Archive for January, 2010

Floral Fashion Friday: Most Important Trend for Spring 2010

Written By: Amy Lemley Bailey, my scoop Editor and Publisher

The most important trend on the runways for Spring 2010 was ‘Floral’. We see florals frequently in spring and summer fashion since flowers are such a big part of the season, but this year they take on a very important role in our wardrobes. Florals are classy and when accessorized with the must haves of the season, like a vest for layering, large bib necklace, or belt, they create the hottest look for Spring 2010.

Here we have 2 looks from New York Fashion Week. One from Anna Sui, a short flowy dress accessorized with bangles and bright sandals. The second from Cynthia Steffe a long airy dress accessorized with a vest. Both looks show warm tones for Spring.

Anna Sui

Cynthia Steffe

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Bud of the Day

“A flower’s appeal is in its contradictions – so delicate in form yet strong in fragrance, so small in size yet big in beauty, so short in life yet long on effect.” -Adabella Radici

Photo credit: Sara Goldenthal

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Spring for Floral Flair!

Jewelry can be a make-or-break addition to any outfit, and it can give that subtle boost of confidence to really make a person shine. Or, if you’re like me and just like jewelry for jewelry’s sake, it can add a certain sense of beauty to your everyday aesthetic. I’ve scanned the web for pieces of jewelry that pop up in designers’ collections that have some kind of floral flair, and I was shocked at how much I found! After painstakingly narrowing down my results, here are my favorites:

Alex Monroe

When stumbling upon British designer Alex Monroe’s website I was instantly wow-ed. His whimsical approach to designing fairy-tale like collections of jewelry has garnered attention from jewelry lovers around the world. Mixed with other pieces or worn alone, this dainty gold posy piece is absolutely charming.

Gold Posy Bangle, 135 euros from Alex Monroe

Alexis Bittar

Going from selling his first line of jewelry on street corners in SOHO in the late ‘80s, to now being an internationally acclaimed designer featured in Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, Alexis Bittar has come a long way. Alexis Bittar’s Lucite jewelry always adds a splash of color and personality to any look.

Large Crystal Encrusted Reverse Quilt Hinge Bangle, $296.25 from Alexis Bittar


As a jewelry designer in Negev, Israel, Avishag creates modern, angular pieces that are still feminine with touches of floral components. Sold through her Etsy store, Shoogi Spark, these moonstone briolette earrings are just delectable.

Moonstone Briolette Earrings, $32 from Etsy


Who doesn’t love the simplicity of J.Crew? Its collections exude effortless classiness that seems to never go out of style. I’d love to have this dogwood bracelet, good for dressing up any outfit, clinging around on my wrist.

Dogwood Link Bracelet, $78 from J.Crew

Judith Ripka

I love jewelry with mixed silver and gold tones, and Judith Ripka masters the look in many of her stunning collections. These drop earrings show how beautiful the effect of mixed tones can have.

Canary Crystal, Sterling Silver, & 18K gold earrings, $300 from Saks Fifth Avenue


I’m a big fan of LAGOS jewelry, based out of Philadelphia, and these cool blue studs echo the timeless, classic look for which designer Steven Lagos’s fine jewelry line is best known.

Blue Topaz & Diamond Studs, $595 from Saks Fifth Avenue

Located in a suburb outside of Detroit, Patrick Irla makes every piece of jewelry by hand and has a knack for making for making his floral jewelry look like the real thing. His adorable studs can be an everyday staple for those who prefer to keep it simple, and same goes for this romantic silver necklace with small clusters of tiny hydrangea blossoms.

Gold 3-Petal Hydrangea Studs, $260 from Etsy

Silver Hydrangea cluster necklace, $155 from Etsy

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Just wanted to offer up some pretty flowers to brighten your day. Happy weekend!

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Petal Pointer: Remove “Grower” Petals

One of Mimi Brown’s consistent tips when arranging flowers is to always remember to remove “grower” petals, especially from your roses. Roses often travel far to get to us and sometimes the wear and tear shows. Removing any damaged outer petals will make over even the most bedraggled-looking blooms.

In our current issue, Mimi’s design used black roses and darker red spray roses, whose edges do tend to turn brown, so removing those outermost petals is even more important. You’ll be surprised at how this little trick will freshen up your flowers. In fact, it’s something you can continue to do as the flowers wilt.

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New Year, New Notebook

Like bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils embodied Tom Hanks’ love of fall in You’ve Got Mail, so clean, shiny, new notebooks and journals call to me at the start of a new year. (Or, even just a new day!) For writing down grocery needs, top ten lists, ideas for craft projects, or deeper thoughts, a bundle of paper bound up in a pretty, petaled cover gets me every time.

Pluck up this journal from Oh, Joy! “Floral Buds” and “Things to Note” are other floral designs we love on their site.

Oh, Joy!

"I Love..."

Smaller purses will be one of the trends this spring– these mini journals from Jill Bliss will fit into your tiny tote and still have plenty of room for your big ideas:

Mini Journal Set

The design on this photo-sized notebook from Rock Scissor Paper reminds me of the pencil rubbings we did in elementary school.

"Grey Crosshatch"

I’d love to see the “silky” pages supposedly inside this very Victorian-esque petite journal from Peculiar Pair Press.


An organizing fiend’s dream, with color-coded stickers and a plastic envelope for holding miscellany, this spiral-bound journal from Erin Condren makes jotting things down easy since it lays flat when open.


I wouldn’t write anything too personal in these bright, graphic journals by Amy Butler Design, because you’ll definitely want them to be seen and admired.

"Sun Blooms"

"Lucky Flowers"

Found at Peter Pauper Press, this sweet Queen Anne’s Lace design just might inspire romantic musings in the midst of everyday busy-ness.

"Queen Anne's Lace"

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Floral Fashion Friday

Gossamer hair clip from Anthropologie

Headbands, hair clips, and pony tail holders with a floral twist.

The items listed above may go out of stock quickly; nab them fast online or check your local stores. Don’t forget to come back next week for another Floral Fashion Friday!

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