Mid week greetings to my stylishly inclined readers! I hope this lovely week finds you well! As promised, I am wearing something pastel. Okay, pastel-ish. I took a bit of artistic license and went with Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year. Actually I took a bit more license and went with a shade with a bit more pink. Warning: Radiant Orchid is not a great color for fair-skinned blondes. So if you are searching for the perfect dress in Radiant Orchid, this post may steer you well. In radiant orchid, or a reasonable facsimile thereof, I am standing in front of a window that shows that snow is still keeping its stubborn toehold in the greater New York area.
Despite the snow , it was warm the day these photos were taken. I wore this out for an early dinner. But all of the photos are inside. Here is a close-up:
I paired the floral dress with a stripe: the soft floral notes needed a graphic twist, so I served up an Ebay win from last year, a stripe coat in black and white. I also added a black bag with a strong gold handle to add some structure to the flowing lines of the dress. The bag is by Jane Shilton, a British designer.
I am so happy to see sunshine, the yellow cast of light on the snow is pure radiance. My pink /orchid dress pales in comparison, but it is still a happy choice. I am wearing pointy toe flats because they are comfy and on trend. ( joyful feet!) While waiting to be picked up by friends, I listened to the news. My mood changed. Radiant orchid? Not right now. Contemplative suits better, as does rueful and ruminative:
You see, radiance is more of a state of mind; an affect sometimes too. It is mercurial. No worries though, a sideways glance into the sunshine, and a gathering of happy thoughts, will turn me back to... radiant.
Orchid? Perhaps, not. I think I am a pink girl, leaning more towards hibiscus; don't tell Pantone, who has declared radiant orchid to be the color of the year. My floral dress was thrifted, too, for eight dollars. That should make my sun shine! Happy week!