Fashion in Motion

July 18, 2010

photo courtesy of http://www.dancesite.com

I don’t dare title myself a “Dancer” by any professional standard.

But…I am professionally at home on stage and in motion. Being frequently surrounded by fantastic dancers, I get to immerse myself in their talents and become part of THE DANCE. It amazes me that their bodies can reach incredible heights of power in action and inspire even greater heights of emotion.

photo of Royal Swedish Opera dancers

Gathering images of dancers,

photo courtesy of http://www.dance.net

and the people who emulate them,

I feel like grabbing their garb

photo courtesy of http://www.shopbop.com

…and living life spinning on pointe!

photo of dancer Nastia Liukin for a Max Azria campaign

In jeans, sweats, lycra or chiffon…

I see whirling visions of stylish expression!

Despite our limitations, we move to live.

We walk.

photo of dancer Sara Mearns by Sarah Silver

We sway.

dancer Kathryn Morgan as Juliet

We reach.

And, if we BREATHE

…We DANCE!

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A Jewel in the Crown

July 12, 2010


India has long been known as the Jewel in the Crown.

More recently, it has captured the hearts of masses of Westerners.

The vibrant majesty of the culture has long awakened my senses

photo courtesy of http://www.tradeindia.com

…and set me to dreaming

…of saturated color,

…limitless expression,

…unabashed adornment,

photo courtesy of http://www.rajeshgems.com

…intricate filigree,

…gilded opulence,

…and venerated antiquity.

photo of Hindu god Shiva courtesy of Cleveland Museum of Art

I have long imagined myself an Indian Princess, misplaced by time and continents.  Beneath imagination there is possibility!  The dazzling influence of the Earth’s cultural gems allow us to synthesize the exotic stuff of our reveries

…with the often bated patterns of daily life.



Style Whisperer….shhhh

February 19, 2010

Don’t tell.

We all have guilty pleasures.

One of mine is watching ABC Studios’ The Ghost Whisperer…whenever I come across it….wherever I land in the episode.

My husband cringes, and I invariably find myself defending my adoration of the show!  I realized that EVERY time I gave my diatribe about why it’s “OK” for a discriminating actress to watch this fluffy piece of…fluff, I would end with my insatiable desire for the wardrobe of the lead character, Melinda Gordon (played by Jennifer Love Hewitt).

So there it is.

She is adorable.

Her wardrobe is adorable.

Her Victorian inspired HOME and all it’s vintage-eclectic decor is adorable.

And I love her hair and make-up, too.

I did a little research to find out where her pieces come from and sadly…so many of them are original vintage pieces.  But, thankfully, there is a resurgence of vintage inspired labels and boutiques!  Last week I highlighted a dear friend’s vintage inspired boutique, www.shopmadisonbelle.com, which is a phenomenal place to find unique housewares, gifts and fashion accessories.  I spent almost an hour (which we all know is hard to come by) browsing the gorgeous pieces on www.freepeople.com , and all us girls with any bit of ethereal flower child in us are die hard www.anthropologie.com fans!  These sites have some eye-popping and affordable accessories that speak to some of the greatest trends in fashion history, and individually create a stylish statement.  Wear one of these cute little trinkets with a basic cardigan, blazer or button down shirt and a pretty scarf or belt, and you’re transformed!

Most of the ensembles that Miss Melinda G. displays include a mix of modern items and vintage finds, including pieces from Cosabella, Willow, and Citizens of Humanity .  So, I know all you fun and fashion loving ladies (and gentlemen, too) can find a way to put your own spin on a combination of past and present threads.  Scour your thrift stores and treat yourself to a whimsical piece or two that will inspire a heavenly ensemble ala Melinda Gordon

…The Ghost Whisperer.

Since I was a Star in the Sky, I have believed in the value of a constant and true search for oneself. I have believed that with even basic access to other people and their life discoveries, we can all discover ourselves. And…this search and discovery never stops. Which is, to me, an AWESOME thing!

Ok. Though this “belief” extends to some serious life issues that are far beyond my personal passion…I’m talking about Style, here! I’m talking about finding a confident personal Style, that may change, but…at least feels productive and relevant and GOOD right now.

I want to use this blog and, eventually, a website, to network all of us…STYLEPHILE to STYLEPHOBE…to expedite and intensify our constantly evolving journey of self discovery. I’m lucky enough to have some great connections to some amazing artists and experts who are itching to contribute. So…this is a start!

Life can be sweet. Put in something good, mix it up a bit, give it some heat and…TAKE A SLICE! I’ll be dishing out the goods periodically…with a little help from my friends.