~an eccentric woman with extraordinarily memorable, often misunderstood but unmistakably distinctive style.

"It is my intent to showcase that which I consider wearable art.
Clothing that is whimsical, dramatic, avant-garde and on the
cutting edge of design - as seen through my eyes.
Brilliance and madness are interchangeable.
This is my style inspiration. I invite you into my world."
~Claudia Byrdine

Monday, June 6, 2011


Hello summer...
The sun is out and the temperature is rising, which must mean
it's time to frolic on the beach or sip pretty drinks poolside.

One piece bathing suits are chic and so incredibly flattering.

I am not a sun worshiper. No tan for me. I slather myself with sunscreen and go in search of shade, a big hat and an umbrella. I do love colorful coverups. This design is particularly brilliant as the sleeve can be worn long and full or scrunched for a sleeveless look
... so beautiful, especially in a playful summer breeze.

I especially adore these turbans because they are like fabric bouffants.
I am determined to learn how to
fold and tie these fabulous head wraps.

The jewelry is magnificent! Pile it on - the more the better.
Baubles of so many shapes and sizes.
They would make great suntan tattoos, don't you think?

This swimsuit fabric is my favored print. Paisley is a pattern of curved, feather-shaped
figures based on a pine-cone design from India. It is so fanciful and exotic.
I don't understand why there is not more of this print in fashion today.
Uh-hmmmmm ...excuse me, might I make a request, please!

Add a large flowing scarf round the waist, bangled sandles
and you could take this outfit away from the beach and out to lunch. Yummy!

Maillot (may-ou) is French for bathing suit. I just thought you should know.

Cutouts are all the rage — the look of summer 2011.

~ and the last is my favorite. A cream colored turban with just a moment of orange paired with a deep turquoise, off the shoulder, sheer coverup and heavy gold and orange accessories. It is the combination of ease and elegance that makes it work.

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