19 January 2011

Gnome-y

I have a secret: I collect garden gnomes. It likely started when my friends and I took one from someone's lawn in high school as a prank. If you're reading this, sorry I took your gnome. The gag grew into a running joke and people started giving them to me as gifts. Altogether I've probably got about 17 scattered throughout my house and photographing them is on my list of things to do. They all have names and my mom and I joke about their personalities based on what their faces look like. The first time I saw Amelie a few months ago, I got so excited about the gnome I was practically jumping up and down checking out the collection to see if there was one that looked like her father's. Gnomes, man. Love them.
Today I put on my outfit and was so pleased and excited with it in a way I haven't been in weeks. The Tokyo Forest-girl style was floating around in the back of my mind and came through in the autumnal colors. My gorgeous floral-embroidered sweater was hanging in my mom's closet for too long so I adopted it and wore it for the first time. This outfit made me smile all day, and I couldn't figure out why. While I was taking pictures I realized that the colors corresponded perfectly with garden gnome attire!
H&M dress, F21 sweater, AA tights in Cocoa, Nine West shoes, Marc Jacobs hairpins, vintage locket
Yes, I own the gnome in a box. His name is Geoff, and he doesn't get out enough.

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  1. geoff is my favorite name, perfect for that adorable gnome ;) your outfit here is so sweet! lovely photos!

    xoxo

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  2. Aww, Geoff is an adorable gnome! And this is an adorable outfit! That cardigan is so very pretty :)

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  3. haha gnomes are so cute, i remember that story of someone who 'borrowed' someones gnome, took it around the world and photographed it in all these amazing places then returned it. so cute, i want that!! also adore that cardigan, it is so sweet
    Scrapbook de la Emma

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  4. Thank you for the lovely comment! This outfit is adorable x

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  5. Haha garden gnomes are so cute! I love the movie Amelie :]

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  6. collect garden gnomes - SO COOL! and love the outfit :)

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  7. It is excellently gnomish! I remember I once had plans to get a gnome put on a t-shirt at one of those places that does that, but it never happened. Still seems like a good idea though!

    I love the swiss-milkmaid style floral and colour blocking going on here; it's a really fun outfit!

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  8. love the cardigan! and im scared of gnomes, lol. long story. but i think its pretty adorable you collect them. its your thing!! i need something to collect other than shoes :(

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  9. Gnomes are awesome! I remember watching David the Gnome on Nickelodeon when I was a little kid. I also want to watch Gnomeo and Juliet. :P

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  10. aww what a wonderful outfit. it does have gnomes colours though you look everything but gnome-ish hehe. another way you inspired me to wear that dress! :)

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  11. 17?! And they have names?! How wicked cool!

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  12. Thanks for the comment :) Absolutely love the cardigan, I think I would've borrowed it from my mum if it was languishing sadly! The reds and oranges are very gnome-y indeed, poor Geoff, maybe you should take him out and about with you like in Amelie.
    also, your house is amazing looking.
    xx

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  13. Cute outfit - I love the embroidery on the cardigan. It's so much fun to hear about all the neat stuff that other people collect (for me it's Hello Kitty junk, cameos, and tiaras).

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  14. 1, as ever you look AMAZING

    2, Garden gnomes are the best thing ever

    xx

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  15. i love this cardigan - i can't believe i didn't buy it when i saw it at forever21. it looks like vintage! very pretty outfit.

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  16. OMG after watching Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain i wanted to own a gnome and have him travel with me.. :D have you seen that movie?

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  17. Garden gnomes are such a unique thing to collect. How fun! I traveled through a town this summer that was invested with garden gnomes. Everyone in town was obsessed with them!! I really enjoy the orange autumn colors all year round. Very adorable outfit.

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  18. i adore this outfit--so precious :) you must be pretty excited about the gnome movie coming out next month: http://www.gnomeoandjuliet.com/

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  19. Gnome-in-a-box?! Are you kidding me!? You're the best. That cardi is amazing. Totally looks vintage. I love your heels too! Great outfit all-around (like always)!

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  20. This outfit is so gorgeous! I really love your shoes and the embroided work of your cardigan ^^
    About gnomes, I have this fixation for Rien Poortvliet and his gnomes book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Gnomes-Wil-Huygen/dp/0810909650

    Someone gave it to me a few years ago for my birthday and since then I'm just in love with his draws!
    And Amelie is, of course, one of the best movies ever :)

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  21. In love with the whole outfit!

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  22. ahahham Gnomes! I perhaps should collect flamingos, I mean being in FL and all.

    that sweater would look so cute with jeans too...lovely!

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  23. I love your blog! and that outfit is gorgeous, so lovely. haha thats funny you collect gnomes, I don't know why but I find them kinda creepy? But in the picture you've posted here they don't look so bad x

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  24. Cuuuute! Have you heard about the movie coming out? Gnomeo and juliett?? Sounds adorable!

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  25. Kallie you look so sweet! lol we both have that sweater!

    DUDE. My brother did the same thing. He had like 12 gnomes in his room at once.

    I need to take a picture of the giant one in Oak Park MI for you in the Spring. It is awesome and you would love it.

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  26. Haha for unknown reasons, I love gnomes as well!! They're such great little guys.

    Red skirt and orange tights? that's such a fly combination!!!

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  27. Such a gorgeous sweater and a perfect gnome tribute too with those colours :D

    Looking forward to seeing your collection. Have a great weekend!

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  28. The sweater and skirt look so pretty together. Love it!!

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  29. Hahah gnome in a box, thats awesome! Love the sweater also, v cute :)

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  30. that cardigan is so so lovely!

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  31. I like your blog and this outfit is just awesome! Tu es très jolie !

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  32. what a charming fact about yourself! a garden gnome collector- I never would have guessed. but everyone has an odd and quirky collecion or thing of some sort :) you look so pretty. love your skirt and this matchup

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  33. I feel that this outfit is so u =) great!

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  34. what a charming fact about yourself! a garden gnome collector- I never would have guessed. but everyone has an odd and quirky collecion or thing of some sort :) you look so pretty. love your skirt and this matchup

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  35. The sweater and skirt look so pretty together. Love it!!

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  36. I like your blog and this outfit is just awesome! Tu es très jolie !

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  37. I love your blog! and that outfit is gorgeous, so lovely. haha thats funny you collect gnomes, I don't know why but I find them kinda creepy? But in the picture you've posted here they don't look so bad x

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  38. Kallie you look so sweet! lol we both have that sweater!

    DUDE. My brother did the same thing. He had like 12 gnomes in his room at once.

    I need to take a picture of the giant one in Oak Park MI for you in the Spring. It is awesome and you would love it.

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  39. I love your blog! and that outfit is gorgeous, so lovely. haha thats funny you collect gnomes, I don't know why but I find them kinda creepy? But in the picture you've posted here they don't look so bad x

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  40. collect garden gnomes - SO COOL! and love the outfit :)

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  41. i love this cardigan - i can't believe i didn't buy it when i saw it at forever21. it looks like vintage! very pretty outfit.

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