When Fashion and Nature Collide – The Power of Touch

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Keeping to the same analogy, a hug or a kiss may just be worth a thousand pushups. Yes, a good hug or a great kiss is just as much of a boon for our health as a day at the gym and the sauna.
What is it about the power of touch that keeps us craving it unconsciously, even without knowing its technical advantages? Here’s an even more important question, perhaps. How does the average person get more hugs and kisses in the course of everyday life?
Learning kiss and hug etiquette goes a long way in getting more of this vitally important connective touch. In our February edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide I look at some etiquette you can learn to make every day like Valentine’s Day!
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 of Lismore Paper and Darren of The Arty Plantsman. Artwork Copyright ©Fashioned by Nature.
This month’s edition is a little different then usual. My looks were inspired by our latest designs that are now available on our Fashioned by Nature shop. But as always with the spirit of protecting nature, I pulled together my outfits with clothing already available in my wardrobe.
Enjoy the issue!

Be Happy Sweetheart 

People love to hug and kiss people who are already happy. When you ask for your hug or kiss, you should already be in a happy state of mind! This makes you more attractive, and the more attractive you are, the more hugs and kisses you get!
Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau @ladyhochelaga –– Strawberry Artwork by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman & Lettering by Lisa lawrence, LismorePaper –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C StyleMinimus (7)Minimus (18)IMG_0220
Of course, if you feel sad just be honest about it. Your true friends will gladly give you all the love and hugs that you need.

Give much love and hugs!

Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, LismorePaper –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C StyleMinimus (10).pngMinimus (12)

Love a Tree

Trees improve our quality of life! In so many ways, trees provide us with psychological and physical benefits that are unique to them. They add permanence and character to an area. They mitigate pollution and regulate our personal ecosystems. They give us peace, warmth and comfort. Show your gratefulness, protect the trees and the environment. (See my post Love a Tree, Wear a Tee for more reasons to love trees)
Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau @ladyhochelaga –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, LismorePaper –– Flower Artwork by Darren Sleep, The Arty Plantsman –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C StyleIMG_0636Minimus (15)Package Box

Set up the situation

Hugging and kissing is all about comfort. Give people an excuse to touch you! Welcome it with warmth. However, realize that not everyone is a fan of public displays of affection. Give people more privacy, and you may get more hugs and kisses than you can handle!
Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau @ladyhochelaga –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, LismorePaper –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style –– Coat and Handbag, Elena B. CreationMinimus (1)Minimus (19)

Learn the right hug and kiss for the occasion

Certain hugs and kisses are more intimate than others. You don’t want to run around kissing people on the lips if you are at a company party. (No, you can’t use Cupid’s arrow as an excuse! Valentine’s Day is over.) Intimacy comes from trust, and if people don’t know that you understand the right way to hug or kiss, they can’t trust you. Show them that you are aware of social norms, and you will certainly see your kiss count go up.
Photography of 3C Style by Annie Gaudreau @ladyhochelaga –– Artwork by Lisa Lawrence, LismorePaper –– Flower photography from Pixabay –– Handbag, Private collection of Elena B. –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C StyleMinimusIMG_0514

Be Funny!

Who says that you have to associate any certain emotion with a hug or a kiss? As long as the emotion is positive, you can hug or kiss for just about any reason! Look for ways to use humor to make people more comfortable. Once people are comfortable with your humor, use the power of touch to solidify the right level of intimacy in the situation.
Artwork by Dominique Nancy, 3C Style & Lisa Lawrence, Lismore Paper –– Photo collage & Stylist: Dominique Nancy, 3C Style Minimus (13)

Wear a huggable T-shirt!

You can bring together all of the tips above with the right T-shirt. A funny or sweet tee is sure to make you happy. It certainly sets up an icebreaker, so you’re setting up a positive situation. If you know the right hug/kiss for the situation and you have a funny shirt on top of that, your chances of hugs go sky high.
Choose from our wide variety of tees that are guaranteed to give you more huggability. Don’t limit your shirts to special occasions, however. These are T-Shirts that can be worn year round to bring the warmth and intimacy of Valentine’s Day to the entire year. Visit our shop on Threadless and see all our products. HERE
Hope you have enjoy our February Issue.
Don’t forget to visit LismorePaper and The Arty Plantsman to get an overall view of When Fashion and Nature Collide.
The Happy Trio of When Fashion and Nature Collide

Next edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide: March 20th 

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65 Comments

  1. I am all about hugs and kisses! What an amazing issue and the products from the shop are beyond amazing! Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication to this project. What an incredible journey with you and Darren. Love you sis! Big hugs! You make our fashion and accessories look out of this world! 💖

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  2. What a wonderful gorgeous, sassy and thoroughly kissable post. I’ve always been a very physical person (maybe it’s my Italian heritage) so I love showing affection with hugs and kisses. Love all your photos here too. Fabulous collaboration xx ❤️💙💚

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    1. That makes me so happy that you like the post, Miriam. I’m more of an introvert when it comes to public display of affection but I believe in the power of touch and I gladly give hugs to my friends. So sending hugs your way! xoxo

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  3. Wow… You are just amazing.. The one with the red coat and the white snow was a heartstopper… You the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and you are equally beautiful inside, warm heart and a kind soul.. 😍❤️😘💕

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    1. Shalini, thank you so much! Your comment made my day. I am so happy you enjoy the pics. My friend Annie did an amazing job. Lisa and Darren as well. It was a busy month for all three of us, especially for Lisa who took care of setting up the shop. But we had lots of fun. Hugs to you my friend. xoxo

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  4. J’ADOOORE !
    IL faut que je passe ma commande. Le problème c’est la beauté de chacun des items de ta collection. Un gros Bravo Dominique. On voit que tout est longuement réfléchi. Tu est absolument stunning sur ces photos. La toute première avec le faux fur est adorable. Et puis la série rouge qui est magnifique. Bref , il faut que tu me dises cmt commander. Bravo et longue vie à une magnifique collection qui te ressemble.
    Xx xx,Silvana

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    1. Thank you so much Colette! Darren sweet heart design is amazing indeed. I am so honor to be working with him and Lisa, both are such talented artists. Thanks for the feedback you left on Lisa’s blog about the shop. Precious comment for us. Keep well. xoxo

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  5. Stellar winged logo. Love & hugs delivers wings. It’s true. Speaking of love, that red coat is striking. The camera angle on the shot of you through the window of reflection is a favorite of mine. Very artsy, but it’s also inclusive. It causes me, the viewer, to feel as if I am strolling by and spotting my friend at a coffee shop. I would’ve run in and said, “Dominique! It IS you.”. (hugs). You guys do such tremendous efforts. A collaboration well worth growing & nurturing. Love & hugs from me. -Alan

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    1. What a beautiful comment. I’m so glad that the pic of me through the window of reflection spoke to you. I brought my friend to this place as I knew the big window would make a great shot. My friend Annie did a wonderful job. The red coat is one of my favorites. The Much Love and Hugs design is Lisa’s creation entirely. At first, I wasn’t sure about it as I thought it looked like a tattoo, but I was wrong. Once it was print on a t-shirt I felt in love with it. It has an edgy side to it that I like a lot. Thank you Alan for your positive feedback. I appreciate so much. xoxo

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    1. Aww – thank you so much Alison. It makes me really happy to hear that you like the red coat as I have modified the original design myself. I do this kind of stuff on my clothing all the time. Hope the moving chaos is over and you are enjoying your new home. 💗

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  6. I am so happy that this wonderful blogging collaboration has turned into this series and a shop! I tried on my tees this morning. Being a very large woman, I always wonder if things will fit so I ordered the very biggest size you offered. Lo and behold, they fit with room for shrinkage! The Powerful pouch arrived yesterday and is even nicer than I expected. Big and roomy! In the spirit of this very sweet post, I send hugs and love! 🤗 ❤️

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    1. Thank you so much Linda for your feedback. This is precious for us as we really want to offer good quality products. Nice to know that the shipping was fast too. Love and hugs to you as well. xoxo

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  7. I loved this post Dominique, and working with you and Lisa.
    You know how much I like hugs! I could hug you right now but you are 3000 miles away and my arms are not that long! Distance sucks.
    Love to you dear lovely friend. xx

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    1. I feel the same Darren. It is such a joy to be part of this team. The only down is the distance indeed. An ocean apart but on the same planet! Or as Lisa said it: but we share the same heart. Love you too dear friend. xoxo

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    1. You are absolutely right about the importance of touch in a child’s development. Thanks for bringing that up, Cris. Have a fabulous week dear friend. xoxo

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  8. Touch is something special. When done from the heart, there’s always a connection made. ‘Give people more privacy, and you may get more hugs and kisses than you can handle!’ I found this sentence interesting but agree with it. Respect people’s privacy, respect their space and chances are you earn their respect and will open up to you. Lovely fashion shots in winter 🙂

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  9. Such wonderful messages and pictures throughout this post, Dominique! Did you know, touch can even have healing powers? People with depression benefit greatly from signs of affection like hugs or just a small pet on the arm, or a cat that draws eights around your legs! Lol! 😄😻
    And I love the idea of an etiquette for hugs and kisses – I’ve never thought about that, it seems to come natural to me but I can imagine a lot of people who could learn from this.
    Your huggable tees are an eyecatcher for sure, as is that awesome red coat of yours! Sending lots of hugs and kisses! 😄 xoxo 💕

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    1. Aww – Thank you so much Sarah. You are right, there are healing powers associated with touch, especially for kids and people with depression. But honestly, we all benefit from it. Is the EyeCatching tee your favorite? Just curious. Much love.

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    1. Thanks! The red coat has a special place in my heart because I have transformed it completely and made it exactly the way I wanted it. By the way, I should receive your book soon now. I can’t wait to read it. Have a wonderful weekend.

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    2. Ooh, this should be fun. From the stories you told us on your blog, I know that lots of things can happen while traveling between Dublin and Italy. 😀Hope you had a great weekend and wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

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