My Floral Fantasy In A Stranger's Garden

black floral kimono

My love for kimonos/cover-ups/long cardigans runs deep; it's part of the reason this blog was once called "Obsessions & Collections." There's something so easy about throwing them on and feeling complete — for me, at least.

So, when I spotted this incredible one at Marshalls while shopping with my momma, I knew it had to be mine.

black floral kimono

Part of what sold me was the way the bold, vibrant colors popped against the solid black background. The other reason was the fit, and let me tell you: When you're a short person, the way something fits you can really change everything.

black floral kimono
black floral kimono

And when I decided to wear this for the first time, I already knew it had to be part of an #AllBlackEverything ensemble. But let's be real, I'm going to style/throw this over everything.

black floral kimono

I grabbed some delicious brunch with my girlfriend, where she may or may have not gotten a bit lit off the BYOB bubbly we took with us.

How she managed to snap these photos after stuffing our faces and feeling "it" is beyond me.

black floral kimono
black floral kimono

I also envisioned shooting this piece at a conservatory — Lincoln Park or Garfield Park — but we spotted this magical garden on our walk back home and we couldn't resist.

It didn't even feel like I was in the city, which is really hard for me to experience since I was born and raised in Chicago. Yup, I've lived here my whole life. Maybe I need to explore more?

black floral kimono
black floral kimono

Thanks, random strangers for making this corner into a little oasis.

black floral kimono
black floral kimono

Shorts — Zara / Top — Zara / Kimono — Marshalls / Sunnies — Quay Australia x Desi Perkins / Shoes — Forever 21

Photos by LadyLooLauren