Photo by Nelson

Vintage 60’s white leather jacket with gold closures, vintage gold earrings, and vintage black/white leather gloves-estate sales; patent leather/suede newsboy cap-Nordstrom Rack; patent leather ankle boots-yard sale; black ruched jeans-Gabriela Designs.

The Style Crone has been grappling with conflicting thoughts and emotions.  It seems as though I can firmly make a decision and 10 hours later I consider the polar opposite.  Perhaps opposites are comprised of similar elements and right now most issues are gray or plaid.  As I was pondering this internal confusion, my yoga teacher of the day began class by reading a quote by Rumi, and as so often happens, if I keep my eyes and ears open, comfort appears within view.

From  The Illuminated Rumi – The Guest House:

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whomever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


  1. As you document your journey, you serve as a guide for those of us fortunate enough to have found you, reminding us of what we already know and bolstering our courage to face our own sacred paths.

    In this post, I am especially drawn to the gloves, the yin/yang of them exquisitely pulling all the rest together. And as always, Nelson has captured this moment in all it’s poignance.

  2. I love this quote! I have never read it before. What a comfort it was to read it. Thank-you
    so much for sharing it with us. There isn’t anything you can’t wear and look
    gorgeous in it.

  3. When Elizabeth Taylor passed yesterday, another classic beauty was lost…thank goodness so many of us have you, a classic beauty, to share life with every day. It is so understandable that you would be grappling with decisions. But, you are here for a purpose and I think part of that purpose is found on this blog.

  4. I too am confronting change in my life. Finding the reading included in your post was an unexpected gift that gave me just what I need to reflect on for this day. I always find inspiration in your style. Today, however, you also provided a thoughtful reminder that every experience should be met frankly and lived fully. — Best wishes to you and Nelson for living this day fully!

  5. You are my inspiration, I found you yesterday and I could not stop looking at your blog until several hours later, I love your look, but I love (more intensely) your way of seeing life.

  6. I loved reading this poem, and subsequently swiped it and posted it on my facebook page. I linked to you, and am glad these words offer comfort. They really resonate with me right now, too.

    You look so beautiful dear Judith, and that ’60’s coat is so classic, and surprisingly according to the latest runway shows, very “in.” I love how you make everything look “in,” while you look within. Maybe that’s the secret to true beauty. The inner quality that shines and shows outward. xo. -Bella Q
    the Citizen Rosebud

  7. what did Rumi wear? You make us want to read what he has to say, I wonder about his fashion sense?

  8. Love that poem. How surendipitous. I am everyday in awe of your courage, grace and beauty.
    And love those gloves!

  9. What a lovely visit from the spirit you had. I like so much of what Rumi writes. Do you have a volume of his poems?

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