Be Beaux Arts: That Special Je Ne Sais Quoi

As the temperatures rise and the flowers bloom, don't you feel like adopting a simplistic, natural lifestyle? Don't you have the urge to become a dairy maid at an Austrian farm, and wear nothing but grass sweeping linen dresses? Well, queen of style Marie Antoinette did. At her own mock farming village nestled in the Rousseau-esque gardens at Versailles, she could let go of all of her cares and frolic in the sunshine. Determined to remove herself from the rigors of court life, Marie Antoinette secreted herself away for hours or even days at her little retreat, and dressed the part of the simple country girl. Take your summer style cues from the decadent and unabashedly trendy queen and learn to live the good life.

J. Crew's white linen Talitha dress perfectly captures that carefree attitude. Lounge by the pond or enjoy a pique-nique in this confection of a dress. No need to worry about grass stains - they'll add a level of realism to your fantasy that is hard to fake.

Protect your fragile locks from the sun with a wide brimmed straw hat, also by J.Crew. Perfect for throwing coquettish glances at your handsome farm hand.

Though going barefoot would be more au naturel, no self-respecting queen could resist a little sparkle. These jewel encrusted flats by Kenneth Cole remind people why you deserve the title.
For when you get a bit chilly, casually toss on this ruffled scarf from Anthropologie. Really bunch it up for a dramatic effect.

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Blogger Mira said...

Loved this post! And I'm actually flying to Austria tomorrow, so I have a chance to live out the whole dairy maid fantasy. Hopefully in half as much style.


June 21, 2007 at 12:26 PM  
Anonymous ambika said...

Those shoes are darling!

June 21, 2007 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Thanks for the comments. Mira, have fun in Austria!

June 22, 2007 at 12:27 PM  
Blogger fashionistakay said...

Love the whole outfit altogether. You would be a great stylist!

June 27, 2007 at 8:54 PM  

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