No matter your age or background, you've probably heard of Van Gogh's Starry Night at one point or another -- whether you've come across it in art history text book or you've seen it at the MoMA. It's a magical painting with exceptional detail, but it actually comes from such a dark place: Van Gogh painted Starry Night from his cell at a mental asylum (that's right!). In fact, there are actually up to twenty other versions (some sketches) of his view out the barred window as well-- and this is the same view we've come to know and love as the whimsy blue-yellow impressionist piece. But Starry Night isn't just a creative masterpiece of a 'deranged' artist, underneath it all, it really goes to show that beautiful things can come out of all different types of plagues and illnesses (both mental and physical) -- and if anything, that's Starry Night's most magical quality of all.

In my own version of the whimsy look, the focal point of this post is none other than this incredible Poly Star Mesh Skirt courtesy of Storets, which I'll admit, is a little avant-garde (even for me), but there was just something about this skirt I knew I loved. It's super comfortable, nicely made and extremely eye-catching, so while I won't be wearing this out on the daily, it's definitely a piece I'll cherish and save for the right moments. I paired this with a simple black crop top I got from Brandy Melville last year, and my favorite Yardley Sandals from Sam Edelman

"Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once."

[ Julius Caesar 2.2]

Cheers, xx - A. Martine