Shirt- Vintage:: Bowtie- 1950s Vintage, Thrifted:: Suspenders- Thrifted:: Bicycle Pin- From the beautiful Jenny:: Slim Slacks- American Apparel:: Field and Stream Style Shoes- Thrifted:: Hat- Goorin
Hello Hummingbird Girls readers! I'm Matthew, Jenny's partner in crime. Although I am usually behind the camera shooting pictures for the blog, I decided to share some of my fashion loves with you while Jenny is on vacation. And when she gets home, I have a surprise for her: two baby rabbits named Alfalfa and Lulu.
Fashion, art, and music were some of the first loves in my life. They are all still valuable creative outlets to me, but I am a firm believer in the idea that we all have many sides. One of my other sides is biology and a love of all natural environments on earth. I have one more semester before graduating with a bachelor’s of the sciences in ecology, the study of the interactions between species that determine the make-up of the natural world. And I have my sights set on a master’s degree program in aquatic ecology. I like to think that my pursuit of professionalism and love of times past influences my fashion today. Suspenders and canvass book bags remind me of academics in the 1950s around the time when biologists were dreaming up the new and exciting field of ecology. Sturdy Field and Stream shoes remind me of great naturalists and thinkers of this time such as Aldo Leopold who wrote A Sand County Almanac. The changing ideas about the environment from this time inspired famed environmental thinkers & activists of the 1970s such as Rachel Carson and Dr. Paul R. Ehrlich.
I feel lucky to have a wonderful girlfriend who not only can help me out with fashion advice but who also never seems to mind being dragged around a natural history museum for a couple hours. And that’s exactly what happened on this sunny day in Ann Arbor. University of Michigan maintains several amazing museums including a natural history museum and even a dentistry museum. How cool and kitchy is that? The natural history museum was not only inspired the nerd in me, but it also inspired Jenny to take some photos.