If you are a regular reader of my blog you know I love the pantsuit. Earlier this year, I altered a vintage men’s tux to wear to The Red Party at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum. Because it started out as a men’s suit the jacket was pretty boxy. I wish I had added a little something to make it feel more feminine. I saw this image below on Pinterest and decided the next time I wore my tux I’d add an artsy corsage.

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I wore the tux again for Project Upcycle and I arranged for The Flower Kiosk to make me a corsage. The evening was such a blur that I never took a photo of the corsage. Truth be told I had no time to get ready. I quickly changed into my tux in a supply closet and rushed into the party.

Since then I’ve been thinking how fresh flowers are a sustainable style secret weapon. They can elevate any outfit. The problem is that there is not a lot of inspiration out there for a modern way to wear flowers. If you search Pinterest you’ll either get bridal images that are way too pretty or editorial shots that are gorgeous but highly impractical.

I started doing a little research myself. I bought a flower during my lunch break and wore it in my jacket pocket for the rest of the day. It was nice. It made me smile. 🙂


For Cotillion Bureau‘s Grand Opening, I wore a corsage on my pajama chic outfit.

Me and Elias making it work!

Below is some inspiration I found on Pinterest that is worth sharing. Click over to my Pinterest Board to find the source of the images.

FRESH – How about wearing flowers as earrings. So chic. I think the trick is to experiment and think modern.

CLASSIC – Wear flowers in your hair or behind your ear. It doesn’t need to be for a special occasion. Wear flowers to meet friends for brunch.

Wear a flower as a pin, a choker, or a corsage.

My favorite idea is to just put flowers in your pocket. Easy Peasy. Casual chic.

Coincidentally, I went to the Maine College of Art year-end fashion show on Friday night and one of the graduating designers, Allysun West, sent many of her models down the runway wearing fresh flowers and plants. Go see images on her Instagram page.

Photo by Rebecca Earle

What do you think? Can we start a trend?



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The Glen Wild (an upstate NY Bungalow Colony) is looking to hire an Inn Keeper / Care Taker.

I’m obsessed with these crocheted Daniela Gregis bags. I want to learn how to make one. Can you teach me?

I will always love the minimalist pairing of Black and Tan.

This 336 SF cabin on 10 acres in Vinalhaven, Maine might be just what you need.

Garnet Hill in Exeter, NH needs a Design Assistant.

I’m on the hunt for the perfect secondhand button front jean skirt for Spring.

This made me smile. Which reminds me — Do you follow Beige Cardigan?

You know the 9th Annual Clothing Swap is on Saturday, May 12th, right? This year it will be the Connie Bean Center inside the Portsmouth Middle School.

This is going to be my song for the summer. I listened to it yesterday on my speed walk and I couldn’t hide my joy.

Genius! Buy a cream rug and paint it!

Anna Hepler

I wish I’d seen this Anna Hepler show at the Portland Museum of Art back in 2010.

Love her work, her style, her process. So inspiring.
Especially love the Double Hung wire sculpture from this 2017 exhibition. Cheeky.

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Installation view, Hardwired, Staniar Gallery, Washington & Lee University.

It makes me think of Ruth Asawa’s work. There is a new book out soon about Ruth Asawa. We have it on order at the Portsmouth Public Library. You can place a hold on it here.

Image via RuthAsawa.com

I was reminded of Anna Hepler’s work via a post on Remodelista about The Soot House on Spruce Head Island in Maine. Follow the links to a post about the 1754 Cape to see Hepler’s work in the wild.

Soot House via Remodelista

Image from Remodelista.

Click over to Remodelista and follow all the links. It will inspire you to turn off all your screens and do some work.