With the short span of time this year between celebrating Thanksgiving and the arrival of Christmas, it’s easy to forget that it’s still technically fall in NYC. That said, by Black Friday afternoon, fall decor was in a losing battle with Christmas decorations that started appearing on the streets and in storefronts shortly after Halloween. Crazy.
I doubt that this lovely autumn leaf wreath is made from actual leaves (it’s likely silk or some other fabric), but dang if it didn’t make me stop in my tracks and appreciate the beauty of nature when I saw it adorning the face of a Brownstone in Chelsea. And what a nice sentiment as well: Peace. Here’s the full shot below. Breathtaking.
Spotted on 22nd Street Between 7th and 8th Avenues in Manhattan.
This whimsical Wedding Ensemble from the Yves Saint Laurent Summer/Spring 1999 prêt–à–porter collection consists of two well positioned wreaths of flowers: a bikini-like bra top and hip-hugging bottom with a long train attached. For the confident bride!
While this design may seem a bit over-the-top for a traditional ceremony (and for any bride lacking a perfect model’s physique) there is no denying that the result is completely visually captivating. Accessories include a Bridal head wreath, bracelet and anklet all adorned with the same handmade pink and gold silk flowers and leaves (by Lemarie) that are also found on the top and bottom. The Train is machine-sewn pink silk gazar. Gazar is a silk (or wool) plain weave fabric made with high-twist double yarns woven as one. Gazar has a crisp hand and a smooth texture, and is often used in bridal and evening fashion due to its ability to hold its shape.
Photographed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Manus X Machina Fashion Exhibit in the Summer of 2016.
The title of this work, One Third of a Nation (1939) references President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1937 inaugural address in which he proclaimed, “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.” One Third of a Nation is also the title of Arthur Arent’s1938 play, which emphasized the plight of the poor and was funded by the WPA’s Federal Theater Project. In this painting, O. Louis Guglielmi (1906 – 1956) draws attention to the horrid living conditions during the Great Depression. The forms in the foreground resemble coffins, and subsequently suggest a similar reading of the brick tenements behind them. The floral wreath adorning the building’s cornice reinforces this metaphor.
Photographed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.
Nothing beats the scent of a fresh evergreen Christmas Wreath; but in many ways, “Going Green” means saving a tree and opting for the reusable alternative – the Inflatable Holiday Wreath! It’s bright green needles and colorful ornaments will give you years and years of holiday decoration joy!
Inflatable Wreath Features:
Quick and Easy Christmas Decoration
Material: Durable Vinyl
Includes hang tab and string
Includes repair patch for any accident
Reusable – After the season is over, simply deflate until flat and store until next year!
Size: 20-1/2″ x 18″ x 4″ (52 cm x 48 cm x 10 cm)
Why Not Support the Worley Gig and Purchase one for just $19.95 (Sadly, This Item Is No Longer Available.)
Here’s a fun thing you can do this holiday season – by yourself or with your kids – to get in the Christmas spirit and make the house look much more festive. Bonnie Burton made the wreath pictured above out of Star Wars character action figures that she painted green and then attached to a foil wreath that you can buy at any crafts store. Any action figures or small plastic toys can be used and this is a great opportunity to maybe clean out your kid’s toys chest and give those little guys a second life. You could probably even make a trip to the 99 cent store and order clear perspex sheets and other supplies for cheap that way. Bonnie provides step by step instructions for how to make the wreath at This Link.