“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” and that pretty much sums up the past few months over here.
At the end of February, a close friend of mine went on life support due to complications from the flu. She didn’t come home for 7 1/2 weeks.
My 93 year old mother fell 6 times in two months. Fortunately, she didn’t break any bones; we just ended up in the ER while she got stitches over her eye.
The really good thing is that they are both doing well and I can sleep again.
Now for the BEST OF TIMES!!!
At the beginning of July I traveled across the country to meet my new granddaughter. Her brother is enamored, like the rest of us. Spending time with my son and his family was exactly what I needed.
Just prior to this trip, I had the extreme pleasure of catching up with Jean and Valerie (the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas) in NY, along with artist Carol Markel. The wonderful instagrammer @artfulcitystyle also joined us. It’s difficult to remember who laughed the loudest, especially after the complimentary mimosas were served. (Jean arrived moments after this photo was taken.)
After brunch, the IF’s and I walked to East Village Hats where I tried on the hat of my dreams.
Later that weekend I spent an hour with Lynn, the Accidental Icon. The conversation was fascinating, ranging from her blog and where it’s headed, to what it’s like to work in academia, plus shopping haunts and cars. Both of us have partners who are Car Nuts, and believe me, it’s a genus unto itself.
One minor thing she mentioned in passing was the concept of a statement piece (an example being her stunning Commes Des Garcons apron). I’m not sure why it resonated at that particular moment, but I found myself remembering it when I stumbled across THIS AMAZING PIECE at Cargo, a global emporium in Portland OR.
I was told that it’s a vintage piece from Laos. All the dense embroidery is done by hand, and the indigo fabric is soft and worn. I’d never seen this style of garment, either. If Lynn hadn’t uttered those fateful words, I probably would’ve left it behind because of my budget.
However, I’m glad I didn’t. It was the perfect piece to wear in Denver while I caught up with Judith, aka Style Crone.
My husband was performing at the Keystone Wine and Jazz Festival, an annual event in the Rocky Mountains near Denver. Judith was not only able to attend, she orchestrated a photo session with her fabulous photographer Daniel at the helm. My upcycled kimono-esque top coincidentally echoed the colors she chose to wear as well!
Now that I’m home, the summer continues at breakneck speed, what with hosting a mini family reunion, taking care of Mom (and Joey), work, plus trying to squeeze in a little sewing time. However, the only thing I would change right now is the extreme heat. It’s exhausting, but at least I got this post done!!!
Thanks for sticking with me. Until next time…xoxoxo
For those who are visiting for the first time, welcome!! I typically try to give more details about the clothing but I ran out of energy here. Maybe next time.