1. Bugs really introduced me to nature and my love of all things in the natural world. When I found my first Luna Moth at five years old it was love at first sight. She was old and damaged so I prepared a place for her in my window-sill in an open jewelry box, she laid eggs that night and a week later there were little caterpillars crawling all over the place!
2. Bugs inspired my love of color- over the years I found caterpillars, beetles, and butterflies from all colors of the rainbow. Their vibrance and otherworldly patterns inspired me to dress more colorfully.
3. Bugs inspired my love for photography. In junior high I started borrowing my family's digital camera (they were brand new then) to take pictures of the butterflies in our backyard. A few years later they were the subject of my first official photography contest, which I placed third place in!
4. Bugs followed me into college. I pursued a minor in Entomology, and had to collect, identify and pin over 700 species of insects during my last year of college, I have never done anything more challenging in my whole life!
5. Bugs inspired my jewelry line! I have a whimsical jewelry line called "The Lemon Moth" that was inspired by my love of giant silkmoths and lemon flavored things, how they came together I'm not too sure! haha.
This list could be much longer but then it would just get ridiculous, so on to the fashion already!!! :)
Left to right: skirt from ASOS, "Very Hungry Caterpillar" skirt from Etsy
This vintage dress is one of my favorites! I found it on etsy as a maxi dress and had a smart seamstress attach the original red stripe to the bottom of the new hem. The neck scarf was a find at the "family thrift", and the orange beret from H&M is sooo comfy in cool weather.
This scarf is amazing! Daniel gave it to me as a gift last year and since then I have been trying to find ways to wear it. It is SO big, so it can be used as a bathing suit coverup, a really big winter scarf, or even a cape!
Apples to Apples...
This dress combines two of my biggest fashion favorites- bugs and fruit!!! What could be better than a bright 60's mini dress covered in ladybugs and big red apples?! Not much else (I think). This was another great etsy find, and I decided to play up the apples by adding an apple headband and necklace! (the apple necklace actually opens up like a locket!)
I found the vintage scarab beetle bracelet at a local antique mall, the scarab charms are only plastic but I love how chunky it is!
So take a cue from the bugs- and break out your bright colors for the winter! Or try some fun insect prints or patterns. It will help you beat some doldrums now that the holidays are over ;) What is your greatest inspiration in fashion? Do you draw any influence from nature, or any particular person, place, or thing?