Falling For Fall

October 27th, 2014

 

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I’ve learned that no matter how wonderful the time away from home has been, I greet my sanctuary with a new appreciation for the life that I’ve created in Denver; my friends and family, both face to face and virtual; the everyday beauty that surrounds me; my yoga practice, my music and my routines; and my expanding feelings of peace with “what is.”

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I feel grounded, and from here my next adventure into the unknown will unfold.  I have a new understanding that the journey here in place has its own excitement.  Its own thrill.  Its own creative energy.

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It is with amazement that I view the change of seasons; the weeping willow tree a block from my home is an expression of the extraordinary fall colors that welcome me daily.  I have returned home to nature’s transitional display of glorious splendor.

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I have embellished crone hands and wrists with adornments which have been lovingly collected over the years.

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One can never go wrong with rhinestones, during the day or the night.

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Or polka dot pumps, which make a swishing sound in the fallen leaves as I walk through the neighborhood with Dan, not wanting to wander far from home on this first photo shoot since the trip that opened my eyes and all of my senses to the new.

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Or twirling in the alley accompanied by a mountain mural painted on a garage door.  I really should get to know these neighbors!

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 Photos By Daniel

Today I’m grateful to be alive, as I toss my polka dot silk scarf into the wind that carries the organic scent of fallen leaves through the autumnal air.  I have completely fallen for fall!

Long sleeved sweater with polka dot insert and rhinestone buttons – Paris street vendor; jeans – Paris boutique; beret, vintage polka dot pumps and scarf, vintage rhinestone earrings and pendant – estate sales; bracelets, bangles and rings – from everywhere.

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I discovered my new jeans (though I seldom shop retail) in the shop across the street from our hotel, which was in a predominantly residential neighborhood in Paris.  The beautiful boutique owner, in photo above, was fun, interesting and helpful, though we were unable to communicate verbally due to language barriers.  However, as I found to be true during our entire trip, we had a fabulous time together as we connected around a focus of mutual interest and fascination.  As the glamorous Jean of Dross Into Gold HERE has been known to say, “Like music, personal style is a universal language.”

I’m linking up with Sacramento’s Share-in-Style: Halloween HERE on Mis Papelicos.  The weeping willow tree in the background is my expression of the season.

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Arriving in Nice by train from Paris, we settled in for a week of endless beauty and rich culture.  Old town Nice was a place that would take months to fully discover, with its colorful and magical ways.

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The Mediterranean Sea stretched into infinity, with landscapes changing along with the weather.

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The architecture was stunning at every turn. I’m sharing a few photos of the many that I took as we walked through different areas of the city.

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Ornate balconies frequently caught my uplifted gaze.

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Another gorgeous cathedral arose from the cityscape as we hopped a tram during an afternoon of exploration.

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An afternoon in Monaco provided more grandeur and a glimpse into an unreal world.

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City squares were a frequent oasis from the bustling streets.

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Antique chandeliers covered the ceilings of the Fashion Gallery HERE, elegantly illuminating the clothing below.

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A fan of outdoor markets, I had many choices to savor!

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My favorite street fair vendor on a cloudy afternoon.

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I met this gorgeous French woman at an antique market and she agreed to a photo. We communicated without speaking French/English, and I was able to express my appreciation for the creative way that she wove ribbons through her hair.  Engaging with new and interesting people is one of the treasures of travel.

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The Marc Chagall Museum HERE captivated our attention for hours.

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Outside the Matisse Museum HERE before exploring the wonders within.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Josephine of Chic At Any Age HERE, a fabulous style blog that I’ve been following for several years.  Josephine generously took a complex journey from St.Tropez, which involved two buses and a train in inclement weather in the early morning, to get to Nice for lunch.  We had a great time laughing, sharing our stories and engaging in hat and blog chat.  Meeting the warm, fascinating and elegant Josephine was one of the highlights of our magnificent Nice experience.

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The SC and Mr. J out to dinner on our last evening in Nice, enjoying the food, the people and the sights of a glorious setting.  We had come to the end of a thrilling journey, and will be spending time living the trip again through photos and shared memories.  Travel has enhanced our connection and our ability to adjust quickly to new challenges.  We’re already talking about new destinations for the future!

Shortly after arriving home I received news of the death of a dear friend.  I’m grateful that I visited her a few days before I left for Europe.

My friend was a decade older than me.  I remember her 50th birthday.  Her 60th birthday.  Her 70th birthday.  Her 80th birthday.  She was an important figure in my life.  There is another loss to integrate and another adjustment to the dynamics of my life and the lives of those around me.  Another reminder to live fully in the moment.

I’m very happy to have fulfilled the dream of travel.  I feel enriched, energized and motivated to move forward. Who knows what will appear on the horizon, as I observe the shifts that will surely occur due to a realized aspiration.  Today I’m alive and open, and ready to start planning another adventure.

I’m off to join the party at Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.  I have a lot of catching up to do.

Paris Memories And Versailles

October 13th, 2014

 

 

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My photos do the talking as I go with the flow of adventure!

As we walked along the Seine we discovered the “Love Lock Bridge.”  Since 2008, lovers  have attached padlocks to the bridge and tossed the keys ino the Seine, leaving the bridge at risk due to the weight of the locks.  Currently there is a campaign to free the bridge of additional padlocks so as not to cause further damage .

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Taking the train to Versailles provided stunning views along the way.

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We met a beautiful young woman from Chile who has been traveling the world, mostly by herself, for nine months.  She had many interesting stories to tell and made our trip even more enchanting than it already was.  I was inspired by her courage and we exchanged contact information.

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My photos of Versaille are not adequate to capture its grandeur and opulence.

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I’m including a few photos from my endless camera roll.

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Statuary was everywhere!

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Layers of scarves kept me warm throughout the chill of the afternoon.

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A walk in the city of Versailles provided a meeting with this stunning and charming woman.  I loved her style and radiant presence.

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Back in Paris, we spent an afternoon in the Museum d’Orsay, which is housed in a former railway station.

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As we walked into a cafe for dinner one evening, the first person who caught my eye was this gorgeous woman wearing a fascinator with a feather that gave me an instant “Hat Attack.” She was in Paris from Ireland with her husband for the Prix  de L’arc de Triomphe, Europe’s most prestigious horse race. As you might expect, we instantly engaged in hat chat.

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Monsieur J sporting a hat and a warm smile.  We travel well together, which is a true and wonderful gift!

i will be returning home soon, and will be back to reading and commenting on my favorite blogs. It’s been a fabulous time!

 

 

 

PARIS

October 6th, 2014

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What to  write when a dream becomes reality?  I will have to reflect upon what it means to me after I’m home.  I remain in the midst of the Paris adventure with Mr. J, and inhaling every extraordinary moment.  I will let my photos speak for themselves.

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Our hotel is in a neighborhood not far from the Arc de Triomphe, and is very charming, with friendly and helpful staff.

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This is what I saw when I walked out of our hotel my first morning in the city.

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The Eiffel Tower at night is a wonder to behold!

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The very top of the Paris Opera House.

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I met a beautiful Parisian woman at a cafe!

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A display at Printemps Department Store.

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Hat shopping with Mr. J.

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The hat shop in the Notre Dame area of Paris.

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What are the odds that we would meet a couple from Denver in the hat shop?

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A wonderful hat shop in the Latin Quarter.

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I discovered the perfect hat with the stunning Sandra’s help.  Watch this space for its appearance on November’s Hat Attack.

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A cafe before a musical performance at a cathedral in the Latin Quarter.

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At the Louvre!

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A beautiful Parisian flea market vendor.

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Another fascinating Parisian flea market vendor.

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At a Parisian flea market surrounded by art.

I continue to blog on the fly, with limited details and a small selection of photos from my camera roll.  I’m having a fantastic time!

Thank you to all who contributed to October’s Hat Attack, which remains open through Tuesday, October 7th.

Flying over to Patti’s Visible Monday http://notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.fr/2014/10/visible-monday-140-full-over-full.html!

 

Hat Attack #15

October 1st, 2014

IMG_9119The SC discovered this black velvet headpiece with feather and red velvet bow at The Vintage Studio HERE in Minneapolis during my recent trip to Minnesota.  I was immediately attracted to its  ability to  capture my attention, perched on a rack filled with dozens of beauties.  It flew to my head at the drop of a hat.

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I didn’t resist its magnetic  appeal, and it accompanied me home.  I’m looking forward to wearing it at the earliest opportunity.  Out to dinner.  A party.  Or another evening event that calls for a feather to elevates my spirit.

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Photos By Daniel

Please display your hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you adore, give The SC an OCTOBER 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 Tuesday, October 7th.

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