Saturday, 26 May 2012

Italian flag under florals















Whilst compiling this post I've realised that I've done florals with a flag before... see my American flag and floral jacket outfit here - though that one was a slightly more obvious flag motif. Half way through the day when I was wearing this (after the penny dropped about the colours I was wearing), I walked back into the office and said to the girls I'm dressed like the Italian flag...! To which they agreed ;)

Jacket: La Redoute similar, Tanks: Topshop / La Redoute, Skirt: River Island similar, Wedges: ASOS, Clutch: Forever 21 similar splurge or same, available only in jade green, Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, Watch: Fossil, Bracelets: H&M / Debenhams / ASOS, Green apple ring: ASOS, Nails: Barry M Matt White NP66


I'm really pleased to say that I have been given my second blog award - huge thanks to the lovely Rachel the Hat for awarding this to me! What's extra nice is that it's the Sunshine Award which means my blog brightens Rachel's day... how lovely is that :)))

The amazing co-incidence about this award is that I picked Rachel (via random.org) as the winner of my giveaway just minutes before she tweeted she'd given me the award... spooky!

So I have to answer ten questions about myself (be warned I'm rubbish at coming up with just one answer for anything) and then pass on the award to five other bloggers who brighten my day, so here goes:

1) Favourite colour: I really don’t have just one! But I love coral, mint green, cerulean blue, teal, golden yellow... anything bright in other words.

2) Favourite number: Is it 19?*

3) Favourite animal: Giraffes, I LOVE them! More because if I had to choose to be any animal it would be a giraffe - you get to live in hot weather, you have lovely long eyelashes and a beautiful pelt and you don’t get hunted (that much).

4) Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Fave cold drink - chocolate milk. Fave hot drink – hot chocolate. Do you see a trend there?

5) Facebook or Twitter: Neither really, even though I’m on both. I only have them for my blog, not for any kind of personal stuff. I told you I can’t make just one choice for any of these questions…!

6) What is my passion: Astronomy, theatre, fashion, art, Audrey Hepburn, travel, photography, music, cinema... I’m into a LOT of things.

7) Receiving or giving: I know it’s a cliché but giving!! I get so excited giving presents to other people, especially to Mr. Summers (he’s so easy to buy for).

8) Favourite pattern: Polkadots, stripes, and gingham – all together. With florals.

9) Favourite day of the week: any day that begins with the letter “S”.

10) Favourite flowers: Peonies (even before I realised they were uber fashionable, in fact I bought some just yesterday). But my favourite wild flower would be bluebells… a big carpet of them in a wood. Gorgeous.

*private joke... sorry ;)


And as far as the five bloggers who brighten my day are concerned, I would happily pick more, but I've broken the rules (if there are any?) and picked six to whom I didn't pass an award last time - those I think deserve lots of recognition!

A Southern Drawl Grace is a darling, and she looks just as chic either dressed up in gorgeous blouses and jewellery or dressed down in denim cutoffs.

Lella Victoria Where do I begin? Daniella is uber-stylish and has a designer wardrobe to die for - and she lives down the road [motorway] from me! :)

Love, Blair If you want to see the queen of the manicure, look no further than Blair's blog. She also does hip, bohemian chic brilliantly.

My Thrifty Closet Another queen - this time thrifting: Mongs creates and refashions the most amazing thrifted outfits ever. She has such creativity and I'm always amazed at the ideas she comes up with.

Porcelain Complexion Julia is as serenely beautiful as her blog name suggests; she wears the most perfect colours for her fair skin, looks stunning and is always in skirts and dresses.

Postgradchic Just knowing Shermineh lives in my favourite city - San Francisco - makes me smile. I love to check out her latest looks which are effortlessly cool but so wearable.

Hope everyone has a great weekend - and to all Brits: yay it's a barbeque weekend at last!!!!!!!!!!



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  1. congrats on the award. You blazer is so cute.

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  2. oh my! I love the entire outfit. you look beautiful! i haven't been able to find a maxi skirt that fits me well so i'm still on the hunt.

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  3. Gorgeous outfit, how beautiful! The beautiful red skirt and jacket is wonderful. Is Italy at its purest ...

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    1. Of course that's a great compliment coming from you, Josep-Maria! xo

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  4. Oh Catherine, you're too kind :)
    Peonies are beautiful flowers.
    As usual I love your outfit! The colours look incredible together, your blazer is adorable and I want to steal your shoes xo

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    1. It's well deserved, Julia! And thank you for your lovely comments, sweetie xoxo

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  5. Love these colors together! They really make the blazer pop. :)

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  6. Ooohhh... this is lovely. The green shoes are just perfect.

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  7. This blazer is just unbelievable. I haven't seen a floral printed blazer like that until now, and I LOVE it! I think I also laughed at that inside joke...even though I didn't understand it. I know, that's kind of strange of me.

    Thank YOU so much for letting me brighten your day with my awkward rants and comments :). Your blog posts always bring a smile to my face!

    A Southern Drawl

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    1. :)) we have a bit of a mutual appreciation society going on here, Grace!! Thanks hun xx

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  8. your banner is so cute. and great sense of fashion too! follow each other?
    Xoxo,
    "AESTHETICALLY SPEAKING"
    Follow me:"AESTHETICALLY SPEAKING"
    "FACEBOOK"
    "BLOGLOVIN"
    "LOOKBOOK"

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  9. Such a pity that ring doesn't come in a size XL or I would have bought it - I've admired it many times on Asos' website! Your outfit is fantastic, from blazer to shoes!

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    1. Funnily enough I ordered a size medium first - it was too small for my ring finger so I had to reorder a size large - quite unusual that the sizes were on the small side...?!! Glad you like the outfit sweetie, thank you! C x

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  10. Oh, those green suede shoes - they want to meet my blue suede shoes, I am sure : > Lovely look, head to toe, Catherine!

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    1. Of course! Just realised we are both green/blue suede shoes girls ;) Thanks Patti xoxo

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  11. Those green suede wedges are so lovely! And the blazer is very cool! I've been looking for one, but haven't found one like yours, that has such a perfect balance of print and color.

    Thank you for the award! It's so kind of you, and I really, truly appreciate your support :)

    xo,
    Shermineh

    www.postgradchic.blogspot.com

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    1. You're most welcome for the award, Shermineh... and thank YOU for your lovely comment! xx

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  12. I like these shoes. I need a similar pair in black. Thanks for the ID, I will look on the ASOS website. It's funny that your post is about dressing like a flag - my latest post has me dressed like the American flag!

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  13. Thank you thank you thank you Catherine. To me you are a true style icon, to receive the sunshine award from you is a real honor! You look gorgeous as always...I am constantly amazed by your fabulous sense of style. I share the same favorite patterns as you!

    mongs
    mythriftycloset.blogspot.com

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, thank you Mongs - and your award was well deserved! C x

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  14. Love this! You're my current hair inspiration, while I cant pull off red... I am aiming to grow out my hair, whenever I get tempted to chop I just look at your lovely locks!!

    xo Teresa
    www.delightfullydarling.com

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    1. Aww Teresa thank you so much - that's so nice of you! C xx

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  15. Love the floral jacket and what a wonderful color combination. Like you, I love color too and a good floral is a wonderful thing.
    I really like your white nails. Very pretty.

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  16. So lovely Q/A and I follow some the blogs you have suggested, will check out the others <3 .. Catherine that blazer is fantastic !!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you lovely Aminta... so nice that you'll check them out!! C x

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  17. Wow, the colors are so beautiful! I love the suede shoes and the green, oh no, I feel a green shoe search coming on now! :-)

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    1. Oh I'm sorry to have triggered a shoe shopping frenzy... heehe I'm sure you'll enjoy it ;)) Thanks hon!! x

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  18. how have i missed all your fab posts lately.. jeez i am off the ball lately. glad you liked the award, you certainly brighten my day with your beautiful colours. As always this outfit is gorgeous and inspiring. i have a huge crush on those shoes... green is my all time fav :)xo
    ps my BEAUTIFUL bracelet arrived today and i'm gunna wear it like it was the queens crowning jewels over the jubilee weekend. Will send pics soon xx

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    1. Thank you Rachel, so much - and I'm so glad you received and love the bracelet! Look forward to seeing the pictures hon xoxo

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