Lovely Finds: Girl With a Serious Dream

Happy almost New Year!

As I reflect on the past year in the land of blog,

clearly there have been fun fun times

connecting online with amazingly talented and

creative artists, stylists, and thinkers…

including emerging fashion designer Ana Maria of

Girl With a Serious Dream.

What drew the fashionista and me to each other?


From Black Swan.

This architect-turned-designer has followed

her heart and dream to create dreamy apparel

(to be enjoyed by ballerinas, Hollywood, and ordinary

bloggers like you and me).

Specifically, the chic pink wool coat

Natalie Portman’s character Nina wore in the film
had me smitten-silly, and what do you know?


is in the business of bringing lovely

smitten-silly dreams to life. 

(Smitten-silly is like slap happy without the violence).

Wool coat

One of her offerings is this custom pink beauty…

seriously stunning and classic.

Other pieces are inspired by the perfect

world of ballet and stylistic feminine-with-edge

throughout the film…


Lace Bolero Shrug


Iris tunic

I have this tunic in ivory,

and it is a favorite for its beauty,

timelessness, and wearability in all seasons.

Gotta love a sheer flowy top layered over something snug.

Could this scarf be any yummier?

Won’t be surprised at all if Anthropologie

comes knocking at the Girl With a Serious Dream door

and snatches up her collections!

French Lace Scalloped Tunic


Here is to a new year, a new you, serious dreams,
and fresh new faces in fashion such as

Ana Maria’s Girl With a Serious Dream.

And your serious dreams for 2012 are…?

Peace to you right where you are.


Wanted to share an image from

Black Swan in which Nina is wearing

a feathery soft grey shrug for practice.

Couldn’t get it out of the noggin for days,

but alas I can’t find a youtube or photo of it


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  1. December 30, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    Love love the pink coat, I had one similar in the late 60s but mine had shiny black buttons. One of my favorite coats of all time. Thank you for introducing us to this talented lady, Happy new Year,

  2. December 30, 2011 / 11:40 pm

    the coat is sooooooo jackie O!

  3. December 31, 2011 / 1:27 am

    What beautiful inspiration..the movie kind of freaked me out but I was so into the whole ballerina vibe for weeks afterwards….gorgeous pink coat. I think I used to own its twin!
    Thanks for the intro to this talented woman and wishing you a happy and healthy 2012!!

  4. December 31, 2011 / 2:13 am

    Ohhh how i loved that pink coat she wore with the scarf too… I'm so gonna check out "Girl With a Serious Dream?!


  5. December 31, 2011 / 2:48 am

    I adore the feminine deliciousness of the clothes worn by Natalie Portman in the Black Swan. As a dancer, my daughter, Hannah, recognized her designs as not only beautiful but totally functional, too! You continue to inspire me, Michelle. My muse!

  6. December 31, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    So many beautiful pieces, especially that pink coat! I could see all of these in Anthropologie. Wishing you a very Happy New Year! xo

  7. December 31, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    So many gorgeous pieces – I'm swooning like crazy here over the pond! Thank you for the introduction and for continuing to be so inspirational in so many ways…

    Big smoochie kisses to you baby for the new year – I hope 2012 brings you everything you dream! xxx

  8. December 31, 2011 / 8:35 pm

    Now that is one talented lady!

    Hope you've had a wonderful Christmas and wish you a happy happy new year filled with love, laughter and all you dream of!

    Lots of love to you, sweet lady.

    Meera xx

  9. January 2, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    Really pretty….everyone should have a pink coat. I found one at a consignment store, altho it is hot pink, it is pink nonetheless! Beautiful designs~

  10. January 2, 2012 / 4:13 pm

    I am in love with the scalloped lace tunic! Of course the coat is just divine. That movie still baffles me a little…
    Happy New Year to you!

  11. January 2, 2012 / 6:03 pm

    Blogs are just amazing in bringing likeminded people together, love it! Happy, happy New Year to you!

  12. January 2, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    What a beauty-FULL
    and inspiring post for
    the New Year! This is
    the year I hope to move
    a few of my own dreams
    forward…..and wouldn't
    it be fine to do it wearing
    one of these lovelies???

    xx Suzanne

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