Wednesday, August 14, 2013


The best way for me to deal with a gray day has always been to pull out my brightest brights.  When I came across this umbrella on, I knew it would be the perfect way to offset the blahs of a rainy day.  I paired it with this bubble print wrap dress to evoke the work of Karen Tompkins.

I discovered these gouache paintings on Artsy, and was immediately intrigued by the way color and light is reflected within the works.

According to the artist, bubbles are a way for her to express energy and the ephemeral experience of nature.

Capturing in paintings the quixotic bubble forms that usually escape the eye of the viewer in the fraction of second that they exist, is a magical experience...Not unlike the way Da Vinci is said to have exalted in seeking out “the invisible key of Nature” through his art. Nature, in this case, hands us one of it’s most beautiful keys...the most energy-efficient configuration in nature is a bubble. In this way, the Circle Series brings to light a mysterious world of creation and transformation.  --Karen Tompkins 

Wrap Dress: Diane von Furstenberg
Heels: United Nude
Handbag: Michael Kors East to West Tote in Mandarin
Umbrella: via

[Tompkins images from; photos by Brett McKenzie.]


  1. This outfit looks great Ariel. You are much like a bubble,a magical experience in nature but that is all in the eye o the beholder. Love!!!!

  2. killin' it, as always. i aspire to be as fabulous as you are.

  3. Love your umbrella and shoes. So much color!

    1. Thank you, Lydia! The more color, the better, in my opinion.

  4. Those bubble paintings show remarkable skill. The attempt to capture the most transient aspects of nature reminds me of Monet's light paintings.

    I live in a part of the world known for its rain, so I thought you might be interested in my approach to rain:

    1. Charlotte,

      I just had a chance to look at your post--how beautiful! I love that you've taken the exact opposite approach to dressing for rainy weather by allowing your palette to reflect the mood/colors of the day. What a lovely idea in and of itself.

      Thank you for sharing!

  5. The bubble dress is fabulous. And because of your colorful umbrella and your killer smile, perfect! You look awesome, I can feel your joy and excitement wearing that beautiful dress. You can also wear a piece of Rhinestones accessory to add more glitter and spark to your mood.

  6. Love your work! Very clever and creative! Alexis

  7. Just thrilled to find your extremely creative blog and for my work to be featured. Would love to hear from you:

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