What seems centuries ago I went to Shanghai a couple of times to design women's wear and loved every minute of my trips. In my free time I would go to the huge emporiums where all kinds of enamel wear would hang from 3 stories high ceilings; a lot of the patterns decorating these items were peonies, the emblematic Chinese flower. 
"The peony is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China."- wikepedia;
even the children wore printed down filled winter jackets and suits that really resembled the thermos bottles I had seen on my shopping trips. We called them les petits thermos.

Spring had decided de se faire desirer - to take forever to come- so I am going to make myself believe it is just around the corner. And what better way to dive into spring than to imagine the flowers that always come with it, and why not one of the largest flowers around: large peonies in primary colors. Like in Shangai.

oversized bright flowers on pastel ground

again the peony, bold and cheerful

the iconic Chinese pattern on modern chairs by Philippe Stark
The same look from the Viva Terra catalogue

HUGE flowers on an accent wall

and of course there HAD to be a laptop version...
images aged and gilded, chinasprout, ehmeelu via flickr, phillipe stark, broulotte, british-chinese blog, mac by vivianne tam

Yesterday's post: the results of the vote*
 In which image did we think the woman portrayed looked the sexiest?
 And the winner is: #6 
the girl in the dress with a bare back and crisscrossing spaghetti straps.
 Close tied seconds: #9, (my vote) a very playful, natural Brigitte Bardot, and #1, the girl in the dress with a big bow on the back.  
Merci to each of you for participating. It was so much fun!
* interestingly, no men voted; am I to believe they just don't read this type of blog? hummm, perhaps...probably, surely.

au revoir.


  1. It would have been interesting to have your husbands or (male) significant others vote just to see the difference in the choices.

  2. Very true. What did I not think of that? merci

  3. I think I need to go the Shanghai, I love peonies. The pink thermos is so pretty, I would take this and the Vivienne Tam computer.
    I must have missed the poll, I'll take a look now - better late than never;
    A bientôt

  4. Bonjour Romance: If you go to Shanghai, take me with you. I am DYING to go back... and yes never too late to vote. Merci