When Fashion and Nature Collide – June Issue

As the summer months come into focus, feelings of warmth and life should arise as well. This is the time for good food, good company and great parties! And because Summer = Garden Party the team thought of co-hosting one big virtual one for our June Issue of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Of course, everyone is invited! 💗
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with three of my WP friends: Roda from Growing Self, Lisa from Lismore Paper, and Darren from The Arty Plantsman.
We are The Fabulous Four!
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The third wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Roda’s critter pictures and Darren’s flower pictures. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. If purchases are to be made, these come from vintage shops and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at these inspiring flower and critter pictures that have been hitting the spot for me this month. I am sure they will unearth some passion and ideas that you can put into your party outfits as well. Party on!

The Bumble Bee, Zinnia & Bee orchid

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing Self & Flower photography by The Arty Plantsman – T-Shirt art copyright Lisa Lawrence & design copyright Dominique Nancy – 3C Style, 2018.
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Welcome to my little city garden. Before I show you some outfit ideas for your outdoor party I want to talk to you about the bees and the flowers… Real bees.😊 Bees play a vital role in our lives. Without these little critters there wouldn’t be much food on our plate. And that’s not all they do for us. But nowadays the bee populations are declining due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. We all need to do our share to make sure the beehives are abuzz. Here are four ways you can help:
  • Plant a garden or grow flowers from a window box;
  • Don’t use pesticides… or if you have to go for no-bug toxic spray;
  • Buy local to help support beekeepers in your area;
  • Donate to a non profit organization dedicated to helping protect pollinators like bees.
Lisa and I came up with this BEE CUZ t-shirt to help spread awareness about protecting the bees. See Lisa’s post on Lismore Paper to learn more about her lovely bee artwork. I will soon share with you the story about the making of this t-shirt. It is actually a nice opportunity to tell you how the bees have linked the four members of this team.
Stay tuned for an update on how you can purchase this T-shirt and other great products.

The Bee & the Fritillaria tuntasia

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Bee Photography by Growing Self & Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jun 13, 10 53 41 AM_preview
Let go of your creativity and DIY your old rain boots. Make these with acrylic art paint. Allow at least three to four hours to dry then apply a sealer. Spray some clear spray paint into a cup and use it like regular paint as a sealer. Wait 24 hours before you wear the boots.
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Of course you want to make a great impression at the garden parties that you attend this summer. The easiest way to do this is to be yourself in real time! Summer is for expression. You can’t necessarily call ahead to coordinate colors with the landscaping. However, if you have a look that showcases your best qualities, you can easily become a part of the landscape itself! Here I am in my own garden making sure everything is tidy for our event on June 20th. I know it is not a common gardening outfit, but hey! I’m a rebel fashionista at heart and I follow my own trends.

The Bumble Bee & the Hesperantha vaginata

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing Self & Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jun 08, 3 51 14 PM_preview
Usually garden party attire refers to a dressy casual look and the sundress is the most common choice. But if the invitation is sent by an artist you may bend the dress code a little… I am feeling like a wild and free Bumble bee right now with my striped flared pants paired with a bold ‘hairy’ bustier and a sheer dress. Definitely not something you should wear to a formal garden party, especially if your mother in law or your boss is hosting it. However if you feel up to it this outfit could work for a Hollywood evening party around the pool. The sheer dress could be used as a bikini cover-up (it wouldn’t cover much though). The important thing to remember is always have in mind the person who is hosting the event. That should give you a clue on what to wear.
Photo Jun 08, 3 59 11 PM_previewPhoto Jun 08, 3 54 02 PM_preview‘Hairy’ bustier and Sheer dress – Era Vintage Wear / Handbag, Necklace & Flared pants – Private collection of Elena B.
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The Bee & Dandelion

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of shoes by 3C Style – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Nature Photography by Growing Self Photo Jun 08, 4 45 57 PM_preview
This picture of a bee on a dandelion have inspired me to embellish my yellow vintage shoes. I will soon show you the tutorial so you can DIY yourself a pair too if you feel like putting some sunshine on your footwear… For your next tea party.
Did you know that in addition to granting wishes dandelions are a great source of food for bees? For us, every part of the dandelion has a unique use. Their flowers, leaves, and roots have been used for food, medicine, and even dye. So we should think twice before spraying pesticides on them. I can’t wait for those near my place to turn to white globes of exposed seeds so I can grab a bunch of “puffballs” and blow their seeds into the air. And of course make wishes. I don’t know if what I desire will be granted, but the one thing that is for sure, scientifically, is that by doing so there will be new dandelions in the future.

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The Blue Morpho Butterfly & Fritillaria stenanthera

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Butterfly Photography by Growing Self & Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jun 12, 8 23 57 PM_preview
OK now it’s time to show you what you can really wear for your backyard party. Pastels, whites and floral prints are always a good option. A dark slip dress is also welcome if you want a cool, traditional outcome, as a backdrop for some modern accessories. Just make sure these are in lighter hues. You can get away with a lot more if you come from a base that everyone recognizes! Don’t hesitate to expand, but don’t be afraid to just sit back and relax with the classics if that’s what you feel. With its neutral ground earthy tone, a chocolate brown dress will make you feel comfortable and relaxed, which will play a big role making your party successful. This color pairs well with yellow, pink, peach and coconut milk hues.

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Remember that like the Blue Morpho butterfly which can change its appearance by opening or closing wings -see here the blue Morpho with wings open-, you can transform yourself just by wearing reading glasses, sunglasses or simply a new color of lipstick.
Photo Jun 12, 8 22 17 PM_previewPhoto Jun 12, 8 21 49 PM_previewVintage Chiffon and Velvet Slip Dress & Bag – Era Vintage Wear / Good Soul Blush Floral Print Scarf – C/O Tobi / Sunglasses – Derek Lam (thrift) / Bracelet – Private collection of Elena B. / Earrings – Eugenie Bee
Tip: The hoop trend is still in this Summer. You don’t have to brake the bank to get the new Chanel bag, just use a bracelet to create an instant new look for your small handbag. Hide the chain strap inside your bag.
See the shoe design that Lisa has created with the rich brown pattern of this butterfly in mind. If this print was use by shoe brands it would become an instant hit among fashionistas. It’s the new leopard print!

The Ant & Daffodil 

Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing Self
Every time that you host a garden party, you have the ability to add to the lore of the summer with your ensembles. Just keep in mind you’re out in nature. You want to be at ease, so don’t over do it (Read: think twice before dressing like a Bumble Bee with a ‘hairy’ bustier.) 😄 A little white dress is a classic summer trend. Just add some block heel sandals for an easygoing look that works well with modern accessories such as floral earrings – you’ll fit right in with the flora! So well indeed that some friendly critters may even think you are a flower yourself.
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Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing Self Photo Jun 12, 7 26 46 PM_previewPhoto Jun 12, 7 24 57 PM_previewLonchamp cross body and ring – Private collection of Elena B. / Earrings – Les Boucles d’Alice
Tip: If you want to add some texture or color to your handbag, use a necklace or a scarf as a strap. For this outfit I matched my pearl necklace to this Lonchamp cross body.


The Eranthis pinnatifida + Viola cenisia

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jun 12, 7 48 02 PM_previewPhoto Jun 12, 7 45 40 PM_previewPhoto Jun 12, 7 49 04 PM_preview
Do wear your wrap dress over white jeans. It is a great combo for a brunch or a summer party. Comfy yet very stylish. See here other looks that I’ve created with this versatile dress.
Darren noticed the Pansy in Mont Cenis violet closely resembles the earrings I am wearing with the Eranthis pinnatifida outfit. So we decided to include it here. Accessories are vital to complete a look.

The Splendid Moraea Villosa 

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jun 08, 5 05 34 PM_previewPhoto Jun 08, 5 04 32 PM_preview
It’s a BBQ party among friends? You may go with palazzo styled with a denim jacket for a very relaxed look. This outfit will suit outdoor parties where the dress code is more casual. It may be simple but because it is created with complementary colors it has high impact. Blue shades mixed with orange naturally draw the eye. To learn more about the natural harmony of color read my post: The six basic techniques for creating color schemes.
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Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Flower photography by The Arty Plantsman
_MG_9587Blouse – Mexx / Skirt – Zara / Scarf – Massimo Dutti / Boots – Italian made / Clutch – Samsara / Earrings – Private collection of Elena B. / Watch – Michael Kors
For more formal occasions this lady look is nice. Just ditch the spring boots and put on some gold strap heels instead if you are invited to a business slash get together outdoor cocktail. You’re up to go to your event straight from the office… Because even if it’s summer some of us still have to work.

The Chinese Praying Mantis & Gladiolus orchidiflorus

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Mantis Photography by Growing Self & Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jun 08, 5 17 39 PM_preview
Flowy skirts and dresses are perfect for this occasion… And lighter colors will keep you cool during outdoor events. Gold is bold and beautiful! When it’s mixed with nile green, which represents renewal, it gives the metallic hue a fresh twist. Go for simple and polished designs, but don’t hesitate to make a statement with your sunnies.

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“Do you see the resemblance in the pose between the mantis and this flower?” Lisa asked me. “Oh my, that’s true! This is so cool.” I replied to her. That’s why we have decided to pair these two species together.

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Tip: If you plan to wear heels to a garden party bring your Solemates high heelers. These are  removable heel covers that allow you to walk in the grass and prevent you from sinking into it. You don’t want to damage your Jimmy Choos, right? This product is every fashionista’s best friend.
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The Peony suffruticosa

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Handbag – Tory Burch / Shoes –  Zara / Earrings – Les Boucles d’Alice
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Wide-leg white trousers are a good option for an elegant look. Match it with a simple cami and a handbag in a playful color. Complete your look with a scarf. It adds sophistication to any outfit and will have you shining.
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From these pictures Lisa over at Lismore Paper has created once again beautiful artworks. Please, go visit her site as well as Roda and Darren‘s blogs to get an overall view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.
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The team: Darren Sleep, Dominique Nancy, Roda Shope and Lisa Lawrence.

Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: July 18th. 😀

Stay strong, stay stylish! 
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  1. You look delectable as always Dominique 🙂 And your outfit combinations are inspired! It has been great fun working with you all this month.

    You and Lisa already know how excited I am about the wonderful t-shirt design. This is just the first of many such ideas I am sure!

    Bees have been very significant in our lives and in our friendship and I am glad you are going to tell that story. Dx

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  2. Gorgeous pictures that inspire us all! I had so many favorites this month it was so hard to choose. What an edition! It’s been so much fun! I am so excited you are sharing the story about the four of us and our love of bees. Love to you my friend!

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  3. Supercalifragilistik… magnifique!
    Ce matin debout à 04:45, j’avais un tas de choses à faire; 1:30 plus tard je dévorais encore ton blog… Résultat : rien de fait dans la maison et plein de merveilles dans la tête. Les souliers jaunes relookés, les boucles d’oreilles😲, la jupe turquoise, l’exceptionnelle jupe longue, la serie blanche rouge et jaune sont des coup de coeur; tu es tellement belle! Je suis sans mot devant le soutif à poufpouf! J’adore. Et tu es teeellement sexy sur cette photo! Ah oui j’oubliais : la mante religieuse est ben ben laide. Sale tête de profile. ..
    Bisous xxx Tu es fabuleuse! 🌸🌻🌼🌹

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    1. Quel superbe commentaire! J’aime tellement te lire. Tu me fais toujours sourire avec tes propos bien sentis. Désolée pour le retard causé dans tes tâches, mais bien contente de savoir que le post t’a inspiré. À bientôt Imelda. xoxo

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  4. Oh, and I love the print wrap dress over white jeans.
    I am not much of a fashionista. You’ll usually find me in something plain (and boring). I don’t get invited to garden parties either, but I love your sentiments about the bees and their importance. I save any bees that I find drowning (always risking a sting, but never getting one). The T-Shirt is great. ‘Bee-CuZzzzzzz’
    I know, I altered it. Feel free to use it if you like. I love the sound of it!😊😊😊

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    1. Ah, great minds think alike… We also thought about the CUZzzzzzz and still do actually. We might do a survey among our WP friends before we make up our final decision. Thanks for your feedback. 😀

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  5. Simply beautiful, as always! I am so excited about June’s collaboration! The bee theme makes me love it even more! Heading out to go white water rafting, but wanted to check in with everyone! My camera has been very busy this week! I can’t wait to share photos with you!💚

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  6. Oh I didn’t read a word but was just having a look over the pics. You look so young. How old are you?😂
    And you have wonderful dresses, Dominique. 😂
    Pretty wonderful.😘😘

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  7. Vraiment! Absolument! Les mots… je n’ai pas des mots! Tu es tellement belle et talenteuse! La verité, je suis inspiré! 😍

    J’adore la robe blanche tel comment l’ensemble en Jean.

    J’ai un grand souri!! 😀

    Embraces! Merci d’avoir partagé ce-ci. Ça m’a fait plaisir de lire!

    Muuaah!! 😘

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    1. Thanks so much Mel. Your effort to write in French to me went straight to my heart. You are so kind. You did pretty good too. – Un grand merci pour ce gentil commentaire. C’est toujours un réel plaisir de te lire, en Anglais ou en Français. Bisous. xoxo

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  8. Wow. I feel as just attended a super festive day party surrounded by beauty, nature, and color. Dominique, you are beautiful and I hope I look half as good as you when I dress up. And so much hard work was put into the collage design. Just amazing.

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    1. What a lovely comment. Thanks so much Luda. This team is fantastic. We all feel energised by each others creativity. It is a wonderful feeling to be part of something bigger then oneself. And our WP friends are just amazing. You and the others have been so encouraging. We are so very grateful for all the positive feedback. Muah!

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    1. Thank you Tashnee. This project is hard work but so much fun. I’m grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with such talented and wonderful people. Hope things are going well for you and your family too. Big hug.

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    1. Thanks so much Cris. We are having SO much fun doing this project! The fur bustier is indeed fun and I thought it matched the bumble bee but you’ll never see me wear such a piece in real life. 😀Definitely don’t have enough attitude!

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  9. I can’t even imagine how many hours you spend on this each month! Just amazing!!
    When I saw the fuzzy bustier I thought “there is a party!”.
    It actually reminded me of a few weeks ago. I was sitting out back in AZ, by the pool with nothing but skin on. It was night and dark, and hot! So, I went out to look at the stars, and heard this weird buzzing sound. The neighbors had sent up a drone! So, there may be pics of me, sans bustier, on the internet somewhere 😳I ran back into the house as quick as I could, but you never know 😉 That may be my “when nature and (lack of fashion) collide” moment 🤣

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    1. Haha… That is so funny! I’m pretty sure my neighbours saw me naked a few times too. They don’t need a drone as our houses are very close and my hubby keeps opening the bedroom curtains very early in the morning while I’m having my shower. Sometimes I forget he does that and when I come back to my room to get dress… Well you get the picture!

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    1. Thank you so much, Alison. Yes, it’s a lot of work but so much fun. Now you know what I’m doing at night and on weekends. Hubby is feeling better now, thanks.

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  10. Wow! WoW! WOW! What a super-awesome post!!! It’s like your four get better and better with each new edition! The photographs are glorious, your outfits fantastic and all those ideas and creative work is just amazing!!! Love the rain boots! Definitely going to paint my pair too! And that feathery bustier, so sexy. 😉 Thank you so much for all the inspiration, these posts are my absolute favourites! 😄💕

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    1. You made my day! I always think of you when I do DIY now and I keep asking myself if you would do it like me or differently. Can’t wait to see your rain boots. Thanks so much for your lovely comment. 💕💕💕

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  11. Oh,dear this month you four supersets yourself.and those outfits….there is absolutely nothing I wouldn’t by or I wouldn’t wear,sure few of them won’t suit my Mediterranean figure but there us always a way to camouflage in style😉😍
    That bracelet you wear with stars and love hearts with the pastel and balck color outfit I have it too just with diamonds like stone and not colored ones like yours.
    I really enjoyed this month post😍😍😍😍

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    1. What a lovely comment Ortensia. Thanks so much. Mark your calendar! Next wednesday we will post our July Issue. 😍 Here’s a scoop. Hats, Stairs and Two Special Projects is the theme of our July edition.

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