Feathered Friends

Birds influence human behavior in interesting ways.  Go-getters rise with the sun to catch the auspicious worm.  Snowbirds migrate to warmer climates to soak up the sun rather than bundle up in down coats.  Birdwatchers imitate the sounds of birds to attract their feathered friends to a nearby tree.  And determined teammates flock together because they’re all in it together.

The '70s are vibing in a big way, so groove on in to the look with this cropped paisley top framed with puffed sleeves and shaped with smocking. Style Name: Alice + Olivia Azalea Paisley Peasant Top.
When it comes to determining the ripeness of fruit, you should definitely observe bird behavior lest you get a mouthful of bitterness.  Winter fruit is no exception.  If you’re unfamiliar with the ripening pattern of a persimmon, you’ll be tempted to pick the fruit in Autumn when the leaves begin to fall and the plump, heart-shaped treats are on display.  The smooth, orange-red skin looks very appetizing, but wait you must to avoid the bitterness of an unripe persimmon. 

Throughout November, it’s best to simply enjoy looking at the persimmons hanging like ornaments on the bare branches.  Allow the persimmons to bask in the warm sun.  Observe how the fruit plumps up as the sugars increase and a persimmon-y aroma is released.  Notice how often birds fly by quietly  anticipating a luscious feast of sweet persimmons.  Instinctively, they know to delay their gratification.  But come mid-December, the ruckus begins.  Persimmon trees are filled with eager birds swooping, squawking, and pecking at the squishy pudding-like center of a ripe persimmon.  
Nature’s wisdom is revealed in patterns that inform you when to harvest and enjoy life’s sweetest moments.  Look around.  The clues are everywhere. 

Cozy and chic, a vibrant red color and dropped shoulders give this wool-blend coat a sumptuous new attitude. Style Name: Isabel Marant Fego Wool Blend Coat.

Copper-hued flowers enhance the romance of this sheer balloon-sleeve blouse fashioned with a plunging V-neck and a patterned point collar. Style Name: Alice + Olivia Desiree Floral Collared Blouse.

Boho styling puts a playful spin on this cotton-and-silk floral dress with border-print overlays and a tassel-tie Mandarin collar at the plunging V-neckline. Airy balloon sleeves complete the charming silhouette. Style Name: Alice + Olivia Sedona Floral Tie Collar Dress.

A glorious garden decorates this party-ready fitted dress cut from luxe, stretch-kissed silk, set with graceful ruching and an off-center hemline. Style Name:A.l.c. Isabella Floral Long Sleeve Asymmetrical Maxi Dress.

Structured with a high neckline and an asymmetrical hem, this ribbed top is an edgy and vibrant addition to your closet. Style Name: Rag & Bone Jade Asymmetrical Neck Ribbed Top.

A simple ruffle adds a just-right dose of sweetness to this stretch-silk blouse that brings an unmistakable touch of grace to your look. Style Name: Theory Ruffle Placket Long Sleeve Stretch Silk Blouse.

Drapey folds create soft shape through the bodice of this tangerine-silk sheath that plunges at the back towards fluttery trailing ties. Style Name: Cushnie Tie Back Silk Midi Sheath Dress.

This vibrant, colorful dress is sure to add a bit of adventure to your daytime wardrobe. Style Name: Diane Von Furstenberg Nomie Polka Dot Long Sleeve Dress.

Destined to be a dress that surprises and delights, this alluring frock offers a classic pattern combined with daring details at the neckline and back. Style Name: Ronny Kobo Tula Print Plunge Neck Long Sleeve Midi Dress.

Gorgeously groovy, this pleated dress features swirls of color, trend-right cutout details and a twirly, pleated full skirt for the finish. Style Name: Ronny Kobo Cutout Detail Long Sleeve Dress.

Softly pleated fabric flows beautifully over your figure in a romantic dress styled with glimmering buttons at the front and a tie belt that cinches the waist. Style Name: Maje Long Sleeve Pleated Dress.

Puff sleeves and mother-of-pearl buttons enhance the vintage-inspired aesthetic of this fluid dress in a delicate floral print. Style Name: Polo Ralph Lauren Floral Print Dress.

Drapey and flattering with dolman sleeves, a bloused bodice and button-front skirt, this bold and bright dress adds a dash of contemporary style to your closet. Style Name: Rodebjer Elysandra Long Sleeve Midi Dress.

A prairie-chic floral print sweetens this woven cotton shirt that embodies Isabel Marant's laid-back, feminine sensibility. Style Name: Isabel Marant Etoile Maria Floral Print Shirt.

Brighten your day with a sunny-hued turtleneck in a streamlined rib knit with a flattering fit. Style Name: Tory Burch Ribbed Turtleneck.

Cast in a vivacious hue, this modern wool sweater skirt hugs the hips, falls straight to the ankles and is eased by a back slit. Style Name: St. John Collection Rib Ankle Skirt.

Gilded hardware inspired by the MCM logo adds a glossy touch to a crossbody bag made from durable leather, ensuring it is the perfect accessory to any look. Style Name: Mcm Mena Visetos Leather Crossbody Bag.

A bright border lends a pop of color to a lush, lightweight scarf knit from faintly speckled cashmere. Style Name: Rag & Bone 'Tamara' Cashmere Scarf.

A classic shirtdress silhouette styled with smocking at the waist and sleeves presents a pleasing look for work or play. Style Name: Sandro Smock Detail Bracelet Sleeve Shirtdress.

Raised ottoman-stitched seams fashion a tactile windowpane pattern on this retro-inspired knit shift colored a vivacious red-orange hue. Style Name: St. John Collection Long Sleeve Ottoman Windowpane Knit Shift Dress.

This ruby-red blazer is tailored with a fitted waist, giving the working-girl staple that extra bit of feminine charm. Style Name: Alice + Olivia Macey Fitted Blazer.