Happy Mother's Day!

To all of the amazing moms out there, Happy Mother's Day! We've compiled some of our favorite quotes to celebrate the wonderful women who inspire us everyday...

"All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother." ― Abraham Lincoln

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." ― Rudyard Kipling

"A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary." ― Dorothy Canfield Fisher

"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." ― Honore de Balzac

“There is nothing as sincere as a mother's kiss.” ― Saleem Sharma

"Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not." ― James Joyce

“A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” ― Washington Irving

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.” — Maya Angelou

“I tell my kids, ‘I am thinking about you every other minute of my day.’” — Michelle Obama

Quotes from Goodreadsmothersdaycelebration.com and Community Table.

Designer Spotlight: Aima Dora

Since we launched Flora Nuit, Aima Dora has been one of our most popular and best selling brands. Beautiful styles and colors, awesome fit, and approachable prices make the brand a favorite among customers. We chatted with Aima Dora owner Alma Stanonik about the Mauritius-based brand's latest collection.

The Aima Dora Allegra Bandeau Underwire Bra and the Aima Dora Allegra Long Line Triangle Bra.

FN: What was the inspiration for the collection?

AS: The inspiration for the collection was our travels through Provence. Traveling through south of France was an amazing experience that truly engages all your senses! You can not help but to adore and marvel at the nature, the light, the contrasts, the lifestyle, the food…..the scents, the feelings and the colours….amazing colours.  I was so inspired by the colours that we used them for the collection. Just like the painter Cézanne who liked to illustrate the south of France which is full of colors and scents, Aima Dora, from a visit to Provence, defined a color palette with use of accent pastel colors softened by the way of Provençal life. 

Clockwise from top right: Cezanne's L'Estaque, Aima Dora Margarita Triangle Bra, Aima Dora Allegra Classique Bra, Cezanne's The Bay of Marseilles, view from L'Estaque, Aima Dora Juliet Demi Bra,  Aima Dora Juliet Classique Bra.


FN: How does designing and manufacturing in Mauritius affect the look and feel of Aima Dora?

AS: In many aspects - Mauritius is well known for textile manufacturing. Our sister company has been manufacturing high quality lingerie for more then 25 years here. It has acquired a strong and deep know-how of lingerie manufacturing. Also, we work with very experienced French pattern maker living in Mauritius for creating ultimate fit respecting traditional French lingerie fitting method.

Editor's Note: BRB, booking our flights

It is real tropical lifestyle here, it is sunny and warm all year around with a little bit of rain, surrounded by gorgeous blue sea and gorgeous green tropical mountains….hence it is in Aima Dora's DNA to always have lots of colours and lightness in the collection. We feel Aima Dora is a true fusion of French lingerie finesse and imagination that stems from tropical island of Mauritius. And to strengthen this fusion we are now working with Mauritian lingerie designer, who actually lives and works in Paris. We are working with Chloe on Aima Dora silk additions which will be added to the collection for showing in Paris this July.

FN: Who is your style icon?

AS: Anna Karina, for sure! She is an actress, writer, director, singer and former model. Her style is always in contrast but never contradicts; effortlessly chic, so French, mischievous and nonchalant, playful and elegant. Her appeal is truly timeless.  I love the story when Coco Chanel told her - "You’ve got to call yourself Anna Karina.” And, her fate was sealed. Still today, many fashion trends can be traced to Karina and she still is an inspiration for designers. So effortlessly chic and a singer - I'm so in awe of her!

 

FN: Who is the Aima Dora woman?

AS: Aima Dora’s women is a women who likes to expresses her versatility and imagination! It is a modern women who is confident, comfortable and radiant. A women who lingers between two opposites, which never meet but melt in harmony…...so similar to my style icon! 

FN: What is your favorite piece from the new collection?

AS: Oh….difficult to answer!!! Of course, I love all of them! Creating collection pieces from start, from mood boards to the final products takes time and you really become close to all of them.  Every piece has a story. During the creation process things might change!  Perhaps the lace we have chosen for the story it comes in a band width that is too narrow for the style so we have to make changes, etc…so, you really know the pieces very well and you want to wear all of them.  I will say though, if i really have to choose one, no…... it will have to be two, i absolutely adore the  Allegra Bandeau and Callis Corbeille bra in all colours. This is my first time to be really comfortable wearing a bandeau bra. It is an underwire bandeau that gives you great support….truly absolutely in love with them!

Aima Dora Allegra Bandeau Underwire Bra

Who we're following

Yes, we love Instgram. And yes, we may spend a bit too much time scrolling through our feed. But with so many gorgeous images out there, can you really blame us? Here are some of the accounts we can't keep our eyes off of. (Follow us here to see what we're posting!)

1. Fortnight (@fortnighlabel)

Fortnight's look books and images are always perfect, so it's no surprise that their Instagram is, too. 

2. designlovefest (@designlovefest)

Curated by Bri Emery, founder of the blog of the same name, this Instagram account is the definition of happiness.

3. Women & Whiskies (@womenandwhiskies)

We've been fans of Campari's Women & Whiskies program since we worked with them for an awesome event for Valentine's Day 2014. Their account is just full of bright colors, yummy drinks, and lots of party prep inspiration.

4. Pari Dust (@paridust)

We met Pari Ehsan, the brains behind Pari Dust, at a Flora Nuit event about a year ago. Her fashion-meets-art blog was fairly new at the time and we've loved seeing it (really) take off since then.

5. Once Wed (@oncewed)

If you're getting married (or if you're not), follow this account. It's heaven.

This Weekend We're...

It's snowy and cold here in NYC. Here are a few things keeping us warm this weekend...

1. Wishing we were wearing this sweater/bralette combo featured on This Is Glamorous.

2. Scrolling through these sweet vintage photos of couples kissing along the Seine. Oui, oui!

3. Getting ready to watch the Oscars (and swoon over the dresses on the red carpet).

4. (Im)patiently waiting for Spring to arrive. Dreaming of these blooms from Winston Flowers and Garden while we wait. (Head over to Gardenista to see more).

5. Pretending we're going to do a juice cleanse, like this one from Vim + Vigor. Probably opening a bottle of wine instead.

Camille Styles Hosts the Perfect Flora Nuit Party

When party planning extraordinaire Camille Styles throws an event, you go. No questions asked. So when we partnered with her recently for a Flora Nuit event, we had no doubt it would be pretty perfect. There were gorgeous, Valentine's Day-perfect pieces from Aima Dora, Georgia J, and Skarlett Blue, blooms from Margot Blair Floral, and treats like pistachio lavender madelines and dark chocolate mousse with berries (YUM.). Like we said, perfect.

Photographer Wynn Meyers captured the afternoon perfectly, all the way down to the potpourri bar where guests were able to create their own sachets, embroidered with adorable bras and undies. Enjoy!

This Weekend We're...

Swooning over these behind the scenes shots from a recent project with Camille Styles.

Trying our best to stay nice and cozy despite the snow in NYC! But it is the perfect excuse to cuddle up in front of the fireplace, hot cocoa (and/or red wine) in hand.

Starting to get Valentine's Day ready by photographing some beautiful new bras to put up on the website!

Checking out our friend Ben Wiseman's exhibit at the New York Times. Ben's the designer of our lovely (if we do say so ourselves) logo.