Wine And Roses: Powers The Flower & Link Up

Wine and roses seemed like an appropriate title for this post (considering the floral print skirt) and it pays homage to a certain upcoming “holiday”. I mean, how many advertisements have you seen or heard recently about buying flowers and other assorted gifts for Valentine’s Day? The stores are filled with candy and heart festooned trinkets and window displays are showing styles ranging from sweet to rockin’.

Sweater – Lauren Conrad (pretty option, another choice)
Skirt – thrifted (option 1, option 2)
Shoes – Jessica Simpson, old (option with t-strap, option with block heel)
Purse – Hillard & Hanson, old (similar, pricier option)

My own style is somewhere in between. If I were to be taken out to celebrate Valentine’s Day (hint, hint) then this a “shopped from my closet” look I might wear. I adore deep, rich hues like wine and it’s a color close enough to the pink/red spectrum that it can be associated with love.

Powers The Flower was the original theme for my link up so there’s no doubt about my love for floral prints. This was one of the topics that Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish covered in her recent Spotlight On feature on me. At one time in my life, my preferred florals may have been the sweet, small type patterns that bring to mind prairie dresses and granny’s curtains. Nowadays, I find myself gravitating to bolder and more abstract prints.

This skirt was a thrifting find, but the tags had been cut out so I can’t tell you who it is made by. It was the color that caught my eye first and then when I realized that the pattern was floral, I was sold. The fabric has a bit of stretch that it’s very comfortable to wear and is thick enough that it skims over the lumps and has “good hang”. Even though it’s not quite the same shade, the skirt pairs well with this bell sleeved sweater I bought last October. With a pair of tall black boots and a black cardigan, this skirt is part of an easy and classic look for work, too.

Final details of the outfit are the shoes and the purse, both of which I’ve had for years. I tend to think of the pumps as my “ruby red slippers” and bring them out of hiding when I really want to add an extra pop to my look. The purse has a vintage look and is one of my favorite special occasion bags that I like to put into service when I get dressed up.

Let’s Wrap This Up

Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s post is Amy, a new contributor to my link up and the creative force behind Stylin’ Granny Mama. Amy’s athleisure ensemble is such a fabulous example of how to put your own spin on a trending style. Her blog is bursting with a ton of other great fashion ideas.

Just so you know, it’ll probably be dinner at home on Valentine’s Day instead of dinner out for The Husband and I. After all, who wants to deal with the wait and the crowds. And who knows, I might receive a token or two. Are you into all of the “hearts and flowers” of Valentine’s Day? Will you be dressing up and taking on the town? Or will your celebration be more low-keyed? No matter what you’ve planned that day, I hope that will be filled with love.

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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33 thoughts on “Wine And Roses: Powers The Flower & Link Up”

  1. That’s a great look, Rena! I hope someone got the message about being taken out for Valentine’s Day… The outfit is perfect! 🙂

    I really like the print of the skirt! And that bag is too cute!

    Thanks for the link up & have a great week!

  2. Our anniversary is on V-Day—but I know what you mean about the crowds. Actually we’re heading out to Seattle the weekend after to celebrate and meet up with Sherry from Petite over 40!!
    I love your skirt—at first when I saw it I thought it was lace!! How perfectly you for it to be floral!!

    1. Jodie, my sister and brother-in-law’s anniversary is also on V-Day which, as you know, makes for easy date to remember but difficult one to celebrate on. I hope you have a great time in Seattle.

  3. I was very afraid of floral at first, I thought it would of been an overwhelming print for me…. but now I can’t get enough! And I agree, the bolder, the better. I can’t get enough of that skirt and the purse was the prefect add on touch. Hope you have a great valentine 🙂
    Thanks for hosting


    1. Mel, it’s so nice to know there are kindred spirits out there who also love florals. Thanks for commenting and letting me know that I’m not alone in my obsession.

    1. Laurie, thank you for the lovely compliments and I’m glad you like the outfit. I definitely will be looking for your new link up this Thursday.

  4. I love this Bourdeaux Monochromatic look on you. Perfect for Valentine’s day, too. The sweater and skirt are both so pretty. Thanks for the linkup, as always a pleasure linking up with you, Rena. =)

    1. Ada, thank you for the compliment and for another alternate word for wine. I hadn’t thought of bourdeaux but it certainly sounds rich and regal..

  5. Love this look, Rena! Thanks so much for featuring me!! Whoo, hoo. That is always a fun surprise. I was looking at your outfit and at first I thought the skirt was lace! I love it. And that crochet sweater is the perfect topper. Loving this monochrome look! Very pretty. Thanks for hosting the link up! – Amy

  6. Gorgeous outfit, Rena, and you’re absolutely right. So much versatility in those two pieces. And honestly? My man and I are calling for takeout on Valentine’s Day, dinner prices are ridiculously hiked-up, and we refuse to bow down to the laws laid down by marketing giants 🙂

  7. Apparently I missed this one too?!!! How do these things happen? I am too evil to live!
    I have always loved a monochromatic look and the one you presented here is marvelous! I love the bocade texture of the skirt and that little hand bag is SO cute!! I also love the satisfaction of clicking this type of bag shut. 🙂

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