I hope everyone has been having a splendid week so far. The weekend is ahead and that is always the best thing to look forward to. I’ve been having a rough one; caught a flu-like-virus (so I was told by the doctor), and its been a tough ride this week. I have a very exciting custom work project that I am in the middle of, which I will tell you all more about soon, and so I am just juggling that whilst being ill. For me, as an artist, I tend to be a procrastinator at heart. One of my big goals for 2017 was to get myself on a day-to-day schedule that I could follow as if I worked in an office environment.
I am blessed enough to have a studio space at home that is my office, but working at home can cause challenges you don’t initially expect. It is so easy to get caught up in activities like..doing the dishes, laundry, instead of working, because you know it needs to be done and you don’t want to do it later. These are the kinds of things I have realized I absolutely have to avoid during the day and just solely focus on my work. Who else works at home and feels my pain here? What kind of day-to-day strategy keeps you most focused on work?
Last night was for sure the worst of the illness thus far. So when I woke up this morning feeling more like I had a cold and less like the flu, I welcomed the sunshine full stop. Every morning I walk my dog first thing after I wake up, and it is one of the best parts of my day. Spending 30-40 minutes just relaxing with my furry best friend, breathing fresh air, and hearing the birds sing always keeps me feeling most like me. I love the outdoors, and I always thought in another life I was some kind of forest maiden/princess/person. That feeling of loving fantasy, nature, and art definitely impacts my personal style, as well as the clothing I design, and the art I make.
I ordered this gorgeous jacket from Anthropologie during their Black Friday sale; and sadly have only worn it a couple of times. This winter the weather in Charlotte has been ultra bizarre, going from extremely cold, snow, to mid 60s and 70s and sunny in a matter of days. So, it just hasn’t been something I have reached for due to the unusual weather. Thankfully I got a mild day when I could wear it recently and I was so excited. This jacket practically screamed my name when I saw it online. I love anything with botanical patterns, embroidery, and a general eccentric artsy look. I think for me, style has always been an expression of the things I love most, and that is what drove me toward working in art and clothing design. So when I see pieces like this, it is hard for me to live without.
The jacket itself is more of a blazer type fabric, hence needing a mild day to wear it comfortably, it is lined in a fun silky printed fabric, and has a little bit of an oversized shape. I ordered a size small (I usually wear a 2-4), but I think here I could have done an X Small if it was available. I like the oversized shape though, in that it almost has a pajama, robe sort of vibe and I am very in to that. I love the idea of boudoir inspired clothing, and that definitely reflects in my brand as well as things I buy.
Anthro has always been one of my favorite places to shop in the mall, and let me tell you guys honestly, I don’t have many favorites. I like them in that they carry a wide variety of brands, styles, and their aesthetic is the ultimate in artsy-cool-bohemian, which I definitely lean to. I love fashion with a cultured look, and they certainly provide it.
My shoes are Marc by Marc Jacobs, and I purchased them at Buffalo Exchange. I genuinely love shopping there; I always find fun, unique things, and often times, stuff I wouldn’t have purchased in store, but I am definitely okay with buying second hand. These look barely worn, if at all, and I really love them. They aren’t comfortable enough to be an all day shoe, but I love their chic-studious look with the loafer style.
Most days lately, I wear glasses instead of my contacts. I recently went through a bout of constant headaches for a few months and pulled out all the stops trying to get them under control. Switching to glasses 80% of the time has made a lot of difference. I have worn contacts and glasses since I was 11, so the bulk of my life. I think after many years of those things being in your eyes all day long, your body gets tired! So, I’m wearing my contacts now less than I used to, and I am loving it! When I decided to switch, I knew I wanted to get new glasses because 1. Mine were old, and 2. I wanted some that would have a more statement look. These are Tiffany &Co. and they are the most perfect ones I saw.
My blouse I custom made for myself. I love tie-neck or ‘pussybow’ blouses for the lovely Victorian style they portray as well as they look super feminine. I only had about a yard left of this gorgeous silk brocade fabric, so I used up what I had to make this gorgeous blouse. I must say I have worn it so many times! It was perfect for Christmas, and looks great with coats like this. The metallic in the fabric is ornate, but it isn’t so shiny to not work with a casual look. If you are interested in a blouse like this, comment and let me know, I am thinking about adding one to my web store on aubreybusek.com!
I think with fashion, being playful is a good thing. My style has never been ‘minimal’, but nor is that bad either. I think the more you play, the more you experiment with clothes, the more you learn about yourself. You learn what colors you like, what shapes you are drawn to, and so much more. Me, I love romantic shapes and colors, historical and fantasy influence, and a general artsy aesthetic. What about you?
Blouse: Aubrey Busek
Jeans: Old- AE
Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs