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A to Z Blogging Challenge ~ A Frolic Through Fashion and Flowers

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Roses are sometimes red

"R" letter of the day for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  A rose is a rose is a rose.

Roses in full bloom at the State Capitol rose garden in Sacramento, California.  Wearing my newest favorite thrifted skirt, a red bandana print maxi from Coldwater Creek paired with a black sleeveless shirt and black cotton sweater.

I have always loved roses, specifically hybrid tea roses.  The hybrid teas form long single stemmed buds.  I moved all of my roses into two cutting gardens next to each other.  My newest bare root roses planted this season was a purple tiger floribunda. 
1950s rose print dress

Linking up with Patti at Notdeadyetstyle.  
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Queen for a Day

"Q" letter for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  There is a holiday or celebration nearly every month of the year. Everyone should have one day of their own.  My choice is Queen for A Day.  It is shame that formal wear is worn for, well, only formal events.  Ball gown and Birkis - such fun!

The inspiration for this Queen for a Day post was this Dave & Johnny gown.  I snapped it up at a 50% off clothing day at Thrift Town for $4.  It is luscious.  It is swooshy.  It is like eating cotton candy.  You have so much fun wearing it - you don't want it to end.  Maybe I could lounge around in the gown and drop Mae West-isms like "I've been things and seen places," or "Too much of a good thing is wonderful!"

Queen pink cowgirl hat
Pink Barbie nostalgic collection
Rhinestone necklace
Dave & Johnny gown
(all thrifted)
Pink and white striped Birkis (retail)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Posing in Pendleton

"P" letter day at the A to Z Blogging Challenge and the day's theme - Pendleton Plaid.  A recent thrift shop find is this Pendleton skirt - Authentic Black Watch Tartan!  I was with two other thrifters and one suggested that I pair the skirt with a white shirt.  I added a black Briggs New York black basketweave jacket.  The skirt is well made and fits perfect.

I decided not to crop any of the graffiti out of this image.  It is one of many amazing works of public art that I have discovered in midtown Sacramento.

Bugs photobombed my selfie!

Fifties plaid

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Radiant Orchid - color of the year

"O" the A to Z Challenge Blogging letter of the day.  I searched specifically for a garment that incorporated that Pantone color of the year.

I also wanted to show off flowers in the bloom at the State Capitol nearest the rose garden.  

Highlighting this Nie Zoe silk and cotton blend handpainted sweater I purchased at Goodwill
(NWT - new with tag for $29.99) 

Fabric Art!

And some flocked organdy ~

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

NOT Dead Yet Style

"N" is the word, or actually the letter, for the day's prompt in the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  A heavy hitter in the online fashion linkup world is Patti at Not Dead Yet Style.  Her Visible Monday blog hop generates the most page views on my blog when I link up with her.

Those who have met her in person say she is as sweet as she looks!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mis Papelicos

Representing for the letter "M" on the A to Z Blogging Challenge is Mis Papelicos.  A fellow Sacramentan who hosts a monthly Share in Style fashion linkup AND fits in perfectly with my A to Z theme of a Frolic through Fashion and Flowers.

Whenever she emails or comments, she is so enthusiastic and welcoming.  She is so easy to love!

Flower Tones from 1952

Monday, April 14, 2014

Livin' la vida Leather

"L" letter for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  It wouldn't be a frolic through fashion without a stop in to see Shelley of Forest City Fashionista.  I am not a big fan of leather, I can barely tolerate denim and how constricting that fabric is.  Shelley adores leather and has posted some amazing outfits to prove it.

This last image of Shelley is as the cover girl in the online Vogoff fashion mag.

When I think of leather, I think of something like this ...


Or the episode of Friends where Ross battles with his leather pants.  Are you livin' la vida leather?

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Kors on the Kay

"K" letter for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, brought to you from the K Street Mall in Sacramento, California.

I am on the nicer end of the K Street Mall near the Sacramento Convention Center.  K Street has had its issues.  If you continue further down the street, there is blight, blight, and more blight.  Part of the Westfield Mall on K Street is being torn down for the new Kings stadium.  It would be great to see K Street revitalized from where I stand all the way into Old Sacramento.

Michael Kors skirt
Coldwater Creek shirt 
(both thrifted)

Exquisite fabric and detailing on the skirt. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jumping Jehosophat

"J" letter day at the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  Jumping Jehosophat - this thrifed J.G. Hook corduroy jumper is cozy comfy.

 I paired the jumper with a top from a "hippy" costume.  The pea green needed to be jazzed up.

I keep a Tupperware tub full of thrifted costumes and wigs for fun events and speciality blog posts.  I haven't yet convinced Mr. VZ to wear the manly man chest wig.

Just Blue

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I get a free pass ~

"I" letter for the A to Z Blogging Challenge.  There is a little known, unpublished rule of the free pass in blog challenges.  An odd letter to have to pass on, but my "I" blogger mention didn't grant permission, so Blogger "I" will forever remain unnamed. 

I do have the flower letter of the day and a sweet 1952 Miss from the spring Speigel catalog.