I’m not one to dress up in frilly, puffy dresses around the holidays, so when I saw the Sézane Winter collection,I knew I found my kindred designer. There are several very pretty dresses and fun skirts, but my favorite outfits are styled with jeans. It is very tomboy chic. The color palette is spot on with the majority of it in black, white, navy and camel with hints of red, green and gold. There’s velvet, lace, bows and some animal print to make the pieces more feminine. Nothing is too in your face and over-the-top, but subtly sexy. It’s the perfect cool French girl style! If you’re searching for Christmas ideas for a special lady and want to splurge on her, I think she’d be thrilled to received anything from this Sézane. I know I’d be happy with any of these pieces under my Christmas tree!
I’ve been feeling burnt out lately. My day job has been busy and stressful, which caused me to not take the time off I knew my body and mind needed and then WHAM-O, I got hit with a cold that’s still hanging around. The increased darkness and bitter cold temps haven’t helped my mood and energy levels. It feels like the perfect storm for energy zapping.
What do you do when you’re feeling tired, low-energy and burnt out of ideas?! How do you regain the spring in your step?
Photo via The Sartorialist
Flare jeans are back in vogue. What do you think? Would you wear flares again? I primarily wear skinny jeans, which are great and have a time and a place. (Hey! Knee high boots, I’m looking at you! Also back in fashion.) But it’s always fun to mix it up a bit and wear different styles. I know flares returning will please my husband, Toby. He was never a fan of the skinny jean. A question for you all, would you wear something for your partner that maybe you’re not crazy about, but that they love?
Flares evoke a funky 70s vibe. I think the best way to style them is to pair it with something a little more fitted or cropped on top, like a cropped sweater or a button down shirt. It’s basically the inverse of how a lot of us style our skinny jeans. It’s also important for find a good proportion. I’m pretty short, so something that has a major flare just dwarfs me and accentuates my hips. I look for something not quite so extreme and generally need to pair them with a pair of chunky heeled bots, so I’m not swimming and stomping on the hem. Flares are something that take a bit of finessing, but they are such a fun and cool style to mix in with our other jeans. My favorite look above is the all purple one with purple corduroy flares. What do you think? Would you give flares a chance again?
This is the beginning of a new series on florists who inspire me. I’m starting with Erin Benzakein from Floret, a Skagit Valley, Washington-based farmer florist. Floret is a 2014 award winner of Martha Stewart’s American Made! Congratulations, Erin and Floret! Watch this video about Floret and you will fall in love! I’m not ashamed to admit that I completely teared up when I saw just how beautiful the Floret flower farm is.
Absolutely gorgeous, right?!!!!! How about when Erin walks through the rows of dahlias! And how about that all-yellow bouquet at the beginning! Just stunning! I love that Erin took such common flowers that we see all the time in yards and grocery stores (Brown-eyed Susan’s and sunflowers), but made an arrangement so big and lush it elevates those simple, everyday flowers. It is just breathtaking!
More beautiful photos of Erin’s work! What I love about the first arrangement below are the cherry tomatoes dangling up front. I love the mixture of fruit and veg with flowers.
Floret specializes in growing certified organic heirloom flowers and is considered one of the nation’s leading “farmer florist” operations. They grow most of what they use in their gorgeous bouquets and arrangements. Their design studio is tucked into the heart of the flower farm. What an inspiring place this must be! Floret is a big advocate of chemical-free, American-grown flowers. Only 20% of the flowers available in the U.S. are domestically grown. Such a sad and small statistic. Floret is an inspiration in what they grow and how they want to change the industry!
One thing I love about Erin’s arrangements is that in addition to the beautiful show stopping heirloom blooms, she will mix in common weeds, such as dock. Seeing her use all that mother nature gives us flipped a switch in my head. My back yard is often riddled with weeds, especially dock (which is incredibly hard to get rid of) and I look at them with such scorn. Instead of cursing the dock that keeps on popping up, I should use it (it is free) and turn it into a thing of beauty. This is what I find so inspiring and exciting about Erin, she uses everything around her and doesn’t discriminate. Gorgeous cafe au lait dahlia or common weed, all are welcome and beautiful in her arrangements.
All photos courtesy of Floret Flower Farm.
I’m loving the Dutch floral trend that I’ve seen cropped up in fashion this season. The prints are inspired by one of my favorite 17th century Dutch still-life painters, Rachel Ruysch. Her saturated floral still-lifes are meticulously painted, often on a rich, dark background. This moody atmosphere is what makes this such a beautiful trend for the Autumn and Winter.