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Flowers, or the Shape of Restlessness.

By: Jen Shoop

Came across this beauty by WCW recently, and I’ll just leave it right here:

When over the flowery, sharp pasture’s
edge, unseen, the salt ocean
lifts its form—chicory and daisies
tied, released, seem hardly flowers alone
but color and the movement—or the shape
perhaps—of restlessness, whereas
the sea is circled and sways
peacefully upon its plantlike stem
-William Carlos William

OK, I won’t just leave it.  I’ll add: I love the clever use of enjambment in this poem, the way moving from the end of line 1 to line 2 feels as though we, too, have jumped off a cliff; the way the staccato line breaks in lines 5 and 6 reflect the sense of restless movement he’s describing.  (Can we also swoon over the phrase “the shape of restlessness”?!)  And, taken altogether, in one big gulp, the poem moves and sways evocatively: flowers in the breeze, the break of waves.

Tangentially related, I have been on the hunt for a breezy floral dress for my birthday.  Below, some of my favorite picks — and some incredible accessories to pair with them.

Les Prettiest Floral Dresses + Accessories. 

Click on images to be taken directly to product details, or see links below — I’ve also included a couple of alternates in the list below!.

+Rebecca Taylor off-the-shoulder Marlena dress.  This might be my front-runner, especially after seeing Claiborne Swanson Frank in it.

+Kenneth Jay Lane drop earrings.

+Pamela Munson clutch.

+Ganni dress.  (Love this label!)

+Gal Meets Glam floral dress.

+Rebecca Ravenel flower earrings.  Get the look for less with these (love the pearl center!), these, or these.

+Taschen flower book.  (I actually just bought this for my mother in law, who is a bigtime flower lover!)

+Off-the-shoulder yellow dress (only $60!)

+Jennifer Behr yellow floral earrings.

+LoveShackFancy yellow floral mini dress.

+Tory Burch Tatiana Slides.

+LoveShackFancy blue and white floral dress — love how this reminds me of chinoiserie!  Get the look for less with this.

+I have had my eyes on these floral Alexandre Birman heels forever.

+One of my go-to lip color picks: Fresh in Petal.  Pretty and natural, and tastes excellent.

+These floral hoops look a lot like a style by Oscar de la Renta — but only cost $50!

+A pretty little floral top — under $50!

+One of my absolute favorite facial creams.  (More of my cosmetic must-haves here << I just updated this list!)

+I love this floral print — so elegant!  And those puff sleeves! — and this pattern is similar, but in a longer dress format (and for a lower price!)

+A Gap steal (under $80!).

+Hydrating rose face spray (<<love this stuff!)

+NOT shown above: I am still dying over this Doen dress, I love the easy style of this rose-print shirtdress, and .

Budget Buys: Floral Stunners for $60 and Under.

I am smitten with this pretty piece of perfection, shown below, but I also love this (which I just saw on Arielle of SomethingNavy even though it’s not a maternity dress) and this.  A little more expensive, but still reasonable: this is darling.

The Fashion Magpie HM Dress

Florals from Up-and-Coming Labels: Seren London and Dagny London.

How to die is this floral jumpsuit by new-to-me label Seren?!


And a big yes, pls to this floral print stunner from sustainable fashion line Dagny London.  (Read about the line’s amazing founder — my sister — here.)



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3 thoughts on “Flowers, or the Shape of Restlessness.

  1. Sooo many good options here! My birthday is in late June and I traditionally buy myself an outfit to wear on my birthday … this post is giving me great ideas!

    Love that LoveShackFancy mini option, and those Alexandre Birman sandals are so good! My favorite would have to be the Dagny dress … such a beautiful print and cut!

    1. Do the Dagny 🙂 I’m obsessed. She is meticulous about cut and prints are my sister’s forte (she handled prints at Mara, and they did some MAAAAJOR prints).


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