It's not purple, it's lavender

One of my favorite movie quotes that always pops to my had when I cross the word purple. But despite seeing it as my preferred colour, my love for shades and tones of this mixture of magenta and blue goes way back before I've first seen The Adventures of Priscilla, queen of the desert.

In elementary school my best friend had this beautiful backpack in the light shade of violet, and who knows, was it just over the fact that we were best friends or was it truly a felicitous design, I found that piece of accessories as the highest standard of pre-teenage fashion. Despite being in more of a blue phase at a time and at the end getting myself a similar school bag in tint of average jeans.

I've been told it's a funeral colour, the purple, especially the deep darker one. And I remember many of my family members who opt out of black wearing purple instead at this funeral I attended. But to me what you connect with mourning was always more linked to perspective than a certain shade. Like white being the sad colour in Buddhism, which makes a good sense to me, imagining death earth in winter, covered with snow.

So there's been purple pieces coming and going trough my life. All the way till final year of my high-school. That's when most of the students get ready for prom, which includes amazing (and hardly amazing) prom dresses. However, high-school was a really blunt time for me, and going to prom couldn't mean anything more to me than spending lots of money to waste even more time with people I haven't particularly admired. But I didn't miss out on the fancy dress up part. Some months before I was taken to a luxury cruise as a gift for my 18th birthday, where glamorous evening gowns were almost a must. We've gathered few from our house collection. But any old dress could hardly excite you as much as a brand new one, and as I was just taking a sawing class, I wanted to round it up with an alluring piece of my own. I found an elastic fabric with ruffles and used it in very non conventional way, creating a unique dress with a train that just happened to be, all purple. In the window of outlet store I was passing on my way home almost every day I noticed these beautiful Just Cavalli sandals in almost perfectly matching colour, but before I finally decided they would make the best possible fit, it turned out they don't have them in my size.
(Photos for the reference of what I was babbling about).

And so we come to Priscilla, the queen of the desert quote. I've first seen it as a theatrical musical and completely missed on the sentence, as we were probably to busy catching the ping pong balls that were flying around. But couple of years later I randomly stumbled across the movie and its been love at first sight. Mostly because I found it so inspiring for someone of fashion designer at heart. In fact so much, it didn't just make me want to create something but actually got me to. I scattered my mom's old handbag from her going-away pile, and transformed it into a cute little fashion piece with colours and bows.

The lavender bus from the movie

But the purple remark and the movie stuck with me, even more after watching it with my young brother, who felt his innocent childhood ended there and then. Because seeing Elrond in a drag is just not something your dreaming young eyes should have seen. As a properly mean sister I did gift him a detailed handmade cushion shaped like a bus that year.
Whenever I saw something in purple, that was my first thought and obsession even went so far that I ended buying myself a pretty lavender travel computer; except that I wasn't really travelling back then and using it to render comprehensive 3D animations was just as effective as crossing the desert in that old bus. But also, just like bus, that computer is still with me good 6 years later.

To these day, whenever I see a purple item, the part of me has an urge to name it Priscilla, including my tiny travel suitcase, colour of which comes in completely different shade.

Let me disclose with saying that I enjoy colours in my life in general, purple just being among my favorites. And that traveling down memory lane thinking of a nice story to accompany my photos was really fun and I might someday do it with another colour as well.

Regarding outfit, the thick grey leggings and purple leopard top are both from H&M. I remember getting that top as soon as new collection came out, by coincidence, and feeling as such a trend setter when seeing it in a magazine a week later. Cardigan from Green, probably pretty old. Skirt, belt and a scarf are all homemade, scarf and skirt are both knitted by my grandmother.



  1. Awesome blog! You have shared a nice post. Thank you!

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  2. Purple was my favorite colour when I was a teeneger and I still like it a lot. I remember creating purple necklaces. It was fun reading about your relationship with purple and the film you saw that reminds you of it. I think it is a beautiful colour.
    I really like your outfit. Your skirt is so pretty. So cool your grandmother knitted it. Lovely scarf as well.

  3. Such a gorgeous skirt! Purple is absolutely beautiful color!


  4. pero que guapa vas , y tus zapatos me gustan un montón

  5. In love with these shades of purple... you look so stylish!
    Kisses, Paola.


  6. Your homemade skirt and scarf look wonderfully feminine and extremely pretty. I love the colours, the colour combination, the swingy styling, and how the skirt looks worn with the pretty petticoat - it's beautiful!!!
    I also love the look of the pretty deep purple eyelash ruffle wrap mini-dress in the fourth photo.

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  7. I love lavender and violet, it inspired my blog name after all! xx

  8. Lavander and purple are such a beautiful colours. I also love them so much as well as your skirt. Such a great outfit. You look so beautiful.

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  9. This is such a beautiful outfit and you look so pretty! Wonderful Post! Have a great day!

  10. wow so original and stunning look- this skirt is fabulous xx

  11. Ah yes what a great quote and shade of course. It is funny what we remember from childhood. And your look is lovely and I like the dreamy feel of the photos too.

    Allie of

  12. This is such a beautiful outfit! Love the colorful ruffles!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

  13. The skirt is really lovely, babe!

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  14. So beautiful. I love the color-block of your skirt.

  15. Oh, I have to admit, I have a weakness for purple, too! And for sure also for lavender - although I have never own a backpack in this colour like your friend :) Your skirt is wonderful! I have never heard that purple is a colour for a funeral - in Bavaria most of the people wear black ...
    xx Rena

  16. Unfortunately I can't open your newest post ... Have a Merry Christmas!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


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