When Fashion and Nature Collide – July Issue

Live your summer the right way –make sure that your fashion is as hot as the weather! Summer is the season to have fun and getting dressed should be an adventure, not a chore. Playful patterns, bright colors and taking chances are the norm now, so use this time wisely. And even if it rains, keep singing and dancing. The entire shoot for this Issue was inspired by Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, the later famously did just that in the 1952 musical comedy film Singing’ in the Rain.
Hats, Stairs and Two Special Projects is the theme of our new edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Our feature issue includes beautiful summer hats – from Sunday cloche hats to floppy sun hats that top off your look in no time just the way you like. The amazing architecture and flowing staircases of Montreal served as another inspiration for this edition. Playfulness, beauty, flow –this is what we give you this month.
Note: In case you’ve not seen these capsules before the When Fashion and Nature Collide project is a monthly collaboration with three of my WP friends: Roda from Growing Self, Lisa from Lismore Paper, and Darren from The Arty Plantsman.
The third wednesday of each month you can see outfits styled by me, and art from Lisa, that were inspired by Roda’s critter pictures and Darren’s flower pictures. With the spirit of protecting nature I pull together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe. If purchases are to be made, these come from vintage shops and thrift stores or from socio-eco-friendly brands.
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at these inspiring flower and critter pictures that have been hitting the spot for me this month.

The Kissable Frog

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Nature Photography by Growing Self Photo Jul 09, 7 12 08 PM - copie_MG_0475 - copie 2_MG_0444 - copie 2
The Mont Royal (pronounced mawn-row-yal in French) is the gem of Montreal. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, also known for his work on Central Park in New York city. During your vacation, get ready for an unforgettable experience around Beaver Lake and the Kondiaronk Belvedere (a.k.a. the Chalet). If you make your way to the summit, you’ll have a wonderful scenic view of the city. Well worth the hike up!
I’m still obsessed with my straw bag but this Tilley straw hat has got me crushing hard. It is a good alternative to your basic Panama hat.
Photo Jul 09, 7 15 09 PM - copieDress – Love Sam / Hat – Tilley / Earrings – Les Boucles d’Alice / Flats – Schutz

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The Beautiful Orchids

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Flower photography by The Arty Plantsman – Artwork by Lismore paperPhoto Jul 09, 7 53 33 PM - copiephoto-jul-11-11-13-29-pmPhoto Jul 09, 7 54 04 PM - copie
You are not going to hear me complain about the water that got on my clothes from the sprinkler… It was so HOT that day! –Inject modernity and feminine sensuality into your summer outfit with paper bag pants and Chinese embroidery. Complete the look with a floppy hat and a straw bag for effortless elegance.
Photo Jul 09, 7 51 51 PM - copiePaper bag trousers – Mango / Top – Vintage / Straw Bag – Roberta Di Camerino (Vintage) / Earrings – Les Boucles d’Alice / Necklace – Kiel James Patrick / Kitty Heels – Prada / Hat – Adrienne Vittadini
Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Geneviève Lacelle MUA – Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jul 09, 7 38 52 PM - copieVintage coat – Era Vintage Wear / Top – Massimo Dutti / Bracelet – Private collection of Elena B. / Trousers – Conrad C. / Shoes – Guess / Earrings – Jennifer Behr at M’ODA ‘OPERANDI
A tailored suit in a bright pink will ensure you look cool despite the heat. Pair it with these Jennifer Behr’s earrings and you’ll be as adorable as this Orchid called “sleeping Beauty”.

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The Lovely Hyacinthoides aristidis

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style (by my hubby) – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Flower photography by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jul 09, 7 02 11 PM - copie
There’s a wearable way to wear the Summer 2018’s transparency trend. Here are a few tips if you want to make this work. Layered with matching lingerie that assure maximum coverage. This way you leave some to the imagination. Wear a less revealing item under or over the sheer piece. For this casual look, I am wearing white coton shorts under the dress so that only my legs are actually revealed. Opting for a classic cut also makes the trend more approachable and most importantly, more refined.
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The facades of the triplexes built in the 1920s, 1930s or 1940s are adorned with exterior staircases of all shapes. This architecture is one of the peculiarities of Montreal.
Photo Jul 09, 7 00 04 PM - copieVintage Dress – Era Vintage Wear / Bag – Matt & Nat / Denim Jacket & Coton shorts – H&M (old) / Hat – (thrift)

The Stunning Moraea Villosa

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Flower photography and Artwork by The Arty PlantsmanPhoto Jul 11, 11 23 55 AM - copieVintage silk skirt & Corset – Era Vintage Wear / Bag – Tory Burch / Earrings – Mango / Sandals – Aldo
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283. That’s the amount of stairs you’ll have to climb to get to the Montreal’s Oratoire Saint-Joseph, the largest church in Canada. Some visitors even do it on their knees. But even a non-believer is left humbled by the meandering garden paths, the divine architecture and the views the Montreal Oratory offers.
St. Joseph’s Oratory photography by Tripsavvymontreal-oratory-st-joseph-oratoire-adam-campbell-56a63ee33df78cf7728c14f1

The Gorgeous Moraea Gigandra & Damselfly

Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort – Damselfly Photography by Growing Self & Flower photography by The Arty Plantsman – Book artwork by Lismore PaperPhoto Jul 11, 11 48 27 AM - copieescaliers-piano-770
Some stairways, such as the Université de Montreal staircase, offer more than just their practical function. They are now recreational spots for exercise. Me? I just love stairs. I don’t mind sweating a little as I hear music every time I see a few steps, especially if they are outdoors. I just imagine them as piano keys.
Book with Dragonfly and flowers - copieDenim Dress – Moschino / Bag – Giannini / Earrings – H&M / Rings – Room Service Loft Boutique / Shoes – Kenneth Cole / Ladurée Book with artwork from Lismore Paper
A frill denim dress looks summery cool paired with striped flats and a pastel color pouch. For a Bohemian inspired touch wrap a scarf around your head.

Two special projects…

The Dragonfly T-shirt
Roda’s photo collage – Photography of 3C Style by Marie-Claude Viola – Stylist: Dominique Nancy – Makeup: Emmanuelle Rochefort –– Nature Photography by Growing Self – T-Shirt art copyright Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper & design copyright Dominique Nancy – 3C Style, 2018. DragonflyTshirtPhoto Jul 11, 10 53 23 AM - copie
You’ll want to accessorize your new T-shirt with bold accents including pendant earrings and perhaps even have this Dragonfly design on your tote, diary and coffee mug. It might be the Year of the Dog, but you still can be a Dragon girl! Stay tuned for an update on how you can purchase this T-shirt and other great products.
Lisa and I came up with this Dragonfly T-shirt, which was made with our WP friend Linda in mind. The Queen of dragons is an amazing creature full of spirit, kindness and humour, a real dragon lady. We love you Linda! See Lisa’s blogpost to learn more about her lovely dragonfly artwork.
The Floral Butterfly Scarves
Artwork by The Arty Plantsman
And I conclude my contribution for this edition with another beautiful project. I should say “two” as Darren and I are working on two special scarves. They both take their inspiration directly from the beauty of Darren’s drawing and flowing nature of butterflies in a summer garden. From the colors to their silky texture, these scarves will remind you of the days when butterflies used to land on your fingers.
All the flowers that you see in Darren’s drawing were styled into outfits by me either in previous issues or in this current edition. See the yellow Moraea and the violet Moraea villosa, respectively in the May and June issues of When Fashion and Nature Collide. Stay tuned I will soon style these scarves with summer outfits.
Roda’s photo collage – Flower photography and Artwork by The Arty Plantsman Photo Jul 11, 10 01 15 PM - copie
From these pictures Lisa over at Lismore Paper has created once again beautiful artworks. Please, go visit her site as well as Roda and Darren‘s blogs to get an overall view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.
Note: I am leaving soon to Mexico with my family for a week of diving. Yay! Consequently, I might not be able to reply right away to your comments but you will hear from me as soon as I get back. And I will tell you all about my vacation. Much love to you all!
Artwork by Lismore Paper hatsLisa
The team: Roda Shope, Dominique Nancy, Darren Sleep and Lisa Lawrence.

Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: August 15th. 

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103 Comments

  1. FABULEUSE!! C’est fou comme les chapeaux te vont bien. Même quand tu le portes à côté d’un crapaud 😦 . Le chapeau cloche est magnifique avec le bord monté devant: une trouvaille. Le pantalon bleu est mon coup de coeur; tu le portes à merveille. Ce post fait tout à fait «Au coeur de l’été», Ah, vivement les vacances !! Repose toi bien Dominique! Bisous XXXX (quatre c’est mieux que trois 🙂

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    1. Un gros merci de m’avoir prêté ton magnifique Tilley. Un coup de coeur! J’ai bien hâte d’avoir les deux fesses dans le sable et de faire de la plongée avec les enfants. J’espère aussi pouvoir faire des photos là-bas pour l’édition du mois d’Août. Merci pour ton gentil commentaire. 🌼

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    1. It’s a vintage piece from the 1940’s from a fabulous boutique called Era Vintage. She has an online shop. You should visit her site. FABULOUS. By the way, I’m not that tall either, only 5’5.

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    1. Many thanks. You are right. This collaboration is very special to us. Yes, we love nature, art and style, but most importantly it is about friendship! If you lived closer I certainly would ask you the permission to shot in your garden. Such a beautiful place you have.

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    1. Hi. Thanksgiving and for your lovely comments. Some problem is occuring with my mobile screen. Whenever I am pressing reply button, spam button is getting pressed. Sorry for wonderful

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    1. 💗 I just got back from Mexico. I will go and visit your site soon my friend. Can’t wait to read you and to show you the beautiful sea creatures I have encounter.

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  2. Thank you so much for mentioning me and my blog is this wonderful post. I am always in awe when I see the fashion statements you come up with mirroring the photos from Roda, the flowers from Darren and the fabulous artwork from Lisa. What a wonderful team you make!!!

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  3. I love the settings of this month pics.beautiful.and the outfits of course,I don’t even have to mention this,what is that last skirt you are wearing🤩
    P.s
    I want one of the scarf,I know it would be polite to say I would like,as my mother thought me,but I don’t feel that I would like one ,I feel I Want One💁🏻‍♀️😍

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    1. Haha… I want those scarves too. We are working on this project and you will soon hear about it. Darren’s work is stunning indeed. Thanks so much Ortensia for your lovely comment. By the way, the silk blue skirt is a slip dress actually and it is a vintage piece from ERA VINTAGE Boutique. It would go so well with Darren’s scarves.

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    1. Hi Alison. I just got back from Mexico. We had such a great time. Lots of diving with the kids. I will soon be posting photos about our trip on my blog. Speak to you soon dear friend. xoxo

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  4. What’s not to love in this post?! It’s brimming full with beautiful outfits and a dazzlingly beautiful woman wearing them! 😍
    Just looove all those colours! The yellow dress, the pink suit and pink earrings and that lovely turquoise silk skirt are especially my favourites this time! Hats are great and a must-have in every season. 😊 And all those stairs you’ve climbed! No need for extra workout for you on those days, eh? 😉 xoxo 💕

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    1. I confess I was indeed a little tired at the end of the shooting. Thanks so much Sarah. I will write to you this week my friend. I have so much to tell you about. xoxo

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  5. FABULOUS use of colour, such style, LOVE the hat!
    What an inspirational post, I am so thrilled already for Spring Day here in South Africa. I bought a black dress with floral prints. Cant wait to wear it!

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  6. Tu sais… J’adore!!!! I am in love with this whole piece! You outdid yourself and I am speechless!!! Seriously. Lovely! Sexy!!! Super sexy!! I love the pink outfit… the orchid is my favorite flower. The white dress and jean jacket is totally me. I absolutely loved everything!

    You guys blow me away!!! In love with this collab! Hugs! So much love for you… for this!!!

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    1. You are so kind. Thanks. Strangely, I only have three items in my wardrobe of this color. I should actually wear more yellow. It makes me feel like a little ray of sunshine! Hihi …

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    2. I have not thought about that color recently, Luis, but now I am going to look for it! All through college I wore a dark green duffel coat and I had many admirers. Maybe it was the coat!🧥

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