Photos by Paula

Gifted Sarah hand painted cotton knit cape, black wool Mieko hat, estate sale vintage powder blue gloves and vintage copper jewelry, consignment store powder blue turtleneck, jeans, and boots.

A forty minute drive from home carries The SC to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to a charming bistro for brunch with friends. This cape, with its constellation of copper, powder blue, gold and off white hand painted on a black background inspired the ensemble for the day’s adventure.  The pairing of copper with powder blue was a combination that hadn’t crossed my mind in the past.  A dear friend was downsizing before a move and when she presented me with this piece of art, how could I possibly decline?  Even though I’m attempting to edit my collections, when something magical appears, resistance is unacceptable in the realm of possible behavioral choices.  Not impulsive, but mandatory! My diverse cape inventory is forever growing, with luscious folds eager to embrace and provide comfort with an equal measure of drama.  I love theatrics in my outfits, but I prefer to create peace in my life.

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  1. The cape is just spectacular, as is the pairing of blue with copper. Where is this brunch spot in the foothills. Ever so often we find ourselves in that neck of the woods.

  2. Theatrics in style? Is there any other way to do it? Bam, you’re all there, looking fabulous in that cape. It reminds me of a peacock at sunset. I have been searching and searching for powder blue or aqua leather gloves. I got a pair of brilliant turquoise ones at Winners last year but this colour was definitely not on the trend radar this year, nor any other radar locally. I’ll persevere. And the title of brunch in the mountains has such intriguing connotations… I like how you didn’t get into detail about it; how much better it is to imagine your day unfolding like a Bronte novel.

  3. Absolutely glorious cape, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    You are so unique, my dear Judith.
    Everything went well, thank you sooooooooooo much for caring

  4. I love your statement “I love theatrics in my outfits but I prefer to create peace in my life”. I am so with you on that one sister! And speaking of theatrics, capes always inspire such drama in an outfit–that one is just beautiful, and the pairing of blue with copper is a great choice.

  5. Our weather here in Ohio has been so mild that I too have been wearing capes and various wraps this month instead of proper winter coats. They are garments that allow for drama and it’s fun to make an grand entrance. — I too have vowed to edit my collections, and to that end, I have declared that I will not add anything new to my wardrobe this year so that I can focus determining what I can part with at this time. I’m reorganizing and reprioritizing, and it is a daunting task. I’m starting by trying to do an inventory, which seemed like a sensible way of getting on wih it, and I have to say I am enjoying rediscovering some old favorites.

  6. A perfect outfit! Your choices for the ensemble are striking, loving the blue w/copper, as you said! The setting is also gorgeous. Wish I’d been there!

  7. Wow. You never cease to amaze me with your brilliant outfits. I have kind of a thing for capes, can see why you love this one. It makes a lot of sense enjoying drama in outfits, peace in your life.

  8. How lovely you look, as always! I must say, my wardrobe is almost cape-less. Only one. I never seem to get along with a cape, but do really love the one I have.

    The powder blue is so you!

    Much love from England,

  9. Somehow I missed this post earlier in the week…but I could return to it again and again becuase you are so inspirational with your chic, fabulous style!!! I am always in awe of what you are able to do.

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