Pockets filled with posies.

Have you figured out I am having a little bit of a theme week here? I'm dying for it to be spring again so I can bust out the florals. That said, I don't think they are so out of place in the winter. Any one of the flowered accents below could provide me with that much-needed pop to cure me of the winter blues. And even though normally I am one hundred percent against shoes that require laces, those floral oxfords could add a spring to my step (pun intended) as I walk the slushy, gray streets of the city.


I he(art): Anne Ten Donkelaar

Existing in a realm somewhere between Joseph Cornell's boxes, a 10-year old boy's mounted insect collection (turns out that's not such a stretch, after all), and Things Organized Neatly, the delicate floating flower collages of Anne Ten Donkelaar are captivating. Made from both pressed and cut out images of flowers, there is a sense of both the real and the unreal in the artworks. This contradictory quality seems to be a recurring theme - the meticulous compositions are a contrast to the natural forms of which the works are made, and the act of placing the floral arrangements behind glass takes otherwise fragile and ephemeral materials and gives them the strength of something much more permanent and eternal. Love these.
(found via Boooom)

And the flowers picked themselves.

I'm a little bit obsessed with these giant DIY flowers. I want to make a forest of them in my bedroom. How cool would that be?
Learn how to make them here.

What is a weekend?

It's almost time for Downton Abbey to return! I'm dolphin squealing in my head right now, which says maybe a little too much about my excitement towards an understated British drama. But honestly, I really can't wait for the next season of forced polite dialogue and overly dramatic pauses, the Dowager Countess's facial expressions and sass, and of course, the clothes.

Yes, I am aware everyone is obsessed with the ladies Crawley and their lovely attire. I know I am not the least bit original as I sit here and gush over the fashion of Downton Abbey. It's been done, a million times over, and on this topic I've probably seen every roundup, slide show, and Polyvore collage that exists in the entire internet. So even though I want to, I am not going to share with you a beaded or lacy dress that's appropriate to wear during after-dinner cordial time (that does exist, I'm pretty sure).

Instead, I am going to share with you my take on a more casual side to Downton. You know, the outfit you might want to wear if dragged along on a pheasant shooting trip with the men (when you need to be both casual and chic because that's the perfect time to flirt with someone who is not your fiancé). We know Lady Grantham may not understand the concept of a weekend, but I'd like to think that if Lady Mary was dropped into the 21st century and had to find an outfit to wear without the help of Anna, she might lean towards something along the lines of the below.
Casual Friday at Downton Abbey means to me tailored pieces inspired by menswear combined with feminine details and whimsical accessories. Plus a pair of jodhpurs and flat suede shoes. Because why not.