simple style ideas || graceful fashion lookbook

A look book dedicated to the unique quality of grace in quietly womanly style –this is the simplicity of feminine couture featuring long skirts, interesting fabrics, hand dyed, jewel tones, linens, draping that flatter the feminine form, rich texture and pigments. 

Gracefully stylish…unique, and unexpected + comfortable -your body will fit into these clothes, no strange pushing, squeezing, or stressed zippers because you have a woman’s body. 


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Skirts like these are great for any season, layering works well for changing weather during late spring and early fall, pinks are offset by blues, browns and grays, add boots or sandals depending on the season. Layering of skirts is an age old way of draping the womanly body, and has a quintessential beauty…..


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Loose drapery, simple colors, sexy can mean coverage as well, no revealing front, but a dipping back is lovely.


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There is a reason stripes are a classic, elegance, sport, and modern. Plus, who doesn’t love the flattering form of a flowered skirt and red clogs.


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The most deliciously silk skirt in a deep rust, simple, feminine and easy to wear.


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Nothing in the world like a linen dress, this classic piece is dyed to perfection, and has a modest yet gorgeous cut. Indigo like no other…


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Curated by Kids -How to be Stylish

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Our survey of how to be stylish when interviewing our very own fashionistas mostly included discussions of sparkles, naturally.

Nevertheless, it was agreed by our very wise panel that a rule to be followed at all times is to always have a picture of an animal on your clothes, when asked for additional tips, one 4 yr old advisor summed it up succinctly: “What animal you like, or many animals.”


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Expert Tip: Begin with bunnies, says toddles, cause bunnies love you.



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summer linen bunny coat via etsy


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zebra via Van Jansen




kitties fabric via spoonflower



Embroidered Lunch Box Tee  Via Carrie S12345 Flickr


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sweetheart dress for littlegirls pattern via pinterest


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how to style a book shelf

here are a few amazing bookshelves featuring books, of course, pictures, sculptures, decorative pieces, treasured finds, with the perfectly imperfect amount of things, space and staggered or neatly stacked composition..

so declutter that clutter, and artfully arrange…


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Decide on a color theme… we have natural colors, white and blue, add natural objects like stones or shells sparingly..and lots of white space….


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Don’t throw out all the old books, treasure the most attractive, or sentimentally meaningful, look for single bookends at flea markets, final sales and thrift shops…


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Embrace color, mix and match titles, add a small ceramic piece in brights or softer colors…a small painting…



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Beautiful coral, metal sculpture in gold tones, whimsical elements, staggered heights, and shapes make this a patterned stage for enjoyment



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Paper the back of a boring shelf, or paint it a bright or rich color. Note the use of transparent materials, lattice vase, glass and sculpture with negative space. Air plants make a hardy and beautiful addition to your curated shelving. Classic, Asian and chic modern come together to make a mesmerizing tableaux.




An office set up that makes you want to go to work at your the neutrals + metallics + cozy blankets




Make the most of white space, and vary your book arrangements, mixing stacking with rows, add textures, wicker, stone, porcelain and wood make for an interesting vignette.


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Stone, metal, wicker and beautiful wood sculpted by nature. The designer has added air plants, as well as modern + rustic style, giving the space a gallery look.


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An eclectic look —a shelf  can hold your prized editions, art collections: combine antiques, natural elements like feathers, carefully selected stone items or shells. Add textile, wicker, sculpture leaving some staggered space between…..for a touch of green, usually succulents, air plants + cactus stand up best to these kind of arrangements…

bliss in the bedroom: bedside table style guide



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Bedrooms are sanctuaries, family hangout areas, sleepy rabbit warrens, and a place for pared down style. Make your bedroom beautiful with carefully arranged bedside table vignettes and decor…


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Flowers, stacked books, and ambient lighting are always a winning combination.


  • A stylish lamp -with low light, but bright enough for reading…
  • A few pretty books
  • Flowers always flowers!
  • Keep it tidy! Leave some empty space..
  • Add pretty things you love, and arrange artfully!
  • Keep your bedroom dust free (easily clean up in a non toxic way –make your own cleaner with lemon juice, lavender essential oil and vinegar and use washable rags to dust away! )


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trending style: little girl spring fashions

Be inspired by this collection of spring -summer styles for little girls ages 2-12. Some hand picked by my little ones! Many of these fun outfits can be handmade if you know how to sew!


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I love this assemble just because it looks like something a little kid would put together. My awesomeness is awesome!


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Obviously anything with horses rules. I like this cause it’s a realistic assemble. + animals



love this, so my older surfer girl’s style, plus shoes for running! too many little girl’s shoes are all fussy, pinchy and bad for great things like running about and bouncing.


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I have a super awkward dress that just simply does not fit me,  & is begging to be transformed into this dress for my kids. Glad we sorted out its fate.

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serene bohemian melijoe paris

country road pear and watermelon




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Photo by Denise Bovee
Looking for amazing editorials, ideas, & outfits?

Fun publications include MILK Le mode de enfant.

I love Street Looks for super adorableness & original fashion. Love their French street style section too, funky cool mismatch kid styled! Check out Denise Bovee’s photo of city girls above…

Also discover the petit and small blog + fashion editorials. 

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trending style -art & decor embroidered hoop pictures


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The delicacy, graphic flair and beauty of handmade hoop embroidery has long held my attention and now has been making the front pages of various blogs and style magazine. Here are a few of my favorites …..because i like small hand sewn things..


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Trending Home Style: DIY How to Make a How to make a Terrarium

How to make a Terrarium

Chose your glass container,  perhaps a bowl, maybe a vase from a florist bouquet, a jam jar, even a drinking glass?

Add small rocks to the bottom for drainage, and place 2 inches of potting soil, succulents do well as do cacti, Fill the bottom of the vessel with a 1 1/2-inch layer of small rocks to collect the water drainage. Use a tablespoon to dig a hole and gently place your first planting -add sand over the top, and elements, such as moss, shells, stones or decorative items.

Water twice a week!

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