The SC enjoyed the April storm that arrived this week, giving momentary relief to the parched earth. Though the daffodils were covered with the softness of white snow, I welcomed any relief to the shortage of moisture, bringing water restrictions and encouraging the planting of drought resistant gardens.
The back garden finds itself in a state of confusion, as tufts of green peek forth between the flagstone pathway and snow covers the juniper in the background. New life is emerging despite the dry soil, and dreams of the renewal of my garden float through my thoughts.
I remembered wearing most of the elements of this ensemble in the past and scanned the archives for the photos. I found the post HERE, and realized that it was written one week before Nelson’s passing. I see that I chose gloves a little bit more pink this year and the trees are not flowering like they were at this time in 2011.
The sheers in the guest room remind me of the softness of softly falling white snow. Estate sale vintage suitcases provide space for the storage of small silk scarves and delicate antique hankies. Collections have found their homes in places that can be easily accessed.
As I approach the second anniversary of Nelson’s death, I think about all that has transpired over the days, weeks and months. The first floor of my home is similar to how it was when Nelson was alive, but the upstairs has been transformed into a personal sanctuary that nurtures and comforts. The configuration of rooms is different. My bedroom is in Nelson’s office. The hat room is in our bedroom. My office and my shoe collection are in the hat room. Only the guest room which contains my scarf collection, which was Camille’s room years ago, remains in place. How quickly yet slowly things change.
Photos by Rachel
Vintage lavender fur felt Sally/Providence hat with pink feathers and olive drab/lavender trim – Frock NYC, lavender wool Marc Jacobs jacket with large buttons – Buffalo Exchange, vintage pink leather gloves, strands of vintage lavender beads, pink sweater with cowl, and vintage pink earrings – estate sales, navy background pieces – retail.
POST PARTY PONDER CONTINUED
Two hours after the Flamenco dancers, a drag performance by Felony Misdemeanor provided an entertaining show of dazzling and exuberant self expression.
Felony Misdemeanor’s second act included an outfit as colorful as her performance. As you can see, my friend Ruthie is dancing in the background in a dress of similar colors. The celebratory energy was palpable!
Drag artist extraordinaire, Felony Misdemeanor, in her third outfit of the evening, stayed after her performance and mingled with party guests.
Photos by Shelley of the Forest City Fashionista HERE.
From left, Starla, Camille, The SC, Felony Misdemeanor and Loretta ‘camping it up’ late into the night. The entertainment was over, but the dancing continued. I’ve always wanted to be a DJ. My friend Dan generously assisted with the technology of the soundtrack, along with musical suggestions, but the playlist was Totally Style Crone. However, I’m not quitting my day job anytime soon, no matter what that day job consists of at any given moment.
I’m heading over to the weekly party at Patti’s Visible Monday HERE at Not Dead Yet Style. I wouldn’t miss this celebratory gathering of self expression and visibility.