I'm excited to share the second chapter of the treehouse series today, which features a handmade and slightly darker and more Gothic spring look. I get scared very easily by things imagined, and generally stay away from contemporary scary books and movies. However, I do have some healthy fascination with classic Gothic imagery and stories.
For a long time, my favorite American author was Washington Irving. I think the fascination might be connected to my New England roots, and the strange magnetism I had growing up for the darker side of the region's history, like the Salem witch trials. I suppose I like my danger far, far away, both in space and time.
I had this skirt made to order several years ago by an Etsy seller in China called Coco Tutuhouse. I can't speak highly enough of her skill! She and I communicated about my measurements and the concept over email, and the turnaround on the construction and shipping was under two weeks. The skirt has held up quite well over time with lots of use, and I have styled it both on its own as well as under an Adrianna Papell ball skirt I like to wear in the winter around the holidays.
There is certainly something surreal about an all black ensemble in late spring, especially in the forest. I love the way it makes my heart race a little bit to imagine what series of events could unfold under these circumstances. Nothing too terrifying of course, because I like my Gothic dreams to have happy endings.