THE buy: the button down skirt

Button down skirt, fashion trends this summer

Button down skirt, fashion trends this summer

Button down skirt, fashion trends this summer
I adore this retro trend, there is something very French Riviera in the seventies/Italian vacay in Capri about it. Or maybe for me it is retro because I have been wearing this style for ages.
It's the cute sis of your favorite pair of jeans, all you need is a breezy top, and every pair of shoes looks good; sandals, supergas, booties, heels...
I worn mine all through last summer, but now that the trend is in full bloom I will get some spare ones. Love the Reformation ones, and the now already classic Kety skirt by Alexa Chung for AG. Or a suede one?...


1. Stella McCartney 2. Free People 3. Current Elliott 4. Asos 5. Chloe Stonewashed denim mini skirt 6. Alexa Chung for AG 7. Steven Alan

Dress the part: florist

cute summer style, dress like a florist

 To be a floral rock star! When you think about a job you would like to do, do you imagine the clothes? I always do. Like I said yesterday it sure looks like a satisfying job. Playing around with leaves, petals and demanding customers, waking up at 5, scouring flower markets, driving around you trunk full of your favorite blooms, you need something creative, no-fuss and  insanely cute. Cut me in!


1. Striped t-shirts Jungmaven 2. Sleeveless denim jacket Madewell. 3. T-shirt Dress Calder 4. Skirt Band of Outsiders 6. Superga 7. Canvas field bag 8. One piece. 9. Converse All Stars. 10. Hat. 11. Waxed apron 12. Floral shears 13 Field jacket Filson 14 Cotton sweater Madewell 15. Canvas tote bag L.L.Bean 15. Hunter rain boots 

When I grow up: run a flower shop

Flower shop, floral design

Do you ever think about an alternative life? One where you have chosen a different job? My husband was reading a Chinese horoscope this week. I should have become a policeman and he, who has to be dragged outside his office building, should have been a florist.
We had a whole conversation after, about the dream jobs we imagined for ourselves. I had many (vet, journalist, spy) he a few (carpenter). Even if we are both happy with what we do, we would maybe take different steps if we could go back. Of course it is never too late.
But...but, I am very lucky, 'cause one of the great things about writing is that you can live a different life. You get so far into character that you get to live it. It's called imagination. Beats throwing your whole life around, but maybe that is just laziness talking.

But florist? it made me think...I would love to spend my day surrounded by color, texture, smell, bidding at auctions, strolling the flower market, building relationship with great farms. Sending people away with a smile on their face...Or maybe not
Imagine your Instagram...Flower porn is the new food porn.

Here are some flower power rockstars!

Taylor Tomasi Hill jumped right in to her alternative life, when she left her position at Moda Operandi and became a sought after floral artist, (let's call it that, it certainly requires the creative sensibilities) at TTH blooms. A friend of mine always was fuming about tacky bridal flower arrangements( don't ask) if you have the same pet peeve, Taylor has it down pat.
Flower shop, floral design

Josephine is almost a neighbor of mine, she live-in the Swiss Alps, and has a gorgeous blog and Instagram, where she showcases a wild and minimalistic style.
Flower shop, floral design

Ruby Barber named her flower and garden service after Mary Lennox the character in Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel The Secret Garden. It is a story of the beauty, mystery and rejuvenating qualities of nature. By chance - Ruby's first studio also found itself on the corner of Mary and Lennox Street in Sydney, Australia. Her arrangements are dramatic, baroque, almost if they sprang from a classic Dutch painting.
Flower shop, floral design

Fox Fodder farm is the place I would like to work. A floral and garden design company. Taylor Pattison was raised on a farm, and its the nostalgia for her way of upbringing that she tries to bring to their designs. Oh and if you would like to know how an actual day for one of these lucky girls involves.
Flower shop, floral design

Hattie Fox runs the flower shop at the Ace Hotel in London. Welcome to the jungle says the sign at the entrance. Well I am sold. And I better not tell my husband this ( as a Guns and Roses fan) or he will really start to regret his life choices. Well me and you too, if you check her on Vimeo!
Flower shop, floral design

No, I changed my mind. I want to work at Moon Canyon! Kristen Caissie specialize in flowers and styling for parties and for amazing wreaths. She forages from the Californian wilderness for them, and I am so going to try to make this one next time I am in Italy.
Flower shop, floral design

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Fashion trends: Get her '70 wardrobe: Goldie Hawn

When I look back at our seventies icons; Faye Dunaway, Jacqueline Bisset, Ali MacGraw, they are all so so stylish, but a bit...serious? If one girl always seemed to have fun, as she still always seems to be having, it's Goldie.
I am sure Kate Hudson took some notes, and maybe even stole some from her mom's closet, when she played Penny Lane.

So take inspiration for the seventies trend from the ultimate sunny Californian , lots of peasant dresses, stripes, flares...
And check her out being so young and so funny)

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