Friday, March 30, 2012

The Kindness of Strangers


It’s raining today in Oregon.  Because that’s what it does here.  And I support Oregon rain, but it can make it a little hard to take pictures.  Especially because I try to protect my photographer and camera as much as I can, while still taking outdoor pictures.  Today those efforts resulted in these pictures:



And then, an older gentleman coming into the building stopped to watch the proceedings and decided that my hair was being lost in my black umbrella and lent me his umbrella.  And then he helped position the umbrella so that the white was behind my head.  This picture is the result of the kindness of that stranger:


I personally found the whole thing hilarious, but a little surreal.  Which is not to say he’s wrong; you really can’t see me under my umbrella.  I guess maybe I should invest in a white polka dot umbrella for these gloomy days.

At this point I’m looking for anything to help cut through the gloom, like bright-ass shirts.  Which is why, on my last trip to Old Navy, I invested in more than one piece in this color.  Today I layered a citron tank (Old Navy) over a white tank (Target) and under a charcoal-striped cardigan (Old Navy).  In spite of my bright tank, it does still feel like winter here in Oregon, so I added black skinnies (Gap), black boots (Vince Camuto “Fantastic” via Nordstrom) and an infinity scarf (Steven Madden via Macys).

And with that, I want to wish you all a Happy Friday!  And have a wonderful weekend!

Gracey

17 comments:

  1. you look awesome in this color, and you look even more awesome in this outfit! and wow to the man ... how sweet was that?! awww ... I would have been so mortified that I doubt I would have been able to relax enough to get a picture.

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  2. Your vast collection of adorable boots almost makes it seem worthwhile to live in the cold and windy north. I think I am still too much of a Nola and a warm weather girl though.

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  3. You are so bright on a rainy day, just love that!

    <3 cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  4. What a cute story! The citron tank is perfect for a gloomy day. :)

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  5. I have had a lot of people want to get involved with my photos when I'm taking them in the city itself. It cracks me up, seriously.

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  6. The yellow just looks fantastic with the stripes...and with both umbrellas! How nice to know that kind strangers still exist.

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  7. i adore this neon yellow, black & white looks gracey. it's one of my faves of yours. that gentleman lending you his umbrella, aww.

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  8. So cute! I have the same cardigan. I used it in my first 30x30 remix.

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  9. I love that that guy lent you his umbrella! Most people who see me taking outfit photos get really weird about it (staring, asking what I'm doing, etc.), so it's nice to know that there are people out there who can just accept that you're taking photos of yourself without thinking it's odd, and then try to be helpful about it.

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  10. What a nice guy to even notice! Love how cheery you are on a gloomy day.

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  11. That guy sounds awesome. And you look awesome. So, overall awesome. :)

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  12. You look GREAT in bright colors! Job well done for creating a mood that is the antithesis of that day's weather! And, surprisingly, even gloomy days can bring out the best in others...like a complimentary umbrella! =)

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  13. Now THAT is the way to mix patterns. Love the different black-and-white ones against the neon yellow. Very sophisticated and on trend.

    And how great was that guy lending you his umbrella? Love it.

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  14. hehe love the umbrella change :) cute look!

    Xo,
    steffy
    Steffys Pros and Cons

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  15. Super nice stylin' fella! I do like his umbrella better in these pics :)

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  16. Ha! I am a giant, too and it was cool to stumble on your blog! I even pasted a look (this one) in my teacher's clothes file...I'm gonna buy some black boots - you look great and the yellow way inspires with the rain!
    Thanks, M

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  17. Nice post. You might like this Wordsworth quote about little acts of kindness. Carole's Chatter blogspot Acts of Kindness

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