quick so I can fix it.

Bisous,
Abs

86 Contributions:

Anthea said...

I love that royal blue maxi dress/skirt. It goes so well with that top! You look great!

Songs pop into my head all the time. My life has a soundtrack and I wouldn't have it any other way.

:)

Anthea,
Embracing Style

Milda said...

your outfit is deffo something to smile about, you pull it off so well!
I love breaking into song, since i have a song for everything :)

Abi-Anne said...

Oh thank Anthea and Milda!
As for the song thing, it's good to know I am not alone in this. Ha!

mennni said...

your top is so cute. i like your style! :)

-menni isabel

Chris (tinytines.com) said...

Wowowwwwwwww! I love the colour on that maxi skirt. It's amazing against the colourful flowers of the top. May I add how toned and lovely your arms look. I am often amazed by how arms look in a tank.

You're totally cute for wanting to sing those words to the poor lady. Don't you wish you can just randomly break out in songs and not be seen as absolutely insane!

Ahh I am so glad I found your blog. I love discovering fellow Toronto fashion bloggers.

Chris @ tinytines.com

jemina said...

Smile is one of my favourite songs, and you look fabulous here darling, I love it, xoxo

sU said...

Love the skirt/dress. The color is beautiful and really pops.

I hate waking up and listening to a music because it always sticks in my mind, don't really know what to do... just keep singing it quietly in my head.

Thanks for stopping at my blog, hope you keep coming back.

sU

http://su-sue-susana.blogspot.com

GILBERT/GANDA said...

omg! I super love your maxi skirt in blue dear!
thats gorgeous!

Audrey Allure said...

Beautiful outfit, that shade of blue is stunning!

For me, I usually have to actually hear the song that's stuck in my head for it to go away haha.

Fear is a Dirty Word said...

Wow that skirt looks great on you! you look so tall and beautiful haha I wish I could grow a couple inches and pull that off ;)

rebecca said...

It looks so good as a skirt! And I really love that song (:

http://itscohen.blogspot.com/

Beckerman Girls said...

You look amazing!! That blue skirt is awesome!!!! And the florals with it! It looks so editorial!!! Great blog!!!!
xooxox The Beckerman Girls

http://www.BeckermanBiteplate.com

Kristy said...

Hi ya there! I found your blog through Mel's SHOP TO LIVE blog :) And I'm so glad I did! It's always great to find out about other Torontonian bloggers in the blogosphere!

Anyway, I'm super loving the outfit. Definitely screams summer and with the right amount of "exposure" :) The royal blue skirt/maxi dress is beautiful and really compliments your skin tone :)

It's weird how my mom just asked me to download that song yesterday. Just sayin.. :)

www.monochromachic.com

Becky said...

You are rocking this look. Gorgeous! ♥

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ergyerg said...

Aww, hah, i like your story :D Great photos too, the skirt/dress, is lovely!
xxxxxxxxxx

Closet Fashionista said...

Oooh! It looks great! :D
http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com

keeping_it_fierce said...

That maxi dress as a skirt looks AMAZING! Such a beautiful colour aswell :)

http://keeping-it-fierce.blogspot.com

TEXTSTYLES said...

love the skirt!
I'm having a contest for shopbop:

http://torontotextstyles.blogspot.com/2010/07/shopbop-contest-meets-alexander-wang.html

bisous

DafnaDiamant said...

you look beautiful in this outfit! so cute

Isquisofrenia said...

lovely!!! you look amazing girl, love the hat and the blue color looks totally so retro and fun
the beandau looks so cool undereath the top!

ilsteviewonder said...

Your pants looks awesome ! I love the color :)

Samm said...

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Check out my blog @ www.afterstylecomesfashion.blogspot.com


With love, Samm

Jade "Purple" Brown said...

I love your long flowy skirt, great oufit!


jadepurplebrown.blogspot.com

MI ESTILO DIA A DIA said...

me encantan los vestidos largos y me gusta como lo has combinado con la camiseta de flores
bss

Kendr▲ said...

Love this post,
you have an amazing blog!
Will be coming back heaps more,
keep up the awesome work :)

Would love it if you checked out mine
in your free time and maybe even
follow?

http://stoleninspiration.blogspot.com/

StuddedLilly said...

this is absolutely lovely! the lyrics and your outfit! those lines really give me such hope and inspiration and your cobalt blue dress is the perfect pop of color!
xxjess

Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph said...

VICCCCCCC!!!!!! My college at U of T! So glad you took photos here. It looks so gorgeous. I think Vic is the prettiest of all the colleges at U of T, but that might make be biased because it's my college.

Anyways, I love your outfit. It's so incredible chic.

vdcouture said...

i love this look!! the maxi skirt is just gorgeous!!

love,vdcouture

style-haus said...

love how flowy and comfy you look! adore the print tank and fedora too :) i think it says a lot of you to think of those lyrics when you see someone a little down. you're thoughtful and have a positive outlook on things. great post!

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

wow you really pull off the maxi skirt well! on so many people it looks very quirky, but you make it look glam and beautiful!
xx

aGdame said...

I love that blue that jumps to your eyes!!
I love the color! the dress/skirt is so nice:)


xoxo
aGdame
http://topcoatfashionblog.blogspot.com/

Marylena said...

I love your style you look so cool!
The top is awesome

kiss

maryshowroom.blogspot.com

Savvy Gal said...

Great idea.

Serena said...

I want this skirt!!!!!!! It's amazing!!!!
I like your style so much!

http://tonbonblog.blogspot.com

prettie@purple said...

i love tat lyric

KcomeKarolina said...

i want that skirt!!! why oh why f21 does not ship to italy!!!
thank you for passing by and leaving your sweet comment. hope you realy liked my blog and will come back soon! remember you can also follow me on bloglovin'
have a nice weekend!
xoxo
K.
http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

My Republic of Fashion said...

I love that song. Gorgeous outfit, love the skirt!SarahD:)

laura_t11 said...

love the skirt, i have one similar but highwaist and in a darker blue. the hat combo is great also

Laura xo

http://thelusciousmix.blogspot.com/

michelle_ said...

i agree your maxi dress/skirt's blue color is very vibrant !
its perfect for summer !

have a blast in your weekend !!
really appreciated the comment you left in my blog :D
www.glistersandblisters.com

sallyannie☆ said...

Interesting story! Cool idea wearing your dress as a skirt, it looks very different in a good way :)

Rachel Lynne said...

that bandeau top is super cute! and I love mixing up the uses of clothes too, tube top as skirt is fun as well :)

xx


http://blushingtulips.blogspot.com/

LX State of Fashion por Cátia Santos Reis said...

I A-D-O-R-E your maxi skirt! Cute style!

I'm following your blog!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

That skirt looks SMASHING on you! The color is really breathtaking. Plus, your hat is adorable. What a fun outfit! It made me smile! :)

Val said...

I don't know about you but when I'm down, usually a song with a really upbeat melody will just make me angry. So maybe there is a method to the madness of optimistic songs having melancholy tunes. I love the top! I've been really into florals and fedoras lately

http://thegirlwhocantshutup.blogspot.com/

Katie said...

Gorgeous shade of blue!

Gizelle | Vanilla Ice Cream said...

and that's how you remix a dress -- turn it into a skirt! love the floral top with it..and the adorable hat!

yes, i have this thing about having soundtracks to my days...so i always think of songs...music moves me.

♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

Lisa Lisa Lisa said...

Such a cute post. Yes, she very well may have melted into tears. Hopefully her day got better =)

Diana said...

love this look that color is stunning on you

http://dressedupallligators.blogspot.com/

libys11 said...

aaahhh looking very regal in that maxi skirt!!! amazing!!! :D

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Flashes of Style said...

I looove the outfit! The long skirt is adorable.

Robyn said...

LOVE the use of a maxi dress as a skirt. A perfect summer layering idea. As for the lady bursting into tears, how weird??

Gets said...

Loving this outfit! The royal blue's amazing, and I love the slouchy tank. You pull it off so well, and you look beautiful as usual! :D

Thanks much for following too, I'll definitely be here often to see more of your lovely outfits. <3

Love,
Gets

http://wastedseventeen.blogspot.com/

Constance said...

Oh you are so so gorgeous! That blue looks incredible on you! Such a beautiful outfit.
x

thequietingmuses said...

Love that shade of blue, it really pops in the pictures :)

http://thequietingmuses.blogspot.com/

Morning Cloak said...

Can't get enough maxi skirts these days! I love how you're slowly stealing that fedora from your dad - I get practically all my jewelry from my mom :)

www.morningcloak.blogspot.com

Lexy @ Quirky Explosion said...

Amazing post and photos! You look STUNNING in that colour. And I definitely wish I could rock the "maxi." But, at last, I cannot.

And smiling DEFINITELY makes the world better!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
QUIRKYEXPLOSION.blogspot.com

AlejandrA said...

nice outfit!
Thanks for your comment:)
kiss!

http://stylojuicy.blogspot.com/

fashionfamous said...

Your outfit is FANTASTIC!

fashionfamous
http://stylefashionfamous.blogspot.com/

Miss Woody said...

thanks so much dear! love it

Miss*Kimmy said...

You have such nice arms =)

annamargrete said...

Oh, how I love long skirts. You look great !

http://www.annamargrete.wordpress.com

Diogo Sc said...

OMGGG!!! AMAZING LOOK!!

xoxo

http://the-fashion-lovers.blogspot.com

MarchMusings said...

Love that blue. Didn't realise it was a dress.

Sarah @ Pandora's Box said...

I love how you turned the maxi dress into a skirt.. the color looks simply stunning on you!

Grace said...

There is always a song stuck in there. Usually Beach Boys or some terrifically gritty blues song. And love the vibrancy of your skirt.

Love Grace.

Charleston said...

that blue is electric on you! x

www.pinstripeprince.blogspot.com

FashionJazz said...

That colour looks amazing on u! Hope you have a lovely Monday xx

ej said...

absolutely love that skirt!!!!!

amazing post yet again!

xoxo


http://amillionloves.blogspot.com

Emilie said...

I love the royal blue color ;)
x

Abi-Anne said...

Thank you all so much for your warm and positive comments. Made me do this---> :) and then this---> :D

@Chris: Thank you :) I was always a little conscious of my arms because I don't go to the gym. I tried to lift as little as possible. But now I figured it's here to stay so might as well embrace it.

As for the singing, I'm always tempted to sing while walking down the streets. The couple of times I tried it, it felt really good. But be sure to do it far away from your house where you're less likely to run into the same people. Ha!

It's great to see you're from Toronto as well. Woohoo! I'll be sure to stop by your blog soon.

Abi-Anne said...

@jemina: smile is one of my favourite songs too :)

@SU: I have the same thing happen to me. No matter what I do, it's stuck in my head for a day or two.

@Audrey Allure: I might have to try that...play the song once I get it in my head, and see if it goes away. Thanks :)

@Fear is a Dirty Word: Thanks kindly :) I'm sure you could find a style of the dress that works regardless of your height ;)

Abi-Anne said...

@Kristy: I'm glad you found me! It's great to see other Toronto bloggers. Didn't know there were so many in the blogosphere! I'll be sure to stop by you soon. Lol @ "right amount of exposure". And I think mother's know best. Hope you like the song.

@MI ESTILIO DIA A DIA: Gracias!

@Kendra: I'm glad you like my blog. Thanks :)

@StuddedLilly: I agree. The words are truly inspirational

@Ruta, Look Ugly in a Photograph: Thanks. Of all the colleges, VIC is the most beautiful. It is my college too, but I am not being biased. Ha!

@style-haus: Thanks you so much :). I try to stay positive,life is too short

Jenni said...

I love your skirt! It looks awesome on you! I thought it was pants at first. :)

I have a naturally down-turned mouth, so my boyfriend always thinks I'm in a bad mood... Maybe that lady was the same way? :D

Abi-Anne said...

@KComeKarolina: I hope they start shipping soon! I know they're opening stores in the UK, so maybe sooner than later Italy would have it's own *fingers crossed*

@michelle_: thanks. I had a good weekend. See post "Suzy Homemaker" for further details. Hope you had a lovely weekend as well.

@Rachelle Lynne: I'm yet to try the tube top as skirt but maybe that would change soon? I love mixing up the use of clothes too ;)

@LX State of Fashion por Cátia Santos Reis: Thanks so much for following. Means a lot! :)

@Jennifer Fabulous: I'm glad the outfit made you smile :)

@Val: That's a different and interesting view. This song does make me happy despite the melancholy melody.

@Gizelle: That's a neat idea. Having soundtracks to your days. Might try that sometime

@Lisa Lisa Lisa: Haha! I sure do hope soo too!

@Morning Cloak: Love it! What's the easiest way to find vintage pieces? Just go rummaging through your parents' closet.

@Miss Kimmy: Thanks. I'm slowly starting to embrace the muscles. HA!

@Grace: I don't really know much about the Beach Boys. Might have to take a listen and get that stuck in my head too!

Abi-Anne said...

Thanks Jenni: I thought about that in retrospect. Maybe that's just her "look"?

DaisyLine said...

this maxi skirt is gorgeous :D
have a nice week!
Daisy
http://daisyline.blogspot.com/

Abi-Anne said...

Thank you DaisyLine :)

Jolie said...

Fantastic Blog! Just found it. This is a fab outfit top to bottom!

peaces92 said...

wow
this is gorgeous
i love everything about this outfit


http://thatssoofetch.blogspot.com

Alecto said...

what a perfect combination of pattern and colour. you look fantastic.

Abi-Anne said...

Thanks bebe!

Shanah said...

I did have a great time yesterday evening, thanks for asking/noticing hahaa. I have to say this outfit totally suits you! The royal blue and those cute little flowers really make your skin tone come out :D Amazing.

xx,
Shanah.

ari said...

love love LOVE your maxi skirt! I recently got a black one from H&M, and I can't wait to wear it out!!
xoxo ari

Mélocy said...

Wow, Beautiful Outfit ! <3

Mélocy said...

Wow, Beautiful Outfit ! <3

Abi-Anne said...

Thanks girlies

@ari: I would love to see how you style it!

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