inspired by flowers


This month’s By Invitation Only topic is “Flower Power,” and how our style is inspired by flowers. I think of my Grandmother every time I see camellias; they were her favorites. She also loved her scarves. You probably see where I’m going with this…


Harpers Bazaar top ten list scarves
LOVE that scarf!


If the Fashion Weeks street style sightings were a hint, Harper’s Bazaar (March issue, above) and WhoWhatWear have gone on the record: you can safely pull your printed silk scarves out of storage and begin wearing them again.

silk scarf spring 2015

If you’re a little hesitant, my suggestion would be to start with a sheer or soft, lightweight scarf in a floral pattern. Square or oblong, small or large, it’s all good. I’m always drawn to floral prints, and find that scarves are the easiest way to add florals to an outfit.

Alexander McQueen scarf, French Kande bracelet

Keep the arrangement simple, not too fussy. A just-threw-it-on look keeps a silk scarf looking modern.

To see more “Flower Power,” please do go visit Spenderosa for the rest of the By Invitation Only blogger linkup.

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more from the Shopbop sale

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

As requested, here are a few more picks from items still available at, discounted up to 25% off with code BIGEVENT15. What I like about these types of promotions is that they include new season pieces and it’s always nice to get something “fresh” at a discount. The promotion ends at midnight tonight, so do check it out. I’ve made another pass through some of my favorite items. I’ve focused more on accessories, as many of the clothing items I like are sold out in all but one or two sizes. As of this posting, all of the items above were still available.

Printed scarves are making a comeback (more on this next week) so 2 and 4 are pretty and lightweight options.

If you love stripes but are wary of horizontals, this diagonal stripe top 1 is flattering (and SLEEVES!). I love my Equipment silk blouses, and 6 is such a pretty color for Spring. The floral print is abstract enough not to lean twee.

Bucket bags are the biggest handbag trend I’ve seen in years. I’ve included two here, 3 is another of those great mid-price “inspired by” bags (this one “inspired by” that Saint Laurent that’s been seen on a lot of the Fashion Week street style snappees. If you need some color and you need it NOW, number 7 has a nice clean design that lets the color take the spotlight.

I know not everyone is into the slip-on sneakers, but if you are, these from Vince (5) are some of the best out there. They run large so go down half a size.

Happy shopping!


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shape shift

cardigan | top | scarf (similar) | pants (similar) \ bracelet | shoes (similar)
cardigan | top | scarf (similar) | pants | bracelet | shoes (similar)

Lately, I’ve been drawn to soft shapes with a lot of movement, floaty bits that dance along when I walk. I’d purchased these jersey slouchy knit pants a few months ago, thinking they might be good for my Hong Kong travel wardrobe, but they ultimately didn’t make the cut. They’re so comfortable, and when combined with the right pieces, flattering even. Just for grins I tried them with my long cardigan, and loved the result.

Alexander McQueen scarf, French Kande bracelet
Bracelet: French Kande

Of course, the sheer silk scarf really makes the outfit. I spied this scarf on a rack at Neiman Marcus last spring, and it was as they say, un coup de foudre. I may have gasped out loud when I saw that print. I was surprised to find out it was an Alexander McQueen piece, as there were no obvious skulls. (Turns out there are skulls, but they are subtle and only visible when the scarf is laid out flat.) Sadly I’ve not been able to find it online anywhere, but perhaps an intrepid Sales Associate could help you track it down.

Clarks open toe shoes
These are Clark’s from last year; I’ve included some similar styles in the widget below.

Le Monsieur and I are planning a long weekend getaway next month for our 20th anniversary, and I thought this would be a good outfit for one of our evenings out. But I’ve also styled (and worn!) these pants for the office, and will show you that soon.

Eileen Fisher long cardigan, Alexander McQueen scarf
Wearing the Chanel Rouge Coco “Arthur” on lips, Chanel “Tentation” on toes. This polish wears like iron.

A few people have asked me about my photo process. I don’t have a photographer, or any special lighting setup. During the winter months, I’m limited to taking outfit photos on weekends and have to rely on “good” natural light, so probably have about an hour to 90 minutes total per week in which to shoot. I use a DSLR on a tripod, and a remote shutter trigger (which you can sometimes catch a glimpse of in one of my hands) set for a 2-second delay.

Have you tried any new clothing shapes recently?

Linked up with Visible Monday at Not Dead Yet Style.


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