This past weekend we celebrated the Summer Solstice which marks the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year.
Early dawns. Long days. Late sunsets. Short nights. The sun at its height each day, as it crosses the sky. Meanwhile, south of the equator, winter begins.
To celebrate this official celestial start of summer I spent the day outside, planting in my garden, dipping my toes in the pool and enjoying honey cake (recipe at end of post).
Honey Cake has a long tradition with the Summer Solstice- in ancient times people would leave honey cakes in the garden on the night of Midsummer’s Eve to delight the woodland spirits and faeries. What better way to embody summer than with sunny, golden, straight from nature honey!
The only sweetener in Honey Cakes is well.. honey so they aren’t too sweet which makes pairing them with fresh fruit really easy. I also recommend adding a couple scoops of non-dairy ice cream!
I was so inspired by the season that I wanted to create a honey toned monochromatic look.
You might be thinking “Wait a minute Christie, isn’t a monochromatic look all ONE shade of color?” Well, yes and no.
The term “monochromatic” is composed of two words: “mono” meaning single and “chromatic” meaning color. So a monochromatic outfit would consist of pieces of one color. This doesn’t just mean wearing one hue head to toe it also means wearing different shades and tints of the same color.
To create the perfect monochromatic look, make sure you mix textures and fabrics within your monochromatic outfit! You want to add visual interest, depth, and dimension to your look so it’s not one-dimensional or boring. This includes shoes and handbags- they both play a part in adding texture to your outfit.
Monochromatic outfits don’t have to be made up of just solid pieces either; you can (and should) incorporate patterns or prints.
Let’s exercise your styling muscles! This week I want you to create a “sunny” or “nature inspired” monochromatic look. Something bright and happy! Tag me on Instagram- I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Happy Solstice- don’t forget to scroll down for my Honey Cake recipe.
What I’m Wearing: Vintage Disney Mickey Mouse “Stay Golden” tee (Similar found here) | MODCLOTH Skirt | Chloe Sandals | Marc Jacobs Limited Edition Saddlebag | Madewell Skinny Bandana | Vintage Belt|