Tuesday, July 19, 2016

the friendliest flower {Auntie & Niece Style No. 1}...

I've been a fan of the Mother/Daughter fashions that seem to have had their heyday in the 50s for a long while now. I blame my Mother really. (Poor Moms. They get blamed for everything.) ;P Mine got me started with my love for matchy-matchy apparel since she made coordinating Daisy Kingdom dresses for my younger sister & me when we were little girls. Though it may be dorky...at this point I don't give a hoot.
{Being well and firmly established in my dorkiness.}

The Lord hasn't made me a mother, but He HAS made me an aunt!
I am so blessed with this niece who doesn't mind matching her ol' auntie.

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{and another lil niece who'll get in on this action soon enough
& 4 nephews...who probably...won't. ha!}
You may have noticed from previous posts that I haven't been wearing much vintage lately. I tend to go through spurts of wearing it a lot and then not so much. I'm in a not so much phase right now. I still L-O-V-E all things vintage, but I just haven't been very dedicated to the wearing of it lately. Part of the reason being that I've lost some pounds and not much of my old wardrobe fits quite right. (Not that I'm complaining about it by any means. Lol!)
I'd have to put some serious work into making a new vintage wardrobe, and I'm just not feeling it right now. I'd say my style is still very much vintage inspired, but there are times when I just wanna wear skinny jeans...or overalls...or modern clothes. That blasted Lauren Conrad keeps coming out with something beautiful to tempt me in her line of clothing at Kohl's.
And I'm ok with that.
My style has always been pretty eclectic anyway.
But anyhoo...
I've entitled Abbey & my matching frocks "the friendliest flower" because of the "You've Got Mail" quote about daisies being the friendliest flower. ^_^
I already have some ideas for other installments of Auntie & Niece Style too, but I had to start somewhere and these super simple pre-smocked lovelies were a good way to kick it off.

Daisies are pretty much my very favorite flower.
Their sweet simplicity & happy lil them-ness just gets me.

I love them as a motif for decorating too. This daisy handkerchief & candle ring brighten up my bedside table. I also started these seeds this year so hopefully I'll have my own friendly blooms for years to come.

It's a given that if I have a bouquet of these cuties about the house
I'm bound to take a picture {or two or 5,037)
and then if I take a picture I'm bound to add a verse or quote to it.
It's just the way it is.

And Yardley of London's Royal English Daisy is my favorite perfume.
Though daisies aren't actually particularly fragrant it captures the cheery feeling that daisies evoke.
 While this isn't the first time Abbs & I were caught "twinning"

It is the first time I specifically made us matching apparel.
So when I found this adorable "Style in an Instant" fabric from Joann Fabrics I just couldn't resist the cheery daisy & gingham print - two of my favorite things! It was a breeze to whip up. Just one seam. I took the fabric to WallyWorld (Wal-Mart) to find matching tank tops & there ya go.

We didn't have a field full of dancing daisies in which to take our pics so we used the next best thing - a row of ginormous sunny sunflowers!
Cuz you know daisies & sunflowers go together like peanut butter & jelly.
{That's a metaphor. Don't eat these flowers.}

 The best shenanigans are gotten up to with this girl.

I better hurry up & make more matching things before she gets embarrassed of me. ^_~
What's your opinion on the matchy-matchy thing?
Super dorky or kitschy cute?
What's your favorite flower?
Much love,
Miss Michelle ^_^
{Photos of Abbs & me by my sister Aims. Others by moi.}


  1. You are your niece look terrific! What fun time for you both. : )The sunflowers in the last two pictures are incredible!


    1. Thanks so much, Sarah! Aren't they just beautiful?!

  2. I love matchey-matchey! It warms my heart to see how much you love Little Gal(grampa's name for her,I'm so glad for you're godly influence on her. As far as dorky goes, it's never dorky to be the person God made you! I should also tell you that I'm going to Kohls this week so plan accordingly.;)

    1. Aww! I sure do love you, Momma-Llama-Ding-Dong. ^-^

  3. I think it's lovely. In fact I was feeling a little 'low' this morning and you perked me right up with you post and your lovely countenance. Your niece considers you to be the bee's knees and probably always will. She's quite smart! I'd like to get some of those daisies growing in my garden next year. I'm sure glad you started blogging again. I hope to soon.

    1. Well, I'm glad to have been of some cheer, dear friend. Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I think every garden should have daisies. I look forward to reading your posts!

  4. Well, if this isn't just the sweetest post! My, you are a very dear and special aunt {{smiles}} You and your niece are just precious together and by the smile on her face it's quite obvious she loves you a great deal :)

    Have a splendid day, dear Michelle! Hugs!

  5. What a sweet post! I love the pink and green gingham and daisies. So cute!
    Matchy-matchy is good! When my 4 girls were younger, I did a lot of sewing and many times we all, including me, had dresses of the same material, in maybe different styles. We did a lot of traveling then, and we could easily spot each other in an airport! :-)
    I think it's cute.:-) Flower? Daisies are such a happy flower, and I do like a bouquet of wild flowers, anykind!
    Enjoy your day ♥

    1. Thank you, Anne! Oh, how fun that you did that with your girls. It turned out to be very practical too then, huh?! :D And, oh yes, wildflowers are wonderful. I just snapped some pics of Queen Anne's Lace & Chickory today. ^_^ {hugs}

  6. I'm a huge fan of it! Parents and children, aunts and nieces, spouses, siblings, cousins, you name it, I think there's something so immensely sweet + fun + cute about coordinating ensembles and would truly love to have someone in my own family to share in the joy of such with one day (to date we've only been blessed with one nephew and he's less than half a year old and lives in Italy, so I don't think I'll be able to do so with him - but you just never know :)).

    This post was so heartwarmingly sweet and fun. Thank you for sharing your lovely outfits and about the great relationship you have with your niece with us, dear Michelle.

    Many hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Jessica! I can totally see you & your wee nephew wearing coordinating apparel someday! I highly recommend it! ^_^ {hugs}


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