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What inspires you?  When I see a work of art, whether it’s on a canvas or dress, I wonder what inspired the artist.

dress: Mary Katrantzou {similar and here} / jacket: Express {similar} / necklace: F21 {similar} / cuff: MaiTai / ring: vintage {similar} / bag: Chanel / sunglasses: Karen Walker / booties: Bottega Veneta

Inspiration:  a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. {Courtesy of

Be still my heart!  I couldn’t believe my computer screen.  I stared in disbelief when I saw the ready-to-wear version of Mary Katrantzou’s Faberge dress on sale for Last Call at Neiman Marcus.  I vividly remember seeing the designer’s work for the first time on Anna Dello Russo.  It was a masterpiece, and I was in love.
Just a little about this brilliant designer… Mary Katrantzou is a Greek fashion designer residing in London.  Originally, she studied architecture before switching her focus from interiors to fashion. Her work has been seen in Vogue, Grazia, Gossip Girl, and a collaboration with Topshop {just to name a few}.  This dress was inspired by the beauty of a Coromandel screen and Faberge egg
Anna Dello Russo in the Faberge Dress {Courtesy of}
A quote from Mary Katrantzou’s facebook page:  
“God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow into them.” -Author Unknown

What inspires you?

And speaking of inspiration, please head over to Life In Travel to check out a contest for Fashion Blog World’s Inspiration 2012 {and vote for me if you would like}!  You’ll get a sneak peek at my outfit post for Friday, and see Hanh’s top picks and some fabulous fashion inspirations.

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  1. Mica says:

    Wow that is such an amazing dress! You have styled it really well – your Chanel is beautiful.

  2. Lilly says:

    Amazing dress! I could never pull it off but it look fabulous on you! Love the entire look.


  3. pjlatte says:

    What a great dress. You wear it well. You look amazing!

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  4. Wow, this is stunning! You look great!!!! I love the dress and the inspiration. It suites you well! :)


  5. Leticia says:

    Gorgeous ! And there is that green bag again that I am so jealous of. *sigh* Chanel :)

  6. Lisa says:

    omgosh this dress is SOOO AMAZING the print is just divine and you look ABSOLUTELY STUNNING IN IT!!!!

  7. That is a stunning dress, and you wear it beautifully. It takes both moxie and a sense of balance to pull it off, and Katrantzou certainly has both. The dress is a great example of using asymmetry in design, in the sense of balancing elements that might otherwise be mismatched. Have you seen these asymmetric leather sandals from Jill Sander? (They’re no longer available for purchase, however) They touch on the same design principle that your dress does, I think.

  8. I love Mary Katrantzou!! And that chanel…LUST!! You are so incredible, New favorite blogger! I would love to peek into your closet :)

    Thanks for stopping by and showing some love. I am definitely following you feel free to do the same :)


  9. skippysays says:

    That dress is beyond gorgeous- just wow!

  10. Breathtaking! And you wear it so beautifully too. I love how you pull your hair back and let the dress make the statement.

  11. Divya @ Saved By The BEHL says:

    That dress is so incredible. It really is like a piece of art, and an architectural drawing all in one. I may have to look out for this designer! Also I voted for you! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you win, because you totally deserve to!

  12. Carrie says:

    Hi Sam! love this dress…it is amazing! You look great! I just discovered
    you, will be following. Visit back if you and maybe follow me too!
    XO Carrie

  13. Emily says:

    lusting this photo… and of course, you can’t hate a Chanel bag! Gorg. Great blog- following you :)

  14. What a stunning look! I love your Chanel as well. I voted for you!

  15. Katrina says:

    I love your bold choices…so beautiful and striking! The bag is to die for. Love it all! I love to be inspired by people like you! :)

  16. Exquisite Sam! Exquisite! At first I thought it was a skirt and when I saw the second pic, I was like WOW! That dress is so amazingly beautiful. You look like a porcelain doll. Architecture’s are so talented and creative. I was not surprised at her background whatsoever. Thank you for featuring her! Very informative. :)

  17. OMG Sam! Mary K is available for sale at the Last Call Center??????? I am SO coming to visit you so we can go to the Last Call Center. OMG what else have you found in that place? The dress is gorgeous, and I can def see the Faberge egg influence.

    • Samantha says:

      Bessie!! Oh my goodness, I would be camping out there if Mary K was regularly there. No, it was on Last Call clearance from the regular Neiman Marcus. They were having a major sale and I couldn’t believe it!

  18. What an amazing dress and stunning necklace! I seriously love your style.

    See Me Rwar

  19. steph says:

    love love love! what a great find! i’ve been wanting to get one of her pieces for a while now, but no luck with sales. the necklace is stunning too :)

  20. wow great outfit and the necklace is gorgeous!!!

  21. Sayaka says:

    What a gorgeous dress….I can see the designers passion behind the dress. And you look fabulous in it!! I wish the designer could see you wearing the dress so beautifully!!

  22. Amazing outfit, you look absolutely gorgeous!
    Fashionhypnotised girl

  23. Jen @ redsolesandredwine says:

    I just died, Mary’s stuff is soooo expensive and you found it at Last Call? Talk about perfection, you look fantastic from head to toe and the bag is beautiful.

    Red Soles and Red Wine

    • Samantha says:

      Jen, sorry, I think I need to clarify my sentence!! It was on Last Call clearance at the regular NM! But I did die when I saw it!!

  24. Alyssa says:

    Wow. What an amazing piece to own! And on sale?!

    I am always seeking out inspiration. Sometimes I find it in obvious places like magazines, art etc. And then other times it could be on the subway. I guess I try to keep an open mind :)

  25. Mary Ann says:

    Wow, this dress is crazy and awesome! I love all the detail!

  26. Girl, you belong on the runway, not in the backyard!

  27. Nini says:

    Oh my, your dress is 2d4. Love it so much..

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