Bloom Boldly

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There’s nothing like wearing a garden print, full of brilliant blooms to get you into the spirit of Spring.  It’s a time of new growth and I’m enjoying exploring the ultra feminine florals in my closet this month.  Wearing floral patterns is a way for me to express the softer, more romantic side of my love affair with prints.  With flowers on the brain, I’ve also gotten into the mood for an upcoming Spring Brunch / Jewelry Party I am hosting next week.  I have been busy the last few weeks, handcrafting all the decorative details.  I’ll share all the festivities in an upcoming post.  In the week ahead, may you bloom as boldly on the outside to match your beauty on the inside.

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{Dress/2b bebe, Coat/Bag/JCPennys, Shoes/AMIClubWear, Green Ring/Thrifted, Earrings/Vintage, Bought in Venice, Italy}

Flowers in Bloom

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One of my favorite parts of traveling is experiencing all the new sights, the unfamiliar smells and sounds.  When I travel it’s as if my senses are heightened and I am more receptive to my environment.   Lately, I’ve realized that I don’t need to be half way around the world to experience the natural beauty in the world.  All I have to do is open my eyes and heart and the magic is everywhere.  In the chirping birds, in the blue sky, in the abundant flowers in bloom.  Spring is a great reminder of the wonder and restorative qualities of the nature that surrounds us.

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 { Dress/JCPennys, Top/Target, Shoes/LolaShoetique, Earrings/Claire’s, Bangles/Santee Alley, Hat/99 Cents Store}

From My Beach To Yours

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April 10th was the five year anniversary of my grandmother’s passing.  Her wish was to have her ashes scattered, along with my grandfather’s, in the ocean.  As a family we honored her last wish and each year on the anniversary of her departure we spend the day at the beach, playing, laughing, remembering her and loving one another.  We finish each visit as a group by placing white flowers into the ocean for her.  We celebrate each year at the same beach, one which we have visited many other times throughout the years.  Only, on this special day, two years in a row, have we seen a single whale, very close to shore.  We all believe it’s a sign that she is there with us, in spirit, joining the family gathering that she inspired.

The forecast called for a cold, overcast day for our beach celebration.  To our surprise, it was a glorious, warm, beautiful day.  It was perfect with warm sand and stunning blue waters. Another sign that we are exactly where we are supposed to be.

I see you, in the beauty that surrounded us that day. Lovingly remembering you, from my beach to yours, wherever it may be, my Grandma.

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{Pants/Wet Seal, Shirt/Marc Ecko, Sandals/Target, Bag/Blanket/Bought in Mexico, Bangles/From Mali and Ghana, Studded wrap bracelet/Sunglasses/Claire’s, Shell Ring/Bought in Honduras, Necklace/Made by my Sister}

Growing My Garden

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Our lives are a patchwork of many gardens.  Our family garden, our friendship garden, health garden, spirit garden and many more.  Like a seedling, each of your gardens needs love, care, time, attention, cleansing, and nourishment to grow and flourish.  We shift our attention from garden to garden, savoring the sweetness, admiring the blooms and periodically wading through the weeds.  My gardens are a place of stillness, reflection, calm and growth with the occasional tumble weed rolling through.  In my personal journey, I have found that if I neglect any one of my gardens, if effects all of them.  It takes daily practice on my part to shower a little sunshine on each of my life’s gardens.  My goal is to create a glorious, harmonious, bountiful garden that I can enjoy for years to come.  With each life experience I have, I am growing my garden.

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{ Top/Target, Pants/Bag/Ross, Shoes/Marshall’s, Bracelets/Earrings/Claire’s}

Bohemian Spring

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Floral prints can be prim and proper, bold and exotic or cool and relaxed.  Saturday, I opted for the earthy tones and flowy fabric of one of my favorite floral pieces.  It is a non-conventional floral print in warmer colors and I love it’s versatility.  It’s actually a swim cover up that I’ve worn in Fall over long sleeves and am now enjoying in the heart of Spring.  It ‘s a great piece for Flea Market romping or festival dancing. Paired with worn in jeans, comfy sandals and a floppy hat, I am ready for a Bohemian Spring.

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{ Jeans/Tank/Cover Up/Sandals/Ross, Necklace/Gift, Wood Bangle/From India, Stone Bangle/From Turkey, Hat/99 Cents Store}

Two Birds With One Stone

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So, I killed two birds with one stone.  Continuing my personal floral challenge for the month of April, I think these abstract floral striped pants just make the cut.  I am also working on honing my pattern mixing skills and I think this is a valiant effort on that front.  I am still relishing in the delight that I found this hat at the 99 cents store and these pants for 75% off!  Shopping lesson: Never limits the corners in which you go hunting. Surprises are in the darndest places!

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{Pants/Peter Pilotto for Target, Top/Newport News, Cape/Charter Club @Macy’s, Shoes/LolaShoetique, Hat/99 Cents Store, Necklace/Rose Bowl Flea Market, Earrings/JCPennys}