Memoirs of a Geisha: Style Ideas for Spring

Memoirs of a Geisha was a 2005 American epic film adaptation of an original novel of the same name by Arthur Golden. The story reveals how Sayuri transcended her fishing-village roots and transformed into one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.  But with this success, Sayuri also learns the secrets and sacrifices of the geisha lifestyle. Though the story line may be far from our reality, the idea of transcending from humble beginnings to something far more glamorous should appeal to everyone, right?

A Collision of Colour & Metallics + crisp neutrals

With this theme in mind, it’d be really easy to gag yourself on cherry blossom prints and tree motifs, but that’s not necessary – try to imagine the feeling of spring serenity and calmness where it’s cool in the shade. What colours match that? Metallic pinks, green, light grey and neutrals. Mix your florals with textured accessories to give the outfit elevation, but bring it back to earth with neutrals and whites. And behave like a lady (whatever that means).


Pictured L-R: Aurora Borealis Petal sleeve mesh top & mesh tank dress in ecru, Romance Was Born Sincerely Yours Appliqué jacket, Miu Miu sunglasses MU04QS Special Project Crystal in grey, JY Jewels Sunn cerise necklace in pink, Cole & Son at Radford Furnishings Folie – Versailles Grand Portrait wallpaper, Mother of Pearl ‘Ruth’ flat sling back, Mavi ‘Keisha’ high waisted denim short in white. Some images courtesy

A Non-fiction Memoir

In shades of duck egg blue and pastel apricots with hard black. These flourishes of the orient won’t leave you feeling too decorated. Subtlety works when you’re considering a city interpretation of this theme. Overdoing the look will make it dated and possibly have you shuffling up the street is full geisha regalia. Settle down.


Pictured L-R: NEXT monochrome floral jacquard bomber, Zoic Zhucheng at House of Cannon printed kimono top, Sportsgirl hair clip, KENZO WORLD perfume Edgeley Cut and Patch shirtMother of Pearl  Charlie Elastic pump, Coach Bordeaux in milky black cherry , TOME X TDE. large stone perforated clutch, Limedrop nail polish in Great Barrier Reef, Rimmel Moisture Renew Sheer & Shine lipstick, Mother of Pearl Celina Shirt in Pink, Frona Trouser in Pink, Henry Pump in White. Some images courtesy

Practically Living the Memoirs

Using carefully considered floral touches with glimmers of gold and expertly light use of bamboo prints will have you relaxing in your own private oasis. Receive your guests, a picture of calm every single time. Invest in some beautiful slides (slippers in slang, please dear, never ugg boots) and leave them at the door, ready to receive you at the end of your busiest days.

slide3Pictured L-R: Art Club Inner Bloom/Elysian collection, Bee Teeth ‘Burn Brite’ pennant, Mother of Pearl ‘Hoxton’ mini tote, 1st Dibs Japanese Two Panel Screen: Edge of the Forest, Mother of Pearl  embellished slides, Freedom ‘Posy’ chair, Jonathan Adler Animalia coaster, Freedom vases, kikki.k Thrive Journal. The Thrive collection is a collaboration with Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post. Some images courtesy

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