I mentioned recently on Style Crone that I was reading the book Dancing Light by 98 year old Tao Porchon-Lynch.  I have finished the story of Tao’s incredible life and portions of the book play in my mind as I move forward. She is another reminder that aging is a mindset and that we don’t have to limit ourselves at any age.

Tao grew up in India and has been defined as a yoga master, actress, model, producer, dancer and activist. During her life she marched with Gandhi, put her life in danger as she participated in the French Resistance during World Was II, performed as a dancer in cabarets during the bombing of London, modeled in Paris and in the United States, was an actor in Hollywood, and was present at the historic March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr’s funeral.

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Tao began competitive ballroom dancing at the age of 87 and performed on the popular TV show Dancing With The Stars.  She continues to teach yoga, dance and present workshops across the US.  She writes that she is more busy today than she has ever been, and at the age of 98 has no intention of slowing down.

I am inspired by her and view her as a role model.  I think of her during my yoga classes, and realize that my age does not limit my ability to improve my balance, strength and flexibility.  Not just in my physical body, but with my thoughts and my aspirations.  Just to know that she exists offers the awareness of possibilities.

It is my intention to take a yoga class from Tao HERE. At some point I will plan a trip to meet her and be in her presence.  It’s a gift that I plan to give myself in my approaching 74th year.

Photos By Daniel

In the meantime, I will continue to open my heart daily and strive for inner peace as I participate in activism during a time of disturbing extremism.

Thank you to Craig Kurtz of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Denver HERE for making this post possible.

Vintage black satin gown, vintage jewelry and vintage leopard print turban – estate sales, leopard kitten heels – consignment shop.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Mexico I Love You

February 14th, 2017

Several weeks ago Mr. J and I traveled to Mexico for some warm weather and fun.  It was wonderful to escape the cold of our Colorado winter and to take in the colorful views and experience the warmth of the Mexican people.

I didn’t take photos of the sights, but I did keep up with Instagram along the way. Other than that it was a time to soak up the culture and be in the moment.

The wind on a rooftop revealed the Caribbean Sea in the background and took my scarf on a ride.

Photos by Mr J

A visit to Tulum, an outdoor museum and site of a pre-Columbian walled city and its ruins, was magical and inspiring.

There’s a lot to be said for reading on the beach and people watching.  Two of my favorite activities!  I seldom take time off to spend a day unplugged and let my thoughts wander.

Our last night out to dinner before returning to Denver called for a black vintage slip dress adorned by an orange vintage floral headpiece and purple silk scarf.  Creating memories is the frosting of life.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

Layers of Blue

February 7th, 2017

This photo shoot was precipitated by a Monday morning jury duty experience. The Denver City and County Building and the surrounding area looked to be a location with endless possibilities for background opportunities. Everywhere I go these days includes a visual survey of my environment.

The next day Daniel and I found ourselves back in the center of Denver, with its landmarks and historical buildings.

I adorned myself in layers of blue, originating from Denver estate sales, a Mexican street vendor, a Paris hat boutique, a Minneapolis consignment shop and Target.  I have always loved diversity.

The blue fabric toque with a touch of grey has been a winter favorite for several years and paired nicely with the multicolored blue boiled wool and embroidered blanket scarf that I discovered in Mexico a few weeks ago.  The powder blue vintage gloves and the blue vintage brooch and earrings were found at Denver estate sales.  I purchased the jeans at a Minneapolis consignment shop this past summer.  The blue boots are from Target.

The vintage navy jacket was also purchased at an estate sale.  It’s been in my closet for years, but this is its first outing.  I love the details and the buttons.  Sometimes it takes years to fall in love with a piece that has been with me forever.  And then I wear it again, and again, and again.  It’s part of the rhythm of my life.  As a collector I believe that if a garment or accessory can be worn once every 20 years, it’s a keeper.

Photos By Daniel

As a reminder, Hat Attack is open for participation, all day, every day.

Hat Attack #43

February 1st, 2017

February’s Hat Attack was gifted by the gorgeous and generous instagrmmer Silvana of embellish_or_perish HERE.  Silvana is from Australia and has a love for headwear, sunnies, color, texture, pattern, vintage and thrift shopping, and having fun with style. When I opened her cleverly wrapped package and laid eyes upon this vintage turban I was instantly in love with the beautiful shimmery fabric which covered its interesting and unique shape.

The touch of pearls which embellish this piece of art as headwear called for more of the same as a frame.  The vintage black velvet coat with large collar and vintage white leather gloves are accessories to the turban which is the star of the show!  Thank you Silvana, for the latest addition to the hat room.

Photos By Daniel

Now it’s your turn to throw a little headwear my way. Give The SC a FEBRUARY HAT ATTACK and kindly link to Style Crone somewhere in your post. The link-up will be open through February 28th.

Anyone can participate in the celebration of headwear!  Click on the blue link-up button and there are a number of ways to share your photo from your blog, social media or your computer.  All forms of headwear are appreciated:  hat, headwrap, headscarf, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head that you enjoy.  Multiple photos are encouraged!

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Denton And Teresa Taylor

January 28th, 2017

For several years when visiting NYC I have connected with the talented photographer Denton Taylor HERE and his beautiful wife Teresa.  I met this dynamic couple through the amazing blogger and style influencer Sylvia of 40+Style HERE.  Denton provides Sylvia with photographs of stylish New Yorkers for her blog, maintains a brilliant presence on Instagram HERE, and photographs some of my favorite Instagrammers.

On my most recent trip to NYC we met in Central Park on a chilly morning in December for photos and fun.  Denton and Teresa are both kind, generous and extremely witty.  They are New Yorkers to the core, and share stories and information about the city and its history drawn from their deep reservoir of experience and knowledge.

Vintage suit and jewelry from estate sales and vintage Norma Kamali fabric leopard print hat and gauntlets from my hat shop in the 80’s.

Time flies when spending time with this powerful and dynamic duo.  A life long New Yorker, Denton always has an idea of where to shoot drawn from his many years of living on the Upper West Side and Teresa, a photographer as well, has interesting life stories and killer style.

Thank you Denton and Teresa, for all that you give and do for those of us who experience your talent, skills, love of New York and your ongoing generosity.

Photos By Denton Taylor

Hat by Eva Ksenevich Millinery HERE and color block dress from a NYC consignment shop.

Photo of Denton and Teresa Taylor

Teresa is wearing fabulous Charlotte Olympia western-themed shoes with spurs, vintage dress made in Hong Kong by Starington and an eelskin clutch by the late L’Wren Scott.

Linking up with Catherine’s #iwillwearwhatilike  HERE at Not Dressed As Lamb and Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style.

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