Monday, April 17, 2017

A Bouquet of Florals


The onset of Spring is usually characterized by the influx of bloggers loving up on iconic florals as they excitedly peel off the layers and the dark dreary colors of Winter. Thick coats and jackets as well as boots, gloves and scarves are moved to the back of the closet or to storage as the case may be. BREAKING NEWS: Showing skin is in again and florals are once again the ‘it print’. The rejected  forgotten print reclaims it’s role as the 'print of prints' and street style stars are rocking it in ways that will leave you well, green with envy! Are you low key loving up on florals or are you full blown living in florals? 


How To Style  
Have you noticed that designers will floral any and everything from accessories to clothing? Fortunately the fashion gods have not written a set of 'how to’s' on rocking this trend and if they did, then I missed the memo. So for me as I celebrate the return of fine weather, it’s 'whatever brings that girlish charm to the forefront’ and doesn't leave any box unchecked. H2T of same floral print or 'wall paper’ as I like to call it though, not so much. That may get people staring and maybe, just maybe not in such a good way, Ha!

Today’s Look
Floral print is a trend to look out for this season. How do you style yours? Did you get a 'how to memo' or do you just have fun with them? Today I'm showing a dress in a bold bloom print, a perfect choice to not only cheer me up but pull me out of my recent cloudy mood, finished with black heels, a tritone bag and red trench. I included photo number 4 for your giggling delight. (LOL)

Fun Fact 
The origin of floral fabrics can be found in Asia where florals are an integral part of their culture. Did you know that? I honestly didn't.



The Tears Won’t Stop Flowing: His face and smile are forever etched on my mind. 
I've been gone for a few weeks because of the reason I shared on my Instagram here. I’ve never been this shaken up and just couldn’t get myself to pose for pictures let alone write a post. You may not know this about me but even though I appear tough, I am totally a fragile and very emotional being, have always been and perhaps will always be. I cry at the drop of a hat literally, I kid you not.  When I was a kid, aside from being called 'Idu Nwanyioma' meaning 'Idu beautiful girl', crying was the other thing I was known for. I feel things very deeply especially when it involves the death of a young one. I had a semblance of closure in the form of a funeral and healing has begun but it’s going to be long and drawn out. My posts may be sporadic as I support my kids through this. And cry myself through this. Please bear with me. 

Thanks a lot for the well wishes on Instagram. His family felt all the love. Life is fleeting, I hope that I become a better me with each passing day, to love like I’ve never loved, to forgive and hope to be forgiven. To laugh, to be more present. Cos it’s never that serious. I genuinely love ya’ll and thank you for always being there.

Thanks for all the love on this post here. Your thoughts on this look?


Deets 
Dress- Asos (here)
Heels - Christian Louboutin (old, here)
Bag - Celine (old, similar here)
Jacket - Desigual (old)


Thank you for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts. Xx..




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74 comments:

  1. Hi honey, I actually dreamt you were back and lo and behold here you are. I know how you must feel trust me I've been there. You are the face of courage your kids will see. The times doesn't want us to be great, but they lie cos you look so pretty in that level floral dress. I so do love spring and how flowers spring into action on everywhere. Good having you back and Happy Easter to y'all

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  2. This dress is so so beautiful, I'm a huge fan of florals all year round and this dress just ticks all the boxes and your shoes too! Fantastic.

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  3. You look lovely. Your dress is so lovely and ladylike. It reminds me of the beautiful dresses from the fifties(my favorite fashion decade).Sending love your way. I truly understand how difficult it is to keep up with the daily grind when dealing with loss and it is nothing wrong with feeling deeply and being able to display emotions.It is necessary for emotional health. Keeping you in my thoughts.
    LaToya
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  4. You look so lady! Just in love with this floral dress.
    xx

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  5. Nwanyioma! Great to have you back! You look especially lovely in this vintage inspired floral dress. I love the accessory pairings as well. The Lord is your strength dear!

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  6. Baby You look stunning! Gorgeous floral dress! Roses are magnificent <3
    Fabulous style from 50s! Lovely red coat!Love your hair, looking so, so pretty :)
    Lots of Kisses :****

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  7. Amazing outfit, I love your dress, thanks for sharing, you look stunning!!!

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  8. I am so so sorry for your loss, what a shame and I can't imagine what his family and yours are going through. Welcome back Idu and thank you for smiling again even though your heart is heavy.

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  9. so so so beautiful,
    x x x
    Sylwia,
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  10. I am so sorry to hear about what happened to your son's best friend, Idu. A loss of a loved one is so heart-breaking.:(
    On a lighter note, you look wonderful in this dress. Flowers can always bring some light to a situation.

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  11. Girllll why you are so gorgeous! I honestly think that the kimono would look so gorgeous on you love! Not sure if they sell, but I think somehow they do...


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  12. So much Awesomeness here. . . .Much Luv!

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  13. Dealing with the loss is never easy...I find it especially difficult to deal with it if I am not (for whatever reason) able to attend the funeral of the loved one that has passed away. Attending the funeral doesn't take the pain away, but it gives me a feeling of peace and closure. To this day, I still expect my uncle to come and greet me when I come to see my aunt. I think it is because I wasn't able to go to his funeral and hence on some level I never really accepted he is gone. Grieving is a process and we mustn't rush it....Losing a loved one leaves a scar that never heals completely...In such moments, I always find it comfortable to lean back on my family and loved ones. When we support each other through it, then it gets a bit easier, albeit it is never easy. I think it is important to spend time with the persons who were close with the person we lost. When we are all together, it is like that person is in a way still with us- and I think if those lost to us are watching, they will like it- the fact we're holding on to each other. Deep connections, friendship, love, support, family..those are the things that truly matter. Take the time you need to support your kids through this, it must be really hard on them as well.

    When it comes to floral, I'm a big fan of them. I think I did know they originate from Asia...because of its rich history and all. That dress is so gorgeous and lady like...I really like the vintage cut. You look utterly beautiful and refined...very feminine and pretty. The photographs are lovely as well...The Spring is in the air.

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  14. Love it soooo much! Anyway, would you like to support each other's blog by following each other? Please let me know, thank you! ❤

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  15. Absolutely wonderful! I really like this.


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  16. Swooning over your dress, as usual!! LOVE the florals, doll.

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  17. Very beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Dear Idu, I simply have fun with florals and I see you too! You combined your wonderful floral dress in an amazing and very beautiful way - thanks for sharing this wonderful spring post!
    xx Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  19. You look gorgeous in this floral dress with the added coat. I'm glad you are back to blogging and I'm sending my love. I'm also very emotional and sensitive even though I appear tough.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  20. Wow, you look is totally amazing! I like every item! The trench and the shoes are stunning!

    Raquel.
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  21. Omg, Idu, I'm so very sorry for your loss. I just read your Instagram post, I can't imagine how that must have felt receiving such horrible and terrifying news. My heart and deepest and most sincerest condolences go to you, your kids, and of course this young man's family. May he rest in peace and may those fond memories of him live on in all of you. On a lighter note, I love the floral dress you're wearing and I had no idea that the print originated from Asia, though when you think of it, it makes total sense. Thanks for sharing, beautiful, and I'll be keeping you all in my prayers.

    XO,

    Jalisa
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  22. What a tragic and terrible loss. My deepest condolences go out to you and your family and to his family. I can understand why you would need a time out to process the loss as well as your sadness and shock. He will always be missed but I hope in time that it will hurt less for all those who who he shined his light on. Take care and hang in there Idu Nwanyioma. This look is gorgeous!

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  23. I'm supriced what you write about yourself, you look like a very strong woman(mentaly I mean).You look spectacular in this outfit dear, I love your heels :-)

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  24. this flowers dress very romantic on you
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    have an happy day, kisses

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  25. Espectacular vestido con un escote muy favorecedor! Tiene un estampado precioso... es un look muy inspirador y primaveral!!
    Besitos guapísima y feliz semana, Emi

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  26. Such a lovely return you have made, dear! I am a big fan of floral patterns and this one is especially lovely. And the bare shoulder adds such a sexy zing to the look. Gorgeous!!

    Healing of spirit is so similar to healing of body, sadly too many people take one more seriously than the others. Some challenges in life are a bump on the knee that hobbles us a bit for a short time and then vanishes to be forgotten. And some wounds go so much deeper and leave scars to forever remind us of that painful time in our life. In any event, I suppose I identify the idea of a strong person differently than most. Being able to overcome and make it thru the tough stuff in life is part of being strong, but also and equally knowing when you alone are not enough to get yourself thru. Admitting you need the help and comfort of others or even the big Other, and then accepting that help, that is a strength all its own. I am guessing you have a wonderful balance of both. As for crying, tho I am still silly enough to try and hide it, I cry all the time too. I can see it coming most times and I tell myself not to, I try and distract myself, but I cannot hold it back. I just saw that beauty and the beast movie with emma Watson and I was all teared up at the end, sniffling and soaked cheeks. Part of mine is empathy. I feel emotions from others and even just the sight of true grief or happiness, something so powerful, will often bring me to tears.

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  27. love the floral dress! thanks for the tips and info of spring fashion <3

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  28. This is so perfect doll, loooove it!!! Have a marvellous day x

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  29. Beautiful coat and dress:) You look fabulous as always Dear:*

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  30. This dress is very beautiful Idu! A dream! Pure love for your style! *_*
    Kiss
    Luna
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  31. You look like a doll!
    Amazing dress and super glam accessories!
    Kisses, Paola.
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  32. I love me some florals. They're the best in Spring and Summer and definitely timeless. You look so gorgeous mi lady.

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  33. Fantastic post, like it :)

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  34. Great post!

    You have a nice blog!

    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know on my blog.

    Have a great day!

    xoxo Jacqueline
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  35. Really gorgeous, you always so chic and sophisticated, love it the floral print of your dress! Kisses.

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  36. How tragic. Sorry to hear about your loss, it's never easy. Time and faith can be a healer, though. On another note, glad to see you're back, lovely. I like this dress, it reminds me of a chic Chinese garden frock my sister had of peonies. I love floral prints! You look amazing! xx/Madison
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  37. So sorry to hear that ;( , I hope you're now okay and feeling better :)

    As always I love your ootd :), always make me jealous :P

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  38. Love the dress!
    xx

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  39. Hi sweetie
    this skirt looks wonderful on you.
    I really love your romantic style
    kisses
    Maggie Dallospedale
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  40. So sweet smile in this pics!!!
    Perfect style, the dress is top!!!!
    kiss
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  41. Lovely dress! Fantastic look!

    Spring greetings!:))
    kiss:)

    xxBasia

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  43. Amazing blog post and great photos.
    I am glad you enjoyed reading my recent post and thank you for the comments!!
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  44. The floral looks so good on you I love the way it is styled :)
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  45. Idu my thoughts are with you and His family..May God grant you and His family the grace to bear this irreparable loss..
    btw i need to come raid me some idu's ahie closet.. so kate pumps 👠 my first love.. gonna get it soonest

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  46. I understand what you must be going through as a mother and a close friend. May he Rest In Peace. This is such a wonderful dress. You look lovely!

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  47. You are perfect with your flowers dress
    Beautiful
    Kisses

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  48. Take all the time you need to heal and support your kids, everyone will understand. Life is so fragile and so precious.
    As for florals, I don't wear them a lot. Most of them look dated on me, but I adore the bold version you are rocking here. Maybe I will try that.

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  49. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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  50. Absolutely stunning, as always, dear Idu! The statement coat wraps the look up so nicely. I feel for you...and wish you and your family all the strength you need to get through this! I've suffered a recent loss as well. There's nothing like the now.
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  51. I am sorry to read about the sad news on your Ig page ,i hope the family find strength in God and the lovely memories that was left behind. Yes hun , floral fashion is in and what better time to style them than Spring time,I'm loving the beautiful prints on this lovely dress. Gorgeous as always . Do take care babe and glad to have you back.....xx Uzo

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  52. Idu, I want to say you look truly stunning in this outfit. The red and the pink contrast together is gorgeous and I love the dress and the pairing, it's beautiful. But I'm so sad for you and your loss like that. Life is so fragile and unpredictable and the world is full of hate. I don't know how he was taken, but it's truly an awful thing. I'm so sorry. I hope you will be ok xx.

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  53. omg the heels! this is definitely a bold style! great job babe!
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  54. Showing skin is very much in right now ha! I love reading the facts about the florals here as i was not aware!
    I love how you wore everything in this look hun. Its just spring perfect like am here taking notes doll.
    Hope your easter was amazing and you back to normal.
    Enjoy your evening
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  55. Oh very cute dress!
    Great coordinate darling!
    xx

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  56. I'm glad you're starting to feel better Idu beautiful. You look delightful in that floral print dress! Baci, Valeria - Coco et La vie en rose FASHION & BEAUTY

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  57. That´s a stunning dress darling! I love the whole look! You look gorgeous :)

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  58. hope you're feeling better now, my dear
    death is such un unfair thing

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  59. So love your red coat, and the dress is amazing!
    xo
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  60. So glad to see you back my friend! I am a very emotional being myself, so I understand how you must be feeling. I hope you and your family and this amzing boys family will find a way to cope with this terrible loss.

    As always you look gorgeous in this floral number. I am a huge floral fan.

    Lots of hugs and kisses.

    Hopefully you can enjoy the weekend a little bit.

    xxx.

    Tamara Chloé

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  61. hi dear, i repass
    new outfit on my blog ---> cropped pants outfit <---
    have an happy day, kisses

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  62. I never thought of florals as a 'wall paper' :) Your dress is so pretty.

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  63. Amazing coat , I love your blog !!! happy day!!!
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  64. Marvelous dress and your shoes are gorgeous ! You are so pretty. Kisses :)

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  65. I am so sorry for your loss Idu, and I'm even more sorry for the thoughtless comments left above from people who didn't even try to read your post.

    It's always hard to lose someone, but it's good you are starting to return to the things that make you happy, and are able to get pleasure from blogging again. It's good to remember those we lost as we enjoy the life we have been given, and keep them close to our hearts as we do the things that we love.

    Hope you are having a better week.

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  66. Ahhhh I'm IN LOVE with that dress!!
    LA VEINE

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  67. Missed you...Missed this space...I need to manage time more...*Sobs*.
    You look amazing as always.
    Much Love.❤️
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  68. Amazing dress! You arę amazing!!! :) fantastyczne look! Kisiel 😀

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  69. So sorry to hear your tragic news on Instagram. It's lovely to see you back blogging and I love the dress so much. Hope you are okay. Gemma x
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  70. Beyond glamorous!!!!! Love that stunning dress, Idu! You are freakin' AAMAAZINGG!!!!
    Stay fab!
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  71. I wish I could meet you some day and get a fashion makeover from you, You are awesome.

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  72. I'm happy you are back and slaying as usual. The fit of the dress is spot on and love everything about this look.
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  73. You look so gorgeous!! LOVE this look so much! That dress looks stunning on you, Idu!!

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