Friday, June 10, 2016

Sunflower Sunshine

 Sweater: Milly    Top: ASOS     Jeans: 7 for All Mankind    Shoes: J. Crew Factory (similar)    Bag: 88    Sunglasses: Stella McCartney

It was my birthday two Sundays ago, and on that lovely afternoon I was so happy and surprised to see my dad presenting me with this beautiful bouquet of sunflowers.  He knows that they've always been one of my favorite flowers, and when he handed them to me, he said one of the most beautiful things I've ever heard.

Sunflowers have a beautiful face, but a strong stem.  Other flowers have a weak stem, and they easily bend and break.  But the sunflower is unapologetically bold.  They stand tall, bright, grand, and unyielding.

My dad calls me his "sunflower", and for some reason that has always stuck with me when I needed it most.  The color yellow has always symbolized life to me.  I don't have nearly enough of it in my closet, but I always feel happier when I see it.  I love layering this blouse for a pop of sunny yellow under my sailor stitch sweater, and I added on some classic yet neutral extras like these vegan patent flats with a tortoiseshell bow.

I made some subtle changes to my blog's design on Sunday!  They're not super noticeable, but I think they streamline the site and make it look much more clean!  I moved the tabs to the top of the blog, and also revised my about me to include my vegan story!


  1. Aaww, so sweet of your dad! And those sunflowers look perfect with your sweater and top!
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  2. Those flowers are really pretty! And so you are Julia! <3
    Have a lovely weekend!

  3. I love these shoes! Such a pretty post :)
    xx, Carmen -

  4. Manes from dad's always seem super meaningful to me. Love your layers and your flowers. :)

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  5. Beautiful laid back outfit! Perfect for almost any ocassion!


  6. What a sweet surprise from your dad. Love the pretty sweater you're wearing.

  7. Aw love that sentiment about sunflowers, it's so true. The sweater and flats are also adorable. Hope you had a good birthday!

    Chow Down USA

  8. I love those flats!!

    xx Kathryn

  9. Love the sweater and top together! So cute :)

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  10. These photos are so fun and summery! I absolutely love the navy and mustard combo!

  11. Suddenly i miss my Dad, anyway happy birthday dear, wish you all the best :)

    - Lily Widjaja

  12. Aww so sweet of your dad!! He picked well because those sunflowers are beautiful! Love the layering in this look. The colors are such a great combo. I hope you had a wonderful birthday :)

  13. Love the fact that your dad calls you sunflower! You are beautiful, and i adore this layered look! So chic, Julia!!

    Happy Monday, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  14. This is such a cute look!! That quote about the sunflower is so empowering, I love it.

    Allison / Joy and Ivy


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