An Old Friend

My recent visit to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens was pleasant and refreshing. I always love a good afternoon walk in the garden! In addition to the beautiful weather and scenery, I also enjoyed strolling around in my good-for-most-occasions day dress… an old and beloved friend. This charming floral dress is the most comfortable piece of clothing I own and is also perhaps the oldest (to me) item in my closet. Despite the changes in my personal style over the years, I still love it as much today as I did in my early teens and it has maintained it’s appearance surprisingly well over the years, as well. Longevity, comfort, and style – Now that’s the sign of an excellent purchase!

And what would a floral day dress be without my trusty red ballet flats to accompany it? Not as comfy or cute, I can tell you that! These are another pair of staples in my closet right now. I would say I wear them 75% of the week. I’m thinking an alternate set would be a good idea to give these babies an occasional rest. They must be so tired!

Cheers to the beginning of another week, friends! I hope you get the chance to step out and enjoy the beautiful Autumn weather.

 

 

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Nature Likes to Play, Too!

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

September is upon us and today officially celebrates Summer’s last hoorah before the crispy cool mornings and early dusk evenings set in. So what better way to commemorate the end of Summer than with a vibrant collection of foliage captured during a late summer visit to Fort Worth’s Botanic Gardens! If you can imagine a wide-eyed gal, cap on head and camera in hand, enthusiastically shooting every possible angle of the garden and persistently pushing through the sweltering heat of a late August day, then you would have an accurate idea of my adventure. Every turn I made revealed yet another astonishing creation of nature! And throughout it all, I simply couldn’t take my eyes off these brilliant leaves.

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

As I ventured from one section to another, I kept marveling at the tremendous inspiration that could be taken from each green growth. If I were a textile designer, I would certainly find a way to create patterns inspired by these plants. Just think of these patterns on our clothing or in our interior spaces. And I’m not talking about the outlined shape of an ambiguous leaf…that’s been done many times before. Rather, consider the actual organic repetition of veins, spots and stripes…its stunning!

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

Photo Credit: Hilary Walker

It is a fact, no one can touch mother nature’s mad pattern mixing skills and fearless use of color! 😉 It is completely unique and infinitely original.