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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Catherine's Outfit

it's time once again 
Catherine @ The Shiny Pebble
to get dressed to coordinate with
her virtually redone dining room.
go here
to see the room redo which was done by

Beth Connolly @ Chinoiserie Chic

Ok, Chinoiserie Chic...
I love Beth's design work, especially the 
blue & white porcelain collections...
but, the challenge of finding the perfect outfit
has been a difficult one.

entertaining at home
one can wear almost anything,
the hostess makes the rules...
but, too casual, for an uptown room
didn't seem correct...
and neither did cocktail dress...
so this was my decision...

this beautiful long silk dress from
Zac Posen Spring 2010

Somehow, this one seemed like it had the POW of pizazz
and still a softness & femininity
for at-home entertaining.

and for the jewelry, I chose this simple circlet necklace
of faceted amethysts & citrine with
a jewelled clasp which can be worn front, side or back...

the dress has enough movement & patterned
design to call for an opulent
but still structured necklace

multiple bracelets like this one,
which is also the photo on my blog header

rather simple, but large,  
faceted amethyst earrings

I'm thinking if all of this goes well
Catherine will invite us blogisphere friends to
her dinner party.
You guys can bring the wine, ok?

Go see Catherine so you will know how her dining room turned out...
and why I chose this outfit & jewelry

Definition:  Chinoiserie
Chinese House (Potsdam) Chinoiserie [1] refers to a recurring theme in European artistic styles since the seventeenth century, which reflects Chinese art and is characterized by the use of fanciful imagery of an imaginary China, by asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and the use of lacquerlike materials and decoration. Chinoiserie entered the European repertory in the mid-to-late seventeenth century; its popularity peaked around the middle of the eighteenth century, when it was easily assimilated into rococo.




  1. I must say looking at your post I see how others live and dress which is very interesting.

    Good day.

  2. Wow I really love that dress! It's Pucci meets DVF!

  3. i love the silky drapes of this... and the jewelry is right on! thank you again, dear marsha for dressing me all pretty for this next party. I will throw a big on at the end of the series and everyone will be invited!

  4. Beautiful selections!:-)))The colors are very rich and brilliant. I always enjoy reading your posts and looking through the pictures. Wishing you wonderful the rest of the week.

  5. Catherine would look stunning in this dress and jewelry!

  6. Love the jewerly... all of it! And I'll be happy to bring the wine!

  7. I LOVE AMETHYST!!!! It's all SO gorgeous=0)


  8. Oh this dress if perfect for me to wear to Palm Springs one weekend! I love the jewelry as purple is my favorite color! Great styling my dear! xoxo

  9. Did I mention that the neckline will look awesome with my new haircut? :D

  10. Your selections were absolutely perfect. The Zac Posen dress is stunning. Thanks for doing such a wonderful job. Beth of Chinoiserie Chic.

  11. Hearing from Beth has simply made my day, ladies. I am happy tonight.

  12. And, to Catherine of The Shiny Pebble: Ladybug that new hair is fabulous. I love you new photograph. WOW !!

  13. Very, very nice, I am sure I can find a similar one but doubt if I cant fit into it.

  14. Bonjour MArsha,
    Great selection, love the colors on this Zac Posen. Your jewelry is perfect, especially that gorgeous necklace.
    I am off to check out this blog.


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