Dressing Yourself, Dressing Your Table

Sunday, May 12, 2013

I recently contributed this article to a new online crafting magazine for creative women called J Create. I will be celebrating the Jewish holiday of Shavuos from sundown on Tuesday until sunset on Thursday. If you'd like to learn a little bit about it and hear my take on it, read on...

When I think of Shavuos, I think about beautiful flowers, food, tablescapes and fashion. Shavuos is probably my favorite Jewish holiday because it arrives at one of the nicest times of the year and is one of the most simple, yet meaningful holidays that we have. We celebrate the receiving of our most precious gift, the Torah, and who doesn’t love to celebrate and appreciate special gifts. And the fact that the Torah, the epitome of spirituality, was given on a humble, yet beautiful mountain full of flowers, represents the idea that we need to find the right balance between the spiritual and physical. And also that not only is the Torah our special gift, but also all of the beauty in this world that was given to us by Hashem. That’s why the complete Shavuos experience not only includes lots of Torah learning, but also lots of flowers, delicious food, and beautiful clothing!

I wanted to share with you some of my favorite fashion trends for this Spring, and how they can be translated into beautiful Shavuos table settings. I hope you get inspired to buy yourself some beautiful new outfits for Yom Tov and at the same time, get creative with your holiday tablescapes. Enjoy!

Spring Trend 1: Radiant Reflections
Metallics are a great way to modernize your look for spring. This season, metallics go high sheen and mirror reflective. Try a dress with metallic touches or go all out with a strong metallic piece paired with soft neutrals to balance out it’s high sheen. Or simply accessorize with one fabulous shiny piece. Metallics coordinate really well with soft pinks and lilac too, so when applying this trend to your table, try a shiny silver tablecloth and add lots of flowers in soft colors. For a really bold tablescape why not use a sequin fabric for your tablecloth. Let that be your shining focal point by keeping your flowers white and simple.

SpringTrend 2: Emerald, The Pantone Color of the Year
If you’ve been following the fashion and design world you will know that emerald green is the Pantone color of 2013. The question is, how can we incorporate this vibrant hue into our wardrobes and table decor without having it totally overpower our looks? A gorgeous green dress will look beautiful when worn simply with few accessories. Or just incorporate one bold emerald green piece of jewelry, a cuff or a statement necklace, to a more neutral outfit to add a pop of glamour. When planning your outfits and table settings, keep in mind that emerald green coordinates really well with gold and black. For vibrant tablescapes add some emerald glassware, napkins, or even ceramic dishes to a formal background that include touches of gold and black.

Spring Trend 3: Stripe it Up
Marc Jacobs re-introduced the bold black and white stripe in new and fabulous ways at his Spring 2013 runway show. Stripes always come and go in fashion, but this season they get wider and more exciting. Try dressing up a striped top with a glitzy accessory or go for full on stripes on a mod dress for Yom Tov. When using stripes in fashion or on your table, adding a pop of your favorite color will bring your look alive. Yellow looks especially fresh with wide stripes for a cheerful Shavuos tablescape.

I will be on vacation from blogging until at least the end of the week so have a happy Shavuos (if you celebrate) and a beautiful week!  For more gorgeous daily fashion and design inspirations follow me on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM



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  1. Sharon, Enjoy the time with your family this week.

  2. So wonderful. Enjoy the holiday time, I hope it's wonderful for you!! All of these table settings are gorgeous!! xx

  3. This is gorgeous!!! I am in love w/ the first collage. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day, Sharon!! xo

  4. Gorgeous pictures, don't know how you do it! Chag Sameach

  5. Such a fantastic post! I am in love with the Radiant Reflections trend the most. I wish my table would look like that!

  6. What a beautiful holiday Shavuos is and I hope you enjoy. Anything green this time of year gets my vote. You always show the most beautiful colleges Sharon.


  7. Dear Sharon enjoy this Blessed Holiday with your Family!

    I personally adore the Emerald Grouping!

    Art by Karena

  8. It's all delicious to me! Thanks for the great ideas as usual and Chag Sameach!

  9. Lovely post, Sharon. Lots of newness here and the collages are great.

  10. IT's so true, especially with prints being in this season, you could totally switch! Haha!


  11. Hi Sharon! Beautiful post ... and beautiful tablescapes. Love the correlation between fashion and table dressing ... I love creating tablescapes too and believe I've mentioned that I've been called upon as an artist to create a tablescape at a few huge designer tablescape events. I had a lot of fun creating a fantasy on a tabletop! Have a upcoming weekend and thanks for your lovely comment this week, sweet. xo ~S

    SANDY M Illustration

  12. Hello Sharon! I hope you had a very blessed holiday dear. I love this post. Your tablescapes were just lovely. My favorite was the metallic mixed with pinks & lilac AND ( because it was so hard not to fall in love with this one) the emerald plates with pearls. I was swooning. Lol! I am saving that picture as inspiration. It's simply beautiful sweetie. Xo


  13. MY GOODNESS, Sharon, I never knew about this holiday, ever. I love the idea of celebrating the holy book in the midst of God's creation of nature, His bounty towards us, and in the clothing of beautifully crafted apparel! Your header has always been stunning, and what a great welcome it is. Your fashion collages are superb and they not only show color, but texture, that is quite sensational!

    Happy celebration to you my dear, thank YOU for coming to visit the France post, and may God richly bless you for your commitment to celebrating His festivals of LIFE! LOVE TO YOU! Anita