Aaah, the smell of a new book! I would honestly wear it as a perfume if I could. Seriously, that’s why I’m not a huge fan of eBooks. Try pressing your nose against an iPad and see what you get!
My nose in a book = The Language of Flower (must be read aloud in a stereotypical hack French accent—“flao-WAEHR”)
As a child, I would often put my favorite flowers in my books and let them dry. I still remember the scent of the roses and lavender, which continue to inspire me to this day. In fact, these two beautiful scents serve as the basis for this month’s featured fashion. We also have two ensembles based around aloe.
I’d love for you to get nosy and pick through our August looks, all inspired by the aromas of lavender, roses and aloe. Hopefully, you have time to do the digging, and bonus points if you caught all three nosepick jokes.
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman. Our team also create designs for our shop at Fashionedbynature.threadless.com Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
The third Wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa and Darren, that were inspired by Darren’s flower and critter pictures, and sometimes Lisa, myself or other photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage boutiques and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Enjoy the issue!
Floral patterning is fashionista fallback look number one. Not everyone likes floral patterns, but if you do, the two outfits I have in mind from these rose pics should get your juices flowing!
For the first outfit, I have styled a 9 to 5 Fall look. A white skirt mixed with a beige knit and nude pumps features a button set that can open up and show the legs after work. Vintage ’50s Dior original fabric literally ties the look together at the waist with a floral brocade belt. If you’re looking for a creative subtlety to your floral patterning, this is your look.
Thank you Elena B. Chartier for giving me this beautiful fabric that inspired me to create this belt. Lisa and I are working on an art project at the moment and this fabric is our primary source of inspiration. Stay tuned!
Elaine from ERA Vintage Wear gives us a modern take on a fairy-tale classic with this vintage fabric white organza dress. This second look is definitely an outfit for a red carpet occasion. The organza fabric models the petals of a rose. I just added black sandals and a vintage embroidery black bag.
My friend Lisa have pattern her mix media artwork with Darren’s photos of the roses and one of my pic. You can see her work title The Grace of a Rose on her blog (link below).
The smell of lavender always triggers nice memories of my childhood, and Darren’s lavender artwork reminds me of these peaceful moments. I wanted my outfit to reflect that feeling. So here’s another vintage strapless dress with a fairy feel (also from ERA Vintage Wear), but this one is simpler. I think the look is perfect for a wedding where you want to look outstanding without standing out (and overshadowing the bride). Sugar hues are again very trendy this Fall, and the lavender color is simply amazing. I have styled this girly dress with leopard pumps to give it some edge.
Have you noticed the bee in the pic above? The chipper little critter kept turning around me. I guess it wanted to keep the lavender for itself.
See below the recipe of my lavender and aloe soothing mist.
I’m so glad more people associate green with the positive aspects of an eco-friendly life rather than negative feelings of envy. This green can actually wow people as a total look or be mix with earth tones such as navy, gray or sandy beige. From New York, London, Milan and Paris, the Fall/Winter 2019 runways featured lots of green hues. Apart from tint of aloe green, expect to see pistachio, emerald, Granny Smith apple green and deep forest shades all over the streets this next autumn.
I feel like a gem whenever I’m wearing this color! A floral accent (in this case a silk belt) brighten the look. A green snake skin vintage tiny purse complete the outfit and gives it more texture.
Green for Interior Decor
Green is a relaxing color to the eye and its freshness induces a natural atmosphere of harmony and peace. Use this color in your interior decor especially when you want to create a calming retreat. In her shop, the sustainable designer Elaine Léveillé used a variety of greens and earth tones to make her white walls shine and inspire a fresh and relaxing atmosphere.
These photos were taken by Darren on his last trip to Montreal while we were visiting my friend Elaine at her boutique. Yes, I had my hair cut since then. I included these pictures in this edition of When Fashion And Nature Collide because they fit so well with Darren’s Aloe artsy photography.
Thanks so much for stopping to smell the roses (and the lavender & Aloe) with me. Stick around – I can’t wait until you smell what we are cooking up for next month!
Credit: Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau (except the photos in ERA Vintage shop, which are by Darren Sleep) –– Flowers and Aloe Photography & Lavender artwork by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Aloe and Roses papers, recipe card, and Aloe You Very Much & Aloe and Goose artwork by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Lavender and Aloe Soothing Mist recipe, flatlay styling and photography & Photo collages by 3C Style
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our monthly collaboration.
Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: September 18th
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