Breeze Blocks + Berries

“As you can see, I am immersing myself in color – I’ve held back from that until now; and I don’t regret it.” Vincent van Gogh

If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed that the past few months I have been in a serious love relationship with monochromatic outfits. Now these aren’t your typical monochromatic outfits where I wear the same color from head to toe. Instead, I wear different shades of the color (if you want to be precise, I wear different tints, tones, and shades of the color). Plus, if I can, I add in some prints and patterns.

Before I go on to tell you about that amazing breeze wall I’m standing in front of (because you know me, I like to give you a little history with each location), the skirt I am wearing is from my collection (more on that soon, I swear!). When I designed this skirt, I had no idea that it would end up being one of my favorites. Without going into to much detail about the inspiration behind the entire collection, let me just say this: asymmetry and fabrics. Asymmetrical silhouettes are wonderfully interesting to not only design and make, but to wear. I’ve also been having more fun with fabrics; using 3 or more kinds in one garment, and learning how to hyperbolize their differences yet making a cohesive garment. Now, onto those breeze blocks…

Located on the Southwest side of downtown Grand Rapids is a very unique building. This former gas station is now the commercial home to ad agency Kantorwassink.

The building is unique in that is uses decorative concrete blocks called breeze blocks, or decorative concrete blocks.

These decorative, yet functional, blocks are used as architectural screen walls and fences to separate and define spaces and create an architectural transition from the building to the yard. They also provide excellent partial shading and protection from the sun’s heat and glare, much needed ventilation by allowing breezes to pass through, and partial privacy.

While these blocks are have been around since the 1930s Art Deco period, they rose in popularity during the 50’s and 60’s with Mid-Century Modern residential & commercial buildings.

While they are used most frequently in hot areas to let breezes through, they are also the ideal fencing and screen wall material in coastal regions that are hurricane-prone.

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Grand Rapids lifestyle, style and fashion blogger and designer - Midcentury modern breeze blocks, plaid raspberry pink shirt, pleated sheer raspberry pink skirt

Jessica SKIRT: Jessica Swagman | BLOUSE: Kohls (similar here or here) | SHOES: DSW (similar here) | RINGS: Pandora