Life’s A Picnic

Among the flowers

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Ah, the picnic. A triumphant convergence of the great outdoors, tasty nibbles, and good company.

Originating in France, these lavish celebrations were mostly reserved for the aristocracy until a little thing called the French Revolution came along, opening royal parks to nonroyal people and making the picnic the most fashionable alfresco way to dine. This newly accessible feast for all senses served as inspiration for many modernist painters of the era, portraying white cloths set upon lush green grass, robust spreads of food and wine, and ladies scattered in various states of repose.

Modern-day picnics haven’t changed much in essence. We still welcome a big basket filled with snacks on a sunny day, and no one ever turns down an opportunity to lounge. And, while we may have traded corsets and petticoats for more comfortable attire, we still embrace the flowing fabrics and rich swatches of color that influenced artists like Tissot, Monet, and Manet to create the masterpieces they did. So, get going and plan your own Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe. Though maybe not Manet’s au naturel version, unless that’s more your style.



Naney watercolor DRESS, available from ZIA Boutique


Poplin ruffle BLOUSE and Emilee Anglaise SHORTS, both available from ZIA Boutique; SUNGLASSES (stylist’s own)


Picnic courtesy of Spoonfed Kitchen and Bakeshop


Sullivan DRESS, available from ZIA Boutique



Mixed-eyelet MAXI DRESS, available from ZIA Boutique

Model: Kenzie Hansley

Hair & Makeup: Meraki Beauty

Food: Spoonfed Kitchen and Bakeshop

Wardrobe: ZIA Boutique, 1113 Military Cutoff Road in The Forum

Location: Airlie Gardens, 300 Airlie Road

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