Botanical Print: Powers The Flower & Link Up

Normally, this post would just be about the botanical print tunic that I’m wearing which is one of my lovely keepsakes from last week’s Black Friday shopping. But this post is a bit out of the norm because of the most awesome and fabulous day I’ve had since I started my blog a little over a year ago. Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting in person (and spending the day with) Michelle, the creative genius behind Shelbee On The Edge, and Amy, Michelle’s good friend and behind-the-scenes blog support crew. In the evening, the three of us attended a private showing of SpyGirl Anne Bray’s Fashion Rainbow Art Exhibition, one of the current exhibits at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica. If you are local to the area, there is an opening reception for the exhibits at the gallery tonight, December 3 from 5-8pm.

The Show, The Artist, And Two Muses

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Fashion Rainbow installation; 51 muses plus the artist. The drawing of me in the second row on the far right.

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Artist Anne Bray

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Michelle from “Shelbee On The Edge”, artist Anne Bray, and me.

Blogger Meet-Up

Earlier in the day, I met up with Michelle and Amy at their hotel as I had offered to be their chauffeur/tour guide for the day. This offer originated from a comment Michelle left on my In Real Life: East Coast Travels post where she said that she was planning to attend the December Blogger Meet-Up in LA and that I should let her know if I was going to be in her neck of the woods on my trip. Long story short, I reached out to Michelle and found out that The Husband and I would be close to where she lives (about 150 miles) but not close enough for an in-person meet-up. However, we were excited about the prospect of meeting each other in December and I offered to pick up her and Amy at LAX. Subsequent communications had us planning to spend Friday together absent any other Meet-Up activities that were planned.

A flight delay and missed connection had Michelle and Amy arriving at LAX much later on Thursday night than anticipated so they used Uber to get to their hotel.  It turned out that Michelle was the only muse/blogger to come in from out of town so there were no Meet-Up activities scheduled other than what we planned ourselves. Fine, whatever … like I said, Friday turned out to be a most awesome and fabulous day.

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How fabulous does Michelle look? I adore her bold mix of floral, stripes, and leopard. So perfect for LA and a fantastic example of pattern mixing at its finest.

Michelle has recently opened Shelbee’s Shop, a traveling fashion boutique where she provides her personalized styling services and offers handpicked on-trend clothing and accessories from a “shop” that comes to you (click on the blog link to get more info). One of her goals for this LA trip was to visit the garment district to find additional suppliers and add to her inventory. Below, you can see Michelle and Amy hard at work selecting new items for Shelbee’s Shop..

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While it was fascinating to watch Michelle in action and to learn a bit about buying wholesale, the best part of the day was spending time with another blogger who has and is facing some of the same blogging struggles that I do and being able to talk about the whole experience of being an over-40 blogger. She is an amazing person (and so is Amy). We talked and talked and talked and no topic was off-limits.  It was fantastic to learn about and from these wonderful women.

Michelle and I enjoying time together at the December Blogger Meet-Up

Michelle and I enjoying time together during the December Blogger Meet-Up

We were able to spend a little bit of time seeing some of the sights in Santa Monica and a stop at the TAG Gallery to see Anne Bray’s exhibit was a fabulous way to cap off the day.

The Botanical Print Outfit

I’ll try to keep the rest of this post short and sweet. I had started out late with my Black Friday shopping after spending the earlier part of the day working on last Saturday’s post and then driving my son back to UCSB. He could have gone up by train but I volunteered to take him so that I could spend some additional time with my son and it would give me the opportunity to stop at the outlet mall in Camarillo on my way back home. I got to the mall at around 5:30pm which gave me about 4 1/2 hours of shopping time.

My first stop was at the Loft Factory Store and that’s where I bought the botanical print tunic you see me wearing in this post. At 5’3″, there are times when a petite size fits me better than a regular size especially in a top/sweater/jacket because I’m a little short-waisted. Loft is a favorite of mine because, besides the styles carried, both the regular and the factory store offer most of their items in both regular and petite sizes.

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In a regular size, this botanical print tunic was a bit too long on me but in a petite, it’s the perfect length. I adore the old-timey quality of the print and the mix of mauve with taupe and black. It would be a natural to pair this tunic with black leggings or skinny jeans, but I thought I try it out with a recently thrifted black and bronze print skirt and my OTK black boots. If circumstances call for needing another layer, I can add my black knit vest.

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I have several snowflake and wreath style brooches that I like to wear in December as a show of my holiday spirit. This bronze snowflake one with amethyst colored stones seemed to be a perfect match for the tunic and my years old dark rose purse adds a pop of color against the black.

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Let’s Wrap This Up

Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s post is Joi from In My Joi. It’s like we were twinning with sparkles and tulle.  This fabulous gal believes that style is a way to express who you are, without having to speak and that each day offers up a blank canvas, a fresh opportunity to use style to express different dimensions of one’s authentic self.

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What was your most awesome and fabulous day this past year? Are there muses in your life that inspire you? How do you meet and connect with new people? And last but not least, how do florals fit into your wardrobe?

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Let’s connect! Subscribe, tweet, follow, friend, love, pin, stumble … all options are available and waiting for you. I look forward to hearing from you. And don’t forget to add a post or two to the link up.

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18 thoughts on “Botanical Print: Powers The Flower & Link Up”

  1. My most fabulous and awesome days recently have been this entire fabulous and awesome weekend spent in LA with amazing women! I cannot express how grateful I am for this entire amazing weekend! It was so wonderful to meet you as well. And I will add my links when I get home and can work comfortably on my computer!

    Thank you for everything!

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

  2. This looks and sounds like such a positively fabulous weekend! I really like what you are wearing. The floral top is beautiful and I enjoy the loose way you have styled it – my natural inclination would be to tuck, so I will definitely keep this in mind.

  3. It was so wonderful to meet you! The three of us were a good team, and it was nice to have adult conversation and fun outings in a beautiful city (mom to two young boys in the cold northeast). Thank you for the new memories and for spending time with Michelle and I! Amy 🙂

  4. Hi Rena
    What a fun time! Sounds like you had a great time meeting Michelle and also the exhibition looked great. How fun to have a fashion drawing of yourself! You look lovely, the OTK boots and burgundy bag are a lovley mix with the floral blouse and black vest.
    Have a great week!
    stop by when you can
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

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