Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wearing a Real Flower











     I went to an outdoor party last weekend and this is what I wore. On a whim, I cut a dahlia from my garden and secured it with two bobby pins. I was surprised the flower lasted well into the evening. There's something fun about wearing a real flower especially a flower that you have grown in the garden. Pinning a flower on your lapel or in your hair makes the simplest outfit come alive.
     Since this event was outside on grass, lower heeled shoes seemed like the best decision. If you need a small bag, this one is a beauty and the color combination works great with many outfits. 

shoes--giani bernini
bag--coach (bloomingdales)
dress--nine west (consignment purchase)
bracelet--gift from Stacie

location--reflecting pool near a chapel in Minneapolis

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the pleated poppy
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42 comments:

  1. Ann, this type of dresses I love most.
    Perfect fit, figure flattering, feminine, ideal for an outdoor party as well as for the office.
    You are so right about lower heels for working on grass.

    Beautiful phots!

    Annette | Lady of Style

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  2. What a gorgeous setting! I like how you've echoed the colorblocking with the shoes and bag. Your fresh dahlia is such a nice touch for a garden party!

    I also wanted to mention that I was finally able to watch the video of your artwork and that it's AMAZING! Not only the technical part, but the lovely dreamlike imagery.

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  3. Thanks so much, I appreciate the supportive comments. This time of year Minnesota is lush and green.

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  4. The flower is a beautiful touch! I love that gorgeous Coach bag too!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart
    JCrew Giveaway!

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  5. The flower really is the perfect finishing touch! I've used those bright pink orchids -- the ones that always seem to decorate spas -- in my hair before, and they look good especially in braids. I did that almost every day during our Thailand vacation a few years ago! Beautiful, atmospheric photos as always. :)

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    1. I bet that was beautiful. I didn't think of orchids, they would be the best flower for this because they are long lasting.

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  6. How gorgeous do you look!!!! I absolutely love the outfit and I have to tell you that after seeing that Coach bag in an earlier post, I happened to be at a Coach outlet and was delighted to find it. I love it and always think of you when I wear it.

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    1. Oh how sweet! It's a great bag isn't it? Thanks for your comments, I love hearing from you.

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  7. What a nice place to take pics! And you in between look fabulous in your beautiful dress. The gardenia is the perfect accessory for it. I love your little back with the small additions of pink.

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  8. Gorgeous dress and perfect find! As always skillfully accessorized.

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  9. That is a lovely dress and known to many of my friends as the Nine West "Magic Dress" (not sure if that is it's real title) as it looks amazing on all shapes and sizes. The ombre effect is very attractive. And Ann your photos are beautiful as always.

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    1. This design would look good on women of all shapes and sizes. I have several dresses like this and find I wear them often. Thanks Deborah.

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  10. Again perfect. The dress looks gorgeous and the flower too. Tha bag is to die for. How I love Coach. The shoes are not my favourite but very sensible to wear walking on grass and still elegant.
    Greetje

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  11. The idea of a real flower is simple but works so well. For a party in a garden it is perfect! You are right about your bag: it is very versatile ( and beautiful! )

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  12. You always put together the best outfits! Thanks for inspiring me :)

    & Thank you for linking up with Friday's Fab Favorites!

    Lauren xx
    www.stylelixir.com

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    1. Thanks Lauren....You inspire me also.

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  13. Very beautiful! Everything is so colour coordinated and the flower adds freshness to the look.

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  14. The flower is the perfect touch to your outfit! The dress is so flattering on you!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  15. You really have some beautiful dresses, Ann. This one is such a flattering fit and the flower is the perfect touch!!

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  16. Your dress is beautiful and the flower is the perfect accent. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday!

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  17. That bag is so beautiful and so is the flower!

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  18. Very beautiful Ann. The flower is so perfect it doesn't look real. :-) xo

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  19. EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of this post is wonderful. The graphic pattern of the dress is a statement piece in and of itself. Love how you paired it with the two-tone leather (comfy) sandals. I always look forward to your incredible taste in photography and what you come up with. The photo of you sitting inside the columns has got to be my all time favorite thus far. And, the photo of the bracelet, brilliant! Thank you Ann for sharing your talent once again.

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    1. Thanks Trina, you are so kind. I enjoy doing a post like this, different pictures in one spot. Keeps me looking around for new places!

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  20. The flower and the coach crossbody are the perfect accessories for your lovely dress. Beautiful!
    xoxo Natasha / FreeUrCloset

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  21. Gorgeous dress, this beautiful colors and pattern! Looks great on you dear Ann :)
    The flower in your hair is so cute. Very nice and fresh color.
    Love your sandals, the look very comfortable. The last 5 years I can not walk in high-heels anymore and love shoes I can wear all day long without pain. Like the combination black and brown :)
    As usual very tastefully chosen pictures :)

    Dana, Germany
    have a wonderful week
    http://danalovesfashionandmusic.blogspot.de

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    1. I have to be careful with my feet too. Not too long in heels either. I wear an arch supporting sandal at home. Thanks for the comment.

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  22. Your headwear is divine! The flower is the perfect way to pick up the color infused in your dress, and yes, come alive. You have given me a Hat Attack! I'm sure that you were turning many a head at the party.

    Your background is gorgeous, as are your accessories, which are displayed with great artistry.

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  23. Gorgeous and what a fantastic idea for the flower! Those shoes are to die for. Love the contrast in colors - they would go with everything! And that dress is perfect with the pink punches of color. Lovely!
    xo ~kim & chloe

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    1. Thanks so much for your comments. These shoes are super comfy.

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  24. Your head to toe look is fabulous. I, too, like to use interesting backdrops when I post about fashion. I think your photographs are magazine-worthy. Looking forward to your future posts now that I have discovered your blog.

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    1. Thanks, I am having the most fun making the photo. I really love accessories......bags, shoes, jewelry. Hope I can create some posts you enjoy in the future!

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  25. You are such a romantic ... and how well you wear it. Of course the bloom stayed fresh while YOU were wearing it! Beautiful ombre and print! Shoes and bag ... just perfect. Lovely photos by your talented photographer. Hope you had a wonderful time!

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    1. Thanks Jan! We did have fun taking these pictures. It's been a 70 degree summer mostly, a pleasure to be out side.

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  26. The flower is such a beautiful pop of color against your hair! The bag is stunning, too. You look perfectly dressed for an outdoor party and your photos are vividly beautiful, as always ;-)

    Alicia

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  27. Lovley bag!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  28. Wow, I thought I had commented on your post and I see my comment. I forgot? I love the dress, the pattern and design. You are very smart. The shoes and bag are cuties. The flower in your hair is a really beautiful.

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  29. So perfect for an outdoor party! Thanks for linking up for Favorite Fashion Friday. Hope to see you back tomorrow!
    Tara
    Penniless Socialite
    Necklace Giveaway!

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  30. Aren't those shoes great? I have a pair with pink and rose colored straps.

    Popped by from Hat Attack #2.

    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com/2013/08/ice-cream-cone-soft-sculpture-hat-and.html

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  31. love this and that it is a real flower. Might have to take this as some inspiration and add one of my Dahlias to my look!

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  32. Ann, I've already commented on this post, but want to thank you for linking up with Hat Attack in your glorious hair flower. When I first views these photos, I had the thought that the real flower would be perfect on Hat Attack, and I was so happy to see your smiling face pop up on my screen.

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