Working a Radiant Orchid Kimono Into My Wardrobe



Last month I decided I wanted to challenge myself to work
a kimono
into my wardrobe
and 
I was even able to find one in this years color
Radiant Orchid.
No matter the name they give it
this bold shade of pink is always one of my favorites
to add some fresh color
to my wardrobe which is made up primarily of neutral building blocks.


I first showed the kimono here
but after one particularly  intoxicating Saturday night spent on Pinterest
 I wanted to challenge myself
to style the kimono into an outfit incorporating some disparate trends I am enjoying.

One trend I am intrigued with is a 
distressed boyfriend jean.
For me I love the juxtaposition of rugged and worn
mixed with my normal pieces of sporty and  glam.

I spent a couple of days
trying to find the perfect pair
with enough distressing … but not too much
because for me at my age
I just didn't want to have exposed skin showing
I like the idea of the trend
but I wanted to make sure it still was what I consider a good personal age choice.
I wanted to make the trend my own
without looking like I am praying at the alter of 
desperate to be younger than my newly 55.

After trying on so many pairs … high end and low
and 
even purchases made
I actually found the perfect pair in my closet!
How lucky is that!


I chose to roll the legs
so my perfect juxtaposing
pointy glam shoe showed!

The vintage Chinese wicker basket 
that I found at February's Antique Market
made for  the perfect  purse.


I  always use nautical stripes as a neutral player.
For me it's adds a perfect nautical nod to everything
which I love as a part of my Southern California style.
I layered this Anthropolgie stripe over my
favorite denim shirt.

Of course I finished the outfit off with accessories.

First with one of my favorite 
vintage brooch necklaces
and 
it you haven't seen it yet,
I have a DIY for the necklace here.

I added turquoise howlite bracelets from my shop
and
 literally topping it all off with my beloved
 Panama hat.



As always my friends

I wish you love and joy
as you style your life





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24 comments:

  1. So much beauty in this ensemble. The kimono is outrageously gorgeous and love the juxtaposition. Your creativity is in full bloom!

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    1. Judith my dear … your kind connecting words … are always such a gift to my heart!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  2. I was totally inspired when I read your post about Write the Blog You Want to Read! Now I just want to buy you and your kimono a glass of champagne! So lovely and fresh...

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    1. Stormy I am so happy to hear you found the Write the Blog You Want to Read inspiring … that is a gift to my soul! I am still working on my last installment to the series!

      I would gliding accept sharing champagne with you my dear!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  3. Good Grief……..Your photos are B E A U T I F U L!
    Who is the person snapping away at YOU?
    You have NO IDEA HOW MUCH YOU AND I HAVE IN COMMON!I have never met another person who has the ZEST for putting things together as we do!You look radiant and GREAT FOR YOUR AGE!

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    1. My dear Contessa … my thoughts exactly when I saw your Paris photos of you in your Opera coat!!

      It is my wonderful husband on the other side of the camera now!

      I know I owe you an email my dear … hopefully today!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  4. Wow, so gorgeous and dramatic! And the kimono is pretty too. ;-) Seriously though, this seems to suit your style beautifully.

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    1. My dear … you are the sweetest! Thank you for your very kind words!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  5. Ooooh, me's squeeking with delight here!!! I'm trying not to gush too much, but this is a favourite Tamera!!! Okay, I'm gonna use some caps....AWESOME, AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL...whew, glad I got that out! Such joie de vivre in these photos, the outfit sings! Thanks for sharing! Love the distressed jeans with the patching...cool concept!

    Another How to Write segment coming soon?, hopes me.

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    1. Hey my colorful friend … I was actually thinking of you when I was shooting my kimono … you are always a true master of working colors so beautifully … so I am extra touched that you like it so!!

      Thank you for inquiring about the Write the Blog series … the next part is definitely in the works! I appreciate your interest!

      xoxo
      Tamera

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  6. A spectacular kimono and stunning look.

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  7. it is a gorgeous kimono and radiant as you are! Perfect fit!

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  8. I think you are certainly rocking this look! love the color of the kimono and the boyfriend jeans play it down a bit too, so it's awesome :)

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  9. T you look amazing , love your style, all my real life girlfriends talk about it with awe! x

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  10. The kimono is a stunning piece, and I live how you have styled it, Tamera. Gorgeous! xxx

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  11. Compliments to your photographer! The last 2 of 3 photos of you are especially nice.

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  12. You look so beautiful! Love the juxtaposition between the worn jeans and the silky fabric of the kimono; what a lovely way to incoporate such a dramatic item into your wardrobe. :)

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  13. Ok, first off, you look like you were having the time of your life while taking these photo's. So who was making you so happy? I'm with you on mixing the distressed look with something more feminine. This ensemble is pricelss, something I would wear on any given day. I also love the fact that you shopped your heart out only to find the perfect pair right at home (been there done that). Lastly, the glamour kitten heels are the most versatile show I've seen in a long time. I sure hope your day was spent having as much fun as you made it out to be in your photos.

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  14. Tamera, Love how you styled this with the boyfriend jeans and the stripes. Who would have thought this looked so fabulous together? Your necklace is perfect too with it. You have inspired me to try something like this. I have 2 kimonos. One from my aunt's trip to Japan and one I've had about 30 years. It seems a shame to let them languish in the closet when they could be worn and celebrated. Bravo to you Tamera for starting a new trend and a lovely idea. Have a good weekend! xx Kim

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  15. You're just gorgeous. The kimono is a beautiful piece and you have styled it to perfection!

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  16. What a cool and beautiful kimono! Love the way you styled it and your photos are so interesting and pretty too!
    OXOX Dawn Lucy

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  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love everything about this.

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  18. Well, of course. A radiant orchid kimono. Who doesn't have one of those?
    Seriously ... brilliant find, more brilliant styling! It's all great, but the hat and destroyed jeans make it all young and perfectly you!

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