Friday Night Random

Jardin de Luxembourg, early autumn 2008, my favorite Soft Autumn landscape

Every now and then I read something, maybe a passage in a book, maybe an article, or more often than not these days a blog post, that suddenly brings crystal clarity and one of those aha! moments about something I’ve been trying to define and articulate. This post at 12 Blueprints is one of those “blow off the back of my head” reads.  (A reader sent me a link to 12 Blueprints a few weeks ago, and having noodled around on that and other color-analysis websites, have self-identified as a Soft Autumn in the seasonal color system. The colors in this palette closely correlate with the Dusky Warm Light palette from Imogen’s color analysis two years ago.)

Anyhow, this post really clarified not only the combinations of colors that feel right and harmonious to me, but also helped bring some focus to why I gravitate to and feel comfortable in the *styles* of clothing that I do. It’s a bit stream-of-consciousness and associative, but really nailed down some elusive elements about my own style and sense of self that I’ve been trying to suss out and define for years now.

In other news, next week is shaping up to be a killer at work. As if it wouldn’t have been busy enough just based on what was already on the agenda, Hurricane Irene’s impact will be felt here too as the lion’s share of our business originates and is administered through our New York office. I’m holding a good thought for all of my co-workers on the East Coast, and for those who will be impacted by this storm. If you’re in the projected path of the hurricane, please do err on the side of caution and get the f*&# away from the coast!

My mother-in-law is still in the hospital, due to annoying complications on top of complications. Once again, they think they’ve identified the issue, will hopefully perform another procedure either this weekend or early next week that will allow her to go home in a few days.

I’m a bit behind on some of my blog reading/commenting and responding to comments here, but hope to catch up this weekend.

All of this as a way of explaining that aside from a couple of things already in the works, next week’s posting may be light.

À bientôt!

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  1. I hope your Mother-In-Law recovers soon, it is so stressful when a family member is ill.

    To all those who are in the path of the hurricane please try to get to a safe place. I will say a prayer for all of you.

    You could come to Toronto, Canada for the week end. Safety and shopping all in one, what could be better! ; )

  2. I hope that your MIL’s health will stabilize and that the specialists can figure out what the problem is. It’s difficult dealing with aging parents.
    Take care of yourself, we’ll be fine and will look forward to your posts when you return.

  3. Hello:
    Everything does seem to be rather hectic for you at the moment, so do take care to give yourself time to have a period of peace and quiet for yourself.

    We are rather fascinated by colour analysts and what certain colours suggest, so we shall follow up your link and read more.

    Like you, our thoughts are with those in the path of Hurricane Irene, so frightening to be anywhere near.

  4. We are expecting the tail end of the storm set to hit NYC here in Montréal. Not a hurricane by that point though I will probably take all the plants around my balconies down as they could go flying.

    I hope my friends in NYC will be ok; it is almost exactly 10 years after the WTC attacks so this is already an emotional period, especially for a friend working at Bloomberg News which was located there.

    Such a beautiful photo of le Luxembourg. It is a small world – I also have a friend in Paris who lives very close to that beautiful park/garden.

  5. Pseu, I’m sorry to hear about your MIL’s complications, that is such a worry. I know it can be hard to remember to take care of you when things are stressful and hectic but it’s really important!

    I read that post at 12 Blueprints and really resonated with it. I can also see how your style draws inspiration from that beautiful soft autumn color palette.

    Good luck with your killer week!

  6. Such a lovely photograph – hope it soothes you and helps in these difficult times. Hoping your MIL recovers well…. and thinking of our friends in America during the hurricane especially. xxx

  7. I enjoyed your MIL’s company so much on our Vancouver day a few years ago (2? 3?), and wish her all the best for a comfortable recovery. Sounds pretty hectic your way — take care of yourself.

  8. Pseu,
    My wishes of a speedy recovery for your MIL.

    And don’t forget, calendar-wise, September is the month of Soft Autumn…

    All the best — Luna.

  9. I hope that your MIL improves quickly…this site looks interesting and I plan to spend some time with it…I loved your autumn picture…it gives me will be 107 here today..yesterday was 106!! Come on Fall!!!!

  10. I can see how that photo would resonate with you and it looks like a very interesting website. I shall have to look around a little more.

    I hope your MIL is doing much better by now, and that life is a little less hectic.