Add a cup of flower.
I got a visit from an old friend this week. One of my orchids finally flowered! I have quite a few plants around our home and love the little reminders of summer when I’m looking out at the white blanket of snow on the ground. I have four orchids and the last petals fell off months ago. I’m not sure why or how they decide to get their bloom on but so far only one of the four got the urge. I’ll take what I can get! In China I lived in apartments for the last several years before moving to America so never had the chance or the desire to have a garden. But now that I have a yard I’ve developed quite a green thumb. I love working in my garden and can pull weeds for hours! This kind of activity is great for the body and soul. Fresh air, sunshine, no need to think too much and you can actually see the results of your labor. And then of course there’s the reward of sitting in the shade sipping on a cool adult beverage!
I adore bold colors so when I saw this floral blouse, it was love at first sight. The colorful mix of flowers, leaves and stems over the dark background form such a statement print I knew I had the base for a very cool ensemble. There’s nothing better than bringing a bit of summer into a winter wardrobe to warm things up a bit. I love to use the colors of the ocean or a garden to take the chill off of winter white and stark grey or black. To me staying in the chic zone is always my goal. Luckily it’s a pretty big target and can range from tough to elegant. I think today’s outfit hits more towards the elegant feel which is just where I was aiming!
One of my style laws is that less is more. Since this blouse has so many flowers, colors and prints I paired it with a crisp white midi-length skirt. I’ve mentioned before that the two directions to choose from are staying in the same color family or going with a contrasting color to complement your cornerstone piece. I could have pulled out one of the colors from the floral print but here I thought the contrast color path was more appealing. The blouse is a bit on the dark side, so to keep in the spirit of contrast I went with light for the skirt. So far, so good. I wanted to keep the whole look clean and elegant so went with basic black tights and black heels. But I wouldn’t be ColorAndGrace without my signature bloom of color so pulled in my just right red purse. It’s got some tasteful and welcome bling with shiny metal corner trim. I’m crazy busy lately it seems but always try to pause long enough to put together the right look. After all, you still have to make time to smell the flowers!
Floral Blouse @Ralph Lauren @Lord & Taylor
Skirt @White House/Black Market
Red Purse @Michael Kors
Black Heels @Nordstrom Rack