flower child

Here in the Heartland we've been blessed with some ah-mazing weather lately. And although Nebraska weather is notoriously unpredictable (read: it could very well start blizzarding tomorrow and that would be perfectly normal), I'm going to go ahead and pretend that winter is officially over and it's going to be warm forever and ever. With more sun and warmth comes the incessant desire to dress more freely and, well, more happily. And what makes me happier than sundresses, sandals, and flower crowns? (Nothing. The answer is nothing.)

So, when Brooke of Brooke Helen Designs asked me to style one of her jawdropping headpieces, I -- of course -- squealed with excitement and jumped at the opportunity to let out my inner flower child who's been way too repressed these past few months. She sent me the Purple Hydrangea Headpiece, which -- let me tell you -- is even more stunning in person (if you can even imagine that being possible). The purple hue is incredibly rich, making this a vibrant statement piece that will really be the focal point of any ensemble.

Since the headpiece is so eye-catching, I kept everything else relatively neutral. First, I wore a cream-colored vintage Betsey Johnson dress that features a subtle floral pattern, which perfectly complements the headpiece. I purchased the dress without a slip, so I simply paired it with a plain white slip dress from a local boutique (a wardrobe must-have, in my opinion).  Light brown sandals with a little fringe detailing add a touch of bohemian flair to this relaxed, carefree look.

To get your hands on this piece for yourself (or a friend!), check out Brooke's website. Did I mention she takes custom orders? I can see her pieces pairing beautifully with everything from a casual jeans-and-tee combo to a couture wedding dress. Gorgeous and versatile? Now that's something to smile about.

Headpiece: Brooke Helen Designs (c/o)

Dress: Vintage Betsey Johnson (similar)

Shoes: Forever 21 (similar)