Leopard Maxi for Mother’s Day

If you celebrated Mother’s Day, how was your weekend? Mine was wonderful!Saturday evening, the my three stepchildren made me a special dinner. They set a beautiful table, brought me bright orange tulips, gave me two boxes of my favorite sugar-free candies and a dry erase board for my office, and even cleaned up afterwards. I had nothing to do but enjoy myself and relax. My idea of a fantastic Mother’s Day!

They also each gave me heart-warming cards which I am keeping on our mantle for awhile so I can read and re-read them whenever I feel like it.

I am abundantly grateful to have three thoughtful, respectful, kind, warm and funny children in my life. My stepkids never fail to let me know how much they love and appreciate me…and the feelings are mutual.

On Mother’s Day, it was just the two of us as the kids were spending the day with their mother. My husband wanted to take me out to a winery. I saw an ideal opportunity to wear my new Gap Printed Drapey Maxi Dress in blue leopard print. With the weather in the low 80’s, it was the perfect day for it.

Usually I shy away from wearing lots of print at once because I am so very tall (6’2″). I fear I will look like a walking set of drapes wearing prints on both top and bottom. But this dress doesn’t seem to give that overly busy effect and I am not sure why. Any guesses?

With my dress, I wore these Michael Kors sandals. I find myself wearing them almost daily. They were such a great find at T.J. Maxx.

With such so much print, I kept the accessories to a minimum. I only wore a watch, a pair of delicate hoops and my Mulberry Bayswater satchel.

The dress was meant to be worn with a drapey neckline.

I will wear it like this one of these days, but I for my day out and about with my husband, I wanted a look a little more sassy and sexy so I pulled the neckline off my shoulders.

We went to one of my favorite wineries in the valley where I live, Imagery Winery. We bought a bottle of White Burgundy, a couple mineral waters, ordered a cheese plate and watched families play bocce ball, picnic and and enjoy the day – lovely and relaxing.

On our way home, we pulled over onto the side of the road to take some photos of a vineyard that happens to still have lots of California Poppies, our state flower, sprinkled amongst the grapevines.

It looked like a good place for an outfit shot!

How do you feel about wearing lots of print at once?

Remember that How I Wear My: Floral posts on June 4th. Please send in a photo of you wearing something floral to me or Jill of Everything Just So by June 3rd to be featured!

xo, Adrienne


  1. May 12, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    Adrienne, Happy Mother’s Day! You look fabulous in that print Maxi! I think just the two colors navy and white work so well!

    It looks like you had so much fun at the winery!

    Art by Karena

    • May 12, 2013 / 8:50 pm

      Happy Mother’s Day, Karena!
      We did have a great time at the winery. I could have stayed all day!

  2. May 12, 2013 / 7:44 pm

    Hi Adrienne,

    Looks like you had a great Mother’s Day weekend…love the dress on you! (both ways)

    Amanda and Nick came over and helped make breakfast. Then in the afternoon Nick’s family had their usual Mother’s Day get together at the lake nearby. It was sweltering hot (100 degrees!) and a pop up tent cover was all the shade we had but I was grateful for that at least! I had to jump in the shower as soon as I got home…can’t wait for it to cool off.


    • May 12, 2013 / 8:51 pm

      Hi Linda,

      That sounds like a wonderful Mother’s Day! Too bad it was so terribly hot. That’s not really normal for this time of year, is it?
      That is very kind of Amanda and Nick to help make breakfast. Is that a family tradition?
      Happy Mother’s Day, Linda!
      xo, A

  3. May 12, 2013 / 7:47 pm

    I love this dress on you and I love the way you styled it! I spent Mother’s Day at a ballroom dance competition in Manhattan with my family. My son and his dance partner did great, I am so proud of both of them! You would’ve laughed to see me in the parent-child round during the merengue and the foxtrot. My merengue is pretty good but my foxtrot? Oh dear. I definitely need more practice. XO, Jill

    • May 12, 2013 / 8:53 pm

      Oh my gosh! How fun! I would have been falling all over myself. I have zero experience dancing ballroom.

      What a wonderful experience to have with your son….for both of you!
      Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. May 12, 2013 / 7:55 pm

    Adrienne, What a great family you have. It’s a testament to what a good job you did with your step-kids. They clearly adore you!! Happy Mother’s Day.

    Love this dress and that is so smart changing the way the neckline goes..I also love your sandals and the bag. Imagery looks great.

    Glad you had a nice weekend !


    • May 12, 2013 / 8:56 pm

      Thank you, Kim. They are wonderful kids. I am so lucky to call them family.

      I have to admit that I am not wild about the drapey neckline. But I know there will be times when I will want to wear it that way – someplace where I have to be more professional looking, for example.

      I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend, too. One of these days you will have to come north and let me take you to a winery or two!
      xo, A

  5. May 12, 2013 / 8:05 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day Adrienne! Your weekend looks simply perfect. How special to get a home cooked meal from the kids and then a date day with your husband. Love this animal print maxi on you. The print is perfect and I love the versititily of off the shoulder for certain ‘occasions’. Gorgeous! Sunny, perfect weekend. We spent the weekend with date night Saturday night and hosting brunch for my mom, her new fiancee and my sister/nephews~a perfect way to spend the day for me.
    xx, Heather

    • May 12, 2013 / 9:00 pm

      Your weekend sounds like such fun! And I love your story about your mother meeting her boyfriend via your blog and Facebook. A relationship for the ages!
      Happy Mother’s Day, Heather!

  6. May 12, 2013 / 8:18 pm

    Your children obviously love appreciate and honour you….that is all one can really ask for.

    You look stunning on your date with your husband who obviously is home safe and sound after fighting those wildfires. The scenery makes me yearn to go on a California road trip!

    • May 12, 2013 / 8:59 pm

      And that is all I ever want from my stepkids. They always make a point of making me feel special on days like today and my birthday.
      Bill is home safely. He was only at the fire for about 2 days – so a short assignment, thankfully.
      You should head down for a California road trip. I would be more than happy to show you and Mr. HB around Sonoma Valley!

  7. May 12, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    I recently found your blog and I really love it.

    You look very beautiful in the dress, and it does not say ‘walking drapes’ at all!
    It sounds like you had a great day, absolutely wonderful.

    Kind regards,

    • May 12, 2013 / 8:57 pm

      Hi Bettina! Thank you for the kind comment.
      I am glad the dress isn’t saying “walking drapes” at all. I am always afraid of wearing one pattern or even a color (other than black) from head to toe for fearing that it will just be too much on me. I am glad you like it!

  8. May 12, 2013 / 9:03 pm

    You look absolutely stunning! Sounds like you have some great step-children – the table is so pretty and I bet the food was good, too. I love that mural on your wall.

    • May 12, 2013 / 9:29 pm

      I do have the best step kids. Really wonderful and caring people.
      The food was excellent and low carb, just the way I like it.

      That mural was done by a friend of mine several years ago. I think about painting over it to change things up but then I see photos of it and I like it all over again! Glad you like it, too!

  9. May 12, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    Just another reminder that families are “made”, you have to put energy and love into any relationship to make it wonderful!
    Lovely maxi!! I went nuts recently and bought 2 maxi’s. I shyed away from those because i’m short (5.3). Cant wait to wear them, still COLD here in the Netherlands.

    • May 13, 2013 / 6:17 am

      I completely agree with you, Alla! Families are “made”. And you do have to put lots of energy into a relationship to make it extra special.

      Still cold in mid-May where you live? I might have to move there 😉 I love cool weather.

      Maxis are great because they can work on a wide variety of people. I hope you get to wear yours soon!

  10. May 13, 2013 / 12:47 am

    Hi there! So pleased you had a wonderful Mothers Day, it sounds you were really spoiled and deservedly so! Your maxi dress looks amazing, I love it off the shoulders with your hair up. Great photos too, thanks for sharing and have a lovely week xxx

    • May 13, 2013 / 6:52 am

      Hi Sharon!
      I was spoiled this weekend. It was wonderful! Back to reality today – the chores await me.

      I, too, prefer the off-the-shoulder look with the bun. I regret not keeping the bun up while we were at the winery. I had taken it down to re-do and never put it back up.
      Have a great week!

  11. May 13, 2013 / 1:10 am

    Nice dinner with no cooking and cleaning, sounds like a deal for me 🙂 You look stunning and your husband is one lucky dude! I love the off the shoulders look more.. Happy Mother’s Day!


    • May 13, 2013 / 6:55 am

      Thank you, Mrs. C! My favorite part of Mother’s Day is mostly getting to spend time with my stepkids but a close second is not having to do chores!
      I hope you also had a lovely weekend.

  12. May 13, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Great looking maxi on you! Love the off the shoulder look you chose while spending time with your husband too! Bet he liked it. 😉

    • May 13, 2013 / 6:56 am

      He did, Diane!
      I tried on a few outfits and asked him which one he liked the best. It didn’t take him long to tell me it was this one, off the shoulder of course 😉

  13. May 13, 2013 / 4:02 am

    Love the dress on you – both ways. Not a bit of a drapery look, I think some pattern actually breaks it up, rather than a solid color. Being a stepmother is no easy task, I speak from experience – particularly when there’s jealousy from the “real” mother involved. It’s a relationship that has to be negotiated carefully, and it sounds like you’ve done a great job. We had a wonderful weekend as well.

    • May 13, 2013 / 12:51 pm

      Hi Kathy,

      I think it also helps a little that there is a tie at the waist to sort of divert the eye and give the dress more shape.
      Being a stepmother is not easy…that is for sure! I know you can relate.
      Glad you had a great Mother’s Day weekend with your family.
      xoxo, A

  14. May 13, 2013 / 4:17 am

    Lovely dress and photos, Adrienne. I think you live in Paradise (although here on the beach the views are fairly nice too : > )! Your mother’s day sounds just perfect, and what a delightful step-mother you are. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

    • May 13, 2013 / 12:53 pm

      I think I live in Paradise too, Patti! Sometimes I can’t believe how lucky I am to have landed here.
      I have never been to Florida but from what I have seen in photos, it looks gorgeous!

  15. May 13, 2013 / 4:46 am

    I’m so glad you have such a wonderful family! It’s especially nice to hear that young adults can be so caring and responsible in this day and age 🙂

    The dress looks perfect on you, whichever way you wear it! I thought you were tall but 6’2″? I think the print is the right scale, not too busy with too many colours help the dress to look sleek.

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:10 am

      My husband’s kids are all very kind, warm and loving people.
      I think that you bring up the reason why the dress doesn’t look to busy…it’s the color scheme. I think the cream background with the navy and cornflower blue work very well together.

  16. May 13, 2013 / 5:01 am

    I love the photo with your hair up and the dress pulled low on the shoulders.

    How jealous I am of your height. Personally I think that would mean that you can wear just about anything your little heart desires.

    Personally I love prints, I just need to make sure I balance them correctly on my body. Since I’m almost a full foot shorter than you…eeek! I need to make sure that they don’t overwhelm me.


    • May 14, 2013 / 7:17 am

      Thank you, Suzanne! I think it’s funny we are both wearing long dresses this week on our blogs and we both have concerns about how they look on our body types.
      I can wear a lot of things that other, more petite women can’t or don’t. I was told many things about what to wear and what not wear growing up. Lots of pattern was supposed to be a no-no so I have steered clear of patterns for decades.
      It sounds like you are also careful with prints. I guess they can be tricky for everybody!
      Bisou to you! 🙂

  17. May 13, 2013 / 5:09 am

    What a beautiful weekend you had! You have obviously been a great belle mere to your step-kiddos.

    Curious…what does a white burgundy taste like? I have never heard of that.

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:22 am

      White burgundy is like Chardonnay. Imagery makes a lovely one. Come on out and we will go for a tasting!

  18. May 13, 2013 / 6:28 am

    What a beautiful family you have! It seems as if everyone in the family displays appreciation and kindness, and I’m sure that goes a long way in making a blended family work great.

    I love the leopard maxi. You look beautiful!

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:24 am

      Thank you, Lucy. I do have a beautiful family and am so grateful to be part of it. Blended families are complicated, ours is no exception. But we make it work and things seem to get better as the years go by.

  19. May 13, 2013 / 7:17 am

    How happy and gorgeous you and your hubby look together! What a joy to have loving and awesome stepkids too- Happy Mom’s Day to you, Adrienne! I don’t see prints on your often, but this one looks great on you- I like how the bag and sandals are gorgeous but unbusy. Very “rich” looking.

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:27 am

      Rich looking! I love that!

      You are right – I rarely wear prints. They scare me a little as do bright colors on top and bottom. The things we are told about fashion as young adults can often stay with us for decades. It seems I am always trying to change the way I think about the rules I was given.

  20. May 13, 2013 / 7:37 am

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely love this outfit, sis! And off the shoulders was genius. It’s such a perfect outfit for a perfect day among the vineyards. Happy Mother’s Day! xoxo

  21. May 13, 2013 / 10:32 am

    You look great! Love the brown accessories. My best friend is a new mother, so I celebrated Mothers Day with her!

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:30 am

      How wonderful to celebrate Mother’s Day with a new mom!

  22. May 13, 2013 / 11:01 am

    That beautiful dress, I love long dresses and maxi skirts. The very nice stamping. The sandals are cute. I really like your photo with hair up, you look beautiful.

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:31 am

      Thank you, Josep-maria!
      I love long dresses too. They are so elegant and ladylike.

  23. May 13, 2013 / 1:11 pm

    I love the dress!!! Glad to her you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was spent with my two adult children and it was just such a beautiful day. We are currently awaiting the birth of our first grandchild, and my daughter gave me a sonogram picture of him.

    • May 14, 2013 / 7:34 am

      I am so glad to hear you had a lovely Mother’s Day with your children. And that you are waiting for your first grand baby is so exciting!! What a thoughtful and special gift of a sonogram picture from your daughter. I can’t think of a better Mother’s Day present.

  24. May 13, 2013 / 2:07 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day !!! You look fabulous … love the off the shoulder way you wore it. Sounds and looks like you had a most lovely Mother’s Day… xo C. (HHL)

    • May 14, 2013 / 10:46 am

      I did have a lovely day. And how was your Mother’s Day? Did you spend it with Dolce and Gabana, those cute little darlings?

  25. May 13, 2013 / 4:34 pm

    Well … you sure made out like a much-loved bandita on your Mother’s Day!
    To tall to wear print like this? WHAT??? No, no, no … that works brilliantly on you. You were born to wear prints … it’s little shorties like me that can’t wear dresses like this. What are you thinking!
    So glad I got that off my chest. Are we clear on how gorgeous you are in this dress?

    • May 14, 2013 / 10:49 am

      Ha! Isn’t it funny that these little fashion rules people tell us stay stuck in our heads for decades? Just think of all the opportunities we (I) miss out on because of them.
      You’re right…what was I thinking?
      No more stupid rules about fashion. I am done with them!
      Thank you, Jan. You are so cute and funny!

  26. May 13, 2013 / 10:42 pm

    1. You’re blessed with sweet step-children
    2. That dress is fantastic and you wear it very well.
    3. Those sandals are exactly what I’m looking for this summer!

    • May 14, 2013 / 10:52 am

      1) Yes, I certainly am! They are wonderful people, all three of them.
      2) Yes, it is. I will wear it often. In fact I think I am wearing it again to a party this weekend.
      3) I LOVE my MK sandals. I think they were meant to be mine. I wear an 11 and grabbed them thinking that was the size. Later, I realized they are 10s! I never wear a 10 but these fit me perfectly. Had I been paying attention, these shoes never would have come home with me because I would have never tried them on!

  27. May 15, 2013 / 6:12 am

    Sounds like a great day and your step-kids sound so lovely! The dress looks great and I love the strappy sandals. The pic in the poppies is my favorite! And the one of yuo and your hubby! Cute!
    Becky 🙂

  28. May 15, 2013 / 9:39 am

    Great looking maxi on you! Love the off the shoulder look you chose while spending time with your husband too! Bet he liked it. Painters

  29. May 16, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    Somehow I missed this earlier. I love this look Beautiful. YOur hair looks so lovely pulled back with it. In some of the photos you remind me of Susan Lucci…not height, of course. I’ve always thought she was beautiful.

  30. July 23, 2013 / 3:54 am

    Seriously dying over that maxi! DYING!

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