No one could tell me there was no such thing as love at first sight. From the moment I saw this dress in the Free People catalog, I knew I had to make it mine. It ticked so many boxes: on-trend for Fall and beyond, perfect shade of green, appropriate length for the chilly days ahead. Color me infatuated.

A Savage Heart in the Wildflowers Embroidered Maxi DressPurple flowers

Fast forward a few weeks later and I had almost missed my chance to own this little piece of the prairie. Luckily, a sweet sales associate came to my rescue! Did you know that you could place an order directly with a Free People store over the phone? Thus was how I acquired the Wildflowers Embroidered Maxi Dress from an FP in California.


When Central Park called my name again—for the second weekend in a row—I knew it was the perfect location to debut this pretty little floral frock. The temps were a little too chilly to wear the dress on its own, so I layered a sleek black turtleneck underneath for added warmth.


Given my entomophobia, Fall is the safest time for me to visit gardens. Especially in the earlier months, a lot of the flowers are still alive and most of the creepy crawlies have cleared out. So, with a little flutter in my heart, I made my way to the Conservatory Garden. Three things happened consecutively from the moment hubby and I set foot on the florid grounds. A bee flew past my booted feet, hubby muttered a long-suffering “uh-oh”, and I reassured him through gritted teeth that if he remained calm then I would try my best to do the same. But we faced no incident after that tiny hitch, and the garden rewarded my tenacity with plenty of gorgeous flowers in a (mostly) insect-free environment. The blooms and the shrubs, still untouched by the ravages of Fall, mirrored the floral embroidery on my emerald dress.


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