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September 18, 2019

When Fashion And Nature Collide – The Things That Give Us Wings

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For many of us (including me), finding the perfect outfit is like finding new wings. My entire attitude gets a lift. My brain starts coming up with ideas. I can walk into any room with a new type of confidence. I can imagine myself floating about in it sprinkling magic happy pixie dust on all I encounter for the next week or so even if I didn’t actually buy the outfit!
I have wondered where this association – fashion being a form of wings – comes from. The seeds planted from our childhood activities and memories grow roots that we can’t see. They are strong, though, and they bear fruit.
When the Orville brothers created their wings, their roots are what made them look to the sky in the first place! How many before them had seen birds and dismissed those birds as simply a beautiful aside, and not a design inspiration?
I try to find my fashion wings from the other things in my life that give me wings. When Fashion and Nature Collide kind of gives away what those inspirations are, so without further ado, this month’s fashion!
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before, the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with two of my WP friends: Lisa from Lismore Paper and Darren from The Arty Plantsman. Our team also create designs for our shop at Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
The third Wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa and Darren, that were inspired by Darren’s flower and critter pictures, and sometimes Lisa, myself or other photographers who collaborate with the team. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. When purchases are to be made, these come from vintage boutiques and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Enjoy the issue!The inspiration from the butterfly is endless. And the Owl butterfly is no exception if you  appreciate its subtle beauty. Beige is not plain and dull. This color is nearly infinite in its subtlety —from tan to pale cream. It can have warm yellow undertones, pink or even gray (Greige) undertones. Layering beige tones create an elegant and soft look. For this particular piece, I went with an arrangement of browns in a lovely Joseph Ribkoff overcoat and skirt set. A wooden bag (from ERA Vintage Wear) complete the look.
The peaceful, deep tones of this graceful bird and plush flower work well with earth tones. I grounded the blue blouse centerpiece with brown and white with a blue belt for a bit of flair. A keen eye will notice that Prada kitten heels are in the birdcage… Yes, I am wired for shoe lust! More about that HERE. And don’t forget to visit Lisa’s blog for a very special shoe treat.
Black and white offset light green and pink, centered around a Marc Jacobs skirt and a waist ornament. The Longchamp purse has a classic design that never goes out of style. Is it not a funny looking orchid? I took this picture at the Botanical Garden during Darren’s last visit to Montreal. We knew right away that we would eventually use this flower for our collaborative project.

    Another Lady Slipper Orchid…

Rust into pink into greens, all distinct, yet all melded together into a single look. Pairing a dark rust leather skirt with a pinkish blouse that is draping loosely and gracefully gives me the same feeling of unification with just a little bit of fun with the green accent purse. 
Thank you for letting me share my wings with you! We can never have too much inspiration in our lives, especially when we focus our minds on the things that give us real wings. Take the dive into your happier, more exciting muses and see where they take you. You will probably love the results, and even if you don’t, you will still love the outfit!
Credit: Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau (except the photos for the Blue Bird outfit, which are by Hamza Boudjelal) –– Flowers & Butterfly photography by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– First Lady Slipper Orchid photography by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Blue Bird photography and Artwork (Time to fly and Spread your wings lettering & Blue feather) by Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Stylist & Photo collages by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– A special thanks to my fellow journalist friend Robert M. (the man with the hat) for kindly posing for this issue (Merci Robert!)
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of our monthly collaboration.
Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: October 18th 
Let’s stay connected: Bloglovin – Instagram @3cstyle_fashion

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  1. Lisa@LismorePaper says:September 18, 2019 at 10:18 amThe fashion in this sets my heart on fire! The orchid hues has me searching my own closet for them. Such a beautiful choice and I especially love that it makes us feel as if we have wings. Thank you for your constant inspiration. You style like nobody I know. You are brilliant! Big hugs!!Liked by 3 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 10:06 pmThank you sis. You are like a breath of fresh air. You make everything more exciting and lively. Feel as if we have wings? Oh, but my dear angel friend, you already have wings!Liked by 1 person
  2. Imelda says:September 18, 2019 at 11:11 amOn dirait que les photos sont de plus en plus belles! Sérieux tu est belle ça pas d’allure . C’est fou mais ma préférée, la photo de dos, est digne de Vogue! Et tes cheveux !
    L’autre jour j’ai vu le merle bleu en question au cimetière Mont Royal. Tu réussis prsq à l’éclipser.
    Par ailleurs, inquiétant le Dude derr
    ière toi…Liked by 1 personReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 8:54 pmHaha.. Le dude derrière moi est un ami de l’Université qui s’est volontiers prêté au jeu de la photo car tout comme l’Orchidée il porte souvent un chapeau. Merci pour ce commantaire drôle et très gentil.Like
  3. fuelfortheraceblog says:September 18, 2019 at 11:18 amLovely! There is a parade of hues from fall throughout the post. Just in time for various points across the globe. Loved the wooden bag. So glad you pointed it out. One of my favorites is the shot of you leaning against the stone wall which blends the colors and shades highlighted. Subtle, but noticed. The punch of blue grabbed my eyes. Love blue!!! That orchid made me chuckle.
    Its “eyebrows” stuck out nicely. Another outstanding collaboration from the trio. Love and hugs from me. -AlanLiked by 2 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 8:48 pmAlan, your comments are always so kind and beautiful. I like the aesthetic of this shot too but it means a lot to me for other reason. It was taken in the village where I grew up. I used to climb that stone wall and play around that park with my brother when I was a kid. Our house was on the other side of that wall. Ooh, that Lady Slipper orchid is surely a wild plant. It has the posture of al dente spaghetti and its “eyebrows” omg so funny. Mother Nature has a great sense of humour. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me. I have not been blogging much lately. Big projects ahead and health wise I haven’t been at my best for the past two months. My energy level is a little low. Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. Keep well. Sending a huge hug from Montreal.Liked by 2 people
    2. fuelfortheraceblog says:September 18, 2019 at 8:57 pmOh, what a wall of memories for you. I can see why you chose it for more than the hues. As for your health. Although I don’t know the problem, I know Who does. Count on me to pray for your energy, your well-being, and for strength. Starting tonight. I’m so sorry you’re having issues. Gently petitioning for you from here.Liked by 2 people
    3. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 9:43 pmI am deeply touched by your solicitude, generosity, and thoughtfulness. Thank you Alan.Liked by 2 people
  4. artyplantsman says:September 18, 2019 at 12:22 pmYou write so well. It is always a joy to read about your inspiration for our collaborations. I have fond memories of the day you bought that wooden bag and only just got ahead of the competition.
    The collages are gorgeous as always, as are you of course!
    Sending huge hugs. xLiked by 4 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 7:29 pmThanks Darren. That wooden bag is certainly original. Lol The beautiful Asian girl had great taste. She wanted all that I had put aside for myself. You have such a remarkable memory. Hugs and love my dear friend. Miss you!Liked by 2 people
    2. artyplantsman says:September 19, 2019 at 5:02 amMiss you too. One of my colleagues asked me this morning if I was planning another trip to Montreal!Liked by 2 people
    3. 3C Style says:September 21, 2019 at 8:41 amI hope you said YES!!!!! Liked by 1 person
    4. artyplantsman says:September 21, 2019 at 8:46 amNaturellementLiked by 1 person
    5. 3C Style says:September 21, 2019 at 10:58 amLike
  5. watchingthedaisies says:September 18, 2019 at 12:31 pmWhat amazing outfits Dominique. I love the overcoat and skirt, and the blue and brown combination… You have such a great eye for colour. Fabulous.Liked by 2 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 7:09 pmThank you Brigid. Mother Nature does it well isn’t she? Your compliment touches me a lot because my interest in color is mainly associated with the fact that my son is color-blind. Since he was little, I’ve been reading about color and developing strategies to help him see and understand the nuances and emotions associated with certain colors. Thank you so much for stopping by my site.Liked by 2 people
  6. Su Leslie says:September 18, 2019 at 2:39 pmThis is a post I need to tKe time to savour. I really like these collaborations and the way you all balance the collective with your own personal vibe.Liked by 3 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 6:44 pmWhat a kind thing to say Su. It filled my heart. Thank you. xoxoLiked by 2 people
  7. Miriam says:September 18, 2019 at 9:26 pmYou’re right Dominique, beige is definitely not plain, just like every butterfly has its own unique form of beauty. This is such a gorgeous post and I loved each of the looks, all so different and with such a distinct style. The striking blue, that wild orchid … as usual you three have created a beautiful edition that combines so many colours and beautiful forms of nature. And you, as always, look gorgeous! Well done. Here’s to flying high with those wings. Liked by 2 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 21, 2019 at 1:13 pmAww, thanks so much Miriam. You’ve done it again —gave me wings. Happy weekend to you my friend. xxxLiked by 1 person
    2. Miriam says:September 21, 2019 at 7:58 pmLovely! Here’s to flying high beautiful you. Enjoy every minute! xxLiked by 1 person
  8. dawnautom says:September 18, 2019 at 9:31 pmLovely post as always dear. 
    BY FOR NOWLiked by 2 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 18, 2019 at 9:58 pmThank you so much Dawn. Hope things are going well on your side of the “pond”.Liked by 1 person
  9. mainepaperpusher says:September 18, 2019 at 11:16 pmWhat a gorgeous collection and that photo of you laughing is just wonderful!! Yet another lovely collaboration. Liked by 2 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 21, 2019 at 11:50 amThank you Linda for your kind words. You are always supportive, and it encourages me to up-level my expectations. Hugs.Liked by 1 person
    2. mainepaperpusher says:September 21, 2019 at 12:07 pmLiked by 1 person
  10. popsiclesociety says:September 19, 2019 at 2:24 amSo so true! Finding the perfect outfit it really changes our mood, it gives us wings and makes us fly! 
    I couldn’t choose only one of these outfits, I love the autumn hues and the beautiful nature inspirations!
    I love your pictures too 
    You 3 are really awesome working together Liked by 2 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 23, 2019 at 1:13 amThank you so much Ribana. Ah, you totally get it! Yes, clothing can give us wings. Thanks for mentioning our team work because to create with Lisa and Darren is a joy that definitely gives me wings.Liked by 1 person
  11. Reflections of an Untidy Mind says:September 19, 2019 at 3:44 amAnother wonderful collection and collaboration, Dominique. I love how that there is a hint of colour from each palette across all three. And you look so elegant as always.Liked by 4 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 21, 2019 at 11:34 amIt is a nice coincidence that the critters and flowers selected for this month had similar color hues. But I’m happy that the result is harmonious and not redundant. Thank you Tracy for positively pointing it out. Have a fantastic Weekend.Liked by 1 person
    2. Reflections of an Untidy Mind says:September 22, 2019 at 12:07 amHope you have a great weekend too, Dominique. Am looking forward to seeing the fruits of your collaborative efforts again next month. All the best. Tracy.Liked by 1 person
    3. 3C Style says:September 24, 2019 at 8:30 pmThank you Tracy.  All the best to you as well.Like
  12. Megala says:September 19, 2019 at 7:55 amWow! Beautiful edition, kudos to the amazing trio!
    I like all your outfits & accessories, they are all chosen so thoughtfully. It is nice to get inspired from butterflies & birds, they really teach us a lot.Liked by 3 peopleReply
    1. 3C Style says:September 21, 2019 at 8:40 am

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