Vintage green beaded hat with satin trim – gifted and worn previously on SC HERE, vintage olive green lace dress over vintage navy blue silk satin slip and jewelry – estate sales, YSL olive green fabric chunky heeled slides – Buffalo Exchange.

The SC was headed south on Broadway when she drove by the new Buffalo Exchange, which had recently moved.  I came to a screeching halt and ran in for a quick scan.  I came upon these olive green YSL’s, and for some reason I remembered the olive green lace dress, which had been waiting for an outing for years.  My unintentional self imposed shopping ban came to an end.  Come to find out, they were a perfect match, so I went monochromatic.

The delicious shoes on lace covered pedestal.

“I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always invokes to me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.”      Coco Chanel, April 29, 1939

Photos by Diana

Back in the garden contemplating an interview I heard on NPR today.  According to an Olympic coach, high performing athletes consider setbacks as opportunities.  An athlete I am not, but the concept is intriguing.  Which went along with the motto, ‘Spread your wingspan,’ which was expressed by my yoga teacher within 30 minutes of the radio interview. Syn-CRONE-icity at its best!

Linking up with beautiful Patti’s Visible Monday HERE.


  1. Gorgeous as ever Judith. You always surprise me with your outfits. No wonder as you seem to have so many beauties just waiting in your cupboard. I have never been that keen on lace, but after seeing this outfit, I just may have to reconsider. Your hat is amazing as well as your shoes and your writing!

  2. What a beautiful dress worn with such elegance. Those shoes were well worth breaking out from the spending ban for, the heel just screams style. x

  3. I don’t know what a Buffalo Exchange is, but those shoes are truly a work of art. And they look comfortable. You look like a sprite that one glimpses sometimes in amongst the plants.

  4. “Set backs as opportunities”…what a beautiful and positive phrase. I always leave your blog uplifted and inspired… I consider it my soulful fashion stop! Thank you Judith for sharing you and your blog!

  5. How beautiful the olive outfit is! And I LOVE those shoes. Boy, if they had been in my size, I’m not sure you would have been able to nap them soon enough!

    I think your line of headwear for women who have hair loss is a fabulous idea, and you are so well suited to be the person who does it. You have tremendous empathy and understanding, and can pass on your natural creativity and kindness of spirit which will definately play a role in someone’s healing. Just being heard and acknowledged is so valuable to people. Especially if they are low and frightened, as they would be in their situation.

    I wish you all the best however your future develops.

    Much love from England,

  6. This is a wonderful change of pace, somehow. I love the textures in your monochromatic ensemble. The shoes are worth breaking any shopping ban!! Don’t you love those moments of synchronicity ?!! I’m always reassured by them, somehow feeling that divine order is in place whether I can see it or not.

  7. That lace dress is stunning! Such an unusual colour for lace but it works beautifully – and the shoes are perfect with it (no wonder you lifted the shopping ban!)
    I too have lovely things waiting years for an outing – glad to know I’m not the only one!

  8. What a stunning outfit, I love the lace, and the fact that it is neither black not white but that wonderful calm elegant green. The shoes – well, you had to have them, I think!
    Funnily enough, since you mention synchronicity, I took lots of photos of trees and green and light through leaves at the weekend, feeling it looked quite magical, and echoing Coco Chanel’s ideas.
    It is hard to see setbacks as a positive opportunity, especially while you are still in the midst of heartache and sadness, but time brings a different perspective. xxxx

  9. You are so pretty! I know that is not the most original comment you’ve ever had, but it’s true. Both your physical beauty and your incredible wardrobe combine to make you one of the most artistic and eye-pleasing bloggers I know of. This green lace is incredible, and reminds me that my fave top is lace, and I can’t wait for the weather to get cool enough to wear it.

    I fell off the self-imposed shopping ban, too. I really, really tried. I get some small comfort by reminding myself that at least I shopped a lot less 😛

  10. The dark blue under the olive lace is sublime and you look so very elegant.
    I know it can be hard to take those words “setbacks are opportunities” and really embrace them, but I am trying to do it, too. I also like the idea if building a stronger friendship with myself during tough times.

    And of course, there is always beauty. Surrounding ourselves with beauty is nourishing!

  11. Your lace dress is just lovely, the colour is great with your red hair! The shoes are of course a treasure! I would like to ask you though – how do you get the hat to stay in place? With short hair there must be some secret trick, or is it just magic? I’m looking at vintage hats on the online shops. Some of them are gorgeous, but I have a feeling they’ll fall of my head, with the extremely thin hair that I have.

  12. What a find–the shoes look as if they’ve never been worn. I love a discovery like that–I always feel that the object and I must have been somehow destined to find each other. One must lift a self-imposed ban, whether on clothes or chocolate or whatever, every so often.
    My new policy is that for every item that comes on the house, at least one must be gifted, donated or recycled in some way. So far, so good!
    Love from Arabia,

  13. Thank you for your question! I use an elastic that attaches to the inner lining of the hat, which then swoops down the back of my head and is easily hidden in my hair. The elastics can be found in millinery studios or online millinery supply sites. I can help you find them if you would like.

  14. Judith,
    You are amazingly gorgeous in this very unique color.

    I’d love to interview you about your lessons prior to starting my blog!
    I have a keynote this Fall (Sept 21st) & want to get it up & running prior to that.
    Would you have time in the next couple weeks to meet for coffee @ Whole Foods in Capital Hill?
    Let me know your schedule—mine’s different every week.
    I’m out of the KP office both Thursday & Friday this week.
    720-271-8180 Carol Mills
    Have a great day!

  15. This is a rather subdued outfit for you after all the sunny bursts of orange and yellow! You look very elegant, and the colour is marvelous with your hair. Even the shoes have such an elegant shape.

  16. How on earth do you remember a colour? Those shoes match the dress so perfectly. They look very much like the United Nude shoes you see nowadays.
    I can never remember an exact colour.
    Also the colour of your lovely hat seems to be the colour of your dress around the neck and down the front.
    Elegant as always.

  17. I love the ending pun on crone! And the match of the “new” shoes with this lovely, lovely dress is remarkable.

  18. This outfit is AMAZING SC!!!! I love it so much! I am mad for green right now, what a perfect outfit! Those shoes and the lace, it is just so much perfection I can’t stand it! BRAVO! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

    P.S. I like hearing how setbacks are opportunities. I really needed to read that right now. Thank you!

  19. Even in this monochromatic outfit you shine. I’m glad you busted your ban!

    I agree about lace being one of humankind’s greatest loving tributes to nature. I loved reading about how Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown had all that hand-made lace and the women who made it had to scrub their hands every 15 minutes or some such frequency in order to keep it pristine. Divine.

    It’s pretty hard to see how a setback can be an opportunity at the time it’s happening, but I guess that’s why we have friends and coaches to keep us on a positive track.

  20. Lovely olive lace! I’ve never seen this color in a lace texture before and I’d be so tempted to take home everything you’re wearing here. And yes, those are some delicious shoes!

  21. The outfit is stunning and you are as beautiful as ever but I love the sense of tranquility in the settings. (Very needed in the midst of the incredible activity in NYC where I live).

  22. My dear i of course love the hat and the outfit!

    I want also to add huge congrats to another shout out on the Huffington Post for you and your blog…along with the other lovely blogs to join you on the list!

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