Maybe it's that Valentines' Day is around the corner, but have you noticed all the lovely rose-inspired clothes and decor coming for Spring and Summer? I'm enchanted all over again with the romance of roses...Suddenly, I've got flashbacks of wistfully shopping at Laura Ashley in the eighties. Oh how I longed for all of it and could afford very little. Well, here's our second chance.. And if you're a twenty-something or thereabouts it's all new for you and I say work it!
For this look to work it needs to be paired with sparer and more streamlined decor and brighter or deeper hues. You don't want to get all musty, fusty great aunt with it..
Fashionistas need to mix roses with more modern shapes and rougher textures to avoid the Sue Heck look...(You do watch The Middle, don't you? Sue's character has a time machine wardrobe straight from my high school days c.1983..I don't know how they find the stuff! By the way, the kids in this show are hilarious.)
Stella McCartney Collection. Brighter shades and no lace here!
Toms for Spring...
From my last trip to The Ivy...sigh..Their roses are always amazingly beautiful.
My stylish friend Leasa sent me the link to these gorgeous chintz roses on snakeskin Jimmy Choos...
Helena Bonham Carter. The original Room With a View is one of my all-time favorites. (You can watch the whole thing on this link. The young Maggie Smith and Judy Dench are also superb in this.) Fabulous movie.
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Having Laura Ashley déjà vu yet?
From the 80s Laura Ashley catalogs.. I remember dreaming about these dresses and owned one not unlike these below. No wonder I didn't worry about working out! The one time in my life I was quite tiny and... I was wearing these? How great is the hair?
Such a romantic time. I see now why maybe I didn't go on many dates. I had other things on my mind like emulating Lady Diana. Did I mention I was a bit of a late bloomer?
Anyhow, the Laura Ashley brand is back and the lampshades below are part of their new home collection... Fun!
Stripes pair well with chintzy florals and look hip.
Something about the umbrella and this entry makes me want to run off to the Cotswolds and buy a little cottage..
She's darling...hating her!
My dream bedroom.
Not that I'm sanctioning floral pants, (especially for my age- hello 1980s Guess?), but these are pretty cute on Miranda Kerr and I'm envious of her Sophia Coppola LV bag.
These wedges are on my shopping list for Spring. Can you just see these with distressed jeans and a lacey white vintage blouse?!! A collaboration between Tom's and Shabby Chic they are to be out later in February...
What do you think of this trend? Been there and still love it or all new to you?