(For my YLF blog! Hope you gals don't mind me posting the photos twice ^^)

Water lilies (Nymphaea nouchali), Okavango Delta, Botswana by Frans Lanting

This is my favorite photo of the week but unfortunately my favorite aspect of it, the yellowy lily pads, is hard for me to properly represent; I don't have any yellow clothing items except a gingham shirt which I felt didn't have the right vibe for this almost-surreal photo. So instead I focused on the moody green and blue shades that surround the lily pads, the soft vertical lines of their stems, and the fluidity and murkiness of the water.

I wanted to wear mostly green since the plants and water are what really set the vibe of this photo for me, and the blue is a reflection of the sky. So I chose my green skinnies (vertical lines) and paired with a breezy (fluid) tee that has a green/yellow print; since the hi-lo hem is cropped in front, I chose a teal tank to layer underneath to pick up on the murky shades in the photo that blur the water and sky. And then added bright cobalt heels as a nod to the small dose of blue from the sky reflection.

Since there's not really any yellow, I wanted to represent the lily pads as more of an echo; I chose round earrings and put my hair up in a fanned bun to mimic their shapes. Their dark stems are very striking, and though I tried every single dark necklace I own as a nod to them, I ended up going without because I felt they interfered with the soft vibe of the outfit; ultimately, what inspires me most about this photo is the surreal feeling.

I chose a bright orange lipstick as a nod to the small bit of orange in the largest lily pad. And for the outerwear, today it's very VERY wet so I needed my trench coat. Luckily since it's dark I can pretend that it's representing the stems, but really... it's my only spring coat So I decided to go with that, and added a printed mustard silk scarf and my gold purse to make myself a yellow lily pad ^^

Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome!

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