From childhood, I’ve enjoyed the blooming of irises. My appreciation goes back to my mother who grew irises in her garden. On trips to my grandparents in Oklahoma, Mom would divide my grandma’s irises and take roots back with our family to Missouri. When Michael and I made the move to our home, Mom shared her iris bounty with us. A favorite for me of these heirloom irises now gracing our garden, is the color combination of purple and brown.
The “styling like an iris” inspiration came during on my last trip to Joplin’s Goodwill. My best luck comes at thrift stores when I go in with an clear heart and just see what I like. That day, the general feeling of “Spring’s coming!” was floating around in my head.
Two items that I scored were a oblong chiffon leopard scarf and a never worn cotton/rayon/nylon purple turtleneck with its tag cut out. What does that mean? This is not the first time I’ve brought new looking things home without tags. I don’t know for sure, maybe an alert reader does, but I wonder if the donating brand just didn’t want buyers from thrift stores to know.
Checking out: I threw the scarf on the turtleneck and loved the combo. Got home and pulled out my silk/linen brown Charter Club pants that I found over six years ago from eBay. Adding my Steve Madden Leopard flats…a new outfit is created!
One detail that I like on these pants is a side split (see below). I now find myself designing side splits frequently into pants I make.
Do you like heelless flats? These are the first I’ve owned in a while. For me, it makes them a two-season show, Spring and Fall.
The pin (below), Mr. Leopard, had been quietly hiding in my drawer for a long time. In the ’80’s, I would get pins from museum shops. I believe this guy came from The Metropolitan Museum of art.
I think my new MCK Leopard cuff (below) is pretty chic. Using negative spaces for the spots is ingenious. Georgina Hererra of MCK makes a point to have jewelry lines at all price ranges.
Does anyone else love Rebecca Minkoff’s Love Bags? For me, they give off a Chanel vibe without that hefty price tag. The straps can change from a cross-body look to a shoulder bag look. Love’s come in so many finishes and styles, you can find one to go for about any occasion.
I have gone all out for gold tones today. Purple loves gold. I’m happy that gold is finally showing up more. During the 90’s it seemed to be passé but I kept every piece of gold jewelry I had and am always happy to add to my collection.
Have you ever thought about wearing purple and brown together? Lilac would be another great color to pair with brown and you might see that from me later in the summer.
A Few Links for Today
A lot of Leopard from Steve Madden (mine are sold out).
Thank you for stopping by. I’ll have another blog bit next week. You are certainly welcome to leave a comment or two or three. I love to hear from you.
Husband Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
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Time for my usual link-up blurb!
It’s time for the March 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until March.
Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!
One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry. That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as The RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.
When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want. To be featured in my collage, which I will put on Instagram along with your links, you have to say what item is second loved. That is a “have to”.
If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2 nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).
Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!