Feather Talk and Sheer Translations

After fully loaded weeks of meetings and conferences, I finally had one of my last few this week. There’s usually not too much time to go off and have “fun,” but I managed to get several hours away to take my mind off of work related things. It was a delightful and slight change in pace from the usual agenda. 

For my little excursion off-course, I went art seeking, something that I often love to do—visiting art markets, going to art shows, and events, etc.  I decided to wear this printed sheer dress, paired with a favourite straw hat, and added a tank with leggings to layer underneath.   

To be honest, this dress is more like a maxi to me, even with its sheer attributes as a cover-up. I also find that maxis are entirely versatile throughout all seasons.  So, I styled accordingly! I selected this dress from Jordan Taylor, a resort wear brand based out of New York, because it reminded me of this belt that I made, as well as the artwork below.
Autumn layering maxis
 V&A image: Arthur Silver  for Liberty and Co. Peacock Feathers' furnishing fabric (1887)

Peacocks have such special symbolism, and it varies in many cultures, from medieval paintings to religious significance in Christianity and Greek Mythology, amongst others. Some beliefs say that it resembles pride or immortality, others believe that a peacock is a symbol of rebirth.

I remember hearing different meanings growing up—"oh, yes, the all-seeing eye of the peacock," my nan would say in a powerful, yet endearing voice! But, one thing that cannot be denied is the peacock's natural beauty.

Maybe, if anything to remind us that nobody has it all. Although, the peacock has breathtaking beauty, it also is known for its harsh screeching sounds that entirely contradicts its appearance. Additionally, the peacock is able to eat poisonous plants without suffering, as he remains colourfully decadent in the animal kingdom. A prideful creature (just as humans at times), going about showing off and strutting their exterior flamboyantly.
 
But, let us remember to also exhibit that there is far more to each of us than what meets the eye. Nobody is perfect, however beauty is certainly within us all. For just as the ocelli, visually embedded within peacock feathers, there are eyes watching us as well. But, I digress ...
Peacock symoblism -Style Blogger 
Of course, most people at our offices are arriving back from enjoying their holidays, and others (even some of you) have mentioned that they’re still holding on to summer. 

Perhaps, we can hold on to the attitude of summer if not primarily in our dressing, because there’s something special about the sun shining, buds blooming, as well as having a glowing countenance to go with it. It just enhances the day! Yes, I think I’ll try to bring that cheerfulness into my autumn, especially since the days will get shorter.
The goods: Printed dress-c/o Jordan Taylor, Shoes-MissSelfridge, Belt-Michael Kors, Tank-H&M, Leggings-Express, Cuff-Oasap, Hat-Urban Outfitters.
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50 comments

  1. I absolutley love peacock prints. this dress is fabulous

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  2. The dress is absolutely stunning, love peacock prints...marvellous. Hope you have a gorgeous day doll xx

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  3. Vix Brearley06 September, 2013

    I have that Liberty shawl ! I adore Peacock prints and that dress is no exception. You look fab! x

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  4. Beautiful feather prints!!! I love your feather dress... Kisses..

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  5. Madison you look amazing. I love your peacock printed dress and try to hold on to the attitude of summer. Yes sadly the days are getting shorter already. I had no idea that peacocks can eat poisonous plants without suffering. That's pretty cool. Have a fabulous Friday :D

    xx Mira

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  6. Gorgeous, stunning, this is truly your best outfit ever!!! Love it!

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  7. Sam @ Frills & Thrills06 September, 2013

    hi Madison, I adore the beautiful print of your dress in the prettiest of colours, you look wonderful! Happy Weekend Sweetheart!

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  8. chicncheapliving06 September, 2013

    I love the look on you Madison! This is such a fun and elegant print (just like the peacock!)

    xoxo,

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  9. Das Kleid ist soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo schön!!!! Hammer!!

    LG aus der

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  10. Hi Madison, hope you enjoyed your time off work. Peacocks are amazing animals, I also am always fascinated by their feathers, colors and beauty, so I like the patterns that inspire by them. Looking so great and stylish, the belt goes well with the dress, love the cuff too!:) Have a lovely weekend dear, kisses! xo

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  11. This dress looks really really good on you, Madison:)
    BTW, I think peacocks are beautiful, but they freak me out:O

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  12. sartorialsidelines06 September, 2013

    Peacocks are incredibly beautiful...and so is that dress!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  13. Erika Sorocco06 September, 2013

    LOVE this print on you, Madison - gorgeous!

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  14. Love this post, Madison. Well said! Peacocks are indeed flamboyant and such show-offs--I guess they're very much aware of their beauty. As for their voice, well, they can't have it all :) I love you dress and the whole look. I'd love to see peacock prints in scarves and throws also. They do look decadent. Have a lovely weekend! Marj x

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  15. I absolutley love this gorgeous dress and the peacock print! Soooo lovely <3

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  16. Oh to Be a Muse06 September, 2013

    There is definitely something special about the summer in the way it makes you feel. I totally love what you had to say about the peacock and your maxi dress is gorgeous too! I'd wear it every day.

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  17. Nicky mywishstyle06 September, 2013

    Ciao Madison, what a beautiful post! the hat make the Whole look more chic!
    ciao

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  18. This dress is simply fabulous!!! I totally agree with your considerations about peacocks!

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  19. Kinga Sarolta Kavasi06 September, 2013

    just love this look, dear! wanna follow each other? :)

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  20. The peacock print is stunning and so unusual. I've always admired this gorgeous bird but as you say ithey make the most awful screeching sound which is surprising when you look at such beautiful creatures. Great post!
    Have a lovely relaxing weekend!

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  21. Couturetrend06 September, 2013

    Fabulous dress!

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  22. Your dress is so incredible. I love the look of it so much. Perfect for warmer weather.

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  23. Sam @ Frills &amp; Thrills07 September, 2013

    Thank you for your kind words...have a wonderful weekend!

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  24. Rosalind jana07 September, 2013

    I love that your decision to wear this dress was inspired by such a beautiful Liberty print. And what a perfect outfit for your 'art seeking' excursion.
    I've spent this afternoon on an art-seeking mission too as there has been a day of open artists' studios to drive around to see. Such a great privilege to see inside the working spaces as well as to view lots of the resulting artworks. I've come back feeling most inspired.

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  25. Adeola Naomi Aderemi07 September, 2013

    The print is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G !!!!! I am so loving this outfit doll!!!

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  26. Mitha Komala07 September, 2013

    love your dress and heels! looking stunning <3



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  27. Margaret Cruzemark07 September, 2013

    Pure bohemian chic. This long dress looks perfect on you Madison.
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  28. Dressed with soul08 September, 2013

    Liebe Madison, Du hast sehr schön über die Pfaue geschrieben - ein toller Text und interessant was Deine über die Pfauen gesagt hat! Wie toll, dass Du das passende Kleid für Deine Exkursion trägst, daran werde ich mir künftig ein Beispiel nehmen. Du siehst wunderschön damit aus <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

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  29. We used to have a peacock when I was a child. Love your dress and great to see that it's sunny in your part of the world!

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  30. Intrinsically Florrie08 September, 2013

    What a beautiful print! It really suits the soft, floaty feel of the dress.

    Florrie x

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  31. Thank you! :-) /Madison Have a lovely Sunday.

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  32. :) xx Thanks Vix! Enjoy the coming week.

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  33. Thank you so much dear! :-) /Madison xx

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  34. Aww, Danke! xx Liebe Grüße, Madison xx

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  35. Thanks Lilli, Yes I did enjoy the time off. So happy that you liked the post. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy the evening. xx

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  36. That's so sweet of a comment Emmy, thank you. Peacocks can have such a horrible screech, but otherwise I do love them!

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  37. Ciao Bella! Thank you Nicky! /Madison

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  38. Yes, I agree it's quite a shock but I suppose they must have one flaw becasue they are incredibly beautiful still. Thanks miss b.

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  39. :-) *blushes* J'adore! Thank you. xx/M

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  40. Oh, wow, that's very cool that you had a peacock growing up! Thanks for your comment Anouka.

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  41. Thank you, Florrie! :-) x
    /Madison

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  42. Hi Mira, so glad that you enjoyed an dread the post. Yes peacocks are very interesting birds. :) xo

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  43. Thanks so much! I really appreciate your comment Marj. x :-)

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  44. Liebe Rena, :-)
    Aww, Wow, Danke für die süße Kompliment. Ich bin froh, dass Sie beim Lesen dieser Post! Guten Abend.

    LG, Madison xx

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  45. How lovely Roz! Going to view studio art is a lot of fun. Yes, art seems to inspire me very much! I tend to find inspiration even in the oddest and often simplest of things. :) Glad that you are back to feeling inspired. x/Madison

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  46. I love this high low maxi Dress in that beautiful pattern. The fedora hat gives it a casual touch.

    Ani
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  47. I love the high low affect of the dress. It really is trendy but simple at the same time. The hat and tights totally affects the dress also to give it that... ZAHH!

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  48. your dress is gorgeous madison. i love peacock colors and prints. so pretty. oh yes! beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. also some things that are beautiful on the outside are messed up within. lol i've come across many people like that. i prefer inner beauty to outer beauty. hahaha fabulous post. i love art. we have a small museum here in new orleans, but an art craft show has recently opened in the park. i may have to feature it.

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  49. Im in love with this print! That dress is gorgeous :D

    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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