Everyday She’s Garden’in

Alyssa Wornette comes to the office dressed like she's trying to attract honeybees

What inspired this outfit?
The flowers blooming all around the city. Every time I walk out my front door the sweet smell of lilacs and dogwood floating through the air pumps me up with glittery spring energy. I’ve also been working in my garden nonstop, and the tiny green leaves sprouting and forming into beautiful blooms is almost enough to burst my still-thawing-from-winter heart.

Tell me about one of the items you’re wearing.
Well my dog Honey is… just kidding I don’t consider her an accessory, just my bestie. I’m really very excited about my new Karen Walker sunglasses. I’ve had the same dark Ray-ban wayfarers since I turned sixteen, and although I still agree they’re a classic, I got to a point where I needed a little more glamour. I quit my job to indulge in my fantasy of writing for a living, and splurged on these big tortoiseshell babies. They make every outfit feel a little more important.


What’s the best book to read in this outfit?
I’d have to say In the Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (NOT the same as Karen Walker). This novel talks a lot about the loss of seasons, of fresh fruit and flowers diminishing as the world decays sometime in the not-so-far off future. It reminded me not to take these simple pleasures for granted when I read it about a month ago, and since I’ve felt like the details of the world are a little more vivid and exciting than they used to be.

What style icon would wear this outfit?
Oh maybe Alice in Wonderland if she was trying to pass as a flower instead of a weed in the garden of discriminatory blooms. Or a grown up, modern mini-moon? OH, I KNOW! Princess Bubblegum of the Candy Kingdom from Adventure Time. I think she loves pink and sweets almost as much as me. Almost.

outfit credits //
Dress by Topshop, jacket from Levis, sandals by a store in Scotland I can’t quite remember, tote bag made by Caitlin Shearer, glasses by Karen Walker, and Honey the dog from a Kentucky shelter.

photography // Stephanie Chunoo

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