When Fashion and Nature Collide – A Fairytale

Modeled and Styled by Dominique of 3CStyle. Watercolor and type by Lisa@LismorePaper

It all started with the dress. Evoking romance and a pure pleasure to the senses. White frills woven like a rose so pure and graceful. A desired connection falling into place. A fairytale. As a little girl, I was always daydreaming about these things. To live in a world of cobbled castles, frilly dresses, royal gardens filled with roses, lavender, and secret healing plants. Overlooked magic of sweet pastels so calm with tones holding intellect and balance. A purple so dignified and royal, looking sophisticated and wise. Greens so natural, comforting and healing you would be convinced you were in a storybook written by your heart.

Fashion and Nature Collide, it blends brilliantly into the folds of fabrics, patterns, and art.

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.

Albert Einstein

Welcome to our August edition of When Fashion and Nature Collide. On the third Wednesday of each month, we will post a new collaborative edition. You will see art, beautiful fashion and accessories modeled and styled by Dominique from 3C Style. Botanicals, critters, photography and beautiful art by Darren from the Arty Plantsman. Botanicals, critters and art from me Lisa@Lismore Paper. Be sure to check out each blog for the full edition and click on the links for free printables. Check out our shop for the original fashion and accessories from all of our editions.

Once upon a time…

within the castle walls a secret garden bloomed with roses, lavender, and a healers aloe. Fairy dresses and fine fabrics filled the massive closets. If you listen close, you can still hear as the ladies stroll about the corridors. Ephemera collected from worldly travels. Field journals filled with unlikely adventure. Through the arched windows were vast lavender fields blooming.

Castle and the Gardens

Roses and Castle photography by Darren of ArtyPlantsman. Altered image, typeset, and graphics by Lisa@LismorePaper

Castle walls hold many secrets as does the characters in this secret garden. Planted here are the Poets Wife – unfading and strong with a rich fragrance. Just like the name it becomes sweeter and stronger with age. Grace – in shades of apricot, the fully double cupped blossom mimics the elegance and grace of the white dress. Queen of Sweden – A treaty of friendship brought her here. Elegant with a soft pink. Finally, the Lady of Shallot – who is inspired by the famous Lord Tennyson.

Rose Photography by Darren of ArtyPlantsman. Collage, watercolor and rose line drawing by Lisa@LismorePaper
Rose Photography by Darren of ArtyPlantsman. Collage, watercolor and rose line drawing by Lisa@LismorePaper
Pink Rose Collage, Modeled and Styled by Dominique from 3CStyle. Rose Photography by Darren from the ArtyPlantsman. Collage, rose line drawing by Lisa@LismorePaper.

The Fashion

Items of royal, court and ceremonial dress in the magical surroundings of the castle. A royal white dress indeed. Was it for a wedding or a coming out. Let your imagination flourish.

A Collection of Dresses collage created by Lisa@LismorePaper
Modeled and Styled by Dominique of 3CStyle. Watercolor and rose line art by Lisa@LismorePaper
The white dress – modeled and styled by Dominique of 3CStyle. Rose line art, and collage by Lisa@LismorePaper.

A Healing Garden

Health was important. Using natural remedies they healed wounds and illness. Calmed burns and created soothing mists.

Collage Art made by Lisa@LismorePaper
Recipe from Dominique of 3CStyle. Recipe card and graphics created by Lisa@Lismore Paper
Green Aloe Collage Modeled, Styled and Recipe by Dominique 3CStyle. Aloe City Scape art and photography by Darren from ArtyPlantsman. Ephemera Collage, aloe art, and recipe card by Lisa@LismorePaper.

It is truly amazing what vintage items can inspire, especially that dress. Be sure to visit both Darren and Dominique for the full edition of this post. We will be back with another great edition on September 18th. Until then you can enjoy past editions here.

Much love and fairytale wishes,



67 thoughts on “When Fashion and Nature Collide – A Fairytale

  1. Lisa, you’ve managed to sweep me up and into your fairytale, with your words and your art of colour, flowers and old world charm. Absolutely loved your take on this issue. What a team you three are, bringing such a different dimension to the theme. Loved this.

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    1. Thank you, Miriam! You really made me smile, I am so happy. Darren and Dominique are so incredibly talented and give me so much inspiration. I really love seeing how we can take a common theme and bring our own take in on it. πŸ’—

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  2. You’ve outdone yourself this time. This is one of the best WFNC posts you’ve ever written. And I love them all by the way. You are so creative sis. The aloe paper and the collection of dresses are particularly stunning, not to mention the altered castle photography. Thanks so much for the download. Muah! xoxo

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    1. You just filled my heart sis! Thank you! I am so glad you liked it as it was a different take on the theme. You and Darren fill me with so much inspiration! Your post was so phenomenal and the photos are gorgeous. You can style like no other. A special thank you for getting that dress. It really fueled the fire for me. Love to you πŸ˜ŠπŸ’—

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      1. My pleasure sis. I had to get that dress… As soon as I saw it, I thought of you! I love the artworks you have created with this inspiration, and Ooh my the picture of the castle… Stunning! I just wanted to teleport myself in that beautiful garden. xoxo

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    2. Thank you for getting that dress. It really spoke to me and looked so beautiful on you. The roses, lavender, and that dress just fit with the castle picture of Darrens. Your post is incredible. Nothing better than castles, dresses, flowers, and books xoxo

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      1. You are right. The flowers and the white dress fit perfectly with Darren’s photo of the castle. Love what you did with the photo sis. I enjoy both of your posts. xoxo

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  3. Absolutely agree with Dominique. This is such a beautiful post. The artwork is stunning and it is SO beautifully written and evocative. Such a pleasure to read.

    You have taken my photos to a new level and made me appreciate them more.

    Love and hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Darren! You made me smile! A special thank you for allowing me to use your castle photo and wrap it with a fairytale. Your photography and art inspire me beyond belief. Like I said Saturday, I could watch you draw all day. Your lavender and rose photography this month πŸ’—πŸ’— amazing. Love and hugs to you!

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  4. Oh my! While reading this I was really feeling the magic! I always dreamed of this when I was a little girl…Once upon a time…:)…What beautiful ladies we have here, I can even smell their perfume πŸ™‚ And Dominique’s dress is really perfect! A dream come true! πŸ™‚
    Beautiful collaboration as always!

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  5. Just loved your post, Lisa. You’ve really upped the romance of this edition. ❀ Your collages are beautifully put together and your artwork is so gorgeous. Who would have thought aloe could look so delicate and ephemeral! Wonderful. A big congratulations to you and the creative WFNC team. Regards. Tracy.

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  6. So beautiful. Your craft always grabs me. I love the 3D look you give with the blooms in a couple of these shots. Your hand at watercolors draws me, excuse the pun. The three of you have knocked it out of the park once again as we begin the kiss the summer goodbye. This collaboration reminded me of something Jesus said by a field of lillies as an illustration for those with anxiety. Matthew 6:28-29 (my paraphrase & translation)
    “Why do you worry about if tomorrow you will have clothing for yourself? Considerlies of the field. They do not struggle or do 360’s from worry. For God Himself clothes them in beauty. I tell you the truth, not even King Solomon (in all his wealth) was clothed like these.”. Hugs with a garden fragrance.

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    1. This absolutely touched my heart. Such a wonderful translation. Thank you so much, this was one of my favorites to work on. I am so happy you liked the watercolor touches. Blessed to have Darren and Dominique for my partners in the WFNC journey and friends like you. Many blessings and big hugs to you!

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  7. I am a big fan of essential oils, never get enough time to enjoy them, but rose and lavender are two of my favorites! This post makes me want to draw a bath and fill the room with some relaxing scent πŸ₯° Love it!

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  8. Gorgeous photography made even better by your alterations. Beautiful artwork. A history of old roses. And a recipe, too! What a combination of beauty and elegance! Walter is trying to lick the keyboard, so he thinks so, too. Or he’s hungry. Yup, it’s definitely one or the other! Hugs to you and Walter sends a big lick to Esme!

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  9. Wow, always enjoy reading and seeing what you guys put together every month. Such a beautiful post and thank you for the recipe. I have a huge Aloe garden out by my pool. My Nana got me hooked on Aloe vera and all it’s benefits. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post with us all and have a wonderful Sunday where ever you are.

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  10. Such amazing vintage items! And I also used to dream about the same things, Lisa!! A wild imagination is the artist’s biggest friend, right? πŸ˜‰ The roses are just so lovely and I’m thinking about getting myself an aloe as I’m curious about experimenting with it. πŸ˜„

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