Today I crawled out of my fog of sickness and party preparations to do some shopping. I found this dress, which is clearly too spring to be purchased at the end of November, but it spoke to me so loudly that I was unable to resist. I knew it would look beautiful on my little girl but I was also so drawn to the pattern and colors for other reasons. This dress is the inspiration I've been looking for to start decorating Emma's room. It's just the look I want, to express who Emma is. She is pretty and bold, sweet and confident. She is brilliant and social, thoughtful and exuberant. She is tutu's and cleats, a child full of exhausting and exhilarating contradictions. She is soft colored flowers and bright gingham check. She is this dress.