Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Magnolia Pearl. I am over-the-moon to be partnering with such a unique and amazing brand. As always, all words and opinions are my own.
I think it was my second year selling as a vendor at the Lucketts Spring Market and a couple of other vendors scurrying around the event, setting up their spaces and coordinating other vendors, caught my eye. They were wearing ruffled pantaloons and layered under linen dresses with beautiful details, finished off with lace-up leather boots. It was different and slightly eccentric, but I loved it. Not only did I love the easy, feminine style of it, but I loved that these ladies weren’t wearing what the trends told them to wear. They were wearing something that spoke to their personal aesthetic and it worked.
And, I have to admit, the theatre-girl and antique-lover in me both love clothing that speaks to the past and has a little flair. Leather wing-tip shoes, petticoats, and linen dresses. I even love hoop skirts, but that would be taking things a little too far! So, this look and the attitude behind it appealed to me.
I later came to learn that the clothes they were wearing were Magnolia Pearl.
Now, if you’ve never heard of Magnolia Pearl, I need to tell you a few things before you click over!
#1 – The detail on each piece is just incredible. The pictures can’t even do them justice. They are made with high-quality materials, like European linens and custom-made fabrics, with lots of details added by hand. And the prices reflect that level of craftsmanship and design. These aren’t typical off-the-rack clothes. As I’ve gotten older, though, I prefer to splurge on one fantastic piece of clothing instead of buying several that I feel lukewarm about. (And, as you can see, this blue and white dress is a showstopper!)
#2 – Magnolia Pearl’s look isn’t for everyone. “Imperfection is our aesthetic” is the way they put it. As in the case of chippy paint on furniture, if you get it, you love it! You’ll love the frayed edges, distressed fabrics, and patches. If you don’t get it… well, you don’t. And that’s okay. That’s what makes the world go round.
The other interesting thing about their clothes is they are sold in one size. I must admit that, as I browsed their site, looking at all of the gorgeous pieces, the sizing made me nervous about placing an order. What would look good on my body shape or would it would even fit? (I’ll answer this question in a minute.)
Magnolia Pearl has a great option for those who can’t make it into their flagship store in Fredericksburg, TX or one of their retail partners. You can order a PICK BOX online.
Here’s how it works…
I tried on several of their tops and adored this linen embroidered babydoll shirt.
The embroidered detail on it reminds me of an antique christening gown.
It’s so pretty and delicate…
And, I also immediately loved this oversized blue and white polka-dotted scarf. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt softer brushed cotton.
It’s another versatile piece that can be used as a scarf or a wrap.
Now, for the giveaway! Robin Brown of Magnolia Pearl wrote a book – …and the stars go with you and I have FIVE copies and TWO t-shirts to give away to my readers!
Here’s my stack of giveaway goodies…
Let me tell you a little bit about the book first…
As with their clothing, it is a feast for the eyes. It’s a huge book (about an inch thick) filled with beautiful images…
…with yummy textiles, textures, and contrasts.
It is also filled with encouragement and inspiring quotes.
It’s the kind of book that feeds the creative soul in a peripheral way. It isn’t literal inspiration, but it is a springboard. It isn’t giving you an itemized to-do list for your home or wardrobe. This book shares the best of what Magnolia Pearl does and it lets you take what you want from it.
For me, it’s a book I’ll go back to again and again when I’m feeling stuck or when I feel like everyone is doing the same thing. Magnolia Pearl’s delightfully quirky creativity and unapologetic uniqueness will be a respite from that.
If you’d like to win, here’s how to enter…
Just leave a comment on this blog post letting me know one thing you found on the Magnolia Pearl site that you love. It can be a piece of clothing, an image, something that inspired you, etc.
There will be FIVE winners. TWO will win the t-shirt and the book and THREE will win the book. The giveaway will close Friday, December 13, at midnight PST and I’ll announce the winners the following week. I want to get these books and t-shirts to the winners by Christmas!
Good luck, everyone!