Black On Black With Navy

May 25th, 2015

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As I write this post I’m in NYC enjoying every moment in real time.  I’m traveling with Mr. J, visiting friends and enjoying the “City Of Dreams,” always looking for a great hat.  Today’s photos were taken at Heather Stoten’s magical Millinery Workshop HERE during the time that she was creating my hat for Camille’s wedding.

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This hat is dark navy made from a paribuntal straw brim and dyed banana fiber crown with feather trim.  I wore it with a background of several shades of black.

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The second piece of headwear is a cloche draped with spotted tulle trimmed with a silk taffeta bow, which sits low on the forehead. It encourages playfulness with a bit of mystery on the side.  In these photos my eyes are completely hidden from view.

I’m always up for trying a new look!  Experimentation can be one of many strategies for living life to the fullest.  It encourages the brain to develop new pathways and is an outstanding way to have fun.

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 I will be back soon, commenting on my favorite blogs and with photos from my trip!  Thank you to all readers and commenters and sending love to all!

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Photos By Daniel

Hat Attack will be up as usual on June 1st and hope to see you there!

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Taxi: Part 2 displays more of the colorful backgrounds encountered by Daniel and myself as we traveled through its spaces HERE over a month ago HERE. The photos in this post portray a focus outward, which is how I feel after the intensity of the wedding preparations and the celebration itself.

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My energy has been released to create the next phase of my life.  The wedding ritual allowed me to comprehend my daughter’s growth, to view her increasing competence and generosity of heart, and to see her ability to own an event which reflected her personality and her exquisite taste.  I am in awe of the person that she’s become.

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It was a major life passage for her, and because of our closeness, it has been for me too.  We both experienced sadness at times prior to the wedding.  But during the event it was pure celebration and joy.  A burst of festive energy experienced by everyone who gathered that evening and surrounded Camille and Sean with support and celebratory abandon.  A day of memorable expansion.

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Photos By Daniel

The aftermath, as in all of life’s major events, has brought surprises in its wake. Savoring life changing experiences involves the full range of emotions.  Last week sorrow made its entrance boldly as I viewed the gorgeous wedding photos which landed in my email inbox.  As my gaze focused upon the images of the happy couple with their parents, the visual reality that I stood alone beside Camille was soulfully apparent.  A triggering of the place in my heart that I now believe will always be there, where loss remains mostly hidden from view, but becomes known at significant moments that open its deep, mysterious, yet accessible broken places.  Recently I have begun to sidle up to the rough and the raw and explore its jagged edges with curiosity.

At times it’s a relief and a comfort, though painful, as I feel Nelson’s essence and how it tenderly affects me today.  Coloring everything I do with deep love and never-ending good will and intention.  This place in my heart moves with me into the next chapter, ever forward and outward, affecting my evolving process as I continue to transition and reinvent.  For that I will be forever grateful.

Vintage white leather jacket, vintage earrings and vintage black with white trim leather gloves – estate sales, vintage white leather cap – vintage shop, black suede booties and black turtleneck – consignment shops, black ruched jeans – hand made years ago by friend.

I’m happy to once again join Patti at Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  I’ve missed this biweekly gathering, which celebrates community, creativity and style!

The Wedding

May 11th, 2015

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My beloved daughter Camille and her now husband Sean were married last weekend. Everything about the event was magical and celebratory.  I am grateful to welcome my impressive and accomplished son-in-law into our family.

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The floral headpiece by Heather Stoten Millinery HERE captured the essence of the event.

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I proudly walked Camille down the aisle.  She was a vision in her white silk wedding dress created by her friend Tess of 50 Dresses HERE.  I’ve never seen her more radiant and happy.

My suit was created by the talented Denver designer Rachel Marie Hurst HERE and my headwear was by Heather Stoten Millinery HERE.  It was important to us that everyone who took part in contributing to the wedding be friends or locally based, reflecting our value of recognizing the talent and skill which is before our very eyes.

We took pride in our self-expression, but underneath it all was love, intention, an appreciation for beauty in all of its forms, human connection and an honoring of a relationship of mutual adoration.  It was grand, festive, and memorable and everything that Camille had hoped for. What could be better than that?

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Camille’s friends surrounded her with love and spirited energy, which filled the spaces of the venue with warmth and good wishes.

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We danced the night away in celebration of Camille and Sean, as they begin their new journey together.  For me, dance has always been a metaphor for life, and we all joined together in this beautifully expressive form of living out loud with exuberance.

“May your lives together be filled with as much joy as is humanly possible.

May each day bring a sprinkling of wonder, along with health and abundance of every nature.

May you find comfort in each other’s arms in a world that offers splendor and at times confusion.

And most importantly, may your love grow as deep as Camille’s beautiful brown eyes and as dazzling as her smile, which mirrors Nelson’s in every way. Your father and I pass onto the two of you the legacy of magic.” ~Excerpt from my toast to Camille and Sean 5/2/15

Hat Attack #22

May 1st, 2015

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I’ve been spending time over the past few weeks at Heather Stoten’s millinery studio, The Hat Workshop HERE.  She’s making my hat for Camille’s wedding, which has been a collaborative and creative process that brings me great pleasure.  May’s Hat Attack is a cream paribuntal straw hat with hand rolled cream and black silk leaves.  I spotted this beauty on a rack in the studio and decided to feature it today.

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It’s another hat that I adore, but will leave behind in Heather’s studio.  Wearing it for Hat Attack is “enough.”  Documenting its beauty with a photo fulfills my heart’s desire and provides the practice of letting go.

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The top of the chapeau displays Heather’s artistry, skill and talent.

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Photos by Daniel

Playing in Heather’s studio, surrounded by hat blocks and hat boxes from London, is the very definition of living life to the fullest!  Thank you Heather, for the opportunity to work with you and have access to your “house of hats.”

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear love my way!

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC a MAY HAT ATTACK  and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. Can’t wait to see the beautiful contributions that you share throughout the next week. Participation will be open through Thursday, May  7th.

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The Bridal Shower

April 27th, 2015

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Camille’s bridal shower was held recently at my home.  Her friends and I collaborated on the event, and a fabulous time was had by all.  I am thrilled to see my daughter radiant, happy, excited and in love with a man who supports and adores her.  Her dazzling smile and deeply expressive brown eyes display her inner glow!

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My beloved daughter adorned her curls with her shower gift ribbons and bows as headwear in this photo.  She can make any outfit shine!  Camille loves the scent, color and appearance of the lavender plant, and in her honor I decorated the front porch to reflect her sensibilities.

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I tied vintage silk scarves on existing pillows and used vintage lace and linen tablecloths to cover the porch swing cushion and establish a private area. Why leave these beauties in the cedar chest hidden from view?  Creating living spaces on the porch and in my garden with estate sale finds is as much fun as composing outfits.

My ensemble was chosen to include shades of purple and lavender, with an estate sale vintage turban and vintage maxi dress with navy background and navy booties.

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The hat as wreath was accessorized by a vintage floral silk chiffon scarf, greeting guests as they arrived.  Today it continues to give me pleasure every time that I leave home and return from an outing.  It remains in place for the season, until my collections provide another adornment for my front door.

With the wedding only a week away, I find that I’m not able to comment regularly on the blogs that I love.  I will return to full blog mode after the festivities.  I don’t want to miss a moment of this significant time in my daughter’s life.  Sending love to all!

Hat Attack will be up on Friday, May 1st!

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