OOTD :: of tree dressing and brilliant daughters




I swear, Anne will be the death of me!

Okay, so maybe that’s a bit of hyperbole. And we all know I love Anne dearly, so even if I wasn’t exaggerating, we all know I say that really in jest. But, boy howdy! The lady sure knows how to give doozies of a style challenge!

This week, darling Anne has thrown down the gauntlet and has dared us to dress like a tree.

A tree.


Aside from the fact that green is not my favorite color which means I have very few items of green, the very idea of dressing like a tree completely flummoxed me. What Google search terms would you even use for that?! Without a filter, I was frankly too terrified to try. So I went to Pinterest, thinking it would be safer, and yes, I did search for “dress like a tree”. Unsurprisingly, I pulled up little to inspire me.

I really was gonna throw in the towel on this one when in trots my precocious daughter. Noticing my frown, she asks what the matter was, I tell her, she does the eye roll, snatches my MacBook from my lap and types in “tree” in the Pinterest search box. Before I could gently correct her misunderstanding of the challenge, she looks at me triumphantly and proclaims: “Be inspired by THAT! Nature!” and then she sashays away, leaving me agape with awe.

It was a face palm moment, my friends. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that? Me – Ms. Symbolism? I even had “nature pics” down somewhere on a list of theme week ideas (back before I didn’t know what a linkup was and was going it all alone with my own challenges).

This week, then, I present to you Mother Nature Madness.

I eagerly Pinned a whole mess of tree photos, many of which had nary a green in sight. For today’s Visible Monday linkup, I chose the most vibrant and non-verdant inspiration pic: the cherry blossom in all its glory. And as it happens, the top’s pattern is very reminiscent of the delicate flower. Add the lushness of a purple velvet skirt and the vividness of a fuchsia cardi and you’ve got the MCC iteration of dressing like a tree.

How d’you like them apples – erm, cherries?!


:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Nanette Lepore @ jcp
Cardi – F21
Skirt – eBay
Pumps – Janine @ Payless

:: Linking ::
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet

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23 thoughts on “OOTD :: of tree dressing and brilliant daughters

  1. […] Like a Tree.  Say what!?!  How do I do that?  Well, Maricel (and Aly) inspired me with this post on Monday (Oh, Anne wasn’t being literal?  OK).  Plus, I had trees on the brain.  Well, […]

  2. jangrahammcmillen says:

    This is what I love about your posts. Process. And some bitchin’ outfits, of course. Yes, you are a blooming spring tree … the velvet skirt is such a perfect touch. I’m charmed, completely. Hope you remember this outfit and wear it often.
    Anne rattles the idea bush, doesn’t she? Looking through the Visible Monday posts, I’m seeing massive creativity. Judith-Style Crone, Pao at Project Minima, you … lots of more than usually interesting stuff and I’m still onlyl at #92!

    Thank you again for the award … I really love reading your posts.
    And your daughter clearly gets her smarts from mummy.

    • mtsedwards says:

      And to think I almost bypassed this 52 Pick-me-up challenge. Three huzzahs for clever little girls, eh?

      I’ll remember this outfit but may not wear it often because you know me and novelty. I will however, make good use of every piece in other outfits. Let’s see if they’re not just one-hit wonders. ;p

  3. Tarnished Royalty says:

    Really gorgeous outfit! The color saturation in that velvet skirt is the reason I love velvet! ~Ann
    Tarnished Royalty

    • mtsedwards says:

      Is that what it is? Thanks for pointing that out; I may have to Mad Hunt velvet now because I loves me some serious color saturation. And thanks for stopping by! :p

  4. Oh my, oh my! I do love that skirt…the entire outfit is genius and you are definitely cherry blossom-esque.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Thank you, Ms. Debbie! I keep trying to convince my students that I AM a genius, but they’re not buying it. LOL.

  5. jenortega says:

    Your baby is brilliant! I loved this look, and you know I have no problem with dressing like a tree. Every time you say that, I think, but I like trees!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Okay, maybe I should qualify that statement: you may dress inspired by a tree but not derivatively/literally like a tree. Yes? 😉

  6. Val S says:

    Brilliant, in color and execution! I love the color, and the cherry blossoms are absolutely everywhere around here right now. Beautiful outfit and colors, and a gold star for your daughter!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, you Oregonian, you! I can only DREAM of cherry blossoms. You should take pics of them there trees and post them on your blog for this lowly Californian to enviously enjoy. ;p

      I’ll be sure to award that gold star.

  7. Wow. I am super impressed with this outfit. I love it on it’s own, but the fact that it’s based on a very difficult challenge makes me love it all the more!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Glad you liked the outfit, Gracey. This one is by far my favorite of the week if only because of the color saturation.

      As far as the challenge goes, I may have cheated and found tree pics that mimicked the outfit instead of the other way around so you probably oughtn’t be too impressed. 😉

  8. You make for one gorgeous tree, M! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ah, but with Mother Nature as my guide, how cold I possibly go wrong? But thanks for the affirmation and thanks for hosting Visible Monday. I do so look forward to it when it comes around.

  9. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    Yep! EXACTLY what I had in mind! Blame Arbor Day and an old drawing assignment. Kudos to your daughter for figuring it out!

  10. I LOVE all the purple! Shocking, I know. 😛
    You and Aly have just inspired me to participate in this link up!

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