Monday, May 11, 2015

Inspired by IRIS

Iris who? I R I S Apfel

My girl Sheena over at IAmSheGlobal invited me to a private screening of the Iris Apfel documentary a couple of weeks ago. You've no doubt seen Iris on the net, in magazines, and probably on my favorite inspiration market, Pinterest.

This documentary gives private glimpses inside the thought processes of the rare bird. Although Iris refers to herself as not pretty, I think her beauty radiates from the inside outward. She's smart, witty, and stylish- who could ask for more?! Age and beauty do not always come hand in hand, but Iris definitely has both.

I stared in awe as I tried to take in her fantastic vintage collections and immense storage areas. Each piece has become a memory in her book of travels and life experiences.

At one point the film shows her and her husband Max (who is 100 yrs old BTW) shopping for new vintage threads, I instantly felt the need to jump through the screen and snag a pinstripe Oscar de la Renta navy and white coat. My goodness!!! What a wealth of rare treasures she has!

Of Iris' philosophies 'more is more', and 'pattern mixing is always the way to go' - these two resonate with me the most. In Iris-like fashion, for today's look I piled on the necklaces, mixed up prints in this custom made number, and topped it all off with vintage goodness.

Over to you, please do share: who are your inspiration muses?

Until next time,

Sunnies: Betsey Johnson
Necklaces: Assorted, including a recent purchase from Rocksbox. 
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Dress: Custom made (Designed by me, made by a friend)
Straw handbag: Vintage
Jeweled shoes: Kelley & Katie


  1. What a beautiful outfit. Iris Apfel's definitely an inspiring woman, and that's nice that you were able to attend the screening. Enjoy your week.
    Aside from DVF, Rei Kawakubo, and Ann Demeulemeester is one of my inspirations.
    Bold & Eco D├ęcor

    1. Wow!!! How did I forget to respond to my lovely comments?! I'm so sorry & thank you very much!

  2. Love this dress Joi! Iris is a true fashion legend. I can only aspire to be as good as she is one day :)

  3. Oops I think I just sent you a message instead of a comment. You look incredible.

  4. Such a pretty dress you're wearing. It was nice and surprising to see you at the Iris screening.