FLOWER POWER: florals on white

My love affair with florals germinated as a child and blossomed in my teen years during the ’60s.

Inspired by my mother who adored flowers; besides having floral prints on her gorgeous dresses and blouses, we had floral drapes in our living room and her bedroom had a bedspread of pink roses with matching curtains. She bought the same bedspread for me with matching curtains in lavender.

Influenced by the flower power of the ’60s, I began sewing bellbottoms and tops with floral designs. For my wedding, I made a daisy wreath for my hair. You might say I was a flower child.

It’s grown into an obsession with so many floral prints in my wardrobe: daisies, roses and sunflowers to name a few–petite fleurs to big bold flowers–they are becoming my trademark lately.

If you saw my previous post you’ll notice that this is part 2. I bought two tops at Simons, made with the same eco-friendly fabric: LENZING™ ECOVERO™ | SUSTAINABLE ECO-RESPONSIBLE PRODUCTION | A LOWER FOOTPRINT  – forest conscious, reduction of emissions, water conscious.

On our weekend excursion to Kincardine, I was delighted to see the magnolias were still in bloom! I look forward to these blossoms every year!

A walk along the beach of Lake Huron and it’s the end of a perfect day!

Flowers always make me smile because I see the beauty of God’s creation!

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29 Responses to FLOWER POWER: florals on white

  1. Kaitlin (Zarowny) Roth says:

    I love this look!
    The pink framed sunglasses compliment it perfectly.
    And I never would have thought to wear red pants and shoes with it, but it looks absolutely stunning!
    Definitely giving me new ideas for colour combinations. 🤩

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much Kaitlin! Pink and red together used to be a forbidden fashion rule, but hey! who needs rules when we can have fun with fashion, right?

      ❤️carmen

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  2. Nancy Dynes says:

    Once again you look fabulous, Carmen! From your gorgeous floral top to your accessories (love the sunnies and chunky bracelet!) you’ve styled everything impeccably. The red pants and booties create an elegant long line that really make the darker shades in the flowers pop, and the magnolia trees are still looking magnificent and providing the perfect backdrop for your photos. I also want to thank you for promoting eco friendly brands, I feel I need to be more conscious of this so I very much appreciate that you feature them.

    It’s so cool that you designed your own floral clothing as a young girl! From what you’ve shared, it’s obvious your mother was also quite stylish and had great taste—like mother, like daughter!
    I can just imagine your lovely lavender bedroom decor, because I had a lavender floral bedspread and curtains too!! I received mine at age 14 when we moved house and my sweet mom let me choose the color palette for my new bedroom. I chose lavender EVERYTHING, from walls to bedding to rugs, my room was a veritable sea of lavender. And it wasn’t like today’s tasteful, subtle lavenders with gray undertones. Mine was the most beautiful fairy princess meets magical unicorn butterfly lavender. Pretty much the only items not lavender were my hamster, Chewbacca (basic brown undertones), my flute and clarinet cases (both black—probably why I’m stuck on black handbags), and the posters of my most favorite teen idols in any galaxy, Mark Hamill and Sean Cassidy (never asked me to marry them but I’ve moved past it). #BESTroomEVER!

    So in the last comment I left you I wished you a happy weekend and didn’t realize I’d done that on a Monday until you mentioned you had to double check your calendar! I actually operated on the basis that the next day was Saturday for the entirety of Monday. It was a huge disappointment when I realized the weekend was so far away. I laughed so hard at myself. I can only plead pandemic fatigue-lol. Since today actually IS Friday—I just double checked—I can safely wish you a happy weekend. Thank you again for the inspiration and smiles you bring to my day!

    P.S. I still haven’t purchased the handbag. Now that everyone in our family is fully vaccinated we’re hopefully going to my daughter’s home near Atlanta for Mother’s Day weekend, where there is actually a Givenchy boutique (we don’t have one in Charelston). This way I can try on the bags and get a sense of which color I like best. Knowing me I’ll probably end up bringing home an entirely different bag and it will still be black, but it will be fun to shop for it with my daughter. We’ve been separated for over a year due to the pandemic.

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    • carmen says:

      And again Nancy, you have brightened my day with your wonderful comment, I loved reading it and finding out more about you! Thank you for taking time to notice the details, even my chunky bracelet so I took a closeup for you of two of mine I thought you might like. I love fashion jewellery, and often find some fun bracelets at thrift shops.

      It makes me very happy that you are also conscientious of eco-friendly fashion. It is the main reason that I continue to blog, to promote SLOW FASHION, mentioning it pretty much in every post, including cruelty-free and fair trade. You might say it’s my fashion mission. 🙂

      Thank you so much for comparing me to my mom (like mother, like daughter) that is the best compliment I could ever receive (although, she was far more elegant than I am). My mom was a hairdresser and beautician so she looked like a movie star, never a hair out of place and always meticulously dressed like she was going somewhere special, even to go grocery shopping. She had a huge influence on me.

      That’s so cool that we both had similar bedrooms in our childhood, my walls were a pale shade of lavender. Instead of a hamster I had a white poodle and I had a poster of the Beatles. It was a different decade. 🙂

      Funny how weeks and weekends just blend into each other and we never knows what day it is unless we check a calendar.

      Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you will add a pink purse and a red purse to your collection someday. 🙂

      ❤️carmen

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      • Nancy Dynes says:

        Your mom does look like a movie star! I love the styles and handbags of that time and the hairstyles were soooooo fabulous. Women were ladylike and refined. I think that’s why I like watching the old movies. Audrey Hepburn is my all time favorite style icon and the reason I decided to add a Givenchy bag to my collection, although I feel like today she would choose Ferragamo. And you had a white poodle—awwwwww!! I was a tad young for the Beatles in the mid 60’s, but that didn’t stop me from loving their music when I was a teen. I had a secret crush on Paul Mcartney, maybe I still do… All I can say is that during the pandemic instead of singing the ABC song to be sure I washed my hands for 20 seconds, I altered the words from ‘With a Little Luck’ to (with a little soap we can wash it off, we can wash those germs right down the sink, etc…) and turned it into a 20 second hand washing song.

        Your bracelets are stunning and look handmade. Do you happen to have a link to them, or were they a one-of-a-kind find?

        I totally understand how you feel about being compared to your mom. I always feel humbled to be compared to my wonderful mom, and hope to someday have a pinky finger of her goodness. Even though she passed 6 years ago I still think of her throughout each day and hope she’ll be proud of who I am and how I live my life.

        My mom was also quite elegant back in the day. I think she might’ve been a believer in slow fashion before it was a trend. I feel it had to do with the Great Depression/WW II ethic/mentality. Items were made to last and nothing was disposable. She purchased high quality pieces to comprise her basic capsule wardrobe and took good care of them. Some of the things I was blessed to inherit are a Chanel quilted flap bag, strands of pearls, her wedding/engagement rings, and her lovely coat collection from when she lived in the midwest (some from the 40’s and 50’s). I’m especially loving the swing coats, not that it’s often cold in Charleston, but I use every possible chance to wear them. I’ll never need to purchase another coat! I wear her wedding set on my right hand. I also wear her pearls as it’s good for them to be worn, but I’m terrified to carry the Chanel. I treat it like a museum piece and preserve it for my daughter.
        Sorry to chat your ear off like this! I’ll keep my eyes open for your next post:-))

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        • carmen says:

          It’s so interesting to read your comments Nancy! Your mom sounds amazing! We both are very blessed to have such good mothers and we miss them dearly. Our mothers both came from a time when clothes were not disposable and they took care of them. The styles were indeed ladylike and elegant. Like you, I have some of my mom’s jewellery and clothing which I cherish as beautiful memories. It’s wonderful that you wear your mom’s wedding set!

          I enjoy watching the classic movies too, Audrey Hepburn is also one of my favourites!

          I’ve had these bracelets for several years. I’ve made some bracelets and necklaces, but not these ones.

          Thanks so much for stopping by again! Have a great week. ❤️

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  3. purpleslob says:

    It looks like the magnolia blossoms gently drifted off the tree onto your shirt!

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  4. moragnoffke says:

    So pretty and such a beautiful background. I love flowers too 😃😍💐

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks so much! There were a number of magnolia trees and I wanted to stop at every one of them; these were from three different homes and with all the gardens in bloom it was breathe-taking!

      ❤️carmen

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  5. Aww it was so nice that you got the floral love affair like me Carmen! I am sure your curtains looked so nice in Lavender. Florals are a must have in any woman’s closet I think! The white floral top can be utilized so much this spring and summer . It looks really pretty with the red pants. The magnolia photos are lovely . It sure looks peaceful along lake Huron. You are right… it is a wonderful world! Have a nice weekend, best wishes, Terri xo.

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    • carmen says:

      Indeed, it is a love affair that never ends! The beauty of God’s creation is in every little flower and blossom, and stretches out from sea to sea, from the mountains to the valleys! What a wonderful world!! 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

      ❤️carmen

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  6. utesmile says:

    Your top totally blends in with the Magnolias. It looks so lovely! Glad you need your sunglassees, it means the sun is warming up the place. Isn’t Spring wonderful ♥

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks so much! I was going to ask – can you find me? It was a gorgeous spring day and feels so good to be out soaking up sunshine and taking in all the beauty, a wonderous sight to behold! Lake Huron is so vast that you can’t see where the water ends and the sky meets. The fresh air was invigorating! 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

      ❤️carmen

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  7. josep-maria says:

    Beautiful blouse and beautiful combination with the pants. The print is great and I love the color of your pants. The pink background, common every year, is wonderful. When I see similar trees I always associate them with you, they are yours.

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    • carmen says:

      You know me well and you have a very good memory! Every year these beautiful blossoms inspire me and I only wish they would last longer. My next post will be a collection of photos of magnolias through the years. I sincerely appreciate your kind comments! 🙂 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

      ❤️carmen

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  8. Nancy says:

    I love that blossom and the sea! And floral clothing items are so cheerful!

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  9. CARMEN IS SUPERB IN MANY WAYS…INCLUDING HER VIEWS ON LIFE AND HER WARDROBE WHILE LIVING IT! ❤

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  10. Jodie says:

    That top is almost like camouflage in front of that tree Carmen!! How absolutely lovely,
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    • carmen says:

      Thanks so much! Yes, it’s a camo top, I would have been totally camouflage if I had been wearing green pants, like the green grass! 🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

      ❤️carmen

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